Friday, 19 January 2018

Mary's Children eNews

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Free 2 Brown Scapulars –

send a self addressed envelope with one (1) stamp
Whoever Dies Clothed in This Scapular
hall Not Suffer Eternal Fire— This is Mary’s promise
made July 16, 1251 to St. Simon Stock
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Christmas Letter 2017

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Christmas Greetings to all of the friends and benefactors of the Farm!

“And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us”. This is the gift and mystery that we celebrate during this holy season. This is the gift to us from our heavenly Father, the Incarnation of His Son to be the Redeemer of the human race. This is also the gift to us from our heavenly Mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of the Redeemer. The Father has sent His co-eternal Son into the world. The Mother has given her Son for the life of the world. We can gaze upon the infant Jesus in the stable of Bethlehem and hear the voice of the Father, “behold my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased, listen to Him”. And we can hear the voice of the Mother as she shows Him to us saying, “Do whatever He tells you”. We can hear the voice of the infant Jesus telling us, “the more you honor Me, the more I will bless you”.

So many who come to the Farm give testimony to the blessings received here and this is because here, our heavenly Father continues to give us the gift of His Son through the Blessed Virgin Mary. Here the friars and volunteers strive to honor Jesus by listening to Him and doing whatever He tells us. This is, and always will be, what our Lady asks of us, and what she herself first demonstrated by her own example.

May we all rejoice together during this holy season and share this loving gift of Jesus with everyone we meet.

Christmas Blessings to all

Fr. Ignatius M. Manfredonia, FI,


2017 End Of Year Thoughts, Reflections, and Requests

December 2017

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Dear Friends,

Ruth Ann and I on behalf of Mary’s children, Inc., The Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate, the Franciscan Sisters of Our Lady of Refuge, all the volunteers at both the retreat center and those who help put out the newsletter each month in Washington, Indiana, want to wish everyone a VERY MERRY and BLESSED CHRISTMAS and NEW YEAR.

As we reflect on 2017 and look forward to 2018 we can’t help but think back to the beginning of all that has taken place at what was once our farm. From the first messages that were received from Our Lady about her desire to have a prayer group meet here once a month and shortly after that to hearing that one day she desired we start a retreat center on the land. This all began before 1990 with the first prayer group meeting here in the fall of 1992. It is also important to note that from the very beginning Our Lady always insisted that before we did anything she requested that we consult with our Spiritual Director (a Catholic priest) before proceeding and then do “Whatever he tells you”. When Ruth Ann asked her how we were to proceed to make all that she wanted a reality Blessed Mother said that She would send MANY HELPING HANDS to do all the things that she would ask of her. Blessed Mother certainly has kept her promise, for example in June we held an appreciation luncheon for all the current helping hands and we sent out about 125 invitations.

When we were obedient to one request and finished that one she often added another. Since those early days of the prayer group meeting in our home, Blessed Mother has requested the Sacred Heart Chapel on the hilltop, the guest house, the retreat center building for conferences, the bookstore, dining hall, new friary and our former home has been turned into a convent for the sisters. In 2018 we will be beginning our 19th year of offering retreats at Mother of the Redeemer Retreat Center. During this time we have grown from the original farm of 40 acres to about 155 acres that Our Lady told us we should purchase she said to insure a peaceful setting for the retreat center as all the land purchased surrounds the original farm.

We have been extremely blessed by having such a generous group of benefactors through all these years who have made all the requests possible for us to fulfill. We are also blessed to have the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate and the Sisters of Our Lady of Refuge be stationed here. We are very grateful to the Archdiocese of Indianapolis for inviting them to be here to minister to all who visit and attend retreats.

The highlight of 2017 was no doubt the 100th anniversary celebration of Our Lady of Fatima. The retreat center hosted a symposium about the messages of Fatima and about 300 people attended the day. Mary’s Children hosts a monthly retreat in which we offer a large variety of Retreat Masters and topics. We encourage you to visits and to attend at least one retreat a year. Please Check Us Out. We also rent the facilities to catholic groups, parishes, prayer groups, etc. for their retreats or conferences. For information about that you can call 1-812-825-4642 Ext. 1.

In closing you will find some information in this newsletter about ways in which you can help us financially. With the retreat center now getting some age on it, there are always needs that require some maintenance.

May God in his gracious mercy, Bless us all,

Jim and Ruth Ann

Fr Josemaria FI has been assigned to the retreat center

Fr Josemaria FI has been assigned to the retreat center
Fr Josemaria FI who was ordained on Oct 7, 2017 has been assigned to the retreat center by the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate. He has been granted faculties to administer the sacraments in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis by His Excellency Archbishop Charles Thompson. Fr Josemaria celebrated his first public Holy Mass in the Archdiocese on Wednesday Oct 18, 2017. We are extremely happy to have him assigned to the friary at the retreat center.

Think Religious for a Christmas Gift

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Religious Bookstore is located to the right upon entering the grounds of the Retreat Center. It offers a large variety of religious books and gift items for both adults and children:

Rosaries …. Crucifixes ….. Religious Statues ….. Music CD's ….. Greeting cards …..

Video DVD's ….. Religious Gifts

Also Available ($5.00 each 4 for $15) Four Volumes of: "Lessons and Messages to the World from Jesus and The Blessed Virgin Mary "To Ruth Ann Wade of Bloomington, Indiana”

Store Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 10 AM to 3 PM.

You can reach the Bookstore @ 812-825-4642 Ex.2

Voice Mail available to leave a Message for a “CALL BACK”

Novena in Preparation For The Solemnity Of the Immaculate Conception

Services held during the regularly scheduled Holy Hour each evening consisting of Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Sung Vespers, Holy Rosary, Solemn singing of the Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Novena Prayer, Benediction

Wednesday, November 29th thru December 1st at 4:30PM

Saturday. December 2rd at 3:45 PM

Sunday, December 3rd at 4:00PM

Monday, December 4th thru Thursday, December 7th at 4:30PM

Friday, December 8th Mass 10 A.M. Solemnity of Immaculate Conception