As the Catholic Church celebrates a "Year of Faith," almost 40 members of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton parish are participating in a 33-day Retreat in preparation for what is called "total consecration to Jesus through Mary." Mary, the mother of Jesus, was completely consecrated to serving the Lord, obedient to the loving will of our heavenly Father, empowered by the Holy Spirit. All that she had and all that she did was given over totally to Him who was both her son and savior. In 33 days of spiritual preparation, through Bible readings, contemplation on the mysteries of the life of Jesus and Mary, and through intense prayer, those who seek to make an act of total consecration to Jesus through Mary discover God's intense mercy and love, and put aside the pride that keeps them from falling at the feet of the Lord in complete and humble trust. Please pray for these people, who gather in large and small groups as part of their study, reflection, and preparation, especially on February 11, when they will make their act of total consecration in our parish church.
Msgr. William J. King