MCCARTYVILLE — Catholics throughout North and South America will be celebrating the Schoenstatt crowning.
The Apostolic movement of Schoenstatt is a Roman Catholic Marian movement of religious and moral renewal which founded in Germany on Oct. 18, 1914. It strives to live the gospel of Jesus Christ, through the intercession of the blessed mother. Through covenant spirituality, the mother’s mission in Schoenstatt is to perfect the covenant with the triune God. Mary brings Catholics closer to Jesus.
The Schoenstatt theme for the year 2016-17 is “Fear not, proclaim the Father’s love!”
Schoenstatt crowning celebrations will be taking place on Saturday, Oct. 22. More than 300 from all over Ohio gathered for the celebration on Oct. 18 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in McCartyville, Ohio. Those in attendace celebrated Holy Mass, the crowning ceremony and dinner with fellowship after, as the Rev. Steve Mondiek presided.
During the ceremony, Mike Schubert, Diocesan leader, gave a report from the leaders conference recently held in Waukesha, Wisconsin.
In Schoenstatt, the practice of crowning the blessed mother has taken on a new meaning since the Rev. Joseph Kentenich (servant of God), the founder of Schoenstatt, first attached a crown to the picture of the mother thrice admirable and queen of Schoenstatt in the original shrine in Germany on Dec. 10, 1939. In 1950, John Pozzobon began the Schoenstatt Rosary Campaign in Brazil. Catholics crown the Blessed Mother, “Queen of the 3 Graces on the Move!” because of the three graces that come from the shrines: The grace of inner transformation, apostolic zeal and the grace of being at home. Catholics crown her because she gave birth to Jesus Christ.
New Schoenstatt groups are currently meeting at Sacred Heart Parish (McCartyville) on Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m. In January 2017 meetings will be held at St. Michael’s Parish in Fort Loramie on Sunday evenings at 6:30 p.m. and at Immaculate Conception Parish in Botkins on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 p.m.
For more information on the rosary campaign, go to www.schoenstattrosarycampaign.com.