September 2018 Bulletin

sept18Let us be devout to the sorrows of Mary. Saint Albert the Great writes, that ''as we are under great obligations to Jesus Christ for His death, so also are we under great obligations to Mary for the grief which she endured when she offered her Son to God by death for our salvation." This the Angel revealed to Saint Bridget: he said that the Blessed Virgin, to see us saved, herself offered the life of her Son to the Eternal Father: a sacrifice which, as we have already said, cost her greater suffering than all the torments of the martyrs, or even death itself. But the Divine Mother complained to Saint Bridget that very few pitied her in her sorrows, and that the greater part of the world lived in entire forgetfulness of them. Therefore she exhorted the Saint, saying: "Though many forget me, don't you, my daughter, forget me." 

… It was revealed to Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, that Our Lord had promised four special graces to those who are devout to the sorrows of Mary: 1st, that those who before death invoke the Divine Mother, in the name of her sorrows, should obtain true repentance of all their sins; 2nd, that He would protect all who have this devotion in their tribulations, and that He would protect them especially at the hour of death; 3rd, that He would impress upon their minds the remembrance of His Passion, and that they should have their reward for it in Heaven; 4th, that He would commit such devout clients to the hands of Mary, with the power to dispose of them in whatever manner she might please, and to obtain for them all the graces she might desire.     ~St. Alphonsus Ligouri


The Month of September is Dedicated to the Sorrowful Mother

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 1ST – Saint Anna, Prophetess, was in attendance at the Temple when Jesus was presented. Having all her life believed in the prophecies of the Old Testament, she was the only woman in the Temple to greet the Saviour. First Saturday.


MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 3RD – Pope Saint Pius X issued decrees on early Communion and also reformed the liturgy, promoted clear and simple homilies, and brought Gregorian chant back to services. 

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4TH – Mother of the Divine Shepherd. Pray to Our Lady under this title today and ask her to always guide you to the Lamb of God!

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5TH – Saint Teresa of Calcutta. First day of school for IHM students. Ask the Holy Ghost to guide the teachers and students of IHM through the 2018-2019 school year!

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8TH – NATIVITY OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY. On this day our Heavenly Queen first made her appearance in this world! Be sure to visit our shrine of Maria Bambina today and say a special prayer on her feast day! Profession Day! Sister Maria Faustina and Sister Mary Jacinta will take their First Vows as Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary during 10 a.m. Mass this morning. All are welcome to stay for cake after, however the formal reception is by invitation only.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 9TH – 16TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST. Saint Peter Claver understood that concrete works of mercy, such as distributing medicine and food to his black brothers and sisters, could be as effective as verbal preaching. Read his tremendous life in a recent issue of “From the Housetops” Magazine!

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 10TH – Saint Nicholas of Tolentino exemplified the balance between love of God and love of neighbor by a life of contemplation combined with a life of generous service to souls. He was the first member of the Augustinian Order to be canonized.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12TH – The Holy Name of Mary. “God the Father gathered all the waters together and called them the seas or maria (Latin, seas). He gathered all His grace together and called it Mary or Maria . . .This immense treasury is none other than Mary whom the Saints call the ‘treasury of the Lord.’ From her fullness all men are made rich.” – St. Louis de Montfort

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13TH – Saint Eulogius. On this day, in 1917, Our Lady appeared to the three Fatima Children for the fifth time and asked them to continue praying the Rosary! Are we fulfilling her wishes by praying it every day!

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14TH – Exultation of the Holy Cross. This feast had its origin at Jerusalem, and is connected with the commemoration of the Finding of the Cross and the building, by Constantine, of churches upon the sites of the Holy Sepulcher and Calvary. Feastday of Sister Marie-Celine, MICM. 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15TH – Our Lady of Sorrows. Devotion to the Sorrows of Mary gave rise to the figure in Christian art of the Pietà, the sorrowing Mother holding the dead Body of her Son at the foot of  the Cross. Her Sorrows are: the Prophecy of Simeon, the Flight into Egypt, the Loss of the Child Jesus in the Temple, the Meeting on the way to Calvary, the Crucifixion, the Taking Down from the Cross, the Burial of  Jesus.


MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 17TH – Stigmata of Saint Francis of Assisi. Saint Francis had a very great devotion and veneration for Christ crucified and never ceased to preach this devotion till his death. In the year 1224, as he was rapt in contemplation, Our Lord imprinted the marks of His Passion on the saint's body.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18TH – Saint Joseph Cupertino was slow and unclever, but of such a strong faith that he often experienced miraculous levitation and visions. He is the patron saint of air travelers, aviators, astronauts, people with a mental handicap, test takers, and weak students.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19TH – Our Lady of La Salette. The apparitions of La Salette recall Christians to the fulfillment of their religious duties, to a horror of blasphemy, and to the sanctification of the Sunday. Hear the voice of Mary who calls us to penance, and who, on the part of her Son, threatens us with spiritual and temporal evils, if remaining insensible to her admonitions! Ember Day.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20TH – Saint Eustace, a Roman captain, was passionately fond of the chase. One day, after bringing a stag to bay, he saw a crucifix between its horns. He was immediately converted and was baptized next day. Eustace was martyred by being shut inside a brazen bull. 

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21ST – Saint Matthew was a tax-collector, until the day when Our Lord passed his booth and said simply: “Follow Me.” Matthew left his money, position and family and followed Christ immediately. He wasted no time wondering, “If I could only be sure I have a vocation,”…He heard the call and went. Ember Day. Feastday of Brother Matthew, MICM. 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22ND – Saint Thomas of Villanova was a Spanish friar of the Order of Saint Augustine who was a noted preacher, ascetic and religious writer of his day. He became an archbishop who was famous for the extent of his care for the poor of his see. Ember Day.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23RD – 18TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST. Saint Padre Pio of Pietrelcina was a friar, priest, stigmatist, and mystic. Over 300,000 people attended the canonization of Padre Pio by Pope John Paul II on June 16, 2002.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 24TH - Our Lady of Ransom. When many Christians were being seized by Turks, Our Lady came to the rescue by asking three men to found an Order for the redemption of captives. By this, she shows the loving motherly concern she has for each and every one of us. Say a prayer for the persecuted Christians, especially in the Middle East.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26TH – The Eight North American Martyrs. We should have a special love and reverence for these men who were among the first to shed their blood for Christ in the New World. Have you visited the shrine in Auriesville, NY?

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27TH – Saints Cosmas and Damian were twin brothers who became skilled doctors. They did not charge a fee for their services. It was impossible that such prominent persons would escape unnoticed in time of persecution: They were arrested and beheaded. Nine centuries after their deaths, Francis of Assisi rebuilt the dilapidated church that was dedicated to them called San Damiano.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29TH – Saint Michael. Devotion to Michael the Archangel is one of the oldest devotions of the Church; indeed, his roles in God’s Divine plan date back before the Incarnation. It was Saint Michael who led God’s army against Lucifer and the other rebellious fallen angels, Saint Michael who guards the Catholic Church and her pope, and Saint Michael who, at God’s command will continue his role against the Antichrist in the End Times.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30TH – 19TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST. Saint Jerome  is frequently remembered for his bad temper! It is true that he had a very bad temper and could use a vitriolic pen, but his love for God was extraordinarily intense! Jerome went after anyone who taught error and was an enemy of God and truth, with his mighty and sometimes sarcastic pen.

Mark your calendarIHM Yardsale & Bazaar 

Enjoy a day of food, fun & fundraising on Saturday, October 6, 2018! 
Right here at the monastery!

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