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The Year of Mary

The Year of Mary

The theme of World Youth Day 2017 was taken from Our Lady's song of praise, the Magnificat, 'The Mighty One has done great things for me'. The Pope has chosen to focus on Mary for the next two years' World Youth celebrations.

Pope Francis has asked young people to journey with Mary, describing her as a 'role model to be imitated.'

The Year of Mary will provide an opportunity for our children to celebrate, each month, a virtue shown by Mary and to celebrate her many names.  In turn, this will allow the children to come closer to Mary, the mother of God, and our Mother.




Year of Mary


Each month there will be a prayer focus for the children to think and reflect on.

January- Families

February- The sick

March- The needy and the hungry

April- Vocations

May- Workers

June- The persecuted

July- Sea Farers

September- Peace

October- Our home and the world

November- Deceased family and friends

December- Migrants and refugees

Monthly Prayers


Year of Mary Displays

Year of Mary Bags

Every Friday one child in each class at St. Oswald's takes home the Year of Mary bag. It contains a candle and rosary beads also a book to write down prayers or images of Mary. We hope all our parents will share the bag and its contents with their child.



“We walk in the footsteps of Jesus so that we may have life in all its fullness”

John 10:10

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