Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Alabama parish joins 33 Days to Morning Glory consecration

Guest Post by Mary Jo Wilder

St. Dominic Catholic Church in Mobile, Al. participated in the "33 Days to Morning Glory" Consecration to Jesus Through Mary!!  Over 35 participants met weekly during the summer and concluded with the Consecration on August 6, 2014 - the Feast of The Transfiguration!! 

 This was a very engaging group who entered fully into the discussions with their small groups!  Nineteen are eager to move forward with the Hearts Afire Parish Program "Consoling the Heart of Jesus"!!  It will be scheduled after the first of the year!!
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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Four from St. Mary's in Clinton Heights, NY consecrate

Four women made their Consecration on the Vigil of the Feast of the Assumption 2014, from St. Mary's Catholic Church in Clinton Heights, upstate New York.

They are from left-right Ann Marie Pepin, Mary Bronk, Julie Teal, Kathie Stallmer.

Julie Teal writes All of the women who had participated truly felt Mary was with them during the retreat. I have felt her more with each day. She has encouraged me to meditate daily on her Son's Passion, something that I rarely did before.
"Thank you for the program, Fr. Gaitley!"

Monday, August 18, 2014

Mesa, AZ parish has 200+ parishioners consecrate

Displaying SAM_1132.JPGOver 200 parishioners of Christ the King parish in Mesa, Arizona, consecrated themselves to Jesus through Mary on the Solemnity of the Assumption, August 15, 2014. We were led by our pastor Fr. Matthew Henry, who lost his own mother only two weeks ago. Fr. Matt said the consecration reminded him in a powerful way that he has another mother in heaven.

The group retreat was given to three separate groups at the parish, two in English and one in Spanish. The consecration ceremony was conducted in both English and Spanish, including the consecration prayers. Over 500 consecration books in English and Spanish were distributed at the parish, and many parishioners who were unable to come to the ceremony consecrated themselves at home. At the end of the ceremony, Fr. Matt and a seminarian distributed over 200 Miraculous Medals. It was a beautiful day to honor our Blessed Mother for all she does for us!

- John Nahrgang, Consecration Retreat Coordinator and Seminarian of the Diocese of Phoenix

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Consecration Day at St. Bartholomew Church Wayzata MN

The members of the Rosary Society at St. Bartholomew loved the opportunity to reflect on Mary's God-given role in their lives and renewed their trust in her protection and intercession through the 33-Days to Morning Glory preparation program. Consecration day was simply fantastic, with Mass, hymns, and special blessings composed by our Pastor Fr. Mike for the Miraculous Medals and the participants. We had a nice reception afterwards with food and beverage.

From this event came a desire to honor Our Lady with a statue in the Chapel. After being granted permission to move forward, the participants donated money for the cause and we are in the process of ordering a beautiful statue of Our Lady of Grace to be installed in the Chapel soon.

Praise to God for our holy Mother, and praises to the 33-Days to Morning Glory Retreat Program led by Fr. Gaitely

--Andrew Allen, Director of Children and Adult Faith Formation


Monday, August 11, 2014

Fr. Gaitley and the Marian Missionaries of Divine Mercy set off for Divine Mercy Tour 2014

Fr. Michael Gaitley, Fr. Chris Alar and 5 Marian Missionaries of Divine Mercy will be doing a 33 Day road trip from Stockbridge, MA, all the way west to Alta Loma, CA and back! As they travel, Fr. Gaitley will be speaking at 10 parishes and the Missionaries will be doing works of mercy. Additionally, they will be consecrating to Jesus through Mary. To get a daily update directly in your email box, CLICK HERE.

During the 33-day mission of the Divine Mercy Tour, the missionaries will be recording daily video reflections to follow the book "33 Days to Morning Glory" by Father Michael Gaitley, MIC. This book is a do-it-yourself retreat to prepare yourself to consecrate your heart to Jesus through our Blessed Mother, Mary. The 33-day preparation begins  August 4th (feast of St. John Vianney) and will end on September 5th (memorial of Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta) and the consecration will occur the next day, the first Saturday (devoted to the Immaculate Heart of Mary each month) of September. 
Divine Mercy Tour 2014 Kickoff
We left the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, MA this morning and stopped at the National Shrine of the North American Martyrs, Auriesville, NY Led by Eric Mahl.

Day One: August 4
First stop at the National Shrine of North American Martyrs, Auriesville, NY.

Day Two: August 5
 From St. Alphonsus in Norwalk, OH.
 Led by Eric Mahl 
Day Three: August 6
Led by Lewis Brooks.
Lewis did find out the date of his Baptism! November 6th. Hopefully all of us will properly honor and remember the day we entered Christ's family!
Day Four: August 7
At St. Mary's in Rock Island, IL. Led by Br. David Guza.

Day Five: August 8
Led by Marcus Fluty at Lighthouse Catholic Media headquarters, Sycamore, IL. 

Day Six: August 9
St. Mary's Parish, McHenry, IL
Led by Adam Fluty.
Day Seven: August 10
Church of the Holy Apostles in McHenry, IL.
Led by Ruben Mendoza  
Day Eight: August 11
Our video for today was shot at Marytown (National Shrine of St. Maximillian Kolbe) in Libertyville, IL, in honor of Day 1 of Kolbe week in "33 Days to Morning Glory."

Day Nine: August 12
Nativity Catholic Church in Fargo, ND

Monday, August 4, 2014

DVDs now sold separately~just $29.95 for 2 DVD set

The DVDs for the 6 week retreat of 33 Days to Morning Glory, and the 10 week retreat of Consoling the Heart of Jesus, and the  10 week retreat Wisdom and Works of Mercy are now available to purchase separately. Previously they were only sold as part of the coordinator kit. I know many groups would like a second, or third set of DVDs to share with those who miss the class or want to view at home. Contact me to order your DVDs:

Julie Musselman

33 Days to Morning Glory 2 DVD set~ $29.95

33 Days to Morning Glory Retreat Talks by Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC on DVDs

Watch this series weekly as an integral part of your 33 Days to Morning Glory Small-group Retreat in the Hearts Afire Program. Two-disc set includes six Sessions, each of which consists of an introductory talk and a main talk and accompanies lessons from the 33 Days to Morning Glory Retreat Companion, workbook (workbook not included). Total run time: Approx. 230 min. Each retreat group needs one DVD set. 
DVDs are also sold as part of the coordinator kit

Consoling the Heart of Jesus 2 DVD set~ $29.95

Consoling the Heart of Jesus Retreat Talks by Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC on DVD

Watch this series weekly as an integral part of your Consoling the Heart of Jesus Small-group Retreat in the Hearts Afire Program. Two-disc set includes 10 Session Talks (approx. 35 min. each). Each Session Talk accompanies lessons from the Consoling the Heart of Jesus Retreat Companion, workbook (workbook not included). Each retreat group needs one DVD set.
DVDs are also sold as part of the coordinator kit.

The Wisdom and Works of Mercy,
"'One Thing' is Three" 2 DVD set ~ $29.95

The Wisdom and Works of Mercy ('One Thing' Is Three) Talks for the Group Study by Fr. Michael Gaitley. MIC on DVD

Watch this series weekly as part of your small-group study within Stage Two of the Hearts Afire Program: Wisdom and Works of Mercy. Two-disc set includes 10 Session Talks and accompanies the lessons in the , Wisdom & Works of Mercy Two-in-One Companion , workbook (workbook not included). Each Session Talk is approx. 35 min. Total run time: Approx. 350 min.
DVDs are also sold as part of the coordinator kit.


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Date Planning Guide now available for 33 Days to Morning Glory parish retreats

We now have a great new, FREE, tool to help those who plan the 33 Days to Morning Glory retreats for parishes: The Date Planning Guide. Created by Marian Specialist Cheryl Martin of Canada, this chart gives a realistic time table on when to begin planning, ordering, registering and advertizing your 33 Days to Morning Glory retreat. 

CLICK HERE for print out of the Date Planning Guide

Super Organized Cheryl Marin
As you can see on the chart, now would be a great time to start planning your parish's retreat to consecrate in November or December. While this is just a guideline, it will assist you in making sure everything is done without rush or stress!

Small groups of friends can move more quickly, but for parishes that are rolling this out parish wide, this new tool is invaluable. Thanks Cheryl for sharing this great resource!

To get your retreat started, just call me! 
Julie Musselman

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


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, 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. and
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 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