March 26, 2010

Divine Mercy Sunday

On Divine Mercy Sunday, April 11, we will pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy at 7:20AM before the Rosary.  A Divine Mercy image will be displayed.  Please pray the Divine Mercy Novena beginning on Good Friday.   (see Novena below).

During the course of Jesus' revelations to Saint Faustina on the Divine Mercy He asked on numerous occasions that a feast day be dedicated to the Divine Mercy and that this feast be celebrated on the Sunday after Easter. The liturgical texts of that day, the 2nd Sunday of Easter, concern the institution of the Sacrament of Penance, the Tribunal of the Divine Mercy, and are thus already suited to the request of Our Lord.
Divine Mercy Promise:  The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment. “There must also be deeds of mercy, which are to arise out of love for Me.”
In 2002, the Supreme Pontiff granted a plenary indulgence, under the usual conditions (sacramental confession, Eucharistic communion and prayer for the intentions of Supreme Pontiff) to the faithful who, on the Second Sunday of Easter or Divine Mercy Sunday, in any church or chapel, in a spirit that is completely detached from the affection for a sin, even a venial sin, take part in the prayers and devotions held in honour of Divine Mercy, or who, in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament exposed or reserved in the tabernacle, recite the Our Father and the Creed, adding a devout prayer to the merciful Lord Jesus (e.g. Merciful Jesus, I trust in you!").
The devotion to His Divine Mercy is also associated with the image below as Jesus wished and based on descriptions by Saint Faustina.  The words that accompany the image are "Jesus, I trust in Thee". The rays coming from Jesus' body represent the Blood and water that poured forth from the wound He suffered when pierced by the lance.
 
The Divine Mercy Chaplet    
Start    Kiss the Cross and make the Sign of the Cross
Say 1 Our Father
Say 1 Hail Mary
Say the Apostles' Creed

Say on each large bead:  Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Thy dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and for the sins of the whole world.
Say on each small bead: For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

At the conclusion:
Say three times: Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy upon us and on the whole world.       

Novena to the Divine Mercy of Jesus Christ  (begin on Good Friday)
The Novena may be prayed any time, but Jesus asked that it especially be prayed beginning on Good Friday and ending the day before Low Sunday (what is now also known as Divine Mercy Sunday -- the Sunday after Easter).

First Day:
Most Merciful Jesus, whose very nature it is to have compassion on us and to forgive us, do not look upon our sins, but upon the trust which we place in Your infinite goodness. Receive us all into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart, and never let us escape from It. We beg this of You by Your love which unites You to the Father and the Holy Spirit. O omnipotence of Divine Mercy, salvation of sinful man, You are a sea of mercy and compassion. You aid him who entreats You with humility. Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon all mankind and especially upon poor sinners, all enfolded in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, show us Your mercy, that we may praise the omnipotence of Your mercy forever and ever. Amen.

Recite the Divine Mercy Chaplet

Second Day:
Most Merciful Jesus, from whom comes all that is good, increase Your grace in us, that we may perform worthy works of mercy, and that all who see us may glorify the Father of Mercy who is in heaven.  The fountain of God's love dwells in pure hearts, bathed in the Sea of Mercy, radiant as stars, bright as the dawn.  Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the company of chosen ones in Your vineyard upon the souls of priests and religious; and endow them with the strength of Your blessing. For the love of the Heart of Your Son, in which they are enfolded, impart to them Your power and light, that they may be able to guide others in the way of salvation, and with one voice sing praise to Your boundless mercy for ages without end. Amen.

Recite the Divine Mercy Chaplet

Third Day:
Most Merciful Jesus, from the treasury of Your mercy, You impart Your graces in great abundance to each and all. Receive us into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart and never let us escape from It. We beg this of You by that most wondrous love for the heavenly Father with which Your Heart burns so fiercely. The miracles of mercy are impenetrable. Neither the sinner nor just one will fathom them. When You cast upon us an eye of pity, You draw us all closer to Your love. Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon faithful souls, as upon the inheritance of Your Son. For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, grant them Your blessing and surround them with Your constant protection. Thus may they never fail in love or lose the treasure of the holy faith, but rather, with all the hosts of Angels and Saints, may they glorify Your boundless mercy for endless ages. Amen.

Recite the Divine Mercy Chaplet

Fourth Day:
Most Compassionate Jesus, You are the Light of the whole world. Receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls of pagans who as yet do not know You. Let the rays of Your grace enlighten them that they, too, together with us, may extol Your wonderful mercy; and do not let them escape from the abode which is Your Most Compassionate Heart. May the light of Your love enlighten the souls in darkness; Grant that these souls will know You and, together with us, praise Your mercy. Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls of pagans and of those who as yet do not know You, but who are enclosed in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. Draw them to the light of the Gospel. These souls do not know what great happiness it is to love You. Grant that they, too, may extol the generosity of Your mercy for endless ages. Amen.

Recite the Divine Mercy Chaplet

Fifth Day:
Most Merciful Jesus, Goodness Itself, You do not refuse light to those who seek it of You. Receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls of heretics and schismatics. Draw them by Your light into the unity of the Church, and do not let them escape from the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart; but bring it about that they, too, come to adore the generosity of Your mercy. Even for those who have torn the garment of Your unity, a fount of mercy flows from Your Heart. The omnipotence of Your mercy, O God, can lead these souls also out of error. Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls of heretics and schismatics, who have squandered Your blessings and misused Your graces by obstinately persisting in their errors. Do not look upon their errors, but upon the love of Your own Son and upon His bitter Passion, which He underwent for their sake, since they, too, are enclosed in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. Bring it about that they also may glorify Your great mercy for endless ages. Amen.

Recite the Divine Mercy Chaplet

Sixth Day:
Most Merciful Jesus, You yourself have said, "Learn from Me for I am meek and humble of heart." Receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart all meek and humble souls and the souls of little children. These souls send all heaven into ecstasy, and they are the heavenly Father's favorites. They are a sweet-smelling bouquet before the throne of God; God Himself takes delight in their fragrance. These souls have a permanent abode in Your Most Compassionate Heart, O Jesus, and they unceasingly sing out a hymn of love and mercy. A truly gentle and humble soul already here on earth the air of paradise breathes, and in the fragrance of her humble heart the Creator Himself delights. Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon meek and humble souls, and upon the souls of little children, who are enfolded in the abode which is the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. These souls bear the closest resemblance to Your Son. Their fragrance rises from the earth and reaches Your very throne. Father of mercy and of all goodness, I beg You by the love You bear these souls and by the delight You take in them: bless the whole world, that all souls together may sing out the praises of Your mercy for endless ages. Amen.

Recite the Divine Mercy Chaplet

Seventh Day:
Most Merciful Jesus, whose Heart is Love Itself, receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls of those who particularly extol and venerate the greatness of Your mercy. These souls are mighty with the very power of God Himself. In the midst of all afflictions and adversities they go forward, confident of Your mercy. These souls are united to Jesus and carry all mankind on their shoulders. These souls will not be judged severely, but Your mercy will embrace them as they depart from this life. A soul who praises the goodness of her Lord; she is always close to the living fountain and draws graces from Mercy Divine. Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls who glorify and venerate Your greatest attribute, that of Your fathomless mercy, and who are enclosed in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. These souls are a living Gospel; their hands are full of deeds of mercy, and their spirit, overflowing with joy, sings a canticle of mercy to You, O Most High! I beg You O God: Show them Your mercy according to the hope and trust they have placed in You. Let there be accomplished in them the promise of Jesus, who said to them, I Myself will defend as My own glory, during their lifetime, and especially at the hour of their death, those souls who will venerate My fathomless mercy. Amen.

Recite the Divine Mercy Chaplet

Eighth Day:
Most Merciful Jesus, You Yourself have said that You desire mercy; so I bring into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls in Purgatory, souls who are very dear to You, and yet, who must make retribution to Your justice. May the streams of Blood and Water which gushed forth from Your Heart put out the flames of the purifying fire, that in that place, too, the power of Your mercy may be praised. From the terrible heat of the cleansing fire rises a plaint to Your mercy, and they receive comfort, refreshment, relief in the stream of mingled Blood and Water. Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls suffering in Purgatory, who are enfolded in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. I beg You, by the sorrowful Passion of Jesus Your Son, and by all the bitterness with which His most sacred Soul was flooded, manifest Your mercy to the souls who are under Your just scrutiny. Look upon them in no other way than through the Wounds of Jesus, Your dearly beloved Son; for we firmly believe that there is no limit to Your goodness and compassion. Amen.

Recite the Divine Mercy Chaplet

Ninth Day:
Most compassionate Jesus, You are Compassion Itself. I bring lukewarm souls into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart. In this fire of Your pure love let these tepid souls, who, like corpses, filled You with such deep loathing, be once again set aflame. 0 Most Compassionate Jesus, exercise the omnipotence of Your mercy and draw them into the very ardor of Your love; and bestow upon them the gift of holy love, for nothing is beyond Your power. Fire and ice cannot be joined; Either the fire dies, or the ice melts. But by Your mercy, O God, You can make up for all that is lacking. Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon lukewarm souls, who are nonetheless enfolded in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. Father of Mercy, I beg You by the bitter Passion of Your Son and by His three-hour agony on the Cross: Let them, too, glorify the abyss of Your mercy. Amen.

Recite the Divine Mercy Chaplet

March 20, 2010

Traditional Latin Mass at Holy Cross College in Worcester, Feast of St. Joseph 2010



Thank you Sean and everyone who helped you, for all of your hard work to bring this beautiful Mass to Holy Cross College in Worcester after so long a time period.  May God bless you all for your efforts.
Deo Gratias

Worcester Telegram Article

 WORCESTER —  Sean M. Connolly attended his first traditional Latin Mass when he studied abroad at the American Institute for Roman Culture in Rome.

After hearing much about the old rite that was at the spiritual heart of his grandparents’ generation, the College of the Holy Cross student visited the Santissima Trinita dei Pellegrini (the Most Holy Trinity of the Pilgrim Church), a 16th-century house of worship where the Mass is celebrated exclusively in Latin.

He said he immediately fell in love with the worship service — struck by its solemnity, its piousness, and its elaborate trappings.

“I felt like I was denied, for years, something that was very special,” said the 21-year-old Westchester, N.Y., resident. “It is such a beautiful liturgy.”

Mr. Connolly, who is studying theology and the classics at Holy Cross, said he was so impressed that he began to regularly attend the Latin Mass that is offered Sunday mornings at Immaculate Conception Church in Fitchburg.

And thinking that his fellow students might spiritually benefit from the experience, Mr. Connolly, with help from the chaplain’s office at Holy Cross, has worked to schedule a Mass on Mount St. James.

The service will be held at 5 p.m. today at St. Joseph’s Memorial Chapel, preceded at 4:30 p.m. with the recitation of the Rosary.

The Latin Mass will be the first to be celebrated at Holy Cross since 1995.

Raymond L. Delisle, a spokesman for the Diocese of Worcester, said he was not aware of any other Latin Masses being celebrated at the area’s Catholic colleges in years.

Pope Benedict XVI eased restrictions on the millennial-old rite in 2007.

The Latin Mass had been the standard Catholic liturgy until the sweeping reforms of the 1960s Vatican Council.

Traditionalists within the Catholic Church were pleased with Pope Benedict’s decision but the Latin Mass hasn’t been embraced by the general Catholic population.

Besides Immaculate Conception, Latin Masses within the diocese are only celebrated regularly at St. Paul Church in Warren.

“There is a small group that is very dedicated to the Latin Mass,” said Paul Covino, associate chaplain and director of liturgy at Holy Cross. “But it doesn’t seem to have caught on.”

Mr. Covino said the Mass in 1995 was celebrated at the request of curious students, who were unfamiliar with the rite. The Mass, at the time, had to be approved by the local bishop.

“We’re hoping the Mass will serve as an educational and spiritual tool,” Mr. Covino said.

He said there are no plans to regularly schedule the Latin Mass, also known as the Tridentine Mass, at Holy Cross because the Jesuit priests on College Hill are not trained in the rite.

Today’s Mass will be celebrated by the Rev. David Phillipson, who offers the service at Immaculate Conception in Fitchburg.

Mr. Connolly, a senior who hopes to attend seminary this fall and eventually become a priest for the Archdiocese of New York, said many who take part in the Masses in Fitchburg, including the choir and about 20 trained acolytes, will participate in today’s service.

March 13, 2010

Announcements

There will be a Sung Mass on the Feast of the Annunciation on Thursday, March 25 at7PM. On the same day, there will be altar server practice for the Palm Sunday Mass from 3:30 to 5PM.  (followed by pizza dinner at Farynaz home)

Due to the length of time needed for the Palm Sunday Mass, this Mass (March 28) will begin at 7:30AM, with Rosary and Confessions beginning at 7AM.

Stations of the Cross: Every Friday evening during Lent at 6:30PM, followed by Adoration from 7-8PM.

The Holy Triduum (April 1-3) will be celebrated in the Extraordinary Form at Immaculate Conception. All server practices will be held at the Church, and servers should arrive 30 minutes before the Masses for setting up.

Holy Thursday, Mass at 8pm with server practice from 3 to 5PM.

Good Friday: Stations of the Cross at 3PM, with the Good Friday Service: The Passion and Death of the Lord (The Mass of the Presanctified) immediately after. Altar server practice from 12 to 2PM.

Holy Saturday: Easter Vigil at 10PM with altar server practice from 3 to 5 that day.

Easter Sunday: Mass time at 8AM (Confessions beginning at 7:15 and Rosary at 7:30AM)

On Divine Mercy Sunday (April 11), we will pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy at 7:20AM (before the Rosary). A Divine Mercy image will be displayed. Please pray the Divine Mercy Novena beginning on Good Friday.

March 7, 2010

Latin Mass Pilgrimage to Canadian Shrines and Churches

A group which attends Mass at St. Ann’s Chapel in Still River is planning a pilgrimage from Monday June 28 through Saturday July 3 to the shrines and churches in Montreal and Quebec.  Father Phillipson will serve as the trip chaplain and provide for daily Latin Mass and devotions.   Transportation will be by individual car and van pools.  The itinerary will include sites in Montreal:  St. Joseph Oratory, Notre Dame Basilica, Notre Dame de Bonsecours; Notre Dame de Cape, and numerous churches in Quebec as well as St. Anne du Beaupre, the Cyclorama of Jerusalem and St. Ann’s Canyon.  If you think you might attend and would like more information, please send your email address to the Tabbaas:  sedessapientia@verizon.net.  A passport or passport card is required (for children as well) for border crossings into Canada, and can take six weeks to obtain:   http://www.travel.state.gov/passport/passport_1738.html

March 5, 2010

Immaculate Conception Church Not To Remain Open

Bishop McManus Announces Parish Changes for Fitchburg

March 5, 2010, WORCESTER, MA -- This weekend, a letter from Most Rev. Robert J. McManus, Bishop of Worcester, will be shared at all Masses in the City of Fitchburg announcing his decisions following a year-long process that has been analyzing the Catholic Church’s needs in that city. He announced his decision on Thursday evening to the City-wide planning group which has been working on the analysis and recommendations since early last summer.

In summary, the bishop stated that the charters of all eight parishes, some of which had geographic territories while others were established to serve specific immigrant communities in the past, will cease on July 1, 2010. New charters as territorial parishes will commence for four parishes in various parts of the city. He writes, “The four new parishes will be as follows: St. Bernard Parish worshipping at St. Camillus de Lellis Church and serving the northern part of the city; St. Anthony Parish at St. Anthony Church serving the downtown area, St. Joseph Parish at St. Joseph Church serving West Fitchburg including the Cleghorn neighborhood, and St. Francis Parish at St. Francis Church serving the south and east neighborhoods of the city.” The decision was ratified by the Presbyteral Council on Tuesday, March 2.

Bishop McManus stressed to the group that their “rich Catholic heritage in the City of Fitchburg” is to be cherished in those new parishes and that all assets and liabilities in any of the parishes remains with the new territorial parishes. “The patrimony, including assets and liabilities of St. Camillus de Lellis Parish and St. Bernard Parish, which includes St. Bernard Elementary School and St. Bernard Cemetery, will all be part of the new St. Bernard Parish at St. Camillus Church. The patrimony and traditions of Immaculate Conception, Sacred Heart of Jesus, Madonna of the Holy Rosary, as well as their assets and liabilities, will be assumed by the other three newly established parishes. Over the coming weeks, the Diocesan Pastoral Planning Committee will meet with parish focus groups and, together with the Fitchburg Planning Committee, will present recommendations for the assignment of patrimony and specific territorial boundaries. One of the new parishes will also welcome those celebrating the Mass in Latin using the Extraordinary Form.”

The city-wide focus group had met from July to October and defined the needs of the community today and in the foreseeable future. It then developed various recommendations for configurations based on no more than four worship sites remaining in the city. No single recommendation was presented to the bishop, but all discussions supported a variety of worship spaces in various geographic areas of the city. The committee’s new vision for the city’s parishes, when seen as a whole, includes greater human and financial resources to build parish ministries, including education for all ages, youth and young adult programs, more social services and outreach to the poor and new immigrant populations, improved access for those with physical challenges. The committee also underscored that the many devotional and ethnic traditions in the city should continue to be cherished in the new parishes.

Bishop noted in his letter that this process is part of a diocesan-wide pastoral planning process “for more vibrant parish life.” To date, pastoral planning has impacted Worcester, Clinton, Harvard, Bolton, Upton, and Mendon with both closed and new parishes being announced or established.
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