Bishop Carl A. Kemme is asking the faithful to join him and the priests of the diocese to consecrate the Diocese of Wichita to the Immaculate Conception on New Year’s Day.
Bishop Kemme will make the formal consecration at the 10 a.m. Mass Tuesday, Jan. 1, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Wichita.
He has also asked the priests of the diocese to consecrate the diocese to the Immaculate Conception at their Masses on that Holy Day.
Prayer cards will be made available to the faithful so that they can join the bishop in the prayer of consecration at the Mass.
“Over the past several months and in light of the sexual abuse crisis we face once again in the Catholic Church, I have felt an intense desire to deepen my own devotion to the Blessed Mother,” Bishop Kemme said, adding, “The Memorare prayer states it so beautifully: ‘I fly unto thee, O Virgin of Virgins, my Mother, to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful.’”
He is inviting all the faithful, “together with me their bishop and our priests to consecrate themselves, their marriages, their families, their vocations, all our ministries and all our households to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. For ‘never was it known that anyone who fled to thee for protection, implored thy help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided.’”
Bishop continued: “May Mary’s heart, the heart of the Lord’s first and most devoted disciple, love us as she loved her own Son; may Mary intercede for us and guide us to true and authentic holiness, the real key and solution to every human crisis and tragedy.”
Bishop Kemme said he intends to make the diocesan consecration each year on Jan. 1.