An effort is under way to consecrate California to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and all California Catholics are invited to take part.

Many will gather in prayer from noon to 2 p.m. local time on December 8, the feast of the Immaculate Conception, at several parishes statewide. The schedule calls for Mass to be celebrated at noon, followed by a walk to a designated location where the rosary and special consecration prayers will be recited.

The organizers of this statewide effort are seeking Mary’s intercession to combat several moral evils they see as prevalent in the state.

The effort has a website,, which lists parishes that are signing on to participate in the campaign. Those unable to make it to a participating church are encouraged to recite the rosary and prayers provided on the website either on their own or as a group.

One of the prayers available on the website includes a request “to be spared the just punishment for our souls that our state deserves from killing our unborn, sick, elderly, unwanted, and for the violence, sex abuse, drugs, alcoholism and sex trafficking.”

The campaign to consecrate California is the brainchild of Angelo Libutti, a resident of Glendale and a veteran of the film industry. A story artist and writer of 33 feature films, Libutti came up with the idea late last year, while spending time in front of the Blessed Sacrament after a tense day at work. Earlier that day, he had been roundly criticised by co-workers after expressing his pro-life views.

Libutti, who had personally consecrated himself to Mary and experienced “radical changes in my life” as a result, felt that a statewide consecration was just the remedy to the immorality, secularism and hostility to traditional values in California.

Within a month and a half of having the idea, Libutti went on to stage the first statewide consecration of California last December. The forthcoming event will be the second.

As Libutti sees it, both this year’s and last year’s events are primarily expressions of the laity’s desire for their state to be consecrated to Mary and of their unity in this cause. Making it official will require California’s two metropolitan archbishops, Jose Gomez of Los Angeles and Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, to support the effort and for one of them to personally consecrate the state.

Libutti has personally spoken with both archbishops. They like the idea of the consecration, he said, and he remains hopeful that their schedules will permit their participation this year.

Full story at The Catholic Herald.