July 2017 Bulletin

july17Like the Sacred Wounds of Jesus, His Precious Blood deserves special honor because of its close relation to the Sacred Passion. That honor was given to it from the beginning by the Apostles who praised Its redeeming power. The Church has always held devotion to the Precious Blood in high esteem, since It is the Price of our salvation! 

Without the shedding of the Blood of the Lamb of God, we could not be redeemed. Without His cleansing and vivifying Blood coursing through the Church, there would be no Mystical Body of Christ. Without His glorious Blood, the Sacraments would have no effect. Without His redeeming Blood, Mary would never have been conceived without sin, and there would be no saints whatsoever, for "they have washed their robes and made them white in the Blood of the Lamb.” The Precious Blood has been given to us as the Treasure of the Church which we may offer again and again for ourselves and for others.  

What can we call more our own in Christ's Sacred Body than His Blood, which He let fall to this earth from the Cross as the priceless endowment of our souls? And yet how few are those who know how to profit by It. Happy the soul who has found this treasure, the Precious Blood of Jesus, and who makes use of It. To offer the Precious Blood of Jesus let us take It wherever we are, in all we suffer, in all we do, in all we feel of good or of evil, to sanctify the one and repair the other. The offering of the Precious Blood of Christ for the Holy Souls is a mighty form of intercession on their behalf.       (Catholic Culture)


The Month of July is Dedicated to the Precious Blood

SATURDAY, JULY 1ST – The Most Precious Blood. The month of July is devoted to the Most Precious Blood, but this first day reminds us that in 1849, the Revolution which had driven the Pope from Rome was happily ended. To perpetuate the memory of this triumph and to show that it was due to the Saviour’s merits, Blessed Pius IX, at the time a refugee at Gaeta, instituted the Feast of the Precious Blood. The liturgy reminds us of all the circumstances in which Our Lord’s Precious Blood was shed. First Saturday.

SUNDAY, JULY 2ND – 4TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST. The Visitation of Our Lady commemorates the day when the Blessed Virgin expressed the exultation of her heart in the beautiful canticle, the Magnificat. If you are not familiar with this prayer, do not fail to become acquainted with this literary and spiritual masterpiece. It is a perfect prayer to say after Holy Communion, and can be found in first chapter of St. Luke’s Gospel.

MONDAY, JULY 3RD – Pope Saint Leo II was an eloquent preacher noted for his charity to the poor. Confirmed the Sixth Council of Constantinople in 681 which condemned Monothelitism. 

TUESDAY, JULY 4TH – Saint Theodore. INDEPENDENCE DAY. “The noblest declaration of independence is based on the declaration of our dependence on God.” –Fulton Sheen. Pray for our country today… especially the soldiers overseas.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 5TH – Saint John Fisher & Saint Thomas More refused to give their approval to Henry VIII’s actions, and were therefore beheaded. We are called as Catholics to stand up for the truths of our Faith… even if we are standing alone.

FRIDAY, JULY 7TH – Saints Cyril and Methodius. First Friday in July.

SATURDAY, JULY 8TH – Saint Elizabeth of Portugal was named for her great-aunt, St. Elizabeth of Hungary, who was canonized in 1235. Their lives were similar in some important ways: both of them were married at very young ages, they sought to live the precepts of the Gospel despite their status as royalty, and finished their lives as members of the Third Order of St. Francis.

SUNDAY, JULY 9TH – 5TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST. Saint Maria Goretti was eleven years old when she was put to the test, but she was determined that nothing would remove her from God and this required the very sacrifice of her life. She is an inspiration especially to the young… and a much needed patroness in these times.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 12TH – Saint Veronica of the Veil wiped the face of Christ with a veil while He was on the way to Calvary and the cloth was miraculously imprinted with the image of Christ’s face. The relic is still preserved in Saint Peter’s Basilica, and the memory of Veronica’s act of charity is commemorated in the 6th Station.

THURSDAY, JULY 13TH – Saint Teresa of the Andes. Devoted to Christ from a very young age, she entered the Discalced Carmelite monastery at Los Andes in 1919. She died on April 12, of the following year, having made her religious profession as a Carmelite. Saint Teresa was the first Chilean to be beatified or canonized.
Today is also the day that Our Lady appeared at Fatima for the third time and taught the children the prayer: Oh my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of Hell, lead all souls to Heaven especially those most in need of Thy mercy.

FRIDAY, JULY 14TH – Saint Kateri Tekakwitha was the daughter of a Christian Algonquin woman captured by Iroquois and married to a non-Christian Mohawk chief. She was orphaned during a smallpox epidemic, which left her with a scarred face and impaired eyesight. Converted and baptized in 1676, she was shunned and abused by relatives for her Faith. She escaped through 200 miles of wilderness to the Christian village of Sault-Sainte-Marie in Canada.

SUNDAY, JULY 16TH – 6TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST. Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Your Scapular should take on deep meaning for you. It is a rich gift from Heaven given by Our Lady herself. “Wear it devoutly and perseveringly,” she says to each soul. “It is my garment. To be clothed in it means you are continually thinking of me, and I in turn, am always thinking of you and helping you to secure Eternal Life.”

TUESDAY, JULY 18TH – Saint Camillus de Lellis was not always a saint. He was a soldier, a spendthrift, a gambler, a patient at a hospital in Rome… and later, a superintendent of a hospital, and the founder of a religious order. After God, Camillus credited his conversion to Saint Philip Neri.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 19TH – Saint Vincent de Paul founded the Congregation of the Daughters of Charity and  the Congregation of Priests of the Mission (Lazarists). He always worked for the poor, the enslaved, the abandoned, the ignored, the social pariahs.

FRIDAY, JULY 21ST – Saint Lawrence of Brindisi’s life was one of constant devotion to Scripture, coupled with great sensitivity to the needs of others. Lawrence had a balance in his life that blended self-discipline with a keen appreciation for the needs of those whom he was called to serve.

SATURDAY, JULY 22ND – Saint Mary Magdalene. We find in this saint all that is noble, precious, beautiful and admirable: fortitude, courage, patience, generosity, contempt of creatures, contempt of self–and the root of all, supreme and ultimate confidence in God. This unchanging confidence was founded on the knowledge of her misery and nothingness, which made her despise herself. Feastday of Sr. Magdalene Marie, MICM.

SUNDAY, JULY 23RD – 7TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST. Our Lady Mother of Mercy. "The supreme model of womanly virtue is the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Mercy and Queen of Peace.” (Pope Benedict XVI)

TUESDAY, JULY 25TH – Saint Christopher, whose name means “Christ-bearer,” was privileged to bear the Christ Child on his shoulders across a raging river. Each of us must be another Christopher… bearing Christ with us through the powerful current of life… keeping Him safely within our hearts. Feastday of Sr. Christopher Margaret, MICM and Brother Christopher Isaac, MICM.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 26TH –  Saint Anne. Pray to obtain the grace which Saint Anne possessed in an eminent degree – to be satisfied merely to be just what she was to herself, and to God. How much time, how much merit we lose, when we wish to be anything but what we are to God!

THURSDAY, JULY 27TH – Saint Panteleon. He was such a famous doctor that the Emperor himself chose him for his own doctor. Pantaleon was a Christian, but the bad influence from the pagan court caused him to give up his Christian faith entirely. A holy priest named Hermolaos made him realize what a sin he had committed. Pantaleon listened to him, detested his sin and joined the Church once more. To make up for what he had done, he greatly desired to suffer and die for Jesus. In the meantime, he imitated Our Lord's charity by taking care of poor sick people without any charge for his medical services. When the Emperor Diocletian began his persecution, Pantaleon at once gave away everything he owned to the poor. Not long afterwards, he was accused of being a Christian. He was given the choice of denying his Faith or being put to death. No torture could force Pantaleon to deny his Faith.

SATURDAY, JULY 29TH – Saint Martha, pray for us that we might serve Jesus better. Help us to overcome our distractions and worries to listen to His words and be present to Him this day.

SUNDAY, JULY 30TH – 8TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST. Saints Abdon and Sennen.

MONDAY, JULY 31ST – Saint Ignatius of Loyola. A pope once said that Saint Ignatius has made more saints with his book of Spiritual Exercises than the number of letters needed to print it! 


PRAYER TO THE PRECIOUS BLOOD

O Precious Blood of Jesus, infinite price of sinful man’s redemption, both drink and laver of our souls, Thou Who dost plead continually the cause of man before the throne of Infinite Mercy; from the depths of my heart, I adore Thee, and so far as I am able, I would requite Thee for the insults and outrages which Thou dost continually receive from human beings, and especially from those who rashly dare to blaspheme Thee. Who would not bless this Blood of infinite value? Who doth not feel within himself the fire and love of Jesus Who shed it all for us? What would be my fate, had I not been redeemed by this divine Blood? Who hath drawn it from the veins of my Saviour, even to the last drop? Ah, this surely was the work of love. O Infinite Love, grant that every heart and every tongue may be enabled to praise Thee, magnify Thee and give Thee thanks now and for evermore. Amen.

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