October 2019 Bulletin

The Month of October is Dedicated to the Holy Rosary.

oct19The power of the Rosary is beyond question. The Rosary is more than a devotion to Our Lady. The beads and chain of the rosary itself are often a reflection of our character and our hope. Catholics are buried with rosaries, wound carefully about folded hands. There is no greater symbol than this of the primacy the Rosary has in Catholic devotion. As Catholics, we know – we do not merely believe, we know, that the Rosary is the most powerful recitation we can make when we desire a miracle or some other grace from God. By reflecting on our Blessed Mother's experiences and the life of Jesus, we become more like the woman who bore all things for the sake of obedience to God's will. The Mother of God knew the loss of her only Child at the hands of unjust executioners. She witnessed the sick and the dying, and she asked Jesus to perform miracles, which He obliged His mother. We know that Mary retains this respect, so by asking for her intercession with Jesus, we too can change in accord with God's will. Sister Lucia of Fatima told us that "There is no problem, I tell you, no matter how difficult it is, that we cannot solve by the prayer of the Holy Rosary. With the Holy Rosary we will save ourselves. We will sanctify ourselves. We will console Our Lord and obtain the salvation of many souls." Let us know and believe this is true. 

What harm has the Rosary ever done? None at all. Yet how many graces have we witnessed as a result of its recitation? Can we complete the list? This simple fact alone is proof of the truth and power of the Most Holy Rosary. Let's pray together, remembering the promises of Our Lady to those who faithfully recite her devotion. Get your Rosary now, it's time to rededicate ourselves to Our Lady!

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 1ST – Saint Remigius, Remy or Remi, was Bishop of Reims and Apostle of the Franks. On December 25, 496, he baptized Clovis I, King of the Franks. This baptism, led to the  conversion of the entire Frankish people to Christianity, and was a momentous success for the Church and a major event in European history.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2ND – Holy Guardian Angels are given to us at the moment of our birth and stay with us all through life, comfort us in Purgatory, and escort us to Heaven. 

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3RD – Saint Thérèse of Lisieux became a great saint by doing little things perfectly. That is all you need: to do your duty well. Feastday of Sister Marie-Therese, MICM.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4TH – Saint Francis of Assisi lived such a humble, and cheerfully sacrificial life, that he is called the saint who lived the most like Christ Himself. First Friday!

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5TH – Saint Faustina Kowalska had many visions of Our Lord Who taught her the way of Divine Mercy. The Divine Mercy Chaplet is a powerful prayer which is easy to pray often. Make an effort to pray the Chaplet at least once today. First Saturday. Feastday of Sister Maria Faustina, MICM.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6TH - 17TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST. Event: Holy Hour of Reparation at 7:30 p.m.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 7TH - Our Lady of the Rosary. When in grave danger, or in need of assistance in an emergency, the word that we cry out is “Help!”…and we continue to repeat it until someone comes to our aid. The repetition of the Hail Mary in the Rosary is our cry to Heaven in daily trials or for a special need!

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11TH – Divine Maternity of Our Lady. “Whoever does not wish to have Mary Immaculate as his mother… will not have Christ as his brother.” (St. Maximilian Kolbe)

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12TH – Our Lady of the Pillar. This feast commemorates the apparition of the Mother of God during her own lifetime to Saint James, the great apostle of Spain, in the year 36, in the town of Zaragoza in Spain. Event: Come to the IHM Yardsale and Bazaar today! More information at bottom of page.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13TH – 18TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST. Saint Edward, King. On this day the Miracle of the Sun that took place during the last apparition at Fatima in 1917.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 15TH – Saint Teresa of Avila was the first woman to bear the title “Doctor of the Church.” She wanted never to die, but to live on and suffer real pain of every kind to prove her love for Christ. Don’t express even one complaint today. Feastday of Sister Miriam Teresa, MICM. Event: Adult Catechetical Series begins this evening!

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16TH – Saint Gerard Majella is invoked as a patron of expectant mothers as a result of a miracle effected through his prayers for a new mother. Feastday of Brother Gerard, Novice.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17TH – Saint Margaret Mary received a series of revelations from Our Lord regarding devotion to His Sacred Heart. The devotion encountered violent opposition, especially in Jansenist areas, but has become widespread and popular.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18TH – Saint Luke, referred to by Paul as the “Beloved Physician,” is the evangelist, poet, artist and cantor of the infancy of Jesus Christ. It was Luke who chronicled the first Christmas, searching out and preserving a story “too humble for prouder historians to touch.”  

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20TH – 19TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST. Saint John Cantius was a serious, humble man, generous to a fault with the poor. He went on pilgrimage to Jerusalem, hoping to be martyred by Turks. He made four pilgrimages to Rome, carrying his luggage on his back. When warned to look after his health, he pointed out that the early desert fathers lived long lives in conditions that had nothing to recommend them but the presence of God. 

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24TH – Saint Raphael the Archangel is the patron of the blind, of happy meetings, of nurses, of physicians and of travelers.  

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25TH – Saints Chrysanthus and Daria. Chrysanthus, a Christian, married Daria, converted her and convinced her to live in chastity. He was later denounced as a Christian to Claudius, the tribune. His attitude under torture so impressed Claudius that his family and seventy of his soldiers became Christians. The Emperor had them all slain. Daria was sent to a brothel, where she was defended by a lion. She was then stoned and finally buried alive.  

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27TH – THE FEAST OF CHRIST THE KING. Pope Pius XI instituted The Feast of Christ the King in 1925. Pope Pius connected the denial of Christ as King to the rise of secularism. Just as the Feast of Corpus Christi was instituted when devotion to the Eucharist was at a low point, the Feast of Christ the King was instituted during a time when respect for Christ and the Church was waning, when the feast was most needed. 

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 31ST – Saint Wolfgang. ALL HALLOWS’ EVE. The world has corrupted this beautiful feast into a celebration of darkness and evil. Be sure to celebrate the Saints! Celebrate as a Catholic family should! 

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1ST – ALL SAINTS’ DAY.  Holy Day of Obligation. Masses at 8:30 a.m. (Sung Mass) & 7:30 p.m.

  •  Join us for a day of fun fundraising at the IHM YardSale & Bazaar on October 12 from 9a.m. to 5 p.m. on the Chapel grounds. Volunteers are needed! Ask where you can help out!
  • An adult catechetical series, “Our Quest for Happiness”, will begin on Tuesday, October 15, from 7:30 to 8:30 pm. This 8 week secession (ends Dec. 3) will review: Reason and Faith, the Liturgical Year, Who and What God is, the Sacraments, the Moral Law and more.
  • Love & Mercy, a new docudrama on St. Faustina, and her crucial mission of bringing the message of Divine Mercy to the world will show at Regal Solomon Pond 15 cinema in Marlborough, MA on October 28. More about the move at loveandmercymovie.com
  • Young Catholic Women in grades 7–11 are invited to join the newly launching “Virgo Fidelis Sodality.” Contact the Sisters if you are interested in participating.
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