On the one-year anniversary of the Ever Given ship getting stuck in the Suez Canal, Catholic charity Stella Maris (Apostleship of the Sea) is hosting a webinar about modernisation in the shipping industry. It will look at the history of the container ship, the rise of the ultra-large container vessels, and explore what impact modernisation of the shipping industry has had on seafarers around the world. Please register now at www.stellamaris.org.uk/modernisation to join online on 23 March at 7.30pm to hear how shipping has changed in the last century, the impact this is having on seafarers today, and the important role Stella Maris has in supporting them.
The consecration of Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary by Pope Francis will take place during the Celebration of Penance on 25 March in St Peter's Basilica. (Vatican News)
Pope Francis will consecrate Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on Friday, 25 March, during the Celebration of Penance that he will preside over at 5pm in St Peter's Basilica.
The Director of the Holy See Press Office, Matteo Bruni, said in a statement: “The same act, on the same day, will be performed in Fatima by Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, papal almoner,” who is being sent there by the Pope.
Consecrations of Russia to Mary
After the Fatima apparitions there were various acts of consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Pope Pius XII, on 31 October 1942, consecrated the whole world, and on 7 July 1952 he consecrated the peoples of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in the Apostolic Letter Sacro vergente anno:
“Just as a few years ago we consecrated the whole world to the Immaculate Heart of the Virgin Mother of God, so now, in a most special way, we consecrate all the peoples of Russia to the same Immaculate Heart. - Pope Pius XII”
On 21 November 1964, Pope St Paul VI renewed the consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart in the presence of the Fathers of the Second Vatican Council.
Pope St. John Paul II composed a prayer for what he called an 'Act of Entrustment' to be celebrated in the Basilica of St Mary Major on 7 June 1981, the Solemnity of Pentecost.
Our Lady’s Love
When Our Lady appeared at Fatima she asked for the faithful to live the First Saturday devotions and for Russia to be consecrated to her.
“When you see a night illumined by an unknown light, know that this is the great sign given you by God that he is about to punish the world for its crimes, by means of war, famine, and persecutions of the Church and of the Holy Father. To prevent this, I shall come to ask for the consecration of Russia to my Immaculate Heart, and the Communion of reparation on the First Saturdays. If my requests are heeded, Russia will be converted, and there will be peace; if not, she will spread her errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecutions of the Church.”
The consecration was done by St. John Paul II, as Lucia, the visionary confirmed. In 1989 Lucia wrote that the consecration “has been done just as Our Lady asked, on March 25, 1984.”
What is a Marian Consecration? It means “entrusting one’s body, soul, possessions, works, and entire life to the protection, guidance, and intercession of Our Lady.”
The history of this practice begins with Jesus Himself. He entrusted His beloved disciple, John, to his mother Mary while He was on the Cross (John 19:26-27). Meanwhile, Christians have asked Mary to pray for and help them since the earliest days of the Church.
The act of consecrating oneself to Jesus’ Mother became more formal in the 1600s:
Consecrations, of oneself or of a family, or in this case, countries, can be repeated and renewed as often as the faithful wish.
An act of consecration means a spiritual entrustment and many Catholics consecrate themselves to the Sacred Heart, to St. Joseph, to the Archangel Michael, as well as to Our Lady or even other saints.
Please pray for Ukraine and Russia
The Passage, a Catholic charity working with homeless people is raising funds through the Big Give a matched giving scheme from 12.00 noon on Monday 14 March. Every £1 donated online between 12.00 noon on Monday 14 March and 12.00 noon on Monday 28 March makes £2 and £2.25 if you are a taxpayer through Gift Aid. Please visit: https://bit.ly/BigGiveMarch22 to support the campaign. The campaign ‘It takes more than a house to make a home’ focuses on the services we provide to people who have been homeless in their journey to being happily settled in a new home. The Passage would be very grateful for your support. For questions about the campaign or assistance making a donation please ring 020 7592 1856.’
The Society of Friends of Westminster Cathedral is seeking to recruit a part time Organising Secretary to help administer the charity, assist in recruiting new members and in organising events. The appointment based in Westminster Cathedral Clergy House is for 20 hours per week at a salary in the region of £14,500 per annum. The appointment is for 12 months. Closing date 27 March 2022. For further details please visit https://westminstercathedral.org.uk/the-friends-seek-an-organising-secretary/.
Patricia Wade was 78years of age when she died recently. We hold her daughter Gaynor in our prayers and send our condolences to all the family and friends of Patricia. Her funeral will take place on Tuesday 29th March.
May Patricia Rest in Peace and Rise in Glory
Our theme is: MERCY, FOREGIVENESS & REPENTANCE
Please let family and friends know of our 47 Day Spiritual Journey.
Bring your laughter, bring your tears,
Bring your joy and bring your sorrow,
Bring your hopes, bring your fears,
Bring today, bring tomorrow.
Bring your fullness, bring your thirst,
Bring your weakness, bring your health,
Bring your best and bring your worst,
Bring your love ones, bring yourself,
Bring your faith and bring your doubt,
Bring your sorrow for sins past,
Bring a heart that seeks His Mercy.
Bring a soul that cries out for absolution,
Bring your prayer for family and friends,
Bring your spiritual needs, bring your offering for Lent.
The Lord will be here every day to meet you in Prayer, Mercy and Forgiveness. His healing touch for you and your soul is assured.
Let this Season of Lent be rich in blessings for you and your family.