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6/18/2014 2:38:00 PM
Consecration to Mary scheduled for June 28
First Saturdays devotion
Inspired by Pope Francis, who consecrated the world to Our Lady of Fatima last October, Archbishop Sample will consecrate the Archdiocese of Portland to the Blessed Mother under the title of the “Immaculate Heart of Our Lady of Fatima.” In conjunction with this consecration, Archbishop Sample encourages all parishes, families and individuals to prayerfully participate in the First Saturdays Devotion, especially on five first Saturdays: July 5, Aug. 2, Sept. 6, Oct. 4 and Nov. 1.

On the first Saturday of the month the faithful are asked to:
• Go to confession (preferably on a first Saturday, but within eight days before or after one)
• Receive Holy Communion (in a state of grace)
• Pray five Decades of the Rosary (one set of mysteries)
• Spend 15 additional minutes in meditation (on one or more mysteries of the Rosary)
All of these actions should be offered for the intention of making reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The Blessed Mother promised that if this is accomplished on the first Saturday of five consecutive months, she will assist us at the hour of death with all the graces necessary for our salvation.
More information on the First Saturdays devotion can be found on the Archdiocese of Portland’s website:  www.archdpdx.org.

Consecration Prayer
Holy Mary Virgin of Fatima,
with renewed gratitude for your
maternal presence
We join our voice to that of
all the generations
who call you blessed.
Accept with the benevolence of a
Mother our sharing in the
consecration of the Archdiocese of
Portland to your Immaculate Heart.

Hold our life in your arms;
bless and strengthen every desire for good;
revive and nourish faith;
sustain and enlighten hope;
awaken and animate charity;
guide all of us along the path of holiness.
And bring us under your protection
and entrust us to your beloved Son,
Our Lord Jesus.

Editor’s note: This is only part of the Consecration Prayer. The prayer was adapted from what Pope Francis prayed last fall.

Archbishop Alexander Sample will consecrate the Archdiocese of Portland to Mary under the title “Immaculate Heart of Our Lady of Fatima” during a Mass set to begin at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 28, at St. Mary Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. On the church calendar, the day marks the Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary. A rosary will precede Mass at 1:30 p.m.

The new National Pilgrim Virgin Statue of the Immaculate Heart of Our Lady of Fatima, which was blessed by Pope Francis, will be present for the Portland Mass and consecration. Father Francisco Pereira, who is chaplain for the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal, will also be there for the consecration as an official delegate and representative.

Archbishop Sample has invited the priests and people of the Archdiocese of Portland to attend the event. Pastors have been asked by the archbishop to make the consecration of their parishes to the Blessed Mother at their weekend Masses on June 28-29 as a sign of spiritual unity.

“This will be a fantastic event, and will bring so much holiness to our Archdiocese and world,” says Therese Ruesink, board member of the Portland division of the World Apostolate of Fatima, a group that promotes the Fatima messages.

Local members of the apostolate have sent flyers advertising the June 28 event to Catholics around the region, hoping they will post notices around parishes and towns and attend the Mass.

The archbishop says he wants to entrust anew the entire archdiocese to Mary’s maternal protection.

Pope Francis consecrated the world to Our Lady of Fatima last October.

Following the consecration on June 28, the National Pilgrim Virgin Statue will remain in the Archdiocese of Portland for nine days.

The Archdiocese of Portland will publish a visitation schedule for the statue on its website soon, at www.archdpdx.org.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, June 20, 2014
Article comment by: Marie Ostermann

Praise God! Thank you Jesus and Mary! Thank you and God bless you, Archbishop Sample, for doing this! It is my prayer that the Archdiocese of Portland will be the forerunner of future Diocesan Consecrations throughout the U.S. and the world. God grant that the Portland Archdiocese will stand as a witness to the extraordinary graces that will be received from Heaven! In these times of crisis and division, what better way to unite the Catholic Church than to call on Our Lady, who first obtained Our Savior by Her prayers and who has promised to save the world again if we but fulfill Her still Unfulfilled Request at Fatima: The Communions of Reparation on First Saturdays. May this on-going Devotion be established in every parish as a means to drive out evil, sanctify parishioners, and eventually bring about the promised era of peace!

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