Sunday, December 3rd - 1st Sunday of Advent - St Francis Xavier C

Monday, December 4th - St Peter Chrysologus BCD - St Barbara VM

Tuesday, December 5th - St Sabbas Ab

Wednesday, December 6th - St Nicholas BC

Thursday, December 7th - St Ambrose BCD

Friday, December 8th - Immaculate Conception

Saturday, December 9th - St Peter Fourier C

Sunday, December 10th - 2nd Sunday of Advent - Translation of the Holy House of Loreto

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.


December 6: OUR LADY OF SEEZ

The first cathedral in Mary's honor in the diocese of Seez was built by St. Latuin and dates back to the middle of the 5th century. Later churches replaced it and renamed but with a special chapel, "Our Lady of Seez", recalling the memory of the first cathedral. Mary remained the principal patroness of the diocese.

In the latter half of the 18th century, the Bishop, in response to the wishes of the entire diocese, repaired and embellished the chapel of Our Lady, and then the entire cathedral, at considerable expense. In June of 1784, the cathedral chapter asked the Bishop to consecrate the new altar and the entire cathedral under the patronage of Our Lady. This was done in 1786.

Mary rewarded the prelates for their zeal in promoting her honor by granting all of them the grace of martyrdom in the violent persecution that broke out in 1792.

The beautiful facade of the cathedral was destroyed in 1795. A revolutionary bought the debris with the intent of building a house from it. After two failed attempts he abandoned the project.

Born 340, died 397; Bishop of Milan from 374 to 397 - Saint Ambrose (December 7) was one of the most illustrious Fathers and Doctors of the Church.

Upon the completion of his liberal education, Ambrose devoted his attention to the study and practice of law, and so distinguished himself by the eloquence and ability of his pleadings that the prefect took his into his council, and obtained for him the office of consular governor of Liguria and Amilia, with residence in Milan. "Go", said the prefect with unconscious prophecy, "conduct thyself not as a judge, but as bishop".

Ever since the heroic Bishop Dionysius, in the year 355, had been dragged in chains to his place of exile in the distant East, the episcopal chair of Milan had been occupied by an Arian filled with bitter hatred of the Catholic Faith, ignorant of the Latin language, a wily and violent persecutor of his orthodox subjects. To the great relief of the faithful, the death of this tyrant in 374 ended a 20-year bondage. It devolved upon Ambrose to maintain order in the city at this perilous juncture. Proceeding to the basilica, he began a discourse in the interest of peace and moderation, but was interrupted by a voice crying, "Ambrose, Bishop".

The cry was instantly repeated by the entire assembly, and Ambrose, to his surprise and dismay, was unanimously elected. He was a logical candidate, known to Catholics as a firm believer in the Nicene Creed. The only difficulty was that of forcing the bewildered consular to accept the office for which his training nowise fitted him.

And like many of that age, from a misguided reverence for the sanctity of baptism, he was still only a catechumen. But his efforts to escape the election were unsuccessful. The Emperor confirmed the election and pronounced severe penalties against any who should abet him in his attempt to flee. The Saint finally acquiesced, received baptism, and eight days later was consecrated bishop.

From the beginning, he was the perfect model of a Christian bishop. In him the magnanimity of the Roman patrician was tempered by the meekness and charity of the Christian saint. His first act in the episcopate was to divest himself of his worldly goods: he gave his personal property to the poor, made over his lands to the Church, and made provision for the support of his beloved sister, a consecrated virgin. The devotion of his brother Satyrus relieved him from the care of temporalities, and enabled him to attend exclusively to his spiritual duties. He devoted himself assiduously to the study of Scripture and the Fathers: he learned that he might teach. His piety, sound judgment, and genuine Catholic instinct preserved him from error, and his fame as an eloquent expounder of Catholic doctrine soon reached the ends of the earth. "He was one of those", says St. Augustine, "who speak the truth, and speak it well, judiciously, pointedly, and with beauty and power of expression."

O come, O come, Emmanuel
And ransom captive Israel
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear.

O come, Thou Rod of Jesse, free
Thine own from Satan's tyranny
From depths of hell Thy people save
And give them victory o'er the grave.

O come, Thou Day-Spring, come and cheer
Our spirits by Thine advent here
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night
And death's dark shadows put to flight.

O come, Thou Key of David, come,
And open wide our heavenly home;
Make safe the way that leads on high,
And close the path to misery.

O come, O come, Thou Lord of might,
Who to Thy tribes, on Sinai's height,
In ancient times did'st give the Law,
In cloud, and majesty and awe.

Rejoice, rejoice, EMMANUEL
Shall come to thee, O Israel!