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December 6, 2019
06 Dec 2019

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Advent Devotions

December 1, 2019
01 Dec 2019

During the Holiday Season, it is easy to get caught up in the busy-ness of it all. Advent is the time for quiet preparation of our hearts for the coming of the Lord. Take some time to enter more deeply in the the Season of Advent with some of these tools:

You can download a PDF of our Catholic Family Guide for a Holy and Advent and Christmas Season. It has lots of fun Advent devotions, prayers and also prayers and information on Christmastide devotions. Click Here!

Sign up for a Holy Hour on the board in the Lower Cathedral. Additional Confessions during Advent on Wednesday evening 4,11 & 18 December.

Monsignor Brovey will be offering classes on Thursday 5 & 12 December at 7pm on the Infancy Narratives. He will be using the book by Pope Benedict XVI: Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives.

Some of the topics explored:

Who are all those strange names listed in St.Matthew’s genealogy? Was Our Lord really born on 25 December? Why is there an ox and a donkey in manger scenes? What do we know about the star of Bethlehem? Who were the Magi – Wise Men? It is sure to be a very interesting discussion!

 

Running Christmas Errands? Need a good family movie? Make sure you take advantage of your free subscription to FORMED. Audio books, Catholic talks, and movies available streaming on the FORMED app and online!

 

 

More resources

EWTN

Advent Resources: Salve Maria Regina Info site

Seven Habits to Become a Saint

November 4, 2019
04 Nov 2019

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1. Say the Morning Offering first thing after you get up, dedicate the day to the glory of God.
2. Fifteen minutes of quiet prayer, preferably before the Blessed Sacrament, but this can be done at home or outside. Join Mary (Lk 10:38) and just sit at the feet of Jesus and listen.
3. Fifteen minutes of spiritual reading. This could be a systematic reading of the New Testament/ the lives of the Saints/ Catholic Catechism/ etc.
4. Attend Holy Mass and receive Holy Communion in the state of grace (of course, this presumes a frequent trip to the confessional).
5. Pray the Angelus at noon or the Regina Coeli during the Easter Season.
6. Pray the Rosary as a family “sitting at the school of Mary and contemplating her Son.”
7. Make a brief examination of conscience each night before going to bed. Review the day… make an act of gratitude for the good done and an act of contrition for the areas in which you failed.

 

All Souls’ – Prayers for the Poor Souls in Purgatory

October 24, 2019
24 Oct 2019

All Souls’ Mass

Saturday 2 November 2019 9:00 am in Lower Cathedral

The Church provides a great opportunity to help the departed by performing acts of devotion, repentance and charity. These acts provide remission from temporal punishment and are called indulgences. During the Octave of All Saints, (November 1-8) the Church gives us a special opportunity to gain indulgences for the departed.
A plenary or full indulgence, applicable only to the souls in Purgatory, is granted to the faithful who,

1. On any and each day from November 1 to 8, devoutly visit a cemetery and pray, if only mentally, for the departed; or
2. On All Souls’ Day, devoutly visit a church or oratory and recite an Our Father and Creed.

A partial indulgence, applicable only to the souls in Purgatory, is granted to the faithful who,
1. Devoutly visit a cemetery and at least mentally pray for the dead; or
2. Devoutly recite lauds and vespers from the Office for the Dead or the prayer:
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord and let the perpetual light shine upon them.
May they rest in peace. Amen.

It is also necessary to fulfill the following conditions for the plenary indulgence,
1. Make a sacramental confession; and
2. Receive Holy Communion; and
3. Pray for the intention of the Holy Father (no particular prayers are prescribed for the intention of the Holy Father, an Our Father and a Hail Mary are appropriate).

These conditions may be fulfilled several days before or after the visit to the Church. A plenary indulgence can only be acquired once in the course of the day; it is, however, fitting that Holy Communion be received and the prayer for the intention of the Holy Father be said on the same day the work is performed.

Prayers for the dead, especially offering the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass for their eternal repose, rests securely on this truth expressed so eloquently by St. Paul: “Christ died and came to life, that he might be Lord of both the dead and the living” (Romans 14:9).

All Saints’ Day Masses & Party!!

October 17, 2019
17 Oct 2019

All Saints’ Day is Friday, 1 November 2019 and is an Holy Day of Obligation

Masses will be celebrated at 12:05 pm & 6:30 pm in the Lower Cathedral

Children are encouraged to dress as their favorite Saint and join the procession at the 6:30 pm Mass!

Join us at our All Saints’ Day Pizza Party in the Parish Hall following 6:30 pm Mass!!

There will be fun games, prizes, pizza and candy!

Bring a canned good for the St. Vincent de Paul Pantry.