Sunday, July 20, 2014

Teens at Charlotte Catholic High School Consecrate

From Sr. Agnes Cousins:

142 Students spent 5-7 minutes every day from April 9 until May 27, 2014 preparing to consecrate to Jesus through Mary using 33 Days to Morning Glory by Fr. Michael Gaitley. Charlotte Catholic High School has done Marian Consecration in the past, but the difference this year in this preparation using 33 Days to Morning Glory, was a real understanding of Mary and her importance in forming the members of the Church.

It was a great preparation with a fruitful consecration on May 27, 2014.  114 out of my 142 students made their consecration but all 142 prepared for it. Some just did not feel ready, but I know that the preparation they did will be preparation for a future consecration. 

CLICK HERE for a video for the wonderful teens from Charlotte, NC who consecrated May 27. 2014 To Jesus Through Mary! The songs on the video are from Gretchen Harris' "Sing of Mary."

33 Days to Morning Glory was a wonderful instrument for preparing my students.
 Thank you and convey to Fr. Gaitley our gratitude.



Sunday, July 13, 2014

Bishop Asks Entire Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend to Consecrate to Jesus through Mary

FAITHFUL ENCOURAGED TO JOIN IN PREPARATION FOR MARIAN CONSECRATION


From: http://www.todayscatholicnews.org/2014/07/faithful-encouraged-to-join-in-preparation-for-marian-consecration/
Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades
Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades has recently announced that he will renew the consecration of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend to the Blessed Mother during the 6 p.m. Mass on Aug. 15, the feast of the Assumption of Mary, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Fort Wayne. The Mass will be followed by a Marian procession, organized by the Knights of Columbus, from the cathedral to Headwaters Park, which will mark the beginning of the third annual summer Festival of Faith.
The bishop has invited all to join him and many others in the consecration to Jesus through Mary and proposes following the 33 days of preparation written by Father Michael Gaitley, a priest with the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception. The guidebook, entitled “33 Days to Morning Glory,” includes prayers and meditations for each day, using the writings of St. Louis Marie de Montfort, St. Maximilian Kolbe, Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta and St. John Paul II, who were all deeply devoted to Mary.
St. Louis Marie de Montfort set forth the traditional method of Marian consecration, which seeks a deeper union with both Jesus and Mary for those who participate.
In a recent interview, Father Gaitley explained, “St. Louis was the first to take all the threads of Marian consecration, popularize them and synthesize them. The way I look at it, ‘33 Days to Morning Glory’ is written in the same spirit, meant to combine and promote the main streams of Marian devotion that have come since St. Louis’ model. The way it is written also provides an easier to use and updated version from the traditional method.”
The book is to be read a few pages each day, which “allows for deeper reflection as you ponder the teachings of the saints, leading you to formally acknowledging and accepting Mary as your spiritual Mother,” said Father Gaitley, adding that the consecration may be done individually or as part of a group. As a guide to make the consecration the Hearts Afire program offers a DVD set, retreat companion guide and group discussion manual for group use.
Father Gaitley explains the purpose of making a Marian consecration: ““Mary brings us to a personal relationship with Jesus, Jesus then brings us to the Father and the Holy Spirit, and the Trinity in turn brings us closer to others. Transforming community with Christ is our goal, because when we enter into deeper intimacy with Christ we take on His heart and His thirst for souls.”
In a specially produced video about the consecration found at www.diocesefwsb.org, Bishop Rhoades shares his earliest recollections of his grandmother’s and mother’s devotion to the Blessed Mother and how he first learned about consecration to Jesus through Mary as a seminarian with the prayers developed by St. Louis Marie de Montfort.
The consecration, the bishop says, “helps us to live our Baptismal consecration. By entrusting ourselves to her she helps us as our loving mother. She encourages us even in suffering to have faith and hope in her Son.” He continues, “We are entrusting ourselves to her so as to be faithful to God, faithful to our baptismal vows on our journey to heaven.”
Four weekly podcasts on the consecration to Jesus through Mary by Bishop Rhoades will be available at www. todayscatholicnews.org and www.diocesefwsb.org.
In hopes of joining Bishop Rhoades in inviting others to participate in the consecration Franciscan Father David Mary Engo spoke at the Theology on Tap Catholic Young adult event in Fort Wayne on June 19 on Marian devotions and the 33-day spiritual renewal process explored in “33 Days of Morning Glory” by Father Gaitley. Father Engo will introduce the “33 Days of Morning Glory” devotional on July 12, at 7 p.m. at the social hall of St. Therese Little Flower Parish in South Bend as well.
To complete the 33 days of preparation participants will begin on July 13 to be ready for the consecration on Aug. 15. Individuals and parishes are invited to participate in the consecration in a way that best suits their needs and may include meeting once a week for six weeks as a small faith group to watch Father Gaitley’s DVD and discuss the daily readings with the aid of a companion manual, meeting as a group without the companion manual, or reading and pondering the daily meditations individually. Those who wish to participate may contact their parish to see if it is providing the group format or if they will participate on their own.
Those unable to attend the Mass and rededication on Aug. 15 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception may watch a live video stream of the Mass on computer at www.diocesefwsb.org or listen to the live broadcast on Redeemer Radio 106.3 FM.

 CLICK HERE for Bishop Rhoades weekly audio reflections on 33 days to Morning glory

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Upcoming Dates to get your group started with Marian Consecration this Summer

Summer is a great time to begin consecration to Jesus through Mary using Fr. Michael Gaitley's 33 Days to Morning Glory. Groups are making plans and getting ready to begin Consecration on the following dates this summer:

July 13
July 20
August 6
August 10
August 13

When you you start on the above dates, your group would consecrate on these Marian Feasts (respectively):
August 15, Feast of the Assumption
August 22, Queenship of Mary
September 9, Nativity of Mary
September 12, Most Holy Name of Mary
September 14, Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows


Plan on allowing 7-10 for your materials to arrive. We have books at special pricing for parishes.
Contact me for information on how to start a group with your friends, family or parish.
Julie Musselman
727-709-8649
jkmuss@gmail.com


Thursday, June 12, 2014

8 Women from Guam Consecrate



St. Michael Catholic Church located on Andersen Air Force Base in Guam consecrated on the feast day of our Lady of Fatima May 13th. The consecration ceremony was conducted by Father Dennis DeGuzman. 

Talk about reaching around the globe! Our Lady loves all her children, wherever they may be!




To get your group started ANYWHERE just contact Julie Musselman 727-709-8649  jkmuss@gmail.com

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Florida parish group consecrates

St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church in Pembroke Pines, FL, participated in the 33 Days to Morning Glory retreat, concluding with Mass with Fr. Jeff and making their Marian Consecration on May 29th.  The timing of the retreat was quite special as it began on the eve of Divine Mercy, celebrated the canonization of St. John Paul II, the feast of St. Louis de Montfort, April 28 and spent most of the retreat in the month of May, Mary's month! 

25 parishioners made the retreat and it was a wonderful experience for all.  They were excited to  learn so much about our parish patron, St. Maximilian Kolbe! What most people know about St. Maximilian Kolbe is that he gave his life as a martyr in place of another person at a concentration camp.  Many do not realize that that act was merely the culmination of a bold and courageous life in the service of our Blessed Mother. 

He actually founded an army for Mary! And it's mission: "nothing less than to bring the whole world to God through Christ under the generalship of Mary Immaculate, and to do so as quickly as possible."  Ambitious, right?! What an example for us to follow!  St. Maximilian Kolbe was just one part of the retreat! 

Leader Melinda Thibodeau said "We learned so much about each of the saints, their intimate thoughts on God and Mother Mary and how to apply it to our life.  Everyone is eager to live their "new" life with Mary and eager to learn more about the next part of Hearts Afire! Thank you Fr. Michael Gaitley and all his helpers for this wonderful program! Blessings to you and the work you do!"

To get your group started, just contact Julie Musselman
727-709-8649 jkmuss@gmail.com





Friday, May 30, 2014

Lessons from Fatima: What We Can Learn From Blessed Francisco Marto

I am sharing this blog post because it highlights the love of Our Lady to us her children and also because it mentions Consoling the Heart of God.
Fr. Gaitley's books and parish programs 33 Days to Morning Glory and  Consoling the Heart of Jesus are a great ways to learn more about these aspect of our faith. /jkm

Lessons from Fatima: 
What We Can Learn From Blessed Francisco Marto

Michelle Laque Johnson
Michelle Laque Johnson
Guest post By Michelle Laque Johnson, EWTN


Think you know everything there is to know about Our Lady’s 1917 apparitions to three shepherd children at Fatima in Portugal? I had the privilege of speaking to Sister Angela de Fatima Coelho, the postulator for the cause of canonization of Blesseds Jacinta and Francisco and there is more to the six apparitions than you may have realized.

Sister Angela DeFatima, postulator for the cause for canonization of Fatima Seers Jacinta and Francisco, talks about what we can learn from these children at www.insideewtn.wordpress.com
Sister Angela DeFatima, postulator for the cause for canonization of Fatima Seers Jacinta and Francisco, talks about what we can learn from these children athttp://www.insideewtn.wordpress.com
Our Lady appeared at Fatima to ask us, her children, for prayer, (especially the rosary and the First Saturday devotion); acts of reparation (for our own sins and those of the world); and consecration to her Immaculate Heart, (especially the consecration of Russia). Our Lady said all of this is necessary to bring peace to the world.
Here Sister Angela shares about Blessed Fransisco, which highlight his spirituality.
How faithful am I to the graces I have received from God – often through the hands of Our Lady?
Contrary to popular opinion, the fact that someone sees Our Lady does not make them holy. In fact, Sister Angela says there are examples of seers in other apparitions who did not become saints. “What made the children holy was their faithfulness, their reaction, the way they dealt with the graces they were receiving. Each one of us receives graces, but how do we deal with them? The key was their commitment to everything they saw and heard.”
Am I happy with the graces God has granted me – or do I constantly compare myself with others?
The holy lives of Fatima Seers Francisco and Jacinta have much to teach us, says Sister Angela de Fatima, postulator for the cause of canonization for the two children.
The holy lives of Fatima Seers Francisco and Jacinta have much to teach us, says Sister Angela de Fatima, postulator for the cause of canonization for the two children.
“Francisco never heard Our Lady,” Sister Angela said. “He saw, but he couldn’t listen. That never bothered him. In this world, we are called to be ‘the best.’ If not, we think, ‘I’m not worthwhile. I’m trash.’ He was so humble that he accepted his apparently less privileged role in the history of Fatima. He was loved by God, so who cares that he couldn’t listen! He never felt humiliated. He never felt he was less than his cousin (Lucia) and his sister (Jacinta). He never asked God, ‘Why her and not me?’ One of our mistakes is comparing ourselves with others. That is pride. For me, among the three, the one who understood God the most, who had the deeper knowledge of the mystery of God, was Francisco Marto.”
Sister noted another problem with that “Gotta Be #1” mentality: “What about the millions and millions of people who are not Number One? Are they condemned to be unhappy? God calls us all to be happy. The Good News is a Gospel of Joy. That’s the great message of Easter!”
When things I don’t like happen in my life, do I demand that God explain Himself to me?
The mother of Francisco told Sister Angela that, in the beginning, Francisco couldn’t see Our Lady. When Lucia realized this, she asked Our Lady why Francisco couldn’t see her. “Our Lady did not say why,” Sister said. “But she said to Lucia, ‘Tell him to pray the rosary and he will see me.’ Francisco obeyed with simplicity. After the sixth or seventh Hail Mary, he started to see Our Lady. Many of our whys will not get an answer, but if we surrender ourselves [like Francisco], everything will be alright.”
Sister Angela notes that this story also tells us the immense importance Our Lady attaches to the rosary.
Do I do my best to console the heart of God – do I even understand what that means?
Pope Francis makes a gesture of affection towards a statue of Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal.
Pope Francis makes a gesture of affection towards a statue of Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal.
Sister Angela said that Francisco was horrified when he realized how much our sins sadden the heart of God. What most defined this little boy’s spirituality was his insistence on the fact that we must all do our best to console the heart of God. Sister said Francisco’s father frequently heard him crying in the middle of the night. He would go to his son’s bedside and ask why he was crying. The child, who first saw Our Lady at age 8 and died at age 10, would say, “I’m thinking about God who is so sad. If only I could make him happy.” Sometimes, says Sister Angela, he did not sleep the whole night. He simply prayed.
Do I believe that only people with big important jobs have the ability to change the world?
In October 1996, Sister said that then-Cardinal Ratzinger (now Pope Emeritus Benedict) gave an interview to a Portuguese radio station where he said (and she was paraphrasing): “It’s one of the most frequent mistakes, even among Catholics, to think that only big political or economic events have an effect on the history of the world. Here, in Fatima, we think about prayer, conversion, and penance. It seems they are nothing, but they are the true efficacious things that can change the history of the world!”
 excerpted from: http://insideewtn.wordpress.com/2014/05/29/lessons-from-fatima-what-we-can-learn-from-francisco-marto/

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Parish consecration fills the church!

St John Fisher in Richmond ,Texas was filled to capacity with parishioners making the total consecration on April 16 of Holy Week this year.  Parish coordinator Theresa Morales took this picture, above, before the church even filled up!

The 33 Days to Morning Glory retreat was given over 6 weeks as the parish lenten "mission." The parish offered the group meetings at four different times in both English and Spanish.

To prepare for consecration and for Easter, Fr. Manuel de la Rosa-Lopez, the pastor, held confessions the Monday of Holy week, with 20 priests for 2 hours. Cardinal-Archbishop Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston was one of the priests hearing confessions.

Cardinall DiNardo

Theresa Morales testified,  "It was awesome!!! Fr. Manuel had the video translated into Spanish so everyone could participate. Our Blessed Mother used him mightily to encourage everyone to take part in using The 33 Days to Morning Glory as our Lenten retreat."




Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Get ready for Summer with a 10 week study Wisdom and Works of Mercy by Fr. Michael Gaitley

Plan your Summer Small Group - 

Wisdom & Works of Mercy


Join Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC, in a 10 week group study as he delves into the great key to wisdom: The Most Holy Trinity. Using his popular book The 'One Thing' is Three as a primary guide (and his DVD-based lessons, of course!) Fr. Gaitley shares:
  • fresh insights into the relevance of the Trinity to our daily lives
  • how the Trinity illuminates every aspect of our faith
  • how knowing and loving our Triune God allows us to live our faith to the fullest

This group also uses Fr. Michael Gaitley's brand new book 'You Did It to Me' - A practical Guide to Mercy in Action

Coordinator Kit
 
Start by getting your coordinator kit, $59.95. Then set your dates for June, July and August. and invite friends and family to your parish or home. The Coordinator kit includes everything in the participant packet (see below) as well as the DVD set and the Leader guide.
 
participant kit
Each person who joins the group will need the Participant Packet which includes the following 3 books:
  1. Wisdom and Works of Mercy: A Two-in-One Companion (group workbook)
  2. 'You Did It to Me': A Practical Guide to Mercy in Action
  3. The 'One Thing' Is Three: How the Holy Trinity Explains Everything
and also
  • Prayer Card with the Three Points of Communion
  • 10 Divine Mercy business card size prayer cards
  • CD with the "Farewell Discourse" from The Gospel According to John by St. Luke Productions
  • 8 1/2" x 11" full-color Three Points of Communion Certificate
  • Full-color bookmark with reading assignment
The participant kits for $39.95

 
Start planning your group today!
Allow 2 weeks before your start date when you place your orders.
I am happy to assist you with ideas and orders.
 
Julie Musselman
727-709-8649
jkmuss@gmail.com
Just want a great summer read? Get a copy of the book, The 'One thing' is Three. CLICK HERE for the book, just $14.95

Feast of Our Lady of Fatima ~ 7 consecrate in Miami, FL



Fr.  Lazaro De La Fe, a Carmelite Priest in  Miami Florida led a group through 33 Days to Morning Glory.  They consecrated together on May 13, the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima at the Carmelites Descaled House of Prayer.
Group member Karla Adrien said "It was an amazing experience.  Fr. Lazaro renewed his consecration to our celestial Mother together with the 6 of us!"

The group is proudly displaying their certificates. Certificates are included in the participant packet and coordinator kits. Additional certificates are available in English and Spanish for only $.99.


English Consecration Certificate
Spanish Consecration Certificate
  


To get your group started, please contact Julie Musselman for ideas and resources.
727-709-8649    jkmuss@gmail.com

 




Friday, May 9, 2014

Group begins consecration at St. Maximilian Kolbe parish in Pembroke Pines, FL


St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church in Pembroke Pines, FL has started the 33 Days to Morning Glory Consecration. They had 21 people join the group. Melinda Thibodeau, group leader commented: "We are excited to learn about st. Maximilian Kolbe's teaching on Mary this week since he is our parish patron saint!"

33 Days to Morning Glory Marian Consecration focuses on the lives of four great Marian saints. In addition to St. Maximilian Kolbe, Fr. Gaitley writes about St. Louis de Montfort, Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta and our newest saint, St. John Paul the Great.

To get a group started at your parish, just contact me:
Julie Musselman
727-709-8649 
jkmuss@gmail.com


Parishioners at St. Maximilian Kolbe parish watch the DVD of Fr. Gaitley as he lectures on their patron saint!