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Want to Deepen Your Devotion to Mary?

Well, Join the Club!

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Think about how comforting it is when you know someone is praying for you. Now imagine being a member of a club with some 4,000 people who pray the Rosary for each other every month.

This is one of the many benefits of being a member of the "Thirteenth of the Month Club" — named "Thirteenth" in honor of the day of the month Mary chose for her appearances to the children of Fatima 100 years ago.

Besides joining a prayer chain of people across the country, members are remembered on the 13th of every month in a special Mass offered by the Marian Fathers in Fatima. By their prayers and generous offerings, members, in turn, support the Marians' mission of spreading Divine Mercy and devotion to Mary Immaculate around the world.

"Members of the Club strive to lead holy lives and to help Our Lady spread grace, peace, and healing throughout all the world," says Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC, the Club's spiritual director.

The "Thirteenth of the Month Club of Our Lady of Fatima" began in Detroit, Michigan, in May of 1948. The Marians had established a residence there only two months earlier and were operating on a wing and a prayer. A small group of people decided to lend support by their prayers and offerings. They would meet every month with the intention of following Our Lady's call from Fatima.

The group flourished. Then, in 1952, they decided to prayerfully and financially support a Marian seminarian. The man chosen was named Stanley Michalenko. They could never have known what an important contribution they would make to his life and to the Church. More on him in a moment.

The Marians left Detroit in the 1970s, and the Club fell dormant. In the late 1980s, knowing how much the Club had benefited both the Marians and Marian Helpers, Fr. Joseph, MIC, decided to recreate it by mail through a monthly four-page newsletter designed to inspire, inform, and foster a community of devotees of Mary bound in prayer and service to God and the Church.

What about the first seminarian the Club "adopted"? Well, Stanley Michalenko later became world-renowned Divine Mercy expert Fr. Seraphim Michalenko, MIC, who served as vice-postulator for St. Faustina's canonization cause.

Time will tell what kind of important contributions members of the Club will make in the years to come!

Find out more about the 13th of the Month Club.


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