Month of the Immaculate Heart of Mary


During the First Friday Mass we heard a brief exhortation on the importance of praying well the Rosary after Mass because of the dire situation that all of us are experiencing in our own lives, in our country and around the world. Father reminded us that the sense of normalcy and security that permeates our chapel and that the haven of comfort and consolation that we provide through our website are not what exist outside. He alluded to all the personal problems we each experience and spoke of the conflict between Russia and the Ukraine, the fighting in Gaza, the wars that seem to be taking place everywhere, the outbreak of the ebola virus in Africa and the return of other diseases, even in the United States, of tuberculosis, leprosy etc.. He then emphasized that the cure of all these evils cannot be sought in negotiations and UN resolutions which are ignored anyway. The answer is to be found in the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. After the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and the Sacred Liturgy the Blessed Mother has given us the Holy Rosary and we should pray it devoutly for these intentions. How much worse would things be without the Mass and Rosary? How much good is not granted because we pray poorly or not at all? This was a wake up call for all to pray and to do penance that God will save us through the intercession of Our Lady's Immaculate Heart. The Blessed Mother promised us that in the end her Immaculate Heart would triumph and that this would be accomplished through the Holy Rosary. During this month let us renew our dedication and love of God through and with our Blessed Mother. After Mass Father added an intention to our communal recitation of the Rosary, namely, to pray especially for priests who offer the traditional Latin Mass.




"O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee."


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Saint Thomas More


Saint Thomas More was a lawyer and Lord Chancellor to King Henry VIII. Thomas opposed Henry’s denial of Papal Supremacy and refused to renounce all claims of jurisdiction over the Church except Henry’s. Thus began Thomas’ walk on the path towards martyrdom. He steadfastly maintained his faith in God and his expectations for happiness in the next life. Throughout his time in prison and even onto the block, Thomas kept his sense of humor for the benefit of his family and friends. Thomas was a smart, honorable, sweet, and loving man. He could have avoided martyrdom and could have spent many more happy years with his beloved family if he had signed an oath he believed to be wrong. His sacrificed all to remain loyal to the Catholic Church and the Papacy. We should all try to emulate Thomas’ integrity, strength, and faith.


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Praise for Persecutions

July 13 –St. Cyprian

“The Lord would have us rejoice in persecutions and leap for joy, because when persecutions come, then the crowns of faith are given, then the soldiers of God are proved, then the heavens are opened to Martyrs.”


July 12 –St. Theresa of the Child Jesus

“The soul is reflected in the countenance:  like to a little child always content, your countenance should be invariably calm and serene.  When you are alone, be still the same because you are ever in the sight of the angels.”


July 11 –St. Philip Neri

“If a man finds it hard to forgive injuries, let him look at a crucifix.”


July 10 –St. Augustine

“If you are suffering from a bad man’s injustice, forgive him lest there be two bad men.”


July 9 –St. Jerome

“No one cares to speak to an unwilling listener.  An arrow never lodges in a stone:  often it recoils upon the shooter of it.  Let the detractor learn from your unwillingness to listen not to be so ready to detract.”


July 8 –St. Augustine

“Let us love God as our Father, and the Church as our Mother.”

Catholic Education

Monday, July 7, 2014, Feast of Cyril and Methodius

The Church has always been the civilizing leaven in the world and the promoter and guardian of Truth and its spread.  Saints Cyril and Methodius are examples of this and their story is here:

St. Cyril in particular shows the educational side of the Faith.  He was a priest and philosopher/teacher at the "university" of Constantinople (modern Istanbul) which was established by the emperor in about 400 AD.  It had 31 chairs of departments in all fields of study divided into Latin and Greek speaking professors.  It is good to realize that this is about 800 years before the founding of the University of Paris and the other famous universities of Europe.  The emperor in the 9th century asked St. Cyril to give up his position and become a missionary.  He did so and through his priesthood brought the Faith to many and through his Christian learning gave these barbarian peoples a written language which he composed for them.  The characters he developed for their writing are named after him: cyrillic script.  Another case of how much we have today comes from the Church.

Fishers of Men

Sunday, July 6, 2014, 4th Sunday after Pentecost    

Christ in today's Gospel performs a miracle on the Sea of Galilee and teaches the apostles that their new mission in life will be to catch the souls of men for heaven.  The texts for this Mass are full of encouragement for the faithful who persevere in their fidelity to Our Lord.  God is looking out for His own and will lead them to victory over the most powerful enemies.

Low Mass

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Stations of the Cross

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High Mass

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