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Hindmarsh parishioner Marie Little OAM
has been recognised for her service to
sport and, in particular, her success in
breaking down barriers for athletes with
an intellectual disability.
Mrs Little, 81, (pictured) was awarded
the inaugural Margaret Ralston Golden
Door Award at the KPMG Sports SA
Awards last year.
Sports SA Chief Executive Officer
Jan Sutherland congratulated Mrs
Little on her many achievements,
including greater equality for women's
participation in sport, and thanked her
for her passion and enthusiasm.
"Many people have benefited from your
untiring efforts, sometimes in challenging
times, to bring our entire community to
sport," she said.
"Your wisdom and knowledge of sport
and life have afforded you great respect
and you continue to passionately pursue
your commitment to sport and the
"You are a role model and mentor
to many across sport and the many
spheres of South Australian life which
you have touched."
The former social worker established
SASRAPID (South Australian Sport and
Recreation Association for People with
Integration Difficulties Incorporated) in
1982 and was the inaugural president.
Four years later she started ASURAPID
and began lobbying state and national
sports organisations to include
people with an intellectual disability
in mainstream sport. She headed the
national body for 25 years until 2011
and in that time also led the Australian
Dear brothers and sisters,
In the climate of joy typical of this Christmas
season, I would like to announce that May 24-26,
if it pleases God, I will make a pilgrimage to the
Holy Land. The principal purpose of this trip is
to commemorate the historic meeting between
Pope Paul VI and Patriarch Athenagoras,
which occurred exactly 50 years ago today,
January 5. There will be three stops: Amman,
Bethlehem and Jerusalem. Three days. At the
Holy Sepulchre we will celebrate an ecumenical
meeting with all of the representatives of the
Christian Churches of Jerusalem, together with
Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople. Until
then I ask for your prayers for this pilgrimage,
which will be a pilgrimage of prayer.
In recent weeks many Christmas and New Year's
greetings have been sent to me from all over
the world. I would like to reply to all of them
but, unfortunately, it is impossible! So, from my
heart I would like to thank the children for their
drawings. They are truly beautiful! Children draw
beautiful pictures! Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!
I thank the children first of all. I thank the young
people, the elderly, the families, the parish and
religious communities, the associations, the
movements and the different groups that wished
to show me their affection and nearness. I ask
everyone to continue to pray for me, I need it,
and to pray for this service to the Church.
And now I greet with affection you, dear pilgrims
who are present here today, especially the
Associazione Italiana Maestri Cattolici (Italian
Association of Catholic Teachers). I encourage
you in your educational work; it is very important!
I greet the faithful from Arco di Trento and
Bellona, the young people from Induno Olona
and the groups from Crema and Mantova who
work with disabled people. I also greet the large
group of Brazilian sailors.
I wish all of you a good Sunday and a good
As Pope Francis continues to capture the
imagination of the world with his fresh
and humble approach to the papacy, The
Southern Cross introduces a new section
featuring remarks or actions of the Holy
Father during the past month. This issue,
we bring you his address to the gathering
in St Peter's Square on January 5,
following the recitation of the Angelus.
Long-serving member Joan Cahill has
been involved with the Legion of Mary
since she was 10.
Her earliest memory of the lay Catholic
movement was tagging along with her
older sister, a Legion member, to the
West Tce Cemetery to distribute rosary
beads and religious cards to those
visiting the departed.
The sisters' Sunday morning
evangelisation involved hauling a "book
barrow" from the Archbishop's House -- a
good 800m from the cemetery entrance.
"I used to think it was fantastic!" says
Joan, who is one of the Legion's longest
serving South Australian members,
will celebrate the movement's 80th
anniversary in the Adelaide Archdiocese
with a rosary and Mass on February 8 at
the Church of the Holy Name, Stepney.
Joan joined the North Adelaide
praesidium of the Legion of Mary when
she was 21 and is its current president.
She headed the 4000th Legion of
Mary meeting of the North Adelaide
praesidium in December last year.
"It's given me so much more
confidence," she says. "It just helps
build your character...and broaden your
scope and outlook on life."
The Legion of Mary was established
in Adelaide on February 4, 1934, with
about 12 members. Today, the lay
movement has 210 active members and
340 auxiliary (praying) members across
SA and the Northern Territory.
SA/NT president Clare Wheadon says
for many, the reason to join the Legion
of Mary is a simple one: to make a
difference to the lives of others through
prayer and devotion to Our Lady.
"The object of the Legion is to become
holier. We try, in our daily lives, to follow
the example set by Our Lady."
Clare joined the Legion of Mary when
she was 16. She says the Legion's
Handbook, written by founder Frank
Duff, and the example and guidance of
senior Legion members has helped her
throughout her life.
"It changes the way you think," she
says. "You are always looking for an
opportunity to help people."
There are 28 Legion of Mary praesidia
across SA and the NT. Included in
these are three junior groups of about
20 children aged from nine to 14. The
newest praesidium began at the Newton
Parish in November last year. Active
members meet weekly for prayer and
administration and perform two hours of
apostolic work each week.
Legion of Mary SA/NT secretary Anne
Craig joined the Legion in her teens in
Ireland. She heads the Regina Coeli
praesidium in Para Hills and teaches
parish youth religion and altar serving.
In the past she has helped homeless
women and says the role of the legionary
is a varied one, including visiting the
sick, taking Communion to the house-
bound and people in nursing homes and
hospitals, as well as door-knocking to
evangelise the faith and keep Catholics
connected to the church.
The Legion of Mary was founded
by Frank Duff in 1922 in Ireland. A
beatification process is currently
underway for Frank Duff.
For more information visit
Pope Francis Joan's history making
loyalty to Our Lady
LEGIONARY: Legion of Mary North Adelaide president Joan Cahill (left) with members Rosie Tokic, Cora Katejar and
Mary Haynes at the North Adelaide praesidia's 4000th meeting held in December.
Photo: Nat Rogers
Marie opens doors
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