December 2017 Bulletin

Our Lord Jesus Christ, as God, has always been. Before He was known to us as Jesus, He was still the same Divine Person. Jesus is the Name given Him “before He was conceived in Mary’s womb.” The Angels knew Him as the Admirable One – The All Holy One – The Eternal One – The Splendor of the Father – The Brightness of His Father’s Glory. What Our Blessed Lord has taken up He will never let down.

dec17He was God from all Eternity, but He has been both God and Man from Bethlehem until now, and will be so forever. But not only is He perpetual in His own Divine Personality but He perpetuates Himself in us. Jesus is being born, He is redeeming mankind, He is pleasing His Father, He is offering up sacrifices of victims vivified by Him, to His Eternal Father every moment of the day and night. Without Jesus, the mystery of suffering, of sacrifice, of pain and blood and penance and prayer are utterly unintelligible, but with Him these things become radiantly clear and majestically sublime. 

Our Blessed Lord frequently spoke of “oneness”– individuality was to be elevated by becoming one with Him. How insignificant an individual is! No one exists for himself alone. “It is not good for man to be alone.” Human nature never ceases seeking for companionship. Man is utterly and miserably incomplete until he is wedded to God. Jesus is the binding power uniting man to God. Therefore, He will ever live in man. Man will ever live in Him. The Incarnation was the birth of God in man and birth of man in God. “In Him, in Jesus, we live and move and have our being.” Jesus was yesterday, the Son of God, Jesus is  today, the Son of God and the Son of Man – Jesus is forever, the Son of God and the Son of Man, “Jesus Christ, yesterday, today and forever.”

The Month of December is Dedicated to the Divine Infancy

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1ST – Saint Edmund Campion, the intrepid young Jesuit who encouraged many Catholics to remain loyal to their Faith, withstood a brutal martyrdom in Elizabethean England to gain the ultimate reward.  His story is one of daring and adventure for God! First Friday.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2ND – Saint Bibiana. First Saturday.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 3RD – 1ST SUNDAY IN ADVENT. Saint Francis Xavier left the mark of his missionary zeal on areas which clung to Christianity for centuries. He is the patron of all foreign missions.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 5TH – Saint Sabbas, a monk, hermit, and priest, is one of the most notable figures in early monastic life. 

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6TH – Saint Nicholas of Bari, in addition to being the “Christmas Saint,” was the Bishop of Myra. Saint Nicholas, himself, will be visiting IHM School this afternoon! All children are welcome to come and chat with him in IHM library from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8TH – THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION. On December 8, 1854, Pope Pius IX confirmed the tradition that held Mary as being conceived immaculate. Four years later, when Our Lady appeared at Lourdes to young Bernadette, she identified herself as The Immaculate Conception! Holy Day of Obligation. Masses at 7:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. During the 10:00 a.m. Sung Mass this morning, Sister Gabriel Marie will make her First Profession of Vows, and Sister Mary Imelda will make her Final Vows. Following Mass, Benjamin Orbeck will be accepted as a Postulant of the Brothers. All are welcome for a piece of cake following the Mass. The afternoon reception is by invitation only.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9THSaint Juan Diego, a simple laborer, and mat maker of Mexican descent, became a convert to Christianity around age 50. It was to this humble man that the Virgin Mary appeared at Guadalupe on December 9, 1531, leaving him the image known as Our Lady of Guadalupe.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 10TH – 2ND SUNDAY IN ADVENT. Our Lady of Loreto. The title Our Lady of Loreto refers to the Holy House of Loreto, the house in which Mary was born, and where the Annunciation occurred, and to an ancient statue of Our Lady which is found there. Tradition says that angels scooped up the little house from the Holy Land, and transported it first to Tersato, Dalmatia, then Recanati, Italy, and finally to Loreto, Italy, where it has been for centuries. It was this flight that led to her patronage of people involved in aviation.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 12TH – Our Lady of Guadalupe, the well-known image still seen on Juan Diego’s tilma in Mexico, is loved as the Patroness of the Unborn and the Queen of the Americas. Pray to her for protection and guidance for our country. She is our mother!

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 13TH – Saint Lucy, whose name means “Light,” was a young Christian martyr who died during the Diocletian Persecution after suffering many torments including the plucking out of her eyes.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15TH – Saint Christiana lived in Georgia in southern Russia.  Even when enslaved by persecutors of the Catholic Faith, Christiana, by her beautiful humility in all her prayers and by her wonderful miracles, converted thousands and thousands to the one true Faith.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16TH – Saint Alice. Get in the Christmas spirit!! Join us tonight for IHM School’s Annual Christmas Program and Concert! All are welcome to enjoy the show! Free admittance… so bring all your friends and relatives! 7:00 p.m. at MacIsaac Hall.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 17TH – 3RD SUNDAY IN ADVENT. GAUDETE SUNDAY. The Church vests the priest in rose color today, symbolic of the joy of the approaching Saviour! This year the Advent Season is shortened with Christmas Eve falling on the Fourth Sunday! Make this coming week count! 

MONDAY, DECEMBER 18TH – The Expectation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Now that Christmas is so very near, you must have something to present at the Crib. Nothing would so please the Baby Christ as the soul of some stray sheep of His flock brought back to the stable by your prayers. 

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 20TH - Saint Dominic of Silos, one of Spain’s most beloved saints, was the abbot of a monastery in Castille which he reformed both physically and spiritually into a zealous establishment. The monastery became a center of learning and liturgy and many cures were reported there. Saint Dominic also rescued many Christian slaves from the Moors. Ember Day.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 21ST - Saint Thomas, Apostle, was the great apostle of the East after the Resurrection of Our Lord. It was Saint Thomas who baptized the Magi in the year 40.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 22ND - Saint Zeno was a soldier at Nicomedia (modern Turkey). He was seized and condemned to death for laughing while Emperor Diocletian offered a sacrifice to a Roman god. Zeno had his jaws shattered and was then beheaded. Ember Day.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 23RD - Saint Yvo of Chartres was the Bishop of Chartres, France, from 1090 until his death in 1115. Saint Yvo was an important canonist during a medieval conflict between church and state known as the Investiture Crisis. Ember Day. 

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 24TH – 4TH SUNDAY IN ADVENT – CHRISTMAS EVE. Saints Adam and Eve. Don’t forget that all we do today is done in preparation for the coming of the Christ Child. Our real happiness tomorrow will be measured, not by the gifts we have given and received, but by what we have done to make our poor hearts a fit abode for the Divine Infant. First Mass of Christmas at 12:00 Midnight.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 25TH – THE NATIVITY OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST. Today the Church celebrates the Saviour’s birth with unrestrained joy. The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us. The most holy feast of Christmas is sanctified by a Midnight Mass, recalling the temporal birth of Our Lord Jesus Christ. The early dawn is sanctified by the Mass of the Shepherds (8:00 AM) bringing to mind the birth of Christ in our souls by grace. Then the Third Mass (11:00 AM)  in the full light of day reminds us of the eternal birth of the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity from all eternity in the Bosom of the Eternal Father. Wishing you all a blessed Christmas!

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 26TH – Saint Stephen, the first martyr to shed his blood for Christ, prayed this prayer as he was being stoned to death: “Lord, lay not this sin to their charge.” How beautiful that his feast should be celebrated so close to the Crib of the Infant Saviour!

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 27TH - Saint John the Evangelist, the “Beloved Disciple,” was the only Apostle not to abandon Our Lord on Calvary; for this reason he was given the blessing to care for the Blessed Mother, after Our Lord’s Ascension. John’s pure life kept him very close to Jesus and Mary.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 28TH – The Holy Innocents. Murdered by a wicked monarch, these innocent lives bear witness to Christ Who was persecuted from the time of His birth by a world which would not receive Him. Let us make a special visit to the Blessed Sacrament today and ask the Holy Innocents to increase our love for the Divine Child making it simple and childlike through our sacrifices.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 29TH – Saint Thomas a Becket engaged in conflict with Henry II, King of England over the rights and privileges of the Church and was murdered by followers of the king in Canterbury Cathedral.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 31ST – SUNDAY WITHIN THE OCTAVE OF CHRISTMAS. Saint Catherine Laboure.  In 1830, Our Lady appeared to Saint Catherine and gave her the Miraculous Medal, a very powerful sacramental, which many Catholics wear today. Help spread devotion to Our Blessed Mother by giving Miraculous Medals as gifts! Feast day of Sister Katherine Maria, MICM.

MONDAY, JANUARY 1ST, 2018 – THE CIRCUMCISION OF OUR LORD. The incarnate Word is upon the earth in order to offer a Sacrifice, and the Sacrifice is begun today. This first shedding of the Blood of the Man-God was sufficient to the fullness and perfection of a Sacrifice; but He is come to win the heart of the sinner, and that heart is so hard that all the streams of that Precious Blood, which flow from the Cross on Calvary, will scarcely make it yield. The drops that were shed today would have been enough to satisfy the justice of the Eternal Father, but not to cure man's miseries, and the Babe's Heart would not be satisfied to leave us uncured. He came for man's sake, and his love for man will go to what looks like excess—He will carry out the whole meaning of His dear Name—He will be Our Jesus—Our Savior. Wishing all our friends and benefactors a blessed and happy New Year 2018!

Prayer Before the Crib

Come to me, O Divine Saviour, vouchsafe to be born in my heart. Grant that, taught by Thine example and assisted by Thy grace, I may be poor of spirit and humble of heart. Keep me chaste and obedient. I wish to live but for Thee, and to do all things purely for love of Thee.
O Mary, my Advocate and my Mother, obtain by thy prayers forgiveness of my past offenses and holy perseverance unto death. 
Saint Joseph, do thou also pray for me, that I may become daily more pleasing to Jesus. Amen.

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