On the weekend of February 23 & 24; SJB will be Consecrating Families to the Holy Family during the masses.
What does that mean?
What does it mean to Consecrate our family to the Holy Family? It is each family making a serious commitment to be a ‘domestic church’ which provides a type of spiritual shield for its members, but is also a beacon of light for others on their journey with Christ.
To help families live out the joy of Christ, Knights of Columbus Supreme Chaplain Archbishop William E. Lori has composed a prayer (below) through which families will come together to consecrate themselves under the protection of the Holy Family. In this case, to consecrate means to make or declare someone sacred and to dedicate them formally to a divine purpose. In this prayer, we ask for the aid or intercession of the perfect son Jesus Christ, Mary the perfect mother, and Joseph who is a model for every father. Preparing for the Consecration to the Holy Family is not a single event. It is choosing a way of life for your family.
Please review the 4 suggested steps to prepare for the Consecration:
1. To intentionally fast from something ahead of the consecration. This fast should last at least a week leading up to the consecration. It is encouraged to fast from something that would normally be consumed or an activity that is regularly done. Fasting helps to discipline our minds and hearts and moves us to be more focused on God.
2. To continue using your ‘Family Fully Alive’ handbook for daily prayer and meditation, especially the week before the Consecration.
3. To attend the Knights of Columbus rosary for healing on Wednesday, February 13, at 7:00 PM. This prayer time could be offered for physical, emotional and spiritual healing, especially within the family. Healing of relationship can occur with family members both living and deceased.
4. Each member of the family to attend confession prior to Easter. Please note that the Parish Penance Service is on April 2nd at 7 pm