When we talk about spirituality, we mean the particular path that a person, an order, or an ecclesiastical community undertakes to reach communion with God and the sanctification of one’s soul.
Our first interest at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Mission is to help its parishioners save their souls and fulfill the purpose of their lives. In so doing, present happiness and peace is found.
We base this journey upon four pillars: conversion, dedication to prayer, study of God, and charity.
The word conversion refers to a moral change where we orient our lives toward God. In this way, we become capable of avoiding sin and we receive God’s endless peace and happiness.
Dedication to prayer determines our personal relationship with God and draws us into communion with Him.
The study of God enriches our conversation with Him. It is through our reading and studying of the Holy Scriptures, the documents of the Magisterium, the Catechism, and other books that our spirituality deepens.
By following St. Francis of Assisi’s example, our community aims to live and experience love, attaining St. Francis’ mystical experience of God and becoming more caring of people within the community.
Calendar of Spirituality Events
Divine Mercy Sunday—April 8th
Adoration Chapel Open from 2-3 p.m. for your personal prayer time.
Divine Mercy Chaplet & Prayers in the presence of our Divine Mercy Image 3:00 p.m.
Refreshments to follow Cry Room
Divine Mercy Novena (Prayer Pamphlet Available in the Narthex)
“I desire that during these nine days you bring souls to the fountain of My mercy, that they may draw there from strength and refreshment and whatever grace they have need of in the hardships of life and especially at the hour of death” (Diary, 1209).
First Day: Good Friday—March 30th
“Today bring to Me all mankind, especially all sinners and immerse them in the ocean of My mercy. In this way you will console Me in the bitter grief into which the loss of souls plunges Me” (Diary, 2010).
Second Day: Holy Saturday—March 31st
“Today bring to Me the souls of priests and religious, and immerse them in My unfathomable mercy. It was they who gave Me the strength to endure My bitter Passion. Through them, as through channels, My mercy flows out upon mankind” (Diary, 1212).
Third Day: Easter—April 1st
“Today bring to Me all devout and faithful souls, and immerse them in the ocean of My mercy These souls brought Me consolation on the Way of the Cross. They were that drop of consolation in the midst of an ocean of bitterness” (Diary, 1214).
Novena continued in April 1st Bulletin
Bible Study: Monday evenings
The Rosary: Weekday mornings at 8:30 am (prior to Mass) & 7:30 a.m. on Sunday
Eucharistic Adoration: Every Thursday after Mass.
The Chaplet of the Divine Mercy: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday after Mass
Located in the 2-door cabinet in the Adoration Chapel is an assortment of religious material for you to read while in the chapel. Please return it to the cabinet upon leaving. After hours Chapel Access for registered parishioners: Contact Pat Ruebush at 904-261-9347 or 904-225-7321 for the access code. You will be asked to provide your name, email and contact number.
Why Mary? Totus Tuus, Jesu, per Mariam (Totally Yours, Jesus, through Mary) – Father Hugh Gillespie, SMM
Saturday, April 21st
St. Ambrose Parish
6070 Church Road
Elkton, FL 32033
Saturday, April 28th
Holy Family Parish
9800 Baymeadows Rd.
Jacksonville, FL 32256
All registration fees will be collected at the event. Registration Fee: $20 (cash only). Pre-register by March 25th by emailing Trudy@familyforlife.info or calling (904) 382-2619 and receive the discounted $5 registration fee.
Starting on Monday, January 22nd from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm., we will begin our eight week study of Responding to Relativism with Logic and Love by Dr. Edward Sri. Meetings will include a DVD (approx. 30 minutes) and small group discussion. The cost of the 2018 Study Guide is $15.95 Please register by Sunday, January 14th by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 904-261-9347
The Catholic World Report contains an interview of Dr. Sri on this study at http://www.catholicworldreport.com/2017/04/07/how-to-respond-to- relativism-with-logic-and-love/
James is one of the most practical books of the Bible. Like the book of Proverbs, it is a book of wisdom, a collection of teachings on issues faced by ordinary Christians in everyday life. These teachings speak loudly to all those who feel torn between the competing demands of this world and their faith.
The prayer of a righteous man has great power in its effects. James 5:1
There is one lawgiver and judge, he who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you that you judge your neighbor? James 4:12
For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so faith apart from works is dead. James 2:26
But no human being can tame the tongue-a restless evil, full of deadly poison. James 3:8
You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand. James 5:8
Bringing Back Those Who Wander [From the Catholic faith/church]
You working through trials joyfully You adding faith to works
You treating others with respect and leaving the judgment to God You living what you believe
You controlling your tongue You having a relationship with God
You speaking the truth in love, being sincere, and not grumbling
If you would like to borrow the DVD set, James: Pearls for Wise Living, by Jeff Cavins & Sara Christmyer, email
Women’s Book Club
The Women’s Book Club meets the first Wednesday of the month from September through June @ 4 p.m. in the Cry Room. All women are invited to attend. Fiction & non-fiction books are selected by individuals in our group, who then lead the discussion for that particular book. Our readings offer an opportunity for you to strengthen your relationship with God resulting in a more virtuous life.
Suggested Reading for the Month of March:
How to Read Your Way to Heaven by Vickie Burback
Peace of Soul by Fulton J. Sheen
Wednesday, April 4th – Discussion, 4, 4:00-5:00 p.m. cry room:
On the Passion of Christ (According to the Four Evangelists Prayers & Meditations) By Thomas A. Kempis
Gently Used Books for the Asking
Gently Used Books for the Asking
A Consumer’s Guide to Spiritual Direction—Sallie Latkovich, CSJ
Anyway—The Paradoxical Commandments—Finding Personal Meaning in a Crazy World—Kent M. Keith
Catholicism & Reason—The Creed and Apologetics—Rev. Edward J. Hayes, Rev. Msgr. Paul J. Hayes & James J. Drummey
15 Days of Prayer with Saint Benedict—Andre Gozier, O. S. B.
Forgiveness & Inner Healing—Betty Tapscott & Father Robert DeGrandis, S. J.
God, I have Issues (50 ways to pray no matter how you feel) – Mark E. Thibodeaux, S. J.
Praying Our Experiences—An Invitation to Open Our Lives to God – Joseph F. Schmidt, FSC
Spiritual Direction—A Path To Spiritual Maturity—Robert F. Morneau
Splendor of Truth (Veritatis Splendor) Encyclical Letter of John Paul II
Tertio Millennio Adveniente –Apostolic Letter of His Holiness Pope John Paul II
Woman Wisdom—A Feminist Lectionary and Psalter—Women of the Hebrew Scriptures: Part One – Miriam Therese Winter
Woman Word—A Feminist Lectionary and Psalter—Women of the New Testament-Miriam Therese Winter
The Book of Virtues – A Treasury of Great Moral Stories, Edited, with Commentary, by William J. Bennett.
Books from the Joshua Series by Joseph F. Girzone: Joshua, Joshua and the Children, Joshua in the Holy Land
Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalski—Divine Mercy in My Soul
Let us pray. Lord Jesus, you gave your life to show us how completely, how absolutely we are loved. It was not a swift, easy death, but involved prolonged suffering. We recall that death today, not only to remind ourselves of your love, but to call to mind the sins for which you died. As we follow the way of your suffering and death, we ask you to open our hearts and help us see where we have failed, where we have caused suffering for you, for those around us and even for ourselves. We seek reconciliation with you and with one another, and so we prayerfully join you on your final journey.
First Station – Jesus is Condemned to Death
Pilate had the authority to execute Jesus or set him free. Unable to find evidence against Jesus, he sentenced him to death and then publicly washed his hands of the whole business.
Reflection: Have I condemned others to suffering, alienation and even death by my indifference or anger? Even though I believe people to be innocent, do I join the crowd to condemn them? Do I try to “wash my hands” of the consequences of my decisions, making excuses and pretending that it isn’t really my fault? Do I try to absolve myself and explain away my guilt instead of throwing myself on God’s mercy? For the times I have failed, Lord have mercy.
Second Station – Jesus Takes Up His Cross
Knowing what was in store for him, Jesus had to carry the instrument of his own suffering and death. Throughout his whole life, he embraced the pain and limitations of being human; now, for our sake, he would take onto himself the final trial of death on a cross.
Reflection: Do I accept the burdens, crosses and responsibilities of my life, or do I find little—and sometimes big—ways to get around them? Am I really willing to bear the cross of just being human, of always being dependent on my Creator? Do I thank God for what I have or grumble about what I lack? Am I a good steward of Creation itself, careful to protect the environment? For my lack of caring, Lord have mercy.
Third Station – Jesus Falls for the First Time
Under the weight of the cross, Jesus stumbles and falls hard to the ground. Despite the pain and growing weariness, he got up to continue on his way.
Reflection: Do I get so discouraged by my failures that I want to give up? Do I try to force my self to be perfect and then hide my mistakes from others? Have I forgotten that failure is an inevitable part of my life? Am I willing to pray to ask God for the courage I need to get up and try again? For times I have slipped up, Lord have mercy.
Fourth Station – Jesus Meets His Afflicted Mother
As their eyes met, Jesus saw the anguish of Mary’s heart. He did not turn away, even though he could not take away her pain, even though his death was part of the cause of her pain. Instead, he momentarily forgot his own suffering and tried to comfort her.
Reflection: Am I willing to face my family and friends in their difficult times? Have I offered support to others or have I shielded myself from the sufferings around me? Do I cherish my parents, giving them respect and carrying out my responsibilities toward them? For the times I‘ve turned away, Lord have mercy.
Fifth Station – Simon is Forced to Carry Jesus’ Cross
Humiliated and physically exhausted, Jesus accepted Simon’s help.
Reflection: Am I willing to accept the assistance of others with humility and gratitude, or do I resent the offer of help? When I see someone else in need, do I reach out to them or ignore their plight? Am I careful to offer help without acting superior? For the times pride got in the way, Lord have mercy.
Sixth Station – Veronica Wipes the Face of Jesus
Dripping with sweat and blood, Jesus’ face showed the strain of his ordeal. Although it did not rescue him from his predicament, Veronica’s gesture brought him a moment of relief.
Reflection: Am I willing to do what I can to ease someone else’s suffering, or will I give up if I can’t “fix” everything for them? Do I try in small ways each day to be thoughtful of others, or have I been wrapped up lately in my own concerns? For my self-centeredness, Lord have mercy.
Seventh Station – Jesus Falls a Second Time
Although Simon helped him and Veronica had just wiped his face for him, Jesus is overcome and stumbles again.
Reflection: Have I taken good care of my own health? Do I treasure my life as a gift from God not to be selfishly abused? Am I careful to avoid those times and places I am tempted to repeat particular sins? For my cooperation with evil, Lord have mercy.
Eighth Station – Jesus Meets the Women of Jerusalem
Jesus encounters a group of ritual mourners and bluntly tells them, “Weep not for me, but for yourselves and your children.”
Reflection: Am I willing to tell the truth whenever necessary, even though it may hurt? Have my prayers and religious observances been genuine, and not just for show? For my insincerity, Lord have mercy.
Ninth Station – Jesus Falls a Third Time
The third fall: suffering on top of suffering. Again the pain became unbearable and Jesus collapsed.
Reflection: Has the presence of evil in the world led me to become cynical? Do I make fun of other people and their values? Do! take my own faith for granted? Have I given regular attention to the praise and worship of God? For my lack of fidelity, Lord have mercy.
Tenth Station – Jesus is Stripped of His Clothing
As horrible as it is to imagine, Jesus’ clothing stuck to his open wounds. When they tore off his garments, knives of pain shot through his body.
Reflection: Do I cling to my possessions, career, and friends, making them more important to me than Jesus? Have I been honest in my acquisition of the goods I have? Am I willing to be completely dependent on God for what! need most? For times I’ve put faith in idols, Lord have mercy.
Eleventh Station – Jesus is Nailed to The Cross
The Roman soldiers could have tied Jesus to the cross, but instead they nailed his hands and feet. With hardened hearts, they gave little thought to their cruelty.
Reflection: Have I grown callous to others in my speech and actions? Have I come to accept human cruelty, no longer even being outraged by torture and murder? Do I engage in gossip about the misfortunes of others, or do I try to be a healing presence in the midst of tragedy? For my part in spreading pain, Lord have mercy.
Twelfth Station – Jesus Dies on The Cross
Jesus hung lifeless on the cross, having poured out the last of his vitality. He held back nothing, counted nothing more important than doing the will of God the Father. And he did it for us.
Reflection: Do I appreciate the life God has given me, or do I grow bitter with envy as I think about the possessions and relationships other people have? Can I see areas in my life where I hold back from God? Can I ask for the help to give my whole being in service to the Creator’s will? For my stubbornness, Lord have mercy.
Thirteenth Station – Jesus is Taken off The Cross
Stunned by all they had witnessed, the disciples took Jesus’ lifeless body down from the cross so it might no longer be subject to violation and scorn.
Reflection: Have I honored my promises and commitments? Have I done my share to uphold human dignity, even when it is unpopular to do so? Do I value all human life regardless of age, sex, race and other qualities? For my blindness, Lord have mercy.
Fourteenth Station – Jesus is Laid in the Tomb
With the stone rolled across the tomb opening, all was silent, finished. Those who had conspired against Jesus thought they had won the day. Those who had followed him thought all was lost.
Reflection: Am I willing to hope even when everything seems to be lost? Do I call upon God in the worst of times and offer thanks in the best? Have I let Jesus into my heart and my actions? Do I practice the works of justice and mercy? For the hardness of my heart, Lord have mercy.
Jesus, your Way of the Cross brought you to the silence of the tomb, but we know that was not the end. We also know that our sinfulness and shortcomings are not the last word, either. As the power of God raised you on the third day, we hope for a share in the salvation you won. Knowing fully what we would do and what we would fail to do, you offered yourself on the cross, For that we thank and praise you, and we come to you confidently asking for the gift of forgiveness. This we do in the name of God our Creator, Jesus our Redeemer and the Holy Spirit our Sanctifier. Amen
The Holy Father’s Intentions for the Month of March 2018
That the Church may appreciate the urgency of formation in spiritual discernment, both on the personal and communitarian levels.
FIRST FRIDAY & SATURDAY DEVOTIONS
First Friday Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Receive Holy Communion (in a state of grace) on nine consecutive First Fridays of the month for the intention of making reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
This Friday, February 5, 8:15 a.m. in the Adoration Chapel
Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Prayer of Reparation
First Saturday Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
On five consecutive First Saturdays of the month for the intention of making reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
Confession Receive Holy Communion
Pray the Rosary—5 decades
Meditate for 15 minutes on the mysteries of the Holy Rosary
In Honor of and in Reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus Nine consecutive months on the first Friday of each month, receive Holy Communion (in the state of grace).
First Saturday Devotion—December 2
In reparation for blasphemies & offenses against the Immaculate Heart of Mary:
Five consecutive months on the first Saturday of each month:
- Confession—within 8 days
- Receive Holy Communion (in the state of grace)
- Pray five decades of the Rosary
- Meditate for 15 minutes on the mysteries of the Rosary.
St. Patrick Catholic Church, 601 Airport Center Drive East, Jacksonville, celebrates a First Saturday Traditional Latin Mass at 10 a.m. Confessions begin at 9:30 a.m. (904) 768-2593
First Friday Devotion – November 3rd – Receive Holy Communion (in the state of grace) on every first Friday for nine consecutive months made in honor and in reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
First Saturday Devotion—November 4th
First Saturday for five consecutive months:
1) Confession—Within 8 days of the first Saturday;
2) Receive Communion (in the state of grace);
3) Pray five decades of the Rosary; 4) Meditate for 15 minutes on the mysteries of the Rosary in reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
St. Patrick Catholic Church, 601 Airport Center Drive East, Jacksonville, celebrates a First Saturday Traditional Latin Mass at 10 a.m. Confessions begin at 9:30 a.m. website: www.stpatrickjacksonville.org or 904-768-2593
This Monday, March 19th is the Solemnity of St. Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
To you, O blessed Joseph, do we come in our tribulation,
and having implored the help of your most holy Spouse, we confidently invoke your patronage also.
Through that charity which bound you to the Immaculate Virgin Mother of God and through the paternal love
with which you embraced the Child Jesus,
we humbly beg you graciously to regard the inheritance which Jesus Christ has purchased by his Blood,
and with your power and strength to aid us in our necessities.
O most watchful guardian of the Holy Family, defend the chosen children of Jesus Christ;
O most loving father, ward off from us
every contagion of error and corrupting influence; O our most mighty protector, be kind to us and from heaven assist us in our struggle
with the power of darkness.
As once you rescued the Child Jesus from deadly peril, so now protect God’s Holy Church
from the snares of the enemy and from all adversity; shield, too, each one of us by your constant protection,
so that, supported by your example and your aid, we may be able to live piously, to die in holiness,
and to obtain eternal happiness in heaven. Amen
The month of February is dedicated to the Holy Family
The Presentation of the Lord—Friday, February 2, 2018
“Behold, this child is destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be contradicted so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.” Luke 2:34
…There is too much clamorous outcry against the voice of the Church, and this is intensified by modern means of communication. But it comes as no surprise to the Church that she, no less than her divine Founder, is destined to be a “sign of contradiction.” She does not, because of this, evade the duty imposed on her of proclaiming humbly but firmly the entire moral law, both natural and evangelical. Since the Church did not make either of these laws, she cannot be their arbiter—only their guardian and interpreter. It could never be right for her to declare lawful what is in fact unlawful, since that, by its very nature, is always opposed to the true good of man.
Encyclical Letter Humanae Vitae (#18) by Pope Paul VI http://w2.vatican.va/content/ paul-vi/en/encyclicals/documents/hf_p-vi_enc_25071968_humanae-vitae.html
…each individual Christian will be a sign of contradiction amid the al- lurements and maxims of this world, in the measure that he lives his Christian vocation. Excerpt from “A Sign of Contradiction” by Father Paul A. Duffner, O.P. http://www.rosary-center.org/1148n2.htm
The month of January is dedicated to the Holy Name of Jesus
This name is the cure for all diseases of the soul.
Are you troubled?
Think but of Jesus,
Speak but the Name of Jesus,
The clouds disperse, and peace descends anew from heaven.
Have you fallen into sin? So that you fear death?
Invoke the Name of Jesus, and you will soon feel life returning.
No obduracy of the soul, no weakness, no coldness of heart
Can resist this holy Name;
there is no heart which will not soften and open in tears at this holy Name.
Are you surrounded by sorrow and danger?
Invoke the Name of Jesus, and your fears will vanish.
St. Bernard of Clairvaux
To pray to Jesus is to invoke him and to call him within us. His name is the only one that contains the presence it signifies. Jesus is the Risen One, and whoever invokes the name of Jesus is welcoming the Son of God who loved him and who gave himself up for him.
Feast Days During The First Week of January
Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God – January 1
Most Holy Name of Jesus – January 3
Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton – January 4
Saint John Neumann – January 5
Feast Days During The Second Week of January
The Epiphany of the Lord – Sunday
As you kneel at the feet of the child Jesus on the day of his Epiphany and see him a king bearing none of the outward signs of royalty, you can tell him:
“Lord, take away my pride; crush my self-love, my desire to affirm myself and impose myself on others. Make the foundation of my personality my identification with you.”
Baptism of the Lord – Monday
Jesus’ gesture [of submitting to baptism] is a manifestation of self-emptying. The Spirit who had hovered over the waters of the first creation descended then on the Christ as a prelude to the new creation, and the Father revealed Jesus as “his beloved Son.”
Feast Days During the 4th Week of January
St. Francis de Sales—Wednesday
When we are beset by any particular vice, it is well as far as possible to make the opposite virtue our special aim, and turn every- thing to that account; so doing, we shall overcome our enemy, and meanwhile make progress in all virtue. Thus, if I am beset with pride or anger, I must, above all else, strive to cultivate humility and gentleness, and I must turn all my religious exercises—prayer, sacraments, prudence, constancy, moderation to the same object.
St. Francis de Sales—Introduction to the Devout Life
The Conversion of St. Paul the Apostle—Thursday
We are only Christians if we encounter Christ. Of course, he does not show himself to us in this overwhelming, luminous way, as he did to Paul to make him the Apostle to all peoples. But we, too, can encounter Christ in reading Sacred Scripture, in prayer, in the liturgical life of the Church. We can touch Christ’s Heart and feel him touching ours. Only in this personal relationship with Christ, only in this encounter with the Risen One do we truly become Christians. And in this way our reason opens, all Christ’s wisdom opens as do all the riches of truth.
“reading Sacred Scripture”—Lectio Divina
“prayer” – Rosary/Divine Mercy/Eucharistic Adoration
“liturgical life of the church” – Mass/Eucharist/Penance
Therefore, let us pray the Lord to illumine us, to grant us an encounter with his presence in our world, and thus to grant us a lively faith, an open heart and great love for all, which is capable of renewing the work. Benedict XVI, General Audience, Wednesday, 3 September 2008
The month of December is dedicated to the Immaculate Conception.
We declare, pronounce, and define that the doctrine which holds that the most Blessed Virgin Mary, in the first instance of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege granted by Almighty God, in view of the merits of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the human race, was preserved free from all stain of original sin, is a doctrine revealed by God and therefore to be believed firmly and constantly by all the faithful. Excerpt from Ineffabilis Deus-Pope Pius IX Dec. 8, 1854
On February 11, 1858, Bernadette Soubirious, at the age of 14, experienced the first of many apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary. On the feast day of the Annunciation, March 25, 1858, the 16th apparition, Bernadette repeatedly asked the Lady her name, the Lady answers, “I am the Immaculate Conception.” This occurred approximately 4 years after Pope Pius IX had declared this dogma.
The angel Gabriel said to Mary: “Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women…You shall conceive and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus…” Mary answered, “Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it done to me according to your word.” Luke 1:28,31,38
How does God send messengers to you in your life?
Do you listen?
How might you open your heart and your mind to hear God more clearly?
Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and cried out in a loud voice: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb…The moment your greeting sounded in my ears, the babe in my womb leap for joy.” Luke 1:42-44
How is the Holy Spirit moving and working in you?
How are you responding?
“And it came to pass while they were there, that the days for Mary to be delivered were fulfilled. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothing and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.” Luke 2:6-7
Is there room in your inn for Jesus and Mary?
When the days of her purification were fulfilled they took him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord…Simeon blessed them and said to his Mother, “Behold, this child is destined for the fall and for the rise of many in Israel, and for a sign that shall be contradicted; and thine own soul a sword shall pierce.” Luke 2:22, 34, 35
Have you ever felt like a sword has pierced you all the way to your soul?
How did that experience affect your relationship with God?
After three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions…And he returned with his parents to Nazareth, and was obedient to them. Luke 2:46,51.
How does Jesus carry on a dialogue with you? Is your prayer and study a dialogue with God?
Italicized questions by Amy Troolin author of “Rosary Meditations: Deeping and Enriching a Remarkable Prayer.”
Suggested Advent Reflections For You
The Joyful Mysteries of the Most Holy Rosary of the
Blessed Virgin Mary The Annunciation The Visitation
The Nativity The Presentation
The finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple
Golden Box: ARK of the Old Covenant
1. Traveled to House of Obed-Edom in the hill Country of Judea (2Sam 6:1-11)
2. Dressed as a priest, David danced and leapt in front of the Ark (2 Sam6:14)
3. David asks “Who am I that the Ark of of my Lord should come to me?”
4. David was shouting in the presence of the Ark (2Sam6:15)
5. The Ark remained in the house of Obed-edom for three months (2Sam6:11)
6. The house of Obed-edom was blessed by the presence of the Ark (2Sam6:11)
7. The Ark returns to its home and ends up in Jerusalem where God’s presence and glory is revealed in the Temple (2Sam6:12;1Ki8:9-11)
Mary: Ark of the New Covenant
Traveled to house of Elizabeth and Zechariah the hill Country of Judea in the hill country of Judea (Lk1:39)
John the Baptist of priestly lineage leapt in his mother’s womb at the approach of Mary (Lk1:41)
Elizabeth asks “Who am I that the mother of of my Lord should come to me?” (Lk1:43)
Elizabeth “cried out” in the presence of Mary (Lk1:42)
Mary remained in the house of Elizabeth for three months (Lk:1:56)
The word “blessed” used three times and surely the house was blessed by God (2Sam6:11) (Lk1:39-45)
Mary returns home and eventually ends up up in Jerusalem where she presents God enfleshed in the Temple (Lk1:56;2:21-22)
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- For the souls of all the faithful departed.
- For the souls of your departed parents and family.
- For the souls of your departed friends.
- For the souls whose memory has vanished from this world.
- For the souls that suffer the greatest torments.
- For the souls of those who died unexpectedly or without receiving the Holy Sacraments.
- For the souls of those who died in war.
- For the souls of those who died of epidemics or famine.
- For the souls that shall be delivered from purgatory this very hour.
- For the souls that have been long detained in purgatory.
- For the souls that did not give proper honor to our Lord.
- For the souls that most need prayer.
- For the souls of those who persecuted you in your lifetime.
- For the souls of those who did not assist others in their need.
- For the souls of those who long lived without forgiving their enemies.
- For the souls of those who showed great love of their neighbor.
- For the souls of those who did not give proper honor to Our Lady.
- For the souls that are in great need of assistance.
- For the souls that undergo severe torments for their sins against chastity.
- For the souls that suffer in purgatory because of me
- For the souls of those who suffer for having engaged in sinful conversations.
- For the souls of those who were particularly given to mortification and penance
- For the souls of consecrated religious who followed the rule in a very zealous way.
- For the souls of those who valiantly gave witness to their faith before others.
- For the souls of sinners who have become lukewarm.
- or the souls of those who received the Holy Sacrament rarely or with indifference.
- For the souls of those whose bodies lie in non-consecrated ground.
- For the souls of those whose bodies lie in your neighborhood cemeteries.
- For the souls of those who prayed little.
- For the souls of those who suffer for having been deliberately inattentive during prayers.
- For the souls of those who suffer for giving bad example to others.
- For the souls of those that leave this world this very moment.
- For the souls of those who die a disgraceful or tragic death.
- For the souls that are in need of the Church’s prayer because they committed a sacrilege or showed disrespect toward holy objects.
- For the souls that had a special devotion to the Most Holy Sacrament.
- For the souls that had a special devotion to the Immaculate Conception of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary.
- For the souls of those who contributed to the conversion of sinners.
- For the souls of those who suffer because of their unyielding and arrogant attitude toward others.
- For the souls that atone for their disregard for legitimate authority.
- For the souls of those who suffer for having slandered, libeled or told calumnies of others.
- For the souls of those who sought their own excessive pleasure and luxury.
- For the souls of those who died regretting their sins but without making atonement.
- For the souls of the leaders who neglected their duties or abused their power.
- For the souls of those who worked for peace in the world.
- For the souls of those who contributed to the growth of priestly and religious vocations.
- For the souls of those who dedicated themselves to the education of the youth in piety.
- For the souls of those who supported missionary works.
- For the souls of the Marian Fathers and Brothers.
- For the souls of all consecrated religious.
- For the souls of popes, bishops, priests, and deacons.
Eternal rest grant to them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. (Roman Breviary)
The Month of October is Dedicated to
The Holy Rosary
Join us in our Adoration Chapel to pray the Holy Rosary every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 8:30 a.m. Our Rosary is dedicated to your intentions as requested by you prior to our praying.
The month of September is dedicated to Our Lady of Sorrows.
The Prophecy of Simeon
The Flight into Egypt
The Loss of the Child Jesus for Three Days
Witnessing Jesus Carry His Cross
The Crucifixion of Jesus
Taking Jesus Down from the Cross
and Placing His Body in the Arms of Mary
The Burial of Jesus
Special Feast Days in Honor of Mary during the Month of September
Friday, September 8: The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Tuesday, September 12: The Most Holy Name of Mary
Friday, September 15: Our Lady of Sorrows
The unique Heart of Our Lady never knew any love other than the purest love of God. It never suffered from the multiplicity of superfluous thoughts, aimless desires and vain affections which usually fill and divide the miserable hearts of the children of Adam. Her heart held one thought, one purpose, one will, one intention, one single affection and one desire only: to please God and to fulfill in all things and everywhere His adorable will.
Excerpt from “The Admirable Heart of Mary” by Saint John Eudes, Translated from the French by Charles Di Targiani and Ruth Hauser http://www.liberius.net/
The Fourth Fatima Apparition – August 19, 1917 On August 13, 1917, the young seers were abducted by the administrator of the town, who threatened to plunge them into boiling oil unless they revealed Our Lady’s secret given to them during the July 13 apparition. Independently, all three children, Jacinta, Francisco, and Lucia, refused to share the secret and were willing to become martyrs. The children were spared from the administrator’s threat. He freed them on August 15. Our Lady appeared to the three children on Sunday, August 19. A portion of her message: …continue praying the Rosary every day. Pray, pray very much, and make sacrifices for sinners; for many souls go to hell, because there are none to sacrifice themselves and to pray for them.
First Angel Apparition – Spring of 1916 Taught by the angel to the children: My God, I believe, I adore, I hope and I love You! I ask pardon of You for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not hope and do not love You. (This is commonly known as the Pardon Prayer.) The Holy Father’s Intentions for the Month of August 2017: That artists of our time, through their ingenuity, may help everyone discover the beauty of creation.
ROSARY: Soon the first A-bomb would explode only eight city blocks from the Jesuit Church of Our Lady’s Assumption where I was stationed in Hiroshima. To be a survivor of the first atomic bomb in human history, and to have felt its tremendous concussion within the most deadly one-mile radius, gives me the not enviable “advantage” of first-hand experience. Experts have told me that I “ought to be dead”. We all need and desperately want world peace. And what do we do to attain it? International conferences, economic measures, defense production, civil defense training. We do almost everything we can think of, except the most important thing: PRAYER.
The Month of July is Dedicated to The Precious Blood of Jesus.
The month of July is dedicated to The Precious Blood of Jesus. Please join us in the Adoration Chapel immediately after Mass every Friday during the month of July for the Prayer and Litany of the Precious Blood of Jesus and the Divine Mercy Chaplet (approximately 15 minutes).
The Holy Father’s Intentions for the Month of July 2017 – That our brothers and sisters who have strayed from the faith, through our prayer and witness to the Gospel, may rediscover the merciful closeness of the Lord and the beauty of the Christian life.
The Vision of Hell and Prayers to Save Sinners
O my Jesus, forgive us, save us from the fire of hell. Lead all souls to heaven, especially those who are most in need. (To be recited after each decade of the Rosary.)
War, Communism and the Immaculate Heart of Mary
According to Matthew 5:8, the “immaculate heart” is a heart which, with God’s grace, has come to perfect interior unity and therefore “sees God”. To be “devoted” to the Immaculate Heart of Mary means therefore to embrace this attitude of heart, which makes the fiat—“your will be done”—the defining centre of one’s whole life.
Penance and the Sufferings of the Church
As from Christ’s death, from his wounded side, the Church was born, so the death of the witnesses is fruitful for the future life of the Church. Therefore, the vision of the third part of the “secret”, so distressing at first, concludes with an image of hope: no suffering is in vain, and it is a suffering Church, a Church of martyrs, which becomes a signpost for man in his search for God.
“Fatima For Today” by Fr. Andrew Apostoli, C.F.R.
Please join us in praying the “Corpus Christi” Rosary on Tuesday, June 20th, prior to the 8 a.m. Mass. We will meet in the Adoration Chapel to pray this special Rosary in honor of the Feast Day of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ.
Feast Day of the Sacred Heart of Jesus – June 23
Please join us in the Adoration Chapel on Friday, June 23rd, after the 8 a.m. Mass to pray the Acts of Consecration and Reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus followed by the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy.
…mindful of the fact that we too have sometimes not been free from unworthiness, and moved therefore with most vehement sorrow, in the first place we implore Thy mercy on us, being prepared by voluntary expiation to make amends for the sins we ourselves have committed, and also for the sins of those who wander far from the way of salvation, whether because, being obstinate in their unbelief, they refuse to follow Thee as their shepherd and leader, or because, spurning the promises of their Baptism, they have cast off the most sweet yoke of Thy law.
The Holy Father’s Intentions for the Month of June 2017:
That national leaders may firmly commit themselves to ending the arms trade, which victimizes so many innocent people.
Expressions of Prayer
1. Vocal Prayer 2. Meditation 3. Contemplative Prayer
We are starting a prayer group based upon lectio divina (divine reading).
For information, please email email@example.com or call 261-9347.
Meditation is above all a quest. The mind seeks to understand the why and how of the Christian life, in order to adhere and respond to what the Lord is asking. (CCC 2705)
Lectio/Reading Meditatio/Meditating Oratio/Praying Contemplatio/Contemplation
“I would like, in particular, to recall and recommend the ancient tradition of Lectio Divina: The diligent reading of Sacred Scripture accompanied by prayer brings about that intimate dialogue in which the person reading hears God who is speaking, and in praying, responds to him with trusting openness of heart. (cf. Dei Verbum, n.25) If it is effectively promoted, this practice will bring to the Church – I am convinced of it – a new spiritual springtime.” (Pope Benedict XVI)
Our prayer ministry, established shortly after the inception of our Mission Church, consists of volunteers from our community praying for individuals in need of prayers. Email* is implemented in case of emergency requests for prayers. A Prayer Chain is in effect with a goal of prayers being offered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It consists of individuals committed to praying (traditional prayers, reading and reflecting upon the Scripture, the writings of our spiritual fathers, books on spirituality) one specific hour per week for the needs of the universal church, for public authorities and the salvation of the world, for those burdened by tribulation and for the community of St. Francis of Assisi, especially those requesting prayers. If interested, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Pat, 904- 261-9347. *If you have no email, we will notify you by phone if interested.
Means to Our Spiritual Goal:
Participating frequently at Mass – Weekdays & Weekend
Receiving the Sacraments of Reconciliation & Communion often
Eucharistic Adoration on a regular basis
Attending special liturgical celebrations
Women’s Book Club
Memorial of St. Paul Miki and Companions, Martyrs
Tuesday – February 6
Born in Japan in 1562; Joined the Jesuits; In 1596, ruler of Japan became suspicious of the Christian missionaries and outlawed Christianity; Crucified, pierced with a lance, on February 5, 1597, in Nagasaki with 25 other martyrs (location came to be known as Martyrs’ Hill); Beatified in 1627; Canonized in 1862
The sentence of judgment says these men came to Japan from the Philippines, but I did not come from any other country. I am a true Japanese. The only reason for my being killed is that I have taught the doctrine of Christ. I certainly did teach the doctrine of Christ. I thank God it is for this reason I die. I believe that I am telling only the truth before I die. I know you believe me and I want to say to you all once again: Ask Christ to help you to become happy. I obey Christ. After Christ’s example I forgive my persecutors. I do not hate them. I ask God to have pity on all, and I hope my blood will fall on my fellow men as a fruitful rain. St. Paul Miki https://www.franciscanmedia.org/saint-paul-miki-and-companions/