FATIMA CELL PROGRAM FOR MAY
THEME DEVOTION TO THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY:
v Study the life of your Mother and Queen, Her apparitions, and Her integral role in the Divine Plan for the Redemption and Salvation of mankind.
v Fervent and zealous participation of all Fatima Crusaders in special daily devotions in Her honor.
v Devout and tender participation in May crownings and May processions honoring Our Lady, especially on the Feast of Her Queenship.
v Total Consecration to Mary the De Montfort "Holy Slavery of Love" the precise fulfillment of Our Lady's request at Fatima for consecration to Her Immaculate Heart; truly living as a consecrated slave of Mary.
MEDITATION: * from "True Devotion to Mary" or "The Path of Mary"
STUDY & DISCUSS: * Officer's reports; Cell Memos; reading of the Salve Maria Regina Bulletin.
1. THE TRADITIONAL CATHOLIC LITURGY: Discuss the Liturgical Feast of the Finding of the Holy Cross (10 min. report; 10 min. discussion). Reference: Salve Maria Regina No. 160.
2. MARY IN DOCTRINE AND DEVOTION: Discuss devotion to Mary under these titles: Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament (May 13), Mary, Queen of the Apostles (May 19), Mary, Spouse of the Holy Ghost (May 21), and Mary, Help of Christians (May 24) (10 min. report; 10 min. discussion). Reference: Salve Maria Regina No. 137 and 143; article on the Feast of Mary, Help of Christians in Salve Maria Regina No. 152; cover article from Salve Maria Regina No. 111.
3. THE COURT OF OUR HEAVENLY QUEEN: We cannot hope to dwell one day in the Heavenly Court of Our Immaculate Queen unless we strive diligently in the pursuit of holiness. The blessed who already dwell in Her Heavenly Court are inspirations for us in this pursuit of that life of holiness to which Jesus calls us. Read the following list of feasts, and choose 2-3 saints to reflect upon during this meeting: St. Athanasius; St. Monica; Pope St. Pius V; St. John before the Latin Gate; St. Stanislaus of Cracow; St. Michael the Archangel; St. Achatius; Sts. Philip & James; St. Gregory Nazianzen; St. Robert Bellarmine; St. Boniface. (15 min. report & reflection; discuss briefly the lessons learned and virtues taught by their lives, and how to practically apply these virtues in our own daily lives.) Reference: Martyrology; The Fourteen Holy Helpers; St. Michael and the Angels; article on St. Stanislaus of Cracow in Salve Maria Regina No. 148; article on St. Gregory Nazianzen in Salve Maria Regina No. 143.
1. THE TRADITIONAL CATHOLIC LITURGY: Review the liturgy of the Rogation Days and the Feast of the Ascension of Our Lord (10 min. report; 10 min. discussion). Reference: Salve Maria Regina No. 156; Salve Maria Regina No. 152.
2. LIVING THE MESSAGE OF FATIMA: The First Apparition of Our Lady on May 13, 1917; study Her words to the Fatima children on this occasion, and the lessons to be drawn therefrom. Focus especially on Our Lady's request for souls to willingly and lovingly make reparation for sin. Examine how the little children responded so generously to Our Lady's plea by offering up heroic sacrifices of physical penance (and even persecution) for the conversion of poor sinners and for the Holy Father (10 min. report; 10 min. discussion). Reference: "Our Lady Came to Fatima, the First Apparition".
3. THE PASCHAL SEASON: As the Paschal Season draws to a close, review the articles on the Mystery and Practices of Paschal Time (10 min. report & reflection). Reference: Salve Maria Regina No. 148 - Mystery; Salve Maria Regina No. 148 - Practices.
1. THE TRADITIONAL CATHOLIC LITURGY: In preparation for the Feast of Pentecost (May 23), review the article on the "Feast of Pentecost" (10 min. report; 10 min. discussion). Reference: Salve Maria Regina Issue No. 152.
2. THE THIRD SECRET CONTROVERSY: Discuss Part VII of this Series (10 min. report; 10 min. discussion). Reference: Salve Maria Regina No. 160.
3. THE COURT OF OUR HEAVENLY QUEEN: Choose 2-3 saints to reflect upon during this meeting: St. Simon Stock; St. John Nepomucene; St. Andrew Bobola; St. Paschal Baylon; St. Bernardine of Siena; St. Rita of Cascia; St. Phillip Neri; St. Bede the Venerable; St. Mary Magdalene de Pazzi (10 min. report & reflection; discuss briefly the lessons learned and virtues taught by their lives, and how to practically apply these virtues in our own daily lives). Reference: Martyrology; article on St. Simon Stock and the Brown Scapular, Pledge of Life Eternal Our Lady's Gift of the Brown Scapular; article on St. John Nepomucene in Salve Maria Regina No. 152; excerpt from Pope Pius XIIs Encyclical on St. Andrew Bobola; Salve Maria Regina No. 160.
1. THE TRADITIONAL CATHOLIC LITURGY: In preparation for the Feast of Corpus Christi (June 3), discuss the article on the Feast of Corpus Christi (10 min. report;10 min. discussion). Reference: Salve Maria Regina No. 160.
2. AD CÆLI REGINAM: Discuss the institution of the Feast of the Queenship of Mary by Pope Pius XII, promulgated in this Encyclical (10 min. report; 10 min. discussion). Reference: Encyclical Ad Cæli Reginam of Pope Pius XII.
3. THE COURT OF OUR HEAVENLY QUEEN: Discuss the life of St. Ferdinand III, King of Castile and Leon (10 min. report & reflection). Reference: Article on St. Ferdinand in Salve Maria Regina No. 156.
Leaflet of the Month:
· The Fatima Pledge
v Make an act of love and devotion to Our Immaculate Queen at every hour.
v Honor Our Blessed Mother every day by beautifully decorating Her Shrine and Image,
and always keeping fresh flowers before Her.
v To promote the Message of Fatima v Sanctification of self, family, neighbor
v Conversion of sinners, salvation of souls v Adoration, reparation, total consecration
v Eucharistic all-night Vigil on First Friday First Saturday of the month.
v Honor and praise your Holy Mother each day of May be devoutly praying the Little Crown of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
v Family practice: Enthrone Mary Immaculate as Queen of your home and family with a special ceremony of procession and coronation. Each member of the family should take turns honoring Our Lady by placing fresh flowers and vigil candles on the altar of Her Queenship, which should be in the CENTRAL PLACE OF HONOR IN YOUR HOME, next to the altar of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ our King.
v Twenty-four hour Vigil of Reparation on May 13th, the anniversary of Our Lady's first apparition at Fatima; pray for the strengthening of Catholic family life; the spread of the Fatima Crusade and the growth of the Fatima Cell Movement; and for the perseverance of the remnant faithful still determined never to compromise and always to remain faithful to the doctrines and traditions of the One, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic Church.
v Special observance of the Feasts of Our Lady of Fatima, Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament, Mary, Help of Christians, Mary, Queen of Apostles, and the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
v Pope Pius XII decreed that every parish should be annually re-consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on May 31st, Feast of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Adorn Our Lady's altar with flowers and candles. Participate in the procession and coronation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. If this is not possible, then organize your own as a family or with all the families of the Cell together.
v To ardently and zealously prepare for the Feast of Pentecost (May 23), particularly by devout recitation of the Prayer for the Seven Gifts of Holy Ghost during the Novena.
v Personal Resolve: To grow every day during this month in our love, respect, and true devotion to Our Blessed Mother, (1) by total dependence on Her; (2) by praising and honoring Her for being the Mother of God and our Mother, Immaculate Queen of the Universe, Spouse of the Holy Ghost, and Mediatrix of All Graces; (3) by the fervent imitation of Her virtues, especially the virtues of charity, modesty and humility.
v Make visits to hospitals and homes for the elderly. Encourage them with spiritual conversation; distribute Fatima pledges, brown scapulars, Miraculous Medals, Sacred Heart badges, and leaflets to those who are open to receiving and using these spiritual aids.