St Michael's World Apostolate, SMWA

Christmas 2003

Dear Faithful and True Friend of Our Lady,

On behalf of St Michael’s World Apostolate and the Lay Order of St. Michael, we want to wish you all a very joyous and peaceful Christmas season and a happy, holy and prosperous New Year.

On December 24, 1970, Veronica of the Cross had a spectacular vision of the First Christmas and one of the lessons conveyed is striking. For instance, the tremendous peace and happiness the Holy Family possessed despite the callous treatment received and the crude and harsh conditions They were living in. Incredibly, Mary and Joseph depended on the breath of a few animals present to provide some warmth for the Divine Infant.

Wow! The King of Kings was born in a hole in a mountain! What a beautiful lesson of holy poverty to reflect on during this Christmas season.

Although many of you may be poor in material goods, one thing we all share in common as Bayside devotees is the want of respect of the Mission we are doing for Holy Mother Church. What we are grossly lacking is, again, not so much food or shelter, but a recognition or appreciation by our Catholic peers or clergy. This is the “holy poverty” we all are offering to the Lord. And yet, we, too, have that peace and confidence that can never be taken away.

We may be wanting in acclaim, but destitute in spirit we are not. We are truly rich, amassing the graces so generously bestowed by Jesus and Mary on these holy grounds. And with tough times ahead, a wealth of blessings will do far better than a pot of gold.

And so, in the New Year of the Lord 2004, we must continue to forge ahead, undaunted, in our unique calling as latter-day disciples. And be assured that with your lowliness and “holy poverty” you are keeping Good Company.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and yours,

With the Holy Family,




The Virgin Mary appears in America

This beautiful story of grace, peace and redemption opened publicly on June 18, 1970 when the Mother of God visited Veronica Lueken on the grounds of the old St. Robert Bellarmine Church in Bayside, New York and later at the Vatican Pavilion site (blessed by Pope Paul VI) in Flushing Meadows Park, New York. Beginning in 1968, St. Theresa the Little Flower prepared Veronica for these Heavenly apparitions.

For 25 years, the Virgin Mary and Her Divine Son would appear to this mother of five children during Rosary Vigils on these sacred grounds until her passing in 1995. Our Lady asked that this Shrine be called “Our Lady of the Roses, Mary Help of Mothers” and that a Sunday Holy Hour offered for the Pope and priests be held.

Over 300 comprehensive messages packed with wisdom and guidance for these latter days were transmitted through this seer named by Heaven, Veronica of the Cross.

Our Lady of the Roses Shrine is under the stewardship of the lay Order of St. Michael (est. 1977), a vibrant community of dedicated, celibate men who have been appointed by Heaven to lead this global mission. Our Lady has prophesied that this lay Order will bring forth the full-fledged religious Order of St. Michael, an order founded on tradition, which will also include a cloistered convent.

Our Lady has also stated that curative waters will erupt and a magnificent basilica will be erected at the original site of St. Robert’s.

The Vigils and Holy Hours continue to this day at the Vatican Pavilion inspired by Our Lord’s promise: “We have made Our home upon these grounds.” Cures and conversions abound and for countless pilgrims, faith and hope have been restored. We invite you to join us.

For a free rose petal blessed by Jesus and Mary with the power of cure and conversion, a Rosary Vigil calendar, and for more information, contact:

St Michael’s World Apostolate
P.O. Box 514 • Bayside, NY 11361
toll free orderline 1-888-830-SMWA