The Fort Wayne-South Bend Roman Catholic Diocese issued this news release today:
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.
All faithful are invited to the Mass. Bishop Rhoades will reconsecrate the diocese to the Blessed Mother during the Mass, which will be streamed live from the diocesan website, www.diocesefwsb.org, and broadcast live on Redeemer Radio, 106.3 FM. Extra seating will be available outside the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on the plaza and lawn, as diocesan officials are anticipating a very large turnout. 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.
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. The diocesan parishes have distributed more than 10,000 copies of Fr. Gaitley’s book throughout the diocese.
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.
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. The procession will entail a police escort that will temporarily stop traffic at intersections to allow pedestrians to make their way north on Calhoun St. from the cathedral, east on Superior St. and finally arrive at Headwaters Park. The Knights of Columbus estimate the procession to include nearly 1,000 faithful.