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Religious Community of the Disciples of Mary


AM-West Coast USA

June 14 and 15, 2019
Mission San Luis Rey
Oceanside California
by Cheri-Acoba Loreto

On June 14 and 15, 2019, fourteen F.A.M.I.L.Y. or Friends of the Alagad ni Maria in Leading the Youth members attended a retreat at San Luis Rey Mission. Fr. Peter Edward M. Lavin, AM the moderator of the Disciples of Mary, was the Spiritual Director and speaker of the said retreat.

The Mission San Luis Rey is a serene, quiet place for prayer and meditation. We gathered near the Old Pepper Tree, and took pictures (of course), explored the grounds and memorized where coffee and tea are served 24 hours. A brief orientation in the Guadalupe room was started with an exercise skit, Zumba style. Mass was celebrated in the chapel of St. Clare. We were all motivated, inspired, and ready. Fr. Peter encouraged us to dig deep in our hearts in the whole duration of the retreat. We are encouraged to reassess our journey in life as ambassadors of God in helping the youth. Fr. Peter was so passionate in asking the participants to reach out to the youth. He reminded us of our baptismal calling, our obligation to pray, guide, and lead the youth. By the end of the retreat there was awareness and better understanding of our roles. Fr. Peter said, "We are the bridge between God and youth by prayers, guidance and a life of good example." We can't wait until the next retreat. (Cheri Acoba-Loreto)

YDM and FAMILY Picnic 2019
May 18, 2019, Saturday
Shadow Park Cerritos

A spiritual and fun-filled day picnic was held last May 18, 2019, Saturday at Shadow Park Cerritos, California. There were more or less than a hundred participants attended. The Disciples of Mary Priests, Friends of the Alagad ni Maria in Leading the Youth (FAMILY) and some volunteers led the Picnic. Food were served all throughout the event. They had breakfast, lunch and snacks and food to go. One of the best blessing of this event is everything is free.

The celebration started with praying the Rosary, followed by fun-filled games for both young and young at hearts (adult and senior citizens). After playing, everyone shared delicious lunch. The celebration continued in the afternoon. Fr. Peter facilitated the Bingo with some exciting prizes. Fr. Dodik had Rosary Workshop. The participants in the workshop were able to take home their finished rosary products.

The most important part of the picnic was saved at the end. It is the celebration of the Holy Eucharist. The main celebrant of the mass was Fr. Peter.

Visita Iglesia 2019
April 18, 2019 Holy Thursday
excerpt from Norie Gatus

We give praise & thank to God for a beautiful Maundy Thursday celebration at St. Irenaeus Catholic Church last April 18, 2019 at 7.30pm and for the successful & well attended Visita Iglesia 2019 participated by approximately 110 and more Christ loving people both young and old.

What is Visita Iglesia?
VISITA IGLESIA (Church Visit) Roman Catholic Church tradition of visiting 7 churches and reflecting on the PASSION and DEATH of our Lord Jesus Christ on the cross. The pilgrims pray the stations of the cross, 2 stations in each churches and visit the ALTAR of REPOSE.

The churches visited are the following;

1. St. Irenaeus Catholic Church in Cypress California
2. St. Hedwig Catholic Church in Los Alamitos California
3. St. Polycarp Catholic Church in Stanton California
4. St. Columban Catholic Church in Garden Grove California
5. Christ Cathedral in Garden Grove California
6. St. Boniface Catholic Church in Anaheim California
7. St. Justin Martyr Catholic Church in Anaheim California

The Visita Iglesia ended with praying the 13th and 14th stations of the cross and a light snacks.

Thanks to all the volunteers.

New: Lenten Retreat with Fr. Lester, AM and Fr. Peter, AM.
April 6, 2019
by Carol Juego

The religious community of The Alagad ni Maria West Coast held their Annual Lenten Retreat last April 6, 2019 with Fr. Peter Lavin, AM and Fr. Louis Lester Niez, AM as retreat masters.

Fr. Peter started with the challenge how are we going to listen to other people (ears, mind and heart) with emphasis on listening with our heart especially in the hustle and bustle of our daily life. We should STOP, LOOK and LISTEN, that became a challenge to me.

Fr. Les then guided us to a journey with Mother Mary at the foot of the cross. The Stabat Mater, which we nonchalantly pray whenever we do Stations of the Cross - best reflects how our Blessed Mother suffered so much. No parent would want to see their child suffer so intensely, yet Mother Mary was there until the end. She took the pain and pondered everything in her heart knowing that her joyful fiat would have to pass through this sorrowful passion in order to gain the glorious Easter. So, with Mother Mary how are we going to prepare for Easter? Here are some of the pointers;

1. Making quiet time with the Lord.
2. Affirming Christ in our lives
3. Renewal of ourselves
4. Yielding to God's will.

Fr. Peter then took us to a prayerful reflection of the Seven Sorrows of Mother Mary and how it relates to the virtues and gifts of the Holy Spirit. Two co-retreatants stated to me, that they appreciated this part since not many of us know the 7 Sorrows of Mary.

The retreat ended with the conviction that amidst all the suffering, there is Easter joy. 

FAMILY Catechism on the Solemnity of St. Joseph the husband of Mary

FAMILY members listening to Fr. Peter, AM who talked about St. Joseph in the Scriptures

March 19, 2019, Solemnity of St. Joseph: FAMILY (Friends of the Alagad ni Maria in Leading the Youth) Catechism Night was held in Disciples of Mary home in Anaheim Magnolia. Fr. Peter, AM inspired them about the story of St. Joseph in the scriptures.

The event started with the mass at 6:00pm followed by an austere meal cooked by Fr. Peter, AM himself and some food brought in by FAMILY members. Catechism started after everyone had their fill.

One of the most striking message was, if not for the intercession of St. Joseph, we will not be who we are right now. St. Joseph did not leave the Blessed Mother, he did not leave Jesus. He will not leave us and for sure intercede for us.

FAMILY: Volunteers Appreciation Luncheon

Simple appreciation luncheon for some of the volunteers of the Disciples of Mary was held last March 2, 2019. Some volunteers were not present because of prior commitments.

Line Dance for a Cause
February 16, 2019 Friday

A fun-filled night with a cause (fundraising for YDM) was held on February 16, 2019, Friday, 7pm at the Brookhurst Community Center in Anaheim, California. Friends and supporters of the Alagad ni Maria (AM) or Disciples of Mary gathered together for a line dancing event with the intention of raising funds for the Young Disciples of Mary, the youth group of the AM in California, USA. The program started with a prayer and a simple meal shared with one another. Fr. Aaron Galvizo, AM shared an inspirational message for the youth while the people were eating. Then line dancing started and a surprise line dance number from the AM Priests. There were also exciting gifts distributed.   

Anniversary for a Formation House
January 11, 2019 Saturday

A building fundraising project for the formation house of the 1st Year and 2nd Year Seminarians of the Disciples of Mary was held in Cypress Community center on January 11, 2019 on the occasion of the Sacerdotal Anniversary of Fr. Lester, AM or Fr. Louis, AM.
  • AM San Pablo Sketch of Formation House
    AM San Pablo Sketch of Formation House
  • An arial view of the site of the future AM San Pablo Formation House
    An arial view of the site of the future AM San Pablo Formation House
  • Prayer of Blessing for Fr. Louis, AM or Fr. Lester, AM
    Prayer of Blessing for Fr. Louis, AM or Fr. Lester, AM
  • Prayer of Blessing for Fr. Louis, AM or Fr. Lester, AM
    Prayer of Blessing for Fr. Louis, AM or Fr. Lester, AM
  • Dancing Time
    Dancing Time
  • Lechon for Celebration
    Lechon for Celebration
AM San Pablo Sketch of Formation House
AM San Pablo Sketch of Formation House

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