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You - Consecrated!

Consecrated – is a very big word and also a bit of a mouth full, so what does this complicated word actually mean?
Well the dictionary tells us that to consecrate is to make or declare something or someone sacred. This means, that it/they are consecrated to God and need to be treated as holy, that is, very special.


A church is a consecrated building, because it is God’s house, God’s home. When you go into your church do you treat it like your own bedroom or worse a football ground, pushing and shouting? No! When we go into a church we prepare ourselves, we put on our nice clothes, brush our hair, wash our face and walk into church quietly, knowing that God is there. We bless ourselves with the Holy water and genuflect or kneel before we sit down in a pew to pray.


Well, just as we can consecrate a building and say, “this room, this area, these four walls are for God and God’s use only”, we can consecrate people too. When a building is consecrated as a church a Bishop, Cardinal or Pope will pray over the building and bless it with Holy Water, thus making it ‘Holy’ to God. Well, Guess what? This same Holy Water is used when we are baptised and became part of God’s family, God’s people! When we are baptised we are made over to God. So, we, the baptised, are consecrated and belong to God just as much as a Church. Isn’t that wonderful?

Are you baptised? It you don’t know maybe you should ask your mum or dad to tell you. There is a saying “your body is the Temple of the Holy Spirit.” What this is really saying is “You are a church of God.” When you are baptised, God comes to dwell in you like He does in a church. I think that is so breathtaking, don’t you?


So who are the Consecrated? WE ARE! Can I hear you shout it out loud and proud with me                 
                       WE ARE!!!!!


Now that we know that we are consecrated people we can look at what consecrated life is. Be sure to tune in next week to discover what consecrated life is all about. 

Until then bask in the beauty of your own soul, knowing that your ARE holy and wholly belong to God, and remember, we are praying for you. Sr Anežka

Year of Consecrated Life

Consecrated Life 2015 


Did you know that this year has been dedicated by our holy father Pope Francis to the Consecrated Life? So I thought that over the next few weeks we could look at this. Here are some subjects of interest.
·      What does it means to have a year dedicated to a certain subject?
·     What is Consecrated Life?
·      Who are the Consecrated?
·      Monks
·      Brothers/friars
·      Sisters/Nuns
·      Priests
·      Monasteries and convents. What’s the difference?
·      Different Religious Orders in the Catholic Church and their saints.
·      What is a Charism?
Hopefully when we are finished we will all understand a little more about this year, and the people Pope Francis wishes us to pray for.

What is a Year?
Well, in the world the year starts on the 1st January, the clocks tick over and we go from being 2014 to 2015. You might have celebrated the New Year with a party or a Mass and I am sure you realised that it is a holiday when no one works or goes to school. Well the year of the Catholic Church is a little different, it doesn’t start on the 1st January and finish on the 31st December instead we herald the new liturgical (Catholic Calendar) year in on the 1st Sunday of Advent. Everything is made new as we wait with Mary for the birth of her Son our Lord Jesus, at Christmas, and the year then finishes with the celebration of the great feast of Christ the King.

So, why have a year?
When the Pope, any Pope calls for a year to be celebrated for a certain purpose, he is asking the faithful (that’s us) to pray for this subject or these people. For example Pope Benedict called for a year for priests in 2009, so in that year we were all asked to pray for priests.
When Pope Benedict gave a talk to people he would often speak about the priesthood and offer his advice and encouragement. So in this year of Consecrated Life Pope Francis will offer messages and talks on this subject, celebrate Mass for this intention, wishing to affirm the consecrated people in their lives. He will pray at Holy Mass and at vigils asking God’s grace for these people. So you see it is important to know what a year is all about, to stay tuned and awake to what the Catholic Church is saying.


Stay tuned for next week when I will share with you who the Consecrated are. You may be surprised! If you have any questions about anything then please ask and I will try to answer you as soon as possible. And remember, we are praying for you. Sr Anežka.