“An act of consecration to Mary is essentially an act of consecration to Jesus through Mary. As Saint John Paul II explained, ‘Consecrating ourselves to Mary means accepting her help to offer ourselves and the whole of mankind to him who is holy, infinitely holy; it means accepting her help—by having recourse to her motherly heart,’” said Bishop Parkes, recalling the words of the former pope who had a great influence on his own vocation to priesthood.
The consecration will take place in the month of May because our culture celebrates the gift of mothers during May and Catholics also thank God for the gift of the Blessed Mother. The Catholic Church dedicates May to Mary in honor of her role as the mother of Jesus and of those in Heaven and on Earth. She mothers everyone like a true mother, and she is the model for those who want to be faithful followers of Christ.
All are invited to the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle on May 6 at 3 p.m. for a Holy Hour led by Bishop Parkes to take part in this special celebration that takes place during the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Diocese of St. Petersburg. Parishes are also invited to host a “viewing” of the Consecration via livestream to join virtually in this act of prayer, devotion and humility.