Marian Consecration

Join us for a parish-wide Marian Consecration beginning May 30th in advance of the formal merging of our parishes on July 1st.

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How to participate:

  1. Pick up your copy of the prayer book after masses on May 21st & 22nd, limited quantities will be available. Call now to reserve your copy.

  2. Privately pray the 33 daily meditations beginning on May 30th.

  3. Additional enrichment opportunity (optional): Attend a series of two live presentations on the meditations offered by Jim Marnell, Director of Pastoral Care/Lay Ministry. See schedule below.

  4. Make the formal Consecration by praying together the formal Consecration prayer at the 10am First Saturday Mass at Assumption on July 2nd or at all of the Saturday Evening/Sunday Masses at any of our 3 churches the weekend of July 2nd & 3rd.

What is Marian Consecration?

Marian consecration is the act of entrusting one’s body, soul, possessions, works, and entire life to the protection, guidance, and intercession of Our Lady. The act of entrusting oneself to Mary’s care and intercession is nothing new. Jesus Himself entrusted His beloved disciple, John, to Mary while He was on the Cross (John 19:26-27). The early Christians and Church fathers recognized Mary’s holiness and her significance as the Mother of God. We’ve been asking for Mary’s intercession and intervention in our lives since the beginning of the Church. 

A more formal method of consecration to Mary was developed by Saint Louis de Montfort in the 1600s. In this method, a period of 33 days of prayer culminates in a beautiful prayer of consecration that one makes in conjunction with the Sacrament of Reconciliation and the reception of Holy Communion.

 

When we consecrate ourselves to Mary, we give her our entire lives and selves as well as the merits of all our prayers and works in order to belong more fully to Our Lord. We give Mary everything we are and do to present to the Lord and use at her disposal.

 

Why give Mary everything? Because she’s a good mom. She only wants what’s best for us and for all her children. Mary wants us to know, love, and serve Jesus more. She wants us to get to Heaven even more than we do. She’s invested in our happiness, both temporal and eternal. Mary takes all the good we are and do, adds her grace, and presents us to her Son. 

When we consecrate ourselves to Mary, really we are consecrating ourselves to Jesus through Mary. They are so intimately united that truly giving ourselves to Mary can lead to nothing but total surrender to God.

 

We are all called to holiness. God created us to be saints. We are made to know the Lord, to love Him, and to serve Him. Consecrating ourselves to Mary is one way that we grow in that knowledge, love, and service. We allow Mary to take us by the hand and lead us to her Son. She knows, loves, and serves Him best. We have so much to learn from her life, and so much to gain by placing ourselves in her hands.

 

Mary, Mother of God, Mother of the Church, and Our Mother, pray for us!

 

(excerpts of an article from “blessedisshe.net”) 

33 Day Schedule

Week 1: St. Louis de Montfort

Day 1:    May 30

Day 2:    May 31

Day 3:    June 1

Day 4:    June 2

Day 5:    June 3

Day 6:    June 4

Day 7:    June 5

 

Week 2: St. Maximilian Kolbe

Day 8:    June 6

Day 9:    June 7

Day 10:  June 8

Day 11:  June 9, Presentation 1 at Assumption 7pm

Day 12:  June 10

Day 13:  June 11

Day 14:  June 12

 

Week 3:  St Mother Teresa

Day 15:  June 13

Day 16:  June 14

Day 17:  June 15

Day 18:  June 16, Presentation 1 at St. John Neumann 7pm

Day 19:  June 17

Day 20:  June 18

Day 21:  June 19

Week 4:  St. Pope John Paul II

Day 22:  June 20

Day 23:  June 21

Day 24:  June 22

Day 25:  June 23,  Presentation 2 at Assumption 7pm

Day 26:  June 24

Day 27:  June 25

Day 28:  June 26

 

Final 5 Days:

Day 29:  June 27

Day 30:  June 28

Day 31:  June 29

Day 32:  June 30, Presentation 2 at St. John Neumann 7pm

Day 33:  July 1

Consecration Day

Choose one Mass, consecration prayer will be said at all the Masses  

July 2nd

Assumption – 10am, 4pm;

Sacred Heart – 4:30pm

St. John Neumann - 5:30pm  

July 3rd

Assumption – 9am, 11am, 7:45pm

Sacred Heart - 9:30

St. John Neumann - 8am, 9:30am, 11:30 am

Presentations

Participants are invited to attend a series of two live presentations offered by Jim Marnell, Director of Pastoral Care/Lay Ministry. Jim will give 2 presentations on the meditations.

Presentation One:

June 9th at 7 pm at Assumption

June 16th at 7 pm at St. John Neumann

Presentation Two:

June 23rd at 7 pm at Assumption

June 30th at 7 pm at St. John Neumann

Please chose the site and time that works best for you. 

Resources

A limited number of books will be available at all Sunday Masses on May 21st and 22nd.  Contact any of the parish offices if you wish to reserve a copy and arrange for pick up.  One book per family, please.  

If you would like to make a donation to help offset the costs of the books please contact our business manager Dan Stover, dstover@bellworthparkcc.org

 

To purchase the book or ebook on your own

www.amazon.com/Days-Morning-Glory-Do-Yourself/dp/1596142448/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=33+days+to+morning+glory+book&qid=1651502861&sprefix=33+day%2Caps%2C118&sr=8-1

 

shopmercy.org/33-days-to-morning-glory.html

Additional resources

 

Formed.org offers a free video series presented by the book’s author, Fr. Michael Gaitley.  The video series is an optional resource.

To access formed.org please follow these instructions (if you are not already signed up)

  1. Visit formed.org

  2. Click sign up

  3. Sign-up as a parishioner

  4. Type group in the lookup field

  5. Select Bellevue, Emsworth, Franklin Park

  6. Enter your email and you are in. 

  7. No passwords needed. 

 

Prior to week 1, you can watch 

https://watch.formed.org/33-days-to-morning-glory-1/season:1/videos/orientation-and-introduction

 

Week 1

https://watch.formed.org/33-days-to-morning-glory-1/season:1/videos/week-1-st-louis-de-montfort

 

Week 2

https://watch.formed.org/33-days-to-morning-glory-1/season:1/videos/week-2-st-maximilian-kolbe
 

Week 3

https://watch.formed.org/33-days-to-morning-glory-1/season:1/videos/week-3-st-teresa-of-calcutta
 

Week 4

https://watch.formed.org/33-days-to-morning-glory-1/season:1/videos/week-4-pope-st-john-paul-ii

 

Final 5 Days

https://watch.formed.org/33-days-to-morning-glory-1/season:1/videos/final-five-days-synthesis-and-review

Frequently Asked Questions About Total Consecration to Jesus Through Mary

What is Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary?

Marian Consecration is the most direct and secure way of entering into the deepest, most childlike, trusting relationship with God the Trinity by uniting ourselves with the Blessed Mother. Through consecration we learn to cooperate with the unique mission given to her by God, to be our Mother in the order of grace.

Total Consecration to Jesus is an exercise to increase your spirituality and ability to truly serve our Lord Jesus Christ. It goes back centuries, but made famous by Saint Louis Marie de Montfort.   His simply philosophy was that Jesus came into the world through Mary and in order to grow closer to Jesus, closer than ever before, we should go through Mary. Saint Louis de Montfort proposed a course of preparation for Marian consecration that lasts 33 days, one day for each year that Jesus walked this earth.

Why do this?

To “consecrate” means literally to “dedicate oneself formally to a religious or divine purpose.” In Marian consecration, the “religious or divine purpose” is to enter fully into our baptismal vocation as sons and daughters of God. The Blessed Mother, “In a wholly singular way…cooperated by her obedience, faith, hope, and burning charity in the Savior’s work of restoring supernatural life to souls. For this reason, she is a mother to us in the order of grace.” (Lumen gentium 59) “It is no longer Mary who lives, it is Jesus Christ, God alone Who lives in her...Mary is the faithful echo of God...When you have once found Mary, and through Mary, Jesus, and through him, God the Father, you have embraced every good.” (St. Louis de Montfort

Initially, this idea of consecration may seem strange. And why consecration through Mary? Consecration simply means to set aside for a sacred purpose. Mary’s life was set aside for the sole purpose of serving Our Lord. By following her example, we can also completely give ourselves to Christ in a way that consecrates us to Him through Mary. We consecrate ourselves in order to be more devoted to the Lord and His Blessed Mother. It helps us grow in holiness and increase our faith, hope and love. It is a prayerful journey, focused on us drawing closer to Jesus than ever before.

 

How does it work?

Consecration consists merely of a 33-day period of prayerful preparation followed by the actual act of consecration itself.

How Do I Make the Consecration?

We will be using the book “33 Days to Morning Glory” by Fr. Michael E. Gaitley, MIC. This is a popular and accessible resource that will lead us through a daily series of 33 meditations designed to prepare us to make a formal Marian Consecration. The book draws upon insights from the great Marian saints, Louis de Monfort, Maximillan Kolbe, Mother Teresa and John Paul II. The 33 daily meditations will be used privately by each participant starting on the Feast of the Visitation, Tuesday, May 31st. We will make the formal Consecration by praying together the formal Consecration prayer at the 10am First Saturday Mass at Assumption on July 2nd or the Saturday Evening/Sunday Masses at all three churches on July 2nd & 3rd.

Participants are invited to attend a series of two live presentations on the meditations offered by Jim Marnell, Director of Pastoral Care/Lay Ministry at either Assumption on June 9th & 23rd at 7:00pm or St. John Neumann on June 16th & 30th at 7:00pm.

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