February 2018 Bulletin

feb18Behold by the death of Jesus, man is freed from sin and from the power of the devil; he is, moreover, raised to a life of grace, and to a higher degree of grace than that which Adam lost: And where sin abounded, says St. Paul, grace did more abound. (Rom. v. 20.) And now, therefore, it is for us, according to the same Apostle, to have recourse frequently and with all confidence to this throne of grace, for such indeed is Jesus crucified, that we may, through His mercy, obtain the grace to save our souls, together with the help we need to overcome the temptations of the world and of Hell: Let us go therefore with confidence to the throne of grace: that we may obtain mercy, and find grace in seasonable aid. (Heb. iv. 16.)

Ah, my Jesus, I love Thee above all things, and whom shall I ever love if I love not Thee, Who art infinite goodness, and Who hast died for me? Would that I could die of grief as often as I think how I have driven Thee from my soul by my sins, and thus separated myself from Thee, Who art my only good, and Who hast loved me so much. Who shall separate me from the charity of Christ? (Rom. viii. 35.) It is sin and sin only that can separate me from Thee. But I hope in the blood Thou hast shed for me, that Thou wilt never again allow me to separate myself from Thy love, and lose Thy grace, which I value more than all else in this world. I give my whole self to Thee.

~Excerpt from Meditations on the Passion by St. Alphonsus Liguori


The Month of February is Dedicated to the Passion of Christ

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 1ST – Saint Brigid of Ireland, known as “the Mary of the Gaels,”  is revered with Saint Patrick as one of the pillars of the Irish people. Feastday of Sister Brigid Mary, MICM.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 2ND – Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Candlemas. Today’s solemnity is appropriate for the blessing of candles, because on this day Mary made an offering in the temple and presented her Son. The holy Simeon prophesied that He would be “a light to the revelation of the Gentiles.” First Friday. High Mass and Procession at 8:30 a.m. Following Mass Nicholas Fretwell will receive the habit of a Novice Brother and a new name in religion. Please pray for his perseverance!

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 3RD – Saint Blaise. Once, there was brought to Saint Blaise a young boy who had a fishbone stuck in his throat and was on the point of death. Through the power of God, the saint healed him and for this reason, the faithful receive the blessing of the throat every year on his feast. First Saturday.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 4TH – SEXAGESIMA SUNDAY. Saint Andrew Corsini. This Sunday's title refers to the time until Easter - but the liturgy repeats the term in relation to how much we should increase faith.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 5TH – The 26 Martyrs of Japan were crucified on a hill, now known as the Holy Mountain (or Martyrs’ Hill), overlooking Nagasaki. Included in their number were priests, Franciscan and Jesuit brothers, and members of the secular Franciscan Order. Many laymen were also martyred, including catechists, doctors, carpenters, simple artisans and servants– some elderly, and some young children. All went to their deaths willingly, certain in their love for Jesus Christ, and in the saving grace and redemption of the Lord.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 6TH – Saint Dorothy was mocked on her way to death by a lawyer who taunted her to send “apples or roses from the garden of her Spouse.” Dorothy promised to grant his request. Just before death, a child stood by her side bearing apples and roses which she bade him take them to the mocker. The lawyer was converted to the Faith and also died a martyr.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 8TH – Saint Josephine Bakhita was a Sudanese-born former slave who became a Canossian Religious Sister in Italy, living and working there for 45 years. In 2000 she was declared a saint by the Catholic Church.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10TH – Saint Scholastica , the twin sister of Benedict of Nursia, is the foundress of the women's branch of Benedictine Monasticism.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 11TH – QUINQUAGESIMA SUNDAY. Our Lady of Lourdes. In 1858 Our Lady appeared 18 times to little Bernadette Soubirous, a young peasant girl, in the grotto of Lourdes called Massabielle. She revealed herself as the Immaculate Conception, and asked that a chapel be built on the site of the vision. Lourdes is visited by thousands of pilgrims each year.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 13TH – 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. Set up a shrine to the Holy Face in your home this Lent!

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 14THASH WEDNESDAY. The distribution of ashes reminds us of our own mortality and calls us to repentance. In the early Church, Ash Wednesday was the day on which great sinners, who wished to be readmitted to the Church, would begin their public penance. The ashes that we receive are a reminder of our own sinfulness, and we should leave them on our foreheads all day as a sign of humility. Ashes will be distributed at the morning Masses (7:00 & 8:30 a.m.) as well as a special evening Mass at 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15TH – Saint Claude de la Columbiere was the brilliant and saintly priest of the Society of Jesus who was the spiritual director and complete supporter of Saint Margaret Mary in establishing devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16TH – The Crown of Thorns. Join us for the Stations of the Cross followed by Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at 7:30 p.m. this evening and every Friday in Lent! Need a reason to come? Find out more about the Stations at the bottom of this bulletin page!

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 18TH – 1ST SUNDAY IN LENT. Saint Bernadette Soubirous was blessed with 18 visions of Our Lady at Lourdes in 1858. The perfectly incorrupt body of this little saint is venerated by the faithful at the convent of the Sisters of Charity at Nevers, France. Feastday of Sister Marie-Bernard, MICM

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 19TH – Saint Gabinus was the brother of Saint Caius, the twenty-ninth Pope, and the father of the beautiful little virgin martyr, Saint Susannawho was martyred for her Faith and her purity, because she would not marry the son-in-law of the pagan Emperor Diocletian. Saint Susanna was martyred in 295, and one year later, in 296, her father, Saint Gabinus, shed his blood for the Faith for which his daughter had died.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 20TH  Saints Francisco and Jacinta Marto were the young shepherd children, who, together with their cousin Lucia, were privileged with apparitions of Our Lady at Fatima in Portugal in 1917. Feastday of Sister Mary Jacinta, Novice.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21ST – Saint Robert Southwell, was born in England and entered the Jesuits in Rome. He was ordained a priest and conducted missionary labors in London. Arrested, he remained in jail for three years before being martyred at Tyburn. Ember Day.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22ND  The Chair of Saint Peter at Antioch. Thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hhell shall not prevail against it. (Matt. 16:18)

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23RD  The Lance and Nails. Saint Peter Damian was declared a Doctor of the Church due to his zealous spirit, eloquent preaching and voluminous writing. Ember Day. Join us for the Stations of the Cross and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at 7:30 p.m. this evening!

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24TH  Saint Matthias, like all the other apostles, was not chosen by Jesus for what he already was, but for what Jesus foresaw he would become. He was elected not because he was worthy but because he would become worthy. Jesus chooses all of us in the same way. Ember Day.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 25TH – 2ND SUNDAY IN LENT. Saint Walburga.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 27TH – Saint Gabriel of the Sorrowful Virgin gave his life up to prayer, sacrifice, and a devotion to Our Lady’s Sorrows as a member of the Passionist Order. Feastday of Sister Gabriel Marie, MICM.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 28TH – Saint Anne Line, one of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales, was arrested and hung for hiding Catholic priests in her home.


Why Pray the Stations of the Cross?

Could you walk a mile in Jesus’s shoes? The Stations of the Cross bring us closer to Christ as we meditate on the great love He showed for us in His most sorrowful Passion! You can pray the Stations of the Cross (also known as the Way of the Cross) alone at anytime, but it is tradition that the faithful pray them together on Friday nights during Lent.

Tradition traces this loving tribute to our Lord back to the Blessed Mother’s retracing her Son’s last steps along what became known as the Via Dolorosa (the Sorrowful Way) on His way to His Crucifixion at Calvary in Jerusalem. Pilgrims to the Holy Land commemorated Christ’s Passion in a similar manner as early as the 4th century A.D. The Stations of the Cross developed as a devotion in earnest, however, around the 13th to 14th centuries. It became a way of allowing those who could not make the long, expensive, arduous journey to Jerusalem to make a pilgrimage in prayer, at least, in their church!

Although the original number of stations varied greatly, they became fixed at 14 in the 18th century. The Stations of the Cross themselves are usually represented in churches by a series of 14 pictures or sculptures covering our Lord's Passion. They are meant to be “stopping points” along the journey for prayer and meditation.

Join us at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays in Lent as we comfort Christ on His sorrowful journey by praying the Stations of the Cross!

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