May 2019 Bulletin

may19Most Holy, Immaculate Virgin and my Mother Mary! To thee who art the Mother of my Lord, the Queen of the world, the Advocate, the Hope, and the Refuge of sinners, I have recourse today, I who am the most miserable of all.

I render thee my most humble homage, O great Queen, and I thank thee for all the graces thou hast conferred on me until now, especially for having delivered me from Hell, which I have so often deserved. I love thee, O most amiable Lady; and for the love which I bear thee, I promise to serve thee always and to do all in my power to make others love thee also. I place in thee all my hopes; I confide my salvation to thy care.

Accept me for thy servant and receive me under thy mantle, O Mother of Mercy. And since thou art so powerful with God, deliver me from all temptations; or rather, obtain for me the strength to triumph over them until death. Of thee I ask a perfect love for Jesus Christ. Through thee I hope to die a good death. O my Mother, by the love which thou bearest to God, I beseech thee to help me at all times, but especially at the last moment of my life. Leave me not, I beseech thee, until thou see me safe in Heaven, blessing thee and singing thy mercies for all eternity. Amen. Thus, I hope. Thus, may it be.

~St. Alphonsus Ligouri, “The Glories of Mary”

The Month of May is Dedicated to Our Lady

WEDNESDAY, 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.

THURSDAY, 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.

FRIDAY, MAY 3RD – Finding of the True Cross.  In the year 326, Saint Helena, the mother of the Emperor Constantine, found the cross on which the Saviour died. The miraculous cure of a woman of Jerusalem authenticated the sacred relic. First Friday.

SATURDAY, 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 Saturday. First Holy Communion Day, Mass at 9:00 a.m. 

SUNDAY, MAY 5TH – 2ND SUNDAY AFTER EASTER. 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. 

MONDAY, MAY 6TH – Saint John before the Latin Gate commemorates when, at the age of 83, Saint John the Apostle was brought to Rome and thrown into a cauldron of boiling oil. He miraculously came out unharmed. In fear, the Romans exiled him to the Island of Patmos. 

TUESDAY, MAY 7TH – Saint Stanislaus of Cracow, the 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. 

WEDNESDAY, MAY 8TH – Our Lady of Pompeii. Miracles and favors have taken place through the intercession of Our Lady of Pompeii.

FRIDAY, MAY 10TH – Saint Damien of Molokai spent 16 years of his life serving those exiled to its infamous leper colony. Let us pray to him for the courage to make such great sacrifices in order that souls may be saved! 

SATURDAY, 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.

SUNDAY, MAY 12TH – 3RD SUNDAY AFTER EASTER. Blessed Imelda, the patroness of fervent First Communion. Feastday of Sister Mary Imelda, MICM. 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 potluck picnic!

MONDAY, MAY 13TH – Our Lady of Fatima. Our Lady’s message that men “must amend their lives and ask forgiveness for their sins,” and that they “offend the Lord God no more, for He is already much offended,” is meant for all of us. All people can, by praying the daily Rosary, offering up prayers and sacrifices demanded by their daily duty, restore the temporal order in Christ.

TUESDAY, 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.

THURSDAY, 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.”

FRIDAY, MAY 17TH – Saint Paschal Baylon. 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!

SUNDAY, MAY 19TH – 4TH SUNDAY AFTER EASTER. 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 for only five short months. 

WEDNESDAY, 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. 

FRIDAY, 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.”

SUNDAY, MAY 26TH – 5TH SUNDAY AFTER EASTER. 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.

MONDAY, MAY 27TH – Saint Bede the Venerable. Rogation Days May 27, 28 & 29. See explanation below.

TUESDAY, MAY 28TH – Saint Augustine of Canterbury was the great apostle of England, sent there by Saint Gregory the Great in 597. He brought forty Benedictine monks with him. On the Christmas Day after he arrived he baptized ten thousand Englishmen. This was the beginning of the great age of the Catholic Faith in England, once a country so devout and loyal to the true Faith, and so lovingly prayerful toward the Blessed Virgin Mary that it was called as a land, “Our Lady’s Dowry.” Rogation Day.

THURSDAY, MAY 30TH – 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 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. Ave! Ave! Ave Maria!

 What are Rogation & Ember Days?

The primary purpose of the Rogation Days is to ask God to bless the fields and the parish (the geographic area) that they fall in. By praying for good weather and a fruitful harvest, the Rogation Days remind us that the Church’s liturgical calendar is tied to the changing seasons.

The term “Ember Days” is derived from the Latin term Quatuor Tempora, which literally means “four times.” There are four sets of Ember Days each calendar year; three days each: Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. Ember Days fall at the start of a new season and they are days of fast and abstinence. The significance of the days of the week are that Wednesday was the day Christ was betrayed, Friday was the day He was crucified, and Saturday was the day He was entombed.

According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, the purpose of Ember Days, “besides the general one intended by all prayer and fasting, was to thank God for the gifts of nature, to teach men to make use of them in moderation, and to assist the needy.”



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