February 2019 Bulletin

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Everything is difficult if we lose sight of Christ. Everything is easy if we keep our eyes centered upon Him. What sustained the martyrs; what encouraged confessors, virgins, holy solitaries, austere men and women of every age? It was the sight of Christ. Pain was sweetened for them. Labor was ennobled. Life was one wonderful school of perfection, in which the Master was Christ.

How could your eyes tire in looking at Him Whom the angels gaze upon for centuries; and always find in their gaze new beauties, new and undiscovered grandeurs. In the view of the Master – “abyss calls upon abyss.” His beauty is unfathomable. His perfections eternally reaching. To see Him is to love Him. Yet many there were upon earth who saw Him and loved Him not. Why? Because their gaze was diverted from His resplendent beauty by the false fleeting glare of their wicked passions. Avarice, ambition, lust or some other passion, loomed up between them and the Sight of Christ… and there followed gloom, obscurity and blackness. They had eyes but saw not.

And so too with us. To see Christ we must first remove the veil which self-love, avarice, selfishness or sensuality would place before our eyes. The eye must be single before it can discover the super excellent beauties of Christ.

~Whisperings to God


 The Month of February is Dedicated to the Passion

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1ST – Saint Brigid of Ireland, known as “the Mary of the Gaels,”  is revered with Saint Patrick as one of the pillars of the Irish people. First Friday. Feastday of Sister Brigid Mary, MICM.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2ND – Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Candlemas. Today’s solemnity is appropriate for the blessing of candles, because on this day Mary made an offering in the temple and presented her Son. The holy Simeon prophesied that He would be “a light to the revelation of the Gentiles.” First Saturday. High Mass and Procession at 8:30 a.m. 

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 3RD – 4TH SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY. Saint Blaise. Once, there was brought to Saint Blaise a young boy who had a fishbone stuck in his throat and was on the point of death. Through the power of God, the saint healed him and for this reason, the faithful receive the blessing of the throat every year on his feast.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 5TH – The 26 Martyrs of Japan were crucified on a hill, now known as the Holy Mountain (or Martyrs’ Hill), overlooking Nagasaki. Included in their number were priests, Franciscan and Jesuit brothers, and members of the secular Franciscan Order. Many laymen were also martyred, including catechists, doctors, carpenters, simple artisans and servants– some elderly, and some young children. All went to their deaths willingly, certain in their love for Jesus Christ, and in the saving grace and redemption of the Lord.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 6TH – Saint Dorothy was mocked on her way to death by a lawyer who taunted her to send “apples or roses from the garden of her Spouse.” Dorothy promised to grant his request. Just before death, a child stood by her side bearing apples and roses which she bade him take them to the mocker. The lawyer was converted to the Faith and also died a martyr.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7TH – Blessed Pius IX, one of the longest reigning popes in history, convened the First Vatican Council in 1869, which decreed papal infallibility. He also defined the dogma of the Immaculate Conception and granted the Marian title of Our Mother of Perpetual Help, a famous Byzantine icon from Crete entrusted to the Redemptorist priests. In addition to this, Pius IX was also the last Pope to rule as the Sovereign of the Papal States, which fell completely to Italian nationalist armies by 1870 and were incorporated into the Kingdom of Italy.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8TH – Saint Josephine Bakhita was a Sudanese-born former slave who became a Canossian Religious Sister in Italy, living and working there for 45 years. In 2000 she was declared a saint by the Catholic Church.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10TH – 5TH SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY. Saint Scholastica , the twin sister of Benedict of Nursia, is the foundress of the women's branch of Benedictine Monasticism.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11TH – Our Lady of Lourdes. In 1858 Our Lady appeared 18 times to little Bernadette Soubirous, a young peasant girl, in the grotto of Lourdes called Massabielle. She revealed herself as the Immaculate Conception, and asked that a chapel be built on the site of the vision. Lourdes is visited by thousands of pilgrims each year. During 9:00 a.m. Mass this morning Sister Marie-Celine and Sister Mary Clair will pronounce their Profession of Final Vows as Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. God bless you, Sisters!

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12TH – Seven Servite Founders, were seven Florentine noblemen to whom the Blessed Virgin appeared holding out a dark habit which they were to wear, and asking them to found a new order of religious who would reverence and foster the memory of the sorrows which she had suffered as she stood beneath the Lord’s Cross. Then these holy men, with the help of St. Peter the Martyr, founded the Order of Servants of the Blessed Virgin and began to go through cities and towns, preaching Christ crucified, by word and by example.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14TH – Saint Valentine, officially Saint Valentine of Rome, was martyred and then buried on the Via Flaminia to the north of Rome. Since the High Middle Ages his name has been associated with a tradition of courtly love.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15TH – Saint Claude de la Columbiere was the brilliant and saintly priest of the Society of Jesus who was the spiritual director and complete supporter of Saint Margaret Mary in establishing devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 17TH – 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, FEBRUARY 18TH – Saint Bernadette Soubirous was blessed with 18 visions of Our Lady at Lourdes in 1858. The perfectly incorrupt body of this little saint is venerated by the faithful at the convent of the Sisters of Charity at Nevers, France. Feastday of Sister Marie-Bernard, MICM

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 19TH – Saint Gabinus, a martyr of Rome, was the brother of Pope Saint Gaius and the father of St. Susanna. Gabinus was ordained in his old age and died in prison.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 20TH –  Saints Francisco and Jacinta Marto were the young shepherd children, who, together with their cousin Lucia, were privileged with apparitions of Our Lady at Fatima in Portugal in 1917. Feastday of Sister Mary Jacinta, MICM.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21ST – Saint Robert Southwell, was born in England and entered the Jesuits in Rome. He was ordained a priest and conducted missionary labors in London. Arrested, he remained in jail for three years before being martyred at Tyburn.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22ND –  The Chair of Saint Peter at Antioch. Thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it. (Matt. 16:18)

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23RD –  Saint Peter Damian was declared a Doctor of the Church due to his zealous spirit, eloquent preaching and voluminous writing. 

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24TH –  SEXAGESIMA. Saint Matthias, like all the other apostles, was not chosen by Jesus for what he already was, but for what Jesus foresaw he would become. He was elected not because he was worthy but because he would become worthy. Jesus chooses all of us in the same way.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 26TH – Saint Alexander of Alexandria, Bishop and defender of the faith, became the bishop of Alexandria in 313. He excommunicated Arius for teaching and spreading the Arian Heresy, and is also credited with drawing up the acts of the First General Council of Nicaea. His successor, St. Athanasius, was the choice of Alexander on his deathbed.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 27TH – Saint Gabriel of the Sorrowful Virgin gave his life up to prayer, sacrifice, and a devotion to Our Lady’s Sorrows as a member of the Passionist Order. Feastday of Sister Gabriel Marie, MICM.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28TH – Saint Anne Line, one of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales, was arrested and hung for hiding Catholic priests in her home.


Your Cross

by Saint Francis de Sales

The everlasting God has in His wisdom foreseen from eternity the cross that He now presents to you as a gift from His inmost heart.

This cross He now sends you He has considered with His all-knowing eyes, understood with His Divine mind, tested with His wise justice, warmed with loving arms and weighed with His own hands to see that it be not one inch too large and not one ounce too heavy for you.

He has blessed it with His holy Name, anointed it with His consolation, taken one last glance at you and your courage, and then sent it to you from heaven, a special greeting from God to you, an alms of the all-merciful love of God.

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