January 2018 Bulletin

At the beginning of the year I offer myself to Thee, O Jesus, that the designs of Providence may be accomplished within me. To Thee I offer all my actions during this year, all my efforts, my labors, my sacrifices; let them be all for Thee. To Thee I offer all my anxieties and difficulties, my struggles and disappointments, my tears and joys; sanctify them, O Lord. To Thee I offer my liberty that I may serve Thee; if the yoke of obedience weighs heavily, grant I may bear it as Thou hast bourne it.

jan18Even my shortcomings and failings do Thou consume them with the fire of Thy divine love. My wretchedness and weakness, may they draw down on me Thine infinite mercy.  I offer Thee the good seed Thou hast sown in my soul, that it may bring fruit. To Thee I offer my desire of recollection, sanctity and apostolic labors.

To Thee I offer all the powers of my body and soul, that they may be kept in subjection and employed in Thy service. To Thee I offer the powers of my mind: my intellect that it may know Thee, my memory that it may remember Thy goodness, my will that it may be united to Thee and be strengthened in Thy love.    (M.M.D)

The Month of January is dedicated to the Holy Name of Jesus

MONDAY, JANUARY 1ST – CIRCUMCISION OF OUR LORD. This is the day on which Jesus first shed His Precious Blood. It was the purpose of Jesus to fulfill perfectly all the requirements of the Old Law until the Old Law was abolished and the New Law established in its place. HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION. Sunday Mass Schedule: 7:30 a.m., 9:15 a.m. (Sung Mass) and 11:00 a.m. Masses.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 2ND – HOLY NAME OF JESUS. God in His immense goodness gives to each of us an all-powerful word with which we can do wonders for Him, for ourselves and for the world.  That word is “Jesus.”  Paul tells us that it is “a name above all names,” and that “…..in the Name of Jesus, every knee shall bend in Heaven, on earth and under he earth.”  (Phil 2:10) In an era when it is commonplace to hear the Lord's Name taken in vain on television, in movies, and out of the mouths of children as a normal course of conversation, we are called not only to make reparation, but to give witness to the wonders of the Holy Name of Jesus.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 4TH – Saint Elizabeth  Ann Seton was raised Episcopalian in New York in the 18th century. When her wealthy husband died, leaving her with 5 children, she converted to Catholicism. She established a Catholic girls’ school in Baltimore, Maryland, initiating the parochial school system in America.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 5TH – Saint John Neumann was born in Bohemia in 1811. He was ordained in New York and was later made bishop of Philadelphia where he increased the number of schools in the diocese from 20 to 100. He died at the young age of 48. First Friday.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 6TH – THE EPIPHANY or Manifestation, is the feast of the showing of the Christ Child to the Gentile Kings. Through this important feast in the Church calendar, the Messias is letting us know that although He was born of the Jews, He was destined for the Gentiles. First Saturday.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 7TH – HOLY FAMILY SUNDAY. Return of the Holy Family from Egypt. A common pious practice among Catholics is to write “J.M.J.” at the top of letters and personal notes as a reference to Jesus, Mary, and Joseph the members of the Holy Family.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 10TH – Saint Nicanor was one of the Seven Deacons chosen by the Twelve Apostles. One of these deacons was Saint Stephen, the protomartyr of the Church, whose feast day is December 26, the day after Christmas. Six of these Seven Deacons are saints.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 12TH – Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys, referred to as the “Mother of the Colony,” started many schools in Canada.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 13TH – The Baptism of Our Lord. The Church recalls Our Lord’s second manifestation or epiphany which occurred on the occasion of His baptism in the Jordan. Jesus descended into the river to sanctify its waters and to give them the power to beget sons of God. The event takes on the importance of a second creation in which the entire Trinity intervenes.


MONDAY, JANUARY 15TH – Saint Paul the Hermit. Please pray for the repose of the soul of Brother Joseph, MICM, today, the anniversary of his death. 

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 17TH – Our Lady of Pontmain, also known as Our Lady of Hope, is the title given to the Virgin Mary on her apparition at Pontmain, France, on January 17, 1871. These apparitions were approved by Pope Pius IX. Founding day of the Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. No School.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 18TH – Chair of Saint Peter in Rome. Down through time, the celebration of this feast has reminded us that it is the see of Peter that unites us. It reminds us that our unity is the unity of all Catholic bishops in the world, as successors of the apostles, with the Bishop of Rome as their servant-leader. “Where Peter is,” the saying goes, “there is the Church.” 

FRIDAY, JANUARY 19TH – Saints Marius, Martha, Audifax and Abachum.  Spiritually unite with all those who are attending the March for Life in Washington D.C., and support them with your prayers and sacrifices today to end the sin of abortion.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 20TH – Saint Sebastian was the captain of the praetorian guards until it was discovered that he was a Christian. A pious widow went to recover his body, but finding him still alive she nursed him back to health. Soon after, Sebastian intercepted the emperor, denounced him for his cruelty to Christians, and was beaten to death on the emperor’s orders. He is the patron saint of athletes and soldiers.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 21ST – 3RD SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY. Saint Agnes cleaved to Christ, conversed with Him and lived in and for Christ, until the time came to die for Christ, and even then she saw only Christ and was occupied with Him, and not with her pains. Let us ask Saint Agnes to help us to simplify everything, into the one view of Christ. Feastday of Sister Agnes Mary, MICM.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 23RD – Espousals of Our Lady and Saint Joseph were arranged by the Providence of God so that the virginal Mother of the Eternal God might have a virginal husband who would care for and protect her and her Divine Child. 

THURSDAY, JANUARY 25TH – Conversion of Saint Paul. We never know how some small thing that we may say or do will affect another person. When Paul watched Stephen die a holy death, praying for his persecutors, it had to have an impact on him.  And Stephen’s prayer was heard by God. The seed that Stephen planted by his Christian forgiveness of his enemies helped in the conversion of St. Paul. We are all called to be evangelists, to plant seeds of faith wherever we can — in our families and our work places.  We never know when something we do or say might transform another or even bring a great saint and missionary to the Church like St. Paul.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 26TH – Saint Polycarp was a bishop and martyr as well as a disciple of Saint John the Evangelist.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 27TH – Saint John Chrysostom was Patriarch of Constantinople and a Doctor of the Universal Church. He suffered terribly for his orthodoxy and his defense of the Catholic Faith, and was even exiled from his diocese.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 28TH – SEPTUAGESIMA. Septuagesima Sunday is the third Sunday before Lent, which makes it the ninth Sunday before Easter. Traditionally, this Sunday marked the beginning of preparations for Lent. In the celebration of the traditional Latin Mass, starting on Septuagesima Sunday, neither the Alleluia nor the Gloria are sung. They do not return until the Easter Vigil Mass on Holy Saturday.

MONDAY, JANUARY 29TH – Saint Francis de Sales was Bishop of Geneva and a Doctor of the Universal Church. He was only fifty-five years old when he died. He was co-founder, with Saint Jane Frances de Chantal of the Order of the Visitation nuns.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 31ST   Saint John Bosco was the founder of the Salesians, a Religious Order for men under the protection of Saint Francis de Sales, whose apostolate was in rescuing and teaching boys from the streets of Italy. He was the spiritual father of Saint Dominic Savio, whose life he wrote. Today his thriving and spirited Order can be found all over the globe.


Thank You!

Special thanks to all those who donated various gifts, foods and monetary support for our Christmas here at the monastery! May God reward you!

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