December is the Month the Church Dedicates to the Immaculate Conception
“And the Lord God said to the serpent:… I will put enmities between
thee and the woman, and thy seed and her seed: she shall crush thy head, and thou shalt lie in wait for her heel.”
(Gen, iii. 14, 15)
“And there shall come forth a rod out of the root of Jesse, and a flower shall rise up out of his root.”
(Isaias, xi. 1)
Thou art all fair, O Mary, and the stain original is not in thee. Alleluia.
“All generations shall call me blessed, because he that is mighty hath done great things in me.”
(St. Luke, i. 48, 49)
“We declare, pronounce, and define that the doctrine which holds that the most Blessed Virgin Mary, in the first instance of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege granted by Almighty God, in view of the merits of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the human race, was preserved free from all stain of original sin, is a doctrine revealed by God and therefore to be believed firmly and constantly by all the faithful.” Hence, if anyone shall dare -- which God forbid! -- to think otherwise than as has been defined by us, let him know and understand that he is condemned by his own judgment; that he has suffered shipwreck in the faith; that he has separated from the unity of the Church; and that, furthermore, by his own action he incurs the penalties established by law if he should dare to express in words or writing or by any other outward means the errors he think in his heart.
(Given at St. Peter's in Rome, the 8th of December, 1854, Pius IX)
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Days of Fasting & Abstinence in December 2018:
1. December 7, 2018: Fasting & Complete Abstinence (Eve of Immaculate Conception).
2. December 19, 2018: Fasting & Partial Abstinence (Ember Wednesday).
3. December 21, 2018: Fasting & Complete Abstinence (Ember Friday).
4. December 22, 2018: Fasting & Partial Abstinence (Ember Saturday).
5. December 24, 2018: Fasting & Complete Abstinence (Christmas Eve/Vigil).
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Below listed are the feasts falling in December 2018:
December 1: FIRST SATURDAY/Mass of the Season
THE HOLY SEASON OF ADVENT BEGINS
December 3: St. Francis Xavier Confessor, Greater Double.
December 5: Commemoration of St. Sabbas Abbot.
December 6: St. Nicholas Bishop and Confessor, Double.
December 8: The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Double of the I Class.
[PART I – Feast of the Immaculate Conception through the centuries]
[PART II – The necessity for the Ark of the Covenant to be free from any stain]
[PART III – The Apostolic Constitution by Pope Pius IX]
December 9: II Sunday of Advent, Double of the I Class.
December 10: Commemoration of St. Melchiades Pope and Martyr; Commemoration of Translation of the Holy House of Loretto [Regional Calendars of Spain, Belgium etc.].
December 11: Commemoration of St. Damasus I Pope and Confessor.
December 12: Mass of the Season
December 13: St. Lucy Virgin and Martyr, Double.
December 14: Mass of the Season
December 15: Mass of the Season
December 16: III Sunday of Advent, Double of the I Class; Commemoration of St. Eusebius Bishop and Martyr.
December 17: Mass of the Season
December 18: Mass of the Season; Expectation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, also known as “Our Lady of ‘O’”, Greater Double [Regional Calendars of Spain, Ireland etc.]
December 19: EMBER WEDNESDAY/Mass of the Season
December 20: Mass of the Season
December 21: EMBER FRIDAY/St. Thomas Apostle, Double of the II Class.
December 22: EMBER SATURDAY/Mass of the Season
December 23: IV Sunday of Advent, Double of the I Class.
December 24: Vigil of the Nativity of our Lord (Christmas Eve).
December 25: Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Double of the I Class with an Octave; Commemoration of St. Anastasia, Martyr (Second Mass).
December 26: St. Stephen Protomartyr, Double of the II class; Commemoration of the Octave of the Nativity.
December 27: St. John Apostle and Evangelist, Double of the II class; Commemoration of the Octave of the Nativity.
December 28: The Holy Innocents, Double of the II class; Commemoration of the Octave of the Nativity.
December 29: St. Thomas Becket (of Canterbury), Bishop and Martyr, Double; Commemoration of the Octave of the Nativity.
December 30: Sunday within the Octave of the Nativity, Double; Commemoration of the VI day within the Octave of the Nativity.
December 31: St. Sylvester I Pope and Confessor, Double; Commemoration of the Octave day of the Nativity.
O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee!
November is the Month the Church Dedicates to the Holy Souls in Purgatory
“Have pity upon me, have pity upon me, at least you my friends; for the hand of God hath smitten
(Job, xix. 21)
“It is therefore a holy and a wholesome thought to pray for the dead, that they may be loosed from their sins.”
(II Machabees, xii. 46)
Grant them, O Lord, eternal rest; and let perpetual light shine on them.
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THE COUNCIL OF TRENT - CONCERNING PURGATORY
Began on the third, and terminated on the fourth, day of December, MDLXIII., being the ninth and last under the Sovereign Pontiff, Pius IV.
Whereas the Catholic Church, instructed by the Holy Ghost, has, from the sacred writings and the ancient tradition of the Fathers, taught, in sacred councils, and very recently in this oecumenical Synod, that there is a Purgatory, and that the souls there detained are helped by the suffrages of the faithful, but principally by the acceptable sacrifice of the altar; the holy Synod enjoins on bishops that they diligently endeavour that the sound doctrine concerning Purgatory, transmitted by the holy Fathers and sacred councils, be believed, maintained, taught, and every where proclaimed by the faithful of Christ. But let the more difficult and subtle questions, and which tend not to edification, and from which for the most part there is no increase of piety, be excluded from popular discourses before the uneducated multitude. In like manner, such things as are uncertain, or which labour under an appearance of error, let them not allow to be made public and treated of. While those things which tend to a certain kind of curiosity or superstition, or which savour of filthy lucre, let them prohibit as scandals and stumbling-blocks of the faithful. But let the bishops take care, that the suffrages of the faithful who are living, to wit the sacrifices of masses, prayers, alms, and other works of piety, which have been wont to be performed by the faithful for the other faithful departed, be piously and devoutly performed, in accordance with the institutes of the church; and that whatsoever is due on their behalf, from the endowments of testators, or in other way, be discharged, not in a perfunctory manner, but diligently and accurately, by the priests and ministers of the church, and others who are bound to render this (service).
Taken from: www.thecounciloftrent.com/ch25.htm
“Alas! how feeble is our
faith! If a domestic animal, a little dog, falls into the fire, do you delay to draw it out? And see, your parents, benefactors, persons most dear to you, writhe in the flames of Purgatory, and you do not consider it your urgent duty to relieve them; you delay,
you allow long days of suffering to pass for those poor souls, without making an effort to perform those good works which will release them from their pains.”
(Fr. Schouppe, from his book: Purgatory, pp. 238-239, 1893 Imprimatur)
Below listed are the feasts falling in November 2018:
(*For use of Missal for Sunday Masses, please refer to the mentioned Masses to be prayed for the respective Sundays)
November 1: All Saints, Double of the I Class.
November 3: FIRST SATURDAY/Mass of the Season
November 4: XXIV Sunday after Pentecost, Double [*Mass of the IV Sunday after Epiphany]; Commemoration of St. Charles (of Borromeo) Bishop and Confessor; Commemoration of Ss. Vitalis and Agricola Martyrs.
November 5: Mass of the Season
November 6: Mass of the Season
November 7: Mass of the Season
November 8: Commemoration of the Holy Four Crowned Martyrs.
November 12: St. Martin I Pope and Martyr, Simple.
November 13: St. Didacus Confessor, Simple.
November 14: St. Josaphat Bishop and Martyr, Double.
November 15: St. Albert the Great Bishop, Confessor, and Doctor of the Church, Double.
November 16: St. Gertrude Virgin, Double.
November 17: St. Gregory Thaumaturgus Bishop and Confessor, Simple.
November 18: XXVI Sunday after Pentecost, Double [*Mass of the VI Sunday after Epiphany]; Commemoration of Dedication of the Basilicas of Ss. Peter and Paul.
November 20: St. Felix of Valois Confessor, Double.
November 21: Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Greater Double.
November 22: St. Cecilia Virgin and Martyr, Double.
November 25: Last (XXVII) Sunday after Pentecost, Double [*Mass of the XXIV/Last Sunday after Pentecost]; Commemoration of St. Catherine (of Alexandria), Virgin and Martyr.
November 27: Mass of the Season
November 28: Mass of the Season
November 29: Commemoration of St. Saturninus, Martyr.
November 30: St. Andrew Apostle, Double of the II Class.
May the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
October is the Month the Church Dedicates to the Holy Rosary & the Holy Angels
“Behold, I will send
my angel, who shall go before thee, and keep thee in thy journey, and bring thee into the place that I have prepared. Respectfully observe him, and hear his voice, and do not think him one to be contemned: for he will not forgive when thou hast sinned, and
my name is in him. But if thou wilt hear his voice, and do all that I shall speak, I will be an enemy to thy enemies, and will afflict them that afflict thee: and my angel shall go before thee, and shall bring thee into the place which I have prepared.”
(Exodus, xxiii. 23)
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Our Lady said to Lucy: 'The last means that God will give to the world for its salvation are the Holy Rosary and My Immaculate Heart.' The words "last means" indicate that there will be no others.
-Words from Fr. Fuentes of his interview with Sr. Lucy of Fatima on Dec 26, 1957
“... the rosary is a great means of salvation... Aside from Lourdes and Fatima, we have heard it recommended by ... ecclesiastical authorities, such as Pope Pius IX, the great Pope of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception. From his deathbed he whispered the plea for the daily rosary.”
Pope Leo XIII wrote some thirteen encyclicals on the rosary alone.
The late Pope Pius XI once said: “The Pope prays his rosary every day. As long as the Pope has not prayed his rosary, his day is not finished. If the Pope does not pray his rosary, he does not pray. We wish to be imitated in this matter.”
At Fatima, Our Lady chose for her purpose three little children who knew how to pray the rosary. She always appeared to them with the rosary and is so represented in the millions of images and statues which are today distributed through-out the world.
But even more convincing are the words of Our Lady herself. In the first apparition, when Lucy asked if Francisco would also go to heaven, she replied: “He will also go to heaven, but he must say many more rosaries.” Later Our Lady added: “Say the rosary every day to obtain peace for the world and the end of the war.”
In the second apparition she said: “I want you to say the rosary every day.”
In the third apparition: “I want you to continue to say the rosary every day in honor of Our Lady of the Rosary.”
In the fourth apparition: “I want you to continue to say the rosary every day.”
In the fifth apparition: “Continue to say the rosary.”
In the sixth apparition: “I want to tell you . . . that I am the Lady of the Rosary; continue to say the rosary every day.”
Who could remain indifferent to this maternal, insistent recommendation of Our Lady to say the rosary every day? It is the rosary that so pleases Our Lady.
The pledge of the daily rosary does not, normally, bind under pain of sin. If you forget or neglect it through a cause that you could not prevent, there is no sin committed nor any harm done. Let the rosary, then, become a part of your daily life. Comply with Mary's wishes and say to her: “Dear Blessed Mother, touched by your tender request asking me to say the holy rosary every day, I hereby promise to do so. Accept my rosary as my daily gift to you, the Queen of the Holy Rosary.”
(Source: Novena to Our Lady of Fatima, Pamphlet By Rev. Lester M. Dooley, S.V.D., pp. 18-19, 1950)
Click here, to read a 1912 Imprimatur book, ‘The Excellence of the Rosary’
Prayer to ones Holy Angel-Guardian
Angel of God, my guardian dear,
To whom His love commits me here;
Ever this day/night be at my side,
To light and guard, to rule and guide. Amen.
“A plenary indulgence at the hour of death, to be gained by the faithful who have been accustomed to say this invocation frequently during life, provided that they go to confession and Communion, or, at least, make an Act of Contrition, invoke the Holy Name of Jesus, orally, if possible, or at least mentally, and accept death with resignation from the hand of God as the just punishment for their sins (Apostolic Brief, Oct. 2, 1795; S. C. Ind., June 11, 1796 and May 15, 1821).”
(Source: The Raccolta, 1957).
Below listed are the feasts falling in October 2018:
October 2: The Holy Guardian Angels, Greater Double.
October 3: St. Teresa of the Child Jesus (of Lisieux), Virgin, Double.
October 4: St. Francis of Assisi Confessor, Greater Double.
October 7: XX Sunday after Pentecost, Double; Commemoration of the most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary; Commemoration of St. Mark Pope and Confessor, and Ss. Sergius, Bacchus, Marcellus and Apuleius Martyrs.
October 8: St. Bridget Widow, Double.
October 9: St. John Leonard Confessor, Simple; Commemoration of St. Denis Bishop, Rusticus Priest, and Eleutherius Martyrs.
October 10: St. Francis Borgia Confessor, Simple.
October 12: Feria
October 13: St. Edward, King of England, Confessor, Simple.
October 14: XXI Sunday after Pentecost, Double; Commemoration of St. Callistus I Pope and Martyr.
October 15: St. Teresa (of Ávila), Virgin, Double.
October 16: St. Hedwig Widow, Simple.
October 17: St. Margaret Mary Alacoque Virgin, Double.
October 18: St. Luke Evangelist, Double of the II Class.
October 19: St. Peter of Alcantara Confessor, Double.
October 20: St. John Cantius Confessor, Double.
October 21: XXII Sunday after Pentecost, Double; Commemoration of St. Hilarion Abbot; Commemoration of St. Ursula and Companions Virgins and Martyrs.
October 22: Feria
October 23: Feria
October 24: St. Raphael Archangel, Greater Double.
October 25: Commemoration of Ss. Chrysanthus and Daria Martyrs.
October 26: Commemoration of St. Evaristus Pope and Martyr.
October 27: Feria
October 28: Our Lord Jesus Christ the King, Double of the I Class; Commemoration of XXIII Sunday after Pentecost; Commemoration of Ss. Simon and Jude Apostles, Double of the II Class.
October 29: Feria
October 30: Feria
October 31: Feria
Queen of the most holy Rosary, pray for us.
September is the Month the Church Dedicates to the Seven Sorrows of Our Lady
“O! all ye that pass
by the way, attend and see if there be sorrow like unto my sorrow.”
(Lam, i. 12)
And Jesus Christ himself revealed to the blessed Veronica Binasco, that he takes more pleasure, as it were, in seeing his mother compassionated than himself; for thus he addressed her, “My daughter, the tears shed for my passion are dear to me; but loving with so great love my mother Mary, the meditation of the dolors (sorrows) which she suffered at my death IS MORE DEAR TO ME.”
(The Glories of Mary by St. Alphonsus Ligouri, pg 533)
THE SEVEN SORROWS OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
1. The prophecy of Simeon.
(St. Luke, ii. 34, 35)
2. The flight into Egypt. (St. Matthew, ii. 13, 14)
3. The loss of the Child Jesus in the temple. (St. Luke, ii. 43-45)
4. The meeting of Jesus and Mary on the Way of the Cross.
5. The Crucifixion.
6. The taking down of the Body of Jesus from the Cross.
7. The burial of Jesus.
It was revealed to St. Elizabeth, that St. John the Evangelist, after the blessed Virgin was assumed into heaven, desired to see her again. This favor was granted him; his dear mother appeared to him, and Jesus Christ with her; and he then heard Mary asking of her Son some peculiar grace for those who were devoted to her dolors; and Jesus promised her for them the four following special graces:
1st. That those who invoke the divine mother by her sorrows, before death will merit to obtain true repentance of all their sins.
2nd. That he will protect such in their tribulations, especially at the hour of death.
3rd. That he will impress upon them the memory of his passion, and that they shall have their reward for it in heaven.
4th. That he will commit such devout servants to the hands of Mary, that she may dispose of them according to her pleasure, and obtain for them all the graces she desires.
(Glories of Mary, by St. Alphonsus Ligouri)
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Below listed are the feasts falling in September 2018:
September 2: XV Sunday after Pentecost, Double; Commemoration of St. Stephen, King of Hungary, Confessor.
September 3: St. Pius X Pope and Confessor, Double.
September 4: Feria
September 5: St. Laurence Justinian Bishop and Confessor, Simple.
September 6: Feria
September 7: FIRST FRIDAY/Feria
September 9: XVI Sunday after Pentecost, Double; Commemoration of St. Gorgonius Martyr.
September 10: St. Nicholas of Tolentino Confessor, Double.
September 11: Commemoration of Ss. Protus and Hyacinth Martyrs.
September 12: The Most Holy Name of Mary, Greater Double.
September 13: Feria
September 14: Exaltation of the Holy Cross, Greater Double.
September 16: XVII Sunday after Pentecost, Double; Commemoration of St. Cornelius Pope and St. Cyprian Bishop, Martyrs; Commemoration of Ss. Euphemia Virgin, Lucy and Geminian Martyrs.
September 18: St. Joseph of Cupertino Confessor, Double.
September 20: St. Eustace and Companions Martyrs, Double.
September 24: Our Lady of Ransom, Greater Double.
September 25: Feria
September 26: Commemoration of Ss. Cyprian and Justina Virgin, Martyrs.
September 27: Ss. Cosmas and Damian Martyrs, Simple.
September 28: St. Wenceslaus Duke, Martyr, Simple.
September 29: Dedication of St. Michael Archangel, Double of the I Class.
September 30: XIX Sunday after Pentecost, Double; Commemoration of St. Jerome Priest, Confessor, and Doctor of the Church.
Virgin Most Sorrowful, pray for us.
August is the Month the Church Dedicates to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
“...God wishes to establish in the world the devotion to
my Immaculate Heart... in the end my Immaculate Heart will triumph.”
Blessed is Thy Heart, O Virgin Mary! It is the measure of sanctity, the furnace of divine love, the throne of all virtues, sanctuary of the Divinity: Mother of God, intercede for us.
Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us now and at the hour of our death.
Jacinta to Lucy (shortly before her death): “You must remain here below to make the world know that Our Lord wishes devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary established in the world. Tell everybody that God gives graces through the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Tell them to ask graces from her and that the Sacred Heart of Jesus wishes to be venerated together with the Immaculate Heart of His Mother. Ask them to plead for peace from the Immaculate Heart of Mary, for the Lord has confided the peace of the world to her.”
Consecration Prayer to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
O most amiable Heart of Mary! which of all hearts most perfectly resembles the Heart of Jesus, and is thereby worthy of the love and respect of all creatures, to thee I fervently consecrate my heart, and I choose thee, after the Heart of Jesus, for the object of my imitation and confidence. I beseech thee, O sacred Virgin! by all the graces which were bestowed on thee by thy beloved Son, to give me a passage through thy blessed heart to the Heart of Jesus. Lead me thyself into that adorable sanctuary, that I may learn to practice the virtues which rendered thee so faithful a copy of Him who was meek and humble of heart. Thou knowest that I wish most sincerely to venerate, to love, and to imitate that divine Heart, which was the source of all thy merit and happiness, as well as the only object of thy love; but as I feel my own weakness, I have recourse to thee, beseeching thee to present my heart to Jesus in union with thine; that in consideration of thy perfections and merits, my miseries and sins may be overlooked, and my heart for ever consecrated, through thee, to the perfect love of my Creator. I choose thee now, O holy Heart of Mary, for my advocate and model, that thy prayers may assist me to imitate thee, and thereby conform my heart to that of my divine Saviour. Thou wert, O most pure Heart! happily inaccessible to the monster sin! yet thou art penetrated with humiliation and sorrow for the sins of the world: obtain that my heart may be truly contrite for my own sins, and may love God sufficiently to feel and deplore the sins of others. Thou wert replenished with the meekness and mercy of the Heart of Jesus, and consumed with his most ardent love; therefore through thee I most firmly hope to receive a share in those virtues; and above all, the grace to detest the vice of pride, which would render me so hateful to the adorable Heart of Jesus, and to practise that sincere humility which can best liken me to my Saviour and to thee. In thee, O blessed Heart of Mary! I will confide during my life, and in thee also I confidently hope to find a secure refuge and powerful advocate at the hour of my death.
Taken from: The Ursuline Manual, Cork, Ireland, Edition 1855
Reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
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The Green Scapular of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
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Below listed are the feasts falling in August 2018:
August 5: XI Sunday after Pentecost, Double; Commemoration of Dedication of Our Lady of the Snows.
August 10: St. Laurence Martyr, Double of the II Class.
August 12: XII Sunday after Pentecost, Double; Commemoration of St. Clare Virgin.
August 17: St. Hyacinth of Poland Confessor, Double.
August 18: Commemoration of St. Agapitus Martyr.
August 19: XIII Sunday after Pentecost, Double; Commemoration of St. John Eudes Confessor.
August 21: St. Jane Frances de Chantal Widow, Double.
August 23: St. Philip Benizi Confessor, Double.
August 24: St. Bartholomew Apostle, Double of the II Class.
August 25: St. Louis, King of France, Confessor, Simple.
August 26: XIV Sunday after Pentecost, Double; Commemoration of St. Zephyrinus Pope Martyr.
August 27: St. Joseph Calasanctius Confessor, Double.
August 28: St. Augustine Bishop, Confessor, and Doctor of the Church, Double; Commemoration of St. Hermes Martyr.
August 29: Beheading of St. John the Baptist, Greater Double; Commemoration of St. Sabina Martyr.
August 31: St. Raymond Nonnatus Confessor, Double.
Wear the Brown Scapular
Pray the Rosary Daily for the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us, now and at the hour of our death.