SODALITY WAY OF LIFE and
LIVING A "MORE" MARIAN LIFE
Ways to Celebrate Marian Feast Days as a Parish Sodality,
With Your Family and Fellow Parishioners
Our Blessed Mother Leads us to the Pierced Heart of Jesus, the Source for Grace and Mercy
Feast Days of Mary (* Holy day of Obligation)
January 1 Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God *
Novena begins December 23
February 2 Presentation of the Lord
Novena begins January 25
February 11 Our Lady of Lourdes
Novena begins February 2
March 25 Annunciation
Novena begins March 16
April 26 Our Lady of Good Counsel
Novena begins April 18
MAY IS THE MONTH OF MARY
May 13 Our Lady of Fatima
Novena begins May 5
May 31 Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Novena begins May 22
June 27 Our Mother of Perpetual Help
Novena begins June 18
July 16 Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Novena begins July 7
August 15 Assumption *
Novena begins August 6
August 22 The Queenship of Mary
September 8 Birth of Mary
Novena begins August 30
September 12 The Most Holy Name of Mary
September 15 Our Lady of Sorrows
Novena begins September 7
OCTOBER IS THE MONTH OF THE ROSARY
October 7 Our Lady of the Holy Rosary
Novena begins September 29
November 21 Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Novena begins November 12
November 27 Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal
Novena begins November 19
December 8 Immaculate Conception *
Novena begins November 29
December 9 St. Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoazin, pray for us.
"Do not let your ... heart be disturbed. ... Are you not in the hollow
of my mantle, in the crossing of my arms?"
December 12 Our Lady of Guadalupe
Novena begins December 4
St. John Paul II called the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe the "Marian heart of America."
St. Louis Marie de Montfort’s Consecration to Jesus through Mary transforming period of preparation is summarized below:
The "essence of the consecration" is to give our YES, similar to Mary's fiat! She knows the power of this YES that we give when we consecrate ourselves to Jesus. Mary nourishes us in our spiritual growth, similar to how she nourished her Son. Her role in our lives is same: to form us into saints with the help of the Holy Spirit. “Mary resonates the workings of the Holy Spirit.” God gave Mary the important role in the work of Salvation, forming us into other Christ—not just to imitate the virtues. De Montfort’s Consecration is contract of the renewal of our baptism.
St. Louis Marie de Montfort was educated by the Jesuits. He was a Sodalist! He journeyed to Paris on foot for 250 miles to become a seminarian. Some opposed his zeal, his spirituality; buy after a period, reputation of his holiness brought about a benefactor and he entered a seminary. He put into daily practice dying to oneself. Among his responsibilities as a seminarian, he cared for the chapel of the Blessed Mother in the church of St. Sulpice. He studied sacred writings, including a treatise on the Slavery of the Blessed Virgin. During this period is when his love for the Blessed Mother flourished. In a treatise, he explained how OUR UNION WITH OUR LORD REQUIRES UNION WITH MARY BECAUSE “HE CHOSE TO COME TO US THROUGH HER AND THERE SHE IS THE MOST PERFECT WAY TO GO TO HIM.”
He teaches to willfully speak for oneself through Mary; to make a commitment, as in our baptism to renounce evil; to take on the mission of evangelization, that is, God gives us the dignity to participate in the work of salvation—to spread the fire of his love. We “die with Christ on the cross, we rise with him to newness of life.” The crosses in our lives are transforming moments. With eyes of Mary, we see the heart of Jesus; with the heart of Mary, we enter communion with Christ; and with the hands of Mary, we give Christ to the other. The GOAL OF Marian Consecration is to give all to Jesus through Mary, with Him and in Him and in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God the Father. THE GOAL IS GOD THE FATHER.
Plan your Sodality's or Parish's consecration by following the schedule below.
33-day Consecration Schedule
Marian Feast Date to Start Date of Consecration
Annunciation February 20 March 25
Feast of St. Louis de Monfort March 26 April 28
Feast of Our Lady of Fatima April 10 May 13
Visitation April 28 May 31
Our Lady of Perpetual Help May 25 June 27
Our Lady of Mount Carmel June 13 July 16
Assumption July 13 August 15
Queenship of Mary July 20 August 22
Our Lady of Czestochowa July 24 August 26
Birth of Mary August 6 September 8
Most Holy Name of Mary August 10 September 12
Our Lady of Sorrows August 13 September 15
Our Lady of the Rosary September 4 October 7
Presentation of Mary October 19 November 21
Immaculate Conception November 5 December 8
Our Lady of Guadalupe November 9 December 12
Solemnity of Mary November 29 January 1
Excerpt From Sodalist Lynn Hill’s (St. Elizabeth Sodality)
Writings to Sodalists on Father Gaitley’s 33 Days to Morning Glory Consecration
It’s exciting that so many of you [in 2015] accepted the opportunity to be consecrated to Mary. As Sodalists we recognize that the surest way to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is through His Immaculate Mother. Father Michael Gaitley’s “33 Days to Morning Glory” is a wonderful book which I continue to use for “reconsecrations.”
Father Gaitley calls his updated and simple book “a Marian consecration for the Third Millennium. Each week the book focuses on a different saint who lived and wrote about his/her devotion to Mary. On your journey to Jesus through Mary, you’ll read and ponder messages from St. Louis de Montfort, St. Maximillan Kolbe, Blessed Mother Teresa, and St. Pope John Paul II. The last five days contain a review of the writings. …
The four Marian saints discussed in “33 Days” are wonderful guides for us on the path to Marian consecration. As we begin our lifelong journey let’s ask them and Our mother to be with us.
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Although inspired, you might be feeling a little overwhelmed or unworthy. I doubt that God is going to ask any of us to start a religious congregation or write a book about Marian devotion. I do think that He wants each of us, like Mary, to bring Jesus to others we meet.
O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who recourse to thee.
IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY, pray for us.
PRAY THE ROSARY!
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Faces of Mary Around the Archdiocese
Washington Retreat House
St. Mary of Piscataway, MD
St. Hugh of Grenoble, MD
La Plata, MD
Nativity Catholic Church
District Heights, MD
Our Lady Queen of Peace
St. Benedict the Moor, DC
St. Bernadine of Sienna, MD
Sodality Union Archdiocese of Washington
Mary, Our Mother, intercede with Jesus to help us do whatever He tells us.
St. Thomas More Sodality
Mother Seton, MD