You may be aware that the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelisation is promoting a Marian Day on the 13 October 2013. This will be one of the major celebrations for the Year of Faith in St Peter’s Rome at which, in the presence of the Statue of Our Lady of the Rosary from the Capelinha (Little Chapel of the Apparition) in Fatima, Pope Francis will consecrate the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Since the Archdiocese is under the patronage of “Our Blessed Lady Conceived Without Sin” it would be fitting for our parishes to be associated with the Holy Father’s act of consecration by praying the following Consecration Prayer at parish Masses on Sunday 13 October.

Virgin Mary, Mother of God and our Mother, to your Immaculate Heart we consecrate ourselves, in an act of total entrustment and of oblation to the Lord.
By you we will be led to Christ your Son, and Only-Begotten Son of God, and by Him and with Him to His Eternal Father. We shall walk in the light of faith, of hope and of love so that the world may believe that Christ is the One sent by the Father to give to us His word, and we, as His ambassadors, shall carry His knowledge and love to the ends of the earth.
Thus under the maternal protection of your Immaculate Heart, we will be one people with Christ, ransomed by His death and witnesses of His Resurrection, and by Him led to the Father for the glory of the Most Holy Trinity Whom we adore, praise and bless. Amen.