Announcements

Sunday, September 18th - 15th Sunday after Pentecost - St Joseph of Cupertino, CC
Monday, September 19th - St Januarius & Comp, Mm
Tuesday, September 20th - St Eustace & Comp, Mm
Wednesday, September 21st - St Matthew, ApEv
Thursday, September 22nd - St Thomas Villanova, BC - Holy Theban Legion, Mm
Friday, September 23rd - St Linus, PM; St Thecla, VM
Saturday, September 24th - Our Lady of Ransom
Sunday, September 25th - 16th Sunday after Pentecost - St Firmin, B

  • Doughnuts & Coffee: After Mass, served near the doors to the grotto. Doughnuts are $.75 each; $1 for coffee
  • Fatima Conference: In Spokane, WA October 12th-16th. Registration deadline is September 19th. To sign up, visit https://cmri.org/
  • Catechism Classes: Sign-up sheet is posted on the bulletin board; classes begin today after the 9:30 a.m. Mass.
  • Choir practice: Every Sunday at 8:45 a.m. for the 9:30 a.m. Mass in the upstairs classrooms. There will be an additional practice today at 11:15 in the conference room - anyone who wishes may join!

Meditation on the 14th Sunday after Pentecost

From The Liturgical Year by Dom Prosper Gueranger

Jesus raises a mothers only son from the deadThis is the second time, during the Year, holy Church offers this Gospel to our consideration; we cannot be surprised at this, for the fathers selected by her as its interpreters tell us, on both of these occasions, that the afflicted mother who follows her son to the grave is the Church herself.

The first time we saw her under this symbol of a mother mourning for her child was in the penitential season of Lent. She was then, by her fasting and prayer (united as those with her Jesus' sufferings) preparing the resurrection of such of our brethren as were dead in sin. Their resurrection was realized, and we had them, in all the fullness of their new life, seated side by side with us at the Paschal Table. What exquisite joy on that Feast of Feasts inundated the Mother's heart as she thus shared in the triumphant gladness of her divine Spouse! He, her Jesus, was by His one Resurrection, twice over the conqueror of death - He rose from the grave, and He gave back the child to the Mother. The Disciples of this Risen Lord, who follow him closely by their observance of the evangelical counsels, yes, they, and the whole multitude that associated themselves with the Church, glorified Jesus for His wonderful works and sang the praises of that God Who thus vouchsafed to visit His people.

The Mother ceased to weep. But since then, the Spouse has again left her to return to His Father; she has resumed her widow's weeds, and her sufferings are continually adding to the already well-nigh insupportable torture of her exile. And whence these sufferings? From the relapses of so many of those ungrateful children of hers to whom she had given a second birth and at the cost of such pain and tears! The countless cares she then spent over her sinners, and that new life she gave them in the presence of her dying Jesus - all this made each of the penitents, during the Great Week, as though he were the only son of that Mother. What an intense grief, says St John Chrysostom, that so loving a Mother should see them relapsing, after the communion of such mysteries, into sin which kills them! "Spare me," - as she well may say, in the words which the holy Doctor puts into the Apostle's mouth - "Spare me! No other child, once born into this world, ever made his Mother suffer the pangs of childbirth over again!"

It is the duty of us Christians, who, by God's mercy, have been preserved from the general decay to share in the anguish of our Mother the Church; we should humbly but fervently cooperate with her in all her zealous endeavors to reclaim our fallen brethren.

Recessional Hymn

Hail, Queen of heaven, the ocean star,
Guide of the wanderer here below,
Thrown on life's surge, we claim thy care,
Save us from peril and from woe.

Mother of Christ, Star of the sea,
Pray for the wanderer, pray for me.

O gentle, chaste, and spotless Maid,
We sinners make our prayers through thee;
Remind thy Son that He has paid
The price of our iniquity.

Virgin most pure, Star of the sea,
Pray for the sinner, pray for me.