March 2018 Bulletin

"Some Saints are privileged to extend to us their patronage with particular efficacy in certain needs, but not in others; but our holy patron St. Joseph has the power to assist us in all cases, in every necessity, in every undertaking.” ~ St. Thomas Aquinas

march18"Who, in fact, was St. Joseph? And what were the offices he filled and the privileges he enjoyed? He was predestined to be the virgin spouse of the Virgin Mother of the Son of God, and was to be His and her guardian and protector; he was the chosen minister of the counsels of the Most High in the mystery of the Incarnation; he was for years the habitual companion of both Mary and Jesus; he bore the Divine Child constantly in his arms, lovingly caressed Him and received His caresses in return; to him, as to His Blessed Mother, Jesus was subject in the house and workshop of Nazareth; he was as a father and a tutor to Him; he was the daily witness of His hidden life and heard the sacred words that fell from His lips, all through His boyhood, youth and early manhood; and he had the unspeakable blessedness of dying in His embrace. But further: with this sublime vocation and these incomparable privileges the graces and virtues of Joseph fully corresponded; his merits were commensurate with his dignity; and therefore it is that he ranks next to Mary in the Court of Heaven and is seated in glory so nigh unto the throne of the Incarnate Word.”

~From The Life and Glories of Saint Joseph, Edward Healy Thompson, M.A.

 The Month of March is Dedicated to Saint Joseph

THURSDAY, MARCH 1ST – Saint David of Wales is pictured standing on a mound with a dove on his shoulder. The legend is that once while he was preaching a dove descended to his shoulder and the earth rose to lift him high above the people so that he could be heard. 

FRIDAY, MARCH 2ND – The Holy Shroud. First Friday. Join us for the Stations of the Cross this evening at 7:30 p.m. Bring your family and console Our Lord in His sorrowful journey!

SATURDAY, MARCH 3RD – Saint Katherine Drexel used her wealth for the benefit of others. She founded the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament for Indians and Colored and began a system Catholic schools for them in the USA. First Saturday!

SUNDAY, MARCH 4TH – 3RD SUNDAY IN LENT. Saint Casimir of Poland.

TUESDAY, MARCH 6TH – Saints Perpetua and Felicitas were both mothers who each had a little child when they were thrown into prison. Though an appeal was made  to them to save their life for the child’s sake by offering incense to the gods, they refused, thus withstanding the appeal of the strongest incentive in the world.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7TH – Saint Thomas Aquinas acquired all his wisdom at the foot of the Cross. One hour of prayer is worth years of study. Feastday of Brother Thomas Augustine, MICM. 

FRIDAY, MARCH 9TH – Saint Dominic Savio, the young disciple of Saint John Bosco, lived by his motto: “Death rather than sin.”
Join us for the Stations of the Cross and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament this evening at 7:30 p.m.

SATURDAY, MARCH 10TH – The Forty Martyrs of Sabaste were condemned to be exposed naked upon a frozen pond until they froze to death. One, yielding to the torture left his companions, but his place was taken by one of the guards, thus keeping the mystical number of forty martyrs.

SUNDAY, MARCH 11TH – 4TH SUNDAY IN LENT. LAETARE SUNDAY. Like the third Sunday of Advent, the fourth Sunday of Lent is a break in an otherwise penitential season. The vestments for this day are rose and flowers may adorn the Altar. This day is called “Laetare Sunday” (also “Rose Sunday” ), and takes its name from the opening words of the Introit: “Rejoice, Jerusalem!”
Daylight Savings Begins!

MONDAY, MARCH 12TH – Saint Gregory the Great, one of the four great Doctors of the Latin Church.

THURSDAY, MARCH 15TH – Saint Longinus was the Roman centurion who pierced the side of Our Lord on Good Friday. His lance is still kept in one of the great pillars in Saint Peter’s Basilica.

FRIDAY, MARCH 16TH – The Precious Blood. Stations of the Cross and Benediction at 7:30 p.m.

SATURDAY, MARCH 17TH – Saint Patrick, the beloved patron of the Irish people, spread the Faith through the Emerald Isle. His simplicity in teaching the truths of the Faith is typified by his famous description of the Trinity in the simple shamrock. Feast day of Brother Patrick Joseph, MICM. Join us for Saint Patrick’s Day Talent Night at 7:00 p.m. in MacIsaac Hall! Entrance fee: One plate of goodies for the party! (See Brother Anthony to sign up!)

SUNDAY, MARCH 18TH – PASSION SUNDAY. Today, statues and sacred images are veiled with purple cloth and they remain covered until the Gloria of Holy Saturday, at which point Lent ends and Eastertide begins. This veiling of the statues stems from today’s Gospel reading when the Jews take up stones to cast at Jesus, Who hides Himself.

MONDAY, MARCH 19TH – Saint Joseph. After the Blessed Virgin Mary, Saint Joseph is our most powerful intercessor before God. Saint Joseph faithfully cared for his little family, Jesus and Mary. No sacrifice was too great for him. Now Jesus shows him His gratitude by granting our requests through his intercession. Let us go to Saint Joseph in all our needs, and especially ask him for the grace of a holy death. 

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21ST – Saint Benedict, Father of Western Monasticism, founded of one of the greatest religious orders in the Church.

FRIDAY, MARCH 23RD – Our Lady of Victories. Join us at 7:30 p.m. for the last public Stations of the Cross of the 2018 Lenten season!

SATURDAY, MARCH 24TH – Saint Gabriel the Archangel, one of the Seven Angels who stands before the throne of God, was chosen to bring the message of the Annunciation. The name Gabriel means strength of God

SUNDAY, MARCH 25THPALM SUNDAY celebrates the triumphant entry of our Lord into Jerusalem. We are given blessed palms to hold during the procession and the reading of the Passion and Last Gospel. These should be displayed in the home as sacramentals.  Blessing of the Palms and Procession at 9:15 a.m. Mass.

THURSDAY, MARCH 29THHOLY THURSDAY commemorates the Last Supper of Our Redeemer, with the institution of the Holy Eucharist. After the Mass of Maundy Thursday, the bells cease to ring till the “Gloria” at the Mass for Easter. This is done as a  sign of mourning, and in imitation of the silence and grief of the Apostles during this time. The altar is stripped, and the Blessed Sacrament is placed on the Altar of Repose, in remembrance of the desolation and loneliness of Christ on that awful night. High Mass at 7:30 p.m. followed by the Procession of the Most Blessed Sacrament.
Watch and Pray… Strict Silence on the Monastery Grounds until after Mass on Good Friday. Represent your intentions by leaving a single rose on the Altar of Repose during the hours of the watch.

FRIDAY, MARCH 30THGOOD FRIDAY. “It is finished.” This day should be held in sacred silence as much as possible, as we relive with devotion the death of our Divine Redeemer. The Church in her whole office expresses the deepest mourning and compunction. As sinners, we should let the sword of sorrow and contrition pierce our hearts as we relive the tremendous agonies suffered by Christ for us during the great tragedy of Good Friday. Reading of the Passion, Adoration of the Holy Cross and the Mass of the Presanctified, 3 p.m.

SATURDAY, MARCH 31STHOLY SATURDAY commemorates Christ’s rest in the tomb. No services are held in the church all through the daylight hours. It is only at night that the Easter Vigil starts with the blessing of the new fire and water and the Feast’s deeply impressive ceremonies. It is a night of joyful expectation, until finally the Alleluia proclaims the exultant message of the Resurrection and leads us to the glorious celebration of Easter in the Holy Sacrifice. No morning Mass … Blessing of the Fire and Water. Easter Vigil Mass at 8:30 p.m.

SUNDAY, APRIL 1STEASTER SUNDAY. Alleluia! On this day salvation is given to the world both visible and invisible. Christ is risen from the dead; arise ye with Him! Christ has resumed His Body; return to the state of happiness which you had forfeited. Christ has left the grave; break the bonds of your sins. The gates of Hell are broken down; death is vanquished; the old Adam is destroyed, and the new Adam formed; be ye made a new creature in Christ!” (–Saint Gregory Nazianzen)  Regular Sunday Mass times ~9:15 Sung Mass.


Bless me, O dearly beloved Father, St. Joseph; bless my body and my soul; bless my resolutions, my words and deeds, all my actions and omissions, my every step; bless all that I possess, all my interior and  exterior goods, that all may redound to the greater honor of God. Bless me for time and eternity, and preserve me from every sin. Obtain for me the grace to make atonement for all my sins by love and contrition here on earth, so that after my last breath I may, without delay, prostrate at thy feet return thee thanks in Heaven for all the love and goodness thou, O dearest Father, hast shown me here below. Amen.

Now pray the Our FatherHail Mary and Glory Be to the Father, three times, in thanksgiving to God for the graces and prerogatives bestowed on St. Joseph.

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