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In the Mary, Mary Month of May

How is it May already? The school year is coming to an end and The Rock has had a great year. It's been so busy that I've been lax in updating our page. I'm so happy to know that we've had several new members to our group and average 5-6 students each week. On May 11, we will have our ice cream social to invite new members, those entering 6-8th grade. 

This summer we will continue to be busy with Totus Tuus July 9-14 and joining the Oasis group the first Wednesday of the month for a social and to attend Adore. 

Along with First Holy Communion, Confirmation, Mother's Day, graduations, and the Memorial Day holiday, May is also the month of Mary. So why do we celebrate Mary in May? Well, she's the mother of our Lord, Jesus Christ and Mother's Day is in May. Seems logical, but really it's because the month of May became the month of celebrating life and motherhood, long before Mother's Day was ever a thing. 

There are many devotions to Mary that Catholics pray but the most common is the "May Crowning." It is a Catholic tradition to honor Mary, our Mother, during the month of May because May has brought special observances, traditions, and devotions to Mary which have lead her to be known as the "Queen of May."

In Revelation 12, Mary is described as “a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and crown of twelve stars on her head.” The “crown” mentioned in Scripture declares her role as queen, the honored mother of Christ the King. In fact, the Fifth Glorious Mystery of the Rosary, “The Crowning of Mary, Queen of Heaven and Earth,” helps us to remember this. 

Therefore, we do not worship Mary but we want to honor her as the Mother of God. Another long-standing Catholic tradition is to pray the Rosary daily during the month of May. I encourage you to pray the Rosary daily with your families.

Ten Ways to Celebrate the Month of Mary

1. Create a flower crown for your Mary statue.
2. Pray a novena to Mary.
3. Pray a daily rosary and spread the word about the rosary.
4. Learn about a new Marian devotion.
5. Share the miraculous medal.
6. Memorize a Marian prayer or song.
7. Get invested in the scapular.
8. Read a book about Mary.
9. Get a group of friends together for a prayer group dedicated to Mary.
10. Consecrate yourself to Mary.

Vocation Prayer

Loving and Generous God,
it is You who call us by name
and ask us to follow You.
Help us to grow in the Love
and Service of our Church
as we experience it today.
Give us the energy and courage
of Your Spirit
to shape its future
Grant us faith-filled leaders
who will embrace Christ’s Mission
of love and justice.
Bless St. Malachy’s
by raising up dedicated and generous leaders
from our families and friends
who will serve Your people as Sisters,
Priests, Brothers, Deacons, and Lay Ministers.
Inspire us to know You better
and open our hearts
to hear Your call.
We ask this through our Lord, Jesus Christ.

Interview: Getting to know Kimberly Souba

Middle School Youth Ministry Happenings

We will be using the REMIND app to text out messages and announcements. To join, please send the following text message: @78thy to the number 81010. Or you can click here to go to the website in order to register. 


I am really looking forward to our weekly youth ministry activities. Each week will be something different. We will be having a lesson on something relevant to what is going on in the church or world, adoration, social, and service outreach to the community. 

We will meet on Thursdays from 6:30-8 PM.

The 2023 Dates:

May 4
May 11 (Ice Cream Social for incoming 6th-8th graders)


May 11 - Ice Cream Social
June 7 - Join Oasis for Social & Adore
July 5 - Join Oasis for Social & Adore
July 9-14 - Totus Tuus


Director Kimberly Souba
(309) 944-5393 Ext. 110