December 2019 Bulletin

Nothing can bring peace to this dark and sin-stricken world but Faith… it is the remedy for all ills. Men try every

Nothing can bring peace to this dark and sin-stricken world but Faith… it is the remedy for all ills. Men try every other remedy but they leave out God and His Faith and the result is that the world remains in chaos. The Light has risen, but men shut their eyes and prefer the darkness, because their deeds are evil.

dec19The Way of Peace is made by the Prince of Peace, it is the Highway to the Heaven of Peace. Am I on it? Yes, for I am one of “the household of Faith” and can never thank Him sufficiently for having directed my feet into the City of Peace. But this is not all. Many people, even those of “the household of Faith” have very real peace in their lives, yet they spend their time in complaints, regrets, criticisms, anxieties. Is this what the King of Peace intends? Oh, no! He is ever there waiting to direct their feet towards the “green pastures” and the “still waters,” but the Way of Peace is the way of Faith, of Trust and Confidence.

Until I can really trust Him, the peaceful pastures can never be mine, I can never lie down in them and rest. I am His sheep, but I do not wholly trust my Shepherd. If I did, I should believe that whatever He chose and arranged for me was the best; I could not complain of what He had planned for me, however hard it might be. I could not criticize His arrangements and want to make my own. May my trust be so absolute this Christmas that it is apparent to everyone that I possess the peace which the Babe of Bethlehem comes to bring. Come once more and direct my feet into the way of peace.


Special Events for the Month of December!

December 3 – Giving Tuesday – Please consider making a donation to Saint Benedict Center on Giving Tuesday ~ here on our website or our facebook page. God bless you!

December 6 – Saint Nicholas Day – We are excited to announce that Saint Nicholas, himself, will make his guest appearance at IHM School again this year! Preschoolers and families invited to visit him from 2 – 3 p.m. in IHM Library!

December 14 – 5:45 a.m. –  Rorate Mass is a Votive Mass in honor of the Virgin Mary for the season of Advent. The Mass traditionally begins relatively early in the morning when it is still dark and is said by candlelight. Join us later today for the Christmas Festival today from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at MacIsaac Hall! Festive fun for the whole family! Spread the word!

December 21 – IHM School’s annual Christmas Program will take place on Saturday, December 21 at 7:00 p.m. at MacIsaac Hall! Join us for an evening of music, inspiration and festive spirit! Free admission!

 

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 1ST – 1ST SUNDAY IN ADVENT. Saint Edmund Campion.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3RD – Saint Francis Xavier left the mark of his missionary zeal on areas which clung to Christianity for centuries. He is the patron of all foreign missions.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6TH – Saint Nicholas of Bari, in addition to being the “Christmas Saint,” was the Bishop of Myra. Saint Nicholas, himself, will be visiting IHM School this afternoon! First Friday.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7TH – Saint Ambrose. First Saturday.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8TH – 2ND SUNDAY IN ADVENT. THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION. On December 8, 1854, Pope Pius IX confirmed the tradition that held Mary as being conceived immaculate. Four years later, when Our Lady appeared at Lourdes to Bernadette, she identified herself as The Immaculate Conception!

MONDAY, DECEMBER 9TH – Saint Juan Diego, a simple laborer, and mat maker of Mexican descent, became a convert to Christianity around age 50. It was to this humble man that the Virgin Mary appeared at Guadalupe on December 9, 1531, leaving him the image known as Our Lady of Guadalupe.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10TH – Our Lady of Loreto. The title Our Lady of Loreto refers to the Holy House of Loreto, the house in which Mary was born, and where the Annunciation occurred, and to an ancient statue of Our Lady which is found there. Tradition says that angels scooped up the little house from the Holy Land, and transported it first to Tersato, Dalmatia, then Recanati, Italy, and finally to Loreto, Italy, where it has been for centuries. It was this flight that led to her patronage of people involved in aviation.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12TH – Our Lady of Guadalupe, the well-known image still seen on Juan Diego’s tilma in Mexico, is loved as the Patroness of the Unborn and the Queen of the Americas. Pray to her for protection and guidance for our country for she is our mother! Pray for the end of abortion.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13TH – Saint Lucy, whose name means “Light,” was a young Christian martyr who died during the Diocletian Persecution after suffering many torments including the plucking out of her eyes.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15TH – 3RD SUNDAY IN ADVENT. GAUDETE SUNDAY. The Church vests the priest in rose color today, symbolic of the joy of the approaching Saviour! Make this coming week count in preparation!

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 18TH – The Expectation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Now that Christmas is so very near, you must have something to present at the Crib. Nothing would so please the Baby Christ as the soul of some stray sheep of His flock brought back to the stable by your prayers. Ember Day.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 21ST - Saint Thomas, Apostle. Ember Day. IHM Christmas Program this evening at 7:00 p.m.!

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 22ND - 4TH SUNDAY IN ADVENT. Saint Zeno was a soldier at Nicomedia (modern Turkey). He was seized and condemned to death for laughing while Emperor Diocletian offered a sacrifice to a Roman god. Zeno had his jaws shattered and was then beheaded. 

CHRISTMAS SCHEDULE:

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 24TH – Saints Adam and Eve. Our real happiness tomorrow will be measured, not by the gifts we have given and received, but by what we have done to make our poor hearts a fit abode for the Divine Infant. First Mass of Christmas at 12:00 Midnight.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 25TH – THE NATIVITY OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST. Today the Church celebrates the Saviour’s birth with unrestrained joy. The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us. The most holy feast of Christmas is sanctified by a Midnight Mass, recalling the temporal birth of Our Lord Jesus Christ. The early dawn is sanctified by the Mass of the Shepherds (8:00 AM) bringing to mind the birth of Christ in our souls by grace. Then the Third Mass (11:00 AM) in the full light of day reminds us of the eternal birth of the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity from all eternity in the Bosom of the Eternal Father. Wishing you all a blessed Christmas!

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 26TH – Saint Stephen, the first martyr. 

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 27TH - Saint John the Evangelist, was the only Apostle that did not abandon Our Lord on Calvary; for this reason he was given the care of the Blessed Mother. John’s pure life kept him very close to Jesus and Mary.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 28TH – The Holy Innocents, murdered by a wicked monarch, bear witness to Christ Who was persecuted from the time of His birth by a world which would not receive Him. Make a special visit to the Blessed Sacrament today and ask the Holy Innocents to increase our love for the Divine Child!

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 29TH – Saint Thomas a Becket was murdered in Canterbury Cathedral for conflicting with Henry II, King of England, over the rights and privileges of the Church.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 31ST – SUNDAY WITHIN THE OCTAVE OF CHRISTMAS. Saint Catherine Laboure.  In 1830, Our Lady appeared to Saint Catherine and gave her the Miraculous Medal, a very powerful sacramental, which many Catholics wear today. Feast day of Sister Katherine Maria, MICM.

MONDAY, JANUARY 1ST, 2020 – THE CIRCUMCISION OF OUR LORD. Holy Day of Obligation! Happy New Year 2020!


Mark your January Calendar for these events…

  • January 1, 2020  Holy Day of Obligation for the Feast of the Circumcision. Masses at 7:00 a.m., 8:30 a.m. (Sung Mass).
  • January 17th is Founding Day for the Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. No School!
  • January 24th is the March for Life in Washington D.C. Come march or support the marchers with your prayers!
  • Catholic School’s Week! We’re celebrating from January 27 – February 5. Support IHM!
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