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Marian Prayer Program: Immaculate Conception Image

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The Immaculate Conception Prayer Program

The Immaculate Conception Prayer Program began August 7 at the 131st Supreme Convention in San Antonio, Texas. This program features an image of Mary as the Immaculate Conception, which is a copy of the original painting that is housed in the Cathedral Basilica Notre-Dame de Quebec in Canada. The church and the Archdiocese of Quebec are celebrating their 350th anniversary in 2014.

The Immaculate Conception Prayer Program is the 16th Marian Prayer Program sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, beginning with the first program – honoring Mary under her title of Our Lady of Guadalupe – in 1979. In preparation for the 1982 Centennial of the Order, the second prayer program was initiated, which also highlighted the Immaculate Conception. Since then, the Blessed Mother has been honored by her Knights under her titles of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Our Lady of Czestochowa, Our Lady of Pochaiv, Our Lady of the Assumption, Our Lady of the Rosary and Our Lady of Charity.

These Orderwide programs of Marian Prayer have gathered together more than 16 million people at some 140,000 prayer services conducted at local councils and parishes.
Our District Deputy, Joseph Massimini notified that the state was available to the Third District. We alerted him that we wanted to participate in the Marian Prayer Program and we scheduled the event. It was announced at Holy Family Masses.

The image was delivered to Holy Family Parish/Father Kidd Council, Mitchellville, MD, on Monday evening, October 14, 2013 by Brother Knight Massimini following use in another parish and council. He met with our chaplain, Father Joseph Jenkins and the icon was set up in the parish church.

The icon/image was on display Tuesday morning, October 15 for 8:00 AM Mass. The general intercessions from the prayer service were utilized in place of the regular Prayer of the Faithful. It was the feastday for St. Teresa of Avila. Father spoke about how, along with St. John of the Cross, she was influential in the reform of the Church. At the end of the liturgy, our Grand Knight, Manny Rodriguez passed out the prayer cards associated with the program. The Rosary was recited immediately after Mass. Sixteen people were in attendance.