May 22, 2011

Announcements

After our last Mass on June 5th, there will be Benediction and Litanies of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (Litaniae de Sacratissimo Corde Iesu) and of Saint Joseph (Litaniae Sancti Ioseph). Copies of the litany prayers in Latin and English will be placed at the front entrance table, and all are encouraged to join the choir in chanting the responses. There will not be Vespers on this day, as we will have a community meeting downstairs in the parish hall after Mass to discuss the future direction and plans for the Latin Mass in our local parishes. Feel free to either bring food to share as we will have potluck dinner, or make a donation towards drinks and paper goods.

May 16, 2011

Last Mass in the Extraordinary Form at St. Joseph's Church

Dear friends in Christ:
It is with sadness but not without hope for the future that it is announced that Mass in the Extraordinary Form at St. Joseph parish in Fitchburg will terminate on June 5th. The reasons are of simple practicality and a realistic evaluation of the fact that after almost one year of having the Traditional Latin Mass at this parish, the number of attendees has not increased and is not sufficient to maintain basic expenditures. The various considerations which affect growth, including Mass time, location, and proximity to other Traditional Latin Masses in the diocese may all be considered in our decisions for future directions. We will thus meet after our last Mass on June 5th downstairs in the parish hall (at our community potluck) for discussion and planning. We have been blessed with many resources including a highly trained choir director and full choir, experienced M.C.’s and many trained servers in addition to a congregation with a sincere love of our Catholic liturgical heritage. On an encouraging note, the Vatican has just issued instructions for the implementation of Summorum Pontificum with explanatory notes to be used as guidelines for the establishment of the Extraordinary Form Mass in local parishes. For further reading, see: Universae Ecclesiae
and the explanatory guidelines.
All of us have shared the heart- felt sorrow of the closing of such a beautiful church as Immaculate Conception , and we are very grateful to Father Trainor for welcoming us at St. Jospeh’s. We have also shared much liturgical splendor in giving glory to God in reverential worship, and we express our undying gratitude to Father Phillipson who has shepherded us through the past two years. Let us strive to continue our efforts in promoting the Extraordinary Form Mass in our local parishes and prayerfully seek the will of God.

May 11, 2011

Movie Evening

Any who would like to attend the very inspiring movie “Of Gods and Men” is invited, and feel free to invite others. It is playing at a very limited number of theaters (other closest location is Cambridge, MA), and is only playing for one week in Keene.
Rated: PG-13 – for a momentary scene of startling wartime violence, some disturbing images and brief language; 120 minutes. Under threat by fundamentalist terrorists, a group of Trappist monks stationed with an impoverished Algerian community must decide whether to leave or stay. (Based on true events).
http://www.sonyclassics.com/ofgodsandmen/
http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/opedcolumnists/tale_of_heroic_faith_WGFjZ983TYUAkoFCg3lp2J

Where: The Colonial Theater, 95 Main Street, Keene, NH (near Richmond)
Ticket Costs: Adults $8; students/ seniors $6

When: This Sunday May 15 at 5pm; we will leave St. Joseph’s after Vespers by 3:30pm- should be enough time to drive to Keene. People may carpool if they like.
Food options: You can either bring your own meal to coffee/ donuts time after Mass or eat after the movie as there are several good nearby restaurant options in Keene (those who want to eat out can look at the options list after the movie and choose which type of food they like).

Directions: (38 miles)

May 5, 2011

Litany of Loreto

On Sunday, May 8, which is Mother's Day, we will honor Our Blessed Mother by praying the Litany of Loreto after Mass. Copies will be provided.
Litaniae Lauretanae

May 3, 2011

Divine Mercy Celebration

How singularly blessed we were to honor Our Lord with the Rosary, Holy Mass, Benediction, Vespers and the Divine Mercy Chaplet.  Our heartfelt thanks to Father Phillipson for giving us the opportunity of receiving an outpouring of Divine Mercy from the pierced Heart of Our Saviour.  The Latin Mass Community shared a wonderful time of fellowship and a celebration dinner that same evening.    May all of us partake together of the eternal banquet where our hearts live with our merciful Lord.

April 24, 2011

Easter, 2011

Surrexit Dominus vere, alleluia!
May the graces of this holy Easter Season remain with all of us throughout the year. 

April 17, 2011

Palm Sunday 2011




How beautiful it is to see our faith carried into the city streets.  Gloria, laus et honor tibi sit, Rex Christe Redemptor.

April 15, 2011

Divine Mercy Novena

On May 1, Divine Mercy Sunday, we will pray the Divine Mercy chaplet in front of a blessed image of the Divine Mercy along with Vespers and Benediction at 2:45PM. 
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 John Paul II (who will be beatified on Divine Mercy Sunday, 2011) 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

April 11, 2011

Some Announcements:

--For those who missed Father Phillipson’s Day of Recollection “Prayer, Penance and Peace”, his spiritual conferences are available for purchase on CDs:  
 http://catholicism.org/prayer-penance-and-peace.html#more-22073    
Father gave some excellent and much needed teaching on the integration of the emotional life with the spiritual life according to the teachings of St. Thomas Aquinas.

--Upcoming new Hymns, etc. for Vespers will be posted to the community blog ahead of time.  See the Sunday Vespers section at the top of the blog page.

--This new movie does not yet have a release date, http://www.cristiadafilm.com/, but it would be a good film for a Latin Mass Community movie and/or dinner night.   We will pick a Sunday to attend (after Vespers), probably at a local Fitchburg theater, and those who wish to could also go out to dinner afterwards (probably at Il Forno’s.)   Plot Summary: "Cristiada," centered on the 1926-29 Cristeros war, touched off by a rebellion over the Mexican government's 1917 attempt to remove the influence of the Catholic Church and secularize the country.

March 20, 2011

Some Announcements:

Palm Sunday Mass on April 17th will begin at 1:30PM (instead of 12:30PM) as Father will be arriving a little late.    Before the Mass is the Blessing of the Palms, which includes an Antiphon, Psalms, and Gospel reading. The palms are distributed to the people at the kneelers.  The priest will hold the palm near your lips so that you can kiss it and then his hand. Then comes the Procession with hymns, when we carry the palms either around the church or outside, weather permitting, and then the Mass, during which there is a very long recitation of the Passion.  Prepare for a very long Mass!    Vespers will not be held on this day. 

On Easter Sunday, we will have fruits and desserts after Mass (12:30PM Mass time).   Bring goodies to share if you are able.  We will have a few games for the children with prizes.  (Vespers will be held at the usual time).

On May 1, Divine Mercy Sunday, we will pray the Divine Mercy chaplet in front of a blessed image of the Divine Mercy along with Vespers (with a commemoration of St. Joseph) and Benediction at 2:45PM.  
Instead of community pot luck on May 1, we will have our Easter celebration dinner at Il Forno's, 27 Airport Road, Fitchburg at 4:30 PM (after the Divine Mercy celebrations). There will be wine and dessert for everyone. RSVP : sedessapientia@verizon.net
Children are welcome. There will only be one bill, so every family will keep track of their own tab (cash only).

March 6, 2011

Latest Schedule for Day of Recollection

To be offered by Father Phillipson at St. Benedict Center in Richmond, N.H. on Saturday, March 26

Title/theme for the day:   PEACE, PRAYER AND PENANCE
7:30 - 8:30  AM:   Mass
8:30 - 9:00:    Breakfast - bring your own
9:00 - 9:30:  Terce
9:30 - 10:30:  First conference: "Peace"
10:30 - 11:00:   Silent time for prayer and meditation
11:30:   Rosary
12:00 – 1:00  PM:   Lunch in silence (bring your own meal, and feel free to bring something to share if you would like).
1:00 - 2:00:   Second conference:  "Prayer"
2:00 - 2:30:  Seven Sorrows of Mary     http://www.angelfire.com/md3/fel/test.html
2:30 - 3:30:   Third Conference:  "Penance"
3:30 - 5:00:   Exposition / Holy Hour
3:30:   Confessions
5:00:   Benediction (confessions will be interrupted if need be, and then resumed.)

The Day of Recollection is open to everyone- come for as much time as you like. Parents with small children should take charge of them for Mass and Benediction.  There will be a young lady to help look after the little ones for a free will offering from the parents.  Free-will offerings for the Day of Recollection are welcome, and if writing a check, please make it out to Saint Benedict Center (there will be a collection box for this purpose).

Saint Benedict Center, Richmond, N.H.:  Directions http://catholicism.org/directions-sbc.html





March 1, 2011

Lent 2011

Ash Wednesday is March 9.
Wednesday the 16th, Friday the 18th, and Saturday the 19th are Ember Days, traditional Days of Fast and Abstinence.
On each of the Friday’s of Lent, a Plenary Indulgence is granted to the faithful who, after Communion, recite the “Prayer Before a Crucifix”:    Look down upon me, good and gentle Jesus while before Thy face I humbly kneel and, with burning soul, pray and beseech Thee to fix deep in my heart lively sentiments of faith, hope, and charity; true contrition for my sins, and a firm purpose of amendment. While I contemplate, with great love and tender pity, Thy five most precious wounds, pondering over them within me while I call to mind the words which David, Thy prophet, said of Thee, my Jesus: "They have pierced My hands and My feet, they have numbered all My bones." Amen.

Fast and Abstinence according to the Discipline of 1962 (taken from the FSSP Liturgical Ordo):
Laws of Abstinence:
Complete abstinence is defined as abstaining from meat and soup or gravy made from meat.
Partial abstinence is defined as allowing meat and soup or gravy made from meat, only once a day at the principal meal.

Laws of Fast:
On the days of Fast, only one full meal is allowed, two other meatless meals are allowed in addition to the principle meal but the total quantity of food for these two small repasts should not equal the amount taken at a full meal.
Partial abstinence is required on all days of Fast,except on days of complete Abstinence.
Eating between meals is not permitted though liquids may be taken.

Laws of fasting and abstinence are not binding on those with medical conditions or those whose ability to work would be impaired.
There is no obligation for fast or abstinence on a Holy Day of Obligation even though it may fall on a Friday.

Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are obligatory days of universal fast and abstinence.  If possible, the fast on Good Friday is continued until the Easter Vigil (on Holy Saturday night) as the "paschal fast" to honor the suffering and death of the Lord Jesus, and to prepare ourselves to share more fully and to celebrate more readily his Resurrection.
Fridays in Lent are obligatory days of complete abstinence (from meat).


The Holy Season of Lent: Fast and Abstinence. (from http://www.ewtn.com/faith/lent/fast.htm)

It is a traditional doctrine of Christian spirituality that a constituent part of repentance, of turning away from sin and back to God, includes some form of penance, without which the Christian is unlikely to remain on the narrow path and be saved (Jer. 18:11, 25:5; Ez. 18:30, 33:11-15; Joel 2:12; Mt. 3:2; Mt. 4:17; Acts 2:38). Christ Himself said that His disciples would fast once He had departed (Lk. 5:35). The general law of penance, therefore, is part of the law of God for man.

The Church has specified certain forms of penance, both to ensure that the Catholic will do something, as required by divine law, while making it easy for Catholics to fulfill the obligation. Thus, the 1983 Code of Canon Law specifies the obligations of Latin Rite Catholics [Eastern Rite Catholics have their own penitential practices as specified by the Code of Canons for the Eastern Churches].

Canon 1250: All Fridays through the year and the time of Lent are penitential days and times throughout the entire Church.

Canon 1251: Abstinence from eating meat or another food according to the prescriptions of the conference of bishops is to be observed on Fridays throughout the year unless they are solemnities; abstinence and fast are to be observed on Ash Wednesday and on the Friday of the Passion and Death of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Canon 1252:  All persons who have completed their fourteenth year are bound by the law of abstinence; all adults are bound by the law of fast up to the beginning of their sixtieth year. Nevertheless, pastors and parents are to see to it that minors who are not bound by the law of fast and abstinence are educated in an authentic sense of penance.

Canon 1253:  It is for the conference of bishops to determine more precisely the observance of fast and abstinence and to substitute in whole or in part for fast and abstinence other forms of penance, especially works of charity and exercises of piety.

The Church, therefore, has two forms of official penitential practices - three if the Eucharistic fast before Communion is included.

Abstinence:
The law of abstinence requires a Catholic 14 years of age until death to abstain from eating meat on Fridays in honor of the Passion of Jesus on Good Friday. Meat is considered to be the flesh and organs of mammals and fowl. Moral theologians have traditionally considered this also to forbid soups or gravies made from them. Salt and freshwater species of fish, amphibians, reptiles and shellfish are permitted, as are animal derived products such as margarine and gelatin which do not have any meat taste.

On the Fridays outside of Lent the U.S. bishops conference obtained the permission of the Holy See for Catholics in the US to substitute a penitential, or even a charitable, practice of their own choosing. Since this was not stated as binding under pain of sin, not to do so on a single occasion would not in itself be sinful. However, since penance is a divine command, the general refusal to do penance is certainly gravely sinful. For most people the easiest way to consistently fulfill this command is the traditional one, to abstain from meat on all Fridays of the year which are not liturgical solemnities. When solemnities, such as the Annunciation, Assumption, All Saints etc. fall on a Friday, we neither abstain or fast.

During Lent abstinence from meat on Fridays is obligatory in the United States as elsewhere, and it is sinful not to observe this discipline without a serious reason (physical labor, pregnancy, sickness etc.).

Fasting:
The law of fasting requires a Catholic from the 18th Birthday [Canon 97] to the 59th Birthday [i.e. the beginning of the 60th year, a year which will be completed on the 60th birthday] to reduce the amount of food eaten from normal. The Church defines this as one meal a day, and two smaller meals which if added together would not exceed the main meal in quantity. Such fasting is obligatory on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. The fast is broken by eating between meals and by drinks which could be considered food (milk shakes, but not milk). Alcoholic beverages do not break the fast; however, they seem contrary to the spirit of doing penance.

Those who are excused from fast or abstinence:
Besides those outside the age limits, those of unsound mind, the sick, the frail, pregnant or nursing women according to need for meat or nourishment, manual laborers according to need, guests at a meal who cannot excuse themselves without giving great offense or causing enmity and other situations of moral or physical impossibility to observe the penitential discipline.

Aside from these minimum penitential requirements Catholics are encouraged to impose some personal penance on themselves at other times. It could be modeled after abstinence and fasting. A person could, for example, multiply the number of days they abstain. Some people give up meat entirely for religious motives (as opposed to those who give it up for health or other motives). Some religious orders, as a penance, never eat meat. Similarly, one could multiply the number of days that one fasted. The early Church had a practice of a Wednesday and Saturday fast. This fast could be the same as the Church's law (one main meal and two smaller ones) or stricter, even bread and water. Such freely chosen fasting could also consist in giving up something one enjoys - candy, soft drinks, smoking, that cocktail before supper, and so on. This is left to the individual.

One final consideration. Before all else we are obliged to perform the duties of our state in life. When considering stricter practices than the norm, it is prudent to discuss the matter with one's confessor or director. Any deprivation that would seriously hinder us in carrying out our work, as students, employees or parents would be contrary to the will of God. ---- Colin B. Donovan, STL

January 31, 2011

More details on the Lenten Day of Recollection

To be offered by Father Phillipson at St. Benedict Center in Richmond, N.H.

Title/theme for the day:  PRAYER, PENANCE AND PEACE.
Saturday, March 26

7:30 - 8:30AM:   Mass
9:00         Terce
9:15 - 10:15     First conference
10:30 - 11:30     Silent time for prayer and mediation
11:30        Rosary
12 – 1PM    Lunch in silence (bring your own meal, and feel free to bring something to share if you would like).
1         Seven Sorrows of Mary http://www.angelfire.com/md3/fel/test.html
1:30 - 2:30     Second conference
2:30 - 3:30     Stations of the Cross
3:30 - 5:00     Exposition / Holy Hour
3:30         Confessions
5         Benediction (confessions will be interrupted if need be, and then resumed.)

The Day of Recollection is open to everyone- come for as much as you would like.  Parents with small children should take charge of them for Mass and Benediction.  There will be a young lady to help look after the little ones for a free will offering from the parents.   Free-will offerings for the Day of Recollection are welcome, and if writing a check, please make it out to Saint Benedict Center (there will be a collection box for this purpose).
Saint Benedict Center, Richmond, N.H.:
Directions  http://catholicism.org/directions-sbc.html

January 19, 2011

Day of Penitential Observance for Abortion

Saturday, Jan. 22 is a day of penitential observance for the sin of abortion in all dioceses of the U.S. by decree of the Bishops' Conference.  It is also a day of prayer for the full legal restoration of the right to life (and end to abortion).

January 14, 2011

Announcements

Father Phillipson will be offering a Lenten day of recollection on Saturday, March 26 in Richmond's St Benedict's Center (New Hampshire) from 9am to 4pm.  This will be for men and women (all ages).  Bring your own lunch (potluck)- you can bring some to share if you like- there is a kitchen/ eating area.   Details will be posted as they are finalized.

The Latin Mass Community at St. Joseph Church in Fitchburg will start having First Sunday of the Month Potluck.  After Mass on every first Sunday of each month, we will meet in the Parish Hall downstairs and share our potluck food (please bring anything such as main dishes, side dishes, desserts, etc.).   Plates, bowls, cups, napkins and utensils will be provided, as well as coffee and drinks.  Come and join in fellowship and friendship.  Vespers will be prayed after the meal.  Our first Potluck Meal will be on Sunday, Feb. 6.  Hope to see everyone there.

January 11, 2011

There will not be choir practice on Wednesday Jan. 12 due to the snow storm.

January 2, 2011

A Blessed New Year 2011

Blessed be God in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar of the Mass.  Blessed be His Most Holy Name.
May He grant us all growth in holiness, in Christ and Our Blessed Mother.
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