Feb. 2, 2019

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 1: FIRST FRIDAY/St. Ignatius (of Antioch), Bishop and Martyr, Double.

February 2: FIRST SATURDAY/Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Double of the II Class.

 

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 6: St. Titus Bishop and Confessor, Double; Commemoration of St. Dorothy Virgin Martyr.

February 7: St. Romuald Abbot, Double.

February 8: St. John of Matha Confessor, Double.

February 9: St. Cyril Bishop of Alexandria, Confessor, and Doctor of the Church, Double; Commemoration of St. Apollonia Virgin Martyr.

 

February 10: V Sunday after Epiphany, Double; Commemoration of St. Scholastica, Virgin.

February 11: Apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary Immaculate (at Lourdes), Greater Double.

February 12: The Seven Holy Founders of the Order of Servants of the Blessed Virgin Mary Confessors, Double.

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 23: St. Peter Damian Confessor, Bishop, Cardinal, and Doctor of the Church, Double.

 

February 24: Sexagesima Sunday, Double; Commemoration of St. Matthias, Apostle.

February 25: Mass of the Season

February 26: Commemoration of the Passion of Christ (Tuesday after Sexagesima Sunday).

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.

 

Jan. 1, 2019

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 2: The Most Holy Name of Jesus, Double of the II Class.

January 3: Mass of the Season

January 4: FIRST FRIDAY/Mass of the Season

January 5: FIRST SATURDAY/Commemoration of St. Telesphorus Pope and Martyr.

 

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 14: St. Hilary (of Poitiers), Bishop, Confessor, and Doctor of the Church, Double; Commemoration of St. Felix (of Nola), Priest and Martyr.

January 15: St. Paul, First Hermit, Confessor, Double; Commemoration of St. Maurus, Abbot.

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 19: Commemoration of Ss. Marius, Martha, Audifax, and Abachum Martyrs; Commemoration of St. Canute, Martyr.

 

January 20: II Sunday after Epiphany, Double; Commemoration of Ss. Fabian Pope and Sebastian Martyrs.

January 21: St. Agnes, Roman Virgin and Martyr, Double.

January 22: Ss. Vincent and Anastasius Martyrs, Simple.

January 23: St. Raymund of Peñafort Confessor, Simple; 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: III Sunday after Epiphany, Double; Commemoration of St. John Chrysostom Bishop, Confessor, and Doctor of the Church.

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: 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)

 

Dec. 1, 2018

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 2: I Sunday of Advent, Double of the I Class; Commemoration of St. Bibiana Virgin and Martyr.

December 3: St. Francis Xavier Confessor, Greater Double.

December 4: St. Peter Chrysologus Bishop, Confessor, and Doctor of the Church, Double; Commemoration of St. Barbara Virgin and Martyr.

December 5: Commemoration of St. Sabbas Abbot.

December 6: St. Nicholas Bishop and Confessor, Double.

December 7: FIRST FRIDAY/St. Ambrose Bishop, Confessor, and Doctor of the Church, 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.

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 19: EMBER WEDNESDAY/Mass of the Season/O Radix Jesse.

December 20: Mass of the Season/O Clavis David.

December 21: EMBER FRIDAY/St. Thomas Apostle, Double of the II Class/O Oriens.

December 22: EMBER SATURDAY/Mass of the Season/O Rex Gentium.

 

December 23: IV Sunday of Advent, Double of the I Class/O Emmanuel.

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!

 

Nov. 1, 2018

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 reading material on the Holy Souls in Purgatory.

 

THE COUNCIL OF TRENT - CONCERNING PURGATORY
FIRST DECREE
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 2: FIRST FRIDAY/Commemoration of all the Faithful Departed, Double.

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 9: Dedication of the Archbasilica of the most Holy Saviour, Double of the II Class; Commemoration of St. Theodore Martyr.

November 10: St. Andrew Avellino Confessor, Double; Commemoration of Ss. Tryphon, Respicius, and Nympha Martyrs.

 

November 11: XXV Sunday after Pentecost, Double [*Mass of the V Sunday after Epiphany]; Commemoration of St. Martin Bishop and Confessor; Commemoration of St. Mennas Martyr.

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 19: St. Elisabeth (of Hungary) Widow, Double; Commemoration of St. Pontianus Pope and Martyr.

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 23: St. Clement I Pope and Martyr, Double; Commemoration of St. Felicitas Martyr.

November 24: St. John of the Cross Confessor and Doctor of the Church, Double; Commemoration of St. Chrysogonus Martyr.

 

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 26: St. Sylvester Abbot, Double; Commemoration of St. Peter of Alexandria Bishop 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.

 

Oct. 1, 2018

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... 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 1: Commemoration of St. Remigius Bishop and Confessor.

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 5: FIRST FRIDAY/Commemoration of St. Placid and companions Martyrs.

October 6: FIRST SATURDAY/St. Bruno Confessor, 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 11: The Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Double of the II Class.

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.