The gift of the Holy Card this weekend is sponsored by the Saint Brigid’s Knights of Columbus. They invite every
family of our parish to engage in the Consecration to the Holy Family. It is their hope that this process may help
strengthen our families and to devote themselves to the ideal model of familial love set by Jesus, Mary and Joseph.
To help families live out the joy of Christ, Supreme Chaplain Archbishop William E. Lori has composed a prayer through which families will come together to consecrate themselves under the protection of the Holy Family. 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. Through this consecration, each participant is consciously choosing to be a beacon of God’s love through his Church.
How to prepare for a Consecration to the Holy Family
Preparation for a Consecration to the Holy Family involves deciding that you are not only dedicating your family to the Holy Family’s intercession but also acknowledging that your family is sacred.
The decision to consecrate your family needs to be intentional and a process through which you completely surrender your family to God through the Holy Family. You are accepting the truth that salvation history was changed forever by a family and that through your domestic church, you are called to exemplify their example.
Four suggested steps before Praying the Consecration to the Holy Family:
- Discuss the importance of this consecration as a family and why you are doing it.
- Each member of your family is strongly encouraged to go to the Sacrament of Confession.
- As a family, intentionally choose something to fast from. The fast can be for at least a week. As our physical bodies are drawn to things of the world, it is strongly encouraged that you fast from something that you would normally do or consume. Fasting helps to discipline our minds and hearts to refrain from secular activities and be more focused on God.
- Prepare for the commitment you are making. Consecration to the Holy Family is not a single event. You have chosen a way of life for your family. You and your family are consciously choosing to be a beacon of light of God’s love through His Church.