Church TitlesSt Mary of the Immaculate Conception
Our Parish of Ascot Vale is under the patronage of Mary, under the title of ‘St Mary of the Immaculate Conception’, which is the full name of our parish church (often referred to simply as ‘St Mary’s’). The Parish Feast Day is 8th December, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception.St Margaret of Scotland
Our second church, St Margaret’s in Maribyrnong, is named after St Margaret of Scotland. St Margaret’s Feast Day is 16th November.
Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
At the 75th Anniversary celebrations of the 1938 blessing of St Mary’s Church held on Pentecost Sunday, 19th May 2013, the parish was consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary by the Parish Priest, Fr Justin Ford, joined by the congregations at the Sunday Masses.
This consecration was renewed on 13th October 2013, in union with the consecration of the whole world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary solemnly pronounced on that day by the Holy Father, Pope Francis.
Our parish consecration reflects both the title of our church and parish, and the requests of the Church for a personal consecration to reflect the universal consecration made by the Supreme Pontiffs.
Blessed Pope Paul VI wrote in his Apostolic Exhortation Signum Magnum on 13th May 1967 (50th Anniversary of Our Lady’s first appearance at Fatima, Portugal):
“Since the 25th anniversary is recalled this year of the solemn consecration of the Church and of mankind to Mary, the Mother of God, and to her Immaculate Heart, by our predecessor of venerated memory, Pius XII, on Oct. 31, 1942, on the occasion of the broadcast message to the Portuguese nation—a consecration which we ourselves have renewed on Nov. 21, 1964—we exhort all the sons of the Church to renew personally their consecration to the Immaculate Heart of the Mother of the Church and to bring alive this most noble act of veneration through a life ever more consonant with the divine will and in a spirit of filial service and of devout imitation of their heavenly Queen.”
A consecration such as this is not merely a once-only event, but should be lived out and renewed. The prayer we used for our consecration, and which you are now invited to pray and renew yourself, was the following:
Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
Virgin Mary, Mother of God and our Mother,
to your Immaculate Heart
we consecrate ourselves and our parish, named in your honour,
in an act of total entrustment to the Lord.
By you we will be led to Christ.
By Him and with Him we will be led to the Father.
We will walk in the light of faith,
and we will do everything so that the world may believe
that Jesus Christ is the One sent by the Father.
With Him we wish to carry His love and salvation
to the ends of the earth.
Under the protection of your Immaculate Heart,
we will be one People with Christ.
We will be witnesses of His Resurrection.
By Him we will be led to the Father,
for the glory of the Most Holy Trinity,
Whom we adore, praise and bless forever.