Thursday, October 22, 2015

Update on St. Frances of Rome parish Azusa CA

I have wonderful news! Mama Mary has touched the heart of parishioners and now they have been signing up for more consecration classes. I wish to thank my pastor. Fr. Richard Vega and associate pastor, Fr. John Cordero for providing support on this new endeavour.

  • Assumption - Participants were English Marriage Encounter Ministry and Lectors; and friends

  • Holy Name of Mary - Participants were parishioners and friends

  • Lady of Rosary 2015 - Participants were parishioners, friends, and Spanish Marriage Encounter Ministry

St. Frances of Rome Parish
Preparation for Consecration To
The Sacred Heart of Jesus through
The Immaculate Heart of Mary

Since October 4, 2014 several of our St. Frances of Rome parishioners have completed a 33-day preparation to consecrate themselves to Jesus through the Immaculate Heart of Mary (using Fr. Michael Gaitley’s 33 Days to Morning Glory).

These groups have committed to daily
readings and reflection on their own time and 5 weekly meetings to watch a 30- minute video (Fr. Michael Gaitley) with Q/A lead by a facilitator.

After the consecration, participants have increased their passion in their prayer lives, recognized opportunities to practice virtues, and developed a closer relationship with Jesus.

Classes are conducted in English on Mondays and in Spanish on Tuesdays, culminating in the Consecration Rite during the Saturday morning mass preceding a major Marian Feast Day. Masses are officiated by our Associate Pastor, Fr. John Cordero.

Parroquia de Santa Francisca de Roma
Praparación para la Consagración al Sagrado Corazón de  Jesús através de el Inmaculado Corazón de María

Desde el 4 de Octubre hasta la fecha, varios de nuestros feligreses de St. Francisca de Roma han completado 33-días de preparación para la consagración  a Jesús através de el Inmaculado Corazón de la Virgen María (usando el libro del Padre Michael Gaitley 33-Días hacia un Glorioso Amanecer).

Estos grupos se compremetieron a lecturas diarias del libro y a reflecciones  por su cuenta mientras que se juntaban una vez a la semana por un total de 5 veces para ser guiados por un instructor y compartir sus pensamientos.

Después de la consagración, participantes han aumentado su pasión en su vida de oración, han reconocido oportunidades para practicar las virtudes y han desarrollado una relación más intima con Jesús.

Las clases se imparten en Inglés cada Lunes y en Español cada Martes, culminando en el rito de la consagración durante la Misa de la mañana del sábado anterior a una importante fiesta Mariana. Las Misas son oficiadas por nuestro Pastor Asociado, el Padre John Cordero.

Thank you for everything and say hi to Fr. Michel Gaitley for me.
Raúl & Heidelyn Ramírez
St. Frances of Rome
Marian Consecration Coordinators

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Worldwide Marian Consecration date set for December 8th

Please plan on joining the worldwide Consecration to Jesus through Mary on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception December 8th, 2015.  The consecration preparation begins on November 5th and the retreat materials can be found at

This December 8th consecration to Jesus through Mary will perfectly allow us to begin the Jubilee Year of Mercy that Pope Francis has declared.

So what does this all mean, and how does one join in? 

Here are the FAQs:

What is a jubilee year?
Year of MercyIn the ancient Hebrew tradition, the Jubilee Year, which was celebrated every 50 years, was meant to restore equality among all of the children of Israel, offering new possibilities to families which had lost their property and even their personal freedom.

The Catholic tradition of the Holy Year began 1300.  From 1475 onwards – in order to allow each generation to experience at least one Holy Year – the ordinary Jubilee was to be celebrated every 25 years. However, an extraordinary Jubilee may be announced on the occasion of an event of particular importance.

The Catholic Church has given to the Hebrew Jubilee a more spiritual significance. It consists in a general pardon, an indulgence open to all, and the possibility to renew one’s relationship with God and neighbor. Thus, the Holy Year is always an opportunity to deepen one’s faith and to live with a renewed commitment to Christian witness.

With the Jubilee of Mercy, Pope Francis focuses attention upon the merciful God who invites all men and women to return to Him. The encounter with God inspires in one the virtue of mercy.

The most recent extraordinary Jubilee Years were those in 1933, to celebrate 1900 hundred years of Redemption and in 1983, on the occasion of the 1950 years of Redemption.

What is Marian Consecration?
St. Pope John Paul II calls the Marian Consecration Devotion "the decisive turning point" of his life. In simplest terms, we give ourselves to Mary to be formed into the image of her Son. 

Put another way, Marian Consecration or Entrustment is to give ourselves to Jesus through Mary so that she can bring us to the pierced side of Jesus, which is the Fountain of Mercy. 

St. Louis de Montfort said that a total consecration to Jesus through Mary is the "quickest, easiest, surest and most perfect" path to becoming a saint.

How does Marian Consecration help us enter the Jubilee Year?
According to Pope Francis, it's Mary who will prepare us for the Year of Mercy. For instance, in the document that establishes this extraordinary time of grace for the Church, he asked that "the sweetness of [Mary's] countenance" might "watch over us in this Holy Year, so that all of us may rediscover the joy of God's tenderness."

Pope Francis decided that the Year of Mercy should begin on December 8th "when we remember and celebrate Mary's greatest experience of God's mercy: her being preserved from the first moment of her conception, from all stain of original sin." This was an act of mercy she did nothing to deserve. Rather it came as a totally free gift at the very moment when she came to be. Because Mary knows the free gift of God's mercy more than any other creature, she wants us to know it too. 

By beginning the Year of Mercy consecrating to Mary, we will enter in more deeply to experience God's mercy and then be able to share it better with others. 

What should we do if we'd like to consecrate?
One of the best ways to consecrate is to use the retreat materials of 33 Days to Morning Glory by Fr. Michael Gaitley. In his retreat, one reads just 2 pages a day from the book, answers a couple of questions from the retreat companion and ponders them throughout the day. Then weekly one watches a video lecture by Fr. Gaitley to summarize the preparation. The retreat can be done alone, but we highly recommend doing it in small groups either at your parish or in your home with friends and family. See to get your materials. For online materials, subscribe to

Key Points from Misericordiae Vultus Bull of Indiction of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy by Pope Francis: 

Bull 3. At times we are called to gaze even more attentively on mercy so that we may become a more effective sign of the Father’s action in our lives. For this reason I have proclaimed an Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy as a special time for the Church; a time when the witness of believers might grow stronger and more effective.

Bull 15: It is my burning desire that, during this Jubilee, the Christian people may reflect on the corporal and spiritual works of mercyIt will be a way to reawaken our conscience, too often grown dull in the face of poverty.

Bull 19. May the message of mercy reach everyone, and may no one be indifferent to the call to experience mercy. I direct this invitation to conversion even more fervently to those whose behavior distances them from the grace of God

Bull 25. I present, therefore, this Extraordinary Jubilee Year dedicated to living out in our daily lives the mercy which the Father constantly extends to all of us.


Entire parishes can join in on this, see parish plan at:

For Parish Pricing on 33 Days Materials contact 877-200-4277 or visit

Monday, October 19, 2015

Group Locator Now Available

If you would like to find a 33 Days group or open your group to others, we now offer a group locator and group registration capability.

Just CLICK HERE to list your group.

To find an existing group, CLICK HERE. 
Right Click Any Column to Sort A-Z to more easily find your diocese or parish name

World-wide consecration starts November 5, 2015 to consecrate on December 8, 2015 and begin the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy Pope Francis has declared.

For Year of Mercy Parish Plan, click here 

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Parish Specials on Hearts Afire packets through December 16, 2015

Hearts Afire Parish-based Programs
25% Off Participant Packets for PARISHES

Minimum order of 10 Packets. Download the flyer for details.
Offers valid through December 16, 2015.
33 Days to Morning Glory
33 Days to Morning Glory
Participant Packet

Now only $14.96 for 10 or more participant packets. Book sold separately.

Regular price $19.95
Consoling the Heart of Jesus
Consoling the Heart of Jesus
Participant Packet

Now only $14.96 for 10 or more participant packets. Book sold separately.

Regular price $19.95

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Cathedral uses huge banner for 33 Days retreat announcement

St. Agnes, Cathedral of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, on Long Island, NY isn't letting construction and scaffolding get in the way of publicizing the 33 Days to Morning Glory retreat. Actually taking advantage of the scaffolding, the parish hung a 4' X 36' banner that is visible from the nearby train station so that everyone commuting to and from New York City can see it!

Meeting weekly beginning on November 4, parishioners and friends will consecrate on December 8th. What a great way to kick off the Year of Mercy!

CLICK HERE for Cathedral website and retreat details. Contact Mary Tierney to register at 516-375-0738. So far 80 people are signed up.  

Monday, October 12, 2015

Discussion Questions for Consecration Day

Thanks to parishioner Roger Jones from Ascension Parish in San Diego CA for sending in these discussion questions for Consecration Day:

33 Days to Morning Glory Consecration Day Personal Response

1. What is different/or what differences do you notice in your life that have occurred in the past 33 days?

2. Is there anything that you will change in your life due to the past 33 days?

3. Which Saint: St Louis de Montfort, St Maximillian Kolbe, Blessed Mother Teresa or St John Paul II was most difficult for you? Most spoke to you?

4. Which word: Passion, Baptism, Gift, Mystery, Militia, Love, Thirst, Heart, Covenant, Mother, Entrust-acration or Mercy spoke most/least to you during these 33 days?

5. What new thing did you learn about Mary? What about Mary most surprises you? Are you closer to Mary because of this experience?

6. Was this retreat worth doing? How can we make this a better retreat? Would you do this retreat again next year to reconsecrate on the anniversary? Who would you invite next time? Would you lead a group?

7. Are you ready to start Consoling the Heart of Jesus as the next retreat?

Roger also recommends getting your group back together 90 days later to share what happens after consecrating:

33 Days to Morning Glory Personal Response (90 Days Later Meeting)

1. What is different/or what differences do you notice in your life that have occurred in the past 90 days?

2. Which Saint: St Louis de Montfort, St Maximillian Kolbe, Blessed Mother Teresa or St John Paul II has spoken to you in the past 90 days?

3. Which word: Passion, Baptism, Gift, Mystery, Militia, Love, Thirst, Heart, Covenant, Mother, Entrust-acration or Mercy has spoken to you in the past 90 days?

4. What new thing have you learned about Mary? What about Mary most surprises you? Are you closer to Mary because of this experience?

And Roger created a FUN MATCHING GAME!
Match the Words to the Marian Saints


Heart Love

Saint John Paul II, 
Saint Maximilian Kolbe, 
Blessed Mother Teresa, 
Saint Louis de Montfort 

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Hearts Afire retreatant writes poem

From Mr. Michael Gates to Fr. Michael Gaitley

I wasn’t much of a poem writer prior to saying the rosary and studying Mary and learning more from Fr. Michael Gaitley.   However I am now reading The One Thing is Three and really like it a lot!  Just received a prompting to send this poem that I was inspired to write his way.  

Trust you know you’re a solid channel by which the Holy Spirit to flow through - keep up the great work my friend!  Thank You!

What's so amazing about three
since the foundation of time?
Beginning, Middle and End, 
human search for the divine?

Father, Son and Holy Spirit, 
the blessed Trinity
Lord, giver of Life, 
crucified on Calvary.

Time, Space and Matter, 
third rock from the Sun, 
Three wise men bearing gifts,
let thy will be done.

Past, present and future,
Faith, Hope and Love, 
Solid, Liquid, Gas, 
all gifts from above.

Heat, oxygen, and fuel, 
three elements needed for fire. 
One transcendent experience, 
consubstantial with desire.

Omnipresent, Omnipotent, and Omniscient, 
forever and eternally,
through him, with him and in him, 
He wills we become Holy.

Mr. Michael Gates  grew up Catholic and attends Nativity Parish in Leawood, KS 

To get a copy of the this book, or start the 10 week retreat that includes this book CLICK HERE