There will be a Consecration and/or Renewal of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary Ceremony during the 9:00 AM Mass on SATURDAY, JUNE 24, the Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. This will take place after the homily.
- This is a very special year to make this consecration because we are celebrating, with the Church throughout the world, the 100 year anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima to the three shepherd children. One of things that she requested on behalf of God, was that devotion to her Immaculate Heart be established throughout the world as a means to obtain peace and save souls from eternal damnation. One way to express your devotion to her Immaculate Heart is to formally consecrate (entrust) yourself to her.
Either an individual member of the parish, an entire family, ministry or group, may consecrate (entrust) themselves to Our Blessed Mother. This holds much power spiritually. When we ask Mary to be our Mother by consecrating/entrusting ourselves to her, we place ourselves under her care and protection, and allow her to embrace us even more closely.
In doing this we are following the example of God himself. After all, He was the first person to entrust himself to her. St. John Paul II explains, “for it must be recognized that before anyone else it was God himself, the Eternal Father, who entrusted himself to the Virgin of Nazareth, giving her his own Son in the mystery of the Incarnation” (Redemptoris Mater, 39).
The essence of Marian Consecration is to give Mary our “Yes.” We are saying: “I give you permission to use all your motherly wisdom and power to form me and each member of my family, group or ministry into another Christ” (Fr. Michael Gaitly, MIC). “My children, with whom I am again in labor until Christ is formed in you” (Gal 4:19; see also Ephesians 4:13).
This motherhood of Mary is not some vague or abstract sort of thing. It’s concrete and personal. And even though it is universal, it’s also intensely particular. Mary is your mother. She is my mother. Mary is uniquely, particularly, personally your mother and my mother, and she doesn’t lose us in the crowd” (Fr. Michael Gaitly). And as a mother, just like at the Wedding Feast of Cana (John 2:1-12), she wishes the messianic power of her Son to be manifested so her maternal task is to point out to us those things which must be done for this to happen.
On June 24 there will be sheets of paper available for you to fill out with your name and/or the names of the people, ministry, or group that you wish to entrust to her. A binder will be placed before the statue of our Blessed Mother in the sanctuary. During Mass, after the homily, we will pray the prayer of consecration together and then we will process forward to place our sheet of paper in the binder.
If you cannot be physically present and are joining us in spirit, you may use the form below or email names of individuals and families, groups or ministries you wish to consecrate to the Blessed Mother, and they will be written in the binder for you.
When sending this email:
Please put “Consecration to the IHM” in the subject line;
List the names/or family name, ministry or group you wish to consecrate to the Immaculate Heart of Mary;
Send the email to Terri Thomas at firstname.lastname@example.org;
- One way to prepare for this consecration is to attend the 1st session of our FATIMA SUMMER SERIES on Thursday, June 22 from 10:00 AM-12:30 PM in the Adult Faith Room. This will be an interactive session with live speakers. By the end of this session, you may be ready to make this consecration. Press the blue button below to learn more about this. You can also press the other blue button to be taken to a page with great information about the messages.
At Fatima, The Blessed Mother said “The Lord wishes to establish devotion to my Immaculate Heart in the world. If what I say is done, many souls will be saved and there will be peace.” It is our belief that this consecration will only deepen our love for Jesus, lead to conversion, and bring much peace.
“Never be afraid of loving the Blessed Virgin too much. You can never love her more than Jesus did.” - Saint Maximilian Kolbe