January 2019 Bulletin


The blessed Henry Suso, the more to increase his love for this Holy Name, one day, with a sharp iron, engraved the name of Jesus over his heart. “Lord, I desire to write Thy name on my heart itself, but I cannot; Thou Who canst do everything, imprint, I pray Thee, Thy sweet name on my heart, so that neither Thy name nor Thy love may ever be effaced from it.“

Jesus Christ does not expect so much from us; He is satisfied if we keep Him in our hearts by love, and if we often invoke Him with affection. And as whatever He did and said during His life, He did it all for us, so it is but just that whatever we do, we should do it in the name of Jesus Christ, and for His love, as St. Paul exhorts us: All whatsoever you do, in word or in work, all things do ye in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. And if Jesus has died for us, we ought to be ready willingly to give our lives for the name of Jesus Christ, as the same Apostle declared he was ready to do: For I am ready, not only to be bound, but to die also in Jerusalem, for the name of the Lord Jesus.
If we are in affliction, let us invoke Jesus, and He will console us. If we are tempted, let us invoke Jesus, and He will give us strength to withstand all our enemies. If, lastly, we are in aridity, and are cold in Divine love, let us invoke Jesus, and He will inflame our hearts. Happy are they who have this most tender and holy name always on their lips! A name of peace, a name of hope, a name of salvation, and a name of love. And oh! happy shall we be if we are fortunate enough to die pronouncing the name of Jesus! But if we desire to breathe out our last sigh with this sweet name on our tongue, we must accustom ourselves to repeat it often during our life.     (St. Alphonsus Ligouri)

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

TUESDAY, 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.

WEDNESDAY, 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.

FRIDAY, 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. First Friday.

SATURDAY, 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 Saturday. Join us at 7:30 p.m. this evening for the IHM Chorus - Festival of Lessons & Carols at Saint John the Guardian of Our Lady Parish in Clinton MA.

SUNDAY, 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. 

MONDAY, JANUARY 7TH –. 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.

THURSDAY, 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.

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

SUNDAY, JANUARY 13TH – The Baptism of Our Lord 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.

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

THURSDAY, 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.

FRIDAY, 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.” 
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 19TH – Saints Marius, Martha, Audifax and Abachum, a father, mother and two sons came from Persia to Rome, and were martyred in 270 for sympathizing with Christian martyrs and burying their bodies.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 20TH – SECOND SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY. 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.

MONDAY, JANUARY 21ST – 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.

WEDNESDAY, 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. 

FRIDAY, 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 Saint 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 Saint Paul.

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

SUNDAY, JANUARY 27TH – THIRD SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY. 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.

TUESDAY, 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 30TH – Saint Martina was a Roman martyr under emperor Alexander Severus. A patron saint of Rome, she was martyred in 226.

THURSDAY, 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 the lovely greens for the Chapel decor as well all as all those who gave various gifts, foods and monetary support for our Christmas here at the monastery!
May God reward you!

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