"Jesus came forth bearing the crown of thorns and the purple mantle." Contemplate our Blessed Lord as He is led from the inner court, the barrack-yard… to the hall where Pilate awaits Him. Help us, Blessed Mother, to see what you see, to hear what you hear, and to share in your loving compassion. Watch our dear Lord as He is forced by the pitiless guards to mount the long flight of steps, sanctified ever since by His painful journeys up and down. Mark how His limbs, exhausted by loss of blood and extreme agony, fail Him; how often He stumbles and needs to be dragged upwards by the guards… Listen to Pilate: "I bring Him forth unto you, that you may know that I find no cause in Him." Then Jesus came forth, and Pilate said: "Behold the Man!" For a moment all tongues are hushed. The people press forward. An exclamation of horror bursts from the multitude, followed by a dead silence, when Jesus with great difficulty raised His wounded head, crowned with thorns, and cast His exhausted glance on the excited throng.
Ah, Lord Jesus, cast Thine eyes of mercy upon me, let Thy look of pity and love rest on me, and detach me forever from all earthly things. May my love for Thee grow daily, even hourly, more intense and true. O Sacred Heart of Jesus, I believe in Thy love for me. Behold the Man! Dear Lord, let me look and look until the fire which Thou camest to cast on earth begins to burn in my heart. Behold the Man! Ah, my Jesus, when troubles grow, and I am tempted to lose patience, may I recall these words, Behold the Man! and remember I have not yet resisted unto blood. May Thy look, dear Jesus, fill my heart with a burning zeal for souls and urge me to spend myself in Thy service.
~Rev. Reginald Walsh, O.P.
Lent 2017 Bulletin ~ March & April 2017
During Lent… be sure to review the regulations for Fast and Abstinence for the 40 days.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1ST – ASH WEDNESDAY. The distribution of ashes reminds us of our own mortality and calls us to repentance. The ashes we receive are a reminder of our own sinfulness, and we should leave them on our foreheads all day as a sign of humility.
FRIDAY, MARCH 3RD – Saint Katherine Drexel was taught from an early age to use her wealth for the benefit of others. She founded the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament for Indians and Colored and began a system of black Catholic schools, mission centers, and universities for them in the USA. First Friday! Dedicated to the Crown of Thorns. Join us for the Stations of the Cross this evening at 7:30 p.m. Bring your family and console Our Lord in His sorrowful journey!
SATURDAY, MARCH 4TH – Saint Casimir of Poland. First Saturday in March!
SUNDAY, MARCH 5TH – 1ST SUNDAY IN LENT. Saint John Joseph of the Cross had such a reputation for holiness that his superiors put him in charge of establishing a new friary before he was ordained. He joined the work crew, serving as a hod carrier, then a mason.
MONDAY, MARCH 6TH – Saints Perpetua and Felicitas were both mothers who each had a little child when they were thrown into prison. Though an appeal was made to them to save their life for the child’s sake by offering incense to the gods, they refused, thus withstanding the appeal of the strongest incentive in the world.
TUESDAY, MARCH 7TH – Saint Thomas Aquinas. Without prayer, no possible sanctification – with it, holiness and true wisdom. Saint Thomas acquired all his science and wisdom at the foot of the Cross. One hour of prayer is worth years of study. Feastday of Brother Thomas Augustine, MICM.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 8TH – Saint John of God. Ember Day.
THURSDAY, MARCH 9TH – Saint Dominic Savio, the young disciple of Saint John Bosco, lived by his motto: Death rather than sin. Are our spiritual priorities right? Would we give up everything, even our lives, if it meant avoiding one mortal sin?
FRIDAY, MARCH 10TH – The Forty Martyrs of Sabaste were condemned to be exposed naked upon a frozen pond until they froze to death. One, yielding to the torture left his companions, but his place was taken by one of the guards, thus keeping the mystical number of forty martyrs. Ember Day. This Friday in Lent is dedicated to the Lance and Nails. Join us for the Stations of the Cross this evening at 7:30 p.m.
SATURDAY, MARCH 11TH – Saint Sophronius of Jerusalem. Ember Day.
SUNDAY, MARCH 12TH – 2ND SUNDAY IN LENT. Saint Gregory the Great, the first monk to be elected Pope, was chosen by unanimous acclamation on September 3, 590. Among his many works was the collection of melodies and plain chant so associated with him that they are now known as Gregorian Chants. Saint Gregory the Great is one of the four great Doctors of the Latin Church. Daylight Savings Begins!
TUESDAY, MARCH 13TH – Saint Matilda was Duchess of Saxony and Queen of the Franks. Matilda lived to see western imperial rule restored when her eldest son Otto was crowned Holy Roman Emperor in 962.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 15TH – Saint Longinus was the Roman centurion who pierced the side of Our Lord on Good Friday. His lance is still kept in one of the great pillars above the main altar in Saint Peter’s Basilica.
FRIDAY, MARCH 17TH – Saint Patrick, the beloved patron of the Irish people, spread the Faith through the Emerald Isle. His simplicity in teaching the truths of the Faith is typified by his famous description of the Trinity in the simple shamrock. Feast day of Brother Patrick Joseph, Novice. This Friday in Lent is dedicated to the Holy Shroud. Join us for the Stations of the Cross this evening at 7:30 p.m.
SATURDAY, MARCH 18TH – Saint Cyril of Jerusalem. Share your talent… and join us for Saint Patrick’s Day Talent Night at 7:00 p.m. in MacIsaac Hall! Entrance fee: One plate of goodies for the party!
SUNDAY, MARCH 19TH – 3RD SUNDAY IN LENT. Saint Joseph. After the Blessed Virgin Mary, Saint Joseph is our most powerful intercessor before God. Saint Joseph faithfully cared for his little family, Jesus and Mary. No sacrifice was too great for him. Now Jesus shows him His gratitude by granting our requests through his intercession. Let us go to Saint Joseph in all our needs, and especially ask him for the grace of a holy death.
TUESDAY, MARCH 21ST – Saint Benedict went to school in Rome, but disgusted by its corruption, retired to the desert of Subiaco. After spending three years in prayer and discipline, many were attracted to his way of life, which led to the founding of one of the greatest religious orders in the Church, the Benedictines. Saint Benedict is the father of western monasticism.
THURSDAY, MARCH 23RD – Our Lady of Victories. The famous church called Our Lady of Victories in Paris, was desecrated during the French Revolution, but it was miraculously restored by Our Lady with the help of a simple French priest named Father Desgenettes. The church was not well attended however until one morning during Mass he heard a voice say, “Consecrate your parish to the most holy and Immaculate Heart of Mary.” He obeyed Our Lady’s orders, and during Vespers one evening the empty church was filled for the first time in many, many years.
FRIDAY, MARCH 24TH – Saint Gabriel the Archangel, the special angel of the Annunciation, is one of the Seven Angels who stands before the throne of God. The name Gabriel means strength of God. This Friday in Lent is dedicated to the Five Wounds. Join us for the Stations of the Cross this evening at 7:30 p.m.
SATURDAY, MARCH 25TH – THE ANNUNCIATION. Today the Church recalls the greatest event in history, the Incarnation of Our Lord. On this day the Word was made flesh, and united to Itself forever the humanity of Jesus. How shall we ever be able to thank Our Lady for pronouncing the single word Fiat (Be it done), the answer she sent back to Heaven that she would be the Mother of the Saviour? Show your gratitude by reciting the Angelus at noon everyday!
SUNDAY, MARCH 26TH – 4TH SUNDAY IN LENT. LAETARE SUNDAY. Like the third Sunday of Advent, the fourth Sunday of Lent is a break in an otherwise penitential season. The vestments for this day are rose and flowers may adorn the Altar. This day is called “Laetare Sunday” (also “Rose Sunday” ), and takes its name from the opening words of the Introit: Rejoice, Jerusalem!
THURSDAY, MARCH 30TH – Saint John Climacus became a monk on Mount Sinai at the age of sixteen. He became an abbot, but after four years returned to his life of a hermit on the holy mountain.
FRIDAY, MARCH 31ST – Our Lady of the Holy Cross of Jerusalem. After finding the True Cross in Jerusalem, Saint Helen carried a portion of it to Rome where she built a basilica to house it, and where it is still seen and venerated today, along with a nail from the Crucifixion and a thorn from the Crown of Thorns, the title from the Cross, and a large portion of the cross of the Good Thief. This Friday in Lent is dedicated to the Precious Blood. Join us for the Stations of the Cross this evening at 7:30 p.m.
SATURDAY, APRIL 1ST – Saint Hugh of Grenoble. First Saturday in April!
SUNDAY, APRIL 2ND – PASSION SUNDAY memorializes the increasing antipathy against Christ from the Jews who would not accept Him and accused Him of sorcery and of being blasphemous and possessed by a devil. Today, statues and sacred images are veiled with purple cloth and they remain covered until the Gloria of Holy Saturday, at which point Lent ends and Eastertide begins. This veiling of the statues and icons stems from the Gospel reading of Passion Sunday at the end of which the Jews take up stones to cast at Jesus, Who hides Himself away. The veiling also symbolizes the fact that Christ’s Divinity was hidden at the time of His Passion and death, the very essence of Passiontide.
TUESDAY, APRIL 4TH – Saint Isidore of Seville was one of the last of the ancient Christian philosophers and the last of the great Latin Church Fathers. Some consider him to be the most learned man of his age. Saint Isidore is the patron saint of the internet.
FRIDAY, APRIL 7TH – Saint Herman Joseph. First Friday in April!
SUNDAY, APRIL 9TH – PALM SUNDAY celebrates the triumphant entry of our Divine Redeemer into Jerusalem. In imitation of those who strewed olive and palm branches on the road before Christ as He rode, we are given blessed palms to hold during the procession and the reading of the Passion and Last Gospel. These should be displayed in the home as sacramentals.
TUESDAY, APRIL 11TH – Saint Leo the Great went out to meet Attila the Hun, who was about to attack and destroy Rome. The Pope threatened Attila with the power which was his from Saint Peter, if he did not turn back and leave Italy unmolested. At the same moment, above the Pope’s head appeared the figure of Saint Peter holding in his hand a drawn sword with which he made as if to kill Attila unless he consented to do as Leo asked. The Hun, the “Scourge of God”, agreed to turn back giving up Rome, and Leo, absorbed in thanksgiving, returned to his See.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 12TH – Saint Sabbas. Wednesday in Holy Week is known as Spy Wednesday because it was on this day that Judas bargained with the High Priests to betray Jesus for 30 silver pieces.
* THURSDAY, APRIL 13TH – HOLY THURSDAY commemorates the Last Supper of Our Redeemer, with the institution of the Holy Eucharist. After the Mass of Maundy Thursday, the bells cease to ring till the “Gloria in Excelsis,” at the Mass for Easter. This is done as a sign of mourning, and in imitation of the silence and grief of the Apostles at the sufferings and death of Christ. All the altars are stripped, and the Blessed Sacrament is placed on the Altar of Repose, in remembrance of the desolation and loneliness of Christ on that awful night. High Mass at 7:30 p.m. followed by the Procession of the Most Blessed Sacrament, Which will be placed at the Altar of Repose.
Watch and Pray… Please keep strict silence on the monastery grounds
from after Holy Thursday Mass until after Mass on Good Friday.
Represent your intentions by leaving a single rose on the Altar of Repose during the hours of the watch.
* FRIDAY, APRIL 14TH – GOOD FRIDAY. “It is finished.” This day should be held in sacred silence as much as possible, (especially from 12 noon to 3:00) as we relive, with all our attention and devotion, the precious death of our Divine Redeemer. The Church in her whole office expresses the deepest mourning and compunction. As sinners, we should let the sword of sorrow and contrition pierce our hearts as we relive the tremendous agonies suffered by Christ for us during the great tragedy of the first Good Friday. Reading of the Passion, Adoration of the Holy Cross and the Mass of the Presanctified, 3 p.m.
* SATURDAY, APRIL 15TH – HOLY SATURDAY commemorates Christ’s rest in the tomb. No services are held in the church all through the daylight hours. It is only at night that the Easter Vigil starts with the blessing of the new fire and water and the Feast’s deeply impressive ceremonies. It is a night of joyful expectation, until finally the Alleluia proclaims the exultant message of the Resurrection and leads us to the glorious celebration of Easter in the Holy Sacrifice. No morning Mass … Blessing of the Fire and Water. Easter Vigil Mass at 8:30 p.m.
* SUNDAY, APRIL 16TH – EASTER SUNDAY. Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! “On this day salvation is given to the world both visible and invisible. Christ is risen from the dead; arise ye with Him! Christ has resumed His Body; return to the state of happiness which you had forfeited. Christ has left the grave; break the bonds of your sins. The gates of Hell are broken down; death is vanquished; the old Adam is destroyed, and the new Adam formed; be ye made a new creature in Christ!” (–Saint Gregory Nazianzen) Regular Sunday Mass times ~9:15 Sung Mass.
MONDAY, APRIL 17TH – Easter Monday. The celebration of the great feast of the Resurrection traditionally extends to the next day which was often a day of games and fun.
THURSDAY, APRIL 20TH – Saint Agnes of Montepulciano was a Dominican prioress in medieval Tuscany, who was known as a miracle worker during her lifetime.
SUNDAY, APRIL 23RD – MERCY SUNDAY. Our Lord’s Mercy grants forgiveness of all sins and punishment on the Feast of Divine Mercy, even for the most hardened sinners! The plenary indulgence is granted to those who observe the feast by: 1. Celebrating the feast on the Sunday after Easter; 2.Sincerely repenting of all our sins; 3. Placing our complete trust in Jesus; 4. Going to Confession, preferably before that Sunday; 5. Receiving Holy Communion on the feast; 6.Venerating the image of Divine Mercy; 7. Being merciful to others, through our actions, words, and prayers on their behalf.
TUESDAY, APRIL 25TH – Saint Mark, the Evangelist, wrote the second Gospel. He was requested by the Romans to set down the teachings of Saint Peter, therefore the Gospel is a record of the life of Jesus as seen through the eyes of the Prince of the Apostles.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26TH – Our Lady of Good Counsel. We pray to Our Lady of Good Counsel for advice as to what we should do in important issues. Pray to her today very particularly for the grace of knowing what to do for a life’s work. It would be an excellent thing to put your vocation and your future success entirely in the hands of Our Lady of Good Counsel.
FRIDAY, APRIL 28TH – Saint Louis Marie de Montfort was one of the greatest apostles of devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary in the whole of Catholic history. His masterpiece, True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin, is the source of the charism of the Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary… living a life of giving all to Jesus – through Mary.
SUNDAY, APRIL 30TH – 2ND SUNDAY AFTER EASTER. Saint Catherine of Siena was favored with many visions of Christ throughout her life and even received the stigmata. Once when she was suffering from terrible temptations she seemed to receive no relief from her Divine Spouse. When Christ later appeared to her she asked Him, “Where were you, Lord, when I needed You?” And Christ answered, “I was in your heart, Catherine.”