Bishop Quinn to Renew Consecration of the Diocese
By MSGR. THOMAS MELVIN, VICAR GENERAL
Friday, September 7, 2018 – On the Vigil of the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Bishop Quinn will renew the consecration of the Diocese of Winona-Rochester to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, at a special 5:15 pm Mass at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Winona. The IHM Seminarians and faculty will be in attendance, along with parishioners of the Cathedral. All are welcome to this annual event; priests are welcome to concelebrate and deacons are welcome to vest.
Bishop Harrington consecrated the diocese to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in 2008, and it is our diocesan tradition that we make this renewal every year on the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, as an act of love and devotion to Our Lady. At the very moment of His conception in her womb, Jesus entrusted His whole being to her. Similarly, by this act of consecration, we allow Mary to actualize her mediation in our lives, enriching our diocese with many graces.
We surrender the diocese completely to God and His service, giving the same yes that Mary gave when she bore Jesus in her womb. The act of consecration dedicates the diocese and all of the good works that come from it to Our Lady and her desires, in order to more fully complete the will of her Son.
As we have done in the past, Bishop Quinn requests the renewal of the consecration of each parish in the Diocese of Winona-Rochester to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The weekend of September 8/9 is a fitting time for your parish consecration at one of your Masses, or the weekend of September 15/16, due to its proximity to the September 15 feast of Our Lady of Sorrows. You may also choose a Marian Feast over the next month or so for your parish consecration, as some parishes have chosen a weekend in October, the month of the Holy Rosary. These special celebrations are also a wonderful time to renew our own personal consecrations to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. This can be done as an act of unity with Bishop Quinn’s consecration of the entire diocese, and with the other priests and parishes of the diocese.