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FEAST OF THE CHILD MARY
November 21

The Catholic liturgical calendar designates November 21st as the Feast of the Presentation of the Child Mary in the Temple.  This is an ancient religious tradition that presents Mary in a process of encountering God, being nourished with the divine words, sanctifying herself daily to become a temple herself, worthy of forming the body of Christ.

This feast has been celebrated in Company of Mary schools since 1610 when it initiated in the first school opened in Bordeaux, France by Saint Jeanne de Lestonnac.

The purpose was:

  • To express gratitude to God for all that had been accomplished in spite of difficulties
  • For the students to offer their lives to the Lord through the intercession of Mary
  • To offer God the fruits of the apostolic mission

It was Saint Jeanne’s wish that this feast be celebrated in all Company of Mary schools for all time and that it become a permanent tradition.

Following the example of Our Lady, each generation, each child, each year and each day bears the promises of a future and is a source of new beginnings.  The celebration of the feast of the Child Mary is an occasion, among others, to help our students become more aware and feel responsible for the potential that lies in their hands.

Each one is called to respond to the vocation God gives them and together with Mary offer their lives to God and reach out to others so that they can be part of building the kingdom of the Lord in our world.

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