Monday, November 16, 2015

Year of Mercy retreat announced with Fr. Michael Gaitley

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Experience the
Year of Mercy!




Join us in sunny Florida in the Jubilee Year of Mercy

This Weekend Retreat Includes:

  • Five Conferences with Fr. Gaitley
  • All Meals Included
  • Daily Mass, Rosary & Chaplet of Divine Mercy
  • Adoration & Benediction
  • Opportunities for Confession
  • Book Signing with Fr. Gaitley
  • Social Hour with Event Hosts, the Marian Missionaries
  • and much more!
Cost Per Person: $175 (including meals)

While this retreat does not include lodging, we partnered with the Residence Inn to provide our guests with very special EARLY BIRD hotel rates! Click here to book your room today!
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Year of Mercy | Fr Michael Gaitley | Mercy & Mary Weekend Retreats
Click to watch a short video from Joe, a Marian Missionary of Divine Mercy, telling you more about this retreat and why it's important for you to attend. 

JOIN US FOR THE JUBILEE YEAR OF MERCY


We may be coming to your area.

Registrations opening soon for a Mercy & Mary Weekend Retreat at these locations:
February - Brentwood, CA
March - Lake Junaluska, NC
April - Estes Park, CO
June - Minneapolis, MN
July - Long Island, NY
August - Madison, WI
September - Chicago, IL
October - Kansas City, KS
November - Dallas, TX

*Keep checking our Events Page at www.Events.MarianMissionaries.org

All ticket costs are a donation to the Marian Missionaries of Divine Mercy, a not-for-profit organization. In the present “time of mercy,” the Marian Missionaries of Divine Mercy, inspired by St. John Paul II, consciously and deliberately aim to win the whole world for God as quickly as possible especially through the two powerful spiritual weapons of Divine Mercy and Marian consecration.

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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

4 short bulletin announcements to explain the Jubilee Year

 CLICK HERE for a google doc of the wording below.




What is a Jubilee Year?

In the ancient Hebrew tradition, the Jubilee Year, which was celebrated every 50 years, was meant to restore equality among all of the children of Israel, offering new possibilities to families which had lost their property and even their personal freedom.

The Catholic tradition of the Holy Year began in 1300.  From 1475 onwards – in order to allow each generation to experience at least one Holy Year – the ordinary Jubilee was to be celebrated every 25 years. However, an extraordinary Jubilee may be announced on the occasion of an event of particular importance.

The Catholic Church has given to the Hebrew Jubilee a more spiritual significance. It consists in a general pardon, an indulgence open to all, and the possibility to renew one’s relationship with God and neighbor. Thus, the Holy Year is always an opportunity to deepen one’s faith and to live with a renewed commitment to Christian witness.

With the Jubilee of Mercy, Pope Francis focuses attention upon the merciful God who invites all men and women to return to Him. The encounter with God inspires in one the virtue of mercy.

The most recent extraordinary Jubilee Years were those in 1933, to celebrate 1,900 years of Redemption and in 1983, on the occasion of the 1,950 years of Redemption.





What is Marian Consecration?
St. John Paul II calls the Marian Consecration Devotion "the decisive turning point" of his life.  In simplest terms, we give ourselves to Mary to be formed into the image of her Son.

Put another way, Marian Consecration or Entrustment is to give ourselves to Jesus through Mary so that she can bring us to the pierced side of Jesus, which is the Fountain of Mercy.

St. Louis de Montfort said that a total consecration to Jesus through Mary is the quickest, easiest, surest and most perfect" path to becoming a saint.




How does Marian Consecration help us enter the Jubilee Year?

According to Pope Francis, it's Mary who will prepare us for the Year of Mercy.  For instance, in the document that establishes this extraordinary time of grace for the Church, he asked that "the sweetness of [Mary's] countenance might watch over us in this Holy Year, so that all of us may rediscover the joy of God's tenderness."

Pope Francis decided that the Year of Mercy should begin on December 8th "when we remember and celebrate Mary's greatest experience of God's mercy:  her being preserved from the first moment of her conception, from all stain of original sin." This was an act of mercy she did nothing to deserve.  Rather it came as a totally free gift at the very moment when she came to be.  Because Mary knows the free gift of God's mercy more than any other creature, she wants us to know it too.

By beginning the Year of Mercy consecrating to Jesus through Mary, we will enter in more deeply to experience God's mercy and then be able to share it better with others.





What should we do if we'd like to consecrate during the Jubilee Year of Mercy?

One of the best ways to consecrate is to use the retreat materials of 33 Days to Morning Glory by Fr. Michael Gaitley.  In his retreat, you read just two pages a day from the book, answer a couple of questions from the retreat companion and ponder them throughout the day.  Then weekly, for six weeks, you watch a video lecture by Fr. Gaitley to summarize the preparation.  The retreat can be done alone, but we highly recommend doing it in small groups either when _____________parish offers it or in your home with friends and family using your parish subscription to www.FORMED.org.  For more information or help in getting a group started, contact (NAME) at (E-MAIL ADDRESS).

Consecrating during the Jubilee year will give you many spiritual benefits, CLICK here for a list of start dates and consecration dates. 




Thanks to Laura Rieder for sharing these.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Worldwide Marian Consecration date set for December 8th

Please plan on joining the worldwide Consecration to Jesus through Mary on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception December 8th, 2015.  The consecration preparation begins on November 5th and the retreat materials can be found at www.allheartsafire.org.

This December 8th consecration to Jesus through Mary will perfectly allow us to begin the Jubilee Year of Mercy that Pope Francis has declared.

So what does this all mean, and how does one join in? 

Here are the FAQs:


What is a jubilee year?
Year of MercyIn the ancient Hebrew tradition, the Jubilee Year, which was celebrated every 50 years, was meant to restore equality among all of the children of Israel, offering new possibilities to families which had lost their property and even their personal freedom.

The Catholic tradition of the Holy Year began 1300.  From 1475 onwards – in order to allow each generation to experience at least one Holy Year – the ordinary Jubilee was to be celebrated every 25 years. However, an extraordinary Jubilee may be announced on the occasion of an event of particular importance.

The Catholic Church has given to the Hebrew Jubilee a more spiritual significance. It consists in a general pardon, an indulgence open to all, and the possibility to renew one’s relationship with God and neighbor. Thus, the Holy Year is always an opportunity to deepen one’s faith and to live with a renewed commitment to Christian witness.

With the Jubilee of Mercy, Pope Francis focuses attention upon the merciful God who invites all men and women to return to Him. The encounter with God inspires in one the virtue of mercy.

The most recent extraordinary Jubilee Years were those in 1933, to celebrate 1900 hundred years of Redemption and in 1983, on the occasion of the 1950 years of Redemption.



What is Marian Consecration?
St. Pope John Paul II calls the Marian Consecration Devotion "the decisive turning point" of his life. In simplest terms, we give ourselves to Mary to be formed into the image of her Son. 

Put another way, Marian Consecration or Entrustment is to give ourselves to Jesus through Mary so that she can bring us to the pierced side of Jesus, which is the Fountain of Mercy. 

St. Louis de Montfort said that a total consecration to Jesus through Mary is the "quickest, easiest, surest and most perfect" path to becoming a saint.


How does Marian Consecration help us enter the Jubilee Year?
According to Pope Francis, it's Mary who will prepare us for the Year of Mercy. For instance, in the document that establishes this extraordinary time of grace for the Church, he asked that "the sweetness of [Mary's] countenance" might "watch over us in this Holy Year, so that all of us may rediscover the joy of God's tenderness."

Pope Francis decided that the Year of Mercy should begin on December 8th "when we remember and celebrate Mary's greatest experience of God's mercy: her being preserved from the first moment of her conception, from all stain of original sin." This was an act of mercy she did nothing to deserve. Rather it came as a totally free gift at the very moment when she came to be. Because Mary knows the free gift of God's mercy more than any other creature, she wants us to know it too. 

By beginning the Year of Mercy consecrating to Mary, we will enter in more deeply to experience God's mercy and then be able to share it better with others. 

What should we do if we'd like to consecrate?
One of the best ways to consecrate is to use the retreat materials of 33 Days to Morning Glory by Fr. Michael Gaitley. In his retreat, one reads just 2 pages a day from the book, answers a couple of questions from the retreat companion and ponders them throughout the day. Then weekly one watches a video lecture by Fr. Gaitley to summarize the preparation. The retreat can be done alone, but we highly recommend doing it in small groups either at your parish or in your home with friends and family. See www.allheartsafire.org to get your materials. For online materials, subscribe to www.formed.org


Key Points from Misericordiae Vultus Bull of Indiction of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy by Pope Francis: 

Bull 3. At times we are called to gaze even more attentively on mercy so that we may become a more effective sign of the Father’s action in our lives. For this reason I have proclaimed an Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy as a special time for the Church; a time when the witness of believers might grow stronger and more effective.

Bull 15: It is my burning desire that, during this Jubilee, the Christian people may reflect on the corporal and spiritual works of mercyIt will be a way to reawaken our conscience, too often grown dull in the face of poverty.

Bull 19. May the message of mercy reach everyone, and may no one be indifferent to the call to experience mercy. I direct this invitation to conversion even more fervently to those whose behavior distances them from the grace of God

Bull 25. I present, therefore, this Extraordinary Jubilee Year dedicated to living out in our daily lives the mercy which the Father constantly extends to all of us.

Entire parishes can join in on this, see parish plan at: http://yearofmercy.blogspot.com/p/year-of-mercy-parish-plan.html



For Parish Pricing on 33 Days Materials contact 877-200-4277 or visit www.allheartsafire.org

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

FORMED.ORG offers all the 33 Days to Morning Glory materials online for Year of Mercy



What is the fastest and easiest way to bring 33 Days to Morning Glory Marian Consecration to everyone in your parish for the Year of Mercy??~www.Formed.org

Formed.org is a website that parishes can subscribe to for just $1539 a year or $139 a month. Within Formed.org are ALL the 33 Days Marian retreat materials. e-book, e-workbook, and videos of Fr. Michael Gaitley.

Previously, to get a group consecrated each person would need to buy all their materials, book $15, workbook $20 and DVD set for group $30. And usually only a handful of parishioner would join in.

Now, EVERY SINGLE family in the parish can consecrate using their iphone, tablet, lap top or computer to read and view the retreat materials!

Additionally, Formed.org is like a Catholic Netflix. It also includes Catholic Movies from Ignatius Press, Lighthouse Catholic Media talks, parish programs like Symbolon, Catholicism, YDisciple and  more!

Contact me to find out more about offering parish wide Marian Consecration at your parish for the Year of Mercy.

Julie Musselman
727-709-8649
jkmuss@gmail.com

see full year of mercy parish plan by clicking HERE

Now all of these resources are available online for parishes with Formed.org!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Book Club discussion questions now ready for The Second Greatest Story Ever Told

Now is a great time to read Fr. Michael Gaitley's newest book The Second Greatest Story Ever Told, in preparation for the Year of Mercy.

Parish can offer a Catholic Book Club using these discussion questions: CLICK HERE
Thanks to Marsha Kearney at Christ the King parish in Tampa for creating these book club questions.
About the book: From the author of the bestselling book 33 Days to Morning Glory comes a gripping account of the prophetic witness of St. John Paul II, and the profound connection between Marian Consecration and Divine Mercy.

The Second Greatest Story Ever Told is more than a historical re-telling of the Great Mercy Pope. This book serves as an inspiration for all who desire to bear witness to the mercy of God, focused on Christ and formed by Mary. It calls us to respond to the urgent need for mercy in our time of unprecedented evil. Now is the time of mercy. Now is the time to make St. John Paul II's story your own.


 Parishes can get bulk prices by contacting Julie Musselman 727-709-8649 jkmuss@gmail.com

For more information on the Marian Missionaries, visit  http://marianmissionaries.org/

Marian Missionaries of Divine Mercy

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Just in time for the Year of Mercy~




Soon to be released, Formed.org will bring together resources from the top Catholic Apostolates in the US today including: Lighthouse Catholic Media,  Augustine Institute, Word on Fire, The Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception, Ignatius Press, St Paul Center and more!






Symbolon, YDisciple, Beloved, Lectio, Catholicism, 33 Days to Morning Glory and MORE all in one place?? 
YES coming soon:  FORMED.org

Check out this Video that shows just some of what FORMED.org will include:
CLICK HERE for short video
This is truly a grace from our Lord for the Year of Mercy!

If you'd like to bring all these resources to your parish for a low annual subscription fee, contact:
Julie Musselman
727-709-8649
jkmuss@gmail.con

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Vatican unveils logo, prayer, details of Holy Year of Mercy

source: http://www.im.va/content/gdm/en/News/2015-05-08-TheRecord.html
May 8, 2015





The Holy Year of Mercy will be an opportunity to encourage Christians to meet people’s “real needs” with concrete assistance, to experience a “true pilgrimage” on foot, and to send “missionaries of mercy” throughout the world to forgive even the most serious of sins, said Archbishop Rino Fisichella.

The year-long extraordinary jubilee will also include several individual jubilee days, such as for the Roman Curia, catechists, teenagers and prisoners, said Archbishop Fisichella, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelisation, the office organising events for the Holy Year of Mercy.

During a news conference at the Vatican on 5 May, Archbishop Fisichella unveiled the official prayer, logo, calendar of events and other details of the special holy year, which will be celebrated from 8 December 2015 until 20 November 2016.

The motto, Merciful Like the Father, he said, “serves as an invitation to follow the merciful example of the Father who asks us not to judge or condemn but to forgive and to give love and forgiveness without measure”.

Pope Francis announced in March his intention to proclaim a holy year as a way for the Church to “make more evident its mission to be a witness of mercy”.

One way the Pope wants to show “the Church’s maternal solicitude” is to send out “missionaries of mercy” – that is, specially selected priests who have been granted “the authority to pardon even those sins reserved to the Holy See”, the Pope wrote in Misericordiae Vultus, (“The Face of Mercy”), the document officially proclaiming the holy year.

Archbishop Fisichella said the priests will be chosen on the basis of their ability to preach well, especially on the theme of mercy, and be “good confessors”, meaning they are able to express God’s love and not make the confessional, as Pope Francis says, like “a torture chamber”.
The priests will also have to “be patient” and have “an understanding of human fragility”, the Archbishop said.

Bishops can recommend priests to the council from their own dioceses to serve as missionaries of mercy, and priests themselves can submit their request to serve, he said.
When a priest volunteers, however, the council will confer with his bishop to make sure he would be “suitable for this ministry” and has the bishop’s approval to serve temporarily as a missionary of mercy, he said.

The Archbishop emphasised the importance of living the holy year as “a true pilgrimage”, with the proper elements of prayer and sacrifice.

“We will ask pilgrims to make a journey on foot, preparing themselves to pass through the Holy Door in a spirit of faith and devotion,” he said.

More than a dozen individual jubilee celebrations will be scheduled in 2016, such as a jubilee for consecrated men and women on 2 February 2016 to close the Year of Consecrated Life; a jubilee for the Roman Curia on 22 February 2016; a jubilee for those devoted to the spirituality of Divine Mercy on Divine Mercy Sunday, 3 April 2016; and separate jubilees for teenagers; for deacons; priests; the sick and disabled; and catechists.

A jubilee for “workers and volunteers of mercy” will be celebrated on Blessed Mother Teresa of Kolkata’s feast day on 5 September 2016 and a jubilee for prisoners will be celebrated on 6 November 2016.

Archbishop Fisichella said the Pope wants the jubilee for inmates to be celebrated not only in prisons, but also with him in St Peter’s Basilica. He said the council is discussing the possibility with government authorities and is not yet sure if it can be done.

The Vatican is asking bishops and priests around the world to conduct “similar symbolic gestures of communion with Pope Francis” and his vision of reaching out to those on the margins.

“As a concrete sign of the Pope’s charitable love,” he said, “effective measures will be taken to meet real needs in the world that will express mercy through tangible assistance.”

At the news conference, the council distributed copies in several languages of the holy year prayer and logo, which features Jesus – the Good Shepherd – taking “upon his shoulders the lost soul, demonstrating that it is the love of Christ that brings to completion the mystery of his incarnation culminating in redemption”, the Archbishop said.

The image, created by Jesuit Fr Marko Rupnik, also shows one of Jesus’ eyes merged with the man’s to show how “Christ sees with the eyes of Adam, and Adam with the eyes of Christ”.

The council has joined with the United Bible Societies to distribute to pilgrims one million free copies of the Gospel of Mark; the texts will be available in seven languages.

The Jubilee of Mercy has an official website in seven languages at www.im.va; a Twitter handle @Jubilee_va; a Facebook page; and accounts on Instagram, Flickr and Google+. – CNS

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Mercy in Action

Two Miracles in Charleston

A stunning demonstration of Christian faith helps resolve a bitter decades-long argument.

A rally at the South Carolina State House in Columbia calls for the confederate flags removal on June 23.ENLARGE
A rally at the South Carolina State House in Columbia calls for the confederate flags removal on June 23. PHOTO: ANDREW LICHTENSTEIN/CORBIS
I know there’s a lot going on, but I think we witnessed two miracles this week, and public miracles are pretty rare and must be named. These two especially should be noted and remembered because they suggest a way out of the ongoing morass.
The first miracle is now nationally famous. It is that scene of amazing, other-worldy forgiveness shown at the bail hearing for the Charleston, S.C., shooting suspect. You have heard what the victims’ relatives said, but it should be underscored that their words were spontaneous, unscripted, and flowed like water pouring from deep wells. Nadine Collier, whose mother, Ethel Lance, 70, was killed: “I forgive you. You took something very precious away from me. . . . You hurt me. You hurt a lot of people. But if God forgives you, I forgive you.” Alana Simmons, whose grandfather the Rev. Daniel Lee Simmons Sr. was killed, told the New York Times she didn’t plan to speak at the hearing but found herself inspired by Ms. Collier. “We are here to combat hate-filled actions with love-filled actions,” she said. “And that is what we want to get out to the world.”
Those of us lucky to watch live, who didn’t know what was coming, got to experience the full force of the event. To me most moving was what Bethane Middleton-Brown said of her murdered sister: “She taught me that we are the family love built. We have no room for hating, so we have to forgive.”

Opinion Journal Video

Manhattan Institute Senior Fellow Jason Riley on the massacre, the Confederate flag and how not to help America's black community. Photo credit: Associated Press.
That was the first miracle, the amazing grace that pierced the hearers’ hearts—in America, in 2015, at an alleged murderer’s bail hearing in a plain, homely courtroom. Christian churches and their believers are used to being patronized or mocked as silly, ignorant or hypocritical. They often don’t mind, often laugh along with the joke. But these were public statements that laid out the essence of Christianity, unedited and undiluted, and you couldn’t laugh or scoff. You could only feel awe and ask yourself: “If I were that person in those circumstances, would I be great too?”
Within days, something else wholly unexpected happened. A tough old knot became untied. Something people had been fighting about for a long time was suddenly about to be resolved. The murders at the church, and what was said by the relatives of the dead, prompted the rejection of the Confederate battle flag in gentle, kindly, heartfelt words.
The tableau at the South Carolina Capitol surrounding Gov. Nikki Haley was itself moving—both parties, all colors, the Indian-American governor flanked by the African-American U.S. senator, Tim Scott.
Ms. Haley said that immediately after the shootings, “we were hurt and broken and we needed to heal.” South Carolinians began “not by talking about issues that divide us, but by holding vigils, by hugging neighbors, by honoring those we lost and by falling to our knees in prayer.” She spoke of the victims’ relatives: “Their expression of faith and forgiveness took our breath away.”
“On matters of race, South Carolina has a tough history,” she acknowledged. “We all know that. Many of us have seen it in our own lives—in the lives of our parents and our grandparents. We don’t need reminders.” She turned to the subject of the banner that flies on the statehouse grounds. “For many people in our state, the flag stands for traditions that are noble—traditions of history, of heritage and of ancestry.” But “for many others . . . the flag is a deeply offensive symbol of a brutally oppressive past.” The state can “survive” as home to both viewpoints: “We do not need to declare a winner and a loser here. We respect freedom of expression, and that for those who wish to show their respect for the flag on their private property, no one will stand in your way.”
“But the statehouse is different and the events of this past week call upon us to look at this in a different way. . . . Today, we are here in a moment of unity in our state, without ill will, to say it’s time to move the flag from the Capitol grounds.”
And that was that. Within 48 hours the governor of Alabama, Robert Bentley, ordered the flag removed from the statehouse grounds there, and Mississippi Sen. Roger Wicker said his state’s flag, which incorporates the Confederate design, should be altered. Govs. Nathan Deal of Georgia and Terry McAuliffe of Virginia said they’d do away with vanity license plates that include the banner.
It hardly needs be said American politics doesn’t usually work like this. Our political culture tends to be mean-spirited, shouty, full of moral posing and pointed fingers. In this case, everyone seemed to be laying down arms. This was a miracle not of “justice” but of “mercy.” Justice can be argued about forever, but mercy is just what it is, as the people who spoke at the bail hearing know.
It’s hard to imagine the Confederate battle flag is going to be given prominence on statehouse grounds in the future. Something big changed in this old argument, and it won’t change back.
When I first watched the hearing, I hoped the mourning people of South Carolina would not have political debates forced on them while their throats were full of tears. But as Ms. Haley implied, they went forward on their own, as Southerners and South Carolinians, and made the decision while their throats were full of tears.
This was the South talking to the South.
And it was Christians talking to Christians about what Christianity is.
In Christianity Today, writer Michael Wear, who headed President Obama’s faith outreach efforts in the 2012 campaign, had a strong piece with a strong headline: “Stop Explaining Away Black Christian Forgiveness.” Mr. Wear bluntly rejected recent essays arguing that the relatives who spoke at the bail hearing were acting out the traditions or survival mechanisms of their race. That, he argued, is an elitist, racist view. The “confounding forgiveness” given voice at the bail hearing, the “radical love” contained in the statements, was not cultural, sociological or political, it was theological. It was about Jesus Christ. “They did not forgive to express the values of their race or to represent the character of their country, but to be faithful to their God.” Black people, he added, have “equal access to Jesus,” and the survivors could forgive “because they believe that fateful night in the upper room of Mother Emanuel was not the end of their loved ones’ stories.” They believed the dead are as they were, “in the Kingdom of God, beloved by him, their greatest longings realized.” He asked: “What other American community today displays less shame, less reservation, less self-awareness about proclaiming the Christian faith?”
That is exactly what I thought as I watched the hearing.
The Nobel Peace Prize committee, if they know it, have some new nominees: the relatives of the dead who offered the mercy that relaxed the hands of those who’d been holding, too tight, to a flag.