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Legion of Mary

Coming Up: 
Nov 23     Saints & Martyrs of the Middle East, in the Hall

The Legion of Mary was founded in Dublin, Ireland on 7 September 1921. It is a lay Catholic organization whose members are giving service to the Church on a voluntary basis in almost every country. The object of the Legion of Mary is the glory of God through the holiness of its members developed by prayer and active co-operation in Mary's and the Church's work. The unit of the Legion of Mary is called a praesidium, which holds a weekly meeting, where prayer is intermingled with reports and discussion. The main apostolate of the Legion consists of activities directed towards all men and women, young and old, rich and poor as well as people from the margins of society (homeless, prostitutes, prisoners, etc.) and towards non-Catholics. The members of the Legion are primarily engaged in the performance of the Spiritual Works of Mercy rather than works of material aid. Persons who wish to join the Legion must apply for membership in a Praesidium.

The Works of the Legion
The Legion sees as its priority the spiritual and social welfare of each individual. The members participate in the life of the parish through visitation of families,the sick, both in their homes and in hospitals and through collaboration in every apostolic and missionary undertaking sponsored by the parish. Every legionary is required to carry out a weekly apostolic work in the spirit of faith and in union with Mary. "For all states of the laity the perfect example of spiritual and apostolic life is the most Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of Apostles, who while leading the life common to all here on earth, one filled with family concerns and labors, was always intimately united with her Son and in an entirely unique way co-operated in the work of the Saviour . . . All should devoutly venerate her and commend their life and apostolate to her maternal care". (Vatican II: Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity)

Here at Saint John Neumann Parish, our goal is to promote the glory of God and advance the reign of Jesus Christ, through the actions of our membership; developed by prayer, evangelization and active co-operation in Mary’s work and with the Mission of the Catholic Church. We accomplish this by a primary focus on the Spiritual Works of Mercy. The active members of Our Lady of Victory and Our Mother of Hope Praesidiums are Religious Education catechists at the youth, teen and adult levels; pray with residents at three local nursing facilities; conduct door to door visitation within the parish boundaries as well as a Pilgrim Virgin home visitation program; run a Book-Barrow at the local beach pier; welcome new parishioners; comfort the mourning and many other works in the parish.
Auxiliary Membership :  This membership is open to Priests, Religious and lay people who wish to associate themselves with the Legion by undertaking a service of prayer in its name.

All parishioners are invited to join, please sign up today!

Schedule of Activities :  Weekly meetings 
  • Adults [18+yrs] Thursdays, 7pm-8:30pm -Parish hall loft
  • Juniors [under 18 yrs] Saturdays,10am-11am.
  • To schedule a Pilgrim Virgin home visitation-- Click here
Lorraine Villegas, President Adult/Juniors;
Joseph Wong,Vice-President;
Diane Smith, Treasurer;
Maria Yip, Secretary;
Ivan Balza,Vice-President Juniors

Contact : Lorraine Villegas @ 949-419-5197 
"Yours is an eminently Marian spirituality, not only because the Legion glories in carrying Mary's name as its unfurled banner, but above all because it bases its methods of spirituality and apostolate on the dynamic principle of union with Mary, on the truth of the intimate participation of the Virgin Mary in the plan of salvation. In other words you intend to render your service to every person, who is the image of Christ, with the spirit and the solicitude of Mary.-Pope John Paul II. Address to Italian Legionaries 30th October 1982