Sunday, Nov 25th - Last Sunday after Pentecost - St Catherine of Alexandria VM
Monday, Nov 26th - St Sylvester Ab - St Peter of Alexandria BM
Tuesday, Nov 27th - St Didacus C - St Stanislaus Kostka C
Wednesday, Nov 28th - Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal
Thursday, Nov 29th - St Catherine Laboure V
Friday, Nov 30th - St Saturninus M
Saturday, Dec 1st - Bl Edmund Campion M
Sunday, Dec 2nd - 1st Sunday of Advent - St Bibiana VM
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 6th Sunday after Epiphany
- Month of the Holy Souls Special prayers will be offered for them after each Holy Mass throughout this month.
- Advent is coming! Get your wreath refreshed with new candles today - visit the bookstore!
- Catholic Calendars and weekly planners for 2019 - beautiful! Calendars: $8.
A marvelous story of the Miraculous Medal is that of Claude Newman, born in Arkansas in 1923.
When Claude was eleven, his grandmother married an abusive man, whose cruelty towards the grandmother was more than young Claude could take. One day he ambushed this man, shot him, stole his money, and tried to hide out at his mother's home. When captured, he confessed to the murder and was sentenced to die in the Mississippi electric chair. It was 1944, Claude was 21.
Claude noticed that one of his cellmates wore something around his neck. When he asked about it, the other man scornfully tore it off and threw it on the ground. Claude picked it up and looked at it. He felt an attraction towards it - it was Mary's Miraculous Medal. He put it on and went to sleep.
Claude was awakened by a beautiful Lady, who told him, "If you want me to be your mother, and you to be my son, call for a Catholic priest." As soon as she vanished, Claude yelled out, "A ghost, a ghost!" Then he told the guard he had to see a priest as soon as possible. The next day, Fr Robert O'Leary came and began instructing Claude and his cellmates in the Catholic faith.
Claude was totally illiterate, and had no previous religious instruction. He knew that God existed, but had no clue about the reality of Jesus Christ. Fr O'Leary taught him, and soon the other four prisoners were helping Claude with his studies as well. Father told the school nuns about him and they also came by, and began visiting the women prisoners. Soon Claude's experience with Mary was converting people all through the prison.
One day Fr O'Leary was going to teach about the sacrament of Penance. Claude broke in to say that this is when we think we are kneeling down before a priest to confess our sins, but we are really kneeling before Jesus! It is His Precious Blood that flows over us to heal us of our sinfulness! He said confession is like a telephone, because we talk to God through it, and He talks back to us.
Father was stunned, and asked Claude if Mary had told him this. "Oh yes," said Claude. He then spoke with the priest privately, telling him that Mary said she was still waiting for Father to make good on a vow he made to her while lying in a ditch in Holland in 1940. He told the priest exactly what the vow was. Needless to say, Fr O'Leary then believed all that Claude said, and eventually made good on his vow, completing the construction of a church in honor of Mary's Immaculate Conception in 1947, in Clarksdale, Mississippi.
Another day, Father's lesson was on the Eucharist. Claude asked if he could relate what Mary told him about it. When Father assented, Claude said: "The Lady told me that in Communion, I will only see what looks like a piece of bread. But she told me that it is really and truly Her Son, and that He will be with me just as He was with her before He was born in Bethlehem. She told me that I should spend my time like she did during her lifetime with Him - in loving Him, adoring Him, thanking Him, praising Him and asking Him for blessings. I shouldn't be distracted or bothered by anybody or anything else, but I should spend those few minutes in my thoughts alone with Him."
Claude was baptized on January 16, 1944, in St. Mary's Parish in Vicksburg, Mississippi, four days before he was to be executed. His last request was for a party! and all the prisoners were released to a common area for cake and ice cream in Claude's honor. After the party they made the Stations of the Cross, prayed a Holy Hour before the Blessed Sacrament, and prayed for Claude's soul. Fifteen minutes before his execution, a guard came running in to announce that the Governor had given Claude a two-week stay of execution.
Now, Claude was grieved at this news; he didn't know what he had done to be punished like this! Father suggested that maybe God wanted him to offer up his suffering for the conversion of James Hughs, a former Catholic, now a filthy apostate prisoner, who hated Claude. He agreed, and offered up his suffering and prayers for Hughs'conversion. On February 4, 1944, Claude's joyful death stunned all witnesses. His last words were to Father O'Leary: "Father, I will remember you. Whenever you have a request, ask me, and I will ask her."
James Hughs faced execution on May 19, totally unrepentant. The doctor pleaded with him to say the "Our Father"; James spit in his face. The sheriff asked if he had any last words; James spewed blasphemies.
Then, he fixed his eyes on a corner of the room in amazement. Amazement turned to horror, and James uttered a piercing scream, asking for a Catholic priest. Fr O'Leary was brought immediately and James asked to go to confession, which he did with deep remorse.
Later he told the sheriff: "Remember that man Claude - the one I hated so much? Well, he's standing over in that corner. And behind him with one hand on each shoulder is the Blessed Virgin Mary. And Claude said to me, "I offered my death in union with Christ on the Cross for your salvation. She has obtained for you this gift of seeing your place in Hell if you do not repent." "I have been shown my place in Hell, and that's why I screamed."
Wearing the Miraculous Medal with devotion can change our lives completely, because doing so invokes Mother Mary to lead us to conversion and to Heaven.
"Oh Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee!"
Fierce was the wild billow, dark was the night;
Oars laboured heavily, foam glimmered white;
Trembled the mariners, peril was nigh:
Then said the God of God, "Peace! it is I."
Ridge of the mountain-wave, lower thy crest!
Wail of Euroclydon, be thou at rest!
Sorrow can never be, darkness must fly,
Where saith the Light of Light,
"Peace! it is I."
Jesus, Deliverer, come thou to me;
Soothe thou my voyaging over life's sea:
Thou, when the storm of death roars, sweeping by,
Whisper, O Truth of Truth, "Peace! it is I."