Thursday, December 12, 2013

Family of 11 Children and 3 Grandchildren Consecrated December 9 Feast of the Immaculate Conception


With over 1 million copies of the book in print, we know that many adults have consecrated using Fr. Gaitley's 33 Days to Morning Glory.  I always suggest that married couples consecrate together, even if one of the spouses is involved w/ the parish program and the other is not. Now I am happy to share about a wonderful family with young adults and school age children who have consecrated all together

The Bauer Family of Florida consecrated their entire family to Jesus through Mary on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, this year, December 9, 2013. Charles and Betty have 11 children. ages 29 down to 8. and 3 grandchildren.

Betty wrote "Today was a beautiful day!!! Our family started 33 Days to Morning Glory on November 5th and ended on this BEAUTIFUL Feast Day of the Immaculate Conception! As we prayed the consecration prayer, I was overcome with emotion listening to my children pray it together with Charles and I. I am so blessed. God is so good to me!"

Daughter, Lisette, 14,  said this: "I never thought to give Mary my prayers and to do with them as she wants. I liked how the saints and writer was speaking to you." 

Daughter Therese, 12, added  "I enjoyed reading about what the different saints said about Mary. I thought it was cool that everyone in the family consecrated themselves to Mary at the same time."


This is really exciting to imagine the impact of entire families consecrating to Jesus through Mary. If your family has consecrated or is planning to, please share with me the good news. Jkmuss@gmail.com

Pictured: Parents Charles and Betty, center 
Christina 29 and her husband Jack, Michael almost 28 and his fiancé Lindsey had already done it, Christopher almost 28, Brianna 25, Andrew 23 and his fiancé Barbie, Elizabeth 20, Chas 17, Lisette 14, Therese 12, John Paul 9 and Stephen 8.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

A Million Book FREE Giveaway for Mary

 
National Catholic Register
Wednesday, October 16, 2013


 
One million books to give away for FREE?

This is what happens when the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception in Stockbridge, Mass., take one of the most popular Catholic books of the last two years — 33 Days to Morning Glory: A Do-It-Yourself Retreat in Preparation for Marian Consecration by Marian Father Michael Gaitley — and translate it into Spanish.

“Right now, we’re doing one of the largest consecration pushes ever,” Father Gaitley says. “We decided to print a million copies of a magazine version of the book in Spanish and give them away for free.”

Why would the Marians do this?

“Because our mission is to serve the Church where the need is greatest,” says Father Gaitley, who is also director of the Association of Marian Helpers and author of Consoling the Heart of Jesus (Marian Press). “And we believe some of the greatest pastoral need is found among Spanish-speaking Catholics in the United States.”

Now, with 33 Dias hacia un Glorioso Amanecer so readily available, the Spanish-speaking Catholic community will easily be able to make their consecration to Jesus through the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Father Gaitley’s original English version of this way of Marian consecration has already proven hugely popular to individuals and groups. Proof is that, since 2012, nearly a quarter of a million copies of 33 Days to Morning Glory have already sold.

Courtesy of the Marians Fathers of the Immaculate Conception
A couple looks over a copy of 33 Dias hacia un Glorioso Amanecer , ready to begin their consecration to Jesus through Mary.
– Courtesy of the Marians Fathers of the Immaculate Conception
In this book, Father Gaitley updates and simplifies St. Louis de Montfort’s method for Marian consecration that the saint presents in his classic True Devotion to Mary. From this saint, we learn that total consecration to Jesus through Mary is "the surest, easiest and most perfect means" to become a saint, because she forms us in the image of her Son, Jesus.
In his update, Father Gaitley includes not only St. Louis' consecration teachings, but devotes a big portion of the book to the new, beautiful and rich Marian consecration insights from the great 20th-century saints devoted to Mary — St. Maximilian Kolbe, Blessed Mother Teresa and Blessed John Paul II.

Bishops have attested to the beauty and effectiveness of this new approach, because 33 Days to Morning Glory was even picked up and put into practice by some dioceses.
In Peoria, Ill., Bishop Daniel Jenky wrote to all parishes, schools and families recommending that they consider making this Marian consecration program.

In Kansas City, Kan., Archbishop Joseph Naumann invited everyone in the archdiocese to join him in this 33-day Marian consecration program. Hundreds joined him and finished the program together with Mass and consecration on April 8, 2013, this year’s feast of the Annunciation.

At the same time, this simple 33-day program is like a retreat that is easily done at home. It is both family-friendly and individual-friendly. All of only two pages of reading a day is all that anyone needs to do.

Now, 33 Días hacia un Glorioso Amanecer is ready to help the Spanish-speaking Catholic community do the same with ease.

Divine providence seems to have arranged the timing for this free million-book giveaway and for the Marian Fathers latest overall efforts to promote Marian consecration.

The initiative comes just as Pope Francis consecrated the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on Oct. 13, on the anniversary of the last apparition of Our Lady at Fatima, before the original statue of Our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima.

Francis already had Cardinal Jose Polycarp, patriarch of Lisbon, consecrate his pontificate to Our Lady of Fatima on May 13, the anniversary of her first appearance there.
In light of the Pope’s consecration of the world, there is still the matter of our individual consecration.

Explaining the reason why, Father Gaitley says the Pope consecrated the world because, effectively, it’s going to bring a lot of graces to the world by invoking Mary, who is a motherly intercessor.

Turning to each person’s consecration, he says: “The consecration is particularly effective for individuals, because it helps us grow in holiness.

“John Paul II was particularly devoted to St. Louis de Montfort, who said one of the quickest, surest, easiest ways to grow in holiness was consecration to Jesus through Mary. And, as Vatican II said in [Lumen Gentium, the chapter on] The Universal Call to Holiness, we’re all called to be saints, to be holy. Entrusting ourselves to Jesus through Mary is one of the surest, easiest, most effective ways to grow in that holiness.”

With 33 Días hacia un Glorioso AmanecerFather Gaitley says the first wave of consecration retreats begins on Nov. 9 and ends 33 days later, with each person consecrating himself and herself to Jesus through Mary.

Since consecration to the Mary is usually timed so that the consecration falls on one of her feast days, this initial one ends on the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

In fact, Mary appears on the cover of the Spanish edition under her title of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Another plus: Each book comes with a beautiful, foldout image of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

We chose this image for the cover because the books are being distributed in the United States, and the vast majority of Spanish speakers in the United States have roots in Mexico,” says Father Gaitley. “Our Lady of Guadalupe is extremely important in Mexican culture and the lives of those who have roots from Mexico. And Our Lady of Guadalupe is beloved by Spanish speakers throughout the world.”

And "Morning Glory" in the title has universal meaning, no matter the language.
“I chose this title because it best captures what Marian consecration is all about: a new way of life in Christ,” explains Father Gaitley. “The act of consecrating oneself to Jesus through Mary marks the beginning of a gloriously new day, a new dawn, a brand-new morning in one’s spiritual journey. It’s a fresh start, and it changes everything.”

Father Gaitley said the books were printed, stacked and ready to go at the beginning of October. In just one week, all one million magazine copies were spoken for.
However, the book versions of the English and Spanish translations are still available for purchase just contact me jkmuss@gmail.com 727-709-8649

Father Gaitley hopes to print another million magazine copies to give away as soon as possible. To support this initiative, please call (413) 298-1297.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Holy Cross School-Wide Consecration begins with Rosary Balloon Kick off

 
Four hundred grade school students at Holy Cross Catholic School in Batavia, IL., celebrated the start of their school-wide Marian consecration with a rosary balloon launch. Using Father Michael Gaitley's book, 33 Days to Morning Glory, a consecration to Jesus through Mary, the students will spend the next 33 school days preparing themselves for their consecration on the Marian Feast day of the Immaculate Conception, December 9th, 2013. More than 700 Holy Cross parishioners and school families are joining in this Marian Consecration.
 
 
 

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Parishioners Consecrate October 7, Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary

Group Organizer, Cindy Beairl writes: 

Our group made our Consecration last night, October 7, the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. We are from St. Leonard Catholic Church in Laona, Wisconsin. Ten people made their Consecrations officiated by Deacon Jerry Cross.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Novena in preparation for Pope Francis Consecrating the World to the Immaculate Heart of Mary begins Friday October 4!

Pope Francis will consecrate the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary October 13th . In preparation for this event, I will be praying the Novena to the Immaculate Heart of Mary . This Novena  begins this Friday, October 4th!

Please join me for 30 seconds a day to pray a POWERFUL Novena that comes right to your e-mail each day. This is a great opportunity to honor our Blessed Mother and join in prayer with the Holy Father!


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Please spread the word about this special novena to your friends and family! You can simply invite people to sign up to pray with us at: 

Monday, September 23, 2013

Seek God through his Mother, Pope encourages faithful

By Kerri Lenartowick 
Pope Francis lays flowers at the foot of the statue of Our Lady of Lujan on May 8, 2013. Credit: Stephen Driscoll/ CNA.
Pope Francis lays flowers at the foot of the statue of Our Lady of Lujan on May 8, 2013. Credit: Stephen Driscoll/ CNA.

.- During his Sunday homily in Sardinia, the Pope explained how we should seek Christ through the intercession of our Blessed Mother, whose life was an example of faithful prayer and trust in God.

“Let us not grow tired of knocking at God’s door,” he told crowds Sept. 22 in Cagliari, Sardinia. “Let us go to the heart of God through Mary, our whole life, every day, knocking at the door of God’s heart!”

“Mary prays – prays together with the community of disciples, and teaches us to have full faith in God, in his mercy. This is the power of prayer!” he told the faithful.

The Pope recounted how Mary stood with the “beloved disciple” John at the foot of the Cross. Jesus entrusted them to one another, the Pope said, and in that moment, “we are all there in John.” It is “loving gaze of Jesus that entrusts us to the maternal custody of his Mother.”

However, her time at the foot of the Cross was not the first time Mary experienced the Divine “loving gaze” Pope Francis explained. “Mary will have remembered another gaze of love, when she was a young woman, the gaze of God the Father, that saw her humility, her littleness.”

Mary’s relationship with God serves as a model for every Christian. She “teaches us that God does not abandon us, he can do great things even with our weakness,” explained Pope Francis. “Let us have faith in Him! Let us knock at the door of his heart!” With the love she has received from God, Mary turns to love her children that Jesus put in her care before he died on the Cross.

In the tender gaze of Mary, said the Pontiff, we find “reflection of the gaze of the Father, which has made her the Mother of God, and the gaze of the Son from the Cross, that has made her our Mother.” “And with that look today Mary is watching us. We need her tender gaze, her maternal gaze that knows us better than anyone else, her gaze full of compassion and care.”

As the Pope preached, the traditional Sardinian statue of Our Lady of Bonaria stood nearby.  “Bonaria” means “good air” or “fair wind.” In Spanish, it is “Buenos Aires,” the name of Pope Francis’ hometown. It is said that the Argentinian city received its name from a Sardinian sailor who arrived with early explorers in 1536. He insisted upon naming the land after his ancestral patroness.

After Mass, the Holy Father greeted local authorities as well as the ill and infirmed who had been brought to the cathedral to meet him. He blessed those who were suffering and prayed with those who sought healing. Pope Francis stopped to greet a large group of nuns in various habits that welcomed him enthusiastically.  He thanked them for their “sustaining” lives of sacrifice and asked for their prayers. He then continued on to a Mass with local bishops before returning to the cathedral to speak to the poor and prisoners.

Friday, August 30, 2013

33 Days was a "Faith Strengthening Experience" for Adult Faith Formation at St. Patrick's in Troy, Ohio

from St. Patrick's Catholic Church Coordinator of Adult Faith Formation:

On Thursday, August 15, The Feast of the Assumption, our parish was proud to have over 70 people make their consecration to Jesus through Mary.  It was a beautiful and meaningful event to all present.   

Fr. Joe, our Sunday associate helped to make it special as we passed out our certificates and Miraculous Medals to each person.  We read the book “33 Days to Morning Glory” by Father Michael Gaitley, MIC, and about 20 of us met on a weekly basis discussing what we had read and watching the DVD series by Fr. Gaitley.   

Our eyes were opened to how much Jesus wants us to be close to Mary our spiritual mother and how through her we become even closer to Jesus.  The perfect part of this however, is it is a do-it-yourself retreat; so many families were able to do it even though they are busy.  As we encouraged families to try and find about 5 minutes to read the daily reflection, it became clear to them how important it is to make Christ the center of their lives.

As a coordinator of Adult Faith Formation in this parish, I am always excited when I get such good feedback from a project offered to the parish.  I heard the comment from several parishioners that this program has moved them in their spiritual life and encouraged all of us to put our Faith into action.   

This was a faith-strengthening experience and we in faith formation have worked together, especially since the Summit last fall to put Christ at the Center and the proclamation for the Year of Faith by the Pope, to search for as many ways as possible to reach out to where families are and how we can help them grow in their faith.

I have been encouraged and given great support by Louise, our representative for Lighthouse Catholic Media and the Association of Marian Helpers HeartsAFire Programs.  It is obvious she puts her heart and soul into all she does to encourage others to be stronger in their faith life.  She is such an inspiration and I am thankful to her for introducing our parish to “33 Days to Morning Glory” and the Lighthouse CDs which have also been beneficial to our families. She and her husband even took the time to come to our consecration and help us celebrate.

Our Hearts are on Fire for Jesus and we look forward to spreading the Good News and His love throughout our community.  

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Pope Francis to Consecrate the World to the Immaculate Heart of Mary October 13



Recently the Vatican announced that Pope Francis will consecrate the world to the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary on October 13, 2013. This consecration will be part of a Marian Day held on the anniversary of the final appearance of the Virgin Mary at Fatima. CLICK HERE for the full story

NOW is a great time to begin your own consecration to Jesus through Mary using Fr. Michael Gaitley's "do-it-yourself retreat" 33 Days to Morning Glory. Simply CLICK HERE get a copy of the book in English or CLICK HERE to get a copy in Spanish. Then begin reading just 2 pages a day on September 10. This books is made for BUSY PEOPLE! After reading 2 pages a day from September 10 to October 12, you will experience a new day of morning glory when you consecrate with the Pope and World on October 13.

Bulk pricing available for parishes or dioceses, just email me for details: jkmuss@gmail.com

For parishes or dioceses wanting to consecrate, you can pick a date in Oct/Nov/Dec and consecrate in thanksgiving for the Pope's consecration. That gives you time to prepare, publicize and order materials.


ebook available by clicking HERE

Monday, August 26, 2013

Over 100 Consecrated from St. Anne in Ruskin, FL






On the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, over 100 souls consecrated to our Lady using 33 Days to Morning Glory.

Along with consecrating, the parishioners were invested with the scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.



Fr. John, center prepares to bless scapulars at St. Anne's in Ruskin.

Plans are being made for the parish to offer the consecration in Spanish. Additionally another English group plans to consecrate in December.

For More Pictures CLICK HERE

Thursday, August 22, 2013

St Coleman in Ardmore PA group consecrated August 15

By Leader: Ann-Marie Altomare

 
Our newly ordained Deacon, Deacon John Rodgers joined us throughout the 6 weeks and led one of the 3 groups.  We had 37 people coming each week and split into 3 small groups during the discussion sessions.  It was life changing for many parishioners and all were very thankful and enjoyed the retreat. Consecration day was August 15th.


This was a couple from our parish that did the 33 Days to Morning Glory together. We had about 6 or 7 couples from our parish St. Colman's doing it.


We all went to mass for the Feast of the Assumption and said the Consecration prayers together after mass and joined in a shared dish meal and watched the last video.  It was beautiful.  Our pastor Fr. James Sherlock joined us and Deacon John Rodgers. It was a blessing for our Parish!

Thank you for all of  your help in supplying us with books and materials!

Monday, August 19, 2013

Bishop Jenky of Peoria IL recommends 33 Days to Morning Glory

Go to the Virgin Mary: Marian Consecration

Re-double Your Spiritual Efforts Through Devotion to the Blessed Virgin

Biship Daniel Jenky
Bishop Daniel Jenky

To the Priests, Deacons, Religious Educators, Pastoral Leaders and Faithful of the Diocese of Peoria:
My Dear Brothers and Sisters:
I hope that over my 10 years as your bishop, my love for Our Lady, as has yours, has been abundantly clear: I have convoked a number of Rosary Congresses, declared a Year of the Rosary, dedicated a Festival Letter to our Lady as well as countless homilies and talks, I asked that her image as our Mother of Perpetual Help be enshrined in our parishes and schools, even as I re-consecrated our entire diocese to her patronage when I solemnly enthroned her icon in our Cathedral.
I again turn to her and I ask you to do the same.
It has never been easy to be a faithful follower of Jesus Christ. In fact, our Savior warns that the world will hate us if we love Him. The attacks of this world, the flesh and devil seem particularly ferocious in this current moment. Several months ago, I asked that we not lose sight of the spiritual nature of this battle when I directed that the Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel should be invoked at every Sunday Mass for the protection of the Catholic Church in America. I now ask us to re-double our spiritual efforts through devotion to the Blessed Virgin.
The Immaculate Mother of God is the Patroness of the United States and our own Local Church. The Pope has personally consecrated the world to her protection, and that invocation has been renewed by the bishops of our country, as I have done as well for our diocese following the example of Archbishop Schlarman. I encourage each of our parishes, schools, and families to consider a similar devotion to Our Lady. We turn to her to protect our country, to guide our leaders, and to turn our hearts to her Son.
There are many ways to grow in devotion to our Lady. The scriptural meditation of the Rosary is perhaps the finest. Likewise, there are many methods of Marian Consecration.  We are recommending “33 Days to Morning Glory” by Father Michael Gaitly, MIC, to our parishes, schools, CCD and adult education programs.  The traditional 30-day consecration could very appropriately begin in our schools and families in early September in order to culminate on the Feast of the Holy Rosary on Oct. 5.
But no matter what book or formula may be used, I feel it very important that we turn to our Lady to help us and our country during these coming months. We can take comfort that her Immaculate Heart will triumph!
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Reverend Daniel R. Jenky, CSC
Bishop of Peoria

Sunday, August 18, 2013

St Anastasia group consecrates on the Feast of the Assumption

Sue Kuyawa facilitated a group of 20 women from  St. Anastasia in Fort Pierce, Florida using Fr. Michael Gaitley's 33 Days to Morning Glory book, Retreat Companion and DVDs.  Sue writes that the entire experience from beginning to end was "absolutely beautiful in every way."  She's looking forward to doing another group soon.  Possibly 3-5 people from the group will go on to host small groups of their own.
 
The  picture at left, is just some group who consecrated after the Vigil Mass on Wednesday night August 14; there were others from the group that consecrated at the Thursday morning Mass August 15 

To Jesus through Mary!
 

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

St. Maximilian Kolbe

St. Maximilian Kolbe, the Martyr for Charity

By Chris Sparks (Aug 12, 2013)

For Christ, while we were still helpless, yet died at the appointed time for the ungodly. Indeed, only with difficulty does one die for a just person, though perhaps for a good person one might even find courage to die. But God proves his love for us in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us. — Romans 5:6-8

It takes a great deal of courage and an even greater quantity of love to volunteer to die for another person, as did St. Maximilian Kolbe, whose feast day we celebrate Aug. 14. A Polish Franciscan, Fr. Kolbe was the founder of the Militia Immaculata and had established a major printing and radio apostolate dedicated to bringing all the world to Jesus through Mary. During the Nazi occupation of Poland, he was arrested and thrown into the Auschwitz prison camp, where he lived a life of outstanding Christian charity. He was truly a "practicing Catholic" — practicing throughout his ministry and imprisonment the sort of self-sacrifice that made him outstanding in death.

But the sacrifice becomes almost inconceivable when you realize Fr. Maximilian didn't know Franciszek Gajowniczek, the man for whom he would lay down his life. And yet he made the sacrifice. One prisoner had escaped. The Nazi guards at the camp had decided 10 must die in his place, and so they counted. Gajowniczek was the tenth. He fell to his knees in the midst of his fellow prisoners and begged for his life, talked about his wife and children, his sons, his beloved sons ...

And there was Fr. Kolbe stepping forward, hat in hand, to offer his life for a complete stranger.

The guards took him up on the offer. They put 10 men into a small room to slowly starve to death. And what did those men do? They sang. They prayed. They died in joy — all because Maximilian Kolbe was there, all because one among them wasn't losing his life, but giving it to the last ounce of his strength, giving them life, love, and hope.

And finally the Nazis had had enough. They sent in guards to administer carbolic acid to the last man standing in that terrible place — Fr. Kolbe, who extended his arm peacefully for the injection and died with joy.

Such is the life, the work, and the heart of a person who has given everything to Mary — they come to resemble her first Son, her only biological Son, very closely. They pour out their lives for others, knowing that all of mankind are brethren, whether they've accepted Christ's redeeming sacrifice or not. Saint Maximilian Kolbe could die as a martyr of charity because he had lived as an icon of Christ's charity. As he lived, so he died — and entered in God's own eternal life.

Let us pray that, through our total consecration to Jesus through Mary, the Immaculata, we may learn to love God and neighbor like St. Maximilian Kolbe, the Apostle of Marian Consecration.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

St. Leonard parish in Laona Wisconsin to begin Consecration September 4th

Cindy Beairl will be leading a group through the 33 Days to Morning Glory retreat at St. Leonards in Laona WI. The group plans to consecrate on October 7, 2013.

St Leonard Catholic Church
5330 Beech St
Laona WI 54541

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

33 Days to Morning Glory Now available in SPANISH~33 Días hacia un Glorioso Amanecer

33 Days to Morning Glory is now available in Spanish. 

We are excited to offer special PARISH pricing on this book, just email me for details, jkmuss@gmail.com

The DVDs and Retreat Companions are NOT YET available in Spanish, only the book itself. 

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Lighthouse Catholic Media partners with the Marians of the Immaculate Conception



Father Michael Gaitley, MIC, the director of the Association of Marian Helpers,signs an agreement with Mark Middendorf, co-founder of Lighthouse. Lighthouse and the Marians forged a relationship whereby Marian materials are now being offered through Lighthouse kiosks in 5,000 parishes throughout North America.
by Felix Carroll

Catechesis by kiosk. It plays a huge role in the Church’s evangelization efforts. Now, by the grace of God, the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception are at the fore front of it.
The kiosks in question are those in the back of many churches that,traditionally, hold CDs, pamphlets,booklets, and books on such topics as the Sacraments, forgiveness, devotions, and prayers.Parishioners are invited to avail themselves of the materials. God seems to do the rest.
Take, for instance, one young man who was contemplating suicide.Then, he listened to a CD obtained from a Lighthouse Catholic Media church kiosk. It helped to save his life, and he recently entered the seminary.
“If someone says one CD can’t make a difference,we have story after story of how God uses it to change people’s lives,” says Mark Middendorf, co-founder of Lighthouse.
This brings us to one of the most exciting initiatives in recent years for the Marian Fathers. Earlier this year, Lighthouse and the Marians forged a relationship whereby Marian materials are now being offered through Lighthouse kiosks.
The Marians will benefit from Lighthouse’s presence in more than 5,000 parishes throughout North America. Indeed,since Lighthouse’s founding eight years ago, it has distributed more than 8 million CDs alone that feature such names as Dr. Scott Hahn, Matthew Kelly, and Fr.Robert Barron.
“This is truly Divine Providence at work for us,” says Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC,the director of the Association of Marian Helpers.
Clearly, not a coincidence
As Fr .Michael suggests, Divine Providence stands as the only credible explanation for  the collaboration with Lighthouse. A little more than a year ago, Mark Middendorf had never heard of Fr. Michael.But in a single day, two people gave him Fr. Michael’s best selling book 33 Days to Morning Glory  and recommended that Lighthouse distribute it. That very same day, Mark also received an e-mail from someone praising the book.
“I try to be open to the Holy Spirit,” Mark says. So he decided to call his good friend, Terry Barber, a fellow co-founder of Lighthouse and founder of Saint Joseph’s Communications. “Terry,” said Mark, “what can you tell me about Fr. Michael Gaitley? Do you know him?” “Know him?” responded Terry. “I’m having lunch with him today.” And so the relationship began. That the connection came about through 33 Days to Morning Glory—a do-it-yourself retreat of consecration to Jesus through Mary—could not have been coincidence either. It so happens Mark had been encouraging all of his employees, including Lighthouse’s 600 plus account managers throughout the country,to make either St. Louis de Montfort’s or St.Maximilian Kolbe's famous Marian consecration.
That was before he read 33 Days, which he now promotes.
In addition, Mark has a devotion to Divine Mercy,such that each week day,the employees at Lighthouse's head quarters in Sycamore,Ill., pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet together at 3 p.m. “The Marians and we at Lighthouse share a common mission,” says Mark. “This is all an answer to my prayers.”
A great demand for Divine Mercy 
Here is how the kiosk program works: For a nominal fee, parishes purchase materials through Lighthouse and then offer the materials for a suggested donation to parishioners. Anticipating a huge hunger for the Marians’ Divine Mercy materials, Lighthouse has introduced a new Divine Mercy Resources module that fits on to its free standing kiosks. In addition, the kiosks now promote the Marians’ new Hearts Afire initiative—a small-group, parish-based, faith renewal program inspired by Blessed John Paul II’s call for a “new evangelization.”  “God has given us a great gift through our partnership with Lighthouse,” says Fr .Michael.
To order copies of 33 Days to Morning Glory or the Hearts Afire parish program resources
email Julie Musselman at jkmuss@gmail.com

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Ohio Youth Director gives testimony on 33 Days Consecration

...like any good mother,
Mary wants to help her children on earth. 
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It was June 2001, I was a sophomore in high school and I was serving as a Teen Leader at Extreme Faith Camp, when I stumbled across a book that would forever change my life. I had been praying that God would take me deeper in my faith when my eye caught sight of a small book titled, "Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary" by Saint Louis de Montfort.

Upon opening the book I discovered that it was a 30 day spiritual exercise. I immediately committed to beginning on the next start date (July 13). When that day came I woke up early with excitement to attend Mass and begin my journey to consecration. I knew this was a special time in my life, but I had no idea just how powerful this spiritual exercise would be.

For thirty days I prayed the consecration prayers and the rosary, and read the insightful works of St. Louis about "true devotion to Mary." I learned of Mary's virtue and my heart burned to follow her example of true womanhood and holiness. It was the first time that I had ever considered Mary as MY Mother.
I was learning of her maternal love for me and of her desire to lead me to the heart of her Son. As I slowly gave my heart over to Mary, I fell more in love with Jesus. As any good mother would, Mary was helping me to discover God's plan for my life.

On August 15 (the Feast of the Assumption), I concluded my first Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary with Mass. I felt like a completely new person and my spiritual life had a depth that I hadn't known before. "To Jesus through Mary" became my new life motto. There was only one thing left to do... so I went out for ice cream to celebrate!

Looking back, I know that picking up that book twelve years ago was a momentous life changing event. It propelled me into a journey of faith, a journey that became the foundation for every major life decision I would make. The "Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary" has been revised and expanded since I first stumbled across it. The "33 Days to Morning Glory" book is based on St. Louis de Montfort's original consecration but also adds wisdom from other modern saints.

I am looking forward to renewing my consecration to Jesus through Mary this summer with this new book. I anticipate with joy journeying deeper in faith with Mary at my side. I hope that you will consider joining us. Take a leap of faith and you may find that Mary is waiting to bring you to a new depth in your faith life. She waits to journey with us closer to the heart of her Son, deeper into holiness, and to a renewed vision of God's plan for our lives.   

- testimony of Youth Director coordinating parish-wide consecration with 33 Days to Morning Glory by Fr. Gaitley through Lighthouse Catholic Media

Email me to bring the consecration to Jesus through Mary, to your parish  jkmuss@gmail.com

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Parishioners at St. James in Kenosha WI to consecrate August 22

Ann Whiteside is leading a group of parishioners from St. James in Kenosha WI through the Marian Consecration. The group will meet July 8 to pick up materials and will consecrate on August 22, the feast of the Queenship of Mary.


Tuesday, June 18, 2013

St. Lawrence group to begin 33 Days to Morning Glory July 13

Mary Kennedy is leading a group at St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Tampa to consecrate to Jesus through Mary on August 15. She is excited to have 15 people already say "yes." If you would like to join the great folks at St. Lawrence or start your own group, please contact me at jkmuss@gmail.com

July 13 and July 20 are both upcoming start dates. Many people like to do a small group over the summer to get a feel for how it all works and then roll it out parish-wide in the fall/winter.

Consoling the Heart of Jesus by Fr. Michael Gaitley

Consoling the Heart of Jesus is now available from Lighthouse Catholic Media.
CLICK HERE TO ORDER THE BOOK ALONE for just $13.46 (retail $14.95)

Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC, has given us a very special gift in his thoughtful and prayerful "Do-It-Yourself Retreat." He brings together several spiritual traditions and blends them in the pattern of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. We will find inspiration in the quotations from the saints that he gathers carefully and in his deep, but humble, understanding of the principles of holiness that they proclaim. This is a good way for a soul to begin the journey in responding to the call to embrace the Divine Mercy of the Lord.

Fr. Mitch Pacwa, SJ: "This book is a form of a weekend retreat accessible at the beginning stages of a simple way to holiness. These hearts are "restless until they rest in Thee, Lord," and this book guides them on a journey to resting in God."

See all the resources to offer this in a small group setting by CLICKING HERE.