As followers of Christ we are obliged to practise
the Gospel message in our everyday living. Most of us find this
difficult and if left to ourselves would became despondent.
However, with the Legion of Mary, we have a Catholic organisation
with a proven system, which shows us the way, by serving Jesus,
Legion of Mary Membership
There are 2 main types of Legion
membership - active and auxiliary members
Active members meet
weekly on Parish premises with the agreement of the parish priest.
Here at St. Augustine's we meet in the presbytery at 7pm each
Monday. The meeting opens with the special Legion prayers followed
by the Rosary and then the allocation of some work to be undertaken
in the coming week by pairs of members. In all, this weekly
commitment as an active Legionary takes up to around 2 hours.
Many people cannot make this commitment due to family/work responsibilities
but may wish to support the work of the Legion as Auxiliary
Auxiliary membership involves
the commitment to say the special Legion prayers each day and
to ask Our Blessed Lady to guide and support active members
in the work of the Legion.
The Legion of Mary is a
Parish based world wide Catholic action movement, open
to all practising members of the church, religious, lay men,
women and young people. Members of the Legion of Mary (Legionaries)
undertake any work of the church, under the guidance of the
parish priest, with the exception of collecting money and the
giving of material relief. Same examples of the work of the
Legion of Mary are:
¨ visiting the sick, elderly, housebound
and lonely in their homes, residential homes or hospitals
¨ promoting devotion to Our lady and the Rosary
¨ encouraging lapsed Catholics to return
¨ carrying out a Parish census, and other work to
support the spiritual and pastoral life of the Parish.
The Legion and You
Hundreds of thousands of ordinary Catholics , have found the
Legion spiritually rewarding for themselves and the people they
serve. Please give some thought to whether you could become
an active or auxiliary member. If there is a Legion of Mary
in your Parish, do have an exploratory chat with any of the
members. If the Legion is not operating in your parish, talk
to your parish priest to see if he would like to establish the
Legion in the Parish. The officers of the Diocesan Legion of
Mary would provide advice and help on starting the Legion of
Mary in a parish.
Not all Work & Prayer.
Throughout the year Legionaries & Auxiliaries & guests
are invited to take part in social events, the highlights of
which are the Summer Outing & the Christmas Dinner.