Announcements

Sunday, November 28th - 1st Sunday of Advent - St Catherine Laboure V
Monday, November 29th - Advent Feria - St Saturninus M
Tuesday, November 30th - St Andrew Ap
Wednesday, December 1st - Advent Feria - Bl Edmund Campion M
Thursday, December 2nd - Advent Feria - St Bibiana VM
Friday, December 3rd - St Francis Xavier C
Saturday, December 4th - St Peter Chrysologus BCD - St Barbara VM
Sunday, December 5th - 2nd Sunday of Advent - St Sabbas Ab

  • Advent begins today! Advent devotions will be prayed at every Mass offered during Advent.
  • Night Adoration in the Home: a sign-up sheet has been placed on the podium in the vestibule. The Bookstore has booklets to aid in the practice of this devotion.
  • Bookstore update! Ready for 2022? We're ready for you, with 2022 wall calendars, day planners, and pocket planners now available. Also, just in: the books and pamphlets Fr Borja has recommended over the past month. Christmas items - coming soon!
  • New resident pastor! Beginning sometime after the New Year, OLS will be blessed in having Fr. Carlos Zepeda as a resident pastor!

The "Moral of the Story" of the Miraculous Medal: CONFIDENCE

The first time our Blessed Mother appeared to St Catherine Laboure (feastday today), it was in response to an ardent and entirely trusting prayer: that she would see the Blessed Virgin. That very night Catherine was awakened by her Guardian Angel. He informed her that the Holy Mother was, indeed, waiting for her in the chapel! Hurriedly she arose, dressed, and followed the child-angel. In the chapel, Sr Catherine went to the left of the altar, where the Mother Superior’s chair was placed, and where the statue of St Joseph now stands. She stood expectantly. A sound entered her consciousness, “like the rustle of a silk dress.” Twice her angel impressed on her: "Here is the Blessed Virgin." The Holy Mother seated herself in the Superior’s chair, and in an instant Catherine was kneeling at her feet, placing her hands on the knees of the Mother of God, and looking into that face which ravishes the heavenly court. She wrote later, “A period of time passed, the sweetest of my life. It would be impossible for me to say what I experienced.” The Blessed Virgin foretold fearsome events that lay in the future of her beloved France. She then pointed to the altar, saying, "Come to the foot of the altar. Here, graces will abound for all who ask for them with confidence." Abound!

Four months later, the Blessed Virgin again appeared to Catherine in the chapel; this time on the right of the sanctuary, where the statue of Our Lady of the Globe currently stands. First, Catherine saw something like two living paintings. In the first, the Virgin stood on a half-globe, her feet crushing a serpent. She held a small golden globe topped with a cross, which she lifted up toward heaven. Catherine heard, "This globe represents the entire world, including France, and every person." In the second image, Mary’s fingers were covered with jeweled rings, from which beautiful rays of light streamed. Again Catherine listened: "These rays are a symbol of the graces that I pour out on those who ask them of me.” She added: I noticed rings on her fingers, rings with precious stones, some more beautiful than others, some larger and some smaller, which gave out rays of light, some more beautiful than others. Then, she heard: “The precious stones which give out no rays of light are the graces that people forget to ask of me." Lastly there occurred the Great Vision of the Miraculous Medal, and Catherine was commissioned to "Have a medal made according to this model. For those who wear it with confidence, there will be abundant graces." Abundant!

Jesus, Thou art Coming

Jesus, Thou art Coming holy as Thou art: Thou, the God Who made me, to my sinful heart!
Come, O come, sweet Savior! come to me and stay; For I want Thee, Jesus, more than I can say.

Advent, in Union with Mary

Come, dearest Mother; give me thy pure, love-glowing heart. Adorn me with thy virtues and merits. What happiness for me, thy child! I can give thee Jesus, the same gift the Eternal Father gave thee!

I offer to thee, O my merciful Mother, the King of angels and of men. Lend me thy heart, then, O Mary; help me to love my God.

O my blessed Mother, remember, it is Jesus Whom I am about to receive; assist me to prepare my poor heart for His reception.

Advent Prayers

Drop down dew from above, ye heavens, and let the clouds rain the Just One; let the earth be opened and bud forth a Savior.

Rejoice, O daughter of Sion, and be jubilantly glad, O daughter of Israel. Behold, thy Lord cometh, and in His day a great light shall arise; the mountains shall drop down sweetness and the hills shall flow with milk and honey, for the Great Prophet shall come and He shall renew Jerusalem.

"Come, let us adore our Lord and King, Who is about to come to us!"

Behold, thy God cometh, the Man of the House of David, to sit upon the throne; and you shall see and your heart shall rejoice.

"Come, let us adore our Lord and King, Who is about to come to us!"

Let us pray: O Lord, stir up Thy power, we beg Thee, and come, that by Thy protection we may deserve to be rescued from the threatening dangers of our sins and be saved by Thy deliverance. Through Christ our Lord. R. Amen.

St. Andrew Novena

To be recited November 30th everyday until Christmas

"Hail and blessed be the hour and moment in which the Son of God was born of the most pure Virgin Mary, at midnight, in Bethlehem, in piercing cold. In that hour vouchsafe, O my God, to hear my prayer and grant my petitions, through the merits of Our Savior Jesus Christ, and of His Blessed Mother. Amen."

Say this prayer 15 times to obtain your favor.