June Calendar

  1. St. Justin Martyr
  2. St. Marcellinus First Friday
  3. First Saturday
  4. The Most Holy Trinity
  5. St. Boniface
  6. St. Ephrem
  7. Corpus Christi
  8. Candlelight Procession St. Anthony
  9. Sacred Heart of Jesus
  10. Immaculate Heart of Mary Pro-Life Mass
  11. Fathers Day
  12. St. Aloysius Gonzaga
  13. St. Thomas Moore
  14. Nativity of St. John the Baptist
  15. St. Cyril
  16. St. Irenaeus
  17. St. Peter & Paul
  18. The First Martyrs Roman Church


NEWS: The word “remembrance” was used to describe the celebration of the feast of the Passover and other events in the life of the ancient Israelites.  This word in the biblical sense means to make present the works brought about by God in history.  The meaning is of a living memory not unlike the modern Jewish Community’s remembrance of the Holocaust.  This term is a biblical term that references the making present of events that are related to the attempted genocide of the European Jewry during the Second World War. It makes the event present, reviving it in order to participate in it some way generation after generation assuring it doesn’t occur again. (The Holocaust museum in Washington D.C. you would be impressed by the hall of remembrance.)  In like manner Our Lord used this term at the last supper when he said “Do this in remembrance of me”.  In this statement he establishes the ministerial priesthood as a way of preserving the event of His passion and death.  St. Thomas Aquinas in the Summa says this is the sole reason Christ initiated the priesthood. This act of remembrance becomes the new Passover and Eternal covenant.  The Eucharist is the ultimate “remembrance”- A reminder that God is with us. It involves our participation at Mass in which God is made present, and we call to mind the suffering and death he endured for our salvation. “This making present comes about above all in the liturgy.”  And likewise Mary’s contemplation is a “remembrance”.   The first two chapters in Luke’s Gospel give evidence of the Tradition in which the remembrance of Mary was cultivated.   “In Luke Mary stands as the embodiment of the Church’s memory, taking events in and inwardly pondering them when he says three times that Mary kept the word in her Heart and pondered it.” (Lk 1:29; 2:19; 2:51)  Pope JPII tells us that “the Rosary is a compendium of the Gospel.”  He states that ‘Mary becomes a model for the Church’s mission/ a dwelling place for the word/ preserving it/ keeping it safe in times of confusion/ protecting it.  “In a way those memories were to become the mysteries of the “rosary” which she recited uninterruptedly throughout her earthly life.”

In the 1st joyful mystery we are introduced to the Angelic Salutation; “Rejoice full of Grace.  The Lord is with you.”   “We know from biblical language the word play of the Old Testament of referring to God as dwelling in the womb of Israel.”  This can be seen when God instructed the ancient Israelites how to construct the Ark of the Covenant.  In the book of Revelations John states; “Then God’s temple in heaven was opened, and the ark of His covenant was seen within the temple; It would be a spiritual reference for the living ark, Mary.

In the 2nd Joyful mystery we hear “Blessed are you among women.” & “Henceforth all generations will call me blessed.” Spoken by Elizabeth by the inspiration of  the Holy Spirit.” (Lk 1:42)  Pope Benedict said:  “We have a duty to praise her.  “The church deviates from the words of the Bible when Marian devotion falls silent, and when this happens the church no longer glorifies God as she ought.”

It was the visit by the shepherds in the 3rd Joyful mystery shortly after the birth of Our Savior that Mary begins to keep, or hold together, collect, all these happenings in her heart. Lk 2:19.  “Luke ascribes to Mary the insightful, meditative “remembrance” that in the Gospel of John will play an important role in the unfolding of the message of Jesus in the church under the working of the Holy Spirit.  Mary sees these events as “words’ ‘; as happening full of meaning she brings or places them in her heart and ponders on them- meditates on them.  In essence this is Mary’s scrapbook.   PS 119: “I have laid up thy word in my heart, that I may live and observe thy word”.

Then in the 4th Joyful mystery “The prophecy of Simeon” of which  “A sword of sorrow shall pierce your heart.” So that the hearts of many shall be revealed.’ This more than any showcases the Immaculate and Sorrowful Heart of Mary.

The 5th Joyful MysteryThey did not understand the saying which he spoke to them.And his Mother kept all these things in her heart.” Mary’s lack of understanding of these events would cause her to remember them forever and bury them in her heart only later to share them with the entire world.  (many of the excerpts above come to us from Pope St. John Paul II and other church and papal documents)

June 3rd: The First Saturday will be held at 9:00 am at the Fatima Shrine Boston.  The Most Rev. Anthony Michalik CSSR will preside, following mass, we will recite the rosary, and have coffee.

June 3rd: There will be a rosary , music and fellowship at the Fatima Shrine Boston starting at 3:00 pm. This event is sponsored by the Spanish Community from St. Columbkille.

June 13th:  Tuesday June 13th we will have our Candlelight Procession, beginning with mass at 7:30pm, followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and candlelight rosary procession ending with benediction. Rev. Ed Riley will lead us.

June 16th: There will be a Holy Hour at the shrine in honor of the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesue at 6:00-7:00 pm, all are welcomed

June 17th: The Pro-life Mass will be held at 10:30 am at the Fatima Shrine Boston. This is also the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

June 24th:  The next Marian Movement of Priest prayer Cenacles will be held on Saturday June 24th at the shrine at 9:00 am. Rev. Andre Feain F.I will lead us

On all Sunday’s:  The Crusaders of Fatima will meet at the shrine at 2:00 pm for the rosary for peace.