Sunday, September 17th - 15th Sunday after Pentecost - Stigmata of Saint Francis
Monday, September 18th - St Joseph of Cupertino C
Tuesday, September 19th - Ss Januarius & Comp Mm
Wednesday, September 20th - Ss Eustace & Comp Mm
Thursday, September 21st - St Matthew Ap
Friday, September 22nd - St Thomas Villanova BC
Saturday, September 23rd - Ss Linus PM, Thecla VM
Sunday, September 24th - 16th Sunday after Pentecost - Our Lady of Ransom
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 classes: Sept 17 & 24 - First Holy Communion & Confirmation students only. 30 minutes, beginning approx. 10 min. after Mass.
- Celebrating Our Lady of Fatima. Because several of our people plan to attend the Conference in Spokane, we will have our Fatima Mass & procession on Saturday, October 7, the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. Breakfast afterward.
- Please make sure to clean up food dirty dishes found around the building. Make sure no windows or doors are left open.
- King Soopers cards - remember to use them & benefit the Church! Available in the bookstore.
- Under New Management - since Ellen has moved from Denver & will not be here every Sunday, RoseMary Werfs & Marilyn Soisson are stepping up to take care of your Bookstore needs. Thank you, Ladies!
Saint Joseph of Cupertino
Tomorrow's feast: Saint Joseph of Cupertino, The Reluctant Saint See the story of his life on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXxOLNRBdXw
According to St. Alphonsus de Liguori, Our Lord promised four principal graces to souls devoted to His Mother's Sorrows:
- Those who before death invoke the divine Mother in the name of Her Sorrows will obtain true repentance of all their sins
- He will protect all who have this devotion in their tribulations, and will protect them especially at the hour of death
- He will impress on their minds the remembrance of His Passion
- He will place such devout servants in Mother Mary's hands to do with them as She wishes and to obtain for them all the graces She desires
Saints and Doctors of the Church promote devotion to Our Lady of Sorrows
St. Albert the Great: As we are under great obligations to Jesus for His Passion endured for our love, so also are we under great obligations to Mary for the martyrdom she voluntarily suffered for our salvation, in the death of her Son.
St. Alphonsus de Liguori: The Blessed Virgin Mary, for the love she bore us, was willing to see her Son sacrificed to Divine Justice by the barbarity of men. This great torment which Mary endured for us - a torment more than a thousand deaths - deserves both our compassion and our gratitude. If we can make no other return for so much love, at least let us give a few moments this day to consider the greatness of the sufferings by which Mary became the Queen of martyrs.
St. Antoninus: While other martyrs suffered by sacrificing their own lives, the Blessed Virgin suffered by sacrificing her Son's life - a life that she loved far more than her own; so that she not only suffered in her soul all that her Son endured in His body, bur moreover the sight of her Son's torments brought more grief to her heart than if she had endured them all in her own person.
St. Agnes to St. Bridget: Our compassionate and benign Mother was satisfied rather to endure any torment than that our souls should not be redeemed.
St Bernard: The Passion of Jesus began with His birth. So also did Mary, in all things like unto Her Son, endure Her martyrdom throughout Her life.
St. Bernadine of Sienna: The grief of Mary was so great that, were it divided amongst all men, it would suffice to cause their immediate death.
On September 19th, the Church celebrates the feast of Saint Januarius, martyred at Naples in 305. The liquefaction of his blood is an extraordinary miracle that has occurred up to 18 times each year for the past 600 years, the first time being in 1389. Two vials of the saint's blood reside in his church, as well as a larger reliquary containing his head. On his feastday, the vials are brought near the head. While the officiant holds the vial of blood by its handle so that all may see, (taking care not to touch the glass), prayers are offered to "San Gennaro". After a time - sometimes longer, sometimes shorter - the coagulated blood is seen to gradually detach itself from the walls of the flasks and to liquefy, frequently bubbling and frothing. The vials are then brought to the faithful for their veneration. "The miracle has happened!" is proclaimed, causing great joy and the chanting of the 'Te Deum'. In the evening the reliquary is returned to its silver case inside the altar. The next day, the blood might be found coagulated or it may remain in a liquid state and continue so for days or months!
Blessed Francis, holy Father
A reflection on "the gentle Saint Francis": his life of closely following Jesus Christ began with a miraculous Voice speaking to him from a Crucifix, and ended with the wounds of the Crucified imprinted on his own hands, and feet, and side.
Blessed Francis, holy Father
Now our hearts to thee we raise
As we gather 'round thine altar
Pouring forth our hymns of praise.
Bless thy children, holy Francis,
Who thy mighty help implore
For in heaven thou remainest
Still the father of the poor.
By thy love so deep and burning
For thy Savior crucified,
By the tokens which He gave thee
On thy hands and feet and side:
Bless thy children, holy Francis,
With those wounded hands of thine
From thy glorious throne in heaven
Where resplendently they shine.