December 2018 Bulletin

dec14Let us ask this Divine Child to clothe us with humility, because only by means of this virtue can we taste the fullness of this mystery of Divine tenderness.… The heavenly Babe suffers and cries in the crib so that for us suffering would be sweet, meritorious and accepted. He deprives Himself of everything, in order that we may learn from Him the renunciation of worldly goods and comforts. He is satisfied with humble and poor adorers, to encourage us to love poverty, and to prefer the company of the little and simple rather than the great ones of the world.

This celestial Child, all meekness and sweetness, wishes to impress in our hearts by his example these sublime virtues, so that from a world that is torn and devastated an era of peace and love may spring forth. Even from the moment of His birth He reveals to us our mission, which is to scorn that which the world loves and seeks.

Oh! Let us prostrate ourselves before the manger, and along with the great Saint Jerome, who was enflamed with the love of the Infant Jesus, let us offer Him all our hearts without reserve. Let us promise to follow the precepts which come to us from the grotto of Bethlehem, which teach us that everything here below is vanity of vanities, nothing but vanity.

~ Saint Padre Pio

The Month of December is dedicated to the Divine Infancy

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1ST – Saint Edmund Campion, the intrepid young Jesuit who encouraged many Catholics to remain loyal to their Faith, withstood a brutal martyrdom in Elizabethean England to gain the ultimate reward.  His story is one of daring and adventure for God! First Saturday.


MONDAY, 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.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 5TH – Saint Sabbas, a monk, hermit, and priest, is one of the most notable figures in early monastic life. 

THURSDAY, 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! All children are welcome to come and chat with him in IHM library from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8TH – 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 young Bernadette, she identified herself as The Immaculate Conception! Holy Day of Obligation. Masses at 7:00 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. (Sung Mass) and 7:30 p.m.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9TH – 2ND SUNDAY IN ADVENT. 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.

MONDAY, 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.

WEDNESDAY, 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.

THURSDAY, 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.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15TH – Saint Christiana. Get in the Christmas spirit!! Join us tonight for IHM School’s Annual Christmas Program and Concert! All are welcome to enjoy the show! Free admittance! Bring all your friends and relatives! 7:00 p.m. at MacIsaac Hall.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16TH – 3RD SUNDAY IN ADVENT. GAUDETE SUNDAY. The Church vests the priest in rose color today, symbolic of the joy of the approaching Saviour! This year the Advent Season is shortened with Christmas Eve falling on the Monday of the 4th Week! Make this coming week count in preparation!

TUESDAY, 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. 

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 19TH – Saint Anastasius. Ember Day.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 20TH - Saint Dominic of Silos, one of Spain’s most beloved saints, was the abbot of a monastery in Castille which he reformed both physically and spiritually into a zealous establishment. The monastery became a center of learning and liturgy and many cures were reported there. Saint Dominic also rescued many Christian slaves from the Moors.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 21ST - Saint Thomas, Apostle, was the great apostle of the East after the Resurrection of Our Lord. It was Saint Thomas who baptized the Magi in the year 40. Ember Day.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 22ND - 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. Ember Day.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 23RD - 4TH SUNDAY IN ADVENT. Saint Yvo of Chartres was the Bishop of Chartres, France, from 1090 until his death in 1115. Saint Yvo was an important canonist during a medieval conflict between church and state known as the Investiture Crisis. 

MONDAY, DECEMBER 24TH – Saints Adam and Eve. Don’t forget that all we do today is done in preparation for the coming of the Christ Child. 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.

TUESDAY, 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!

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 26TH – Saint Stephen, the first martyr to shed his blood for Christ, prayed this prayer as he was being stoned to death: “Lord, lay not this sin to their charge.” How beautiful that his feast should be celebrated so close to the Crib of the Infant Saviour!

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

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 28TH – The Holy Innocents. Murdered by a wicked monarch, these innocent lives bear witness to Christ Who was persecuted from the time of His birth by a world which would not receive Him. Let us make a special visit to the Blessed Sacrament today and ask the Holy Innocents to increase our love for the Divine Child making it simple and childlike through our sacrifices.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 29TH – Saint Thomas a Becket engaged in conflict with Henry II, King of England over the rights and privileges of the Church and was murdered by followers of the king in Canterbury Cathedral.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 30TH – 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. Help spread devotion to Our Blessed Mother by giving Miraculous Medals as gifts! Feast day of Sister Katherine Maria, MICM.

MONDAY, JANUARY 1ST, 2019 – THE CIRCUMCISION OF OUR LORD. Holy Day of Obligation: Masses at 7:00 a.m. (Low Mass), 8:30 a.m. (Sung Mass) and 7:30 p.m.(Low Mass.) Wishing all our friends and benefactors a blessed and happy New Year 2019!

Prayer Before the Crib

Come to me, O Divine Saviour, vouchsafe to be born in my heart. Grant that, taught by Thine example and assisted by Thy grace, I may be poor of spirit and humble of heart. Keep me chaste and obedient. I wish to live but for Thee, and to do all things purely for love of Thee.
O Mary, my Advocate and my Mother, obtain by thy prayers forgiveness of my past offenses and holy perseverance unto death. 
Saint Joseph, do thou also pray for me, that I may become daily more pleasing to Jesus. Amen.

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