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Photo: Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Dec 8 2011, St. Stephen Church



Friday, January 20, 2017

Novena, St Francis de Sales

A request from a Friend to be posted:

Hello All,
A few of us are going to pray a novena for the intention of the next Bishop of Cleveland, that God will bless us with a wise and just shepherd, and that, whomever he is, God will bless him with many graces to perform his duties so that he can be a great witness and leader for his flock. We ask that you join us in this spiritual endeavor.
Since Francis de Sales' feast is coming up, it seems fitting to pray a novena to this great Bishop and Doctor of the Church. We will begin the novena on Saturday, January 21, so that we can end on Francis de Sales' feast day, January 29 (on the old calendar, according to the1962 Roman Missal). In the meantime, please COPY this message and prayer and send it to family, friends, fellow parishioners, and anyone you think would like to join. Please do NOT forward this email. 



Novena to St. Francis de Sales
 
O blessed Francis de Sales, who on earth did excel in a life of virtue, especially in the love of God and neighbor, I earnestly ask you to take me under your compassionate care and protection. Obtain for me conversion of mind and heart. Grant that all people, especially (the future Bishop of Cleveland) may experience the depth of God’s redeeming and healing love.

Teach me to fix my eyes on the things of heaven even as I walk each day with my feet planted firmly on the earth. Help me, through the practice of virtue and the pursuit of devotion, to avoid anything that would otherwise cause me to stumble in my attempt to follow Christ and to be an instrument of the Holy Spirit.

Encouraged by your prayers and example, help me to live fully my sacred dignity with the hope of experiencing my sacred destiny: eternal life with God. Receive also this particular need or concern that I now lift up in prayer. (That the future Bishop of Cleveland may be a wise and just shepherd who will bring many sheep to Christ’s fold through his leadership).

O God, for the salvation of all, you desired that St. Francis de Sales—preacher, missionary, confessor, bishop and founder—should befriend many along the road to salvation. Mercifully grant that we, infused with the humility and gentleness of his charity, guided by his wisdom and sharing in his spirit may experience eternal life. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Bishop Lennon, Retired

By now, most probably know that Bishop Richard Lennon, Ordinary of the Cleveland Diocese, has retired. His request to retire was accepted by Pope Francis, citing health issues. Please put him in the Veil of Protection of Our Lady.

We are reminded of his charity shown to the TLM Faithful, particularly as he celebrated personally the Sacrament of Confirmation for the TLM community. It was very edificating for many, especially for those who were confirmed and their sponsors.

Please keep Biahop Richard Lennon in your prayers and entrust your petitions to the Blessed Mother that we receive a good, holy bishop to shepherd us.

Jan 16 TLM Mass

On Monday Jan 16, 2017, there will be a TLM at St Stephen at 6:30pm.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Feast of the Epiphany

The first Friday in the New Year is the Feast of the Epiphany, Jan 6, 2017. There will be a Solemn Mass offered at St Stephen at 6:30pm.

It's not too late to start this pious novena to the Magi in anticipation of the Epiphany.

This Novena is especially prayed beginning on 28 December (the Feast of the Holy Innocents) and ending on 5 January (the Vigil of the Epiphany). 

28 December:
O holy Magi! You were living in continual expectation of the rising of the Star of Jacob, which would announce the birth of the true Sun of justice; obtain for us an increase of faith and charity, and the grace to live in continual hope of beholding one day the light of heavenly glory and eternal joy. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.

29 December:
O holy Magi! who at the first appearance of the wondrous star left your native country to go and seek the newborn King of the Jews; obtain for us the grace of corresponding with alacrity to every divine inspiration. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. 

30 December:
O holy Magi! who regarded neither the severity of the season, nor the inconveniences of the journey that you might find the newborn Messiah; obtain for us the grace not to allow ourselves to be discouraged by any of the difficulties which may meet us on the way of salvation. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. 

31 December:
O holy Magi, who, when deserted by the star in the city of Jerusalem, sought humbly, and without human respect, from the rulers of the Church, the place where you might discover the object of your journey; obtain for us grace to have recourse, in faith and humility, in all our doubts and perplexities to the counsel of our superiors, who hold the place of God on earth. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. 

1 January:
O holy Magi, who were gladdened by the reappearance of the star which led you to Bethlehem; obtain for us from God the grace, that, remaining always faithful to Him in afflictions, we may be consoled in time by His grace, and in eternity by His glory. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.

2 January:
O holy Magi, who, entering full of faith into the stable of Bethlehem, prostrated yourselves on the earth, to adore the newborn King of the Jews, though he was surrounded only by signs of poverty and weakness; obtain from the Lord for us a lively faith in the real presence of Jesus in the blessed Sacrament, the true spirit of poverty, and a Christ-like charity for the poor and suffering. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. 

3 January:
O holy Magi, who offered to Jesus Christ gold, incense, and myrrh, thereby recognizing Him to be at once King, God, and Man; obtain from the Lord for us the grace never to present ourselves before Him with empty hands; but that we may continually offer to Him the gold of charity, the incense of prayer, and the myrrh of penance and mortification. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.

4 January:
O holy Magi, who, when warned by an angel not to return to Herd, traveled back to your country be another road; obtain for us from the Lord, the grace that, after having found Him in true repentance, we may avoid all danger of losing Him again. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.

5 January:
O holy Magi, who were first among the Gentiles called to the knowledge of Jesus Christ, and who persevered in the faith till your deaths, obtain for us of the Lord the grace of living always in conformity to our baptismal vows, ever leading to a life of faith; that like you we may attain to the beatific vision of that God Who now is the object of our faith. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end..

Monday, December 5, 2016

Dec 8, Our Lady of Lebanon Basilica

The Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Lebanon
2759 North Lipkey Rd
North Jackson, Ohio 44451
Will celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception 
December 8 
with a TLM High Mass at 6pm celebrated by Chorbishop Anthony Spinosa
with music provided by the Basilica Schola and Chorale

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Masses

Feast of the Immaculate Conception
Thursday, Dec 8, 2016

7am Low Mass
6:30pm Solemn High Mass
Immaculate Conception, Cleveland

5pm High Mass
St Sebastian, Akron

6:30pm High Mass
St Stephen


Please let us know if there are any additional Latin Masses in the area.

Dec 6 Rorate Caeli Mass

Please join the St. John Berchmans altar servers ministry for the 8th annual Advent Rorate Candlelight Latin Low Mass in honour of our Blessed Mother.

St Stephen's Church
This Tuesday, December 6 at 7am.

Voce Caelestes of Padre Pio Academy will sing.

We are hoping you can attend.  Please invite all your friends and family.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Dec 4, Intro to the TLM, St Sebastian, Akron

A Friend wants you to know about an Intoduction to the TLM talk at St Sebastian in Akron. Here is the Friend's text:

It’s all greek to me!  
Latin mass 101 
Join us for a brief introduction/refresher of the Extraordinary Form (Latin Mass) at St. Sebastian Church (476 Mull Ave, Akron Ohio) on: 
Sunday, December 4th between 12:15 and 12:45 pm. 
You can stay and use what you’ve learned at the 1:00 pm Latin Mass. 
Then, afterwards, join everyone for coffee and donuts.  There will be time to ask anymore questions.  Questions, please call: 330-869-0682
Dominus Vobiscum! 

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Thanksgiving Day Mass

Just a quick note  to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving and let you know that Immaculate Conception will offer a low Mass at 8am on Thanksgiving Day. Also, please be aware that the normal 6:30pm Thursday Mass at St Stephen will not be offered on Thanksgiving Day.

Lastly, remember our Catholic roots in American Thanksgiving. Real First Thanksgiving