A Marian Helper “newbie” issues a challenge

By Dr. Joe McAleer

I'm what you might call a "newbie." I've just joined the Marian Helper family. And I am hooked. Now my New Year's resolution is to invite my family members and friends to sign up, too.

Will you join me and make it your New Year's resolution to sign up one new Marian Helper (or more!)?

Here's my story. I have a longstanding devotion to St. Faustina and the message of Divine Mercy. Three or four times a year, for more years than I can remember, I’ve made a pilgrimage to the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy for Confession and Mass, followed by Stations of the Cross, and ending up, of course, in the gift shop. Every visit was inspiring and restorative, even during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic — loved the drive-in Confessions!

I’ve made donations to the Shrine over the years, but I was never an official, full-fledged Marian Helper. Until now, after signing up on MICPrayers.org.   

Honestly, I had no idea what I’ve been missing. In fact, I am discovering the benefits of membership and a host of “Did you know … ?”s every day:

  • Did you know that the Association of Marian Helpers is now in its 81st year and has two million members, united in prayer as one great big spiritual family?
     
  • Did you know that, as a Vatican-approved association, Marian Helpers share in the same graces, prayers, good works, and merits of the Marian priests and brothers?
     
  • Did you know that Marian Helpers are remembered at Mass every day, as well as on feast days of Christ Our Savior and His Blessed Mother, and in the perpetual Novena to Divine Mercy?
     
  • Did you know there’s also a monthly Mass for Marian Helpers on each First Friday and First Saturday, and a Mass offered for deceased members on All Souls Day?

Honestly, I did not. But I do now. It’s awesome to think that I have a vast army of prayer warriors in my corner. I'm now part of a vast spiritual family united in a common mission to pray for eachother and save souls. That’s awesome. And awe-inspiring. 

And how about this: in 1936 St. Faustina herself had a vision, saying that Jesus revealed to her that one day, an association of lay people would exist for the propagation of the devotion of Divine Mercy. “I can see that there will be a huge association of lay persons to which anyone can belong,” St. Faustina said, “and by deed remind others of God’s Mercy, particularly showing mercy to one another.” The Association of Marian Helpers is divinely inspired! 


In 1936 St. Faustina  had a vision, saying that Jesus revealed to her that one day, an association of lay people would exist for the propagation of the devotion of Divine Mercy. “I can see that there will be a huge association of lay persons to which anyone can belong,” St. Faustina said, “and by deed remind others of God’s Mercy, particularly showing mercy to one another.” The Association of Marian Helpers is divinely inspired! 


As the new executive editor of Marian Helper magazine, I turned to a long-time Marian Helper, Gloria Marone of Harrison, New York, for advice and insight. Gloria is a retired teacher of biological sciences, such as physiology and anatomy.

“Spiritual health is as important as physical health,” Gloria insists. “Divine Mercy brings a sense of peace, calm, and comfort that is so desperately needed in this world. I spread the message with everyone I meet.”

Marian Helpers like Gloria support the work of the Marian Fathers in any way they can. Our vast world-wide mission of evangelization is dependent on your generosity.

Take Marian Press, for instance, which publishes St. Faustina’s Diary. Some 50 million pieces of literature and images, from books and prayer cards to religious artwork, are produced annually, all sent out to a world yearning for meaning, mercy, and healing. Atop Eden Hill in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, our dedicated team of lay employees run the printing presses as well as manage the assorted offices and departments of the Association, including our Prayerline.

Donations from Marian Helpers also support the very future of the Congregation of Marian Fathers: our seminarians in formation, who are discerning and preparing for a life of service to Christ and the Church.

There’s also support for the National Shrine, which attracts tens of thousands of pilgrims annually from around the world to experience the healing power of God’s merciful love. We host the largest annual Divine Mercy celebration in North America on Divine Mercy Sunday, which is televised worldwide on EWTN.

And speaking of EWTN, there’s “Living Divine Mercy,” our weekly program which spreads the message of Divine Mercy through lessons and profiles of people who put Divine Mercy spirituality into practice in their daily lives. I hope you’re watching!

Obviously, there are costs involved to support these and many more evangelization efforts as well as vocations. That is why we depend on donations from our devoted Marian Helpers. And Marian Helpers have responded in droves, because they know the money is put to good use, and for the ultimate cause: the salvation of souls through the message of Divine Mercy, devotion to Mary Immaculate, and prayer for the Holy Souls.

As you can probably tell, I am now a committed Marian Helper, like all of you. Please make inviting others to become a Marian Helper your #1 New Year's Resolution. Sign up is easy: MICPrayers.org, or call toll-free 1-800-462-7426.

Happy New Year!

Dr. Joe McAleer is the Director of Communications and Editorial for the Association of Marian Helpers.

Photo by Tim Mossholder on Unsplash.

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