The Diocese of St. Petersburg Will Be Consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on May 6
In an effort to lead all people closer to the Heart of Jesus, Bishop Gregory Parkes has announced that he will consecrate the parishes, schools, charities, ministries and all people who live in the five counties of the Diocese to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. To consecrate means to dedicate or set aside for a sacred purpose. Mary’s life was set aside for the sole purpose of serving Jesus. By following her example, Catholics can completely give themselves to Christ in a powerful way and give their lives to Him in service and love.
All are invited to the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle (5815 5th Ave N, St. Petersburg) on May 6 at 3 p.m. for a Holy Hour led by Bishop Parkes to take part in this special celebration during the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Diocese of St. Petersburg. For more information, visit: www.dosp.org/heartofmary/.
These bishops below are true HEROES in leading their flocks to Jesus through Mary!
If you would like to help your parish consecrate, we have the abridged 33 Days to Morning Glory paper back edition available for very low parish rates. Additionally, many parishes are using their subscription to FORMED to offer Fr Michael Gaitley's videos and retreat companion resources and reach everyone in their parish!
·On Jan. 14 2017, Bishop Robert Baker consecrated the Diocese of Birmingham, Alabama, to the Immaculate Heart of Mary before the International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima at the Cathedral of St. Paul in Birmingham during the Fatima Centennial U.S. visitation.
·On May 13 2017, the 100th anniversary of the first apparition at Fatima, Bishop James Johnston Jr. consecrated the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
·On May 13,2017 Bishop Thomas Tobin consecrated the Diocese of Providence, Rhode Island, to the Immaculate Heart of Mary as part of the “Year With Mary, Our Mother.”
·On May 13-14,2017 Bishop John Folda and priests joining him consecrated the Diocese of Fargo, North Dakota, to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
·On May 13,2017 Archbishop Allen Vigneron of Detroit, Michigan, entrusted and consecrated the city and the Archdiocese of Detroit to Our Lady of Fatima.
·On May 13, 2017 Bishop Joseph Strickland entrusted the Diocese of Tyler, Texas, to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
·On May 13-14,2017 Bishop Arthur Serratelli asked priests to lead people at their parishes in a consecration of the Diocese of Paterson, New Jersey, to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
·On May 16, 2017 Bishop Peter Libasciof the Diocese of Manchester, New Hampshire, consecrated the entire Catholic school system to the Blessed Mother, with more than 6,000 K-12 students, faculty and staff from 27 Catholic schools in attendance.
·On May 20, 2017 Archbishop Leonard Blair of the Archdiocese of Hartford, Connecticut, consecrated the archdiocese to the Blessed Mother, as he does yearly on the day of ordination of priests.
·On June 3, 2017 Bishop Robert McManus of Worcester, Massachusetts, consecrated the diocese to the Immaculate Heart of Mary,
·On June 24, 2017 the feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Bishop Jeffrey Monforton re-consecrated the Diocese of Steubenville, Ohio, to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
·On the Aug. 13 2017 anniversary of the Fatima apparitions, Bishop Earl Boyea asked every parish in the Diocese of Lansing, Michigan, to consecrate and entrust themselves to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
·On Sept. 8, 2017 the feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Bishop John Quinn renewed the consecration of the Diocese of Winona, Minnesota, to the Immaculate Heart of Mary at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart.
·On Oct. 7, 2017 the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone will consecrate the Archdiocese of San Francisco to the Immaculate Heart of Mary at the annual Rosary rally.
·On Oct. 8,2017 Bishop Joseph Kopacz will consecrate the Diocese of Jackson, Mississippi, to the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary.
·On the 100th anniversary of the great miracle of Our Lady of Fatima, on Oct. 13, Cardinal Donald Wuerl will consecrate the U.S. to Our Lady of Fatima’s Immaculate Heart at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. The event will be broadcast by EWTN.
·On Oct. 13, the Archdiocese of Denver, Colorado, and all who live in it will be entrusted to Mary’s Immaculate Heart by Archbishop Samuel Aquila.
·On Oct. 13, Bishop Thomas Olmsted will consecrate the Diocese of Phoenix, Arizona, to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
·On Oct. 13, Archbishop Bernard Hebda will re-consecrate the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota, to the Immaculate Heart of Mary at the Cathedral of St. Paul as part of the annual archdiocesan Rosary procession. The archdiocese has been consecrated to the Immaculate Heart annually at the October Rosary procession.
·On Oct. 15, the Diocese of Colorado Springs, Colorado, will be consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary by Bishop Michael Sheridan during a Rosary Rally at Holy Apostles parish.
·On Oct. 15, Archbishop Charles Chaput will consecrate the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
·On Oct. 14-15, all of Pennsylvania’s eight dioceses and two Eastern-rite eparchies will be consecrated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. This is the second part of a two-part consecration during this year to observe Mary’s apparitions at Fatima. On Sept. 27, the state’s bishops also made an official dedication together at Mass at St. Patrick Cathedral in Harrisburg.
·On Oct. 22,2017 Bishop Terry LaValley will consecrate the Diocese of Ogdensburg, New York, to the Immaculate Heart of Mary at St. Mary’s Cathedral.
·For Dec. 9, 10, or even 8th (pastor’s choice), 2017Bishop Robert Vasa of the Diocese of Santa Rosa, California, wants every parish and mission of the diocese to be consecrated or dedicated to Mary.
Parishioners at Our Lady of the Angels in Lakewood Ranch, FL finished Consoling the Heart of Jesus on March 25. They are making plans to go on to the next study Wisdom and Works of Mercy which includes the 2 books: The 'One Thing' is Three and You Did It To Me.
Fr. Michael Gaitley will be speaking in Clearwater, FL at the Mercy and Mary Retreat March 31-April 2 2017, details here.
This September a group of about 30 women began gathering on Thursdays at the Shields home in St. Petersburg FL. Most of the women are members of St. Raphael Catholic Church, but some are from neighboring parishes and some are not even Catholic. Each week they have been faithful to read the 2 pages a day, gather on Thursdays for their small group discussions and WOW! God has been so faithful!
As the group learned more and more about St. Therese's Offering to Merciful Love and prepared for their consecration to Divine Mercy, they became very interested in the Jubilee Year of Mercy. Leaders Lisette Shields and Cary Lennereth told the group about the Jubilee and the Holy Doors at our Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle. Then the field trip plans began!
First Stop: Confession
Fr. Kevin Mackin of St. Raphaels offered several extra confession times. Some took advantage of the regular confessions at the Cathedral.
Next Stop: Mass and Prayers
Those going to the Doors arrived first for the 11 am daily mass. After mass they said the required prayers for the Holy Father.
Last Stop: Porta Sancta
Walking through the Holy Doors and receiving all the graces of the total forgiveness of sins during the Year of Mercy
These wonderful ladies are now inspiring more and more to receive the Jubilee Plenary Indulgence. CLICK HERE for more information on that.
The group will complete 33 Days to Merciful Love and make their Offering to Merciful Love on October 22, Feast of St Pope John Paul II.
For materials to start your group, visit the Marian's online store, here.
group of 21journeyed through Fr. Michael Gaitley's retreat Consoling
the Heart of Jesus at St. Mark's parish in New York. Organizer Theresa
Piekut writes: "the people were so grateful, they kept thanking me and
saying how sad it was that it was over. A few will continue to meet
after Wednesday mass to further discuss the book."
The group is pictured around a brownie cupcake rosary!
Most small groups like the group above, go through the Consoling retreat
over 10 weeks, using Fr. Gaitley's videos, a retreat companion
(workbook) and the book Consoling the Heart of Jesus. Fr. Gaitley also
provides a way to go through the entire book in a weekend! See pages
24-26 of Consoling the Heart of Jesus for the schedule.
This past July a group of 10 souls in Wisconsin went through Consoling
the Heart of Jesus as a weekend retreat over the course of 2 weekends.
They began Friday night of the first weekend, reading pages 17-46 and
watching Fr. Gaitley's video "Laying the Foundation." Saturday beginning
at 9 am they continued reading and watching videos as well as having
group discussions, confession, mass and adoration until 6 pm.
The second weekend they met again Friday night, covered pages 108-127,
and on Saturday pages 127-195, again including adoration, discussions
Their priest Fr. Kizewski gave the retreat "two thumbs up."
Each year our Consecration at Charlotte Catholic High School gets deeper. This year we actually had the four relics of the Saints in Father Gaitley's 33 Days to Morning Glory who form us in Marian Consecration. The students had a particular understanding of the meaning of Marian Consecration because of the effort taken to understand St. Louis Marie deMontfort, St. Maximilian Kolbe, Blessed Mother Teresa and Saint John Paul II. These contemporary saints add so much to what has gone before, in the original Marian Consecration by St. Louis de Montfort..In particular, St. Maximilian Kolbe’s understanding of the Immaculate Conception really impacted this group. Father Jason Barone was the presider this year.
Thank you again for your devotion to this cause!
Sister Agnes Cousins Charlotte Catholic High School Charlotte, NC
Divine Mercy parish
in Kenner, Louisiana recently consecrated using Fr. Michael Gaitley's 33 Days to Morning Glory group
Above is a photo taken May 12, 2016 of our
80-strong group after we had prayed the consecration. We held separate morning and evening groups but came together to pray the
consecration and celebrate. It really has been a wonderful
experience for all of us to be part of the group retreat.
Louise Karas writes, "Each week our Regnum
Christi team of 11 ladies meet to pray, go over the upcoming Gospel, and see
how Christ is working in our lives and in the culture. We also do a study
circle involving a book or encyclical from the pope.
During this Jubilee Year
of Mercy and we decided to go through two Hearts Afire retreats - 33 Days to Morning Glory & Consoling
the Heart of Jesus. Afterward, we used FORMED.ORG to access the epic journey through the 20th century: Divine Mercy in the Second Greatest Story Ever Told. A perfect follow up has been to consecrate to Divine Mercy using Fr. Gaitley's newest book 33 Days to Merciful Love.
On Monday, May 16 we had a beautiful team consecration with a prayer service that included hymns, readings, petitions all focusing on the Merciful Love of Christ including the consecration prayer and afterward we went to brunch to celebrate. Our parish priest
Fr. Tim Kallaher, at St. John the Baptist Cincinnati joined us in our consecration prayer service."
Thank you Fr. Gaitley
for this beautiful gift off 33 Days to Merciful Love that helped us learn on a
personal level the little way of St Therese to the merciful love of God."
Almost everyone who goes through a Hearts Afire retreat wants to do something to share it with another. Today we got a wonderful email from Saundra who challenges us to ask people to join the retreat and ask people to lead the retreat.
"I participated in the 33 Days to Morning Glory Retreat at
work and loved it. Since then, it has been on my heart to pass this
message onto other people. I just happened to ask a small group that
was looking for something new at our church. So, I met with them and
they all agreed to participate in the 6-week retreat.
will begin on May 5th and I will be a "Facilitator In Training" so I can
facilitate the retreat to our other two linked parishes after our small
group completes this program for the first time. My advice: Please
don't be afraid to ask people if they would like to participate in this
retreat because you might be surprised of their answer. Never did I
think that I would be involved in this retreat again. Thank you Father
Gaitley. You're the best!!!!"
-Saundra - East Syracuse, NY
If' you've been thinking about offering this retreat- just say YES! Hearts Afire is simple to lead and offer. The first retreat, 33 Days to Morning Glory is just 6 weeks long. You can host just a couple people in your home, or offer it parish wide. We've got Parish Consultants who can encourage you and offer tips- Just call us at 877-200-4277. Learn more HERE.