April is the Month the Church Dedicates to the Holy Face
“I have given my body to the strikers, and my checks to them that plucked
them: I have not turned away my face from them that rebuked me, and spit upon me.”
(Isaias, l. 6)
My Face to My Eternal Father, nothing will be refused, and the conversion of many sinners will be obtained."
(Our Lord to Sr. Marie de Saint-Pierre, Nov 1846)
DEVOTION TO THE HOLY FACE OF JESUS
Promises of Our Lord Jesus Christ to Sr. Mary of St. Peter, Discalced Carmelite Nun of Tours, France, in favor of those who honor His Holy Face:
1. “By My Holy Face you shall work miracles.”
2. “By My Face you will obtain the conversion of many sinners.”
3. “Nothing that you ask in making this offering will be refused to you.”
4. “If you knew how pleasing the sight of My Face is to My Father.”
5. “As in a kingdom you can procure all you wish for with a coin marked with the King's effigy, so in the Kingdom of Heaven you will obtain all you desire with the precious coin of My Holy Face.”
6. “Our Lord has promised me that He will imprint His divine likeness on the souls of those who honor His most holy Countenance.”
7. “All those who honor My Holy Face in a spirit of reparation will, by so doing, perform the office of the pious Veronica.”
8. “According to the care you take in making reparation to My Face, disfigured by blasphemies, so will I take care of yours, which has been disfigured by sin. I will reprint therin My image and render it as beautiful as it was on leaving the Baptismal font.”
9. “Our Lord promised me that all those who defend His cause in this work of reparation, by words, by prayers, or in writing, He will defend them before His Father; at their death He will purify their souls by effacing all the blots of sin and will restore to them their primitive beauty.”
Act of Reparation for Blasphemy
May the most holy, most sacred, most adorable, most mysterious and unutterable Name of God, be praised, blessed, loved, adored and glorified in heaven, and on earth by the Sacred Heart of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, in the most Holy Sacrament of the altar, and by all God's creatures. Amen.
• Eternal Father, I offer Thee the adorable Face of Thy beloved Son for the honor and glory of Thy Holy Name, for the conversion of sinners and the salvation of dying souls.
• Eternal Father, I ask of Thee as many souls as was the number of the drops of Blood as Thy Divine Son shed in His Passion. (She was given a vision of Hell and the multitude of souls falling in, and was invited to pray for poor sinners. Dec. 21, 1846).
• Eternal Father, I offer Thee Our Savior, Jesus Christ for the expiation of my sins and for the needs of Holy Church.
• Our Lord told Sister Marie de Saint-Pierre on March 16, 1844, “Oh if you only knew what great merit you acquire by saying even once, ‘Admirable is the Name of God,’ in the spirit of reparation of blasphemy.” (say often)
• Be merciful to us, O my God and reject not our prayers, when amid our afflictions, we call upon Thy Holy Name and seek with love and confidence Thine adorable Face.
• Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Holy Face of Jesus, covered with Blood, Sweat, dust and spittle, in reparation for the crimes of communists, blasphemers and by the profaners of His Holy Name and of the Holy Day of Sunday.
Taken from: www.todayscatholicworld.com/ap06tcw.htm
Below listed are the feasts falling in April 2019:
April 1: Mass of the Season
April 2: St. Francis of Paula Confessor, Double.
April 3: Mass of the Season
April 4: St. Isidore Bishop, Confessor, and Doctor of the Church, Double.
April 5: FIRST FRIDAY/St. Vincent Ferrer Confessor, Double/The Precious Blood (Friday after the IV Sunday of Lent).
April 6: FIRST SATURDAY/Mass of the Season
April 8: Mass of the Season
April 9: Mass of the Season
April 10: Mass of the Season
April 12: Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Greater Double; Commemoration of the Feria.
April 13: Commemoration of St. Hermenegild Martyr.
(THE PASCHAL TIME BEGINS)
April 22: Easter Monday, Double.
April 23: Easter Tuesday, Double.
April 24: Easter Wednesday, Double.
April 25: Easter Thursday, Double.
April 26: Easter Friday, Double.
April 27: Easter Saturday, Double.
April 28: Low Sunday, Double of the I Class.
April 29: St. Peter of Verona Martyr, Double.
April 30: St. Catherine of Siena Virgin, Double.
Admirable is the Name of God!
March is the Month the Church Dedicates to St. Joseph
“Ite Ad Joseph”
“Go to Joseph”
(Gen, xli. 55)
MEMORARE TO ST. JOSEPH
(300 days indulgence granted by Pope Pius IX, 26th June 1863, applicable to the dead.)
Remember, most pure spouse of the blessed Virgin Mary, my amiable protector St. Joseph, that it is unheard of that any one ever had recourse to thy protection, and implored thy help, without receiving consolation. Full of this confidence in thy power, I come before thee and recommend myself to thee with fervour. Ah! despise not my prayer, O dear foster-father of our Redeemer, but graciously hear and obtain my request. Amen.
Taken from: The Manual of the Sacred Heart, 1866
The devotion which our Holy Mother the Church desires us to pay to St. Joseph, is, after the homage rendered to Jesus Christ and His Blessed Mother, of all devotions the most just, solid, and reasonable. The influence of this Saint is immense;… that of all the blessed inhabitants of Heaven, none can be found who has so much power with God, save one only exception, his Immaculate Spouse, the ever Blessed Virgin Mother of God. Reason, religion, the authority of our Holy Mother the Church, the testimony of the Saints, and the example of so many holy souls in all ages, since the Incarnation of our Blessed Redeemer, prove, beyond any doubt, the immense influence which the beloved foster-father of Jesus enjoys in heaven. The Eternal Father confided to the care of St. Joseph the two most precious treasures which he possessed on earth; viz., Jesus and Mary. What a sublime honour for St. Joseph! What confidence Almighty God must have placed in him! What influence this unheard of privilege must give him over the heart of God! When a king confides to one of his favourites all that is dearest to him on earth, he certainly bestows an immense honour upon him, and naturally feels disposed to grant this privileged being any favours he may desire for himself or his friends—should he act otherwise, he would be condemned as being insensible to the services rendered to his majesty by his favourite. How much more reasonably, then, may we not expect that in heaven, where our most legitimate affections receive an immense increase of perfection, the slightest desire of this great Patriarch is immediately granted, seeing that he enjoys such power and influence with the Eternal King.
The Church teaches us that the Immaculate Mary has immense power and influence with God; and, therefore, desires all her children to honour her in an especial manner. St. Bernard calls Mary “an all powerful supplicant,” (“omnipotentia supplex.”) If, then, Mary honoured and respected St. Joseph while on earth, as her lord and spouse, whom the Eternal Father had placed over her, humbling herself to render him the most menial services, if St. Joseph was thus honoured by Mary while on earth, is it not most reasonable to expect that, although his influence be not so great as the Queen of Angels, he should, at least, be honoured next to her; and be placed side by side in heaven above all the other saints? Moreover, we know that while on earth the Son of God obeyed St. Joseph; that He honoured him as His father; and served him with His own divine hands. And think you that in heaven St. Joseph has not, so to speak, retained, in the same manner, the influence which he then had over the heart of the Infant God?—and that he could not draw from that ocean of goodness treasures of grace more abundantly than any other saint? To think otherwise is impossible.
In fine, St. Joseph saved the Adorable Son of Mary from the murder of the Innocents, by flying with Him into Egypt; he shared with the Blessed Virgin the cares, love and tenderness with which she watched over His helpless infancy; he laboured day and night to support, clothe, and nourish the Holy Family; and think you that all these services (if [one] may dare to employ such a word when speaking of the Creator) could be forgotten by our Blessed Lord? The thought would be blasphemy. The prayers of St. Joseph are orders for this God, who rewards even a cup of cold water given in His name!
The Church also in her turn, adds her testimony to the great power which St. Joseph possesses in heaven. That church, to which Our Blessed Lord has given a charge to teach us all truth, and to lead us into the path of true piety, enjoins us to be devout to St. Joseph; and does all in her power to excite in us a tender devotion towards him. She has raised numberless magnificent sanctuaries in his honour, and has instituted two solemn festivals, which are kept throughout the Catholic world; so that from east to west, from north to south—in a word, wherever the mysteries of the adopted Son are celebrated, the glory of the foster-father is always duly honoured.
The Church proposes St. Joseph to her children as the model of an interior life, and the patron of a happy death. She would have them consecrate the Wednesday of each week to honour him, and has granted indulgences on his feasts, and to the pious practices performed in his honour.
Taken from: A novena to St. Joseph, to obtain of God, through the intercession of this holy Patriarch, 1871. Imprimatur.
PRAYER TO ST. JOSEPH
Oh, St. Joseph, whose protection is so great, so strong, so prompt before the throne of God, I place in you all my interest and desires. Oh, St. Joseph, do assist me by your powerful intercession, and obtain for me from your divine Son all spiritual blessings, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. So that, having engaged here below your heavenly power, I may offer my thanksgiving and homage to the most loving of Fathers.
Oh, St. Joseph, I never weary contemplating you, and Jesus asleep in your arms; I dare not approach while He reposes near your heart. Press Him in my name and kiss His fine head for me and ask Him to return the kiss when I draw my dying breath. St. Joseph, Patron of departing souls - Pray for me.
Below listed are the feasts falling in March 2019:
March 1: FIRST FRIDAY/Mass of the Season
March 2: FIRST SATURDAY/Mass of the Season
March 3: Shrove Sunday/Quinquagesima Sunday, Double.
March 5: Shrove Tuesday/Mass of the Season
(THE HOLY SEASON OF LENT BEGINS)
March 9: St. Frances of Rome Widow, Double.
March 10: I Sunday of Lent, Double of the I Class; Commemoration of The Forty Holy Martyrs.
March 11: Mass of the Season
March 13: EMBER WEDNESDAY.
March 14: Mass of the Season
March 16: EMBER SATURDAY.
March 17: II Sunday of Lent, Double of the I Class; Commemoration of St. Patrick, Bishop and Confessor.
March 18: St. Cyril Bishop of Jerusalem, Confessor, and Doctor of the Church, Double.
March 20: Mass of the Season
March 21: St. Benedict Abbot, Greater Double.
March 23: Mass of the Season
March 24: III Sunday of Lent, Double of the I Class; Commemoration of St. Gabriel the Archangel.
March 26: Mass of the Season
March 27: St. John Damascene Confessor and Doctor of the Church, Double
March 28: St. John Capistran Confessor, Double
March 29: The Five Holy Wounds (Friday after the III Sunday of Lent).
March 30: Mass of the Season
March 31: IV Sunday of Lent, Double of the I Class.
St. Joseph, pray for us.
February is the Month the Church Dedicates to the Most Holy Trinity
Glory be to thee O Co-equal Trinity, one God-head before all ages, now, and for evermore. From whom are all things; thro’ whom are all things; in whom are all things; to Him be glory for ever.
The Famous Creed based on the Trinitarian Doctrine is the Athanasian Creed. It is also focused on Christology. The Latin name of the creed, “Quicunque Vult,” is taken from the opening words, "Whoever wishes". This creed explicitly states the equality of the three persons of the Trinity.
The mystery of the ever-adorable Trinity is the foundation of the Christian religion, the Master-Dogma of the Catholic Faith, and is firmly to be believed and assented to, though incomprehensible to human reason. What the Christian Church teaches us, with regard to this mystery, in a few words, is this: There is only one supreme Eternal God, Creator of heaven and earth, in three divine Persons, the Father, Son and Holy Ghost, really distinct one from the other. For the Father is not the Son, nor the Holy Ghost; nor is the Son the Father, or the Holy Ghost; nor is the Holy Ghost the Father, or the Son. The Father is from no other: The Son was born of the Father from all eternity, and is equal to him in power and majesty, of the same nature and substance: The Holy Ghost proceeds from the Father and Son from all eternity, is equal to them in power and majesty, of the same nature and substance with them. So that the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are the One, supreme, Eternal Being; and consequently, tho’ the Father be God, the Son be God, and the Holy Ghost be God, they are but One God equally to be praised, adored, and worshiped for ever.
Let us therefore this month beg Almighty God to preserve us in this Faith, and continue to teach us to submit our reason to revelation. Let us offer our prayers for those unhappy men, who, taking their weak reason for the standard of all truth, impiously give the lie to the Almighty, and refuse to believe God, when he himself teaches us (through the Church) what we are to believe concerning him.
Below listed are the feasts falling in February 2019:
February 3: IV Sunday after Epiphany, Double; Commemoration of St. Blase Bishop and Martyr.
February 4: St. Andrew Corsini Bishop and Confessor, Double.
February 5: St. Agatha Virgin Martyr, Double.
February 7: St. Romuald Abbot, Double.
February 8: St. John of Matha Confessor, Double.
February 10: V Sunday after Epiphany, Double; Commemoration of St. Scholastica, Virgin.
February 13: Mass of the Season
February 14: Commemoration of St. Valentine Priest and Martyr.
February 15: Commemoration of Ss. Faustinus and Jovita Martyrs.
February 16: Mass of the Season
(THE SHROVETIDE / PRE-LENTEN SEASON BEGINS)
February 17: Septuagesima Sunday, Double.
February 18: Commemoration of St. Simeon Bishop and Martyr.
February 19: The Prayer of Christ (Tuesday after Septuagesima Sunday).
February 20: Mass of the Season
February 21: Mass of the Season
February 22: Chair of St. Peter at Antioch, Greater Double; Commemoration of St. Paul.
February 24: Sexagesima Sunday, Double; Commemoration of St. Matthias, Apostle.
February 25: Mass of the Season
February 27: St. Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows, Double.
February 28: Mass of the Season
Glory be to the Father, and
to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
January is the Month, the Church Dedicates to the Most Holy Name of Jesus & the Most Holy Family
Ejaculatory Prayers to the Holy Family.
[An Indulgence of 300 days every time the three following ejaculatory prayers are said, to obtain a happy death. For saying any one of them, 100 days Indulgence]
Jesus, Mary, and Joseph,
I give you my heart, my soul, and, my life.
Jesus, Mary, and Joseph,
assist me in my last agony.
Jesus, Mary, and Joseph,
may I die in peace in your blessed company.
Taken from: A Catholic’s Vade Mecum, Edition 1851.
Invocation of the Most Holy Name of JESUS.
“ JESUS! ”
(An Indulgence of twenty-five days is granted for each devout invocation)
Below listed are the feasts falling in January 2019:
ANNO DOMINI 2 0 1 9
January 1: Circumcision of the Lord, Double of the II Class; Octave of the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ.
January 3: Mass of the Season
January 4: FIRST FRIDAY/Mass of the Season
January 6: Epiphany of the Lord, Double of the I Class.
[PART I – The Adoration of the Magi]
[PART II – History and Significance of the Feast of the Epiphany]
[PART III – Balaam's Prophecy, and the Expectation of the Gentiles]
January 7: Mass of the Season
January 8: Mass of the Season
January 9: Mass of the Season
January 10: Mass of the Season
January 11: Commemoration of St. Hyginus Pope and Martyr.
January 12: Mass of the Season
January 13: The Most Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, Joseph, Greater Double.
January 16: St. Marcellus I Pope and Martyr, Simple.
January 17: St. Anthony (of Egypt), Abbot, Double.
January 18: Chair of St. Peter Apostle at Rome, Greater Double; Commemoration of St. Paul Apostle; Commemoration of St. Prisca Virgin and Martyr.
January 21: St. Agnes, Roman Virgin and Martyr, Double.
January 24: St. Timothy Bishop and Martyr, Double.
January 25: Conversion of St. Paul Apostle, Greater Double; Commemoration of St. Peter.
January 26: St. Polycarp Bishop and Martyr, Double.
January 27: III Sunday after Epiphany, Double; Commemoration of St. John Chrysostom Bishop, Confessor, and Doctor of the Church.
January 30: St. Martina Virgin and Martyr, Simple.
January 31: St. John Bosco Confessor, Double.
“Our help is in the NAME of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.”
(Ps, cxxiii. 8)
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)
Click here, to read the Apostolic Constitution by Pope Pius IX - defining the dogma of Immaculate Conception.
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).
Click here, for the Church Laws of Fast and Abstinence.
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 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
The Commencement of the Great ‘O’ Antiphons.
(Cesar Augustus has decreed that all should be enrolled into their own cities [St. Luke, ii. 1-5]. Let us accompany our Blessed Mother Mary and St. Joseph, from Galilee to Bethlehem.)
December 17: Mass of the Season/O Sapienta.
December 18: Mass of the Season/O Adonai; Expectation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, also known as “Our Lady of ‘O’”, Greater Double [Regional Calendars of Spain, Ireland etc.].
December 20: Mass of the Season/O Clavis David.
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).
[PART I – The prophecies in Old Testament leading to the Nativity]
[PART II – Sermons and Homilies of our Fathers]
[PART III – History of Christmas]
[PART IV – Mystery of Christmas]
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 of the Nativity.
O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee!