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.

August 13, 1999


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.


Jesus speaks: My people, I wish more of the writings of August, 1994, appear here.


August 18, 1994 - The Oneness Between Mary and Jesus

Messenger: I see her hold His lifeless Body under the cross. I see her tenderness, holding Him as a Baby. I see their oneness in the peering eyes. I see her with the sword in her Heart, pierced because of the sufferings of her Son. I see her giving birth to her beautiful Baby.

I see her sorrowful face, her beautiful face, her old face, her young face; all reflections of her life and His life, joined in joy, joined in suffering, joined - Mother and Son - all through Their lives, during the Passion, now joined in heaven. They want to draw us to eternal salvation.

A loving Mother, truly by our sides, waiting to listen to our problems, and Jesus forever with her.

She stands under the cross and places our burdens there with us as we, hand-in-hand with our loving Mother, give up our frustrations, our crosses to Him, our loving Savior.

This is life, to be fixed so closely united with the Hearts of Jesus and Mary, all day surrendering ourselves to Their loving Hearts.

This is warmth and security to me. I realize so very much Their presence. This is the reality of this world. It is God’s world. We dwell here in the hope of achieving everlasting life. Jesus Christ is truly present this day in the Eucharist, no less than the day He walked this earth.

Mary is so closely united to her Son. To love Jesus is to love Mary, to love Mary is to love Jesus.

Mary, help me to love your beloved Son.

Jesus, help me to love Your beloved Mother.

Mary is always leading me to the love of her precious Son. All the meditations on the rosary about Mary lead me to Him. She is our spiritual Mother. To think of His being formed in her womb is so beautiful. I ask Mary to form me in her womb so I can be more closely united to her Son. For nine months He was formed in the womb of His loving Mother. For my lifetime, I am forever formed in her womb to deepen my union with Jesus, the Holy Spirit and the Father.

The protection and security, to be surrounded by Mary’s womb, is so beautiful. She delivers us up to union with her precious Son.

The more I meditate on Their lives in the rosary (I really meditate on every bead), these beautiful mysteries of Their lives, the more I am so closely joined to the union of Mary’s Heart and Jesus’ Heart. This is my refuge. This is our life, to be joined so intimately to Their Hearts!

She draws me to her and draws me to praying the rosary, like steel to a magnet. I get such comfort sharing Their lives. It is there I realize so much Their reality. They are truly here, this very day -- we are not ever alone!  I am united to Their lives. This comfort exists all through the day, for they are with me.

I pray in front of the big statue of Mary and she is alive to me.

(end of August 18, 1994 message)


Jesus speaks: My beloved priest-son, I am indeed proud of all of the work you are accomplishing through My Movement, Shepherds of Christ. I ask you to continue your fervor. I ask all Shepherds of Christ apostles to continue their prayers.

My beloved members, your prayers are affecting millions of people. The grace is being granted to My priests, the Church and the world. Continue to pray faithfully. All of these prayers of this day will be taken to the altar of My Father in heaven.

My Father is well pleased with all your prayers.

God is pleased with the reparation given to Our two Hearts.

God wants you to plead for forgiveness for your sins and beg for mercy.

It is grace, My shepherds. My power is the might. I am God. Your prayers are affecting the whole world. The priestly newsletter with your prayers and the grace granted are affecting the hearts of My beloved priests. I love My priests so much. Help Me to reach them in all languages. Help me to circulate My second priestly newsletter book, as previously discussed, to My priests. Please continue the novena of our Lady, your Mother Mary, from August 8, 1999, to October 8, 1999. It is her birthday gift. Please try to circulate Rosary Aves and consecration cards masters so all can help circulate to schools for October. All can help with this. Please make available Rosary Aves and consecration card masters so all can help circulate to schools. Also, children rosary books are available for schools and tapes of children praying the rosary. All have the Imprimatur. I request the rosary books and tapes be made available. Please print the list here of all Imprimatur rosary tapes available. All can help with the School Rosary Program.


Rosary Audio Tapes

For Children

CRA043. Joyful and Sorrowful Rosary Aves, Short rosary meditations for school children. These meditations contain no messages and have received the Imprimatur.

CRA044. Glorious Rosary Aves, Stations of the Cross, and the Seven Sorrows, Short mediations on the Glorious Mysteries of the rosary followed by mediations on the fourteen stations and the Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Mother. These rosary mediations have the Imprimatur. There are no messages on this tape.

More rosary tapes will be available soon!


Jesus speaks: Please print here the brochure, the President’s letter, the First Saturday card and the means of acquiring Rosary Aves masters, consecration masters, Station of the Cross masters.


SCHOOL ROSARY PROGRAM

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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
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How to start a
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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
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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)

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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

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.


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August 13, 1999 continued...

Jesus speaks: I ask all to extend the gift to My Mother and yours, by helping to circulate this material to schools, especially in October.

My Mother requested this at Fatima. Now I ask all of you who are able to help get this material to schools for the peace of your world.

Now I ask all of you to help circulate the priestly newsletter and prayer manuals to the priests.

Tell the priests, "We pray for the priests, all the time. We have prayer chapters all over the world praying for priests and the Church and the world. We are the Shepherds of Christ Movement. Father Carter writes this newsletter for priests, it goes to about 70,000 priests. Do you get it?"

Please try to pray the prayers as much as possible, especially before the tabernacle. Please begin a prayer chapter, even if it is only three people after Mass. It will help to bring down enormous graces on your parish when prayed in church before the Blessed Sacrament. This is My Movement, and I am attaching tremendous graces to these prayers when prayed by the religious and faithful.

The Shepherds of Christ Movement is My Movement. I promise great grace to turn your parish into a city of light when you pray My prayers for the priests, the Church and the world.

What you are doing, My shepherds, is changing the world. Don’t lose hope. Keep praying. Keep doing all you are doing. The devil wants you to stop or get discouraged.


A message for the Earth from Jesus
January 22, 1998

I am the Good Shepherd, these are My prayers, the prayers I give to help renew the Church and the world, all prayer chapters are asked to include these prayers (found in the Shepherds of Christ Prayer Manual). As My Apostles and Shepherds I ask you to encourage all existing Chapters to try to encourage all existing prayer groups to pray the Shepherds of Christ prayers. Encourage all Churches to pray these prayers. It is most urgent that the people of this earth concur with the Father's wishes to begin Prayer Chapters. This is an urgent request from the Good Shepherd. The flock will become one when they have given their hearts to Jesus and Mary. Encourage all priests to pray the Shepherds of Christ prayers. Your world will be lighted with great light as the people of this earth pray these prayers.

My promise is this to you My beloved earth: When you give your heart to Me and spread the devotion to My Sacred Heart, I will write your name In My Heart. I promise to give the greatest graces when you pray these prayers for renewal of the Church and the world and take all who pray them deeply into My Heart. The prayers I give will bring about the reign of My Sacred Heart and the triumph of Mary's Immaculate Heart. I am Jesus Christ, this is My message of January 22, 1998, Please circulate this message to your world. I am the Good Shepherd, I know Mine and Mine know Me and they follow Me. Grace My Shepherds, I will give you the greatest graces for spreading these words to this earth and to your Church. I love you, I am Jesus Christ, the Son of Man, it is the Plan of the Father that Prayer Chapters are begun immediately and the Priestly Newsletter is given to all priests. The Voice of the Good Shepherd speaks through it.


Jesus speaks: All will happen with My might.

I give you today’s reading.

My shepherds, it is My grace and My might that will make the difference.  You must pray, you must rely on Me.

Readings from today’s Mass:


Joshua 24:1-13
C: THE GREAT ASSEMBLY AT SHECHEM

Joshua gathered all the tribes of Israel together at Shechem; he then summoned all the elders of Israel, its leaders, judges and officials, and they presented themselves in God’s presence. Joshua then said to all the people:

‘Yahweh, the God of Israel, says this, "From time immemorial, your ancestors, Terah, father of Abraham and Nahor, lived beyond the River, and served other gods. I then brought your ancestor Abraham from beyond the River and led him through the length and breadth of Canaan. I increased his descendants and I gave him Isaac. To Isaac I gave Jacob and Esau. To Esau I gave possession of the mountainous country of Seir. Jacob and his sons went down into Egypt. I then sent Moses and Aaron, and plagued Egypt with the wonders that I worked there; finally I brought you out. I brought your ancestors out of Egypt, and you came to the Sea; the Egyptians pursued your ancestors with chariots and horsemen, to the Sea of Reeds. They then called to Yahweh, and he spread a thick fog between you and the Egyptians, and made the sea go back on them and cover them. You saw with your own eyes what I did in Egypt. Then, for a long while, you lived in the desert. I then brought you into the country of the Amorities, who used to live on the further side of the Jordan; they made war on you and I put them at your mercy; after which, you took possession of their country, since I destroyed them before you. Next, Balak son of Zippor, king of Moab, rose to make war on Israel, and sent for Balaam son of Beor to come and curse you. But I would not listen to Balaam; instead, he had to bless you, and I saved you from his power.

"You then crossed the Jordan and came to Jericho, but the inhabitants of Jericho made war on you: Amorites, Perizzites, Canaanites, Hittites, Girgashites, Hivites and Jebusites, and I put them all at your mercy. I sent hornets ahead of you, which drove out the two Amorite kings before you; this was not the work of your sword or of your bow. And now I have given you a country for which you have not toiled, towns you have not built, although you live in them, vineyards and olive groves you have not planted, although you eat their fruit."


Psalm 136:16-18, 21-22, 24

He led his people through the desert,
for his faithful love endures for ever.
He struck down mighty kings,
for his faithful love endures for ever.
Slaughtered famous kings,
for his faithful love endures for ever.

He gave their land as a birthright,
for his faithful love endures for ever.
A birthright to his servant Israel,
for his faithful love endures for ever.

And rescued us from our enemies,
for his faithful love endures for ever.


Jesus speaks: I give you the Prayer for priests.  My shepherds, I tell you to read every word, deep in your heart.  I AM ANSWERING YOUR PRAYERS.

Fr. Edward Carter, S.J. Prayer for Priests "Lord Jesus, Chief Shepherd of the Flock, we pray that in the great love and mercy of Your Sacred Heart You attend to all the needs of Your priest-shepherds throughout the world. We ask that You draw back to Your Heart all those priests who have seriously strayed from Your path, that You rekindle the desire for holiness in the hearts of those priests who have become lukewarm, and that You continue to give Your fervent priests the desire for the highest holiness. United with Your Heart and Mary's Heart, we ask that You take this petition to Your heavenly Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit. Amen"

Jesus speaks: Did you think you would pray these prayers and I would not answer them?

Study the words!

Study the words of the prayers for shepherds, #11, 12, and 13 from the prayer manual.

I am giving you great grace in your hearts for answering My call.

I am giving great grace for the needs of the newsletter. You pray over and over again. Did you think I would not answer?

I also request anyone who can help with the means necessary to publish the Parents and Childrens Rosary Book for schools to do so. This is My Movement. Will you help Me through your prayers and efforts and funds?


Excerpt from the April 16, 1999 daily message

Mary speaks: Please, I beg you to:

  1. Circulate rosaries and Rosary Aves to schools.
  2. Have the children's rosary book reprinted. More and more books need to be printed.
  3. Go to the schools and show the children how to use the rosary book and the Aves. Show them the Fatima movie.
  4. Do not go and speak in Catholic schools of messages that have not been approved by the Church.

Adhere to the message I gave at Fatima and to Imprimatur material. You are speaking for me, this is what I desire, I will make it clear. I do not ever wish Shepherds of Christ material mixed with other material. When visiting a school, you must restrict yourself to this single mission. Any untruth from other sources can drastically damage the Movement. There must be absolute purity in this mission. Do not use this time in the school to speak as a spokesperson for Shepherds of Christ delivering your personal theories or ideas of your own or of other visionaries. My mission was made clear at Fatima. I speak today to tell them that if they want peace they must obey my peace plan.

MARY'S PEACE PLAN

  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.

I wish the school rosary brochure to have the Imprimatur and circulated in schools. It can be circulated at present as it is. I gave the instructions to compile this brochure.

A person going to a school is to use Imprimatur material. You are to adhere strongly to the material given. Do not waiver. No person is a spokesperson for Shepherds of Christ unless appointed by my Son, Jesus, or by me. You are going to teach the rosary with the use of Rosary Aves and Imprimatur meditations for children. NO PERSON IS TO TALK FREELY about his personal theories, or to interpret Scripture or Church documents when distributing Shepherds of Christ material. All contact with schools and churches is to be done according to the dictates of the Church and its laws.

I send you to the schools to teach the children about the prayers my Son has given in the prayer manual, how to consecrate their hearts, how to pray the rosary, how to pray the Stations and the Seven Sorrows. I send you to reach them with the messages of Fatima given in Father Carter's book, The Spirituality of Fatima and Medjugorje. You will damage the Movement if you speak freely of your personal ideas. Every word that is published in Shepherds of Christ has been carefully discerned for theological accuracy. You are sheep, my Son is the Good Shepherd, this is His Movement. If you do not wish to follow His commands and His directives, you should not speak for Shepherds of Christ. You are not to speak freely as you see it, you are to adhere to the discerned material and spread this to the world. You should not seek to raise yourself as an authority above others. You are a messenger from God telling the world about the prayers in the handbook, the priestly newsletter, the consecration, the rosary, the rosary meditations. When visiting a school you must guard what you say so that it is the absolute truth. You are to adhere to the information we have given. Sometimes you think what you feel is right and it is not right. The world has veered so far from the truth, and you have been raised in this world. Everything published by Shepherds of Christ has been checked for theological accuracy.

You must reach the school children and teach them to pray from the heart. They need to pray the rosary, consecrate their hearts and pray the prayers my Son has given.

Help me. I cry for my little children.

Help me. You must be obedient. Do you come in my Son's name or your own name?

Sheep follow, you must adhere to the truth and the guidelines of the Church.

Never disobey any rules of the Church. You are under the authority of the Church.

Messages can be circulated in other places besides churches and schools.

I am Mary your Mother, help me. Do not go off on your own and do things your way.

God has all the power. It is in obedience He will bless you.

I love you,
Mary your Mother
Mother of the Church


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