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Fortnight for Freedom – Letter from Bishop Walkowiak

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has called for the observance of a Fortnight for Freedom. The Fortnight this year will run from June 21-July 4. The theme is Freedom for Mission. The issue of religious liberty continues to be at the forefront of many conversations and during their spring assembly this week the bishops voted to establish a permanent Committee for Religious Liberty.

Please see the attached letter from Bishop Walkowiak

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33 Days to Morning Glory

33 Days to Morning Glory – Consecration to Jesus thru Mary
Do you want to know Jesus better? A consecration to Jesus thru Mary with the 33 Days to Morning Glory six week program could be a great way to strengthen your relationship with Jesus. Saint Louis de Montfort described total consecration to Jesus through Mary as “the surest, easiest, and most perfect means” to becoming a saint.


Dates Tuesdays August 8-September 11
Tuesday May 30
Time 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Location Our Lady of Consolation – Kateri Lodge
Consecration Holy Name of Mary September 12
Cost Free will offering to OLC Education Foundation
Contact: Nickie Wentworth-Holton 616-318-0055


Additional Information
Marian Consecration – Consecration to Jesus through Mary
• Means giving Mary permission to complete her motherly role in our spiritual lives of helping us to great holiness in her Son, Jesus.
• It means saying to Mary: “Mary, I want to be a saint. I know that you also want me to be a saint and that it’s your God-given mission to form me into one. So, Mary, at this moment, on this day, I freely choose to give you my full permission to do your work in me, with your Spouse, the Holy Spirit.”

33-day journey to consecration to Mary, using the spiritual wisdom of four giants of Marian spirituality – St. Louis de Monfort, St. Maximilian Kolbe, Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta and St. John Paul II.

“This is why we’re encouraging so many of our Marian Helpers to consecrate themselves to Mary, because she brings us most intimately into that encounter with Jesus,” says Fr. Michael, the director of the Association of Marian Helpers and author of the critically acclaimed book Consoling the Heart of Jesus (Marian Press). “The Association of Marian Helpers is dedicated to knowing and proclaiming the mercy of God, and the key ally, the key person to help us, is Mary Immaculate.”

Saint Louis de Montfort (1673-1716), author of the seminal book on Marian consecration, True Devotion to Mary, described total consecration to Jesus through Mary as “the surest, easiest, and most perfect means” to becoming a saint. Long an enthusiastic promoter for Marian consecration, Fr. Michael says his book updates and modifies the 33-day regimen typically followed to prepare for such a blessing — the de Montfort Fathers’ esteemed Preparation for Total Consecration.

Retrouvaille, The Other Alternative to Divorce.

Did you know that according to the State of Michigan website there were 29,478 divorces in the state of Michigan in the year 2015. Of these 4,575 of those were right here in the west Michigan area. Have you thought about separation or divorce? Do you feel lost, alone or bored in your marriage? Are you frustrated, hurt or angry with your spouse? Are you constantly fighting? Or, do you simply shut down? Does talking only make it worse?

There are alternatives. Rediscover healing and love and find hope by attending Retrouvaille (pronounced re-tro-vi with a long i). The program offers tools needed to rediscover a loving marriage relationship. The next Retrouvaille weekend is Feb. 24-26, 2017.

For more information, to register or to sponsor a couple, call 616.752.7004, email or visit