Mary has requested that the daily message be given each day to the world. It is read nightly at the prayer service from her Image Building in Clearwater, Florida, U.S.A. This is according to her request. All attempts will be made to publish this daily message to the world at 11 p.m. Eastern time, U.S.A.


We acknowledge that the final authority regarding these messages rests with the Holy See of Rome.


I appear my children on this former bank building in Florida, Our Lady Clothed with the Sun.

January 19, 2000


A Prayer for Intimacy with the Lamb, the Bridegroom of the Soul

Oh Lamb of God, Who take away the sins of the world, come and act on my soul most intimately. I surrender myself, as I ask for the grace to let go, to just be as I exist in You and You act most intimately on my soul. You are the Initiator. I am the soul waiting Your favors as You act in me. I love You. I adore You. I worship You. Come and possess my soul with Your Divine Grace, as I experience You most intimately.


Messenger: Include Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center in 6:20 prayers.


Messenger: Today January 19, 2000

I received the first message book from Mary’s image building in the mail. In the mailing Mary requested the following message.

I include this message as it was sent with the book in the original handwriting as I received it.



Messenger: My dear Jesus,

I want to tell all priests that we in the Shepherds of Christ have given our lives in service to pray for the priests, the Church and the world.

We love you, our beloved priests, and we pray for you always in all we do, giving our lives united to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

Mary speaks: My dear children,

I am Mary your Mother.

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I request this photo of me as I appear be circulated throughout the world by any means possible.

Your Father in heaven has requested the Mass Book with Imprimatur be circulated throughout the world and the Parents and Children’s Rosary Book also.

God the Father speaks: My children, how dearly I love you. I beg you to purchase the building in Clearwater, Florida immediately. I desire the following:

1)  Pictures of the great miracle as your Mother appears there circulated throughout the world. (Labels of the address and information must be applied to the back side of photo.)

2)  I request the Priestly Newsletter II Book be given to ALL bishops in the world, including all cardinals.

3)  I wish a Rosary Factory be opened in this building and people from all over the world to send their rosaries to the Shepherds of Christ distributing center (which may or may not be exclusively located there), that the world knows that Mary appears there to lead the world to consecration and praying the rosary and to the praying of the prayers as requested by My Son Jesus, February 23, 1999, in the 6:20 novena.

My Son Jesus will majorly reach the priests and the Church through the messages and writings He has given through His Movement Shepherds of Christ to help bring about the completion of the Lady’s mission begun at Fatima, that His Heart will reign and her Heart will triumph.

I officially, back, endorse these messages. I beg and plead that you listen to and respond to the message I have given through My Son Jesus and My daughter Mary so that the world will be as I have intended from the beginning.

This Shepherds of Christ Movement is My Son’s Movement to help renew the Church and the world.

I desire the building on which you have been given this great miracle to be used for the purpose of supporting this Movement, Shepherds of Christ, and all the messages we have given.

I wish a review of the messages given from Me in January 1997, be made. I wish these two major messages again be included at the end of this message.

4)  I wish the Mass Book with Imprimatur to be circulated extensively throughout the world.

5)  I wish the Rosary books, that is, Rosaries from the Hearts of Jesus and Mary, The Children’s and Parents Rosary Book, Rosary Book for Little People and Elderly, Rosary books in coloring format for children, be made readily available to lead all to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary in a deep union from praying the rosary.

6)  I wish this message given to the designated people as I have directed. I wish this message to appear on the Internet.

7)  I wish a priest store at this Center be stocked with all priest materials for Mass.

8)  I wish the Shepherds of Christ to own this building free and clear and be operated as I have designated through My messengers, Fr. Carter and Rita.

9)  I wish the Message Books From Heaven to be made available at the site with all messages published in book form.

10)  All books and messages with the Imprimatur that are of Fr. Carter and Rita should be made available there.

11)  Consecration of the homes booklets in English and Spanish will be distributed from the sites and through areas all over the world.

This includes the consecration cards of the homes in which a quick consecration can be made in English and Spanish. Other languages should follow.

There should be consecration pamphlets for the homes in English and Spanish as directed previously.

There should be consecration of homes booklets in English and Spanish with and without the Imprimatur.

12)  There should be all prayer cards in English and Spanish with the Imprimatur.

I wish the Prayer before the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass with Fr. Carter’s ordination picture of Jesus with His Sacred Heart, and the bridal Mary with Her Immaculate Heart be put in churches all over the world.

13)  I wish devotion be made to the two Hearts in the praying of the prayers in the Handbook all over the world.

In praying the prayers as My Son Jesus has designated all will make reparation to My Son’s Heart and the Heart of the Virgin Mary.

I desire prayer chapters and that these prayers be prayed by all the children of the earth for the priests and the renewal of the Church and the world.

I want this devotion to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary, the New Adam and the New Eve.

Include here the 12 promises as listed in the prayers given to St. Margaret Mary. Also I desire the promise My Son Jesus gave to Fr. Carter as a 13th promise for all who pray the prayers.

I am the FATHER, I wish this here.


Promises of Our Lord to those devoted to His Sacred Heart

  1. I will give them all the graces necessary in their state of life.
  2. I will establish peace in their homes.
  3. I will comfort them in their afflictions.
  4. I will be their refuge during life and above all in death.
  5. I will bestow a large blessing on all their undertakings.
  6. Sinners shall find in My Heart the source and the infinite ocean of mercy.
  7. Tepid souls shall grow fervent.
  8. Fervent souls shall quickly mount to high perfection.
  9. I will bless every place where a picture of My Heart shall be set up and honored.
  10. I will give to priests the gift of touching the most hardened of hearts.
  11. Those who promote this devotion shall have their names written in My Heart, never to be blotted out.
  12. I promise you in the excessive mercy of My Heart that My all-powerful love will grant to all those who communicate on the first Friday in nine consecutive months, the grace of final penitence; they shall not die in My disgrace nor without receiving their sacraments; My divine Heart shall be their safe refuge in this last moment.
  13. I am calling many to become members of Shepherds of Christ Associates. To all of them I will give great blessings. I will use them as instruments to help bring about the triumph of the Immaculate Heart and the reign of My Sacred Heart. I will give great graces to the members of Shepherds of Christ Associates. I will call them to be deeply united to My Heart and to Mary's Heart as I lead them ever closer to My Father in the Holy Spirit.  -Message from Jesus to Father Edward J. Carter, S.J., as given on July 31, 1994, feast of Saint Ignatius Loyola, Founder of the Society of Jesus (The Jesuits).

God the Father speaks: I am the Father, I come to you this day to deliver this message of upmost urgency to the earth, this day of January 19, 2000.

I want My children to obey the Commandments and turn their lives back to God.

Your children are dying under your feet and you do not see.

Their Mother cries to you from her image site in Florida.


The Message from the tape Mary's Message December 12, 1996:

Mary: I stood beneath the cross of my Son, and my Heart was in such pain for I saw Him before my eyes. I saw Him covered with blood. I saw Him die. My Heart, my children, my Heart to watch my Son, but my Heart, my Heart, how I suffered for my little children of the world that give in to this world and give up the love of my Son. O my little children of light, I give you this message. Carry this light into the darkness for your Mother Mary, for I stood beneath the cross and I cried. I cried for the little ones. I cried for the young ones, the ones that do not care and will lose their souls. How do I make you see for you will not listen to me? What can I do? I come. I appear. I beg. I plead. I give you these gifts from my Son, and you reject me. I do not deliver messages very often anymore for I have been ignored. The message is the same. You do not read the messages I have given to you. Please help me. Help the little children. I appear. I appear. I appear, and I am ignored. I stood beneath the cross, and I cried. I cried, and my Heart was in such anguish for my little children, for I am searching for them this day as I searched for the Child Jesus. Please, please help me. I cannot hold back the hand of my Son any longer. I am Mary, your Mother. I ask you to help my children. You are my children of light.

Song: O Lady of Light, shining so bright, be with us this day, guiding our way, O Lady...

Mary: I appear to you as Our Mother of Sorrows.


God the Father speaks: 5 days before Mary appeared on the building, Jesus requested on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe the following tape, Mary’s Message, be made.

On December 17, 1996, the Rosary book in rainbow color arrived in Cincinnati as Mary was noticed on the building in Florida appearing in the same rainbow color.

I speak here as never before to you, My earth, I beg and plead you hear the requests I make, that you NO LONGER ignore the miracle given.

The miracle is the Lady painted by My hand on this building of US 19 and Drew Street.

Take the mud from your eyes.

The Lady Clothed with the Sun appears to you today.

Heed the warning, obey My messages and those of My Son and your Mother. These are the messages we give today from heaven.

Help, My children, I beg you to help and harken to My call.

I love you, I am the Father, the Almighty God.


Excerpt from the Rosary of May 13, 1997 at Tom’s Farm

Note: At the end of the rosary a great wind blew over the Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart statues. The statues fell to the ground and were broken.

Messenger: And the Father spoke later and He said, “I gave you gifts at Falmouth and you did not respond. I gave to you a chastisement. This is an example of what will happen to the earth if you do not respond. I am telling you to spread the prayer chapters, to pray the prayers and to spread the priestly newsletter, the Mass Book, and the priestly newsletter book and the Children’s Rosary Book. All of these books have the Imprimatur.” If we do what the Father says, if we make reparation to her Immaculate Heart, He said that He would lessen and/or not give us the chastisement.

(Included are some pictures of scenes before and after the rosary.)

(End of excerpt from the Rosary of May 13, 1997 at Tom's Farm)


Messenger: I wrote on the Internet last year about the 19ths as being days to consider.

I wrote the following entry on January 19, 1999.

Please quote the beginning of the message of January 19, 1999.


Excerpt from January 19, 1999 daily message 

I address the date today January 19... If God were to act on the earth I would not be surprised if it was a 19th. For I have received strong and upsetting messages on the 19th. But although He performs great and terrible things for man, in the end a show of His wrath may be the very thing that leads souls to repentance. When we are enjoying all God's gifts and not Him, we have missed the boat. How will God get our attention? When He speaks through the elements and people do not see the Divine Almighty God that is behind every rising of the sun, and setting in the western sky? There are the ice storms that cause blackouts and the fires that cause devastation, the hurricanes that wipe out fruit, the earthquakes that destroy temples, the wind that blows and knocks the statues on their faces and the ravishing floods that guts a little town where the Virgin Mary appeared 22 times with enormous crowds present.

(End of Excerpt from January 19, 1999 daily message)


Messenger: In the writing in my notebook I also noted that the 18th and the 20th have been days when God has shown His anger. Jesus instructed me to include this here today.


January 19, 1999 - Second Message

Jesus speaks: I wish the brochure to be printed here before the Father’s message of January. This is My Movement to lead men into the depth of My Heart.


Shepherds
of Christ
Ministries

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For Helping in the Renewal of the
Church and the World

WE PRAY FOR PRIESTS, THE RENEWAL OF THE CHURCH, AND THE WORLD.

We join as a body united to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass offering our lives to the Father as intercessors praying for our priests, the Church, and the world.

WILL YOU PRAY WITH US?

Your prayers united to ours will help the priests, the Church, and the world.

Our Focus

WE HAVE PRAYER CHAPTERS PRAYING ALL OVER THE WORLD for the priests, the Church, and the world.

OUR PRIMARY FOCUS is the circulation of a newsletter.

WE CIRCULATE A SPIRITUALITY NEWSLETTER written by Fr. Edward Carter, S.J., a Jesuit Theologian with a Doctor's degree in Theology and author of 17 books, to about 70,000 priests in the world in both English and Spanish. Father Carter has been a professor of Theology for over 30 years.

Besides being sent to about 50,000 priests and bishops in the U.S.A., the newsletter is sent internationally to about 225 bishops, including 4 cardinals, who distribute copies to all of their priests, and also, in some cases, to their deacons and seminarians.

The newsletter is centered in consecration to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary. It features writings regarding our union with Jesus and the Father and the Holy Spirit and Mary. The newsletter also stresses the Eucharist, the Church, prayer, and one's responsibility regarding the social order. The newsletter stresses sound doctrine as found in Scripture, the writings of the Popes and other Church documents. It also presents selected writings from the saints and competent priest-theologians and others.

The newsletter can be used by all for development in the spiritual life centered in consecration.

About Shepherds of Christ Ministries

MINISTRIES
  1. PRIMARY MINISTRY - CIRCULATING PRIESTLY NEWSLETTERS TO PRIESTS ALL OVER THE WORLD IN ENGLISH AND SPANISH to promote priestly holiness.
  2. PRAYER CHAPTERS praying for the priests and the renewal of the Church and the world.
  3. School Rosary Program and Junior Shepherds of Christ Ministry.
  4. Nursing Home Ministry.
  5. Special retreats and adoration before the Blessed Sacrament.
  6. Apostles of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus.
  7. Promoting the rosary to all, rosary meditations.
  8. Prison Ministry to promote prayer and spiritual renewal.
  9. Handmaids and Servants of the Good Shepherd.
  10. Audio/Video Departments (priestly newsletters on tape).
  11. Prayer books, newsletters, newsletter books, and other spiritual aids.

WE WANT TO BE INTERCESSORS PROMOTING UNITY IN PRAYER WITH ALL PEOPLE OF THE WORLD, PRAYING FOR THE PRIESTS, THE CHURCH, AND THE WORLD.

We have described above the primary ministry of the Movement, the spirituality newsletter for priests, Shepherds of Christ. The 2nd most important ministry is the prayer chapters, whose members pray for the needs of priests and for the needs of all others also. Other ministries include promoting the act of consecration to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary as widely as possible. Promoting this act of consecration permeates all of our ministries. We also promote the praying of the rosary, and we have a special program regarding the rosary and the act of consecration for school children. We have programs for prisons and nursing homes to encourage the residents to pray for priests, the Church, and the world. We also publish various books, cassette tapes, and other materials to help in the ongoing work of spiritual renewal.

The mission of the Shepherds of Christ Movement is closely connected to Our Lady of Fatima's mission. We hope to play a major role in helping to bring fulfillment of the Peace Plan of Our Lady of Fatima. This plan includes:

  1. Consecration to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary -- until a sufficient number of people make and live the consecration, we will not have peace in the world.
  2. Praying the rosary.
  3. Observing the First Saturday Devotion.
  4. Making reparation to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary.

In helping to bring the Fatima message to completion, the Shepherds of Christ Movement is helping to bring about the Reign of the Sacred Heart and the triumph of the Immaculate Heart. This is a great privilege and a great responsibility! We ask for your prayers and help in other ways also. May God bless you abundantly!


LEVELS OF COMMITMENT

There are seven levels of commitment in the Shepherds of Christ Movement.

  1. There are Associates who gather and pray at least once monthly as a group and also help with donations to support the Shepherds of Christ priestly newsletter. They can be tremendously involved. They give as they feel they are able.
  2. Apostles are members who have restricted their apostolic activity to the Shepherds of Christ. They literally act as a body of lay people who have given their lives in their present living situation to do all that they can to bring about the Reign of the Sacred Heart and the triumph of Mary's Immaculate Heart.
  3. Prayer Apostles are often shut-ins, some are able to go to church and pray. They spend much of their lives praying for the Movement.
  4. Apostles of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus are those who spend at least two separate hours weekly before the Blessed Sacrament praying for the following:
  1. For the spread of the devotion to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary culminating in the reign of the Sacred Heart and the triumph of the Immaculate Heart.
  2. For the Pope.
  3. For all bishops of the world.
  4. For all priests.
  5. For all sisters and brothers in the religious life.
  6. For all members of the Shepherds of Christ Movement, and for the spread of this Movement to the world.
  7. For all members of the Catholic Church.
  8. For all members of the human family.
  9. For all souls in purgatory.
  1. Handmaids of the Good Shepherd are young and older women who have given their lives in community primarily to pray for the Shepherds of Christ Movement and intentions and to be special spouses of Jesus. Some have more duties than others. All have the primary duty of prayer and the desire to be a special spouse of our Lord. One of the functions of the handmaids is the involvement in praying for and helping to circulate the priestly newsletter. The handmaids are not members of a religious order.
  2. Servants of the Good Shepherd are men who live in community with a lifestyle and purpose similar to that of the handmaids. The servants are not members of a religious order.
  3. We wish to form a special congregation of priests who will realize their great oneness with Christ. They will be consecrated deeply to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary and support the Shepherds of Christ Movement as holy priests.

Whatever one's level of commitment in the Shepherds of Christ Movement, all share in promoting the overall goal of the Movement. This goal is to help in the spiritual renewal of the Church and the world. All varied ministries of the Movement are directed toward this purpose. The spirituality which the Shepherds of Christ Movement presents to its members and to those outside the Movement through its various ministries is very basic. This spirituality is explicitly Trinitarian and Christocentric. Our spirituality helps others, especially priests, to develop a very deep union with Jesus, this Jesus Who leads us to the Father in the Holy Spirit with Mary at our side. Our spirituality is deeply Eucharistic. We stress very much participation in the Mass and prayer before the Blessed Sacrament. We also emphasize the extremely important role of prayer in the spiritual life. Devotion to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary, especially consecration to Their Hearts, is also a most important and central element. We are very much interested in helping to bring the Fatima message to completion, a message which has consecration to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary at its very core.

Father Edward J. Carter, S.J.

frhost.jpg (7048 bytes)Father Edward Carter, S.J. is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio. A graduate of St. Xavier High School and Xavier University, both in Cincinnati, he was ordained a priest in 1962 and received his doctorate in theology from Catholic University of America four years later. He has been a professor of theology at Xavier University in Cincinnati for over 30 years. He has authored 17 books in the area of Catholic spirituality. His two latest books are the priestly newsletter books, which include the newsletters from almost six years. He is devoted to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Be Part Of It!

PLEASE HELP US THROUGH YOUR PRAYERS UNITED TO OURS.

PRIESTS PRAYING WITH US WILL INCREASE THE PRAYER POWER; THEY ARE ANOINTED BY CHRIST AS HOLY PRIESTS.

PEOPLE ALL OVER THE WORLD offering up their lives in the Morning Offering for the priests, the Church, the world, and for the work of the Shepherds of Christ will help so much.

LITTLE PRAYER BOOKS OF SHORT PRAYERS CALLED THE SHEPHERDS OF CHRIST PRAYER MANUAL ARE AVAILABLE. Praying these short prayers together with us as a body united to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass being celebrated around the world can help great grace be released on the souls of the earth.

PLEASE UNITE WITH US.

For additional information, contact us:

     Shepherds of Christ Ministries
     P.O. Box 193
     Morrow, OH 45152-0193
     (toll free) 1-888-211-3041                   
     (phone) 513-932-4451
     (fax) 513-932-6791
     Visit us on the Internet: http://www.SofC.org


     Help Line Recording:
          (toll free) 1-877-368-7243
          (phone) 513-932-6718


SCHOOL ROSARY PROGRAM

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Shepherds of Christ Ministries -
A Movement Dedicated to
the Renewal of the Spiritual Life

 

Mary stated we must pray the rosary in order to have peace in the world. We must do as Our Lady requested at Fatima. We are supplying schools and churches with rosaries, rosary meditations and consecration cards in accordance with Our Lady's request. Will you help us spread the rosary? We operate on donations only.

 

To help us with this project please send your contributions to our Morrow, Ohio center. May God bless you and your family!

 

Shepherds of Christ Ministries
PO Box 103
Morrow, Ohio 45152-0193
USA

 

Telephone: (toll free) 1-888-211-3041 or (513) 932-4451
FAX: (513) 932-6791
Internet http://www.SofC.org

 

PS If you would like a copy of the materials for yourself please call our toll free number. We will send it out. We love you!

-Shepherds of Christ Ministries

 

How to start a
School Rosary
Program

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"I AM THE LADY OF THE ROSARY…
PEOPLE MUST PRAY THE ROSARY"

- Our Lady of Fatima, October 13, 1917

The Church says
Fatima is worthy of belief.

Free Materials & Guidance From
Shepherds of Christ Ministries
(513) 932-4451 or (888) 211-3041


DO YOU WANT PEACE IN YOUR SCHOOL?

Do you want peace in your school? The Blessed Mother said at Fatima that until a sufficient number of people give their hearts to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary we will not have peace!

How do we give our hearts to Jesus and Mary? Before school each day, say a small prayer to the Holy Spirit, the small consecration prayers to Jesus and Mary, and the morning offering (all available from Shepherds of Christ at no cost). Each time the children enter a classroom, say the consecration and Holy Spirit prayers. This binds the children in one heart with Jesus and Mary and there is less disharmony.1

We live by Mary's Peace Plan given at Fatima. It is as follows:

    1. Until a sufficient number of people have consecrated their hearts to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary, we will not have peace in the world.
    2. Mary has requested all to pray the daily rosary.
    3. We must observe the Five First Saturdays devotion:
      - Communion, confession (within 8 days before or after the Saturday), recital of the rosary, meditating for 15 minutes on the mysteries of the rosary. All this is to be done in a spirit of reparation.
    4. We must make reparation to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary.2

MESSAGE OF OUR LADY OF FATIMA, OCTOBER 13, 1917

I am the Lady of the Rosary. I have come to warn the faithful to amend their lives and to ask pardon for their sins. They must not offend Our Lord any more, for He is already too grievously offended by the sins of men. People must say the Rosary. Let them continue saying it every day.3

MESSAGE OF OUR LADY OF FATIMA, JULY 13, 1917

During this same July apparition, Mary showed the three children a vision of Hell. She told them:

You have seen Hell, where the souls of poor sinners go. To save them, God wishes to establish, in the world, devotion to my Immaculate Heart. If people do what I tell you, many souls will be saved and there will be peace.4

Some seem to think the message of Fatima is no longer relevant to today's world. The words of Pope John Paul II tell us how wrong they are. Referring to a pilgrimage he made in 1982, he says:

"Last week, I myself went on pilgrimage to Portugal, especially to Fatima, in order to give thanks that the mercy of God and the protection of the Mother of Christ had saved my life last year. The message of Fatima is a call to conversion and penance, the first and most basic call of the Gospel. Today, it is more urgent than ever, when evil is threatening us through errors based on denial of God. The message of Fatima puts us on our guard. It also invites us to approach anew the Fountain of Mercy by an act of consecration. Mary wishes us to draw near it: each one of us, each nation, and the whole world. " 5 6

THE ROSARY

In praying the rosary with the bead by bead meditation students learn to love meditating on the lives of Jesus and Mary. The Rosary is a most powerful tool Mary gave to us at Fatima. She said we must pray the rosary. She is the Queen of Peace. Praying the rosary helps the children fight off the evil one. In this age we need to tell our children about what Our Lady said at Fatima about praying the rosary. Mary wants her children to pray it every day for peace in their hearts, in their families, in schools, in churches, and in the world. Mary is the Queen of Peace; she is our Mother. If we want to help our children to find peace we will hear the words of our heavenly Mother.

Even little children enjoy praying the rosary with the Rosary Aves (the bead by bead meditations). One little boy reported how he wanted to be a server because he knew Jesus was really in the Eucharist and he loved Him. Children will love to go to the Eucharist. It is God, truly present. If we want to love, we will be more loving when we receive God in the Eucharist. There is a whole book of rosary meditations that tell children about Jesus and Mary's love for them, the Eucharist, the Mysteries of the Rosary and Mary's message of Fatima. It is available and we wish all to have it to more fully love the rosary and to pray it. There are Stations of the Cross, Seven Sorrows, and beautiful songs including the Rosary Song. Tapes are available of the songs to help children to learn them. They are love songs to Jesus. They are very simple.

We wish to circulate the Rosary Aves and consecration cards to schoolchildren. We wish to give this book and rosaries to schools that children will pray the rosary as Mary requested at Fatima.

Listen to the words of Mary, October 13, 1917:

I am the Lady of the Rosary. I have come to warn the faithful to amend their lives and to ask pardon for their sins. They must not offend Our Lord any more, for He is already too grievously offended by the sins of men. People must say the Rosary. Let them continue saying it every day.7

Rosary meditations and consecration cards are provided free. All materials have the Imprimatur. They are also available on our Internet site: www.SofC.org.

ROSARY-MAKING CLUBS

Making rosaries out of sparkling, colorful plastic beads is a fun year-round activity for all ages. Even five-year-olds can create beautiful ones easily without getting frustrated!

This is wonderful as an in-school, after-school, or at-home project to be coordinated by an adult. When organized as a "club," children spend time at their meetings making rosaries, saying the Rosary, sharing a snack, and enjoying each other socially. Completed rosaries can be donated to fellow students, their families, nursing home residents, and many other individuals. Rosary-making kits (include plastic beads in your choice of colors) are available FREE from the School Rosary Program

Rosaries are given free of charge to schools and charges and people requesting them from Shepherds of Christ Ministries. We would circulate to others rosaries you donate.

CONSECRATION CARDS

Mary wants all to give their hearts to Jesus and Mary in consecration. In a message Mary gave to Jacinta before Jacinta died, she said:

Tell everybody that God gives graces through the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Tell them to ask graces from her, and that the Heart of Jesus wishes to be venerated together with the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Ask them to plead for peace from the Immaculate Heart of Mary, for the Lord has confided the peace of the world to her.8

If the children pray the consecration prayers from their hearts they are in one mind and one heart in the Hearts of Jesus and Mary. They are united to Jesus and Mary and to each other in their hearts. Instead of 30 or 40 different ideas and wills operating in the classroom, the children seriously consecrating their hearts will be united in one mind and one heart, it will help bring peace and harmony to the school and the children's lives. Teachers have reported the best results. Every time children come into the room they can unite with one another using this short prayer with the Imprimatur.

The School Rosary program provides FREE consecration cards for pupils. These prayers are printed on bright index-sized cards, and are written in simple yet beautiful words to help children understand their meaning.

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION

Before receiving the six apparitions of Our Lady, May through October of 1917, the three Fatima visionaries were visited by an angel on three different occasions during the preceding year.

In the fall of the same year, the angel visited the visionaries a final time:

The angel came…bearing a golden chalice in one hand and a Host above it in the other. The amazed children noticed that drops of blood were falling from the Host into the chalice. Presently, the angel left both suspended in mid-air and prostrated himself on the ground saying this beautiful prayer: "Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, I adore You profoundly. I offer You the most precious Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus Christ, present in all tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges, and indifference by which He is offended. By the infinite merits of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and [the intercession of] the Immaculate Hear of Mary, I beg of Thee the conversion of poor sinners" 9

It is immensely powerful to pray before the Blessed Sacrament.

It is hoped that by making time for Eucharistic Adoration early in life, many of these children will continue to worship God this way when they become adults. This grade school program can be easily adapted for high school use.

BROWN SCAPULAR PROGRAM

A great sign of our consecration to the Immaculate Heart is the wearing of the Brown Scapular. Sister Lucia has said that all Catholics should wear the Brown Scapular as part of the Fatima message. She said, The Rosary and the Scapular are inseparable…In 1251, when she [Mary] gave the Scapular to St. Simon Stock and thereby to the world, the Queen of Heaven stated: Whosoever dies clothed in this shall never suffer eternal fire. Wearing the Scapular serves as a constant reminder of one's personal consecration to Mary and of the necessity of imitating her virtues and heeding her requests." Only priests properly authorized can validly enroll one in the Brown Scapular.10

JUNIOR SHEPHERDS OF CHRIST

In this popular program young people in grades 6 through 12 come together to pray for priests and the renewal of the Church and the world and to consecrate their hearts to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary.

Through weekly meetings, they help each other grow in their faith and love of God. They realize they’re not alone in their struggles, as God is always by their side guiding and loving them.

Typically Junior Shepherds of Christ meetings start out with a visit to a chapel or church where the students pray the Rosary and the Shepherds of Christ Prayers together. Afterwards, they continue socializing by going to a participant’s home or another fun yet appropriate place for youth.

A parent or teacher should help; a priest can help sometimes.

OUR LADY OF FATIMA PILGRIM VIRGIN STATUE PROGRAM

Statues of Our Lady of Fatima can be purchased from the Shepherds of Christ Movement at reasonable prices. Likewise, the video The Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima. All materials distributed for school children should have the Imprimatur. The Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima video was produced by Warner Brothers and can be ordered from most religious bookstores.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS

Children will be better prepared during Lent praying the Stations of the Cross. Materials to help in this are available from Shepherds of Christ Ministries.  In meditating on Jesus' passion they will know more His great love for us. A separate sheet concerning the First Saturday Devotion is also available.


For more information about the School Rosary Program and obtaining FREE materials, contact:

Shepherds of Christ Ministries
P.O. Box 193
Morrow, OH 45152

Telephone: (513) 932-4451
Toll Free: (888) 211-3041
FAX: (513) 932-6791
Internet: www.SofC.org


Notes:

  1. Apostle's Manual, Shepherds of Christ Publications, 1997, p. 265.
  2. Rita Ring, Mass Book, Shepherds of Christ Publications, 1997, p. 41.
  3. Rev. Edward Carter, S.J., The Spirituality of Fatima and Medjugorje, Shepherds of Christ Publications, Morrow OH, 1994, p. 16.
  4. Ibid., p. 14.
  5. Pope John Paul II, as quoted in Arthur Collin, Totus Tuus: John Paul's Program of Marian Consecration and Entrustment (Libertyville: Academy of the Immaculate, 1992), p. 177.
  6. The Spirituality of Fatima and Medjugorje, op. cit., pp. 18-19.
  7. The Spirituality of Fatima and Medjugorje, op. cit., p. 16.
  8. The Spirituality of Fatima and Medjugorje, op. cit., p. 18.
  9. The Spirituality of Fatima and Medjugorje, op. cit., pp. 8-9.
  10. Rev. Edward Carter, S.J., Mother At Our Side, Shepherds of Christ Publications, Morrow OH, 1993, pp. 21-22.

- President’s letter:

Letter to Schools

Feast of the Mother of God
(and our spiritual mother too!)
January 1, 1999

Summary: The School Prayer Program of Shepherds of Christ Ministries provides to school children prayer cards, rosaries, rosary meditations, books, and tapes. All of the materials which we distribute to schools have received the Imprimatur and are distributed free of charge on a donation basis. All you need to do is call.

Dear Principals and Educators,

May the peace of our Lord Jesus Christ
and the counsel of His Holy Spirit be with
you throughout this coming year!

What an incredible responsibility we have been entrusted with by God to nurture the hearts, minds, bodies and souls of his little children. Have you thought recently about how you are preparing the souls of the children in your care for a life of love? Greater than any skills of the mind or body, is how we teach our children to live from their hearts in the love of God and one another. As St. Paul writes, "There are in the end three things that last: faith, hope, and love, and the greatest of these is love." (1 Corinthians 13:13)

The School Prayer Program of Shepherds of Christ Ministries provides to school children rosaries, prayer cards, rosary meditations, books, and tapes. All of the materials which we distribute to schools have received the Imprimatur and are distributed free of charge on a donation basis. As a parent of young children myself, I believe it has never been more difficult to teach children deeply in their hearts about the love of God and what is right and what is wrong. So many great sins are portrayed in the media as nothing of consequence and are laughed at. Many commercials, especially on Saturday mornings, portray parents and educators as out of touch and very 'uncool.' To combat our very secular and shortsighted culture, we have to be very diligent in the formative years with the children entrusted to our care. They need to learn they are especially loved by God, were created by Him with an immortal soul, and that their life choices effect those around them. Our children's choices will eventually determine where they spend their eternity.

Our ministry's materials focus very much on teaching children about the love of the Hearts of Jesus and Mary for each of them as unique individuals. We wish to teach children that Jesus and Mary are very much alive today. Through prayer the children can form a very real relationship with their Heavenly Mother Mary and Jesus, their friend and Saviour. The Church teaches us that in the care of our souls, Mary is our spiritual Mother, appointed by Jesus as He died on the cross. The knowledge of Mary as our spiritual mother is very much needed by our children today. Mary had the blessing of spending thirty years with Jesus before His public life began. During these years, she dwelled on the mysteries of God in her heart as family life with her Son Jesus and St. Joseph unfolded. As we teach the children today about prayer and the rosary, we open the door for them to the Blessed Mother and Jesus. The Holy Hearts of Jesus and Mary today wish to teach children about the love of God in the silence of their hearts. Praying the rosary and meditating on the mysteries helps to develop the spiritual vision of young hearts.

School Prayer Program

The first component of our school prayer program is the daily consecration prayers. Included in these prayers are consecration prayers to Mary, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit, and also the Morning Offering. These short prayers are found on the red and white cards included in this mailing. One very enthusiastic principal whose school participates in the program called to tell us that she has the entire school assemble at the beginning of each day to say these prayers as a school community. Many teachers handle unruly times in the classroom by having the children recite the consecration prayers. The prayers do seem to bring a sense of peace to the hearts of children and adults alike. When I arrive home from work, I spend a few moments praying the prayers with my children. What a difference it makes! I am more patient with the children and they fight less and are less competitive with each other. At Fatima, the Blessed Virgin stated that there would not be peace in the world until a sufficient number of people consecrated their hearts to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary. We can aid the Queen of Peace with our participation by reciting the prayers daily. If you would like these prayers cards for your children, please call or write us and we will send them to you without charge.

The second component to our school prayer program is the rosary. Praying the rosary can lead both children and adults to a greater understanding of the mysteries of our faith. Not all knowledge needed by children to deeply mature in the spiritual life can be imparted by books. At baptism, we receive a special sharing in God's life which allows us to perceive and act on spiritual realities through the gift of faith. The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit dwell deeply within all of us who are in the state of grace. Using the bead by bead meditations found in our newest book, Rosary Meditations for Parents and Children, teachers, parents, and children can learn more about the lives of Jesus and Mary. It is a great means to growing in personal holiness. I know what a struggle it is to lead children into prayer, but this difficulty should not discourage us. It is sometimes most difficult to teach children to blow their nose, tie their shoes, ride a bike, read, write, or do arithmetic. Prayer is no different. A very successful approach in the classroom is to pray one mystery a day with the meditations. Different children can read the meditations from bead to bead. By the end of the week, a complete rosary has been prayed. As the children mature, the prayers can be expanded. These meditations are available in book form and from our Internet site at www.sofc.org This letter gives you explicit permission to copy and use freely these materials in the classroom or in homes. You can also order extra copies of our books for your school library.

May is a month we traditionally give special devotion to Mary. This date is rather far off and there is plenty of time for us to see if we can arrange to have rosaries made in your school colors. Please call for any of our materials. Perhaps you can do something special this year to honor Mary in the month of May. We are here to serve you and your children.

Junior Shepherds of Christ

These prayer groups bring children together to pray for the spiritual welfare of priests, the Church, and the world. We often take our priests for granted. Junior Shepherds of Christ is an opportunity to really touch the Heart of God. Jesus loves for children to come to Him. The hearts of children can be pure and open. Their prayers are very powerful before God. Children love to sing and pray when they learn about the love in the Hearts of Jesus and Mary for them. We have available on tape and on the Internet little songs for children to learn and sing. The Rosary Song is my children's favorite. It only takes a few notes to get them started and they are off and singing. They are so much more loving when they have finished singing and praising God.

The enclosed prayer manual has the format for the Junior Shepherds of Christ prayer meetings. A single sheet version is also available. The format is identical to the adult prayer groups. Just bring the children together, and pray the prayers and sing some songs. It is especially beneficial if the prayers can be said before the Blessed Sacrament. Our faith tells us that Jesus is in the tabernacle in a special way. Children need to learn that God is not far off. These prayer groups can help the entire parish to become more loving and holy. Please pray about beginning a prayer group in your school. Perhaps you know a parent or teacher who would be willing to lead this program if asked. A preferred meeting time is 6:30PM local or Eastern Time. Prayer groups from all over the world join at this time to shower Heaven with prayers for our priests and the entire human family. Please copy and pass on this material to all interested parties. If you would like more information or any of the materials mentioned in this letter, please call our toll free number 1-888-211-3041.

First Friday Devotion

The First Friday Devotion was given by Jesus to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque. She was born in 1647 and her feast day is October 16th. Jesus revealed His burning love for us by showing the flames coming from His Heart. We often need reminders from God of His love for us. We are all children of Adam and Eve. We have fallen proto-parents and are born with impaired spiritual eyesight. Jesus has given us a special gift of grace in the First Friday Devotion. Jesus made twelve promises to St. Margaret Mary telling her how he would help those who love and honor His Sacred Heart:

  1. I will give them all the graces necessary in their state of life.
  2. I will establish peace in their homes.
  3. I will comfort them in all their afflictions.
  4. I will be their refuge during life and above all in death.
  5. I will bestow a large blessing on all their undertakings.
  6. Sinners shall find in My Heart the source and the infinite ocean of mercy.
  7. Tepid souls shall grow fervent.
  8. Fervent souls shall quickly mount to high perfection.
  9. I will bless every place where a picture of My Heart shall be set up and honored.
  10. I will give to priests the gift of touching the most hardened hearts.
  11. Those who promote this devotion shall have their names written in My Heart, never to be blotted out.
  12. I promise you in the excessive mercy of My Heart that My all-powerful love will grant to all those who communicate on the first Friday in nine consecutive months the grace of final penitence; they shall not die in My disgrace nor without receiving their sacraments; My divine Heart shall be their safe refuge in this last moment.

Our ministry has pictures of the Sacred Heart of Jesus available to fulfill the requirements of the ninth promise. The twelfth promise of final repentance is a great comfort to me as an individual and as a parent. As a leader of your school, you could fulfill the requirements of this final promise by arranging your school mass to be on the required dates and teaching them about Jesus' messages to St. Margaret Mary. This is a great gift to give the souls of the children entrusted to your care!

First Saturday Devotion

The First Saturday Devotion has its origin from our Lady of Fatima. Fr. Edward J. Carter, S.J., relates in his book The Spirituality of Fatima and Medjugorje: "During the July apparition in 1917, Mary showed the three children a vision of Hell. She told them:

You have seen Hell, where the souls of poor sinners go. To save them, God wishes to establish, in the world, devotion to my Immaculate Heart. If people do what I tell you, many souls will be saved and there will be peace.

The war (World War I, then raging) is going to end. But if people do not stop offending God, another and worse one will begin in the reign of Pius XI. When you shall see a night illuminated by an unknown light [January 2, 1938], know that this is the great sign that God gives you that He is going to punish the world for its many crimes by means of war, hunger, and persecution of the Church and the Holy Father.

To prevent this, I shall come to ask for the consecration of Russia to my Immaculate Heart and the Communion of Reparation on the five first Saturdays. If my requests are granted, Russia will be converted and there will be peace. if not, she will scatter her errors throughout the world, provoking wars and persecutions of the Church. The good will be martyred, the Holy Father will have much to suffer, and various nations will be destroyed....

But in the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph, the Holy Father will consecrate Russia to me, Russia will be converted, and a certain period of peace will be granted to the world.

In the above, Mary speaks of the five first Saturdays. Here is what the practice involves:

  1. Go to confession, which may be done from eight days before to eight days after the first Saturday. Of course, if a person is in the state of serious sin, the confession must be made before receiving communion.
  2. Receive Holy Communion.
  3. Recite five decades of the Rosary.
  4. Meditate for 15 minutes on the mysteries of the Rosary.

All of the above (except confession) must be done on the first Saturday of five consecutive months, with the intention of making reparation to the Immaculate Heart. For those who make the five first Saturdays, Our Lady of Fatima has promised to assist them at the hour of death, with all the graces necessary for salvation." (taken from The Spirituality of Fatima and Medjugorje)

Both of these devotions, to the Sacred Heart and the Immaculate Heart, have been approved by the Church and were initiated at Heaven's request. It can be tempting to hide harsh spiritual realities from our children and ourselves. After reflecting for sometime though on what the Blessed Virgin showed the Fatima children, I have come to the conclusion that to ignore the reality of hell in the instruction of our children is a great disservice to them. Jacinta, Francisco and Lucia were very young when the apparitions occurred. Is our judgment on the instruction of our children better than the Mother of God's? The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches us about the two distinct realities of heaven and hell.

Again from Fr. Carter's book, "Some seem to think the message of Fatima is no longer relevant to today's world. The words of Pope John Paul II tell us how wrong they are. Referring to a pilgrimage he made in 1982, he says:"

Last week, I myself went on pilgrimage to Portugal, especially to Fatima, in order to give thanks that the mercy of God and the protection of the Mother of Christ had saved my life last year. The message of Fatima is a call to conversion and penance, the first and most basic call of the Gospel. Today, it is more urgent than ever, when evil is threatening us through errors based on denial of God. The message of Fatima puts us on our guard. It also invites us to approach anew the Fountain of Mercy by an act of consecration. Mary wishes us to draw near it: each one of us, each nation, and the whole world.

(taken from The Spirituality of Fatima and Medjugorje)

Put On Joy

Through these devotions, Jesus and Mary have given you a powerful tool to aid in the salvation of the souls entrusted to your care. God is ready to touch your hearts as you implement these devotions or use the prayer cards. Please take the first step by ordering the prayer cards for use by your children. The decision is yours. We are here to serve you. We may be reached by phone toll free at 1-888-211-3041.

In the Hearts of Jesus and Mary,

John Weickert
President,
Shepherds of Christ Ministries


FIRST SATURDAY PAPER

  • First Saturday Devotion
  • The Brown Scapular
  • Rosary Promises

Tell everybody that God gives graces through the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Tell them to ask graces from her, and that the Heart of Jesus wishes to be venerated together with the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Ask them to plead for peace from the Immaculate Heart of Mary, for the Lord has confided the peace of the world to her. (Our Lady of Fatima to Jacinta.)1

First Saturday Devotion

…The practice of the five first Saturdays involves: 1) Going to confession, which may be done from 8 days before to 8 days after the first Saturday. Of course, if a person is in the state of serious sin, the confession must be made before receiving communion. 2) Receiving Holy Communion. 3) Recitation of 5 decades of the rosary. 4) Meditating for 15 minutes on the mysteries of the rosary. All of the above (except confession) must be done on the first Saturday of 5 consecutive months with the intention of making reparation to the Immaculate Heart. For those who make the five first Saturdays, Our Lady of Fatima has promised to assist them at the hour of death with all the graces necessary for salvation.


Rosary Ave masters, Consecration masters, and Stations of the Cross masters can be acquired by contacting Shepherds of Christ Ministries at:

Shepherds of Christ Ministries
PO Box 193
Morrow, Ohio 45152-0193

Telephone: (toll free) 1-888-211-3041 or (513) 932-4451
FAX: (513) 932-6791


Handmaids of the Good Shepherd Brochure

We give our hearts to Jesus and Mary with you in love.

As Handmaids of the Good Shepherd, we live out this consecration. God wants our love. Jesus, our most precious Spouse, is so personal. He is a Person, waiting and longing for our love, outpouring His divine life and His divine love to us. He gives Himself completely to us in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Mass and Communion is the center and essential part of our day. This is the greatest gift to man that God gave His only Son as a sacrifice. The Mass is the most binding prayer for oneness. Gathered in the Hearts of Jesus and Mary, we will be one united to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the Sacrifice of Calvary sacramentally made present this day. In these moments of intimacy with our Spouse in Communion, He imprints knowledge of Himself on our souls and fills our hearts with great life and love to go out and to spread His love to the hurting world.

"What power, what might, to have each person a personal spouse of Jesus Christ! This is the light to the darkened world. The love of Jesus radiates from the very being of those who love Him. What light when all together are lifted by His love abounding deep within their breasts!"

The Almighty God died for each one of us, can we not give Him our love this day? We respond, as handmaids, to this immense love by giving ourselves completely to Him with Mary as our model. Mary always did the Father's will. "You see before you the Lord's servant, let it happen to me as you have said." (Lk 1:38) Our lives, at every moment, are this dying and rising in Him, constantly striving to surrender and let go to His will, to let Him operate us so we can say as St. Paul, "...yet it is no longer I, but Christ living in me." (Ga 2:20)

As young and older women, Jesus has taken us as His special spouses, the spouses of the Lamb, women who have given their lives in community primarily to pray for priests, the renewal of the Church and the world, and the Shepherds of Christ Movement. We are not a religious order, we are just women who wish to live a life of deep special spousal relationship with God.

Handmaids

of the Good Shepherd

Handmaids live a life of prayer, praying for the Church and the world, spending much time in adoration before the Blessed Sacrament as special prayer apostles praying for the priests and the Reign of the Sacred Heart and triumph of the Immaculate Heart. We work in carrying out what Our Lady asked at Fatima. Her peace plan includes:

1. Pray the daily rosary.
2. Consecrate your hearts to my Heart and the Heart of my Son.
3. Observe the First Saturday devotion.
4. Make reparation to Our Hearts

The Shepherds of Christ Movement is major in helping to bring about the completion of the Fatima mission.

In China, Indiana, and in Clearwater, Florida, the handmaids are a big part of the nightly prayer service Jesus and Mary have requested. At 6:20 PM we begin with the Holy Spirit Novena, begging the Holy Spirit to descend on the earth in a most powerful way, and at 6:30 we continue with the Shepherds of Christ prayers (found in the Prayer Manual). The handmaids in China pray before the Blessed Sacrament while the handmaids in Florida pray under Mary's Image reading and listening to rosaries from the Hearts of Jesus and Mary.

Handmaids are contemplatives in action. When we unite our activity which is according to God's will, whatever it is, (even sleeping and eating ) to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, we are helping in the salvation of souls.

In Florida, the handmaids use their talents in spreading the fire of God's love in direct contact with people that come to the site: giving them the priestly newsletter to give to priests, telling them how to start prayer chapters and allowing them to experience Jesus' tremendous love for them in all our other materials. We also do "behind the scenes" work: publication, duplicating tapes, and many other little tasks all working together for our beloved Spouse.

All handmaids have a special calling to pray for the priestly newsletter and for all the needs of priests the world over.

The China handmaids participate in sending out the newsletter. Now the priestly newsletter goes to some 70,000 priests in the world in English and Spanish. Over and above the U.S.A. distribution, more than 210 bishops, including 4 cardinals, in about 90 countries have responded to the newsletter. The priestly newsletter is centered in consecration. In this newsletter is a prayer for the priests to consecrate their hearts to Jesus and Mary. The China handmaids have many other little jobs to do during the day, but the main focus is Mass, Communion, prayer, and adoration.

We can somewhat summarize a handmaid's life in a prayer from our Holy Spirit Novena:

"We seek to be one in God, to live and dwell in the Hearts of Jesus and Mary, our little heaven on earth, to experience life in the all perfect, pure, sinless Heart of our Mother. We want the Holy Spirit to move in us and to be united to Jesus as the Bridegroom of our souls and be a most perfect sacrifice offered to the Father at every moment as we unite in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass around the world to help in the salvation of souls."

To be considered a candidate to join the Handmaids of the Good Shepherd, one must be at an apostle level in the Shepherds of Christ Movement for at least six months. For more information or questions on how to be an apostle or handmaid, please write or call:

Shepherds of Christ Ministries
Handmaids
21649 US 19 N
Clearwater, FL 33765

Call: (727) 725 - 9312

"What power, what might,
to have each person
a personal spouse of Jesus Christ!"

Handmaids of the
Good Shepherd

The Annunciation

"You see before you the Lord's servant, let it happen to me as you have said." - Luke 1:38

A Prayer for Intimacy with the Lamb, the Bridegroom of the Soul

Oh Lamb of God, Who take away the sins of the world, come and act on my soul most intimately. I surrender myself, as I ask for the grace to let go, to just be as I exist in You and You act most intimately on my soul. You are the Initiator. I am the soul waiting Your favors as You act in me. I love You. I adore You. I worship You. Come and possess my soul with Your Divine Grace, as I experience You most intimately.

Imprimatur: Archbishop Daniel M. Buechlein, O.S.B. Archdiocese of Indianapolis
(Imprimatur only for above prayer)

Prayer for Union with Jesus

Come to me, Lord, and possess my soul. Come into my heart and permeate my soul. Help me to sit in silence with You and let You work in my heart. I am Yours to possess. I am Yours to use. I want to be selfless and only exist in You. Help me to spoon out all that is me and be an empty vessel ready to be filled by You. Help me to die to myself and live only for You. Use me as You will. Let me never draw my attention back to myself. I only want to operate as You do, dwelling within me. I am Yours, Lord. I want to have my life in You. I want to do the will of the Father. Give me the strength to put aside the world and let You operate my very being. Help me to act as You desire. Strengthen me against the distractions of the devil to take me from Your work. When I worry, I have taken my focus off of You and placed it on myself. Help me not to give in to the promptings of others to change what in my heart You are making very clear to me. I worship You, I adore You and I love You. Come and dwell in me now.

Imprimatur: Most Rev. Carl K. Moedell, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop
Archdiocese of Cincinnati
(Imprimatur only for above prayer)

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P.O. Box 193
Morrow, OH 45152


January 11, 1997
Message given through Rita Ring

God the Father speaks: My plan will unfold despite the willfulness of any of My children. I am the Father. I have guided you in all of your activities.

I am telling you that the members of the Shepherds of Christ must be made aware of the importance of living the Blue Book messages.

Planning is up to Me. This is My plan and it will unfold. Men plan for the future. I AM.

I am directing the Shepherds of Christ Movement through these messages.

I am angered at the lack of response on the part of some to back these messages. You must support these messages so they are lived by man.

These messages are given from the Hearts of Jesus and Mary to bring about the reign of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the triumph of My beloved Mary's Immaculate Heart.

You are given all you need. You must adhere to My plan.

I am the Father. I AM WHO AM. I was in the beginning, I am now and I will be forever.

I am telling you to obey the directions given by Jesus in these messages.

My plan will unfold. The completion of the Fatima message will greatly come through the Shepherds of Christ Movement.

You must circulate the tape, Mary's Message. You must circulate the messages given to you in God's Blue Books and Rosaries from the Hearts of Jesus and Mary.

The renewal in the Church will greatly come through the newsletter and the books published with the imprimatur. You must publish all books on the Mass with the imprimatur. Prayer chapters must be started in the churches.

The instructions for the priests will come from doing as I have requested. I beg you to circulate the Priestly Newsletter Book to the priests as soon as possible. The priests must be made aware of the Mass Books.

The Children's Rosary Book must be published immediately. Your work, Fr. Carter and Rita, is to publish this material.

Heaven has contacted the earth primarily in these messages to bring about the reign of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the triumph of Mary's Immaculate Heart.

The plan will unfold. It is My plan. You must be obedient to the directions I give to you here. The Movement is a great star of light to this world. From the Movement the earth will be covered with stars of light and the earth will be lighted through your efforts, Fr. Carter.

I will give you all you need. The plan will unfold. It is My plan to turn sinful men into obedient, loving children.

I have delivered this message that you will know My plan is unfolding. Many will be lost because of their willfulness. I demand obedience to My requests. The plan will unfold. It pleases Me greatly that you obey My messenger. She is delivering these messages to you from the Son, My beloved Son, God-made-Man.

The messages of the love of God will be written on the hearts of men through the writings of Fr. Carter and Rita to bring about the reign of His Most Sacred Heart.

I am displeased with those who have blocked these messages. Anyone continuing to block My messages given through the Hearts of Jesus and Mary will receive a shock that will envelope them.

The time is very urgent. The time has run out for sinful man. I am angered at the way the world has treated their Mother. Willful children must be punished. I demand obedience. Mary gave to her children her peace plan and she was ignored by the Church and her children. Mary is Mother of the Church and Mother of her children. Willful children must be admonished. Children must obey their Mother.

Mary appeared on the building in Florida as Mother of all. You have made money your god. You have ignored God and made this world your end.

I am God. I AM WHO AM, without a beginning, without an end. I am today, tomorrow and always. You do not comprehend My ways with your feeble minds. You must obey the messages given by My Son and His Mother. These messages I give to you as a gift and a great revelation from heaven. You must be thankful and cherish this gift given. I will not remove My gift to you for I know you will obey Me. I will admonish you when you do not respond as you should.

I have called you and anointed you, My holy priest (Fr. Carter), to lead this world to the light. The Light of the world is My Son, Jesus. His Heart will reign and the heart of your Mother will triumph. I beg you to surrender and obey and watch My plan unfold. There will be a great era of peace very soon, My little children. All you do today will help to save many souls. Many souls will know the love of God through the Shepherds of Christ Movement. Many souls will love God with burning love.

I give you this gift. Your writings, Fr. Carter, and the writings of My messenger, Rita, will help greatly to bring about the reign of the Sacred Heart.

I am the Father. I am the Almighty God. You must believe I have chosen you. I have called each member here this day to hear this message. I have called you to be the apostles of the new era of peace. I have called you by name. You will lead men to the Heart of My Son. You must listen and focus all of your attention to this mission I have given to you.

I am the Father. From the day you were conceived, I formed you in your mother's womb, knowing the great mission I would call you to today. My children, My children, do not be distracted by the evil one to lead you astray. I am counting on you, My beloved shepherds. You must not be led astray by doing other good works. I have called you, this is My plan, it is unfolding. You are a major part of the success of this plan for the renewal of the Church and the world.

Your work in the Shepherds of Christ Movement greatly pleases Me.

I AM, WHO AM. I am the Alpha and the Omega. I am the Almighty God. You must be obedient children. It is through your obedience that the consecration will spread to many souls on the earth.

It is through your obedience to help spread the priestly newsletter and start prayer chapters in churches that many priests will love God with the greatest love in the Mass. I am asking you to spread the Mass Book to priests and sisters. Please pray for the priestly newsletter, the quick spread of the material given in the newsletter and for the priests reading the newsletter.

Heaven has contacted the earth. The light will shine in the dark corners of the world. Men will respond to the Shepherds of Christ Movement. You must not be afraid. You must do as I have asked you.

I have called you by name, My chosen ones, from the beginning I formed you and I gave to you the talents needed to accomplish this mission on the earth.

Your talents are gifts from Me to be used for this purpose. You are the Shepherds of Christ. You are the apostles of the new era.

There will be a new earth, there will be love on this earth as I intend it to be. My children will love one another, you will walk hand in hand, loving God and one another in harmony and peace.

Messenger: ...Thy kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven...

Jn 1:1-18 (From The New Jerusalem Bible):

In the beginning was the Word:
the Word was with God
and the Word was God.
He was with God in the beginning.

Through Him all things came into being,
not one thing came into being except through Him.
What has come into being in Him was life,
life that was the light of men;
and light shines in darkness,

and darkness could not overpower it.

A man came, sent by God.
His name was John.
He came as a witness,
to bear witness to the light,
so that everyone might believe through him.
He was not the light,
he was to bear witness to the light.

The Word was the real light
that gives light to everyone;
he was coming into the world.
He was in the world
that had come into being through him,

and the world did not recognize him.

He came to his own
and his own people did not accept Him.
But to those who did accept Him

he gave power to become children of God,
to those who believe in his name

who were born not from human stalk
or human desire
or human will
but from God himself.
The Word became flesh,
He lived among us,
and we saw His glory,
the glory that he has from the Father as only Son of the Father,
full of grace and truth.

John witness to him. He proclaims:
'This is the one of whom I said:
He who comes after me
has passed ahead of me
because he existed before me.'

Indeed, from his fullness we have, all of us, received--
one gift replacing another,
for the Law was given through Moses,
grace and truth have come through Jesus Christ.
No one has ever seen God;
it is the only Son, who is close to the Father's heart,
who has made him known.

Messenger: We do not even see Our Father as so important to us.

A little child is always aware of their father. A little child knows how dependent he is on his father, always wanting to please his father.

A little child is always aware of his mother and obeying her. A little child loves his mother. Look at how unloving we are to Mary.

We are children of God, with God the Father as Our Father and Mary as our heavenly Mother.


January 18, 1997
Message given through Rita Ring

God the Father speaks: My Dear Children,

I am the Father. My plan is unfolding through you, My beloved priest, Fr. Carter, and Rita and the core group in the Shepherds of Christ Movement.

I tell you all to read the accounts concerning Noah. Nowhere in history has God been offended as He is this day by this sinful world. You will suffer a fate for the offenses against God.

Mary appeared at Fatima to warn you, the sinful children, how they were offending God, but you did not listen. The war did not change the hearts of many evil men.

I warn you through My beloved daughter, Mary. You did not heed her warnings. Disobedience against the Mother I gave you displeases Me greatly. Mary is the Mother of all children. Mary is a gift from Me, but you are willful and abuse the gift I send you.

You do not make reparation to her Immaculate Heart; you continue to offend her. I will not tolerate the deeds of evil men any longer.

My plan will unfold. Any disobedience to these messages given by Me, My Son, or your Mother Mary will cause Me great displeasure.

I am the Father, the Almighty God, the Alpha, the Omega; you are a sinful people, a chosen race sinning against a loving God.

I am angered at your ways for they are not My ways, you have run amuck, you have offended your God, you have disobeyed your Mother and My beloved Son who died to save you.

I will act on all who continue in such sin. The sheep will be separated from the goats; the goats will receive punishment for their deed. Heaven and earth will kiss, there will be love in all hearts, justice will prevail and My children will be children of light, children that obey as I intended from the beginning.

Oh indeed My sweet messenger, I look to the earth and see the darkness, I see the disobedience of men against their Mother. I know the deeds committed and the evil in the hearts of so many. Justice will prevail and I will wipe out the earth. Only the children of light will remain, those who have given their hearts to their Mother Mary.

Do you think I send your Mother Mary as a messenger to be disobeyed by willful children? What do you think about at night, the cat, the dog, the fish? You don't know love. You don't love God or one another. This is My command to you, to love. You are a sinful, willful race, and the devil will vanish from the hearts of the children of light for they will be under the protection of her Immaculate Heart, the other children will be wiped off the face of the earth.

Disobey My messenger, ignore your Mother, ignore the Son in these messages. Ignore My Son who died for you.

Oh you sinful people filled with pride and disobedience, I give you the directions here to turn your hearts to love.

My Son has revealed Himself as never before in history into His tremendous love for men and you treat Our gift with such indifference.

I am angered at the lack of support to spread the messages of My Son's love for all.

You worry for funds, worry more, I am God the Father, the Almighty God. You disobeyed Mary, you disobeyed Jesus, now you will disobey Me?

You must obey My directions, the directions given through My Son, Jesus for the unfolding of the Father's plan.

No longer will I wait while willful men check and deliberate and disobey.

My plan will unfold through the Shepherds of Christ Movement.

I am talking through these messages given by My Son and Mary to tell you how to accomplish this task of carrying out My plan.

You must obey. The directions are given in these messages to spread the fire of God's love across this earth, to renew the Church and the world.

Because of willful men these messages have been held in check.

I am God, the maker of all things. You have made money your god. I want obedience, the funds will come when you obey all of the directions I have given to you.

Anyone who interferes with these messages will be removed.

These are the messages I give to the world. Fr. Carter's newsletter will teach the priests, all they need to know to be holy, loving priests.

Many priests are not loving, they are cold in their hearts. I will instruct the clergy through the newsletter.

My Son is the Chief Priest and Teacher. He has taught the world the secrets of His Heart through the writings of Fr. Carter and Rita, to go to men to check the value of these writings displeases Me.

You must have faith, you must study the entire revelations given here. You are not valuing My great gift to you.

I am the power, I am God, to the ends of the earth, I will be with you. My plan will unfold. You must think big, not on a human level. You must come to Me.

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

I am telling you to circulate the tape of January 13 (1997) as soon as possible. This tape must be released to the world. It is the message to go with the apparition on the building in Florida.

You must make every connection with Mary's message given December 12 (1996) and the messages given by Mary with the apparition of her on the building in Florida.

Time is very short and My patience is very thin. I will strike the earth and the evil men will scatter and there will be a reign of peace where men will love God as I intended. The evil men will be chastised for I sent your Mother to warn you and you disobeyed. I gave My Son as a sacrifice and you treated Him with indifference. I am angry at the creatures on this earth. I will lessen the chastisement if you make reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Oh willful children, you disobey your Mother, you are unloving and willful and your ways are evil. You are a sinful race.

I am sending water, rain to quench your thirst, My beloved children of light; I am sending fire to burn the fields for the sinful children, they will suffer drought and will fall to the ground dead, they will know fire, they will know the wrath of God. For I speak and I am ignored.

I am using the Shepherds of Christ Movement to majorly carry out the plan begun at Fatima. Every day lost is a lost day. I give to you Rosaries from the Hearts of Jesus and Mary as your directions to help the plan unfold. Circulate these rosaries to all chapters and stress their importance.

The tape of January 13 (1997) is important to the world. The tape must be circulated with the apparition in Florida and the messages typed and put on the Internet with the rest of the messages I have given. The connection must be made between the apparition and the Shepherds of Christ Movement.

Satan will attack you strongly, he will create division and give messages through other visionaries to get you off coarse. You must obey My directions given in these messages to help bring about the completion of the Fatima message.

I will weed out anyone interfering with My plan.

I will tell you when you have deviated from My plan, do not taunt My messenger, this displeases Me. Read the messages for direction and obey them.

The directions given are strong to correct a sick world. You must quit focusing on the messenger and obey Me.

I am the Father, these are My messages to bring about the reign of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the triumph of Mary's Immaculate Heart.

You think of money and miss the gift given. You are men bolted to the earth. You must obey Me. I have all the power.


Question for married couples and others in intimate relationships:

Q: How do I feel I can stay more connected by sharing love letters daily?

Jesus speaks: I ask married couples to communicate daily. Write about the question. Read the responses two times with each other. Discuss your feelings. Use feeling words in your love letters. Focus on feelings.


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