Announcements

Sunday, November 17th - 23rd Sunday after Pentecost - St Gregory Thaumaturgus BC
Monday, November 18th - Dedication of Ss Peter & Paul
Tuesday, November 19th - St Elizabeth of Hungary QW
Wednesday, November 20th - St Felix of Valois C
Thursday, November 21st - Presentation Blessed Virgin Mary
Friday, November 22nd - Cecilia VM
Saturday, November 23rd - St Clement I PM
Sunday, November 24th - 24th Sunday after Pentecost - St John of the Cross CD, St Chrysogonus M

  • Third Sunday Second collection for the Missions; blessing of religious articles
  • Catechism Sunday - Sisters and Children through the breakfast line first, please!
  • Sisters' - Students' Breakfast this morning!
  • Confraternity of Christian Mothers meeting today
  • 2020 Catholic calendars are available in our bookstore for an offering of $7.00. The bookstore also has some prayer books in Spanish.
  • Advent begins in two weeks. wreaths, prayers & candles are available in our bookstore.

Quotes from St John of the Cross

  • The soul is like a pond, the surface of which must be moving in order to prevent stagnation.
  • Silence is God's first language.
  • Where there is no love, pour love in, and you will draw love out.
  • Now that I no longer desire all,I have it all without desire.
  • Never give up prayer, and should you find dryness and difficulty, persevere in it for this very reason. God often desires to see what love your soul has, and love is not tried by ease and satisfaction.
  • Whether it be a strong wire, a rope, or a slender and delicate thread that holds the bird, it matters not; for until the cord be broken, the bird cannot fly.
  • Whenever anything disagreeable or displeasing happens to you, remember Christ crucified, and be silent.
  • It is great wisdom to know how to be silent and to look at neither the remarks, nor the deeds, nor the lives of others.
  • However softly we speak, God is so close to us that He can hear us. Nor do we need wings to go in search of Him, but merely to seek solitude and contemplate Him within ourselves, without being surprised to find such a good Guest there.
  • He who avoids prayer is avoiding everything that is good.
  • Whoever does not seek the Cross of Christ does not seek the Glory of Christ.
  • Have a great love for those who contradict and fail to love you, for in this way love is begotten in a heart that has no love.
  • A Christian should always remember that the value of his good works is not based on their number and excellence, but on the love of God which prompts him to do these things.
  • In the twilight of life, God will not judge us on our earthly possessions and human success, but rather on how much we have loved.
  • Live in Faith and Hope, though it be in darkness, for in this darkness God protects the soul. Cast your care upon God, for you are His and He will not forget you. Do not think that He is leaving you alone, for that would be to wrong Him.

Saint Therese's reflections on Saint Cecilia

Hearing her proclaimed "Queen of harmony" - because of the sweet song she sang in her heart to her Divine Spouse - I felt more than devotion towards her, it was real love as for a friend. She became my chosen patroness, and the keeper of all my secrets; her abandonment to God and her boundless confidence delighted me beyond measure. They were so great that they enabled her to make souls pure which had never till then desired aught but earthly pleasures. St Cecilia is like the Spouse in the Canticles. Her life was one melodious song in the midst of the greatest trials; and this is not strange, because we read that "the Book of the Holy Gospels lay ever on her heart," while in her heart reposed the Spouse of Virgins.

St John Marie Vianney

When the thought occurs to you to go to Mass on a working day, that is a movement of grace that God is very desirous of giving you. Follow it. The saints only became holy by their great attention to and following of all the good inspirations that the good God sent them, and the damned are in hell because they despised them. You will be judged on these thoughts that you have not welcomed and on the Masses that you could have heard and that you will not hear. Ah, great God, what will beome of us! The flames of purgatory will be the chastisement of our laziness or of our too selfish views.

The November devotions may be dedicated chiefly to the most neglected Holy Souls, those who have no friends to pray for them. No doubt there are many such. The Purgatory of some souls may last many lifetimes. Before the month closes, may our hearts have grown more pleasing to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary - more dear to Them because more like to Them.

Closing Hymn

"Ah! turn to Jesus, Mother! turn, and call Him by His tenderest names. Pray for the holy souls that burn this hour amid the cleansing flames."

Prayers for the Holy Souls for each day of the week

Sunday: O Lord God almighty, I pray Thee by the Precious Blood which Thy divine Son Jesus shed in the garden, deliver the souls in purgatory, and especially that soul among them all which is most destitute of spiritual aid; and vouchsafe to bring it to Thy glory, there to praise and bless Thee forever. Amen.

Monday: O Lord God almighty, I pray Thee by the Precious Blood which Thy divine Son Jesus shed in His cruel scourging, deliver the souls in purgatory, and that soul especially among them all which is nearest to its entrance into Thy glory: that so it may forthwith begin to praise and bless Thee forever. Amen.

Tuesday: O Lord God almighty, I pray Thee by the Precious Blood which Thy divine Son Jesus shed in His bitter crowning with thorns, deliver the souls in purgatory, and in particular that one among them all which would be the last to depart out of those pains, that it may not tarry so long a time before it comes to praise Thee in Thy glory and bless Thee forever. Amen.

Wednesday: O Lord God almighty, I pray Thee by the Precious Blood which Thy divine Son Jesus shed in the streets of Jerusalem, when He carried the cross upon His sacred shoulders, deliver the souls in purgatory, and especially that soul which is richest in merit before Thee: that so in that throne of glory which awaits it, it may magnify Thee and bless Thee forever. Amen.

Thursday: O Lord God almighty, I pray Thee by the Precious Body and Blood of Thy divine Son Jesus, which He gave with His own hands upon the eve of His passion to His beloved apostles to be their meat and drink, and which He left to His whole Church to be a perpetual sacrifice and the life-giving Food of His own faithful people, deliver the souls in purgatory, and especially that one which was most devoted to this Mystery of Infinite Love, that it may with Thy divine Son, and with Thy Holy Spirit, ever praise Thee for Thy love therein, in eternal glory. Amen.

Friday: O Lord God almighty, I pray Thee by the Precious Blood which Thy divine Son Jesus on this day upon the wood of the Cross, especially from His most sacred hands and feet, deliver the souls in purgatory, and in particular that soul for which I am most bound to pray: that no neglect of mine may hinder it from praising Thee in Thy glory, and blessing Thee forever. Amen

Saturday: O Lord God almighty, I beseech Thee by the Precious Blood which gushed forth from the side of Thy divine Son Jesus in the sight of, and to the extreme pain of His most holy Mother, deliver the souls in purgatory, and especially that one among them all which was the most devout to her: that it may soon attain unto Thy glory, there to praise Thee in her, and her in Thee, world without end. Amen.

Habit of Sin

If mortal sin be repeated many times, the habit of sin, or vice, is formed: the sinner acquires a certain proficiency in wickedness, and the will is permanently inclined to evil. The three instances in which Christ raised the dead exemplify mortal sin in its three stages: interior sin, exterior sin, and the habit of vice. Who only sins in his heart is like the daughter of Jairus, who lay dead within the house; he who commits sin outwardly is like the young man at Naim, who was carried out of the city gates; while he who is given up to vice is like Lazarus, who had lain several days in the grave. In the first two instances Our Lord merely bade the dead arise; in the last He was troubled in spirit, He wept, He caused the stone to be removed and called loudly into the interior of the sepulchre. This He did to signify the great difficulty of reawakening one who is sunk in vice to the life of the Spirit.