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:

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