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)
Non-Sunday Holy Days of Obligation
Saint Pope Pius X promulgated on 2 July 1911, the Motu Proprio, Supremi Disciplinae, relating to Holy Days of obligation. It reduced the number of non-Sunday holy days of Obligation from 36 to 8, which are as follows:
1. December 8th: The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
2. December 25th: Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ (Christmas)
3. January 1st: Circumcision of the Lord and Octave of the Nativity
4. January 6th: Epiphany of the Lord
5. Thursday after the 5th Sunday after Easter: The Ascension of the Lord
6. June 29th: Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles
7. August 15th: Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
8. November 1st: All Saints
In the United States four of these feasts are abolished as holidays of obligation, namely Epiphany, Corpus Christi, St. Joseph, and SS. Peter and Paul.
There is no obligation for fast or abstinence on a holy day of obligation, even if it falls on a Friday.
Below listed are the feasts falling in January 2022:
ANNO DOMINI 2 0 2 2
January 3: Mass of the Season
January 4: Mass of the Season
January 5: Commemoration of St. Telesphorus Pope and Martyr.
January 6: Epiphany of the Lord, Double of the I Class (HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION - Not in U.S.A.).
[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: FIRST FRIDAY/Mass of the Season
January 8: 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 16: II Sunday after Epiphany, Double; Commemoration of St. Marcellus I Pope and Martyr.
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 20: Ss. Fabian Pope and Sebastian Martyrs, Double.
January 21: St. Agnes, Roman Virgin and Martyr, Double
January 22: Ss. Vincent and Anastasius Martyrs, Simple.
January 23: III Sunday after Epiphany, Double; Commemoration of St. Raymund of Peñafort Confessor; Commemoration of St. Emerentiana Virgin and Martyr.
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: St. John Chrysostom Bishop, Confessor, and Doctor of the Church, Double.
January 28: St. Peter Nolasco Confessor, Double; Commemoration of St. Agnes Virgin and Martyr (second feast).
January 29: St. Francis de Sales Bishop, Confessor, and Doctor of the Church, Double.
January 30: IV Sunday after Epiphany, Double; Commemoration of St. Martina Virgin and Martyr.
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)
ANTIPHON, VERSICLE & PRAYER.
Antiphon. This is the rod in which was neither knot of original sin nor rind of actual guilt.
℣. In thy Conception, O Virgin, thou wast immaculate.
℟. Pray for us to the Father, whose Son Jesus Christ conceived of the Holy Ghost, thou didst bring forth.
Let us pray.
O God, who, by the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin, didst prepare a worthy habitation for thy Son: we beseech Thee that, as in view of the death of that Son Thou didst preserve her from all stain of sin, so Thou wouldst enable us, being made pure by her intercession, to come unto Thee. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
Click here, to read the Apostolic Constitution by Pope Pius IX - defining the dogma of Immaculate Conception.
Days of Fasting & Abstinence in December 2021:
1. December 7, 2021: Fasting & Complete Abstinence (Eve of Immaculate Conception).
2. December 15, 2021: Fasting & Partial Abstinence (Ember Wednesday).
3. December 17, 2021: Fasting & Complete Abstinence (Ember Friday).
4. December 18, 2021: Fasting & Partial Abstinence (Ember Saturday).
5. December 24, 2021: Fasting & Complete Abstinence (Christmas Eve/Vigil).
Click here, for the Church Laws of Fast and Abstinence.
Below listed are the feasts falling in December 2021:
December 1: Mass of the Season
December 2: Commemoration of St. Bibiana Virgin and Martyr.
December 5: II Sunday of Advent, Double of the I Class; 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 (HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION).
[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: Mass of the Season
December 11: Commemoration of St. Damasus I Pope and Confessor.
December 12: III Sunday of Advent, Double of the I Class; Commemoration of Holy Mary of Guadalupe [Regional Calendars of Mexico, USA, etc.].
December 13: St. Lucy Virgin and Martyr, Double.
December 14: Mass of the Season
December 15: EMBER WEDNESDAY.
December 16: Commemoration of St. Eusebius Bishop and Martyr.
The Commencement of the Great ‘O’ Antiphons (Dec 17
- Dec 23).
(Cesar Augustus decrees that all should be enrolled into their own cities [St. Luke, ii. 1-5]. Let us accompany our Blessed Virgin Mother Mary and St. Joseph, from Galilee to Bethlehem.)
December 19: IV Sunday of Advent, Double of the I Class/O Radix Jesse.
December 20: Mass of the Season/O Clavis David.
December 22: Mass of the Season/O Rex Gentium.
December 23: Mass of the Season/O Emmanuel.
December 25: Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, Double of the I Class with an Octave (HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION); 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: Sunday within the Octave of the Nativity, Double; Commemoration of St. Stephen Protomartyr; 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: Of the VI day within the Octave of the Nativity, Double.
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!
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 me.”
(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.
Click here, for more on the Holy Souls in Purgatory.
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 2021:
November 2: Commemoration of all the Faithful Departed, Double.
November 3: Mass of the Season
November 5: FIRST FRIDAY/Mass of the Season
November 6: FIRST SATURDAY/Mass of the Season
November 7: XXIV Sunday after Pentecost, Double.
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: XXV Sunday after Pentecost, Double; Commemoration of St. Josaphat Bishop and Martyr.
November 16: St. Gertrude Virgin, Double.
November 17: St. Gregory Thaumaturgus Bishop and Confessor, Simple.
November 20: St. Felix of Valois Confessor, Double.
November 21: Last (XXVI) Sunday after Pentecost, Double; Commemoration of Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
November 22: St. Cecilia Virgin and Martyr, Double.
November 25: St. Catherine (of Alexandria), Virgin and Martyr, Double.
November 27: Mass of the Season
THE HOLY SEASON OF ADVENT BEGINS
November 28: I Sunday of Advent, Double of the I Class.
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)
Click here, for the devotion to the Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
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... Apart 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 2021:
October 3: XIX Sunday after Pentecost, Double; Commemoration of St. Teresa of the Child Jesus (of Lisieux), Virgin.
October 4: St. Francis of Assisi Confessor, Greater Double.
October 6: St. Bruno Confessor, Double.
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: XX Sunday after Pentecost, Double; Commemoration of St. Francis Borgia Confessor.
October 12: Mass of the Season
October 13: St. Edward, King of England, Confessor, Simple.
October 14: St. Callistus I Pope and Martyr, Double.
October 15: St. Teresa (of Ávila), Virgin, Double.
October 16: St. Hedwig Widow, Simple.
October 17: XXI Sunday after Pentecost, Double; Commemoration of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque Virgin.
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 22: Mass of the Season
October 23: Mass of the Season
October 24: XXII Sunday after Pentecost, Double; Commemoration of St. Raphael Archangel.
October 25: Commemoration of Ss. Chrysanthus and Daria Martyrs.
October 26: Commemoration of St. Evaristus Pope and Martyr.
October 27: Mass of the Season
October 28: Ss. Simon and Jude Apostles, Double of the II Class.
October 29: Mass of the Season
October 30: Mass of the Season
October 31: Our Lord Jesus Christ the King, Double of the I Class; Commemoration of XXIII Sunday after Pentecost.
Queen of the most holy Rosary, pray for us.
September is the Month the Church Dedicates to the Seven Sorrows of Our Lady
“And thy own soul a sword shall pierce, that out of many hearts thoughts may
(St. Luke, ii. 35)
all ye that pass by the way, attend and see if there be sorrow like unto my sorrow.”
(Lam, i. 12)
“thou shalt honour thy mother… for thou must be mindful what and how great perils she suffered for thee…”
(Tobias, iv. 3, 4)
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, Page 533)
THE SEVEN SORROWS OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
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)
Click here, to visit the section on this website, dedicated to the Virgin Most Sorrowful.
Below listed are the feasts falling in September 2021:
September 2: St. Stephen, King of Hungary, Confessor, Simple.
September 4: FIRST SATURDAY/Mass of the Season
September 5: XV Sunday after Pentecost, Double; Commemoration of St. Laurence Justinian Bishop and Confessor.
September 6: Mass of the Season
September 7: Mass of the Season
September 9: Commemoration of St. Gorgonius Martyr.
September 10: St. Nicholas of Tolentino Confessor, Double.
September 11: Commemoration of Ss. Protus and Hyacinth Martyrs.
September 12: XVI Sunday after Pentecost, Double; Commemoration of The Most Holy Name of Mary.
September 13: Mass of the Season
September 14: Exaltation of the Holy Cross, Greater Double.
September 16: St. Cornelius Pope and St. Cyprian Bishop, Martyrs, Simple; Commemoration of Ss. Euphemia Virgin, Lucy and Geminian Martyrs.
September 19: XVII Sunday after Pentecost, Double; Apparition of Our Lady of La Salette; Commemoration of St. Januarius Bishop and Companions Martyrs.
September 20: St. Eustace and Companions Martyrs, Double.
September 21: St. Matthew Apostle and Evangelist, Double of the II Class.
September 24: Our Lady of Ransom, Greater Double.
September 25: Mass of the Season
September 26: XVIII Sunday after Pentecost, Double; Commemoration of Ss. Cyprian and Justina Virgin, Martyrs.
September 27: Ss. Cosmas and Damian Martyrs, Simple.
September 28: St. Wenceslaus, Duke of Bohemia, Martyr, Simple.
September 29: Dedication of St. Michael Archangel, Double of the I Class.
Virgin Most Sorrowful, pray for us.