Diocese to be consecrated to Immaculate Heart of Mary Oct. 15
COLORADO SPRINGS. Bishop Michael Sheridan will consecrate the Diocese of Colorado Springs to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on Oct. 15 during a Rosary Rally at Holy Apostles Parish. The consecration coincides with the 100th anniversary of the final apparition of the Blessed Mother at Fatima, which took place on Oct. 13, 1917.
Priests at each parish in the diocese will perform the consecration during weekend Masses Oct. 14-15. The Archdiocese of Denver and the Diocese of Pueblo will also be consecrated on or around the date of the anniversary.
The consecration is an opportunity for the faithful to reflect on the message of conversion given by Mary to three shepherd children — Francisco and Jacinta Marto and Lucia dos Santos — during the apparitions that occurred once a month for six months from May to October, 1917, Bishop Sheridan said. Spiritual reflections will appear in each issue of The Colorado Catholic Herald leading up to the consecration, he said.
On May 13, Pope Francis canonized Francisco and Jacinta, who died in childhood, during a large outdoor Mass in Fatima. During his homily, Pope Francis said that Mary’s messages were a warning against “a way of life that is godless and indeed profanes God in his creatures.”
Oct. 13, 2017, is also the anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun, which occurred after the three children asked the Blessed Mother to perform a miracle so that people would believe that she had appeared. Approximately 70,000 people witnessed the miracle, which lasted about 10 minutes and consisted of the sun dancing in the sky.