Sunday, June 17th - 4th Sunday after Pentecost - St Avitus AbC
Monday, June 18th - St Ephrem, Deacon, CD - Ss Mark & Marcellinus Mm
Tuesday, June 19th - St Juliana Falconieri V
Wednesday, June 20th - St Silverius PM
Thursday, June 21st - St Aloysius Gonzaga C
Friday, June 22nd - St Paulinus BC
Saturday, June 23rd - Vigil of the Nativity of St John the Baptist
Sunday, June 24th - 5th Sunday after Pentecost - Nativity of St John the Baptist
We welcome anyone who maybe be visiting Our Lady of the Snow Catholic Church. Please feel free to ask any questions and join us after Mass for our usual socializing. You are welcome to browse through any of our literature. Extra head coverings and Missals are at the back of the church. Remember, Holy Communion may only be received by Catholics who observe the Traditional teachings of the Catholic Church, are in the state of sanctifying grace, and have completed a three hour fast.
Please observe the rules of modesty as posted at the back of the church, out of respect for Our Lord and His Church.
Please follow the dress code for our church - Women and girls please wear dresses/skirts and head coverings; and men please wear dress slacks to Mass. Please be sure all clothing is modest and meet Catholic standards.
- Catechism Camp: June 18th
- Vigil candles - you can access the new large 6 day Vigil candles in the sanctuary by the side aisles. These candles should not be lit during any public devotions. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The usual offering is $2.00.
- St Mechtilde Music Festival July 27-29 Check out www.stmechtildemusicfestival.com for more information and to register to attend! If you are interested in volunteering - food service, lodging, transportation - please contact Mary Hopkins at 303-280-0194 or email email@example.com, or visit www.stmechtildemusicfestival.com/volunteer.
- June 22-24: Young Adult Gathering hosted by Bishop Dolan's group in Ohio (yagincincy.org) Registration ends today.
- Bring in your Father's Day prayer lists for Father to place on the Altar, living/deceased. Happy Father's Day!!
A beautiful reflection on the Our Father, by Abbot Marmion
Saint Benedict prescribes the Pater Noster twice each day "on account of the thorns of scandal which are wont to arise". The abbot alone chants the Pater Noster at the end of Lauds and Vespers. He does this in persona Christi capitis, in the very person of Christ. He is in effect giving his voice to Christ, so that through him, Christ might teach his monks how to pray, even as He taught His disciples how to pray, in response to the request of one among them: "Lord, teach us how to pray".
How do the monks respond? By bowing profoundly: a gesture of complete submission, of humility, of obedience - and by hearkening with the ear of the heart to the words of Christ chanted by the abbot. What is the precept of the Master? First of all, it is this: "When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins, as we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation."
But there is more. Saint Benedict presents the Pater Noster chanted by the abbot chants over his monks as a sacramental of healing, a covenant of mercy and of mutual forgiveness. All people irritate and exasperate one another, they strike the sensitive chord and, even, wound one another. Saint Benedict knew this by experience. When the abbot chants the Pater Noster over his sons inclined in a profound silence, he is spreading over their scratches, their bruises, and their wounds the healing balm of the prayer of Christ, and this with a supernatural delicacy and sureness of touch.
Hearing the Pater Noster chanted over them twice daily, the monks are drawn into a mysterious covenant: they bind themselves to forgive one another as they would be forgiven by God. They ratify the abbot's prayer over them by saying aloud the very last sentence: Sed libera nos a malo, "But deliver us from evil". The monastic life is a struggle, a spiritual combat and a kind of exorcism, but it is also a triumph, the victory of mercy over sin, of pardon over every offense, of joy over sorrow and, in the end, of life over death.
Our help is in the Name of the Lord!
Twin brothers Mark and Marcellinus converted to Christianity in their youth. When the persecutions of Emperor Diocletian began, they were arrested and thrown into prison. Non-Christian family and friends intervened and obtained a thirty-day reprieve, hoping to persuade the two brothers to renounce Christ. Their wives and little children, and their unconverted parents, begged them to abandon their faith.
It is said that they were tempted to succumb to the entreaties of their loved ones, until St Sebastian visited them in prison, and gave them encouragement to persevere. These discussions led to many conversions, even among their jailers. Mark and Marcellinus were ultimately put to death for Christ.
Consider that we have the Catholic Faith today, because of men like these Saints, who chose God over everything! Keep the Faith!
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Thy Kingdom Come!
- I will give them all the graces necessary for their state in life.
- I will establish peace in their families.
- I will comfort them in their trials
- I will be their secure refuge during life, and, above all, in death
- I will shed abundant blessings on all their undertakings
- Sinners will find in My Heart an infinite ocean of mercy.
- Lukewarm souls will become fervent.
- Fervent souls will rapidly grow in holiness and perfection.
- I will bless every place where an image of My Heart shall be exposed and honored.
- I will give priests the gift of touching the most hardened hearts.
- The names of those who promote this devotion will be written in My Heart, never to be blotted out.
- I promise thee, in the excessive mercy of My Heart, that My all-powerful love will grant to all those who receive Holy Communion on the First Friday of nine consecutive months, the grace of final penitence: they shall not die in My disgrace nor without receiving their Sacraments: My Divine Heart shall be their safe refuge in this last moment.
St. Mechtilde Music Festival
We will be hosting the annual St. Mechtilde Music Festival again at Our Lady of the Snow July 27th - 29th! This celebration of the Church's liturgical music is an instructional event that brings many of our religious to our church, as well as other Traditional Catholic singers and families from around the country. It is also an opportunity for many people who do not have a large or dedicated choir in their home parishes to have the experience of learning and singing with many others in a combined choir, and to meet other Traditional Catholics. There will be High Mass offered each evening, and dinners Friday and Saturday nights (featuring Open Mic performances) that are open to all! Check out www.stmechtildemusicfestival.com/ for more information and to register to attend!
There are many ways to support this parish event - if you are not a musician but would like to volunteer for help with food service for any/all of the meals, or to provide lodging or transportation for visiting attendees to help make it less of a financial burden for travelers, please contact Mary Hopkins at 303-280-0194 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also sign up to volunteer at www.stmechtildemusicfestival.com/volunteer.