Announcements

Sunday, April 15th - 2nd Sunday after Sunday - St Lydwina V

Monday, April 16th - St Benedict Joseph Labre C

Tuesday, April 17th - St Anicetus PM, Ven Kateri Tekakwitha (by Pius XII, 1943)

Wednesday, April 18th - St Apollonius M

Thursday, April 19th - St Elphege BM

Friday, April 20th - St Agnes of Montepulciano

Saturday, April 21st - St Anselm BCD

Sunday, April 22nd - 3rd Sunday after Sunday - Ss Soter & Caius PpMm

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.

Announcments

Catechism Classes

April6: Potluck: Sisters + Mrs Warns22 & 29:Sisters
May6: Potluck: Sisters + Mrs Warns13:First Holy Communions

Meditations for the Sundays after Easter

Its purgation over, the angel will return to the soul and say, "Come along, beautiful soul, the punishment is at and end; come, and enjoy the presence of thy God, Who is awaiting thee in Paradise." Behold, the soul now passes beyond the clouds, passes beyond the spheres and the stars, and enters into Heaven.

O God, what will it say on entering into that beautiful country, and casting its first glance on that city of delights? The angels and saints, and especially its own holy advocates, will go to meet it, and with jubilation will they welcome it, saying, Welcome, O companion of our own, welcome! Ah, my Jesus, do Thou make me worthy of it!

April 17, Venerable Kateri Tekakwitha

This daughter of a Mohawk chief and Algonquin mother was born around 1656. During 1661-63 a smallpox epidemic ran through their village, claiming the lives of her parents and her little brother. The little girl was left with facial scars and impaired eyesight. This gave rise to the name by which she is known, Tekakwitha, "she who bumps into things." An aunt and uncle adopted her.

Around 1666, the Mohawks were forced into a peace treaty that required them to accept Jesuit missionaries. Tekakwitha's uncle opposed any contact with them; one of his older daughters had already left to join a Catholic mission village.

By the time Tekakwitha was 17, her aunts tricked, coaxed, and even attempted to trap her into marriage, but she resisted. Eventually they gave up, but not before tormenting her with ridicule, threats, and harsh workloads. One day Tekakwitha was left alone in the cabin. She sought out the priest, and in the presence of others, told him her story and of her desire to become a Christian. After this she started studying the catechism. The good priest wrote that Tekakwitha did everything she could to stay holy in a pagan society, which often caused conflicts with other occupants of the longhouse.

On Easter Sunday, April 18, 1676, Tekakwitha was baptized "Catherine" in its Mohawk form of Kateri. Soon after, the priest suggested that she go to the Jesuit mission Kahnawake, south of Montreal on the St. Lawrence, where other native converts had gathered. Kateri joined them in 1677.

She lived at Kahnawake the remaining two years of her life. Her mother's friend, Anastasia, was matron of the longhouse. She and other Mohawk women introduced Kateri to the practices of Christianity. When they learned of nuns, they wanted to form their own convent and created an informal association of devout women. One of the missionaries wrote, "Kateri said, 'I have deliberated enough. For a long time my decision has been made. I have consecrated myself entirely to Jesus, Son of Mary, I have chosen Him for Husband and He alone will take me for wife.'" It was the Feast of the Annunciation when Kateri became the first consecrated virgin among the American Indians, the Lily of the Mohawks.

One of the missionaries wrote that he had not expected a native to be so pious. He came to believe that Kateri Tekakwitha was a saint, praising her charity, industry, purity, and fortitude. Another biographer extolled her virginity. Kateri believed in the value of offered suffering. When her already-poor health declined, the confessor scolded her and her friend Marie-Therese, and required that they seek approval for their acts of penance. Kateri listened and obeyed.

Around Holy Week, 1680, friends noted that Kateri's health was failing. On Wednesday she received the Last Rites. That afternoon she uttered her last words: "Jesus, Mary, I love you." It was April 17. Her face, so marked and swarthy, suddenly changed, and became beautiful and clear.

Her mentor Anastasia said that, while crying over the death of her spiritual daughter, she looked up to see Kateri kneeling at the foot of her mattress, holding a wooden cross that shone like the sun. Her friend Marie-Therese reported being awakened by a knocking on her wall. A sweet voice asked if she were awake, adding, "I've come to say good-bye; I'm on my way to heaven... Adieu, Adieu, go tell the Father that I'm going to heaven." And Fr Chauchetiere said he saw Kateri at her grave. For two hours he gazed upon "her face, lifted toward heaven as if in ecstasy."

Chauchetiere had a chapel built near Kateri's gravesite. In a short time, small bands of pilgrims had begun to honour her there. In 1943, Pope Pius XII declared her to be Venerable Kateri Tekakwitha.

Loving Shepherd of Thy sheep,
Keep me, Lord, in safety keep;
Nothing can Thy power withstand,
None can pluck me from Thy Hand.
Loving Shepherd, Thou didst give
Thine own life that I might live;
May I love Thee day by day,
Gladly Thy sweet Will obey.

Loving Shepherd, ever near,
Teach me still Thy voice to hear;
Suffer not my step to stray
From the straight and narrow way.
Where Thou leadest may I go
Walking in Thy steps below
Then, before Thy Father's throne,
Jesus, claim me for Thine own.