DEVOTIONS AT OUR LADY OF GRACE
By Frank Banas and Benny Carlos, Co-Cordinators
The Devotional Practices group provides organizational structure and coordination among the various devotional groups of the parish. It is also the responsibility of the group to ensure that devotional practices throughout the parish are consistent with Catholic Church teaching.
Roman Catholic devotions are “external practices of piety,” which are not part of the official liturgy of the Catholic Church but are part of the popular spiritual practices of Catholics that are centuries old. The Catechism of the Catholic Church similarly defines this religious “sense” as piety, one of the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit. Devotional practices play a crucial role in helping to foster prayer as part of our daily lives. They are a means of permeating everyday life with prayer to God. Devotions to Saints were popular in the old days and are coming back with devotions to recently elevated Saints such as Padre Pio.
Three major Marian apparitions (i.e., Guadalupe, Lourdes and Fatima) help spread devotions to the Virgin Mary, guided by her request to pray the Rosary for conversion of sinners and for world peace. A fourth apparition, the one in Medjugorie, is still under study by the Vatican. In many parts of the world there are numerous reported apparitions of the Virgin Mary to the local Catholic faithful, confirmed or unconfirmed by Church authority, that lead them to a life of devotion to the Virgin Mary. They ask the Virgin Mary to intercede for their own intentions and for world peace and conversion of sinners. Click here for Marian devotions at Our Lady of Grace. ?
A wide range of devotions are practiced by Roman Catholics. They take on various forms, ranging from the formalized, multiday prayers such as novenas to activities that do not involve formal prayer, such as Rosary making.
Devotional Groups/Ministries at Our Lady of Grace
Fatima (Blue Army) Apostolate, Rosary Prayer, Rosary Makers, Legion of Mary, Mother of Perpetual Help
Devotions to Saints
Devotions to Saints were popular in the old days and are coming back with devotions to recently elevated Saints, such as Padre Pio. Catholic churches and even Protestant churches are named after the community’s favorite saints.