Do you know what the “Blue Army Devotion” is?
Every Tuesday evening at 7:00 P.M. a small group of dedicated parishioners gather in the church for a very special, intimate hour with Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament and prayers to the intercession of
The “Blue Army” was founded right here in Plainfield, New Jersey at Saint Mary Church in 1946. Father Harold Colgan, the pastor had fallen seriously ill and was given only months to live. On the first Saturday in December he requested a statue of the Blessed Mother be brought into his hospital room. The next day, the feast of the Immaculate Conception, he prayed for “an extension of his life” and in return he promised to spread devotion to Mary. Within a very short time he was back at St. Mary’s Church fulfilling his duties as pastor. Father Colgan was then ordered by his bishop to go to John Hopkins Medical Center for an evaluation that ultimately showed that he was cured.
Since the appearance and messages of Mary at Fatima, Portugal in 1917 were not well known in the United States at that time, Father Colgan felt his promise that he made while in the hospital could be fulfilled by starting a devotion specifically to Our Lady of Fatima.
Father Colgan went to the Vatican to present his project to Pope Pius XII. The Holy Father approved with the words, “As the world chief against communism, I bless you and all members of the Blue Army”. Currently there are over 40 million members.
There are no membership meetings; no annual dues. The only pledge is that one offers up every day the sacrifices demanded by one’s daily duty and to pray a portion of the rosary daily while meditating on its mysteries.
Come join us on Tuesday evenings at 7 P.M. for one brief hour of devotion and prayer to our Blessed Mother, in the Eucharistic Presence of Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament.