May 2018 Bulletin

Blessed Virgin Mary, who can worthily repay you with praise and thanksgiving for rescuing a fallen world by your generous consent? What songs of praise can our weak human nature offer in your honor, since it was through you that it has found the way to salvation?

may18Accept then such poor thanks as we have to offer, unequal though they be to your merits. Receive our gratitude and obtain by your prayers the forgiveness of our sins. Take our prayers into the sanctuary of Heaven and enable them to make our peace with God.

May the sins we repentantly bring before Almighty God through you be forgiven. May what we beg with confidence be granted through you. Accept our offering and grant our request; obtain pardon for what we fear, for you are the sole hope of sinners. We hope to obtain the pardon of our sins through you. Blessed Lady, in you is our hope of reward.

Holy Mary, help those who are miserable, strengthen those who are discouraged, comfort those who are sorrowful, pray for your people, plead for the clergy, intercede for all women consecrated to God. May all who venerate you experience your assistance and protection. 

Be ready to aid us when we pray, and bring back to us the answers to our prayers. Make it your continual concern to pray for the People of God, for you were blessed by God and were made worthy to bear the Redeemer of the world, who lives and reigns forever.    ~Saint Augustine

 The Month of May is Dedicated to Our Lady

TUESDAY, MAY 1ST – Saint Joseph the Worker, patron of the universal Church, watch over the Church as carefully as you watched over Jesus, help protect it and guide it as you did with your adopted Son. Teach us to seek and work for union with God in all things.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 2ND – Saint Athanasius was an intrepid champion of the Catholic Faith. His refusal to tolerate the Arian heresy was the cause of many trials and persecutions. He spent seventeen of the forty-six years of his episcopate in exile. After a life of virtue and suffering, this great man died in peace on May 2, 373. He is a Bishop and Doctor of the Church. Feastday of Sister Mary Athanasius, MICM.

THURSDAY, MAY 3RD – Finding of the True Cross.  In the year 326, Saint Helena, the mother of the Emperor Constantine, discovered the cross on which the Saviour died. The miraculous cure of a woman of Jerusalem authenticated the sacred tree of our salvation. Today’s feast calls to mind that Christ said we cannot be His true disciples unless we share the burden of the cross.

FRIDAY, MAY 4TH – Saint Monica illustrates the fruits of persevering prayer. The fact that she prayed and suffered for eighteen long years proves how difficult it is to win back to God a soul that has let itself go freely into sin. First Friday.

SATURDAY, MAY 5TH – Pope Saint Pius V organized a formidable alliance between Venice and Spain against the the threat of the Ottoman Turks,  which culminated in the Battle of Lepanto. This shattering triumph over the Turks, and day of victory was declared the Feast Day of Our Lady of Victory in recognition of Our Lady's intercession in answer to the saying of the Rosary all over Catholic Europe. First Saturday in May! First Holy Communion Day. Mass at 9:00 a.m. 

SUNDAY, MAY 6TH – 5TH SUNDAY AFTER EASTER. Saint John before the Latin Gate.

MONDAY, MAY 7TH – Saint Stanislaus of Cracow, the great Bishop of Cracow, incurred the enmity of King Boleslaus the Bold by denouncing his cruelties and injustices and  excommunicating him. The king killed the Bishop while he was saying Mass. Rogation Day.

TUESDAY, MAY 8TH – Our Lady of Pompeii. Miracles and favors have taken place through the intercession of Our Lady of Pompeii. Read more in a recent issue of From the Housetops found here!

THURSDAY, MAY 10TH – ASCENSION THURSDAY. The fullness of Christ’s Resurrection is celebrated in the Ascension. Having completed His mission in this world as the Savior, He returned to the Father in Heaven Who sent Him into the world. In ascending to the Father, He raises earth to Heaven with Him! Holy Day of Obligation. Masses at 8:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.

FRIDAY, MAY 11TH – Saints Philip and James, Apostles. As in the case of the other apostles, we see in Philip and James simple men who became foundation stones of the Church, and we are reminded again that holiness and its consequent apostolate are entirely the gift of God, not a matter of human achieving.

SATURDAY, MAY 12TH – Blessed Imelda, the patroness of fervent First Communion, entered the Dominican convent at the age of nine. On the feast of the Ascension, when she was eleven years old, the sacred Host miraculously hovered above her head until the priest gave it to Imelda. She died immediately after in raptures of love.  Feastday of Sister Mary Imelda, MICM.

SUNDAY, MAY 13TH – SUNDAY AFTER ASCENSION. Our Lady of Fatima. Bring your family and friends and join us today for the May Procession in honor of Our Lady beginning after 10:00 a.m. Mass. Five statues will be crowned along the route, each followed by a decade of the Rosary, and the procession will end with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament on the front lawn of the convent. Bring your favorite dish or dessert for the picnic following!

MONDAY, MAY 14TH – Saint Boniface. After a stormy youth, Boniface was converted to the Catholic faith, suffered numerous tortures, and was beheaded in the year 307 A.D.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 16TH – Saint Simon Stock received the Brown Scapular from Our Lady. Her words to him were: “Receive, my beloved son, this scapular of thy Order; it is the special sign of my favor, which I have obtained for thee and for thy children of Mount Carmel. He who dies clothed with this habit shall be preserved from eternal fire. It is the badge of salvation, a shield in time of danger, and a pledge of special peace and protection.” Have you been enrolled in the Brown Scapular? Do you wear it at all times?

FRIDAY, MAY 18TH – Saint Venantius. Join us this evening for the IHM Band Spring Concert! The enjoyable evening of music will begin at 7:00 p.m. at MacIsaac Hall! Bring your friends and family!

SATURDAY, MAY 19TH – Pope Saint Peter Celestine V was an 84 year-old hermit when he was elected Pope. He was kind and simple and many took advantage of him, so he resigned his position after serving only for 5 months. 

SUNDAY, MAY 20TH  PENTECOST SUNDAY. When the Holy Spirit descended upon the Apostles, they were granted the Gifts of the Holy Spirit, which helped them fulfill their mission to preach the Gospel to all nations. For us, too, those Gifts–granted when we are infused with sanctifying grace, the life of God in our souls–help us to live a truly Catholic life.

TUESDAY, MAY 22ND  Saint Rita of Cascia is the patron of desperate cases and situations. A wife, mother, widow, and nun; she buried her family, helped bring peace to her city, saw her dreams denied and fulfilled – and never lost her faith in God, or her desire to be with Him. 

WEDNESDAY, MAY 23RD  Saint John Baptist de Rossi. Ember Day.

THURSDAY, MAY 24TH  Our Lady Help of Christians was the great devotion of Saint John Bosco who once told a fellow Salesian, “Our Lady wants us to honor her with the title of Mary, Help of Christians. The times are so sad that we need the Holy Virgin to help us preserve and defend the Christian faith.”

FRIDAY, MAY 25TH – Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat. Ember Day.

SATURDAY, MAY 26TH – Saint Philip Neri was known to be spontaneous and unpredictable, charming and humorous; his life proves to us that our Faith is happy and joyful.

SUNDAY, MAY 27TH – TRINITY SUNDAY. Our Lady Queen of Apostles.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 30TH – Saint Joan of Arc. In the village maid who conquered France, we find fulfilled the words: All things are possible with God! 

THURSDAY, MAY 31ST – Queenship of Mary. In his encyclical To the Queen of Heaven, Pius XII points out that Mary deserves the title because she is Mother of God, because she is closely associated as the New Eve with Jesus’ redemptive work, because of her preeminent perfection and because of her intercessory power.

As the warmer weather comes, please review our Monastery Dress Code:

We ask all visitors to please abide by our dress code while on the monastery grounds.

Women: Dresses or skirts must be below the knee. No sleeveless blouses, pants or shorts. Head coverings are required in the Chapel. 

Men: No shorts or tee shirts.

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