Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades invites you to join in a diocesan Consecration to Mary this summer.
This 33 day retreat began on July 13th and will end on August 15th, the Feast of the Assumption.
The Bishop will celebrate Mass at 6 pm at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and rededicate our diocese to Mary at the end of Mass.
Bishop Rhoades will lead a Marian Procession to Headwater's Park which marks the beginning of the 3rd Annual Festival of Faith.
Plenary Indulgence to be offered at Marian consecration Mass in the Cathedral
FORT WAYNE – A special papal blessing will be given by Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades at the 6 p.m. Mass for the Solemnity of the Assumption on Friday, Aug. 15, in Fort Wayne's Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. This day will mark the culmination of the "33 Days to Morning Gloryâ€ Marian consecration program throughout the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend. In addition, Bishop Rhoades will be formally consecrating the entire diocese to the Blessed Virgin Mary during the Mass.
The papal blessing, which a diocesan bishop is permitted to bestow in the name of the Holy Father on three solemn occasions each year, carries with it a plenary indulgence for all those who meet the usual conditions.
All who attend this Mass are eligible for the indulgence. Also eligible are any of the faithful who prayerfully follow the celebration as it is broadcasted over Redeemer Radio or online at diocesefwsb.org.
An indulgence is defined by the Catechism of the Catholic Church (No. 1471) as "a remission before God of the temporal punishment due to sins whose guilt has already been forgiven, which the faithful Christian who is duly disposed gains under certain prescribed conditions through the action of the Church which, as the minister of redemption, dispenses and applies with authority the treasury of the satisfactions of Christ and the saints.â€
Through indulgences, the infinite merits of Christ, as well as the merits of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the saints, are applied to our purification in this life or in the life to come (in purgatory).
A plenary indulgence removes all of the temporal punishment due to sins, and may be applied to oneself or to the souls of the deceased.
The conditions for obtaining a plenary indulgence are:
1. Being truly repentant and receiving sacramental absolution in the sacrament of Penance
2. Reception of holy Communion
3. Praying for the Holy Father's intentions.
4. Total detachment from any inclination to sin, even venial sins.
The first three actions may be fulfilled within 20 days before or after the offering of the indulgence. However, it is most appropriate if they are all done on the same day the indulgence is offered.
What is a "Total Consecration to Maryâ€?
A Total Consecration to Mary is a beautiful exercise to increase your spirituality and ability to truly serve our Lord Jesus Christ. Consecration 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, too, can completely give ourselves to Christ in a way that consecrates us to Him.
Why do this?
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 and focused method of drawing closer to Jesus than ever before.
Who is this for?
Consecration to Mary is for anyone, Catholic or not, who is old enough to understand the love of Jesus and Mary. It is easy to grasp and simple enough to put into practice. It is excellent for anyone who does not have a lot of time, yet still desires to grow spiritually. Bishop Rhoades is inviting all to participate.
How will the diocese "as a wholeâ€ participate in this Marian Consecration?
The diocese will use the book written by Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC, "33 Days to Morning Gloryâ€ which includes the works of Blessed Mother Teresa, St. John Paul ll, St. Maximilian Kolbe, and St. Louis de Montfort (who developed the original Marian Consecration). Parishes are invited to participate in a way that best suits their needs and may include:
a format where small faith group(s) meet once a week for 6 weeks to watch Fr. Gaitley's DVD and discuss the daily readings (generally 2 pages) with the aid of a companion manual, or
a format where small faith group(s) meet once a week for 6 weeks to view the DVD and discuss daily readings (without the aid of the companion manual), or
a format where participants read and ponder the daily meditations on their own
When will this take place?
This six week retreat begins on or before July 13th. It will end when Bishop Rhoades rededicates our diocese on the Feast of the Assumption, August 15, 2014 in a special Marian Consecration at the 6 pm Mass celebrated at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Immediately following Mass, Bishop Rhoades will lead a Marian Procession to Headwater's Park to mark the beginning of the 3rd Annual "Festival of Faith.â€ For a listing of "Festival of Faithâ€ events on August 15 and 16th, visit www.kofcfestival.com.
What if I would like to participate but cannot attend the Consecration?
You can watch a live video stream of the Mass on your computer by clicking here , or you can listen to the live audio broadcast on Redeemer Radio http://www.redeemerradio.com/
How do I get started?
Check with your parish to see if it is providing the format to form small groups or if you will need to participate on your own. Your parish may choose to order the materials (book and guide) in bulk.
Where can I order the book and companion guide if I want to do it on my own?
Please contact Marian Specialist, Ida List, firstname.lastname@example.org or at 574.453.3143 (evenings) or 574.376.0046 (cell) for questions and ordering.
To find out more information on the Total Consecration to Mary:
For a story on Father Gaitley in Today's Catholic click here.
Visit http://www.allheartsafire.org/33days/overview.php or listen to Fr. Andrew Budzinski, Parochial Vicar at St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Fort Wayne, share the experience of a Total Consecration to Mary by clicking on http://www.saintv.org/departments/Parish_Life/Homily/FrAndrew/2014/2014-05-11%20Fr%20Andrew%204th%20Sunday%20Of%20Easter.mp3
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To download an order form for the book, please click here
An invitation from Bishop Kevin Rhoades:
Dear Friends in Christ,
I cordially invite you to the Festival of Faith sponsored by our Knights of Columbus on August 15-16 this year. It is a wonderful opportunity for the people of our diocese to gather for fellowship and fun.
This year, the Festival of Faith begins on the feast of Our Lady's Assumption. I will be celebrating Mass on Friday, August 15th, at 6:00 PM in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Fort Wayne. All are invited to participate. At the end of Mass, I will be leading all who have done the 33 Days of preparation in the Consecration to Jesus through Mary. Then we will have a large Marian procession to Headwaters Park.
I am inviting all the faithful of the diocese to consider making this Marian consecration, using the prayers and meditations in the book 33 Days to Morning Glory, by Father Michael Gaitley, MIC. This preparation of 33 days is a beautiful, accessible, and enriching way to journey into a deeper relationship with Godâ€¦
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