In The Joy of the Gospel, Pope Francis challenges all of us to become missionary disciples.
What is a missionary disciple?
Through the grace of the Holy Spirit, we encounter Jesus in the Scripture, in the Sacraments, and in every person we meet. We open our hearts and minds to Jesus and the Gospel message. Our encounter with Jesus transforms us and helps us to live and act in a way that witnesses to and invites people to share in the Love, Joy, and Peace of Christ. This is the work of the Church, but it begins with each individual and his or her relationship with Jesus.
Canonization of Mother Teresa of Kolkata
The canonization and Mass for Mother Teresa will take place on Sunday, September 4th at 3 am CST. Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims are expected to attend the festivities associated with this monumental event.
Lord Jesus, merciful face of the Father, you came to give us the Good News of the Father’s mercy and tenderness.
We thank you for the gift of our dearest Mother, Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, who will be canonized in this Jubilee Year of Mercy. You chose her to be your presence, your love and compassion to the brokenhearted, the unwanted, the abandoned and the dying. She responded wholeheartedly to your cry, “I Thirst,” by the holiness of her life and humble works of love to the poorest of the poor.
We pray, through her intercession, for the grace to experience your merciful love and share it in our own families, communities and with all our suffering brothers and sisters. Help us to give our “hearts to love and hands to serve,” after the example of Mother Teresa. Lord Jesus, bless every member of our family, our parish, our diocese, our country, especially those most in need, that we all may be transformed by your merciful love. Amen.
Month of September Dedicated to the Seven Sorrows of Mary
The month of September is dedicated to the Seven Sorrows of Mary. This devotion began in the twelfth century in monastic circles under the influence of St. Anselm and St. Bernard.
- The prophecy of Simeon. (St. Luke 2:34, 35)
- The flight into Egypt. (St. Matthew 2:13, 14)
- The loss of the Child Jesus in the temple. (St. Luke 2: 43-45)
- The meeting of Jesus and Mary on the Way of the Cross.
- The Crucifixion.
- The taking down of the Body of Jesus from the Cross.
- The burial of Jesus.
Evangelization Roundtable: “The Next Step in Evangelization in the Parish”
On Tuesday, August 16, 2016, there will be an Evangelization Roundtable at the Cardinal Rigali Center from 6:30-8:00 p.m. The Cardinal Rigali Center is located at 20 Archbishop May Drive, St. Louis MO 63119. There will be small group discussions in which parishioners can share ideas and experiences with others. We will conclude with a Q and A session. Beverages and snacks will be provided. I hope you can join us.
RSVP to Michael Horn, Evangelization Coordinator, at 314.792.7178 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Month of August Dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
The month of August is dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The physical heart of Mary is venerated (and not adored as the Sacred Heart of Jesus is) because it is united to her person and is the seat of her love, virtue, and inner life. This devotion has received new emphasis in this century from the visions given to Lucy Dos Santos, oldest of the visionaries of Fatima, in her convent in Tuy, in Spain, in 1925 and 1926. In the visions Our Lady asked for the practice of the Five First Saturdays to help make amends for the offenses committed against her heart by the blasphemies and ingratitude of men. The practice parallels the devotion of the Nine First Fridays in honor of the Sacred Heart.
Each of us owes reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Every sin of ours causes grief and suffering to her in union with her divine Son. For sin was the cause of that terrible day on Calvary when she, as the New Eve, shared in the torment of the great sacrifice, and, amidst indescribable pain, brought forth spiritually all the members of the Mystical Body of her divine Son. God willed that Mary should be intimately associated with His Son in bearing the burden of all sin; surely then, her Immaculate Heart, in union with His divine Heart, should receive reparation from us who have caused them such pain. If anyone causes hurt to even a very ordinary human being, he does not overlook the need to make amends. How much more do we owe to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary!
Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us!
|Michael A. Horn
Office of Laity and Family Life
|Monsignor Mark S. Rivituso
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