September 2017 Bulletin

Through her martyrdom, Mary has become in a special way the comfortress of the afflicted. It was by her own experience of sorrow that she was taught the sympathy which enables her to comfort her children in all their afflictions. God gave her a mighty and a sympathetic heart for this great task.

sept17For all God's children, the way to Heaven leads across the mount of Calvary, the way of trial and suffering. In the company of our Sorrowful Mother we walk more easily, fight more courageously, and suffer more patiently, perseveringly and joyfully; for she holds up before us not only the example of the sufferings and death of her Divine Son, but also the victory, the joy and the glory which He has won through His sufferings.

How often do we grow impatient, fainthearted, despondent and inconstant in suffering, without endurance, without resignation, full of complaints and murmurings! Oh! let us deeply engrave in our hearts the sorrows of Mary. May she, our Sorrowful Mother, ever be our model in suffering, in the patient endurance of trials, and in the humble acceptance of sorrows and afflictions. When the hand of God lays a heavy cross upon our shoulders, let us turn to Mary Sorrowing, and we shall obtain consolation and strength to carry the cross patiently and meritoriously.


The Month of September is dedicated to the Sorrowful Mother

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 1ST – Saint Anna, Prophetess, was in attendance at the Temple when Jesus was presented. Having all her life believed in the prophecies of the Old Testament, she was the only woman in the Temple to greet the Saviour. First Friday.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 2ND – Saint Stephen of Hungary. First Saturday. 

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 3RD – 13TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST. Pope Saint Pius X issued decrees on early Communion and also reformed the liturgy, promoted clear and simple homilies, and brought Gregorian chant back to services. 

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6TH – 15TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST. Saint Eleutherius. First day of school for IHM students. Ask the Holy Ghost to guide the teachers and students of IHM through the 2017-2018 school year!

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 8TH – NATIVITY OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY. On this day our Heavenly Queen first made her appearance in this world! Ave Maria! Be sure to visit our shrine of Maria Bambina today and say a special prayer on her feast day!

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9TH – Saint Peter Claver understood that concrete works of mercy, such as distributing medicine and food to his black brothers and sisters, could be as effective as verbal preaching.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10TH – 14TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST. Saint Nicholas of Tolentino.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12TH – The Holy Name of Mary. “God the Father gathered all the waters together and called them the seas or maria (Latin, seas). He gathered all His grace together and called it Mary or Maria . . .This immense treasury is none other than Mary whom the Saints call the ‘treasury of the Lord.’ From her fullness all men are made rich.” – St. Louis de Montfort

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13TH – Saint Eulogius. On this day, 100 years ago, Our Lady appeared to the three Fatima Children for the fifth time and asked them to continue praying the Rosary! Are we fulfilling her wishes by praying it every day!

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 14TH – Exultation of the Holy Cross. This feast had its origin at Jerusalem, and is connected with the commemoration of the Finding of the Cross and the building, by Constantine, of churches upon the sites of the Holy Sepulcher and Calvary. Feastday of Sister Marie-Celine, MICM.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15TH – Our Lady of Sorrows. Devotion to the Sorrows of Mary gave rise to the figure in Christian art of the Pietà, the sorrowing Mother holding the dead Body of her Son at the foot of  the Cross. Her Sorrows are: the Prophecy of Simeon, the Flight into Egypt, the Loss of the Child Jesus in the Temple, the Meeting on the way to Calvary, the Crucifixion, the Taking Down from the Cross, the Burial of  Jesus.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17TH – 15TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST. Stigmata of Saint Francis of Assisi. Saint Francis had a very great devotion and veneration for Christ crucified and never ceased to preach this devotion till his death. In the year 1224, as he was rapt in contemplation, Our Lord imprinted the marks of his passion on the saint's body.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 18TH – Saint Joseph Cupertino was slow and unclever, but of such a strong faith that he often experienced miraculous levitation and visions. He is the patron saint of air travelers, aviators, astronauts, people with a mental handicap, test takers, and weak students.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19TH – Our Lady of La Salette. The apparitions of La Salette recall Christians to the fulfillment of their religious duties, to a horror of blasphemy, and to the sanctification of the Sunday. Hear the voice of Mary who calls us to penance, and who, on the part of her Son, threatens us with spiritual and temporal evils, if remaining insensible to her admonitions!

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20TH – Saint Eustace, a Roman captain, was passionately fond of the chase. One day, after bringing a stag to bay, he saw a crucifix between its horns. He was immediately converted and was baptized next day. Eustace was martyred by being shut inside a brazen bull.  Ember Day.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21ST – 15TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST. Saint Matthew was a tax-collector, until the day when Our Lord passed his booth and said simply: “Follow Me.” Matthew left his money, position and family and followed Christ immediately. He wasted no time wondering, “If I could only be sure I have a vocation,”…He heard the call and went. Feastday of Brother Matthew, MICM.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 24TH - 16TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST. Our Lady of Ransom. When many Christians were being seized by Turks, Our Lady came to the rescue by asking three men to found an Order for the redemption of captives. By this, she shows the loving motherly concern she has for each and every one of us. Say a prayer for the persecuted Christians, especially in the Middle East.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26TH – The Eight North American Martyrs. We should have a special love and reverence for these men who were among the first to shed their blood for Christ in the New World. Have you visited the shrine where two of these saints were martyred in Auriesville, NY?

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27TH – Saints Cosmas and Damian were twin brothers who became skilled doctors. They did not charge a fee for their services. It was impossible that such prominent persons would escape unnoticed in time of persecution: They were arrested and beheaded. Nine centuries after their deaths, Francis of Assisi rebuilt the dilapidated church that was dedicated to them called San Damiano.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29TH – Saint Michael. Devotion to Michael the Archangel is one of the oldest devotions of the Church; indeed, his roles in God’s Divine plan date back before the Incarnation. It was Saint Michael who led God’s army against Lucifer and the other rebellious fallen angels, Saint Michael who guards the Catholic Church and her pope, and Saint Michael who, at God’s command will reprise his role against the Antichrist in the End Times.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30TH – Saint Jerome  is frequently remembered for his bad temper! It is true that he had a very bad temper and could use a vitriolic pen, but his love for God was extraordinarily intense! Jerome went after anyone who taught error and was an enemy of God and truth, with his mighty and sometimes sarcastic pen.


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Stop by and see the beautiful new shop now housed in the small grey building to the right of MacIsaac Hall!

Mark your calendar IHM Yardsale & Bazaar 

Enjoy a day of food, fun & fundraising at the IHM Bazaar on October 7, 2017. Help Needed! Please contact us to volunteer in any way!

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