Monday, October 17, 2016

33 Days to Merciful Love group is Lovin' the new retreat

This September a group of about 30 women began gathering on Thursdays at the Shields home in St. Petersburg FL. Most of the women are members of St. Raphael Catholic Church, but some are from neighboring parishes and some are not even Catholic. Each week they have been faithful to read the 2 pages a day, gather on Thursdays for their small group discussions and WOW! God has been so faithful!

As the group learned more and more about St. Therese's Offering to Merciful Love and prepared for their consecration to Divine Mercy, they became very interested in the Jubilee Year of Mercy. Leaders Lisette Shields and Cary Lennereth told the group about the Jubilee and the Holy Doors at our Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle. Then the field trip plans began!

First Stop: Confession
Fr. Kevin Mackin of St. Raphaels offered several extra confession times. Some took advantage of the regular confessions at the Cathedral.
Next Stop: Mass and Prayers
Those going to the Doors arrived first for the 11 am daily mass. After mass they said the required prayers for the Holy Father.

Last Stop: Porta Sancta
Walking through the Holy Doors and receiving all the graces of the total forgiveness of sins during the Year of Mercy

These wonderful ladies are now inspiring more and more to receive the Jubilee Plenary Indulgence. CLICK HERE for more information on that.

The group will complete 33 Days to Merciful Love and make their Offering to Merciful Love on October 22, Feast of St Pope John Paul II.

For materials to start your group, visit the Marian's online store, here.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Consoling the Heart of Jesus Retreats hosted this summer



Fr. Gaitley's Consoling the Heart of JesusA group of 21journeyed through Fr. Michael Gaitley's retreat Consoling the Heart of Jesus at St. Mark's parish in New York. Organizer Theresa Piekut writes: "the people were so grateful, they kept thanking me and saying how sad it was that it was over. A few will continue to meet after Wednesday mass to further discuss the book."
 
The group is pictured around a brownie cupcake rosary!


Most small groups like the group above, go through the Consoling retreat over 10 weeks, using Fr. Gaitley's videos, a retreat companion (workbook) and the book Consoling the Heart of Jesus. Fr. Gaitley also provides a way to go through the entire book in a weekend! See pages 24-26 of Consoling the Heart of Jesus for the schedule.

This past July a group of 10 souls in Wisconsin went through Consoling the Heart of Jesus as a weekend retreat over the course of 2 weekends. They began Friday night of the first weekend, reading pages 17-46 and watching Fr. Gaitley's video "Laying the Foundation." Saturday beginning at 9 am they continued reading and watching videos as well as having group discussions, confession, mass and adoration until 6 pm.

The second weekend they met again Friday night, covered pages 108-127, and on Saturday pages 127-195, again including adoration, discussions and videos.

Their priest Fr. Kizewski gave the retreat "two thumbs up." 

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

High School Students Consecrate

Praise be Jesus Christ!

Each year our Consecration at Charlotte Catholic High School gets deeper. This year we actually had the four relics of the Saints in  Father Gaitley's 33 Days to Morning Glory who form us in Marian Consecration. The students had a particular understanding of the meaning of Marian Consecration because of the effort taken to understand St. Louis Marie deMontfort, St. Maximilian Kolbe, Blessed Mother Teresa and Saint John Paul II.  These  contemporary saints add so much to what has gone before, in the original Marian Consecration by St. Louis de Montfort..In particular, St. Maximilian Kolbe’s understanding of the Immaculate Conception really impacted this group. Father Jason Barone was the presider this year. 

Thank you again for your devotion to this cause!

Sister Agnes Cousins
Charlotte Catholic High School
Charlotte, NC


Wednesday, May 18, 2016

80 Consecrate in Louisiana

Divine Mercy parish in Kenner, Louisiana recently consecrated using Fr. Michael Gaitley's 33 Days to Morning Glory group retreat.

Above is a photo taken  May 12, 2016 of our 80-strong group after we had prayed the consecration.  We held separate morning and evening groups but came together to pray the consecration and celebrate. It really has been a wonderful experience for all of us to be part of the group retreat.

-Anne-Marie d'Abadie

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Group consecrates to Merciful Love


Louise Karas writes, "Each week our Regnum Christi team of 11 ladies meet to pray, go over the upcoming Gospel, and see how Christ is working in our lives and in the culture. We also do a study circle involving a book or encyclical from the pope.

During this Jubilee Year of Mercy and we decided to go through two Hearts Afire retreats - 33 Days to Morning Glory & Consoling the Heart of Jesus. Afterward, we used FORMED.ORG to access the epic journey through the 20th century: Divine Mercy in the Second Greatest Story Ever Told. A perfect follow up has been to consecrate to Divine Mercy using Fr. Gaitley's newest book 33 Days to Merciful Love.

On Monday, May 16 we had a beautiful team consecration with a prayer service that included hymns, readings, petitions all focusing on the Merciful Love of Christ including the consecration prayer and afterward we went to brunch to celebrate.  Our parish priest Fr. Tim Kallaher, at St. John the Baptist Cincinnati joined us in our consecration prayer service."


Thank you Fr. Gaitley for this beautiful gift off 33 Days to Merciful Love that helped us learn on a personal level the little way of St Therese to the merciful love of God."

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Do Not Be Afraid to Ask People To Lead!


Almost everyone who goes through a Hearts Afire retreat wants to do something to share it with another. Today we got a wonderful email from Saundra who challenges us to ask people to join the retreat and ask people to lead the retreat.

"I participated in the 33 Days to Morning Glory Retreat at work and loved it.  Since then, it has been on my heart to pass this message onto other people.  I just happened to ask a small group that was looking for something new at our church.  So, I met with them and they all agreed to participate in the 6-week retreat. 

So, we will begin on May 5th and I will be a "Facilitator In Training" so I can facilitate the retreat to our other two linked parishes after our small group completes this program for the first time.  My advice:  Please don't be afraid to ask people if they would like to participate in this retreat because you might be surprised of their answer.  Never did I think that I would be involved in this retreat again.  Thank you Father Gaitley.  You're the best!!!!"
-Saundra - East Syracuse, NY

If' you've been thinking about offering this retreat- just say YES! Hearts Afire is simple to lead and offer. The first retreat, 33 Days to Morning Glory is just 6 weeks long. You can host just a couple people in your home, or offer it parish wide. We've got Parish Consultants who can encourage you and offer tips- Just call us at 877-200-4277. Learn more HERE.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Were not our hearts burning within us?


Today's gospel is a very special one for us who have gone through any of Fr. Michael Gaitley's "Hearts Afire" retreats. I know that as I went through each of the retreats. 33 Days to Morning Glory, Consoling the Heart of Jesus and Wisdom and Works of Mercy I truly felt my own heart "burning within me."

That is the reason the entire process is called Hearts Afire Parish-based Programs: they do in fact cause our hearts to burn with love as we come to know our Lord better and serve Him more faithfully.

Now is a great time to start a new Hearts Afire retreat. The next start date for 33 Days is April 10 (consecrating on May 13). Many parishes are offering the 10 week retreats Consoling the Heart of Jesus and Wisdom and Works of Mercy during April and May. Summer time is also a great time to offer one of the retreats as people (in general) are more open to restoration/recreation/retreat during the summer days.

CLICK HERE to get all your resources. We have bulk prices on books for Parishes, Just email  happ@lighthousecatholicmedia.org for the details.

God Bless You!
-Julie


GospelLK 24:13-35

That very day, the first day of the week,
two of Jesus’ disciples were going
to a village seven miles from Jerusalem called Emmaus,
and they were conversing about all the things that had occurred.
And it happened that while they were conversing and debating,
Jesus himself drew near and walked with them,
but their eyes were prevented from recognizing him.
He asked them, 
“What are you discussing as you walk along?”
They stopped, looking downcast.
One of them, named Cleopas, said to him in reply,
“Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem
who does not know of the things
that have taken place there in these days?”
And he replied to them, “What sort of things?”
They said to him, 
“The things that happened to Jesus the Nazarene,
who was a prophet mighty in deed and word
before God and all the people,
how our chief priests and rulers both handed him over
to a sentence of death and crucified him.
But we were hoping that he would be the one to redeem Israel;
and besides all this,
it is now the third day since this took place.
Some women from our group, however, have astounded us:
they were at the tomb early in the morning 
and did not find his Body;
they came back and reported
that they had indeed seen a vision of angels
who announced that he was alive.
Then some of those with us went to the tomb
and found things just as the women had described,
but him they did not see.”
And he said to them, “Oh, how foolish you are!
How slow of heart to believe all that the prophets spoke!
Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things
and enter into his glory?”
Then beginning with Moses and all the prophets,
he interpreted to them what referred to him
in all the Scriptures.
As they approached the village to which they were going,
he gave the impression that he was going on farther.
But they urged him, “Stay with us,
for it is nearly evening and the day is almost over.”
So he went in to stay with them.
And it happened that, while he was with them at table,
he took bread, said the blessing,
broke it, and gave it to them.
With that their eyes were opened and they recognized him,
but he vanished from their sight.
Then they said to each other,
“Were not our hearts burning within us
while he spoke to us on the way and opened the Scriptures to us?”
So they set out at once and returned to Jerusalem
where they found gathered together
the Eleven and those with them who were saying,
“The Lord has truly been raised and has appeared to Simon!”
Then the two recounted what had taken place on the way
and how he was made known to them in the breaking of the bread.

Monday, March 7, 2016

New Book by Fr. Gaitley


Fr. Michael Gaitley has recently released perhaps his best book yet: 
33 Days to Merciful Love: A Do-It-Yourself Retreat in Preparation for Consecration to Divine Mercy.  Currently it is available only through the Marian Fathers, 

CLICK HERE to get your copy for $14.95

You can read the first 7 days online CLICK HERE for links

I highly recommend this book. It teaches us about Trust, about Mary's Yes, and about St Therese and her offering of merciful love. Many people began reading March 1, and will consecrate to Divine Mercy on Divine Mercy Sunday, in this year of mercy April 3, 2016. You can still catch up with the reading, by getting a copy of the book and reading the first 7 days on line, see links above. 



Wednesday, February 17, 2016

West to East~Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes brings in many more Consecrated Souls

A large group of parishioners at American Martyrs Catholic Church in Manhattan Beach, CA consecrated to Jesus through Mary using Fr. Michael Gaitley's retreat 33 Days to Morning Glory on February 11, 2016.




Over 50 souls consecrated at Our Lady of the Angels parish in Lakewood Ranch, FL on February 11. Forty people attended the 8 am mass celebrated by their pastor Fr Dan Smith. Fr. Smith led the consecration prayer after the homily and then blessed all of the miraculous medals.






Karen Hollis from SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Easton, MD sent in their group photo on Consecration Day February 11th. For the Mass and consecration celebration a program was created with the readings and prayers as well as the words to the song Immaculate Mary.

Karen brought the consecration to her parish after hearing about it from her sister Marybeth Finster in St. Petersburg, FL. This is a great gift to share the consecration with family members and encourage them to bring it to their parish!




Next consecration start date is February 21 to consecrate on the Feast of the Annunciation. Usually celebrated on March 25, the Annunciation has been move to April 4 this year, as March 25 is Good Friday.


Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Can YOU start a small group in your home or parish?

The next 33 Days to Morning Glory start date is February 21. People from all over our country are raving about this simple 6 week retreat and the amazing impact it has on their lives:

Fr Ron Haft from Ohio says "The 33 Days to Morning Glory Consecration has helped me grow personally in my faith and draw closer to Jesus. It has also born fruit for our parish. I pray the same will occur for you."

Marge from Indiana says "33 Days to Morning Glory is very inspirational. I loved it! It came at a good time in my life and gave me strength through my husband's illness and death. Although I always prayed to the Blessed Virgin, I know her better now."

CLICK HERE for more testimonies

Would YOU be willing to lead a group of friends, neighbors or family members in a small group in your home or at your parish? 

If you say yes (or even maybe) I can help!

All the directions you need to start can be accessed by CLICKING HERE

Materials are inexpensive, total cost for a group of 6 is approximately $160 plus shipping (less than $30 each)

Fr. Michael Gaitley
Groups meet weekly for 6 weeks, and the daily home reading is just 2 pages a day. Reflecting on the retreat companion questions is done at home and/or in groups.

Fr. Michael Gaitley has recorded 6 lectures in his down to earth, humorous style! All you need to do is "press play."




I need YOU to help us spread Marian Consecration to your friends or parish. Will you say YES?

Just email me at jkmuss@gmail.com to find out more


Group of friends that met in a home for a consecration Group last Summer 2015 in St. Pete FLA