July 2018 Bulletin

july18The Precious Blood has conquered sin and Satan.  It was the shedding of it on the cross which gave the death-blow to the kingdom of the devil.  It was when the Son of God had by the loss of His Sacred Blood been reduced to the extremity of weakness and of misery, and brought down to the very gates of death, that he triumphed over the tyrant that had enslaved the world, and compelled all the rebel angels to bow the knee before His sacred humanity.  Rejoice with your victorious King, and pray that you may deserve to share His triumph. 

The Precious Blood has also conquered sinners by thousands, who, if it had not been shed, would have remained hardened sinners unto the end.  Who can withstand its silent appeal, as it trickles down from His head, His hands, His feet?  Who can refuse to listen to its silent pleadings?  Who can turn away from Him Who has thus loved us even unto death?  O my Jesus, may I never turn away from Thy voice calling me from Thy throne upon the cross to love Thee and obey Thy voice! 

The Precious Blood has also conquered and averted the anger of God, Whose decree of just retribution would but for it have fallen upon sinners.  Can the Father resist the pleadings of His co-equal Son when He holds out His hands, still marked with the scars of His sacred wounds, and asks for mercy and forgiveness for the sinner?

May Thy wounds, O Jesus, plead for me now and at the hour of death!


The Month of July is Dedicated to the Precious Blood

SUNDAY, JULY 1ST – 6TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST. 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.

MONDAY, JULY 2ND – 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.

TUESDAY, 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. 

WEDNESDAY, 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.

THURSDAY, 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 6TH – 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.  First Friday in July.

SATURDAY, JULY 7TH – Saints Cyril and Methodius. First Saturday in July!

SUNDAY, JULY 8TH – 7TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST. 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 Saint Francis.

MONDAY, JULY 9TH – 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.

THURSDAY, 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.

FRIDAY, 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.

SATURDAY, 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 15TH – 8TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST. Saint Henry II.

MONDAY, JULY 16TH – 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.”

WEDNESDAY, 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.

THURSDAY, 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.

SATURDAY, 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.

SUNDAY, JULY 22ND – 10TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST. 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.

MONDAY, JULY 23RD – 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)

WEDNESDAY, 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.

THURSDAY, 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!

FRIDAY, 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 Request!

Please keep the summer youth apostolates of Morning Star Girls Camps and Montfort Boys Camps in your prayers during these summer months! Thank you!

Sanctity and Common Sense

Often those who seem to have the most sense are the most senseless. Is it common sense to labor for the things of this world and to forget the things that are of the world to come? Is it common sense to build a lovely home for your body and fail to build a comfortable place for your immortal soul? Is it common sense to be most careful to avoid an injury and yet to place yourself in the position of being in pain forever? Is it common sense to save money, and fail to amass eternal riches? Is it common sense to hold resentment when you cannot be reconciled to God until you forgive your neighbor? Is it common sense to allow your debts to accumulate when you know they must be paid, even to the last farthing, either here or in Purgatory, before you can enter Heaven? Is it common sense to seldom think of God, with Whom we hope to live forever? What is sense and what is nonsense? Think this over. It will show you that there are many who think they have sense but who in reality are very senseless.

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