Sunday, Nov 4th - 24th Sunday after Pentecost - Feast of Christ the King
Monday, Nov 5th - All Holy Relics
Tuesday, Nov 6th - St Leonard C
Wednesday, Nov 7th - St Willibrord BC
Thursday, Nov 8th - Four Holy Crowned Martyrs
Friday, Nov 9th - Basilica of Our Savior
Saturday, Nov 10th - St Andrew Avellino C - Ss Tryphon & Comp Mm
Sunday, Nov 11th - 25th Sunday after Pentecost - St Martin of Tours BC, St Mennas M
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.
- There are 27 Sundays after Pentecost this year. According to the movable Sundays of Epiphany/Pentecost, parts of today's Mass will be taken from the 4th Sunday after Epiphany (Gospel, Jesus' miracle of calming the storm at sea).
- Month of the Holy Souls Special prayers will be offered for them after each Holy Mass throughout this month.
- Sunday morning catechism classes through November: Nov 4, 11, 18. Potluck will precede class on the 1st Sunday of the month; 3rd Sunday will be Convent fund-raising breakfast.
O God, to Whom it belongs always to have mercy and to spare, be gracious to the souls of the faithful departed and grant them the remission of all their sins, that being freed from the bonds of death, they may enter into life eternal. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Taken from St Alphonsus' The Glories of Mary
Mary Assists her Servants in Purgatory
Too happy are the servants of this most kind Mother, since not only in this world are they aided by her, but also in purgatory they are assisted and consoled by her protection. For succor being there more needed, because they are in torment and cannot help themselves, so much the more does this Mother of Mercy strive to help them.
There lived in the city of Aragona a girl named Alexandra who, being noble and very beautiful, was greatly loved by two young men. Through jealousy, they one day fought and killed each other. Their enraged relatives, in return, killed the poor young girl as the cause of so much trouble, cut off her head, and threw her into a well. A few days after, St. Dominic was passing through that place, and, inspired by the Lord, approached the well and said: "Alexandra, come forth." Immediately the head of the deceased came forth, placed itself on the edge of the well, and prayed St. Dominic to hear its confession. The saint heard its confession and also gave it Communion, in presence of a great concourse of persons who had assembled to witness the miracle. Then St. Dominic ordered Alexandra to speak and tell why she had received that grace.
Alexandra answered that when she was beheaded, she was in a state of mortal sin, but that on account of the Rosary which she was in the habit of reciting, the most holy Mary had preserved her in life. Two days the head retained its life upon the edge of the well in the presence of all, and then the soul went to purgatory.
But fifteen days after, the soul of Alexandra appeared to St. Dominic, beautiful and radiant as a star, and told him that one of the principal sources of relief to the souls in purgatory is the Rosary which is recited for them; and that as soon as they arrive in paradise, they pray for those who apply to them these powerful prayers. Having said this, St. Dominic saw that happy soul ascending in triumph to the kingdom of the blessed.
Legend says this statue was carved by St Nicodemus and brought to Spain by the earliest missionaries. It was greatly venerated in Madrid until hidden during the Moslem invasion of the 8th century.
In 1085 King AlfonsoVI, determined to discover the lost image, ordered a novena of prayers, fasts, penances and almsgiving, asking Heaven to grant that it be found. At the end of the novena, on November 9, a procession was formed, in which the king himself took part, with many nobles of the court. When the procession neared the wall wherein the statue was hidden, the stones of the wall fell away and the statue appeared in the niche. It was taken to the church and all Madrid celebrated a festival of great jubilation. It was called Nuestra Senora de la Almudena, and is celebrated on November 9.
The faithful who during November:
Recite prayers or perform other devout exercises in supplication for the faithful departed may gain:
- An indulgence of 3 years once on each day of the month;
- A plenary indulgence under the usual conditions if they perform these devotions daily for the entire month.
Take part in public services held in a church or public oratory in intercession for the faithful departed may gain:
- An indulgence of 7 years on each day of the month;
- A plenary indulgence if they attend at least 15 of these exercises, and in addition, go to confession, receive Holy Communion, and pray for the intentions of Holy Mother Church.
Visit a cemetery during the Octave (Nov 2-9) in a spirit of piety and devotion and pray, even mentally, for the dead, may gain:
- A plenary indulgence under the usual conditions on each day of the Octave, applicable only to the dead.
Those who make such a visit and pray for the Holy Souls on any day in the year may gain:
- An indulgence of 7 years, applicable only to the departed.
From the beautiful Requiem liturgy
Deliver me, O Lord, from eternal death on that day when the heavens and earth shall be shaken and Thou shalt come to judge the world by fire.
May the angels lead you into paradise, may the martyrs receive you and may they guide you into the holy city, Jerusalem.
May the chorus of angels receive you, and with Lazarus once poor, may you have eternal rest.