Archive for November, 2012

The Novena in Preparation for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Our Lady: November 29th through December 7th

Monday, November 26th, 2012

Incorrectly listed in the Parish Bulletin as beginning on November 30th, the Immaculate Conception Novena is in preparation for that great Feast of Our Lady, and therefore begins on November 29th and ends on the Vigil of the Feast, December 7th:

 


Liturgical Ministries Schedule: Nov. 24, 2012 – Jan. 1, 2013

Saturday, November 24th, 2012

 Click on the following link for a copy of the Liturgical Ministry Schedule:

Ministy Schedule nov24-jan1-2013

His Excellency, Bishop Swain, Names “Pilgrimage Churches” for the YEAR OF FAITH

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

 

November 2nd: Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

On All Souls Day, Friday, November 2nd, following the morning Mass, the children and faculty of St. Mary School, along with about a dozen parishioners, made the formal “Visit to the Parish Cemetery for All Souls Day”.  Father Lawrence led the prayers for the Holy Souls as well as those prescribed for the intentions of our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI.  After a generous sprinkling with Holy Water, a special treat called “Soul Cakes” were blessed and distributed to the children to enjoy on their return journey to school.

N.B. “Soul Cakes” come to us from Mexico, and are only a small culinary sampling of the rich Latin American Catholic cultural celebration called  “Dia de los Muertos” or “Day of the Dead” (All Souls Day).  We thank Mrs. Barbara Stangeland for making the Soul Cakes.

 

November 1st: The Feast of All Saints

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

Main Altar Prepared for Vigil of All Saints

We can pay no greater honor to the Saints than by offering up to God in their name the Blood of Jesus. The efficacy of their past merits and present prayers is greatly increased when offered to God in close association with the merits and prayers of Our Lord. Therefore the Church commemorates on this day all the Saints in Heaven without exception, and thus honors also those who are unknown and who have no public recognition in the liturgy. The custom of keeping holy one day in the year as the festival of all God’s saints, whether commemorated in the Liturgy or not dates back to at least the beginning of the Fifth Century.

In ancient times it was usually called the feast of All Holy Martyrs. The day of its celebration varied; and in the East, even now, All Saints is in most places a movable feast. Pope St. Boniface IV, when dedicating the Roman Pantheon as the Church of Our Blessed Lady and All Holy Martyrs, appointed November I for the chief annual festival in the sacred building.

Pope Gregory III built an oratory at St. Peter’s in honor of all the saints, confessors as well as martyrs who had died in all parts of the world. Pope Gregory IV chose November 1st as the Feast of All Saints. The octave was added by Pope Sixtus  IV.

Who Are These Like Stars Appearing?

Who are these like stars appearing,
These before God’s throne who stand?
Each a golden crown is wearing;
Who are all this glorious band?
Alleluia! Hark, they sing,
Praising loud their heav’nly King.

Who are these of dazzling brightness,
These in God’s own truth arrayed,
Clad in robes of purest whiteness,
Robes whose luster ne’er shall fade,
Ne’er be touched by time’s rude hand?
Whence come all this glorious band?

These are they who have contended
For their Savior’s honor long,
Wrestling on till life was ended,
Following not the sinful throng;
These who well the fight sustained,
Triumph through the Lamb have gained.

These are they whose hearts were riven,
Sore with woe and anguish tried,
Who in prayer full oft have striven
With the God they glorified;
Now, their painful conflict o’er,
God has bid them weep no more.

These, like priests, have watched and waited,
Offering up to Christ their will;
Soul and body consecrated,
Day and night to serve Him still:
Now in God’s most holy place
Blest they stand before His face.

 Text: The­o­bald Hein­rich Schenk, 1719 – Trans: Frances E. Cox, 1841