August 2017 Bulletin

The month of August is dedicated to the Immaculate Heart. Since the 16th century Catholic piety has assigned entire months to special devotions. The month of August is traditionally dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The physical heart of Mary is venerated (and not adored as the Sacred Heart of Jesus is) because it is united to her person and is the seat of her love (especially for her divine Son), virtue, and inner life. Such devotion is an incentive to a similar love and virtue.

aug17This devotion has received new emphasis in this century from the visions given to Lucy Dos Santos, oldest of the visionaries of Fatima, in her convent in Tuy, in Spain, in 1925 and 1926. In the visions Our Lady asked for the practice of the Five First Saturdays to help make amends for the offenses committed against her heart by the blasphemies and ingratitude of men. The practice parallels the devotion of the Nine First Fridays in honor of the Sacred Heart.

The five first Saturdays correspond to the five kinds of offenses and blasphemies committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary. They are:

  a.    Blasphemies against the Immaculate Conception
  b.    Blasphemies against her virginity
  c.    Blasphemies against her divine maternity, at the same time the refusal      
         to accept her as the Mother of all men
  d.    Instilling, indifference, scorn and even hatred towards this Immaculate
         Mother in the hearts of children
  e.    Direct insults against her sacred images

Request of the Two Hearts

On December 10, 1925, our Blessed Mother again appeared to Sr. Lucy, while a Dorothean postulant. She was in her cell when Our Lady appeared to her, placing one hand on Sr. Lucy’s shoulder and in the other hand showing her a heart surrounded by thorns. Next to the Blessed Virgin was the Child Jesus borne by a luminous cloud and He said to her: Have compassion on the Heart of your Most Holy Mother, covered with thorns with which ungrateful men pierce it at every moment, and there is no one to make an act of reparation to remove them.”

Then the Most Blessed Virgin said: Look, my daughter, at my Heart, surrounded with thorns with which ungrateful men pierce me at every moment by their blasphemies and ingratitude. You at least try to console me and say that I promise to assist at the hour of death, with the graces necessary for salvation, all those who, on the first Saturday of five consecutive months, shall confess, receive Holy Communion, recite five decades of the rosary, and keep me company for 15 minutes while meditating on the 15 mysteries of the rosary, with the intention of making reparation to me.”

The Month of August is Dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

TUESDAY, AUGUST 1ST – The feast of the Dedication of the Roman basilica St Peter in Chains and also the feast of the Seven Holy Maccabee brothers whose relics lie in that basilica.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 2ND – Our Lady of the Angels. No one has ever better described the significance of this marian devotion than St. Francis, when he said to Pope Honorius: "I need nothing more than your word. Our Lady is the parchment, Christ the notary, and the Angels our witnesses!"

FRIDAY, AUGUST 4TH – Saint Dominic was taught the use of the Rosary by Our Lady herself. Armed with this weapon, he conquered sin and heresy and converted many. The daily recitation of the Rosary yields a powerful strength to the soul. Are you armed with this weapon? First Friday.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 5TH – Our Lady of the Snows. First Saturday. During this month dedicated to the Immaculate Heart, let us make a special effort to fulfill the requests Our Lady made at Fatima, by performing the First Saturday devotions, and praying the Rosary daily!

SUNDAY, AUGUST 6TH – 9TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST. The Transfiguration of Our Lord. After the Transfiguration, Our Lord charged His disciples not to tell anyone about the vision until He rose from the dead. Imitate Our Lord today. Practice the hidden virtues rather than those that call attention. There is less danger of losing merit for the good you do. 

TUESDAY, AUGUST 8TH – Saint John Marie Vianney, the patron of priests, universally known as the “Cure of Ars” was the parish priest in a remote French hamlet, where his reputation as a confessor and director of souls made him known throughout the Christian world.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 10TH – Saint Lawrence of Rome, one of the seven deacons under Pope St Sixtus II was martyred in the persecution of Emperor Valerian by being roasted on a grid iron.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 11TH – Saint Philomena, martyred at age 13, willingly traded her earthly life for heavenly salvation. She continues her work today by promoting the virtues of purity and sanctity for all to imitate and bringing the faithful closer to our Blessed Mother and Jesus Christ.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 12TH – Saint Clare founded the Order of Poor Ladies (the Poor Clares) at San Damiano. Once when her convent was about to be attacked by soldiers, she displayed the Blessed Sacrament in a monstrance at the convent gates; the attackers left and the convent was saved. The image of her holding a monstrance became one of her emblems. Feastday of Sister Mary Clare, MICM.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 13TH – 10TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST. Dormition of the Blessed Virgin Mary, commemorates the day on which Our Lady entered eternal life. Her death only lasted for forty-eight hours, and then her incorrupt body was united to her soul and she was assumed into Heaven.

MONDAY, AUGUST 14TH – Saint Maximillian Kolbe – "My children, love the Immaculate! Love Her and She will make you happy! Love Her and trust in Her without limits.”

TUESDAY, AUGUST 15TH – THE ASSUMPTION. After years of patiently waiting Our Lady was reunited with her Divine Son on this day. Who can describe that first embrace of Mother and Son in the glory of the Heavenly Jerusalem as Our Lord led His Blessed Mother to the throne He had prepared for her? HOLY DAY of OBLIGATION. Masses at 8:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Following 8:30 a.m. 

Annual  3-Day Silent Retreat for MICM Religious
 Will be made on from August 16-18
Please respect the silence and restrict phone calls to emergencies. Thank you.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 19TH – Saint John Eudes. On this day in 1917, Our Lady appeared to the three Fatima Children for the fourth time and told them that “…many souls go to hell, because no one is willing to help them with sacrifice.”

SUNDAY, AUGUST 20TH – 11TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST. Saint Bernard. Join us today for the annual potluck Immaculate Heart of Mary Picnic. Bring a plate of your favorite food and come enjoy the day. Begins after 9:15 a.m. Mass.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 22ND – The Immaculate Heart of Mary. Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary give to Jesus Christ all they can give Him in the most perfect manner: through Mary’s hands. Everything is consecrated to Him, even the right of disposing of interior goods and satisfactions gained by good works every day. Being a Slave of the Immaculate Heart of Mary is the greatest of all freedoms! During Mass this morning, the Brothers and Sisters will publicly renew their vows. Following Mass, Nicholas Fretwell will be accepted as a Postulant with the Brothers. Please pray for his perseverance!

THURSDAY, AUGUST 24TH – Saint Bartholomew preached in India and Greater Armenia, where he was flayed alive and beheaded.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 26TH – Our Lady of Czestochowa. According to tradition Saint Luke painted this image which is enshrined and venerated as the “Black Madonna” at the renowned Marian Shrine in Poland.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 27TH – 12TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST. The Seven Joys of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Seven is a mystical number. Our Lady’s Sorrows are seven and Our Lady’s joys are also seven and are celebrated within the octave of the feast of her Immaculate Heart. The Seven Joys of Our Lady are: (1) The Annunciation; (2) the Visitation; (3) the Birth of Our Lord; (4) the Adoration of Jesus by the Magi; (5) the Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple; (6) the Resurrection of Our Lord; (7) the Assumption of Mary in body and in soul into Heaven.

MONDAY, AUGUST 28TH – Saint Augustine overcame strong heresies, practiced great poverty, supported the poor, preached often and prayed with great fervor right up until his death. “Too late have I loved You!” he once cried to God, but with his holy life he certainly made up for the sins he committed before his conversion.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 29TH – The Beheading of Saint John the Baptist. It is John the Baptist who has pointed the way to Christ. John’s life was one of complete detachment from earthly possessions. His heart was centered on God so he had the courage to speak words of condemnation or repentance, to prepare the way for the Saviour.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 31ST – Saint Raymond Nonnatus succeeded Peter Nolasco as chief ransomer and went to Algeria to ransom slaves. He remained as hostage for several slaves when his money ran out.

Thank You!

Thanks to your prayerful support the weeks of Morning Star Camp for Catholic Girls and the Montfort Boys Camps were successful, safe and super fun! Find memories of the weeks on our News Blog and be sure to see the Montfort Video!


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