The Schoenstatt Shrine is a place of grace where the Blessed Mother is honoured as the "Mother Thrice Admirable Queen and Victress of Schoenstatt". Father Kentenich, along with the Founding Generation invited the Blessed Mother to dwell in the Schoenstatt Shrineand offered their striving for sanctification to the Mother Thrice Admirable so that She can intercede miracles of grace for all who pilgrim to the Shrine. The three specific Pilgrim Graces are: Home, Transformation and Witness (Apostolic Fruitfulness).
Since 1914, over 200 replicas have been built around the world. Each of these Shrines are connected with the grace of the Original Schoenstatt. We are forunate to have three Shrines in Australia.
Schoenstatt Shrine – Opens its “Door of Mercy”
The Schoenstatt Shrine at Mt. Schoenstatt, Mulgoa is a place of pilgrimage and grace where each week many pilgrims come to pray and visit Our Blessed Mother in her Shrine. These people come from many parts of the greater Sydney area- from the mountains to the sea and beyond. They come from many different cultures and with many different religious beliefs. They come because they love the shrine and find in it a prayerful, peaceful place where they can feel at home. Here at the shrine they believe that our Merciful Mother will answer their prayers and petitions and they have faith that is a ‘sacred place”, a place of grace and blessing.
Our experience is that here in her Shrine, the Blessed Mother of Schoenstatt not only offers us the grace of feeling at home, she also offers us the grace of inner transformation. We don’t expect physical miracles, but rather both the gifts and the challenges that God sends us (conversion/ transformation). We believe that with the help of Our Lady and her Son, we will come to know and believe that we have a merciful Father who loves us and only wants what is best for us.
The Diocese of Parramatta has nominated this Schoenstatt Shrine as one of the special places in the diocese where a Door of Mercy will be open for the duration of the Holy Year, so that all who enter “will experience the love of God who consoles, pardons and instils hope” (Pope Francis)
The Holy Door of the Shrine will be officially opened at the beginning of the 11am Mass at Mt. Schoenstatt on Sunday 13th December. As with all Jubilees, a plenary indulgence is granted during the Holy Year of Mercy for those who fulfil all of the usual requirements.
In this Holy Year of Mercy, Pope Francis is also encouraging each one of us to go on pilgrimage because “it represents the journey each of us makes in this life” (Pope Francis). He sees this as a sign “that mercy is also a goal to reach and requires dedication and sacrifice. May pilgrimage be an impetus to conversion: by crossing the threshold of the Holy Door, we will find the strength to embrace God’s mercy and dedicate ourselves to being merciful to others as the Father has been with us.”
So in this Holy Year of Mercy, you are invited to come on pilgrimage to the Schoenstatt Shrine, 230 Fairlight Road, Mulgoa. You may wish to consider organising a pilgrimage from your parish, or come along privately with your family and friends.
The Shrine is open each day from 7am to 8pm (closed Monday 8-10am for cleaning).
If you would like to bring a group on pilgrimage to the shrine, you will need to contact the Schoenstatt Spirituality Centre: phone: 02 4773 8338) or [email protected] so we can organise a welcome for your group or parish.
If you would like to find out more about the planned events around the Shrine in the coming months, or get further information about the Schoenstatt Movement and the Spirituality Centre, you can visit the website: www.schoenstatt.org.au
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