This Week’s Schedule
Sunday, June 16
Pentecost IV/ St. John Francis Regis/ Father’s Day
8:15 AM Confessions, Rosary
9:00 AM Low Mass
Int: (+)Nicholas Mueller
(Bob & Bridget Mueller)
5:00 PM Low Mass at St. Isidore the Farmer Mission
Monday, June 17
Low Mass at St. Isidore the Farmer Mission
Tuesday, June 18
St. Ephrem/ Ss. Mark & Marcellianus
Low Mass at St. Teresa of Avila Mission
Wednesday, June 19
St. Juliana Falconieri/ Ss. Gervase & Protase
Thursday, June 20
6:30 PM Holy Hour
Friday, June 21
St. Aloysius Gonzaga
5:30 PM Confessions, Rosary
6:00 PM Low Mass
Int: For the People of St. Hugh of Lincoln
Saturday, June 22
St. Paulinus of Nola
7:30 AM Confessions, Rosary
8:00 AM Low Mass
Int: For the Poor Souls in Purgatory
Sunday, June 23
8:15 AM Confessions, Rosary
9:00 AM Low Mass
Int: Rebecca Sandberg
· The sanctuary lamp will burn before the altar this week for the following intention:
Great Granny Heckenkamp, Great Grandma Nuedling, Great Grandpa Nuedling, Great Grandpa Heckenkamp (Katie Rose Friel)
· Next Week’s Mass:
Solemnity of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist
2nd Collect: Pentecost V
Proper Last Gospel: Pentecost V
Friday, June 21:
AC1: David Sandberg, AC2: Tony Friel
(Benediction) ACs: Timothy Sandberg, Andrew Sandberg
Saturday, June 22:
AC1: Peter Mueller, AC2: Michael Mueller
Sunday, June 23:
AC1: Andrew Kimpel, AC2: Michael Mueller
Usher: Dale Sandberg
“When I commit any faults, after having punished myself for them by penance, I will offer to the Eternal Father one of the virtues of the divine Heart, in order to repair the outrages of which I have been guilty, and thus little by little pay my debt.”
-St. Margaret Mary Alacoque
“As hot water that is poured from one vessel to another is quickly cooled, so occupations which are changed at the first signs of tedium lose whatever warmth they might have possessed. To look forward to altered conditions of work, to changes of place, to different companions, is not only to waste the opportunities of the moment but is the best way of finding disillusionment in the next thing which comes along.” -Dom Huber Van Zeller
Note from Father
My Dear Faithful,
Congratulations to Lawrence and Mary Ann Scheeler on their Home Enthronement to the Sacred Heart of Jesus which took place two Saturday’s ago. It was fitting that they proclaimed the Sacred Heart King of their home when they did as it was within the Octave of the feast of the Sacred Heart. During the ceremony a prayer is also said asking the Mother of Jesus to be Queen. If the Son is a King the Mother is also Queen. This was fitting too, as it was also the feast of the Queenship of Mary! A family who has Jesus as King and Mary as Queen and lives under their gentle rule cannot possibly lose their souls. During the Enthronement ceremony the family prays that if any should go astray they might return at some point. Our Lord is, after all, the good Shepherd Who will leave the ninety-nine sheep in the desert in order to go off looking for the one who has strayed and will bring it back, carrying it triumphantly on His shoulders rejoicing all the while at finding it once more. Sacred Heart of Jesus, Thy kingdom come!
I had the privilege of doing another Home Enthronement last Tuesday for one of the parishioners of St. Gertrude the Great. The Home Enthronement can be done anytime. Let a priest know if you would like this to be done. Many graces come as a result of this beautiful ceremony.
Happy Father’s Day to all of the Father’s of the parish! Holy Mass is being offered for all of you this morning. You have a very important role to play in the salvation of souls. Your children look to you for just about everything, from temporal necessities to spiritual needs. I am sure you remember your duties of protecting the family and working so as to be able to put bread on the table. Do you remember that it is also your duty to lead the family in prayer and to teach the children the practice of virtue? What you teach your children will last not only the span of their lifetime. No, what you teach them will be passed on to their children and grandchildren. May St. Joseph, the model of the perfect father, lead the way for you, and may you lead the way to heaven for the children that Our Lord has put under your charge!
God bless you and Mary keep you,
A Husband’s Prayer
O Gracious Father, Maker and Preserver of Heaven and earth, Who in the beginning didst institute matrimony, thereby foretelling the mystical union of the Church with our Savior Christ, Who, in the time of His ministry upon earth did honor marriage with His first miracle; enable me, I pray Thee, by Thy grace to live in holiness and purity with the wife whom Thou hast given me. Mortify in me all violence of earthly passion, all selfishness and inconsiderateness (here mention any besetting sin which may be a hindrance to you), that I may love her as Christ loved His Church, cherish and comfort her as mine own body, and have as great care of her happiness as of mine own. Grant that we may live in peace, without debate; in unity, without discord. Give us, O Lord, discreet hearts and understanding minds, to bring up our children in Thy faith and fear, that they may be obedient to Thee and to Thy commandments and to all that Thou requirest of them in duty towards their parents. And give us, O Lord, a competency of estate, to maintain ourselves and our family, according to that rank and calling wherein Thou hast placed us, without excess or vainglory, in singleness and pureness of heart. Grant this, for Jesus Christ’s sake; to Whom with Thee, and the Holy Ghost, be all honor and glory, now and forever. Amen.
A Parent’s Prayer
Almighty God, the Father and Maker of us all, Who of Thy blessing and goodness hast vouchsafed to make me a Father (or Mother) of children; be pleased to accept my hearty thanksgiving and devout praise for the same: grant me Thy heavenly grace and assistance so to train them up in Thy faith, fear, and love, that as they advance in years they may grow in grace, and may hereafter be found in the number of Thine elect children; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Grant unto those who are grown to man’s estate that they may be cleansed from whatever of evil they may have contracted in the world, and may live as befits Thy children; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Consecration to St. Aloysius Gonzaga
St. Aloysius Gonzaga, Patron of Christian Youth
O glorious Saint Aloysius, honored by the Church with the title of “Angelic Youth” for the eminent purity of thy life on earth, to thee I offer myself this day with all the devotion of my mind and heart, and to thee I consecrate myself entirely. O perfect example, O kind and powerful protector of youth, how much I have need of thee. The world and the devil lay snares for me; I feel the fire of my passions; I know the weakness and inconstancy of my age. Who can protect me if not thou, O angelic saint, the glory, ornament, love, and mainstay of the young? To thee, then, with all my mind and heart I have recourse; in thee I confide; to thee I consecrate myself. Therefore I firmly purpose and resolve to be especially devout to thee, to glorify thee for thy lofty virtues, and especially for thy angelic purity; to imitate thy example, to promote devotion to thee among my companions, and to invoke and bless to the end of my life thy dear and holy name. To thee I consecrate my soul, my senses, my heart, and all my being. O dear Saint Aloysius, today I am all thine, and thine I wish to remain forever. Oh, protect, defend, and preserve me as thy possession, that through honoring thee I may be better able to serve and honor Jesus and Mary, and come one day with thee to see and bless my God forever in Paradise. Amen.
A Consoling Truth
Trustful Surrender to Divine Providence
It is one of the most firmly established and most consoling of the truths that have been revealed to us that (apart from sin) nothing happens to us in life unless God wills it so. Wealth and poverty alike come from Him. If we fall ill, God is the cause of our illness; if we get well, our recovery is due to God. We owe our lives entirely to Him, and when death comes to put an end to life, His will be the hand that deals the blow.
But should we attribute it to God when we are unjustly persecuted? Yes, He is the only person you can charge with the wrong you suffer. He is not the cause of the sin the person commits by ill-treating you, but He is the cause of the suffering that person inflicts on you while sinning.
God did not inspire your enemy with the will to harm you, but He gave him the power to do so. If you receive a wound, do not doubt but that it is God Himself who has wounded you. If all living creatures were to league themselves against you, unless the Creator
wished it and joined with them and gave them the strength and means to carry out their purpose, they would never succeed. You would have no power over me if it had not been given you from above, the Savior of the world said to Pilate. We can say the same to demons and men, to the brute beasts and to whatever exists – You would not be able to disturb me or harm me as you do unless God had ordered it so. You are sent by Him, you are given the power by Him to tempt me and to make me suffer. You would have no power over me if it had not been given you from above.
If from time to time we meditated seriously on this truth of our faith it would be enough to stifle all complaint in whatever loss or misfortune we suffer. What I have the Lord gave me, it has been taken away by Him. It is not a lawsuit or a thief that has ruined you or a certain person that has slandered you; if your child dies it is not by accident or wrong treatment, but because God, to whom all belongs, has not wished you to keep it longer.
Duties as Members of the Family
“The family,” says Pope Leo XIII in one of his great encyclicals, “is the cradle of civil society, and it is largely within the confines of the domestic hearth that is prepared the destiny of nations.” By raising marriage to the dignity of a sacrament Christ also sanctified the family, made it the Christian family.
1. Authority in the family is vested in the parents. – The husband is the head of the family, the wife its heart and soul. It is only in the Christian family that the wife enjoys that dignity and respect which God originally intended her to have when He made her the companion and helpmate of her husband, not his slave.
2. The duties of parents to their children are embraced in the word education. “Education means training, that is, instruction by word and example, by suggestion and direction, by encouragement and repression, by reward and punishment. It means a progressive and well-ordered development of man’s three-fold powers, physical, intellectual, and moral. It means the proper formation of the whole man – body, mind, and will.” Hence parents are bound: a) to love their children and to support them until they can support themselves; b) to instruct their children in all that is required to enable them to be a success in this life and in the next; c) to give them good example by leading a good Catholic life themselves; d) to send their children to Catholic schools and, if circumstances oblige them to send them to non-Catholic schools, to safeguard their faith and to see to their religious instruction.
-To be continued.