October 2017 Bulletin

The Blessed Virgin Mary first gave the Rosary to Saint Dominic of Guzman in a vision in 1208, as he earnestly begged God for a solution to the Albigensian heresy then aggressively infecting the south of France. After Saint Dominic began to preach the Rosary, the days of the Albigensian error were numbered.

olrosary17The feast of Our Lady of the Rosary was instituted by Pope Saint Pius V in honor and thanksgiving for the great victory of the Christian Maritime Coalition against the Muslim fleet at Lepanto in 1571. The "League" was formed in response to the Muslim advances made in Cyprus, with the intent of invading Western Europe. Once its forces were gathered ready to meet the Turk in the Mediterranean, Saint Pius V blessed the banner of the fleet, which was solemnly consigned to its Commander in Chief, the young Don Juan of Austria, the twenty-four-year-old half-brother of King Phillip II of Spain.

As the fate of Europe hung in the balance, on October 7, 1571, the Sovereign Pontiff called for a Rosary procession in Rome and it was during that procession that the victory was decided for the Christian fleet.

At first Saint Pius V instituted October 7 as the feast of Our Lady of Victory.  1573, Pope Gregory XIII changed the title to that of “Feast of the Holy Rosary”.

In 1716 Pope Clement XI inserted the feast into the Roman Catholic calendar of saints and extended it to the whole of the Latin Rite, assigning the feast to the first Sunday in October. In 1913, Pope St. Pius X changed the date back to October 7.

On May 13, 1917, there began in Fatima, Portugal a series of apparitions of a luminous lady to three little Portuguese shepherds, Lucia dos Santos and Francisco and Jacinta Marto. She asked them to return to the same spot for five consecutive months, and that in October she would work a miracle for all to believe and reveal who she was. In every apparition the lady asked for the daily recitation of the Rosary as a remedy to life’s ills, and for peace in the world.

On October 13, 1917, a crowd of 70,000 people witnessed the astounding miracle of the sun, as the fiery orb performed a fantastic dance in the sky above. The heavenly lady then revealed her name: “I am the Lady of the Rosary”.

October is Dedicated to the Holy Rosary


MONDAY, OCTOBER 2ND – Holy Guardian Angels have a mission to serve the future heirs of salvation. Our Guardian Angel is given to us at the moment of our birth and stays with us all through life, comforts us in Purgatory, and escorts us to Heaven. 

 TUESDAY, OCTOBER 3RD – Saint Therese of Lisieux became a great saint by doing little things perfectly. That is all you need: to do your duty well. First Friday. Feastday of Sister Marie-Therese, MICM

 WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 4TH – Saint Francis of Assisi lived such a humble, and cheerfully sacrificial life, that he is called the saint who lived the most like Christ Himself.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 5TH – Saint Faustina Kowalska had many visions of Our Lord Who taught her the way of Divine Mercy. The Divine Mercy Chaplet is a powerful prayer which is easy to pray often. Make an effort to pray the Chaplet at least once today. Feastday of Sister Maria Faustina, Novice.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6TH - Saint Bruno. First Friday.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7TH - Our Lady of the Rosary. When in grave danger, or in need of assistance in an emergency, the word that we cry out is “Help!”…and we continue to repeat it until someone comes to our aid. The repetition of the Hail Mary in the Rosary is our cry to Heaven in daily trials or for a special need!  First Saturday. Join in praying the Rosary! …which will be said continually today in IHM Chapel from 10–5! Come join us in prayer! IHM Fall Bazaar from 9– 5 today!


WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 11TH – Divine Maternity of Our Lady. “Whoever does not wish to have Mary Immaculate as his mother… will not have Christ as his brother.” (St. Maximilian Kolbe)

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12TH – Our Lady of the Pillar. This feast commemorates the apparition of the Mother of God during her own lifetime to Saint James, the great apostle of Spain, in the year 36, in the town of Zaragossa in Spain.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13TH – Today is the 100th anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun that took place during the last apparition at Fatima. Celebrate 100 years of Fatima! Candlelight procession, Rosary and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at 7:30 p.m. this evening!

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15TH – 19TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST. Saint Teresa of Avila was the first woman to bear the title “Doctor of the Church.” She wanted never to die, but to live on and suffer real pain of every kind to prove her love for Christ. Don’t express even one complaint today. Feastday of Sister Miriam Teresa, MICM

MONDAY, OCTOBER 16TH – Saint Gerard Majella is invoked as a patron of expectant mothers as a result of a miracle effected through his prayers for a new mother.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 17TH – Saint Margaret Mary received a series of revelations from Our Lord regarding devotion to His Sacred Heart. The devotion encountered violent opposition, especially in Jansenist areas, but has become widespread and popular. Adult Catechetical Series begins this evening. More at bottom of page.

 WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 18TH – Saint Luke, referred to by Paul as the “Beloved Physician,” is the evangelist, poet, artist and cantor of the infancy of Jesus Christ. It was Luke who chronicled the first Christmas, searching out and preserving a story “too humble for prouder historians to touch.” 


TUESDAY, OCTOBER 24TH – Saint Raphael the Archangel is the patron of the blind, of happy meetings, of nurses, of physicians and of travelers. 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 25TH – Saints Chrysanthus and Daria. Chrysanthus, a Christian, married Daria, converted her and convinced her to live in chastity. Chrysanthus was later denounced as a Christian to Claudius, the tribune. His attitude under torture so impressed Claudius that he and his wife, two sons, and seventy of his soldiers became Christians, whereupon the Emperor had them all slain. Daria was sent to a brothel, where she was defended by a lion. She was then stoned and finally buried alive. 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28TH – Saints Simon and  Jude, Apostles. Tradition has it that these two zealous followers of Christ preached in Mesopotamia and Persia and there were martyred. 

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 29TH – CHRIST THE KING. Pope Pius XI instituted The Feast of Christ the King in 1925. Pope Pius connected the denial of Christ as King to the rise of secularism. Just as the Feast of Corpus Christi was instituted when devotion to the Eucharist was at a low point, the Feast of Christ the King was instituted during a time when respect for Christ and the Church was waning, when the feast was most needed.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 31ST – Saint Wolfgang. ALL HALLOWS’ EVE. The world has corrupted this beautiful feast into a celebration of darkness and evil. Be sure to celebrate the Saints! Celebrate as a Catholic family should!

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 1ST – ALL SAINTS’ DAY.  Holy Day of Obligation. Masses at 8:30 a.m. (Sung Mass) & 7:30 p.m.

 Adult Catechetical Series 

“Our Quest for Happiness”, adult catechetical series, will begin on Tuesday, October 17, from 7:30 to 8:30 pm.

This 8 week secession will review:

  • The Holy Spirit in the completion of Christ’s mission of Redemption
  • The Church as the “Ark” of salvation
  • Church history overview
  • The forgiveness of sins in the sacrament penance.

The classes will be held Tuesday evenings from October 17 through December 5.   

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