Mary’s Mercy Multiply’s

Mary’s Mercy Multiply’s

Seeing is believing!

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SACRED ARTISTS: Steve Grusak is an expert woodworker sharing the gift of craftsmanship.  Mireille Wannemuehler is an art teacher and expert in mosaic art. (Photographed by Kerin Buntin on March 25, 2016).
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Father Pat Click, Pastor at Saint Louis de Montfort Parish in Fishers, Indiana was at the installation of the mosaic on March 25, 2016.

Good Friday (3.25.16) was a symbolic day for the new sacred art mosaic to be installed in the Eucharistic Perpetual Adorarion Chapel. Fr. Pat Click prayed over the the hands of the artists and blessed them. The piece was designed not only to transform the sacred space but the lives of those who encounter it.

The feast of the Annunciation (normally celebrated on 3.25) of the Lord celebrates the angel Gabriel’s appearance to the Virgin Mary (Luke 1:26-38), his announcement that the Blessed Virgin had been chosen to be the Mother of Our Lord, and Mary’s fiat, her willing acceptance of God’s holy plan.

[Note: March 25 is the date of Annunciation unless that date falls on a Sunday in Lent, at any time during Holy Week, or at any time in the octave of Easter (from Easter Sunday through Divine Mercy Sunday, the Sunday after Easter). In that case, the celebration is transferred either to the following Monday or to the Monday after Divine Mercy Sunday.]

Pope Francis challenged us to live out the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy by entrusting a whole year to Our Mother of Mercy.

Of Mary’s many titles, her role is to take us to her Son.  For this reason, almost every Pope has consecrated his life to Mary. However, consecration is not limited to priests and religious, alone. Consecration to Mary is for EVERYONE! (Reverend Michael R. Gaitley author of 33 Days to Morning Glory).

“It is fitting that a new sacred art mosaic would adorn Mary, Our Mother of Mercy in this Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy, just in time for Easter! Alleluia! It took many months of prayer and discernment for the perfect sacred art design and colors to come to life of course through the power of the Holy Spirit,” said Father Pat Click. Church documents dictate “the integrity and energy of a piece of art, produced individually by the labor of a artist, is always to be preferred above objects that are mass produced.” (147 Built of Living Stones).

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The planning stage started in August 2015.

It all began in 1994 when the idea of a Eucharistic Adoration Chapel at Saint Louis de Montfort Church in Fishers, Indiana was conceived by Reverend Donald Eder, the pastor. Since then, every day, twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, many parishioners and non-parishioners alike, pray in silence before the monstrance of Jesus made visible in the Body of Christ. Scripture says, “Now you are Christ’s body, and individually members of it” (1 Corinthians 12:27).

Hundreds of people, beyond scheduled adorers come in and out of the Chapel throughout the day, everyday for many reasons.  It is a sacred place where people can hear God speak to them. People leave their prayers at the feet of Jesus when they depart from the busy world to sit or kneel, alone with Jesus. The scripture, “Be still and know that I am God”(Psalm 146) is a gentle reminder depicted on the wall as you enter.

The side altar with candles is dedicated to Mary, the Mother of God, Our Mother of Mercy. The side altar was reconstructed from the former main altar in church by parishioner, Mr. Steve Grusak. Grusak also helped to construct the current altar in church that was dedicated by the Diocese of Lafayette-in-Indiana Bishop, Timothy L. Doherty, in 2011.

“We are blessed beyond words to have the artistic expertise of Mrs. Mireille Wannemuehler, the Saint Louis de Montfort School art teacher and a parishioner that generously shared her gifts and talents in constructing the sacred mosaic for our Adoration Chapel” said Reverend Joshua Janko. “And, it will add to the holy and sacred atmosphere of the Eucharistic Adoration Chapel where you can light a candle for yourself or someone else.” Scripture says, “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden” (Matthew 5:14). Mireille turned hours of weeks and months into prayer over each tiny mosaic piece.

Another blessing came in the generosity of a parishioner who has dedicated much of his life to Mary. Dave Kinder traveled with the late Fr. Donald Eder and many parishioners to Marian shrines all over the world. He is also an intrical part in the construction at Mother of the Redeemer Retreat Center in Bloomington, Indiana where a street sign on the property is named to honor him. When it was time to highlight Mary’s new mosaic, the sacred art committee knew exactly who to turn to. Kinder proposed blue, glass blown pendants on either side of Mary for consideration.

Appropriately, there are many interesting observations in the Bible about the color blue. Mary is clothed in blue signifying stability, trust, tranquility, and purity. Blue can also represent transcendence with its connection to the sky.

The Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy illustrate ways we can show Mercy toward others like praying for the living and the dead, through the intercession of Mary.  We all can minister to others for God’s love and mercy to move us but we can’t talk about it if we are not doing something for God’s glory.

The crown depicted on the mosaic above Mary’s head is a symbol attributed to Mary because she was the perfect follower of Christ; she journeyed on the pilgrimage of faith; and, she is the Mother of the Son of God, who is the messianic King.  Mary won the “crown of righteousness” (2 Timothy 4:8) the “crown of life,” (James 1:12) and the “crown of glory” (Peter 5:4) that is promised to those who follow Christ.

The “A” intertwined with the “M” symbolizes the Latin term “Auspice Maria” which means “Under the Protection of Mary.” Praying the Rosary is always under the protection of Mary and Jesus because Mary always leads us to her Son. We deepen our devotion to Jesus AND Mary by praying specifically, the Rosary.

A lot of people don’t realize the rosary is actually based on scripture. Each mystery has a name but you don’t have to memorize or know each name in order to pray the rosary. Each mystery depicts a specific event in the life of Christ. There is a virtue that correlates with each event. The virtue fosters meditation throughout the repetition of the “Hail Mary” prayers.

Did you know? Totus Tuus was the apostolic motto of Saint Pope John Paul II. The meaning is Latin for “Totally yours, O Mary.” It is a term for devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary that came from the writings of this parish patron Saint Louis de Montfort, who said:

“When the Holy Rosary is said well, it gives Jesus and Mary more glory and is more meritorious than any other prayer.”

Let us embrace the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy declared by Pope Francis by multiplying acts of mercy.

• Mercy is the bridge between God and man.
• Divine Mercy is the fact that God loves us. Nothing can change that. God’s mercy is greater than any sin and is always available to us.

Saint Louis de Montfort, pray for us!

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What is a HOLY DOOR?

Recently, the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia hosted thousands of tour operators and representatives from sacred destinations. It was an opportunity for each of us to collaborate with members of the National Travel Exchange and Faith Travel Association. The organizations came together to create strategic partnerships world wide.

There were many monumental moments but one thing for sure that keeps flooding back. It was the Holy Door. The undeniable “Designated Holy Door” at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. When I opened the balcony door of where I was staying I stepped outside only to find the Basilica smack dab in front of me. Evidently, I was exactly where God wanted me to be.

As Providence would have it, another blessing was to witness the Bishop bless the Holy Door of Mercy on the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord. It was a profound moment filled with signs and symbols rich in Catholic tradition. Many passerbys including the local television station, were strewn into the street to catch a glimpse of what was happening outside the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The Holy Doors throughout the world are normally sealed by mortar and bricks from the inside, so that they can be made holy during Extraordinary Jubilee Year’s marked by the Pope, every 25 years.

After the ceremonious opening of the Holy Door was the Mass, a most beautiful liturgy comprised of the Pastor as cantor! The homily instituted an invitation to “open the door into our own hearts.” It literally felt like I was opening an engraved invitation. The Bishop said, “God wants to see the wounds of our hearts so he can touch and heel them.” The Bishop said, “Mercy is Love. The most important door is the door to your own heart” and he challenged the people packed in the pews as he concluded with these words, “let your eyes be the Doors of Mercy.”

For me, it was transformation. Just like that of the Body and Blood of Jesus in the Eucharist that nourishes each of our souls. My heart was changed and my mind was filled with a sense of peace and love that only God can give. The Catholic Church teaching is steeped in scripture that peace and love do not come without a price. (Acts 16:22-25). Paul says it again and again. We must be willing to deny our self and take up our cross by virtue of patience and follow Him by virtue of perseverance. It reminds me of the 4th and 5th Sorrowful Mysteries and virtues of the Holy Rosary. God tells us that the benefits far outweigh any cost of taking up our cross.

While I had previously crossed the threshold of a Holy Door at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago, Illinois along with 27 family members on the Feast of the Holy Family; I surmised that each and every Holy Door will be completely different.

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Why is it different? Maybe because my heart was changed or my eyes fervently became the doors of mercy. Either way, I experienced a deep connection with God that affirmed my vocation as wife and mother first and then to bring pilgrims on the journey to Him by passing through the Holy Doors. Just as God has a specific purpose (Jeremiah 29:11) or plan for each one of us while on this earth, my special task assigned by God has become more and more clear with each new day. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, God’s graces keep overflowing. Scripture says, “I am the door.” (John 10) We must open our hearts to Him and strive for holiness.

Pope Francis has declared a whole liturgical Year of Mercy on forgiveness. The significance lies in the fact that Cathedral doors throughout the world have been Designated Holy Doors by local Bishops. The doors are for pilgrims to pass through to find a place of forgiveness in their hearts thereby actually entering into the mystery and “being” Christ to others. I found that you can start by being Christ to those closest to you. The most beautiful Sacrament of Reconciliation is tied to a plenary indulgence granted by performing actions like passing through a Holy Door on a pilgrimage. The graces are given only by God. Pope Francis said, “the door finds meaning only when the believer associates the door with Christ.”

Amen? Amen. Holy Doors are powerful. The beauty is when you are still enough, then you might begin to realize what God has ready for those who love Him. (1 Corinthians 2:9)

May the grace and peace and love of Our Lord Jesus Christ be with you always.

Saint John Paul II, pray for us!

Come! Experience PEACE LOVE PILGRIMAGE because “There is a time for everything!” Ecclesiastes 3

 

St. Louis de Montfort Catholic Community Welcomes SoulCore

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SoulCore

SoulCore is a contemporary core workout that pairs exercise with the prayers of the rosary. It is a sensory experience that combines candlelight, music, reflections and movement to nourish your body, mind & soul and encourage deeper meditation on the mysteries and virtues of the rosary.

SoulCore is a new world wide movement steeped in Catholicism. Each position is an invitation for your sacred body to ignite core strengthening, stretching and isometric exercises. Soulcore is not yoga, nor are yoga poses or Sanskrit referenced at any time. In fact, SoulCore is not a response to any other practices, but rather a “Yes” to an inspiration of the Holy Spirit.

The SoulCore leadership process includes a retreat weekend and discerning the call to be a leader upon completion of the Marian Consecration book by Father Michael E. Gaitley’s 33 Days to Morning Glory.

Various leaders are offering SoulCore classes in churches throughout the Diocese of Lafayette-in-Indiana and beyond.

Saint Louis de Montfort (SLDM) Catholic Community in Fishers, Indiana is blessed to have parishioner, wife and mother, Marie Povlinski a certified leader for SoulCore. She will offer weekly classes every Wednesday in the All Saints Room in the Youth Ministry Center from 7:00-8pm. You can contact Marie for more information at: marie.povlinski@gmail.com

Marie and her husband Bryan have been married for 5 years. She enjoys being active and playing games with family and friends. She loves staying home with her two boys and prays that God will bless them with more children in the near future. Marie and her family are members of St. Louis de Montfort and she is actively involved with the Mothers of Young Children and Christ Renews His Parish ministries. Marie is excited to bring the ministry of SoulCore to SLDM. Marie knew she was being called to become a SoulCore leader when she first met Colleen Scariano, co-founder of SoulCore. Colleen’s story was the inspiration behind SoulCore and it was an invitation for Marie to learn more about becoming a certified leader for SoulCore. Marie is passionate about her Catholic faith; drawn to learning and growing more in the studies of the Theology of the Body; and, cultivating a deeper devotion to Mary.

A FEW OF MARIE’S FAVORITE SCRIPTURE VERSES: Romans 12:2, Phillipians 2:13

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SoulCore rosary

Live on Catholic Radio Indy

(Radio link: click below)  https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-psaeg-5b2225#.VoYPNHi8sZI.twitter

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2016!

What a pleasure it was to be a guest on Catholic Radio with Jim Ganley and Mj Krauter. They host a phenomenal show called Faith in Action. It is a program that looks at how everyday people put their faith into action in their everyday lives. The program is underwritten in part by Franciscan Saint Francis Health providing faith based integrated health care; and by Marian University, a great Catholic University.

We talked about Peace Love Pilgrimage; who we are and what we do! We Take the Sacraments, the Saints and SoulCore on the road! Everyday is a journey closer to Jesus.

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From Sacred Art to Sacred Body

It was an honor and a pleasure to be Danny O’Malia’s guest on the Radio Small Business show in Indianapolis during Holy Week of 2015! While traveling to the Cathedral in Lafayette, Indiana for the annual Chrism Mass with the parish priests from Saint Louis de Montfort Church, Danny and I were LIVE on-air discussing the renovation at Saint Louis de Montfort Church in Fishers, Indiana. The topic was the focal point of my Pastoral Project/ a published thesis necessary for completion of a Masters in Pastoral Theology from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. Part of the renovation included several commissioned local artists for sacred liturgical art. Parishioners, Sheri Connor and Mireille Wannemuehler were part of the sacred art committee who also “called in” to share their perspective on-air! Listen here:

http://www.indysmallbiz.com/033115-radio-indy-smallbiz-show-danny-omaliakerin-buntin/

Next up for publication: An Invitation to the World-introducing SoulCore.

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SoulCore co-founder, Deanne Miller led parishioners weekly at Saint Louis de Montfort Church, Fishers, Indiana in preparation for Lent 2015.

The Twelve Days of Christmas

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Saint Louis de Montfort Catholic Community/Fishers, Indiana

Whether or not you were at Saint Louis de Montfort Church to celebrate Christmas and the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God; hopefully, you and your family took the opportunity to kneel at the crèche of the Holy Family. That is, before the Christmas season is over. “At the name of Jesus, every knee should bend of those in Heaven and on earth and under the earth.” Philippians 2:10.

Christmas is not over, yet! There are actually twelve days of Christmas typically yet, this year there are seventeen! The season begins on Christmas and continues for 12 days to Epiphany ending liturgically on the Baptism of the Lord on January 10, 2016.

A couple of days after Christmas my family and I traveled to the northern suburbs of Chicago only to be greeted by a snow storm of all things! It never felt more like Christmas than it did watching the hustle and bustle of people marching through the snow! It seemed like the perfect opportunity to wish every passerby a Merry Christmas! A man responded in disbelief saying that Christmas was over! I couldn’t help but say, “haven’t you heard of The Twelve Days of Christmas? It has only just begun!” It caught him by surprise.

Few people are aware of the meaning behind the popular Christmas carol, The Twelve Days of Christmas. Each gift is designed to help Catholics learn and grow in their faith (1). The age old Christmas carol dates back to the late 1500’s and goes like this, “On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me…

➕ My: is every baptized person; true love: is God; Partridge in a pear tree: is Jesus Christ, who died on a tree for our salvation.

➕ Two turtle doves are: Old and New Testaments.

➕ Three French hens are: faith, hope and love (Corinthians 13).

➕ Four calling birds are: the four Gospel writers. Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.

➕ Five golden rings are: the first five books of the Bible (also called the Pentateuch or the Books of Moses).

➕ Six geese a laying are: the six days of creation (Genesis 1:1-31).

➕ Seven swans a swimming are: the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit (Isaiah 11:2-5).

➕ Eight maids a milking are: the eight Beatitudes (Mt 5:1-12).

➕ Nine ladies dancing are: the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23).

➕ Ten Lord’s a leaping are: the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20).

➕ Eleven pipers piping are: the eleven faithful apostles (Luke 6).

➕ The twelve drummers drumming are: the twelve points of the Apostles Creed.

Christmas commemorates the most momentous event in human history; Jesus Chris as both God and human. It is important to celebrate the 12 (or 17) Days of Christmas as a way of reflecting on what the Incarnation really means in our lives and then by sharing that with others!

Many people came together to help decorate the church for Advent and Christmas. Special thanks goes out to the Saint Louis de Montfort Art & Environment ministry. It took many hands and countless days and hours to assemble a prayerful and peaceful sacred space for God’s holy people. There was so much generosity and pride put into making Saint Louis de Montfort a holy place for Christmas all for the glory of God. Ad majorem dei Gloriam!

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(1) Ball, Ann. Handbook of Catholic Sacramentals.  Our Sunday Visitor. 2005.

 

 

 

Peace Love Pilgrimage, LLC.

My dad, William O’Rourke died 10 years ago on July 23, 2005 when my life was changed forever. Anyone who has grieved the loss of a loved one, knows the feeling. However, by the grace of God I was overcome with a sense of peace and love as dad went to heaven. It was one of Dad’s wishes to listen to music in hospice, most notably the song by TRAIN “Calling All Angels.”

Fast forward, ten years later to the summer of 2015, my husband Eric and I attended the TRAIN concert, by providence. Compliments of Larry and Susan Ross, our friends by choice, neighbors by chance we gratiously accepted the invition! You see, the irony is that Dad was the king of concert tickets just like our friends. He handed out tickets freely when we were growing up. I was fortunate enough to attend more concerts in my youth than most people ever dream of in a life time. This time was different though. TRAIN started to sing “Calling All Angels”…And I stood up in unison belting out the tune as loud as I could…with tears running down my face.

“I need a sign to let me know your here. All of these lines are being crossed over the atmosphere…🎼🎤🎧

Maybe it was a sign of peace and love from heaven above or it was the grace of God working in my life. Either way my prayer is that others may find peace and love in the same manner that I did.

Introducing Peace Love Pilgrimage, LLC. Our mission is to take the Sacraments, the Saints and SoulCore, on the road. We are an apostolate of the Catholic Church transporting people to holy and sacred places both locally and internationally because “there is a time for everything.” (Ecclesiastes 3).

You’re invited! September 27, 2015

Indianapolis to Philadelphia

Mass with Pope Francis!

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