St. Columba Catholic Church

Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg, PA

 
 
 

What is the Legion of Mary?  The Legion of Mary is a lay Catholic association whose members are giving service to the Church, on a voluntary basis, all over the world. It was founded in Myra House, Francis Street, Dublin, Ireland, on 7 September, 1921 by Frank Duff.  At present, it has about 2,250,000 active members in over 160 countries. The official handbook of the Legion has been published in at least 50 languages.

 

Purpose of the Legion of Mary:  The primary purpose of the Legion of Mary is to lead people to Jesus Christ so they can benefit from the love and mercy of God. Specifically, the Legion of Mary seeks to lead the people we encounter in our works to a greater knowledge and faith in God and to increase the faith and holiness of our own members through prayer and service to Our Lord.

 

The Legion at St Columba Parish:  The Legion of Mary was introduced to our parish by Fr. Leonard Casey in 1974.

 

Works of the Legion of Mary:  Regular works for the Legion of Mary in St Columba Parish include nursing home visitation, prison ministry, teaching RCIA and other religious education classes, visiting new parishioners and parish families with newly baptized babies, bringing the Pilgrim Virgin statue of the Blessed Mother to houses to consecrate them, and Enthronements of homes to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. All Legion works are approved by parish pastor or spiritual director and in all of its works, the Legion works in obedience to the bishops and the parish priests. Works are typically done in pairs so that legionaries can learn from each other and encourage each other in service to Our Lord.

 

Who can join the Legion of Mary?  The Legion of Mary is open to all Catholics in good standing with a desire to serve Our Lord Jesus Christ through the intercession of his Blessed Mother Mary. Catholics 18 years of age or older can join the praesidium (Legion Group) at St Columba Parish. Catholics who are interested in joining the Legion will start with a three or six month probationary period before taking their Legionary Promise to become Legion members.

 

What different types of Legion membership exist?  The two primary classes of Legion membership are active members and auxiliary members. Active members attend a Legion meeting once a week and perform works of service (typically about 2 hours a week). Auxiliary members instead pray the rosary and the prayers of the Legion of Mary (the Tessera) for the intentions of the Blessed Mother and bolster the efforts of the active members through their prayers. Higher grades of membership include praetorians, who are active members who also pray the Tessera daily, attend Mass daily, and daily recite an Office approved by the Church, and adjutorians, who are auxiliary members who attend Mass daily and daily recite an Office approved by the Church in addition to praying the rosary and the prayers of the Tessera daily.

 

When does the Legion meet?  We meet every Tuesday evening at 6:30 in the Fr. Herman Gies Room on the second floor of the parish center.  Visitors are always welcome.

Legion of Mary

 

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Angels for Life

Cursillo

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Legion of Mary

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Contact Information

Address: Third and Iron Street

                Bloomsburg, PA 17815

Phone: 570-784-0801

Fax: 570-387-2604

Email: StColumbaParishBloomsburg@hbgdiocese.org


Parish Center

342 Iron Street (Adjoining the Church)

Bloomsburg, PA  17815

Hours: 

Monday - Friday, 8:30am to 4pm

(Closed from 12:30 - 1:00)




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