Announcements

Sunday, September 20th - 16th Sunday after Pentecost - Ss Eustace & Comp Mm
Monday, September 21st - St Matthew ApEv
Tuesday, September 22nd - St Thomas Villanova BC
Wednesday, September 23rd - St Linus PM - St Thecla VM
Thursday, September 24th - Our Lady of Ransom
Friday, September 25th - Feria - St Firmin B
Saturday, September 26th - Ss Isaac Jogues & Comp Mm - Ss Cyprian & Justina VMm
Sunday, September 27th - 17th Sunday after Pentecost - Ss Cosmas & Damian Mm


Please respect the following Health Guidelines per Colorado:

  • Please maintain physical distancing of 6 feet from members not of the same household.
  • Hand hygiene is strongly recommended: hand sanitizers, automatic soap dispensers, and sanitary wipes are available.
  • Families should sit together in a pew. Otherwise, please limit to 3-4 people to a pew.
  • Receiving Holy Communion is a choice and not mandatory to fulfill your Sunday obligation to attend Mass during this pandemic.
  • Those who are receiving Holy Communion: please line up in a single line - Epistle side first, then the Gospel side, then those in the vestibule, conference room, etc.
  • Pews and Holy Communion rail will be wiped down after Masses.
  • Respect those who choose to wear masks for protection of themselves, protection of others, or due to recommendations within their profession regarding COVID-19.
  • No socializing after Mass in the vestibule, unless you are outside or in the yard. Please do not block the exits, space recommended.
  • The bookstore is currently closed until further notice to ensure a safe reopening. See Father if you would like to purchase any items.

  • Relics of St Catherine of Genoa are being displayed at the right (west) end of the Communion rail for your veneration through September 27. The reliquary, containing numerous relics of the Saint, was presented to Louis XV by the Doge of Genoa in 1760.
  • Prayers for our Bishop on the anniversary of his episcopal consecration, September 24, feast of Our Lady of Ransom. Please remember him in your good prayers!
  • Friday evening Masses Note change of schedule through October – Friday evening Mass will be at 7:00PM.
  • Lost and Found - Our little Lost and Found drawer is bursting at the seams! Please check for any items you or your family may have misplaced. The drawer will be "thinned out" at the end of the month!
  • Fatima Conference: IMPORTANT UPDATE: Due to COVID restrictions in Washington State, the Fatima Conference will be held in Idaho. Guests may still lodge at the Mount but will be shuttled daily to Mary Immaculate Queen Church. Lectures and Masses will be livestreamed. Registration deadline is September 25, 2020.

Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin

by the Priests of the Congregation of St. Paul, 1893

A month ago Holy Church placed before our contemplation the triumphant entry of the Mother of Jesus into heaven, and invited us to glory in our Blessed Lady's triumph and rejoice in her joy. Today Holy Church places before our contemplation the sorrows of the Mother of Jesus, and invites us to mourn over her sufferings and sorrow in her sorrows. One is the feast of hope, the other the feast of faith; one is of heaven, the other is of earth. And our Blessed Lady's sorrows, being of earth, come close to us and teach us a practical lesson - sojourners as we are in a vale of tears.

Sorrow is in very truth the monarch of this lower world, and sooner or later every soul is sure to feel the touch of his scepter. There is nothing that men find so difficult to understand and account for as the mighty wail of sorrow that rises up from generation to generation throughout the whole wide sea of mortal life, and extends to its most distant shores. What is the reason of all this suffering that exists in the world around us? is a question that has been asked day after day, and year after year, and century after century, since the first human tear fell upon the unconscious earth. And the attempt to solve this enigma of mankind has founded schools of philosophy and philanthropy, systems of religion, and methods of life, from the dawn of human history and before it to the present hour. Yet the reason of sorrow, though it has escaped the search of mankind, is not far to seek--it is sin, and sin is everywhere. On any other theory than the religious one of the probation and fall of man, this present existence is a dark and hopeless riddle. But even Christians, to whom this explanation is the first lesson of their faith, seem to lose sight of it in their practical views of life. We have not the heart to meet the stern truth face to face, and recognize that our life in this world is not a season of joy, but rather of sorrow; that we are not here to loiter through the light of a long summer day, but to endure and to labor in darkness and storm. And this is the great lesson of the feast of today.

Picture the Mother of Jesus in her early childhood, when, a fair vision of innocence, she rested in the arms of St. Ann; behold her growing up a spotless flower in the Temple of God; contemplate her in the tranquil purity and beauty of her girlhood and the bright hopes it inspired. And then behold her, a Virgin Mother, sword-pierced in the Temple, a fugitive in a foreign land, a distracted pilgrim seeking her lost Son, the mother of a persecuted, betrayed, and convicted Man, the saddest follower in that sad procession to Calvary, meeting her Son face to face on His way to death, standing by His gibbet, the witness of His ignominy, the sharer of His suffering, the partner in His sorrows, the sentinel by His Cross, the mourner over His corpse, the guardian of His tomb, and learn from her that suffering is the portion of all who follow faithfully in the footsteps of our Lord Jesus Christ and secure His salvation. For "Unless you take up the Cross and follow Me you cannot be My disciple."

Compacts with the Mother of God

On one occasion St Gertrude seemed to see many persons clothed and adorned with the merits of St Bernard.

The saint was much astonished, as these persons had not done works like his. "What, then," said St Bernard to her, "is she less beautiful who is adorned with the ornaments of another, than she who is adorned with her own? Assuredly not."

This can be applied to the concept of Spiritual Compacts, resembling a spiritual handshake with our heavenly mother Mary. Mother Mary Potter, in To Jesus through Mary, gives several examples:

  • At the commencement of the day, make the intention that every time you say a Hail Mary, you will offer Our Lady the Heart of Jesus. * That with every breath you wish to express your desire of spiritually receiving the Blessed Sacrament.
  • That every breath you draw may remind the Eternal Father of the last breath Jesus drew upon the Cross, constantly interceding for those who are dying in sin, offering the death of Jesus for them.
  • In taking food, to offer Our Lord’s intention when He ate; of the thought He had that, by that action, He would increase the Precious Blood He was going to shed for us.

"Have the intention, then, of offering yourself to God every morning, not clothed with any vestment of self, but with the double clothing of the merits of Jesus and Mary, as far as it be possible. 'All her domestics are clothed with double garments.'" (Proverbs 31:21)