The Steering Committee for the Consecration of Ireland (SCNCI) to the Immaculate Heart of Mary was founded by Simon Galloway in response to the growing moral, spiritual, social and economic crises in which Ireland finds herself at the beginning of the 21st century. He stumbled on a little-known fact about the consecration of Portugal to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in the 1930s. The bishops of Portugal all got together and consecrated Portugal to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The results were unprecedented. The Church in Portugal in the 1930s was in a similar situation to that in which the Catholic Church in Ireland finds itself today with an increasingly godless government enacting laws which are contrary to the moral teaching of the Catholic Church and the law of God. The consecration of Portugal by the Catholic bishops there unleashed a deluge of graces which transformed Portugal in the following decades. A Catholic government was put in place there. Catholic laws were enacted. The threat of Communism was averted and Portugal emerged unscathed from the Second World War which ravaged its neighbouring European countries. All in all the consecration proved very effective.
Simon Galloway had the idea of starting a Rosary Crusade with the specific intention that the Bishops of Ireland carry out a national consecration of Ireland to the Immaculate Heart of Mary as requested by Our Lady of Fatima of the Fatima seer Lucia in 1917. He formed the Steering Committee for the National Consecration of Ireland to the Immaculate Heart of Mary whose main objective is to collect Rosary pledges from Catholics that they will include this specific intention in their daily Rosary for one year.
Volunteers committed to collecting rosary pledges from family, friends, prayer groups, outside church gates and at other Church events. The results were unprecedented. People realise that the situation is urgent and they are committing in their droves to pray for this intention. At the moment the pledge total stands at 31,300, the target being 35,616, which is 13 million rosaries being offered up annually.
The threat of legislation to make abortion legal in Ireland is imminent. An expert group consisting of pro-abortion members has been set up to consider an EU ruling on abortion in Ireland. They are due to give their recommendations this September. Dr James Reilly, the Irish Minister for Health, has publicly promised the pro-abortion elements of his party that he will introduce legislation legalising the murder of unborn Irish children as soon as possible. We cannot let this come about. Only prayer can stop this. When Ireland is consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary she will never let the scourge of abortion into this Catholic country.
We are at a pivotal moment in our country’s history. Ireland is the last bastion of Catholic morality as regards abortion in Europe. Cardinal Brady, the all-Ireland primate, has publicly declared that he will do everything in his power to stop abortion coming to Ireland. Here in Ireland now we all stand in need of the graces to fight this battle. As we know the outcome of the battle has been decided. Our Lady foretold at Fatima: “In the end my Immaculate Heart will triumph.” Help us bring about this triumph by signing up to the rosary rally at www.scnci.org.
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