"The act of consecrating oneself to Jesus through Mary marks the beginning of a gloriously new day, a new dawn, a brand new morning in one’s spiritual journey. It’s a fresh start, and it changes everything."
- Fr. Michael Gaitely, Author of “33 Days to Morning Glory”
“Every week for this four-week retreat (plus five days for review), we’ll read about how one of the four giants of Marian consecration lived out his or her consecration to Jesus through Mary. The goal will be not just to read about them and their teaching but, like Mary, to ponder their message in our hearts. So, for 33 days, we won’t be going through a long list of prayers. Rather, we’ll do our best to spend all day, each day, pondering the day’s teaching… As we know from Sacred Scripture, this heart-pondering attitude is specifically Marian (see Luke 2:19, 51), and it’s something we can do no matter how busy we are.” (Excerpt taken directly from “33 Days to Morning Glory” introduction)
Individual Reading, Praying, and Pondering
Daily readings are about ~1.5 - 2.5 pages and should take no more than 5 minutes to read.
There is a short prayer at the end of each reading. (Ex- “Come Holy Spirit, living in Mary. Make me pure in body and spirit and help me to die to myself” (Day 8 Prayer, Fr. Gaitely))
The closing prayers help us to re-enter the world with a pondering attitude, bringing the day’s lesson into our daily tasks, activities, and conversations.
If you miss a day or two and fall slightly behind in readings and prayers, do not be discouraged, keep going! Read the days you have missed as soon as possible and do not be tempted into canceling your consecration.
WARNING: Prepare to face a more intense level of temptation during your preparation for consecration. Satan cannot stand Mary and he will try to tempt you in various ways, often trying to convince you of certain thoughts… “You can miss a day of reading, you are so tired and you know you don’t really want to read and pray right now.” Then, as soon as he has tempted you off track, he switches his tune. He tries to fill you with negative, discouraging thoughts... “You can’t even read 1-2 pages a day? You are so lazy! You are not worthy of being consecrated.” This progression of discouragement is exactly what he wants, and he will continue to do all that he can to try and stop you from drawing close to Mary.
… BUT did you know, although Satan cannot stand Mary, “Satan fears her not only more than angels and saints, but in a sense, even more than God himself! Why? Because ‘Satan, being proud, suffers infinitely more from being beaten and punished by a little, humble handmaid of God and by her humility humbles him more than the divine power” (“33 Days to Morning Glory” introduction).
Each week, you will meet online or in-person with the other retreat participants to discuss the previous week’s readings. Each person will have the opportunity to share stories and experiences from the week, ask questions, and listen to how Mary is moving each others’ hearts.
Online meetings will be hosted on Zoom (free online video conferencing platform). Participants should download Zoom BEFORE the first meeting. There is also a Zoom App for iPhone and Android. The meeting room link will be sent to participants in the registration confirmation email.
In-person meetings will be held at St. Margaret Mary Parish (845 High Street, Westwood MA) in the parish office conference room. The parish office is located to the left of the church (when looking at the church from the front).
You should try to attend all four meetings in the setting you originally registered for, online or in-person. However, if you miss an online meeting (Sunday) or you know you will be unable to make the in-person meeting (Monday), you may request to attend the other meeting.
You are welcome (and encouraged!) to check in with others members of the group throughout the week as questions or comments come up. Depending on the desires of the group, a Facebook group or email thread could be created to serve as a discussion platform during the retreat.
At the end of the retreat, both groups (online and in-person) will gather together for a mass at St. Margaret Mary in Westwood, offered by Fr. Robert Cullen. Following the mass, retreat participants will have a brief period of quiet time for a final reflection of their 33 day retreat, before collectively saying the “Morning Glory Consecration Prayer.” The proclamation of this prayer marks a life-changing moment as each participant consecrates (or re-consecrates) his or herself totally to Jesus through Mary.
Recommendations for final preparation before consecration from Fr. Gaitely:
Make a good confession — but if you don’t have time to do so before the consecration, then from your heart tell the Lord you are sorry
for your sins, and make a resolution to go to confession as soon as you reasonably can.
NCC is trying to arrange for 2-3 priests to be available for confession before mass (to be confirmed).
Write out or print and sign the prayer of consecration.
All retreat participants will receive a printed prayer card to sign and remember this “gloriously, new day.”
Get a miraculous medal to wear around your neck as a sign of your consecration — or at least keep one in your purse or wallet.
All participants will receive a miraculous medal from NCC.
Participants should continue in their devotion to Mary.
Retreat participants will be invited to reconnect 2-3 weeks after the retreat has ended to share the changes they have experienced in allowing Mary to guide their lives.
Links & Websites
From the Catholic non-profit New Evangelizers, Inc.
From the Militia of the Immaculata, USA
Retreat Resources to Download
What better way to start off the New Year than committing to deepen one of the most important relationships you will ever have? Your relationship with Mary!
NCC is determined to bring together young adults from all over New England to be a part of this 33-day retreat. Young adult group leaders are invited to facilitate this retreat within their own groups, beginning and ending on the same day as NCC (12/31/18 through 2/2/19), but following their own schedule for weekly meetings. At the end of the 33 days, all participating young adults and young adult groups are invited to come together for a mass offered by Fr. Robert Cullen at St. Margaret Mary in Westwood. Following the mass, there will be a consecration ceremony in which retreat participants will collectively consecrate themselves to Jesus through Mary. There will be a celebratory reception following the consecration ceremony. Retreat participants are encouraged to invite their families, friends, and loved ones to be there for this special day.
If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Participating Young Adult Groups
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If you are a member of NCC or you would like to join the NCC group retreat (online or in-person), please use the “NCC INDIVIDUAL REGISTRATION”.
If you are a member of a young adult group other than NCC that is facilitating the retreat, please use the “NON- NCC INDIVIDUAL REGISTRATION”.
If you are not a member of an established young adult group, but you would like to make the retreat on your own or with a small group of your friends or peers, please use the “NON- NCC INDIVIDUAL REGISTRATION”.
If you are a leader of a young adult group, please register your group using the “YOUNG ADULT GROUP REGISTRATION.”