2021 Theme: Mary Welcomes You with Open Arms

The Marian Congress is held in cooperation with the International Consecrated Marian Society.

Welcome to the 3rd Annual Marian Congress with Bishop Gregory Parkes! We hope you enjoy this virtual, multicultural and faith-filled event that draws us closer to the Heart of Jesus through Mary!

The Blessed Virgin Mary is a perfect model of evangelization. She leads us to her son Jesus Christ, and she welcomes each of us with open arms as her beloved children. After hearing that her cousin Elizabeth was to have a baby, Mary set out “in haste” (Luke 1:39-40) to visit her and comfort her. She warmly greeted her cousin and spent three months with her, being attentive to her needs.

This blessed encounter has been depicted in stained-glass windows and paintings around the world, including right here, at our very own Mary, Mother of God Chapel in the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle.

Schedule

9:00 a.m. Welcome from Bishop Gregory Parkes

9:03 a.m. Keynote Presentation: “Mary Welcomes You with Open Arms” Part 1 by Fr. Chris Alar, MIC. (View Bio Here)

10:00 a.m. Keynote Presentation: “Mary Welcomes You with Open Arms” Part 2 by Fr. Chris Alar, MIC. (View Bio Here)

11:00 a.m. Praying of the Rosary in Multiple LanguagesLIVE (follow along with this PDF).

11:30 a.m. Celebration of Mass with Bishop Gregory ParkesLIVE
We will renew our consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and a Crowning of Mary.

12:30 p.m. Break

1:00 p.m. Presentation “ “What to do after the Consecration?” by Fr. Carlos Rojas (View Bio Here)

1:40 p.m. Presentation “General Way to Live the Consecration” by Rachel Dutilly (View Bio Here)

Preparation for Consecration

If you have never been consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, this is your opportunity! The date to begin 33 Days of Morning Glory, which involves prayer and preparation for consecration, is Monday, April 5, 2021. Then your consecration date will be May 8th! Click here to learn more.

Renewal of Consecration

At 11:30 a.m., Bishop Gregory Parkes will celebrate Mass and lead participants in a renewal of consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Each year, we are invited to renew our consecration personally and as a Diocese. Click here to learn more.

About the Theme

The Blessed Virgin Mary is a perfect model of evangelization. She leads us to her son Jesus Christ, and she welcomes each of us with open arms as her beloved children.

This is who she is!

In fact, after hearing that her cousin Elizabeth was to have a baby, Mary set out “in haste” (Luke 1:39-40) to visit her and comfort her. She warmly greeted her cousin and spent three months with her, being attentive to her needs.

This blessed encounter has been depicted in stained-glass windows and paintings around the world, including right here, at our very own Mary, Mother of God Chapel in the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle. Last year’s Marian Congress was held in this chapel during the COVID-19 lock-down, when we could only leave our houses for essential work and responsibilities. Sadly, even our churches were closed for public worship. However, with the aid of our Blessed Mother, our annual Marian Congress was carried forward virtually.


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Consecrating to the Immaculate Heart of Mary for the First Time

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Renewing Our Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

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This ministry is supported by the Annual Pastoral Appeal.