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Letter to Parishioners April 22, 2020

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Christ the King Catholic Church
4700 Madison Avenue Trumbull, Connecticut 06611

April 22, 2020

Dear Friends,
     Easter Greetings to one and all – He is Risen! And soon, we will be able to gather again
here at Christ the King to offer our thanks and praise to our King and Redeemer that, as St.
Peter cries, “…you may declare the wonderous deeds of him who called you out of darkness
into His marvelous Light”(1 Peter 2:9).
     While this has been a particularly challenging time for us all, we know by faith that Our
Lord is walking right beside each and every one of us. Consider the 23 rd Psalm, “The Lord is my
Shepherd, I shall not want; he makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still
waters; he restores my soul“
- or our Lord’s words to the Apostles the night before He entered
into His unspeakable Passion: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you; not as the world
gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid”
(John 14:27).
As a people of resilient faith, we heed the encouragement of St. Paul, and “seek the things that
are above” even as we contend with the challenges here below and our constant and fruitful
prayer life enables us to keep our spiritual vision as sharp as ever.
     While we eagerly look forward to the reopening of our parish, Bishop Caggiano issued a
new target date yesterday of May 20th. We will keep our website current with the latest
information and of course you can also check the Diocesan Website for updates. In the
meantime, I would like thank you for responding to the need to maintain our weekly offertory. I
am happy to report that your generosity has sustained the financial needs of our parish. Thank
you for your faithful commitment to your parish.

INVITATION FOR SPIRITUAL GROWTH and ABUNDANT GRACES

     Pentecost Sunday is on the horizon (May 31), 50 days after the Resurrection of our
Lord. Now, the Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary is normally celebrated on
May 31 and this year it interestingly coincides with the Solemnity of Pentecost. Consider, for a
moment, the Annunciation, that extraordinary moment in time when the Virgin Mary said yes!
and became the Mother of Jesus – and our Mother. Notice, too, that the very first act of our
Lady after conceiving our Lord was to leave her home in Nazareth and embark on a several day-
long journey to visit her kinswoman, Elizabeth, who was in need of assistance. And upon
hearing Mary’s greeting, Elizabeth, overwhelmed with heartfelt gratitude, said in reply: “Who
am I that the Mother of my Lord should come to me”
(Luke 1:43).

     As you know, May is the month of Mary. And so, I would like to extend a special
invitation to each of you. I invite you to join me on a special journey of our own….

CONSECRATION to the BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

     Our journey will begin on the Feast Day of St. Louis de Montfort, April 28th and will last
33 days, following the preparation program he offers in his magnificent Treatise, True Devotion
to the Blessed Virgin Mary
. We will make our Consecration to the Blessed Virgin Mary on May
31st , Pentecost! (NOTE: If for any reason you are not able to join us in this journey, I will repeat
the invitation for Consecration on the Feast of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary – October 7th.
Preparation for that journey will begin on September 4th, First Friday, and end on October 6th
with the Consecration taking place at Christ the King on October 7th).

     Perhaps you have already made your Consecration to our Lady. So, come join us and
renew your consecration. If it is your first time, what an exciting journey you will make in the
days leading up to the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the great Solemnity of Pentecost! De
Montfort contends, “When the Holy Spirit, her Spouse, finds Mary in a soul, he hastens there
and enters fully into it. He gives himself generously to that soul according to the place it has
given to his Spouse”(TD, 36).

LOGISTICS – HERE’S HOW OUR PREPARATION WILL BE CONDUCTED.…

     As we are not able to gather in the Church for the start of our preparation, we will offer
a ZOOM opportunity on your home computer – or – you can simply call in via telephone at the
prescribed time of our meetings. The initial meeting will take place (ZOOM or CALL IN) on April
28 th at 7:00 pm. Please send your name and email address to Michelle Rowe who will set up
ZOOM for us. orapronobis20@gmail.com Michelle works in the Chancery Office for the Diocese
of Bridgeport in the Faith Formation Department. Michelle will coordinate the meetings, which
will include brief meetings each Monday, 7:00 pm, where I will offer comments and direction
on True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary and the meetings will include an opportunity to
ask questions along the way.
     While De Montfort offers a specific program for the 33 days, beginning with an initial 12
day program, followed by specific guidelines for week 1, week 2, and week 3, it would be most
advantageous for you also to read the Treatise, True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. You
can purchase a copy online. Alternatively, I will have a limited number of copies – around 30 at
the moment ($10.00) – available at the parish but due to slower delivery schedules these days,
they will not arrive until April 29 th . You may be able to get a copy more quickly on your own. In
any event, you can start reading the Treatise along the way, but, ideally, you will want to start
the actual preparation program on the 28th. We will provide the outline for the preparation for
consecration to anyone who needs it for the 28th, that is, if you haven’t acquired your own
copy of True Devotion by that start date. (The Preparation program is in the book, usually
accompanied by the various prayers and litanies that make up the daily program for the 33 days). For those of you who are tech-savvy, you can actually begin reading the book online
while you wait for your copy to be delivered. (For instruction on how to read online, email
Michelle at orapronobis20@gmail.com Those who choose to make their Consecration to our
Lady this spring will meet at Christ the King Church after the 11:00 am Mass on May 31 st , the
Solemnity of Pentecost, and we will each of us be able to echo the joy of St. Elizabeth: “Who
am I that the Mother of my Lord and Savior should visit me?”

     As we give ourselves to our Blessed Mother in this Act of Consecration, we are, of
course, giving ourselves to our Lord Jesus Christ through Her. It is an act of complete trust in the
Mother of God, who is our Mother. As St. Louis De Montfort writes, “It was through the blessed
Virgin Mary that Jesus Christ came into the world, and it is also through her that he must reign
in the world”
(TD, 1). Over the course of these 273 paragraphs that make up this spiritual
masterpiece, De Montfort will unpack that profound first paragraph and help us open our
hearts to the great consecration that will propel us into the Heart of our Redeemer. I hope you
will join us…. April 28th, at 7:00 pm for the Zoom Conference and join us for the Consecration to
our Lady on the great Solemnity of Pentecost at Christ the King Church after the 11:00 am
Mass.

In the Peace of our Risen Lord,

Fr. Walsh