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As the Honoring our Past…Building our Future Campaign continues to progress, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all who have so generously made contributions and pledges to date. To those who have not given, prayerfully consider a donation or pledge. All donations and pledges are appreciated and will bring us closer to our goals. As we continue to raise the funds for this very historic restoration project, as your pastor, it is my honor to inform you where we stand. Following is an update of our current pledge status.(continue reading)
A BIBLICAL WALK WITH MARY
~Father Michael Gaitley, MIC
Experience an extraordinary journey to Marian consecration through 33 Days to Morning Glory by best-selling author Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC. Father Michael masterfully summarizes the teachings of four giants of Marian spirituality: St. Louis de Montfort, St. Maximilian Kolbe, Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta, and St. John Paul II, making them easy to grasp and simple enough to put into practice. More specifically, he weaves their thought into a user-friendly, do-it-yourself retreat that will bless even the busiest of people. So if you've been thinking about entrusting yourself to Mary for the first time, or if you're simply looking to deepen and renew your devotion to her, 33 Days to Morning Glory is the right book to read and the perfect retreat to make.
Our act of consecration to Jesus through Mary centers ultimately on the Sacred Heart of our Lord. Mary, as the Mother of Christ, is wholly united to Jesus' redemptive mission. As at the wedding feast of Cana, when she said “Do whatever he tells you”, Mary directs all things to her Son, who answers our prayers and forgives our sins. Thus by dedicating ourselves to the heart of Mary, we discover a sure way to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and grow more in communion with the merciful love of our Savior.
What is Marian consecration?
A Marian consecration flows from the grace of our Baptism, through which we were originally consecrated, or “set apart,” for Jesus Christ and grafted into His life in the Church. A Marian consecration is a further act of entrustment particularly to the heart of Mary. In this gesture, we ask Mary to dispose us to the will of God as she herself was perfectly disposed.
For the New Evangelization ...
The new evangelization is a call to continual conversion in Christ and the work of drawing others into this same life and communion in him. Marian consecration aids this work powerfully because it entrusts our lives and efforts to Mary, who directs everything perfectly to Christ. Through the hands of Mary, the Lord is able to work powerfully through us in drawing others back to himself.
How does it work?
The method of consecration set forth by St. Louis de Montfort consists of a 33-day period of prayerful preparation followed by the actual act of consecration itself which takes place on "Day 34." Day 34 of the consecration typically falls on a Marian Feast Day. For us that day will be after the celebration of Mass on December 8th which is The Feast of the Immaculate Conception. It is customary to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation within 7 days prior to the consecration.
33 day preparation
The 33-day preparation includes a preliminary period of twelve days during which one endeavors “to free one's self from the spirit of the world.” This initial 12 days is followed by a second period of three weeks. The first of these three weeks is devoted to the knowledge of ourselves, the second to that of the Blessed Virgin and the third to that of Jesus Christ.
The object of this consecration is to cast off the spirit of the world, which is contrary to that of Jesus Christ, in order to acquire fully the spirit of Jesus Christ through the Blessed Mother. Hence the practices suggested by St. Louis de Montfort are: renouncement of the world, knowledge of self, knowledge of the Blessed Virgin, and knowledge of Jesus Christ.
We will be using the book, “33 Days to Morning Glory” by Fr. Michael E. Gaitley, MIC as our guide for this consecration. Books will be distributed after Mass on the weekend of November 2nd.
PLEASE JOIN IN THIS BEAUTIFUL OPPORTUNITY TO DRAW CLOSER TO JESUS THROUGH HIS MOTHER, AND OUR MOTHER, MARY.
What is the Catholic Faith? Is it myths, legends, symbols or literary devices? NO!! The Catholic Faith is about an encounter so overwhelming you want to tell the whole world!! It is an encounter with Jesus Christ!! Join Fr Remo, Thursday, November 6th, 7pm, for the final session of 6-part series and discover your unique role in spreading the Gospel! Father Robert Barron's new DVD documentary, CATHOLICISM: The New Evangelization, displays OUR Catholic Faith in action and invites youto do the same.