Announcements

Sunday, August 7th - 9th Sunday after Pentecost - St Cajetan, C; St Donatus, BM
Monday, August 8th - Ss Cyriacus, Largus, & Fourteen Holy Helpers
Tuesday, August 9th - St John M Vianney, C - Vigil of St Lawrence; St Romanus, M
Wednesday, August 10th - St Lawrence, M
Thursday, August 11th - St Philomena, VM - Ss Tibertius & Susanna, Mm
Friday, August 12th - St Clare, V
Saturday, August 13th - BVM Saturday - Ss Hippolytus & Cassian, Mm
Sunday, August 14th - 10th Sunday after Pentecost - St Eusebius, C

  • Feast of the Assumption: Reminder that Monday, August 15th, is a Holy Day of Obligation.
  • St. Philomena Pilgrim Statue: is available again to visit the families in the parish. If you would like to have it at your home, please contact Holly Hall.
  • School Registration: Papers for next year’s registration are available. Please see Sister Jeanne Marie.

Meditation on the 9th Sunday after Pentecost

From The Liturgical Year by Dom Prosper Gueranger

Destruction of JerusalemWell does our Mother the Church instruct us in today’s Epistle as to the lamentable antecedents of the Jewish deicides; she tells us of that list of sins and chastisements which gradually led on to the final crime and total ruin of the apostate nation. We who live in what the Church calls the “evening of the world” have this great advantage – that we can profit by what the past ages have experienced. The Holy Spirit had no other end in view when He would have the history of the ancient people written. He would have the future ages there learn lessons of salvation: by the various episodes of that history, which form so many groups of prophetic events, He would show us the economy of God's Providence, in His government of the world and His Church. Founded, as she has been, by her Divine Spouse, in immutable truth, and maintained by the Holy Ghost in unfailing and ever increasing holiness, the Church has nothing to fear of that which happened to the Synagogue – we mean, of that total wreck which the Liturgy brings forward for our consideration today: no, the ruin of the Jews is a prophetic image of the destruction of the world (which will have rejected the Church) – not of the Church herself, who will then ascend to her Lord, perfected, as she will then be, in love and holiness, by the trials endured in those latter days. But the assurance of salvation, granted to the Bride of the Son of God, does not extend to her children, taken either individually or collectively, that is, men and nations. On each one of us, it is incumbent that we meditate on the sad fate which befell Jerusalem; as also on what happened, ages before, to those ancestors of the Jewish people – that scarce on of those who were living when Moses led them out of Egypt, lived to enter in to the Promised Land.

The fervent expression of praise, given to our good God in the words of today’s Gradual, is a solace to our hearts, which are grieved at the sight of the ingratitude of the Jewish people and the chastisements that ingratitude drew down upon them. “O Lord, our Lord, how wonderful is Thy name over the whole earth! For thy majesty is above the heavens. Alleluia, alleluia. Rescue me, O God from mine enemies: and from them that rise up against me, deliver me.” How sad soever may be the day, the Church never neglects her tribute of praise to the divine Majesty; for no event can happen here below, that can make the Bride forget the infinite perfections of her Spouse, or keep her from extolling His magnificence.

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.