Bishop Johnston recently wrote in the Catholic Key, “I have decided that I will consecrate our diocese to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on the anniversary of the first appearance of Mary at Fatima, this May 13, 2017. As the Father entrusted his Son to the Heart of Mary, so we will entrust ourselves as his members, the Church of Kansas City-St. Joseph, to the Heart of Mary. In doing this, we will ask Mary to be our help to never be separated from the Sacred Heart of her Son, and that our lives and work, like hers, will always be aligned with God’s holy will. I will consecrate our diocese, and I intend for our pastors to lead all of our faithful in these prayers of consecration in all of our parishes.”
What a great gift this is to the whole Diocese and to all the parishes and Catholic Institutions and Orders in Kansas City – St. Joseph. I will lead the prayers that Bishop Johnston will provide for the Consecration at all the Masses on the weekend of May 13th and 14th – the days of the anniversary of the first apparition of Our Lady in Fatima and Mother’s Day Weekend! Please consider consecrating your families to the Heart of Mary, too! Many of you have already consecrated yourselves in one of the Total Consecration’s available; like St. Louis de Montfort, St. Maximilian Kolbe, or through 33 Days to Morning Glory; this will be a good time to recall those consecrations.
After the Consecration at the 4pm Mass on Saturday, May 13th, we’ll have a Pot Luck Dinner and watch a movie on Our Lady of Fatima. Please consider gathering in the parish hall for that! Sign-ups for dishes to bring will be in the vestibule after Masses this weekend.
During this 100th Anniversary Year of Our Lady’s appearance to the three children, let us be thankful for the extent to which God goes to guide us! Mary is a Mother ever ready to help us follow her son, Jesus; Fatima proves that love! After the Masses this weekend the Legion of Mary will have their table as usual. Please consider signing up to take their new Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady of Fatima into your home for a week this year. Our Lady will bring blessing as only our Mother and the Mother of God can!