Centenary Inauguration and thanksgiving guide

The long awaited day is just hours around the corner!
It is unfortunate that due to the CoVID-19, we can not have as many people physically attend the Mass. Attendance will ONLY be by invitation.

The organising Committee has made a provision for each and every Legionary to participate in the Mass ONLINE. Many thanks to Radio Maria Uganda, Uganda Catholic TV, Ugandan Catholics Online among others that will broadcast the Mass LIVE.

  1. We shall stream live on the Senatus of Uganda Youtube Channel that you can access through this LINK.
  2. The Uganda Catholic TV will also be broadcasting live. You can access it on free-to-air decoders or on GoTV.
  3. Radio Maria Uganda (All the substations). For those unable to access the radio, you can listen Live through their website or download the Radio Maria World Family app (Go to Africa).

Program

The activities of Tuesday, 7th September 2021 will be as follows (For those in a different time zone, we are using East Africa Standard time or GMT+3).

  1. Opening Prayers: As it is for all Legion of Mary functions, we shall begin with opening prayers at 9:20am. These unfortunately will not be live but we ask you all wherever you will be to say those prayers. The next activities will be live.
  2. Mass begins at 10.00am.
  3. The Catena will follow.
  4. The Centenary theme song will be launched and the Centenary candle lit by the bishop to mark the beginning of Centenary celebrations in Uganda.
  5. A few speeches will then be followed by the Concluding prayers of the Legion. These will end our live program during the day.

Centenary theme Song

At 4pm (still on Tuesday), we shall premiere the lyric video of the Centenary theme song. In order not to miss out, you can set a reminder on this LINK available on our YouTube channel.

8pm on 7th September

Do you remember 7th September 1921?
The very first meeting of the Legion of Mary started at that time.

To commemorate that hour in which Legion of Mary will mark 100 years, we shall have the Legion of Mary prayers that will be live on Radio Maria Uganda-Kampala and the other substations that may be connected. 

For more details, follow our social media platforms; Facebook and twitter. We shall try to keep you posted.

For any inquires, send us an email on info@senatusofuganda.org

Thank you.
May mother Mary intercede for us

Centenary of the Legion of Mary in Uganda

Communication from the Senatus Officers to the Legionaries

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

We thank God for His protection especially during the just concluded 42 days of total lockdown. This was the second time since the year 2020. The lockdown continues to help us to recognise the way in which we were preoccupied with a very busy world and neglected the more important area of making time for ourselves. In all this, the object however of the Legion of Mary remains constant, and that is the glory of God through the holiness of its members, developed by prayer and active co-operation in the work of Jesus Christ.

This time, more people fell sick and many died. May the souls of all the deceased through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary rest in peace. Amen.

As we are all aware, Churches were closed and likewise the activities of Legion of Mary which include meetings, visits, functions, etc. were put on hold in the process of curbing the spread of the Corona Virus.  However, in his speech on the 30th July 2021, the President of Uganda reported that the rate of infection of the virus had reduced tremendously, and the lockdown was partially lifted.

In this situation, the Officers of the Senatus of Uganda advise Councils as follows:

  1. All Legion of Mary meetings are still on hold. Let us continue with Legion of Mary prayers every day and on the day of the Praesidium meeting, say the prayers at the time of the meeting,
  2. About the Centenary Celebrations,
    • The Inauguration of the Centenary Celebrations will take place on Tuesday, 7th September, 2021, at Nsambya Parish. Mass will start at 10.00 am presided over by the Rt. Rev. Bishop Paul Ssemogerere, the Chairman of the Lay Apostolate Commission of the Uganda Episcopal Conference.
    • Due to the current restrictions on celebrations, a few of us will be invited but in order for all of us to participate, Mass will be broadcasted on all Catholic Radios and Television and we request all Legionaries to tune in.
    • On the 7th September 2021, we ask all Curiae in consultation with their Spiritual Directors to offer Mass of thanksgiving to God for the 100 years of Legion of Mary. If possible, the Curiae may have a novena of Masses offered prior to the 7th September 2021.
  1. We are called upon to join and pray the 24-hour rosary weekly and encourage all the others including non-Legionaries to participate. This is a strong weapon in the struggle to end CoVID-19. 

 May Mary Immaculate, Mediatrix of all Graces pray for us.

God bless you.

83rd Anniversary of the Arrival of Edel Quinn in Uganda

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Today Thursday 22nd July 2021, we commemorate the 83rd anniversary of the arrival of Edel Quinn. A young Irish girl of 31years of age who was commissioned by Concilium, the highest governing council of Legion of Mary to come to Africa and introduce the Legion. She arrived in Uganda on the 22nd July 1938 and was welcomed at Nsambya Parish.

Let me comment on Nsambya Parish first. Members, it is important to note that Nsambya Parish has become another home of Legionaries. In addition to welcoming our dear Sr. Edel, we have a house there for Mother Mary in which Legionaries hold meetings. Recently in May 2021, we laid to rest our dear Spiritual Director Rev. Fr. Expedito Walakira in the Cemetery of the same parish. Again the Mass for inaugurating the year of the Centenary Celebrations of Legion of Mary is scheduled to take place at Nsambya Parish on the 7th September, 2021. We are indeed grateful to the Church Leaders of this Parish for their generosity to Legion of Mary.

Edel Quinn is an envoy of Legion of Mary to Africa. Cardinal Suenens in his book “Edel Quinn’’ refers to her as a “Heroine of the apostolate”. She sacrificed a lot in order for me and you to become Legionaries. She gave up playing the piano, table tennis and dancing which were her hobbies. She sacrificed the joy of marriage. She left her homeland, Ireland, her parents, relatives and friends; she resigned at her place of work when she was coming to Africa to introduce the Legion. Her life style changed tremendously for the sake of saving souls.

Pope Pius XII, after reading her biography written by Cardinal Suenens he recommended that Edel Quinn’s life is made known to all those working in the Lord’s fields.

A lot can be learned from Edel Quinn’s life especially today when we are soon starting a new century and considering our Centenary recruitment mission of extending and strengthening the Legion in all corners especially in the Northern and Eastern parts of Uganda. Let us derive spiritual strength from some of her own words found in the little book “WORDS OF LIFE FROM EDEL QUINN”. She says:

  • Let us try to give utterly, in every possible way, without counting the cost to be spent for Christ (69)
  • Always remember that you’re Legionaries of our Lady. You should be proud to be known as Legionaries, members of our Lady’s army. It is a previlege to be allowed to work for our Quinn and her Son and we must try to give our best for nothing less is good enough in the service (77)
  • For me, the Legion comes before everything (78)
  • It will be one of the most powerful forces for the reconstruction of society (79).
  • It will be one of the most powerful forces for the reconstruction of society (79).
  • Mary calls upon us: what an honour!. She offers us her instrument, the Legion. Are we going to refuse her our indispensable co-operation? (80)
  • I must enlist all my powers in the service of the Legion (83)
  • It is the will, the will, the will that matters (98)

Let these words be our food for thought throughout the day and remember to pray for her beatification. Members who would like to volunteer to extend Legion of Mary to where it has not been or where it is not, please come up.

We thank Nsambya Comitium for organizing Mass on Radio Maria today for us to thank God for the gift of the Legion of Mary apostolate.

May Mother Mary Queen of the Legion pray for us.

Susan Mary Nsubuga
President
Senatus of Uganda

Legion of Mary in Uganda in the current CoVID-19 resurgence

Following the address by H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni regarding the CoVID-19 resurgence and current status of the pandemic in the country in which the churches have been closed and all other public gatherings prohibited, the Senatus of Uganda Officers advise as follows in the letter signed by the President and the Assistant Spiritual Director.

  1. All Legion of Mary meetings be put on hold until further notice.
  2. It is hard to go on with the program for Soroti extension work. The meeting that was to take place on the 12th June 2021 in the diocese was postponed. We shall communicate when to embark on this work again.

Legionaries are advised to recite the Legion of Mary Prayers on the day of meeting and continue with the practice of the handbook study.

The 24-hour rosary initiative continues for all the councils that had organised. For those that had not, kindly make an effort to organize. Remember the initiative is not only for Legionaries but even non-Legionaries who are willing to spare one hour a week in prayer. Please endeavor to participate in this continuous rosary prayer for the world.

Legionaries are advised to respond to the call of Mother Mary to pray the 20 decades of the rosary every day.

Let us also keep in touch with our Spiritual Directors and fellow Legionaries using all possible means like telephone calls among others.

Mother Mary Mediatrix of all graces, intercede for us.