1. First Friday. St. Joseph the worker
2. First Saturday.
13. Our Lady of Fatima
21. Ascension of Our Lord Thursday.
25. Memorial Day.
26. St. Philip Neri.
31. Pentecost Sunday.
I don’t know if you feel like I do, but the warm weather cannot come fast enough for me, now that we are in the Easter season let us be reminded that “we are a resurrection people and alleluia is our song”. Let us shine a light on the darkness of this world by professing Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior who has come to forgive us our sins. This Corona virus my take our life or make us sick, but it cannot touch our souls, let us keep in mind the communion of saints in the church who have responded to such crisis in the world with the Christian spirit of charity toward our neighbors by bearing witness to the risen one. I am often reminded by others it was the Christians who responded with the great works of Mercy in times of great crisis such as this pandemic. Whether it was previous flu’s, or cholera, or even HIV, catholic health care workers are on the front lines caring for those in need, not caring about their own personal concern but for the welfare of the other. Let us be mindful in the great hour of Mercy what the seven corporal works of Mercy are: to feed the hungry, to give drink to the thirsty, to clothe the naked, to give shelter to travelers, to visit the sick, to visit the imprisoned, and to bury the dead.
The Sunday Rosary for peace will continue throughout this period; a small number of us have been meeting at the shrine to pray for all those affected by this virus and for all your intentions at 2Pm.
We continue to respect the Cardinals directive, and have cancelled the First Saturday Mass at the Shrine for May. There will be no First Saturday Devotion at the shrine on May 2nd. We do plan on having the First Saturday devotion in June however and pray all will be fine by then.
THIRD SATURDAY EUCHARISTIC ADORATION:
Because of the virus we will not be having adoration at the shrine on the Third Saturday which is the 16th. However we will have the shrine opened for anyone who wishes to stop by and pray a rosary.
CANDLELIGHT PROCESSION: We have cancelled the first candlelight procession at the shrine because of the social distances directives but do plan on having the June 13th devotion. The shrine will be opened on the Feast day of Our Lady of Fatima, the 13th of May.
REMINDER: I wish to thank all of those who have donated a chair in a loved one’s memory. If you would like to donate a chair please contact us. If you would like to make a donation of any kind or remember us in your will, all gifts are tax deductible.
When the three children received the Third vision on the 13th of July, remember that Our Lady after all they had seen asked them to recite the famous prayer we all pray after each decade of the rosary. “O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fire of hell. Lead all souls to Heaven, especially those who are most in need of thy Mercy.”