March 2019 Bulletin

march19“Since we all must die, we should cherish a special devotion to Saint Joseph, that he may obtain for us a happy death. All Christians regard him as the advocate of the dying who had honored him during their life, and they do so for three reasons: First, because Jesus Christ loved him not only as a friend, but as a father, and on this account his mediation is far more efficacious than that of any other Saint. Second, because Saint Joseph has obtained special power against the evil spirits, who tempt us with redoubled vigor at the hour of death. Third, the assistance given Saint Joseph at his death by Jesus and Mary obtained for him the right to secure a holy and peaceful death for his servants. Hence, if they invoke him at the hour of death he will not only help them, but he will also obtain for them the assistance of Jesus and Mary.”  ~St. Alphonsus Liguori

PRAYER FOR A HAPPY DEATH

O Glorious St. Joseph, behold I choose thee today for my special patron in life and at the hour of my death. Preserve and increase in me the spirit of prayer and fervor in the service of God. Remove far from me every kind of sin; obtain for me that my death may not come upon me unawares, but that I may have time to confess my sins sacramentally and to bewail them with a most perfect understanding and a most sincere and perfect contrition, in order that I may breathe forth my soul into the hands of Jesus and Mary. Amen.


The Month of March is Dedicated to Saint Joseph

FRIDAY, MARCH 1ST – Saint David of Wales is pictured standing on a mound with a dove on his shoulder because once while he was preaching, a dove descended to his shoulder and the earth rose to lift him high above the people so that he could be heard. First Friday in March!

SATURDAY, MARCH 2ND – Saint Agnes of Prague. First Saturday!

SUNDAY, MARCH 3RD – QUINQUAGESIMA SUNDAY. Saint Katherine Drexel used her wealth for the benefit of others. She founded the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament and began a system of Catholic schools here in the USA.

TUESDAY, MARCH 5TH – The Holy Face of Jesus.“Look at His adorable Face. Look at His glazed and sunken eyes. Look at His wounds. Look Jesus in the Face. There, you will see how He loves us.” ~ Saint Therese of Lisieux.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6TH – 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.

THURSDAY, MARCH 7TH – Saint Thomas Aquinas acquired all his wisdom at the foot of the Cross. One hour of prayer is worth years of study. Feastday of Brother Thomas Augustine, MICM. 

FRIDAY, MARCH 8TH – Saint John of God. Dedicated to the Crown of Thorns. Join us for the Stations of the Cross this evening at 7:30 p.m. Bring your family!

SATURDAY, MARCH 9TH – Saint Dominic Savio, the young disciple of Saint John Bosco, lived by his motto: Death rather than sin. Would we give up even our lives, if it meant avoiding one mortal sin? 

 SUNDAY, MARCH 10TH – 1ST SUNDAY IN LENT. 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 a guard, thus keeping the mystical number of forty martyrs. Daylight Savings Begins!

TUESDAY, MARCH 12TH – Saint Gregory the Great, one of the four great Doctors of the Latin Church.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13TH – Saint Euphrasia. Ember Day!

FRIDAY, 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 in Saint Peter’s Basilica. Ember Day. Join us for the Stations of the Cross this evening at 7:30 p.m. 

SATURDAY, MARCH 16TH – Saint Abraham. Ember Day. 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! Contact Brother Anthony if you would like to audition to share your talent!

SUNDAY, MARCH 17TH – 2ND SUNDAY IN LENT. Saint Patrick, the beloved patron of the Irish people, spread the Faith through Ireland. His simplicity in teaching the truths of the Faith is typified by his famous description of the Trinity in the shamrock. Feast day of Brother Patrick Joseph, MICM. 

MONDAY, MARCH 18TH – Saint Cyril of Jerusalem was made a Doctor of the Church for his simple and clear explanations of the Catholic Faith, which even a  child can understand.

TUESDAY, MARCH 19TH – 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. 

THURSDAY, MARCH 21ST – Saint Benedict, Father of Western Monasticism, founded of one of the greatest religious orders in the Church.

FRIDAY, MARCH 22ND – The Holy Shroud. Join us for the Stations of the Cross this evening at 7:30 p.m. Bring your family!

SATURDAY, MARCH 23RD – Our Lady of Victories is the name given to a beautiful image of the Blessed Virgin which the French took from the Greeks at Constantinople in 1204 in a battle in which they scored a victory. There is also a famous church called Our Lady of Victories in Paris which was desecrated during the French Revolution, but miraculously restored by Our Lady with the help of a simple French priest named Father Desgenettes, in 1836. “Consecrate your parish to the most holy and Immaculate Heart of Mary,” he heard a voice say to him at a sparsely attended morning Mass. A short time after he had obeyed Our Lady’s orders, the hitherto empty church was filled for the first time in many, many years. 

SUNDAY, MARCH 24TH – 3RD SUNDAY IN LENT. Saint Gabriel the Archangel, one of the Seven Angels who stands before the throne of God, was chosen to bring the message of the Annunciation. The name Gabriel means strength of God. 

MONDAY, 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. Her simple Fiat (Be it done), was the dawn of our salvation! Show your gratitude by reciting the Angelus at noon everyday! 

THURSDAY, MARCH 28TH – Saint John Capistrano, who led a large Christian army against Mohammed II, is known as the “Soldier Saint” and is patron of judges, lawyers and military chaplains.

FRIDAY, MARCH 29TH – The Five Wounds. Join us for the Stations of the Cross this evening at 7:30 p.m. Bring your family!

SATURDAY, 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 .

SUNDAY, 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.


Fast & Abstinence Reminders

1) Abstinence on all the Fridays of Lent, and on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.

  • No meat may be eaten on days of abstinence. 
  • Catholics 14 years and older are bound to abstain from meat. Invalids, pregnant and nursing mothers are exempt.

2) Fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.

  • Fasting means having only one full meal to maintain one's strength. Two smaller, meatless and penitential meals are permitted according to one's needs, but they should not together equal the one full meal. Eating solid foods between meals is not permitted. 
  • Catholics from age 18 through age 59 are bound to fast. Again, invalids, pregnant and nursing mothers are exempt.

3) Friday Abstinence Outside of Lent.

It should be noted that Fridays throughout the year are designated days of penance. The Code of Canon Law states that Friday is a day of abstinence from meat throughout the year. The American Bishops have allowed us to choose a different form of penance rather than abstaining from meat, but there must be some form of penance, for this is the day we commemorate Christ's suffering and death. The bishops stress that "[a]mong the works of voluntary self-denial and personal penance...we give first place to abstinence from flesh meat" (Pastoral Statement on Fasting and Abstinence).

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