May is the Month of Mary!
Saint Ignatius Loyola Parish Crowns Our Blessed
The evening was sunny and warm as more than one hundred
parishioners of Saint Ignatius Loyola Parish
gathered together in song and prayer to pay homage
to the Blessed Virgin Mary in the church garden
where Monsignor Donald T. Bennett, Pastor, crowned
her statue with flowers after the 5:00 pm Mass on
Saturday, May 9, 2009. The May Crowning Ceremony, which was coordinated by the Saint Anne’s Mothers Prayer Group,
was another special event in the Parish’s yearlong
150th Anniversary celebration.
After the Mass, the Knights of Columbus Color Guard led the
parishioners out the front of the church towards the
Saint Ignatius Loyola Prayer Garden, where they were
greeted by several young girls and boys of the
Parish, who distributed Memorare Prayer Cards and
beautiful flowers that would be laid at Mary’s feet
after the crowning. In honour of Mother’s day, all
mothers in attendance were given special Rosary
beads that were made by the Parish’s Martha Guild
Everyone gathered around the Shrine of the Holy Family while
singing Marian hymns, led by the Parish Choir and
the Spanish Music Ministry. After reading Sacred
Scripture and prayers, Monsignor Bennett crowned the
Blessed Virgin Mary and then led the congregation in
the praying together of the Memorare.
It was a beautiful way to express devotion to Mary, the
Mother of our Lord and Saviour, Christ Jesus, whose
self-less ‘yes’ is an inspiration to all who want to
walk by faith and not by sight.
Below is the slideshow of the May Crowning pictures. If the slideshow does not appear,