May 2017 Bulletin

Our Lady of Fatima StatueWhat is the meaning of the "secret" of Fatima as a whole (in its three parts)? What does it say to us? …Those who expected exciting apocalyptic revelations about the end of the world or the future course of history are bound to be disappointed. Fatima does not satisfy our curiosity in this way, just as Christian faith in general cannot be reduced to an object of mere curiosity. What remains was already evident when we began our reflections on the text of the "secret": the exhortation to prayer as the path of "salvation for souls" and, likewise, the summons to penance and conversion.

I would like finally to mention another key expression of the "secret" which has become justly famous: "my Immaculate Heart will triumph". What does this mean? The Heart open to God, purified by contemplation of God, is stronger than guns and weapons of every kind. The fiat of Mary, the word of her heart, has changed the history of the world, because it brought the Saviour into the world—because, thanks to her Yes, God could become man in our world and remain so for all time. The Evil One has power in this world, as we see and experience continually; he has power because our freedom continually lets itself be led away from God. But since God himself took a human heart and has thus steered human freedom towards what is good, the freedom to choose evil no longer has the last word. From that time forth, the word that prevails is this: "In the world you will have tribulation, but take heart; I have overcome the world" (Jn 16:33). The message of Fatima invites us to trust in this promise.

–Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger - Excerpt from Theological
Commentary on the Message of Fatima. June 2000


The Month of May is Dedicated to Our Lady

MONDAY, MAY 1ST – Saint Joseph the Worker, patron of the universal Church, watch over the Church as carefully as you watched over Jesus, help protect it and guide it as you did with your adopted Son. Teach us to seek and work for union with God in all things.

TUESDAY, MAY 2ND – Saint Athanasius was an intrepid champion of the Catholic Faith. His refusal to tolerate the Arian heresy was the cause of many trials and persecutions. He spent seventeen of the forty-six years of his episcopate in exile. After a life of virtue and suffering, this great man died in peace on May 2, 373. He is a Bishop and Doctor of the Church. Feastday of Sr. Mary Athanasius, MICM.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 3RD – Finding of the True Cross.  In the year 326, Saint Helena, the mother of the Emperor Constantine, discovered the cross on which the Saviour died. The miraculous cure of a woman of Jerusalem authenticated the sacred tree of our salvation. Today’s feast calls to mind that Christ said we cannot be His true disciples unless we share the burden of the cross.

THURSDAY, MAY 4TH – Saint Monica illustrates the fruits of persevering prayer. The fact that she prayed and suffered for eighteen long years should prove to us how difficult it is to win back to God a soul that has let itself go freely into sin.

FRIDAY, MAY 5TH – Pope Saint Pius V organized a formidable alliance between Venice and Spain against the the threat of the Ottoman Turks,  which culminated in the Battle of Lepanto. This shattering triumph over the Turks, and day of victory was declared the Feast Day of Our Lady of Victory in recognition of Our Lady's intercession in answer to the saying of the Rosary all over Catholic Europe. Do you defend yourself against the devil’s wiles by praying the Rosary every day!?First Friday in May!

SATURDAY, MAY 6TH – Saint John before the Latin Gate. First Saturday in May! First Holy Communion Day. Mass at 9:00 a.m.

SUNDAY, MAY 7TH – 3RD SUNDAY AFTER EASTER. Saint Stanislaus of Cracow, the great Bishop of Cracow, incurred the enmity of King Boleslaus the Bold by denouncing his cruelties and injustices and  excommunicating him. The king killed the Bishop while he was saying Mass.

MONDAY, MAY 8TH – Our Lady of Pompei. Miracles and favors have taken place through the intercession of Our Lady of Pompei. Read more in a recent issue of From the Housetops! Buy a copy here.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 10TH – Saint Damien of Molokai spent 16 years of his life serving those exiled to its infamous leper colony. Let us pray to him for the courage to make such great sacrifices in order that souls may be saved!

THURSDAY, MAY 11TH – Saints Philip and James, Apostles. As in the case of the other apostles, we see in Philip and James simple men who became foundation stones of the Church, and we are reminded again that holiness and its consequent apostolate are entirely the gift of God, not a matter of human achieving.

FRIDAY, MAY 12TH – Blessed Imelda, the patroness of fervent First Communion, entered the Dominican convent at the age of nine. On the feast of the Ascension, when she was eleven years old, the sacred Host miraculously hovered above her head until the priest gave it to Imelda. She died immediately after in raptures of love.  Feastday of Sister Mary Imelda, MICM.

SATURDAY, MAY 13THOur Lady of Fatima. Today we are privileged to be celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Apparitions of Our Lady to three shepherd children at Fatima in 1917. Bring your family and friends and join us today for the May Procession in honor of Our Lady beginning after 10:00 a.m. Mass. Five statues will be crowned along the route, each followed by a decade of the Rosary, and the procession will end with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament on the front lawn of the convent. Bring your favorite dish or dessert for the picnic following!

SUNDAY, MAY 14TH – 4TH SUNDAY AFTER EASTER. Saint Boniface. After a stormy youth, Boniface was converted to the Catholic faith, suffered numerous tortures, and was beheaded in the year 307 A.D.

TUESDAY, MAY 16TH – Saint Simon Stock received the Brown Scapular from Our Lady. Her words to him were: “Receive, my beloved son, this scapular of thy Order; it is the special sign of my favor, which I have obtained for thee and for thy children of Mount Carmel. He who dies clothed with this habit shall be preserved from eternal fire. It is the badge of salvation, a shield in time of danger, and a pledge of special peace and protection.” Have you been enrolled in the Brown Scapular? Do you wear it at all times?

FRIDAY, MAY 19TH – Pope Saint Peter Celestine V was an 84 year-old hermit when he was elected Pope. He was kind and simple and many took advantage of him, so he resigned his position after serving only for 5 months. 

SATURDAY, MAY 20TH –  Saint Bernadine of Siena’s preaching skills were so great, and the conversions so numerous, that he has become associated with all areas of speaking, advertising, public relations, etc.

SUNDAY, MAY 21ST – 5TH SUNDAY AFTER EASTER. Saint Andrew Bobola. Join us this evening for the IHM Band Spring Concert! The enjoyable evening of music will begin at 7:00 p.m. at MacIsaac Hall! Bring your friends and family!

MONDAY, MAY 22ND –  Saint Rita of Cascia is well-known as a patron of desperate, seemingly impossible cases and situations. This is because she has been involved in so many stages of life – wife, mother, widow, and nun; she buried her family, helped bring peace to her city, saw her dreams denied and fulfilled – and never lost her faith in God, or her desire to be with Him. Rogation Day.

TUESDAY, MAY 23RD –  Saint John Baptist de Rossi. Rogation Day.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 24TH –  Our Lady Help of Christians was the great devotion of Saint John Bosco who once told a fellow Salesian, “Our Lady wants us to honor her with the title of Mary, Help of Christians. The times are so sad that we need the Holy Virgin to help us preserve and defend the Christian faith.” Rogation Day.

THURSDAY, MAY 25TH – ASCENSION THURSDAY. The fullness of Christ’s Resurrection is celebrated in the Ascension. Having completed His mission in this world as the Saviour, He returned to the Father in Heaven Who sent Him into the world. In ascending to the Father, He raises earth to Heaven with Him! Holy Day of Obligation. Masses at 8:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.

FRIDAY, MAY 26TH – Saint Philip Neri was known to be spontaneous and unpredictable, charming and humorous; his life proves to us that our Faith is happy and joyful.

SATURDAY, MAY 27TH – Our Lady Queen of Apostles. Mary is Queen of Apostles because she was chosen to be the Mother of Jesus Christ and to give Him to the world; she was made the Apostles’ Mother and our own by our Savior on the cross; she was with the Apostles while 

awaiting the descent of the Holy Spirit, obtaining for them the abundance of supernatural graces they received on Pentecost. The most holy Virgin was and always will be the wellspring for every apostolate. 

SUNDAY, MAY 28TH – SUNDAY AFTER ASCENSION. Saint Augustine of Canterbury. 

TUESDAY, MAY 30TH – Saint Joan of Arc. In the village maid who conquered France, we find fulfilled the words: All things are possible with God!

WEDNESDAY, MAY 31ST – Queenship of Mary. In his encyclical To the Queen of Heaven, Pius XII points out that Mary deserves the title because she is Mother of God, because she is closely associated as the New Eve with Jesus’ redemptive work, because of her preeminent perfection and because of her intercessory power. Today is the 25th Anniversary of Profession for Brother Anthony Marie, MICM. Perseverance, Brother!

Fatima Indulgence

For the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima, Pope Francis has granted a plenary indulgence opportunity throughout the entire anniversary year, (Nov. 27, 2016 to Nov. 26, 2017.) To obtain the plenary indulgence, the faithful must also fulfill the ordinary conditions: go to Confession and Communion, be interiorly detached from sin, and pray for the intentions of the Holy Father.
There are three ways of obtaining the indulgence:

1. Make a pilgrimage to the shrine.
The first way is for “the faithful to make a pilgrimage to the Fatima Shrine in Portugal and participate in a celebration or prayer dedicated to the Virgin.” In addition, the faithful must pray the Our Father, recite the Creed, and invoke the Mother of God.

2. Pray before any statue of Our Lady of Fatima
The second way applies to “the pious faithful who visit with devotion a statue of Our Lady of Fatima solemnly exposed for public veneration in any church, oratory or proper place during the days of the anniversary of the apparitions, the 13th of each month from May to October (2017), and there devoutly participate in some celebration or prayer in honor of the Virgin Mary.” Regarding this second way, the visit to the statue of the Virgin, does not necessarily have to be only at Fatima or exclusively in Portugal, but can be done anywhere in the world. Those seeking an indulgence must also pray an Our Father, recite the Creed and invoke Our Lady of Fatima.

3. The elderly and infirm
The third way to obtain a plenary indulgence applies to people who, because of age, illness or other serious cause, are unable to get around. These individuals can pray in front of a statue of Our Lady of Fatima and must spiritually unite themselves to the jubilee celebrations on the days of the apparitions, the 13th of each month, between May and October 2017. They also must “offer to merciful God with confidence, through Mary, their prayers and sufferings or the sacrifices they make in their own lives.”

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