May for Mary

The month of May is traditionally dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary, our Heavenly Mother. 

As Catholics, we are encouraged to add Marian devotions to our prayer life to honour the Holy Mother of God. It seems perfectly fitting that we thank the Mother of the Church during the month we celebrate Mother’s Day.

Whilst we busy ourselves with flowers and cards for our mothers and grandmothers here on earth, one should devote time to thank the Mother of Christ as well. During May for Mary, we celebrate the feast days of Our Lady of Fatima and Our Lady, Help of Christians. There are many Marian devotions we can pray, and as Christ listened to His mother’s request at Cana, we can be confident in her intercession, particularly through praying the Rosary.

The Pastoral Placement Participants have initiated and already begun the May for Mary Rosary Challenge that is circulating online through MN Catholic Youth and Graced in Wisdom Catholic Media, which can be found on Facebook.

The Rosary Challenge encourages us to continue to pray the Rosary daily or to begin to pray the Rosary daily. The Challenge is, 31 Days, 31 Rosaries and 31 intentions during May for Mary. The hope behind the challenge, is that by the end of the month, it would promote the habit of daily prayer and devotion among all faithful, in praying the Rosary and meditating on the life of Christ and His Blessed Mother.

As His Holiness Pope Francis wrote in his letter to the faithful,

“The month of May is a time when the People of God express with particular intensity their love and devotion for the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is traditional in this month to pray the Rosary at home within the family.

I want to encourage everyone to rediscover the beauty of praying the Rosary at home in the month of May. This can be done either as a group or individually; you can decide on your own situations, making the most of both opportunities.”

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Natalee Bonomini

Natalee Bonomini is a Newcastle writer.