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


St Luke's in Indianapolis offered Consoling the Heart of Jesus


Consoling the Heart of Jesus retreat
source:  http://www.archindy.org/criterion/local/archive/2015/11.html

St. Luke the Evangelist Parish in Indianapolis recently concluded
a Consoling the Heart of Jesus retreat. The retreat is based on
Marians of the Immaculate Conception Father Michael Gaitley’s
book Consoling the Heart of Jesus: A Do-It-Yourself Retreat—
Inspired by the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. It is a sequel
to his 33 Days to Morning Glory: A Do-It-Yourself Retreat in
Preparation for Marian Consecration. 

The Consoling the Heart of
Jesus retreat integrates Ignatian spiritual exercises with teachings
of mercy and Marian experts, including Sts. Thérèse of Lisieux,
Faustina Kowalska, John Paul II, Maximilian Kolbe and
Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, among others. Its goal is to enhance
understanding of and to fully embrace the Divine Mercy message—
ask for mercy, be merciful and completely trust in Jesus. The
retreat, which included 36 participants, was held every Sunday
afternoon for 10 weeks, and culminated with the blessing of
the retreatants by Father Jegan Peter, associate pastor at
St. Luke Parish.

Pictured in the photo, above, are retreatants displaying
their Consoling the Heart of Jesus certificates, guests, the retreat
facilitators and Father Peter.

Shown, below , are retreat facilitators with Father Peter. They
include Vic Romero, left, Myrna Romero, Father Peter, Pilar Sayoc,
Tina Ricafort, Liza Ilag, Ninna Solito and Leo Solito.

The retreat ran from June 28 to August 30, 2015

Thursday, December 17, 2015

December 12, 2015 on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe at St. Mary's Parish, St. Mary's PA, diocese of Erie 60 souls consecrated to Jesus through Mary using 33 Days to Morning Glory.

Our pastor joined us for some of our meetings and gave us a blessing after Mass.  Check out the painting behind the group on the main altar.  It is a painting of the proclamation of the Immaculate Conception.  Many of us were amazed at the Lords timing.  December 7, we had our meeting on the Eve of the Immaculate Conception and the Eve of the Year of Mercy.  During the talk by Fr. Michael Gaitley we heard how Fatima and Divine Mercy are intertwined.  

I am attaching a picture of 52 people who said the consecration prayer after Mass December 12.  Thank you to all those who put all this together on your end.  May our Lord continue to Bless you and our Lady of Guadalupe continue to intercede for your ministry.  

-- Aaron Pfoutz, parishioner



Thursday, December 10, 2015

December 8th HUGE DAY FOR CONSECRATIONS

December the 8th we celebrated the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, but this year we also began the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy as declared by Pope Francis.

Here are just a sample of the many, many parish groups that consecrated December 8th. If you'd like to bring the consecration to your friends or parish, we can help you! See details at www.allheartsafire.org  We have digital and physical books and videos to assist you and special parish pricing! CLICK HERE to have a Marian Specialist contact you and assist you in your consecration for the Year of Mercy--It's the EASIEST, SUREST Way to Become A SAINT!

From Seminarian and Spanish Translator John Nahrgang: 20 seminarians, 1 priest and 1 staff member from the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus consecrated or re-consecrated themselves to Jesus through Mary on December 8th. Some used Preparation for Total Consecration by St. Louis de Montfort and some 33 Days to Morning Glory. It was a blessed experience!
Above is a group picture, taken in our St. Turibius Chapel.
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Joan Kane writes: On December 8, the feast of the Immaculate Conception, Sts. Peter & Paul parish in Alton, IL  did a parish wide Marian consecration of 150 families led by their pastor Monsignor Kenneth Steffen. They used the 33 Days to Morning Glory book by Fr. Michael Gaitley, which is the first step of the Hearts Afire Parish-based Program (HAPP). They had many positive comments from the parishioners:

*Many miracles individually and as a parish community have taken place during and since the consecration.
*Life long Catholics have a deeper understanding of Our Lady in role of salvation
*Protestants have a better appreciation of the role of Mary after reading the  book and entering  into the retreat.
*Brought them closer to Mary
*They felt they could come to Mary
*Protestant realize as Catholics we do not "worship" Mary but "honor" her
*Understand is Mary as a mediator to her Son
*What better way to go to the Son but through the son   
*Better understanding why Mary is the Queen of Heaven and Earth   
*Better understanding of the role of Baptism and our union with the Communion of Saints in heaven, purgatory and earth with Mary as the Queen  of All Saints
*If the people knew the full meaning of the Blessed Mother they would never leave the Catholic Church.
*Find the heart and soul of Jesus Christ, challenge the Blessed Mother to show you her Son
*At mass people gave witness of the miracles that occurred  while the consecration retreat was happening

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Pam writes: We had a beautiful Consecration here at St. Leo's in Bonita Springs, with seven (Seven -- the Biblical number representing fullness or completeness!)  individuals pledging themselves to Jesus through Mary. We share St. Maximilian Kolbe's commitment to building an army for Mary with the goal of converting the world!  I have already told Father I would like to repeat this program in the Spring.  He also wants to do the Consoling the Heart of Jesus program. All for Jesus through Mary!


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Donna Waechter writes from St. Raphael Catholic Church in St. Petersburg FL: Consecration to Mary, "33 Days To Morning Glory," by Fr. Michael Gaitley, Dec. 8, 2015, Feast of the Immaculate Conception, beginning of The Jubilee Year of Mercy, About 50 consecrated after the 8 am School Mass. Fr. Kevin Mackin led the consecration.Another 50 or so consecrated that evening. 
Marybeth Finster organized 7 home groups and promoted the consecration with signs for each day.
 

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Theresa Piekut writes: Fr. Mele of St. Mark's in Shoreham, NY gives consecrants us a blessing after the consecration. 


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A few pictures from the December 8 Consecration Day at St John Vianney Catholic Church in St. Pete Beach, FL! Fr. John Blum led a parishwide consecration. Rebecca Lorenzen was the principle organizer.

St John's is starting Consoling the Heart of Jesus January 12th.

Evening Group

Morning Group

Special 33 Days Cake

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The Consecration is only the beginning, next up is Consoling the Heart of Jesus, start making plans today to offer this during Lent at your parish!
see details at www.allheartsafire.org

Friday, November 20, 2015

Huge Sign announces Consecration at St Francis parish

The Pastor of St Francis Catholic Church in Litchfield,  New Hampshire is bringing his whole parish and school to Jesus through Mary using 33 Days to Morning Glory by Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC!  

The parish is using the newest online platform, Formed.org  as a tool to access 33 days materials: videos, e-book and e-workbooks. The parish is also offering materials as hard copy books and workbooks and DVDs.

Many people signed up quickly to start November 5th, to consecrate on December 8, 2015 and open the Year of Mercy. The parish will continue to invite parishioners monthly to consecration throughout 2016.  

Father is planning to run the next retreat, Consoling the Heart of Jesus, for Lent 2016 during the Year of Mercy. 

Surely, there will be many blessings from these prayerful studies!

by Lydia Sobocinski

Monday, November 16, 2015

Year of Mercy Weekend Retreat with Fr. Gaitley announced.

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Experience the
Year of Mercy!




Join us in sunny Florida in the Jubilee Year of Mercy

This Weekend Retreat Includes:
  • Five Conferences with Fr. Gaitley
  • All Meals Included
  • Daily Mass, Rosary & Chaplet of Divine Mercy
  • Adoration & Benediction
  • Opportunities for Confession
  • Book Signing with Fr. Gaitley
  • Social Hour with Event Hosts, the Marian Missionaries
  • and much more!
Cost Per Person: $175 (including meals)

While this retreat does not include lodging, we partnered with the Residence Inn to provide our guests with very special EARLY BIRD hotel rates! Click here to book your room today!
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Registrations opening soon for a Mercy & Mary Weekend Retreat at these locations:
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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Day 6 of 33 Days to Morning Glory by Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC

Day 6 Should we really give Mary Everything? (part two)
OR
Click here for podcast reading and discussion Day 6

OR


for Spanish Podcast CLICK HERE Day 6 

 To get your own book and retreat companion, visit www.allheartsafire.org

My Comment: Fr. Gaitley must surely know that we may have some hesitancy in giving everything to Mary, so he covers the topic for a second day. What stood out to me about today's message is the gentle rebuke from St. Louis de Montfort "this objection, which comes from self-love and ignorance of the generosity of God and His holy mother refutes itself."

How great do we think we are! That our ways are better than God's or His Mother's.

Today I am contemplating the great amount of self-love I have and begging Mary to help me be more like her.