The following is an excerpt from: The Catholic News Agency, found online at


“God wills that all his gifts should come to us through Mary"   (St. Bernard of Clairvaux)


             “It was in Rome, towards the end of the eighteenth century, one fine evening in May. A child of the poor gathered his companions around him and led them to a statue of Mary, before which a lamp was burning, as is the custom in that holy city. There, these fresh young voices sang the Litany of our Lady. The next day, the little group, followed by other children, again gathered at the feet of the Mother of God. Next came their mothers, to join the little assembly. Soon, other groups were formed, and the devotion rapidly became popular. Holy souls, troubled by the disorderly conduct which always increases and becomes graver at the return of the pleasant springtime, saw in these growing practices the hand of God, and they cooperated with the designs of Providence by approving and promoting this new devotion, as a public and solemn act of reparation. The Month of Mary was founded.”

"This is the month in which, in the churches and individual homes, the most affectionate and fervent homage of prayers and devotions from the hearts of Christians are raised to Mary….” During this month we offer her special presents and little sacrifices in her honor; make pilgrimages or visit churches dedicated to her; and spend a bit more attention and dedication to the recitation of the rosary. In light of these, click on the links below for the Marian readings offered.

May 1 - 7
May 8 - 14
May 15 - 21
May 22 - 28
May 29 - 31


Month of Mary

Our Lady of Fatima