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

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