FORT WAYNE — Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades will renew the consecration of the diocese to Jesus through the Blessed Mother at the 6 p.m. Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Fort Wayne on Friday, Aug. 15, the solemnity of the Assumption of Mary.
The faithful are invited to the Mass. Bishop Rhoades will reconsecrate the diocese to the Blessed Mother during the Mass, which will be broadcast live on Redeemer Radio, 106.3 FM, and streamed live from the diocesan website, www.diocesefwsb.org.
Extra seating will be available outside the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on the plaza and lawn. Four large screens and a sound system will be set up on the cathedral plaza for the Mass. There will be some additional chairs as well, but the faithful are invited to bring lawn chairs or blankets.
A plenary indulgence is available for the faithful who fulfill the usual conditions — see page 3. All who attend this Mass are eligible for the indulgence. Also eligible are any of the faithful who prayerfully follow the celebration as it is broadcasted over Redeemer Radio or online here.
Some parishes have organized buses to bring the faithful to the consecration. All parishes across the diocese have been asked to ring bells at 6 p.m. to celebrate the consecration.
To prepare for the renewal, Bishop Rhoades has invited all to join him in the consecration to Jesus through Mary and proposed following the 33 days of preparation written by Father Michael Gaitley, a priest of the Congregation of the Marians of the Immaculate Conception. The guidebook, entitled “33 Days to Morning Glory,” includes prayers and meditations for each day, using the writings of St. Louis Marie de Montfort, St. Maximilian Kolbe, Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta and St. John Paul II, who were all deeply devoted to Mary. Bishop Rhoades has prepared a podcast on each saint’s reflection. They are available in the “Podcast” icon at todayscatholicnews.org.
Many parishes will be offering the consecration in the parish settings and the book, “33 Days to Morning Glory,” contains prayers of consecration as well. The faithful are encouraged to make a good Confession near the day of the consecration as well. Confessions will be available at the Knights of Columbus-sponsored Festival of Faith by several priests on Saturday, Aug. 16.
After the Mass, the faithful are encouraged to join the Marian procession from the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception to Headwaters Park in Fort Wayne. The Festival of Faith will launch shortly after the procession. Food and drinks will be available.
FORT WAYNE — The Knights of Columbus extend a warm welcome to families of the diocese to attend the third annual Festival of Faith. The two-day festival will be held Aug. 15-16 at Headwaters Park in downtown Fort Wayne.
The event begins Aug. 15 with a 6 p.m. Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Fort Wayne. At the Mass, Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades will renew the consecration of the diocese to the Blessed Mother. August 15 marks the feast of the Assumption of Mary. The bishop has invited all to join him and many others in the consecration to Jesus through Mary and proposes following the 33 days of preparation written by Marian Father of the Immaculate Conception Michael Gaitley. The guidebook, entitled “33 Days to Morning Glory,” includes prayers and meditations for each day, using the writings of St. Louis Marie de Montfort, St. Maximilian Kolbe, Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta and St. John Paul II, who were all deeply devoted to Mary.
For those making the 33-day retreat, additional resources are available online. Bishop Rhoades offers a podcast reflection for each week that can be found on todayscatholicnews.org and then clicking on the “Podcast” icon. Bishop Rhoades’ invitation to join the consecration is available at www.diocesefwsb.org and by clicking on the “33 Days to Morning Glory” link. There, visitors may find other information about the consecration.
Following the consecration at the end of the Mass, the Knights and others will lead a Marian procession through downtown Fort Wayne to Headwaters Park.
After the opening ceremony at the park on Friday at 8:15 p.m., festivities will include a square dance from 8:30-10:30 p.m. with Bill Werling and Breakaway Band. Food and beverages will be available from 8:30-10:30 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 16, events — see the itinerary on the back page of this week’s Today’s Catholic for times — will include a pancake and sausage breakfast, the Festival of Faith 5K run, rosary and Confessions, the Knights of Columbus Shroud of Turin display and video, nonprofit group displays, children’s games, a concert by the Fort Wayne Area Community Band and a pie bake off. Franciscan Father David Mary Engo will speak from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Live entertainment, beginning at 7 p.m., will close out the festival.
Dr. Ray Guarendi, father of 10, clinical psychologist, author, public speaker and nationally syndicated radio and television host, will offer a 1 p.m. keynote talk titled, “Laughter: the Sanity of Family.” His radio show “The Doctor Is In” can be heard weekdays at 1 p.m. on Redeemer Radio. One can also listen live online or on Sirius/XM satellite radio, channel 130. Dr. Ray’s national television show, “Living Right With Dr. Ray,” is entering its fourth season.
Dr. Ray told Today’s Catholic, “Parents will have their self-confidence, peace of mind, and authority strengthened, along with being able to laugh at the everyday stuff of family life.”
Live evening entertainment will begin with Emma MacDonald between 6-7 p.m. Dr. Ray will follow with “Why be a Catholic” and the Franciscan Brothers Minor and Smith Family Singers will follow with a few songs and closing.
Additional information and festival updates are available at www.kofcfestival.com.
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