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Birthday of the
Blessed Virgin Mary

Article posted 15 Sep 18

Why celebrate a birthday? It is an occasion which brings the whole family together in thanksgiving, to express affection and sense of worth. The birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary can bring the whole church together in appreciation of her pivotal role in God's scheme of salvation for humankind. In this article (based on an address by Fr David Sutton at a North West Ward event) the author explains why this celebration is an important occasion in the church's calendar. You can download the article by clicking
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Assumption of the
Blessed Virgin Mary

Article posted 21 Aug 18

The Assumption into heaven of Mary when her earthly life was completed has been a controversial and puzzling topic for many over the years. This article by Fr David Sutton provides a helpful insight into how we might ponder the relevance of this in our daily lives. You can download the article by clicking
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Mary Mother
of Healing

Article posted 23 Aug 18

Fr Ian Wynne is Curate at St James the Great, Haydock, but also has a full time career as a senior GP in Newton-le-Willows. This article records an address he gave to a meeting of the Society of Mary in May 2018, in which he gave us his insight into the role of Mary in the Healing Ministry of the Church You can download the article by clicking
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Healing Ministry
a Sacramental approach

Article posted 21 Aug 18

There are many different views about the nature of Healing Ministry in the Church. Fr Rodney Middleton, speaking as Sub-Warden of the Guild of St Raphael, gave us insight into his view of a sacramental approach to Healing as part of the ongoing ministry of each local parish church. You can download the article by clicking
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The Oldest
Marian Prayer

Article posted 23 Aug 18

The discovery of a small scrap of papyrus changed the way many people think about the practice of asking the Blessed Virgin Mary to pray for us. This article is based on an item on the website of the uCatholic organisation, together with other sources. It reveals that the Church has been seeking the intercession of the Virgin Mary since the middle of the third century AD, and that this has been perpetuated in the Coptic Orthodox Church since then. You can download the article by clicking
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Mary in the
Coptic Church

Article posted 21 Aug 18

Because the Gospel records the flight of Mary and Jesus, with Joseph, to Egypt as refugees, the Coptic Church in Egypt attaches great importance to the role of the Virgin Mary as one of God's most worthy Saints. Their tradition identifies the places where the Holy Family stayed during the three and a half years of their stay in Egypt, and each place is marked by a church or monastery. In this article Fr Christpher Cook paits a vivid picture of life in the Coptic church and how greatly Mary is respected. You can download the article by clicking
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