The Society of Mary was founded in 1931, on the uniting of two similar societies: the Confraternity of Our Lady (formed in 1880) and the League of Our Lady (formed in 1902). Although Anglican in origin there are non-Anglican members of the society and they can be found all over the world, the main regional organisations being in England, America and Australia. The Society's magazine, called AVE, is published three times per year. The Society is "dedicated to the Glory of God and the Holy Incarnation of Christ under the invocation of Our Lady, Help of Christians."
The objectives of the society are:
· To love and honour Mary
· To spread devotion to her in reparation for past neglect and misunderstanding
· To take Mary as a model in purity, personal relationships and family life
Members of the society keep a rule of life that includes traditional Marian devotions (such as the Angelus and the Rosary), intercession for the faithful departed members of the Society, participation in Mass on the major Marian feasts and solemnities and active engagement in apostolic work.
Society website: https://societyofmary.weebly.com/
Queen of all the Saints' Ward, Bournemouth
There have been Members of the Society of Mary in Bournemouth for over seventy years. After forty-eight years at St Stephen's Church the Ward and Banner passed to St Ambrose Church, in 2014, with Fr Adrian Pearce as the Ward Superior and Henry Frier as Ward Secretary. Henry and Dorothy Frier remain active members at St Ambrose but the baton of Ward Secretary is now shared between Jean Rundell and Ruth Jeary.
Ward Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SOMBournemouth
The 2019 programme includes:
Saturday, 5th January: 10:00 a.m. Rosary & Mass for Epiphany, followed by Ward Meeting (St Ambrose Church, Westbourne).
Saturday, 23rd March: 10:00 a.m. Rosary & Mass for the Annunciation of the BVM (St Ambrose Church, Westbourne).
Saturday, 11th May: May Festival for the Catholic Societies (St Ambrose Church, Westbourne). 11:00 a.m. High Mass (celebrant: Rt Revd Tony Robinson, Bishop of Wakefield). This will be followed by Lunch in the Church Hall (£10 - which may be reserved before 8th May via email to Fr Adrian Pearce: [email protected]) 3:00 p.m. Solemn Benediction, followed by tea.
Saturday, 18th May: The Annual May Devotion of the Society of Mary at St Silas, Kentish Town, London, includes a Pontifical Mass at St Silas Church at 12 Noon, followed by a Marian Procession down the road to Holy Trinity Church, where lunch is provided (£10) at 1:45pm. There is then the AGM of the Society (open to all), followed by Admission of new members with Vespers and Benediction at 4:00pm, followed by tea. As before, coach travel there and back is being arranged from St Ambrose Church. Precise details of cost (c.£20-£30) and coach times will be confirmed nearer the date..Saturday, 1st June: 10:30 a.m. Mass for the Visitation of the BVM (St Ambrose Church, Westbourne).
Saturday, 13th July: Join with the Bournemouth coach for the Glastonbury Pilgrimage (St Ambrose Church is one of the pick-up/set down points). 12:00 noon. Concelebrated Mass (Preacher: Fr Harri Williams, who was installed as Parish Priest of Walsingham towards the end of last year. He will be preaching on the theme of Mary, Disciple of the Lord.). 3:00 p.m. Benediction.Saturday, 7th September: 10:30 a.m. Mass of the Nativity of the BVM (St Ambrose Church, Westbourne).
Saturday, 5th October: 10:00 a.m. Rosary and Mass of Our Lady of the Rosary (St Ambrose Church, Westbourne).
Saturday, 16th November: 10:00 a.m. Rosary & Requiem Mass for Departed Members of the Society, followed by the Ward AGM (St Ambrose Church, Westbourne).
Saturday, 14th December: 10:00 a.m. Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary followed by Mass of the Immaculate Conception of the BVM (St Ambrose Church, Westbourne).
The Memorare Prayer
Remember, most gracious Virgin Mary,
that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection,
implored your help or sought your intercession was left unaided.
Inspired with this confidence, I fly to you, Virgin of virgins, my Mother.
To you I come, before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful.
Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions,
but in your mercy hear and answer me.