Announcements

Sunday, October 13th - 18th Sunday after Pentecost - St Edward KC, Our Lady of Fatima
Monday, October 14th - St Callistus I PM
Tuesday, October 15th - St Teresa of Avila V
Wednesday, October 16th - St Hedwig W - St Gerard Majella C
Thursday, October 17th - St Margaret Mary V
Friday, October 18th - St Luke Ev
Saturday, October 19th - St Peter of Alcantara C
Sunday, October 20th - 19th Sunday after Pentecost - St John Cantius C

  • Jogathon - October 26: After this week, we only have one week to help the children raise funds for the proposed new playground apparatus. All children of school age are encouraged to participate by fulfilling the pledges of those who commit to donating, based on their individual running abilities.
  • All kinds of religious items are available in our bookstore for a suggested but reasonable donation. Cards, candles, missals, books, pictures, statues, CD’s, sacramentals, chapel veils: useful gifts of all kinds are there in abundance. 2020 Catholic calendars will arrive here very soon.
  • School Fundraiser Breakfast October - Due to the Sisters' anniversary celebration this coming weekend, the monthly breakfast to benefit Mater Cabrini School will be served by our school children in St Joseph Hall after Mass on October 27, Feast of Christ the King.
  • Doughnuts & coffee after Mass - 50 cents /doughnut & 50 cents for coffee

The Mercies of Mary!

The woman who penned this story was an English convert and journalist who attended the Procession in Honor of Our Lady of Fatima on May 13, 1949. It is given here, greatly abridged, to encourage the increase of your own Love for and Confidence in our Heavenly Mother.

A Catholic Society in America had sent forty-eight dozen roses, representing the 48 States of America, and one dozen for the Conversion of Russia. These lovely white roses, emblem of purity and of love, had been placed at the base of Our Lady’s statue, which is always carried in procession through the great crowds at the commencement of the midday ceremonies on the 13th.

I beheld with compassion the long rows of those suffering from all manner of illness .. . One girl awakened my pity so much that I went and stood right behind her. I learned she had lain on her back for the past four years, stricken with paralysis of the spine. She had asked to be brought to Fatima, against the wishes of her doctor.

Slowly the Rosary procession came up the narrow pathway. My eyes were fixed on the calm features of the statue. It seemed as if Our Lady wore a happy expression, being filled with joy to see such devotion. I almost missed observing the slight figure of a sailor who suddenly appeared out of the throng. Quickly he plucked a single rose from the base of the statue as it passed, and turning around, bent over the still form of the sick girl. I saw his lips move, but could not catch his words as he placed the flower gently near her heart. Then he disappeared just as quickly as he had come.

After Mass, I watched the Bishop of El Paso bearing the glittering golden Monstrance. While he passed along the long line of the sick, the chant of the pilgrims rose - "Lord, that I might see . . . that I might walk . . . that I might regain my strength."

The Bishop paused before "my" invalid, slowly made the Sign of the Cross with the Monstrance, and passed on. The girl struggled into a sitting position, and against the vain attempts of mother and nurse to restrain her, got to her feet and removed the dark glasses that had protected her weakened eyes. She refused the stretcher that was brought to take her to the white hospital where she would be examined. Later I was allowed to enter the hospital room where the girl sat on the bed, laughing and bright-eyed. I remembered the sailor, and in he came, his face wreathed in smiles, the tears in his eyes betraying his deep emotion. I inquired as to his name, and how he knew the girl.

He replied, "Senhora, never have I seen this girl before. My ship arrived in Lisbon only yesterday. Knowing that here today would be held the ceremonies in honor of Our Lady, I came to pay homage to the Patroness of my country. Standing in the great crowd, I was admiring the procession, particularly the statue with the roses. Suddenly a voice seemed to whisper in my ear, 'take one of those roses, and lay it on the heart of that very sick girl. Tell her that if she has Faith, she will be cured.' That is all I can tell you, Senhora. It was some strange force which made me do such a thing." A drama of real life, played under the hot sun on a mountain in Portugal. A sailor, a dying girl, a white rose, an American Bishop,and an English convert. To each one of us, for some particular reason, was given this amazing experience.

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.

Closing Hymn

In Fatima's cove on the thirteenth of May the Virgin Maria appeared at mid-day.
To three shepherd children the Virgin then spoke a message so hopeful, of peace for all folk.
With sweet Mother's pleading, she asked us to pray, do penance, be modest, the Rosary each day.
Hail, Refuge of sinners! Hail, Star of the Sea! Hail, Queen of Creation! Our hope is in thee.
All hail, Virgin Mary! This Star guides our way, our country's Protectress, America's Way!