In the July 16 issue of The Message, Bishop Siegel announced his intention to consecrate the Diocese of Evansville to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on September 12. Bishop Siegel also encourages each of us to consecrate ourselves individually to Mary. In the weeks before (typically the 33 days), we are all invited to spiritually prepare for this consecration.
If you wish to consecrate yourselves to Mary and to follow the traditional 33 day (or approximately 5 week) preparation for Marian Consecration, you’ll begin preparation on August 10. One book you could consider reading is, “33 Days to Morning Glory, A Do It Yourself Retreat in Preparation for Marian Consecration,” by Fr. Michael Gaitley. You can purchase it from the Augustine Institute at this website: Augustine Institute – 33 Days to Morning Glory
If you would rather not do a self-guided retreat, for each of the five weeks, please pray a Marian Prayer together as a family. You can also choose a different prayer each week. Following are some possibilities:
Along with the Marian Prayer for the week, you can also pray a rosary after Mass either on Saturday or Sunday. All families are being encouraged to spend some time with the Blessed Mother in personal prayer. May Mary watch over you and bless you as you begin this new school year. Let us turn to our Lady for her prayer and protection now and always!
UPDATE FROM FATHER TYLER AND SEMINARIANS
I want to extend a tool the seminarians and I have been working on: Daily Consecration videos.
Father Deydier House of Discernment
House of Discernment Summer Update – August 2020
On August 19, 2020, the House of Discernment will welcome four residents who are new to the
House: Jacob Greulich of Corpus Christi Parish; Kienan Corcoran of Little Flower Parish
(Indianapolis); Nick Folz of Good Shepherd Parish; and Jacob Schneider of Corpus Christi
Parish. Each is either a student at one of the universities in Evansville or is working in the area.
Former House resident Chase Riecker from St. Isidore in Celestine was accepted for seminary
for the Diocese of Evansville and begins his freshman year at Bishop Bruté this fall.
Our “Savio” gatherings have evolved with the pandemic precautions, and a Holy Hour followed
by a drive-in style movie was held in June for the teenage boys and their dads. Nearly 60 young
men showed up to watch “Remember the Titans,” a feel-good sports movie that tackles the issue
A second Savio event was held on August 8 at 7am. About 50 young men and their dads showed
up for a 7am early Mass followed by a 2-mile run around Reitz Hill. An outdoor breakfast
followed for the many who attended. It was called “Sacrifice Saturday,” because for teenage
boys, 7am Mass on a Saturday is a sacrifice (not to mention the run!).
Our weekly Monday Night “Holy Hour & Mass for Vocations” at Sacred Heart reopened this
summer, and attendance is steadily increasing. All are welcome for this time of prayer.
The Good Shepherd Knights of Columbus sponsored a promotional video showcasing the House
of Discernment, and it was released this summer on YouTube. Search for the “Evansville
Vocations” channel, and you’ll find it amidst other videos from the Vocations Office.
Though the year has begun, the House still has a little space left. Applications for 2020-21 are
currently being accepted. If you know of a young man (18-30) who might benefit from a
Catholic community of prayer and fraternity while continuing his career or college, please have
him contact House Director, Fr. Tyler Tenbarge (email@example.com). Men who are
discerning benefit from this place. The House of Discernment allows men to find where the Lord
is calling and the freedom to go when the time is right, without the commitments of housing
contracts or semester tuition.
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happening at the House.