Announcements

Sunday, January 12th - Holy Family Sunday - 1st Sunday after Epiphany, St Aelred Ab
Monday, January 13th - Baptism of Our Lord - St Potitus M
Tuesday, January 14th - St Hilary BCD - St Felix PrM
Wednesday, January 15th - Our Lady of Prompt Succor - St Paul Hermit, C
Thursday, January 16th - St Marcellus I PM - Ss Berard & Comp Mm
Friday, January 17th - St Anthony Ab
Saturday, January 18th - St Peter's Chair at Rome - St Prisca VM
Sunday, January 19th - 2nd Sunday after Epiphany - Ss Marius & Comp Mm, St Canute KM

  • Post-Christmas Cleaning Day: this coming Saturday will be our day to take down the Christmas decorations and to clean the church. All are welcomed and encouraged to help put things away in a neat and orderly manner.
  • Sunday Breakfast prepared by the Sisters & Students today. Your donations (suggested: $5pp) help cover convent and school expenses. Thank you!
  • Playground status: as our playground nears completion, please be sure to use all necessary caution. This equipment should never be used without the parents' consent (each time!); younger children should always be adequately supervised. This is definitely a gift from the hard work & generous contributions of many friends & parishioners: let's please be grateful & responsible. For now, please stay away from the construction zone.

January: Month of the Divine Infancy and the Holy Name of Jesus

In 1629, the Carmelite convent in Prague received the gift of a statue of the Holy Infant. The little Lord is in the guise of a King, His left hand holding a globe surmounted by a Cross, symbol of His universal Kingship; His right raised in the act of blessing. On presenting the statue to the prior, the pious donor said to the Prior, "I offer you, dear Father, what I love most in this world. Honor this Child Jesus and be certain that as long as you venerate Him you will lack nothing."

Prague was overcome and pillaged by Saxon armies in 1630. The Carmelites fled, and the mercenaries who occupied the monastery knocked the statue of the Holy Infant into a pile of wreckage behind the main altar. When a truce was accomplished and the Carmelites returned to their monastery, they completely forgot about the statue of the Holy Infant. In 1637 Father Cyril, one of the refugees, was reassigned to the Carmelite Monastery in Prague. He sought, and after some time found the statue in a heap of rubble. Overjoyed, he again placed the statue in the oratory. Gazing upon the simple statue of the Child Jesus, the good religious contemplated the most marvelous event in the history of the world, the Incarnation. He was filled with awe and wonder as he prayed to the God Who became a child for love for us.

Suddenly, the statue spoke to him. Father Cyril was stunned as he heard these words of promise:

"Have mercy on me and I will have mercy on you. Give me hands and I will give you peace. The more you honor Me, the more I will bless you"

Startled, Father Cyril examined the statue, and drawing aside its robe, he found that both hands of the statue were broken off. He did not know how to repair it himself, nor could the monastery afford to commission an artist for the task. Fr Cyril appealed to the Blessed Mother to provide the necessary funds for fixing the Infant statue. His prayer was answered one day when the Divine Infant spoke to him again: "Place Me near the entrance of the sacristy and you will receive aid." Fr Cyril did so and in a few days' time, a benefactor offered to take care of the repairs.

Though civil conflicts have arisen in Prague time and again, the church and the Infant Jesus chapel have been miraculously protected, and the devotion has spread throughout the entire world.

See a more complete history at The Little King - Infant of Prague

Jesus, help me!

In every need let me come to You with humble trust, saying: Jesus, help me!
In all my doubts, perplexities and temptations: Jesus, help me!
In hours of loneliness, weariness and trials: Jesus, help me!
In the failure of my plans and hopes, in disappointments, troubles and sorrows: Jesus, help me!
When others fail me and Your grace alone can assist me: Jesus, help me!
When I throw myself on Your tender Love as a Father and Savior: Jesus, help me!
When my heart is cast down by failure, at seeing no good come from my efforts: Jesus, help me!
When I feel impatient and my cross irritates me: Jesus, help me!
When I am ill and my head and hands cannot work, and I am lonely: Jesus, help me!
Always, always, in spite of weakness, falls and shortcomings of every kind: Jesus, help me and never forsake me.

Prayer of Friar Cyril of the Mother of God

Jesus, unto Thee I flee, Through Thy Mother praying Thee God Thou art, with strength to shield me.
Full of trust, I hope of Thee Thou Thy grace wilt give me.
All my heart I give to Thee. Therefore, of my sins repent me;
From them breaking, I beseech Thee, Jesus, from their bonds to free me; Firm my purpose is to mend me.
Never more will I grieve Thee, Wholly unto Thee I give me, Patiently to suffer for Thee, Thee to serve eternally.
And my neighbor like to me I will love for love of Thee.
Little Jesus, I beseech Thee, In my need to succor me, That one day I may enjoy Thee, Safe with Joseph and with Mary and angels all, eternally. Amen.

Closing Hymn

Happy we who thus united, join in cheerful melody, Praising Jesus, Mary, Joseph, in the Holy Family!
Jesus, whose almighty bidding all created things fulfil, Lives on earth in meek subjection to His earthly parents will.
Jesus, Mary, Joseph, help us, that we ever true may be To the promises that bind us to the Holy Family!
Mary, thou alone wert chosen to be Mother of thy Lord; Thou didst guide the early footsteps of the great Incarnate Word.
Joseph, thou wert called the Father of thy Maker and thy Lord; Thine it was to save thy Savior from the cruel Herod's sword.

Heart of Jesus, I adore Thee!
Heart of Mary, I implore thee!
Heart of Joseph, pure and just:
In these Hearts I place my trust!