April 2017 Bulletin

april17Adore and visit Jesus, abandoned and forsaken by men in His Sacrament of Love. Man has time for everything except for visits to His Lord and God, WHO IS WAITING AND LONGING FOR US in the Blessed Sacrament. The streets and places of entertainment are filled with people; the House of God is deserted. Men flee from it; they are afraid of it. Ah! Poor Jesus! Did you expect so much indifference
from those You have redeemed, from Your friends, from Your children, from me?

Sympathize with Jesus Who is betrayed, insulted, mocked, and crucified far more ignominiously in His Sacrament of Love than He was in the Garden of Olives, in Jerusalem, and on Calvary. Those whom He has the most honored, loved, and enriched with His gifts and graces are the very ones who offend Him the most by their indifference.

Offer up for this intention all that you have suffered during the day or week that Jesus may be loved and adored by all. Because we ourselves are unable to atone for so much wrong, we unite  ourselves to the infinite merits of our Savior Jesus. Receive His Divine Blood as it mystically flows from His Holy Wounds, and offer it to the Father in perfect atonement for the sins of the world. Take His sufferings and His prayer on the Cross and beg the Heavenly Father for pardon and mercy for all. Unite your reparation to that of the most Blessed Virgin at the foot of the Cross or the altar, and from the love of Jesus for His Divine Mother you will obtain everything.

~St. Peter Julian Eymard

The Month of April is Dedicated to the Holy Eucharist

SATURDAY, APRIL 1ST – Saint Hugh of Grenoble. First Saturday in April!

SUNDAY, APRIL 2ND – PASSION SUNDAY  memorializes the increasing antipathy against Christ from the Jews who would not accept Him and accused Him of sorcery and of being blasphemous and possessed by a devil. Today, statues and sacred images are veiled with purple cloth and they remain covered until the Gloria of Holy Saturday, at which point Lent ends and Eastertide begins. This veiling of the statues and icons stems from the Gospel reading of Passion Sunday at the end of which the Jews take up stones to cast at Jesus, Who hides Himself away. The veiling also symbolizes the fact that Christ’s Divinity was hidden at the time of His Passion and death, the very essence of Passiontide. 

TUESDAY, APRIL 4TH – Saint Isidore of Seville was one of the last of the ancient Christian philosophers and the last of the great Latin Church Fathers. Some consider him to be the most learned man of his age. Saint Isidore is the patron saint of the internet.

FRIDAY, APRIL 7TH – Saint Herman Joseph. First Friday in April!

SUNDAY, APRIL 9TH – PALM SUNDAY celebrates the triumphant entry of our Divine Redeemer into Jerusalem. In imitation of those who strewed olive and palm branches on the road before Christ as He rode, we are given blessed palms to hold during the procession and the reading of the Passion and Last Gospel. These should be displayed in the home as sacramentals.

TUESDAY, APRIL 11TH – Saint Leo the Great went out to meet Attila the Hun, who was about to attack and destroy Rome. The Pope threatened Attila with the power which was his from Saint Peter, if he did not turn back and leave Italy unmolested. At the same moment, above the Pope’s head appeared the figure of Saint Peter holding in his hand a drawn sword with which he made as if to kill Attila unless he consented to do as Leo asked. The Hun, the “Scourge of God”, agreed to turn back giving up Rome, and Leo, absorbed in thanksgiving, returned to his See.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 12TH – Saint Sabbas. Wednesday in Holy Week is known as Spy Wednesday because it was on this day that Judas bargained with the High Priests to betray Jesus for 30 silver pieces.

* THURSDAY, APRIL 13TH HOLY THURSDAY commemorates the Last Supper of Our Redeemer, with the institution of the Holy Eucharist. After the Mass of Maundy Thursday, the bells cease to ring till the “Gloria in Excelsis,” at the Mass for Easter. This is done as a  sign of mourning, and in imitation of the silence and grief of the Apostles at the sufferings and death of Christ. All the altars are stripped, and the Blessed Sacrament is placed on the Altar of Repose, in remembrance of the desolation and loneliness of Christ on that awful night. High Mass at 7:30 p.m. followed by the Procession of the Most Blessed Sacrament, Which will be placed at the Altar of Repose. 

Watch and Pray… Please keep strict silence on the monastery grounds
from after Holy Thursday Mass until after Mass on Good Friday.
Represent your intentions by leaving a single rose on the Altar of Repose during the hours of the watch.

* FRIDAY, APRIL 14THGOOD FRIDAY. “It is finished.” This day should be held in sacred silence as much as possible, (especially from 12 noon to 3:00) as we relive, with all our attention and devotion, the precious death of our Divine Redeemer. The Church in her whole office expresses the deepest mourning and compunction. As sinners, we should let the sword of sorrow and contrition pierce our hearts as we relive the tremendous agonies suffered by Christ for us during the great tragedy of the first Good Friday. Reading of the Passion, Adoration of the Holy Cross and the Mass of the Presanctified, 3 p.m.

* SATURDAY, APRIL 15THHOLY SATURDAY commemorates Christ’s rest in the tomb. No services are held in the church all through the daylight hours. It is only at night that the Easter Vigil starts with the blessing of the new fire and water and the Feast’s deeply impressive ceremonies. It is a night of joyful expectation, until finally the Alleluia proclaims the exultant message of the Resurrection and leads us to the glorious celebration of Easter in the Holy Sacrifice. No morning Mass … Blessing of the Fire and Water. Easter Vigil Mass at 8:30 p.m.

 * SUNDAY, APRIL 16THEASTER SUNDAY. Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! “On this day salvation is given to the world both visible and invisible. Christ is risen from the dead; arise ye with Him! Christ has resumed His Body; return to the state of happiness which you had forfeited. Christ has left the grave; break the bonds of your sins. The gates of Hell are broken down; death is vanquished; the old Adam is destroyed, and the new Adam formed; be ye made a new creature in Christ!” (–Saint Gregory Nazianzen)  Regular Sunday Mass times ~9:15 Sung Mass.

MONDAY, APRIL 17TH – Easter Monday. The celebration of the great feast of the Resurrection traditionally extends to the next day which was often a day of games and fun.

THURSDAY, APRIL 20TH – Saint Agnes of Montepulciano was a Dominican prioress in medieval Tuscany, who was known as a miracle worker during her lifetime.

SUNDAY, APRIL 23RD – MERCY SUNDAY. Our Lord’s Mercy grants forgiveness of all sins and punishment on the Feast of Divine Mercy, even for the most hardened sinners! The plenary indulgence is granted to those who observe the feast by: 1. Celebrating the feast on the Sunday after Easter; 2.Sincerely repenting of all our sins; 3. Placing our complete trust in Jesus; 4. Going to Confession, preferably before that Sunday; 5. Receiving Holy Communion on the feast; 6.Venerating the image of Divine Mercy; 7. Being merciful to others, through our actions, words, and prayers on their behalf. 

TUESDAY, APRIL 25TH – Saint Mark, the Evangelist, wrote the second Gospel. He was requested by the Romans to set down the teachings of Saint Peter, therefore the Gospel is a record of the life of Jesus as seen through the eyes of the Prince of the Apostles.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26TH – Our Lady of Good Counsel.  We pray to Our Lady of Good Counsel for advice as to what we should do in important issues. Pray to her today very particularly for the grace of knowing what to do for a life’s work. It would be an excellent thing to put your vocation and your future success entirely in the hands of Our Lady of Good Counsel.

FRIDAY, APRIL 28TH – Saint Louis Marie de Montfort was one of the greatest apostles of devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary in the whole of Catholic history. His masterpiece, True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin, is the source of the charism of the Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary… living a life of giving all to Jesus – through Mary. Join us for the feast of Saint Louis Marie de Montfort and witness the First Profession of Vows of Brother Patrick Joseph, and the Final Profession of Vows of Brother Christopher Isaac, MICM. We thank God for the gift of such wonderful vocations! Perseverance, Brothers! The professions will take place at the Offertory of the 10:00 a.m. Missa Cantata for the feast. All are welcome to celebrate afterward with a piece of cake. Formal reception by invitation only.

SUNDAY, APRIL 30TH – 2ND SUNDAY AFTER EASTER. Saint Catherine of Siena was favored with many visions of Christ throughout her life and even received the stigmata. Once when she was suffering from terrible temptations she seemed to receive no relief from her Divine Spouse. When Christ later appeared to her she asked Him, “Where were you, Lord, when I needed You?” And Christ answered, “I was in your heart, Catherine.”

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