June 2018 Bulletin

The Sacred Heart of Jesus calls for our devotion more than all other symbols of His love.  It is not only the symbol of His love, it is the very source of that love.  It is itself an unfathomable ocean of love which can never be exhausted.  When the spear had drawn forth from it the mingled blood and water, there still remained the love with which it loved us and will love us to the end.

june18The Sacred Heart of Jesus, though a true human heart, is nevertheless, at the same time, the Heart of God.  As such it calls for that supreme homage that is due to God alone. This is true of every part of Our Lord’s Body, and of His Heart, if it were possible, even more than of the rest, inasmuch as it is the organ of that love which is the central attribute of God.  To the Sacred Heart of Jesus I will cry: “My God and my Lord!  Behold how He loved me!” 

It has been sometimes said that Our Lord died of a broken heart, and in one sense it is true.  It was the yearning love of His Heart over sinners, and the anguish at the thought of how many would reject that love which caused Him to shed His Heart’s Blood for those whom He thus loved.  Saint Francis used to say: “My love was crucified!” and in imitation of Him we will say: My Love had His Heart pierced with love of me.”

~ Bellarmine Forum

 The Month of June is Dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

FRIDAY, JUNE 1ST – Saint Angela Merici gathered a group of girl students and began what would become the Institute of Saint Ursula (Ursuline Sisters), founded to teach children, beginning with religion and later expanding into secular topics. First Friday.

SATURDAY, JUNE 2ND – Saints Peter and Marcellinus were arrested during the persecution by Diocletian. The two Romans saw their imprisonment as an opportunity to evangelize and converted their jailer and his wife and daughter. The jailer and his family were  then  crushed to death while Marcellinus and Peter were led to the forest and told to clear brambles from the place of their  execution. They were beheaded secretly so that their  bodies wouldn't be venerated. The executioner, however, divulged the location of the bodies to two Christian women who buried them. First Saturday in June!

SUNDAY, JUNE 3RD – 2ND SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST. Saint Clotilde, Queen, married King Clovis of the Franks while he was still a pagan; she brought him to the Faith. After her husband’s death, her three sons fought for years over the kingdom. To escape the constant murder and intrigue, she retired to Tours, France, where she spent the rest of her life caring for the poor.

MONDAY, JUNE 4TH – Saint Francis Caracciolo was born in 1563, a member of a noble Neapolitan family. Though he had a rare skin disease, much like leprosy, Francis became a priest, at which time his skin disease disappeared. In 1588, he co-founded the Minor Clerks Regular and spent the rest of his life as the superior.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6TH – Saint Norbert. Even with the aid of a number of men who joined his Order, Norbert realized that nothing could be effectively done without God’s power. Finding this help especially in devotion to the Blessed Sacrament, he and his Norbertines praised God for success in converting heretics, reconciling numerous enemies and rebuilding the Faith in indifferent believers.

FRIDAY, JUNE 8TH – SACRED HEART OF JESUS. During this month dedicated to that most suffering and Sacred Heart, may we all grow in devotion to the Sacred Heart. May the image of that Divine Heart be ever before us and lovingly venerated. May we strive to give Him love for love, and especially strive to repair His outraged love by fervent reparation.  What a beautiful feast day to finish the Immaculate Heart of Mary School academic year! Last Day of School. Join us for the Eighth Grade Graduation and Awards Ceremony which will take place in MacIsaac Hall after 8:30 Mass this morning. Have a safe and happy summer!

SATURDAY, JUNE 9TH – Our Lady Mother of Grace. High up in the Sabine Mountains of Italy, about 35 miles from Rome, stands an ancient and venerable Shrine of our Lady under the title of Our Lady Mentorella, Mother of Grace.  The place and Shrine are considered sacred because as a tradition tells us at the great cliff just behind the shrine, the miraculous conversion of Placid, an officer in the army of Trajan, who was later to be called Saint Eustace, took place.  He there beheld Our Lord crucified between the antlers of a great stag, which as a huntsman he had pursued. The Shrine of Our Lady Mother of Grace, was built about a thousand years ago. Tradition has it that Saint Benedict lived for some time before he founded the famous monastery of Subiaco, in a cave immediately behind the church.

SUNDAY, JUNE 10TH – 3RD SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST. Join us today for the 2018 Immaculate Heart of Mary School Commencement Exercises. Following 9:15 a.m. Mass, the ceremony will take place in MacIsaac Hall. May the Immaculate Heart guide our graduates into their future and always keep them close to her! God bless you, Class of 2018!

TUESDAY, JUNE 12TH – Saint John of San Fecundo is noted for his devotion to the Blessed Sacrament; during Mass, he often saw the Host surrounded by light and sometimes had visions of Christ at the moment of Consecration.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13TH – Saint Anthony of Padua was a famous preacher and worker of miracles in his own day, and throughout the centuries since his death he has so generously come to the assistance of the faithful who invoke him, that he is known throughout the world. Feastday of Br. Anthony Marie, MICM.

FRIDAY, JUNE 15TH – Saint Germaine didn’t found a religious order. She didn’t reach a high Church post. She didn’t write books or teach at universities. She didn’t go to foreign lands as a missionary or convert thousands. What she did was live a life devoted to God and her neighbor no matter what happened to her. And that is all God asks. Feastday of Sr. Mary Germaine, MICM.

SUNDAY, JUNE 17TH – 4TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST. Saint Botolph. Few people are aware perhaps that the city of Boston derives its name from that of this saint. Saint Botolph was born in England around 610. In his youth he became a monk in Gaul and in 654 he returned to England and founded the monastery of Ikanhoe in East Anglia. Thereafter, the place came to be called “Botolphston” (from “Botolph’s town”), which was later contracted to “Boston.”

MONDAY, JUNE 18TH – Saint Ephrem was a teacher and deacon who wrote hymns to counteract the heresies rampant in his time.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20TH – The Irish Martyrs were dozens of people who have been sanctified in varying degrees for dying for their Roman Catholic faith between 1537 and 1714 in Ireland.

THURSDAY, JUNE 21ST – Saint Aloysius Gonzaga signed away his inheritance and became a Jesuit novice at the age of 18 and was noted for his virtue and purity. He caught the plague while tending to victims, and died at the age of 23.

FRIDAY, JUNE 22ND – Saint John Fisher, was the only bishop of the realm to refuse to take the oath of succession which approved Henry VIII’s illicit marriage to Ann. He was imprisoned in the tower in April 1534. The next year he was made a Cardinal by Paul III and Henry retaliated by having him beheaded within a month. A half hour before his execution, this dedicated scholar and churchman opened his New Testament for the last time and his eyes fell on the following words from St. John's Gospel: "Eternal life is this: to know You, the only true God, and Him Whom You have sent, Jesus Christ. I have given You glory on earth by finishing the work You gave me to do. Do You now, Father, give me glory at Your side". Closing the book, he observed: "There is enough learning in that to last me the rest of my life." 

SUNDAY, JUNE 24TH  5TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST. Birth of Saint John the Baptist. He was great before God because he forgot himself and lived for Jesus Christ, Who is the source of all greatness. Feastday of Sr. Marie-Jean, MICM.

MONDAY, JUNE 25TH  3RD SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST. Saint William of Mt. Vergine.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27TH – Our Lady of Perpetual Help. Pius IX told the Redemptorists to, “Make Our Mother of Perpetual Help known throughout the world.” The Redemptorists embraced this command wholeheartedly by distributing reproductions of her picture and talking about her in missions and homilies around the world. Their efforts yielded impressive results. By the turn of the century, ten thousand shrines and altars were dedicated to her in France, and devotions in her honor were observed all over America.

FRIDAY, JUNE 29TH – Saint Peter and Saint Paul. The Prince of the Apostles, Peter, still lives on in his successors, and rules and feeds the flock committed to him. The reality of our devotion to him is the surest test of the purity of our faith. We should say a special prayer every day of our lives for our Holy Father in Rome, Pope Francis, that Saint Peter may guide him, and the Holy Ghost inspire him in his works. Feastday of Br. Peter Mary, MICM. 

SATURDAY, JUNE 30TH – Commemoration of Saint Paul. The interior life of Saint Paul lies open before us in his divinely inspired writings; it is the life of one who has died forever to himself, and risen again in Christ.

 Ad Multos Annos!

Congratulations to Sister Marie-Jean, MICM, who celebrated her 25th Anniversary of Religious Profession on May 30th! May God Bless you with many more years in His service, Sister!

Prayer Request!

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