Archive for August, 2012

August 31st through September 8th: Novena in Honor of Our Lady’s Nativity

Friday, August 31st, 2012

Maria Bambina as venerated in Milan, Italy

Holy Child Mary of the royal house of David, Queen of the angels,

Mother of grace and love, I greet you with all my heart.

Obtain for me the grace to love the Lord faithfully during

all the days of my life. Obtain for me, too, a great devotion

to you, who are the first creature of God’s love.

 

Pray the “Hail Mary…”

 

O heavenly Child Mary, who like a pure dove was born

Immaculate and beautiful, true prodigy of the wisdom of

God, my soul rejoices in you. Oh! Do help me to preserve

the angelic virtue of purity at the cost of any sacrifice.

 

Pray the “Hail Mary…”

 

Hail, lovely and holy Child, spiritual garden of delight, where,

on the day of the Incarnation, the tree of life was planted,

assist me to avoid the poisonous fruit of vanity and pleasures of the world.

Help me to engraft into my soul the thoughts, feelings,

and virtues of your divine Son.

 

Pray the “Hail Mary…”

 

Hail, admirable Child Mary, Mystical Rose, closed garden,

open only to the heavenly Spouse. O Lily of paradise,

make me love the humble and hidden life;

let the heavenly Spouse find the gate of my heart always open

to the loving calls of His graces and inspiration.

 

Pray the “Hail Mary…”

 

Holy Child Mary, mystical dawn, gate of heaven,

you are my trust and hope.

O powerful advocate, from your cradle stretch out your hand,

support me on the path of life.

Make me serve God with ardor and

constancy until death and so reach an eternity with you.

 

Pray the “Hail Mary…”

 

Prayer:

Blessed Child Mary,

destined to be the Mother of God

and our loving Mother,

by the heavenly graces you lavish upon us,

mercifully listen to my supplications.

In the needs which press upon me from every side

and especially in my present tribulation,

I place all my trust in you.

 

O holy Child,

by the privileges granted to you alone

and by the merits which you have acquired,

show that the source of spiritual favours

and the continuous benefits

which you dispense are inexhaustible,

because your power with the Heart of God is unlimited.

 

Deign through the immense profusion of graces

with which the Most High has enriched you

from the first moment of your Immaculate Conception,

grant me, O Celestial Child, my petition,

and I shall eternally praise

the goodness of your Immaculate Heart.

 

(IMPRIMATUR: In Curia Archiep. Mediolani, 31 August 1931, Can. CAVEZZALI, Pro Vic. Gen)

 

The Importance of Being Nice: A Parody

Friday, August 24th, 2012

My gratitude to Michael Voris, S.T.B., of The Vortex, for most of the above parody about the Parish of Nice and Fr. Nice.

Statue of St. John the Baptist – The latest addition to St. Mary Church

Friday, August 17th, 2012

Johannistag…

…as the Feast of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist, June 24th, was commonly called in the native land of the 3rd and longest serving Pastor of our parish (1897-1956), Msgr. Bernard John Weber. June 24th was also the Feast chosen for his Ordination to the Holy Priesthood in the Year of Our Lord 1893. In preparation for the 120th anniversary of his Priestly Ordination next year, and in honor of the approaching Year of Faith called by our Holy Father (which begins this October), an admirer of our late but well remembered Pastor (who wishes to remain anonymous) donated a beautifully restored statue of St. John the Baptist to our church.  May this magnificent statue – which has been installed between the Holy Family Altar and the pulpit and portrays St. John pointing out the Lamb of God – serve as a reminder to the homilist of his duty to lead others to Christ. It will also serve as a reminder that all of us are called to a daily conversion of heart and mind through the Blood of the Lamb, Who takes away the sins of the world.

May the approaching Year of Faith, as well as the upcoming 120th Anniversary of Msgr. Weber’s Priestly Ordination, be an incentive for us to cooperate with God’s grace, grow in our love of the Catholic Faith and renew our commitment to participate in the life of our parish community.

Feast of the Assumption of Our Lady

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

MASS SCHEDULE FOR THE SOLEMNITY OF THE ASSUMPTION OF OUR LADY INTO HEAVEN – AUGUST 15th

A Holyday of Obligation for All Roman Catholics

Vigil Mass on Tuesday evening, August 14th at 7:00 pm

Morning Mass on Wednesday, August 15th at 8:15 am

Evening Mass on Wednesday, August 15th at 7:00 pm*

(* in Extraordinary Form)

Prayer Asking the Intercession of Our Lady, Assumed into Heaven

By the Venerable Pope Pius XII

O Immaculate Virgin, Mother of God and Mother of Humanity, we believe with all the fervor of our faith in your triumphal Assumption both in body and in soul into heaven where you are acclaimed as Queen by all the choirs of angels and all the legions of saints; we unite with them to praise and bless the Lord who has exalted you above all other pure creatures and to offer you the tribute of our devotion and our love.

We know that your gaze, which on earth watched over the humble and suffering humanity of Jesus, in heaven is filled with the vision of that humanity glorified and with the vision of uncreated Wisdom, and that the joy of your soul in the direct contemplation of the adorable Trinity causes your heart to throb with overwhelming tenderness; and we, poor sinners whose body weights down the flight of the soul, beg you to purify our hearts so that, while we remain below, we may learn to see God and God alone in the beauties of his creatures.

We trust that your merciful eyes may deign to gaze down upon our miseries and anguish, upon our struggles and our weaknesses; that your countenance may smile upon our joys and our victories; that you may hear the voice of Jesus saying to you of each one of us, as He once said to you of His Beloved Disciple: “Behold your son,” and we who call upon you as our Mother, we, like John, take you as the guide, strength and consolation of our mortal life.

We are inspired by the certainty that your eyes, which wept over the earth crimsoned by the blood of Jesus, are yet turned toward this world racked by wars and persecutions, the oppression of the just and the weak. From the shadows of this vale of tears, we seek in your heavenly assistance, tender mercy, comfort for our aching hearts, and help in the trials of Church and country.

We believe finally that in the glory where you reign, clothed with the sun and crowned with stars, you are, after Jesus, the joy and gladness of all the angels and the saints, and from this earth, over which we tread as pilgrims, comforted by our faith in the future resurrection, we look to you our life, our sweetness, our hope; draw us onward with the sweetness of your voice, so that one day, after our exile, you may show us Jesus, the blessed fruit of your womb. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.

Amen.

 

For Greater Glory now showing in Mitchell for one week!

Friday, August 3rd, 2012