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



Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Latin Mass Suspended

Immaculate Conception in Willoughby, Ohio, which has been offering the Traditional Latin Mass on Friday evenings, has announced on its website, under the leadership of the new pastor, that the Latin Mass on Fridays at 7:30pm is suspended, "effective immediately."

Immaculate Conception Website Notice


Sunday, December 29, 2013

New Year's Day Masses

For those who don't know or may have forgotten, New Year's Day is an holy day of obligation for Catholics. In the traditional calendar, it is the Feast of the Circumcision of Our Lord. The Traditional Mass schedule is below.


8am Low Mass, Immaculate Conception

9:30am High Mass, St. Stephen

12pm High Mass, Immaculate Conception

5:15pm High Mass, St. Sebastian

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, 12/29

Sacred Heart of Jesus parish in South Euclid will offer High Mass on Sunday, December 29, 2013 at 5pm, the Sunday within the Octave of Christmas. There will be a commemoration of St. Thomas Becket.




Wednesday, December 25, 2013

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

A very merry Christmas to you all!




Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Feast of St. Stephen

St. Stephen Church will celebrate their patronal feast on Decemeber 26 at 6:30pm. The Mass will be Solemn High.


St. Stephen, protomartyr


St. Stephen was the first deacon and first martyr of the Church. St Fulgentius of Ruspe helps us to reflect on St. Paul's role, before and after his conversion, in the martyrdom of St. Stephen.

...Strengthened by the power of his love, [Stephen] overcame the raging cruelty of Saul and won his persecutor on earth as his companion in Heaven. In his holy and tireless love he longed to gain by prayer those whom he could not convert by admonition. Now at last, Paul rejoices with Stephen, with Stephen he delights in the glory of Christ, with Stephen he exults, with Stephen he reigns. Stephen went first, slain by the stones thrown by Paul, but Paul followed after, helped by the prayer of Stephen. This, surely, is the true life, my brothers, a life in which Paul feels no shame because of Stephen's death, and Stephen delights in Paul's companionship, for love fills them both with joy. It was Stephen's love that prevailed over the cruelty of the mob, and it was Paul's love that covered the multitude of his sins; it was love that won for both of them the kingdom of Heaven.
Lyrics to the Christmas Carol, Good King Wenceslaus:

Good King Wenceslaus looked out on the Feast of Stephen,
When the snow lay round about, deep and crisp and even.
Brightly shone the moon that night, though the frost was cruel,
When a poor man came in sight, gathering winter fuel. 

“Hither, page, and stand by me, if you know it, telling,
Yonder peasant, who is he? Where and what his dwelling?”
“Sire, he lives a good league hence, underneath the mountain,
Right against the forest fence, by Saint Agnes’ fountain.” 

“Bring me food and bring me wine, bring me pine logs hither,
You and I will see him dine, when we bear them thither.”
Page and monarch, forth they went, forth they went together,
Through the cold wind’s wild lament and the bitter weather. 

“Sire, the night is darker now, and the wind blows stronger,
Fails my heart, I know not how; I can go no longer.”
“Mark my footsteps, my good page, tread now in them boldly,
You shall find the winter’s rage freeze your blood less coldly.” 

In his master’s steps he trod, where the snow lay dinted;
Heat was in the very sod which the saint had printed.
Therefore, Christian men, be sure, wealth or rank possessing,
You who now will bless the poor shall yourselves find blessing.

This is a good carol to tell your children, and perhaps they will remember Good King Wenceslaus upon seeing footsteps in the snow.

And as St. Stephen was the first deacon, his feast day is a good time to charitably give food, money and other useful items to service workers and the poor.


Relic of St. Stephen,
St. Stephen Church

Monday, December 23, 2013

Christmas Masses, Update

The 12 noon Christmas Day Mass at Immaculate Conception will be Low Mass, not High.

St. Sebastian in Akron will offer High Mass at 1pm on Christmas Day.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Christmas Masses

A blessed remainder of Advent to all.

Here is the schedule of Christmas Masses.

Christmas Eve, Tuesday, Dec 24

7am, Low Mass, St. Stephen

Midnight Mass, Solemn High, Immaculate Conception


Christmas Day, Wednesday, Dec 25

8am, Low Mass, Immaculate Conception

9:30am, High Mass, St. Stephen

12 noon, High Mass, Immaculate Conception




Sunday, December 15, 2013

Rorate Mass

Please be away that a Rorate Mass will celebrated at St. Stephen at the normal Tuesday morning time of 7am, on December 17.  As you may be aware, the Tuesday morning Mass at St. Stephen's is served by members of the St. John Berchman Society of St. Ignatius High School.

The Rorate is a Mass in honor of Mary in which the interplay of light and darkness convey the meaning of Advent. Historically, it has been celebrated early on weekday mornings in darkness. As the Mass proceeds and sunrise approaches, the church becomes progressively brighter.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Feast of St. Lucy, Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish

Please see the flyer below for a very special event at Sacred Heart of Jesus in South Euclid, Oh.





Sunday, December 1, 2013

Advent: Patience

The modern world has erased the spirit of Advent. Faithful Catholics are bombarded with the spirit of commercialism. We no longer patiently await the coming of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Christmas time begins the day after Thanksgiving and ends the day after Christmas. It is time to embrace the Church's calendar, not the world's. These are the themes discussed in this powerful sermon on Audio Sancto.

Click the link below to listen to the sermon (mp3 format).
Live the Advent Season - Patience


Saturday, November 30, 2013

Solemn Mass, Feast of the Immaculate Conception

For the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, which happens to fall on a Sunday this year, Dec 8, 2013, Latin Masses will be at the normal time, but a special Solemn Mass for Immaculate Conception Cleveland's patronal feast will be held at the normal time of 12 noon. Following Mass will be a Eucharistic procession and benediction.

Juan Valdes Leal
17th century

Monday, November 25, 2013

Thanksgiving Day Mass

Immaculate Conception Cleveland will offer Low Mass at 8am on Thanksgiving Day, Nov 28.



Are you preparing to eat the turkey, the dressing, the mashed potatoes, and cranberries? Put them aside and hunker down for a new twist on the Thanksgiving holiday. Read more....

Thursday, November 21, 2013

The Presentation

This will arrive in subscriber inboxes a day late, but its worth reading and meditating upon.

Dom Gueranger, in his wonderful work entitled The Liturgical Year, presents this powerful thought and prayer as a conclusion to the entry for this feast day.

Holy Church.....declares that we can imitate thee, O Mary, in this mystery of thy Presentation, as in all others. Deign to bless especially those privileged souls who, by the grace of their vocation, are even here below dwellers in the house of the Lord: may they be like that fruitful olive enriched by the Holy Spirit, to which St. John Damascene compares thee. But is not every Christian, by reason of his Baptism, an indweller and a member of the Church, God's true sanctuary, prefigured by that of Moriah? May we, through thy intercession, follow thee so closely in thy Presentation even here in the land of shadows, that we may deserve to be presented after thee to the Most High in the temple of His glory.


Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Science Tests Faith

Please see below for an exciting free event at St. Stephen.

((((we need all the help we can to promote this event. :))))))

Miracles tested by Science - free presentation Tuesday, Nov. 12th

Scientists examine miraculous events:

* A consecrated Communion Host becomes living flesh and blood.
* A statue of Jesus weeping real tears and shedding real blood.
* A stigmatist who bleeds from her hands, feet, and head. 

Come and be astounded at what they discover! 

Tuesday Nov. 12, 6:30
at St. Stephens Church
1930 W. 54th Street (parking on W.57th)
between 90 and 2 on Cleveland's West side 
Matt at 440-209-0370  

Watch a video preview of this event at  
Click on: St. Stephens


free event

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Special Mass, Nov 10

Canon Matthew Talarico of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest will celebrate High Mass at Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in South Euclid, Ohio, on Sunday, Nov 10. Music will be provided by the wonderful Lyceum school schola cantorum. Mass will be at 5pm.


Canon Matthew Talarico



The Lyceum schola cantorum

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

More Masses

Thanks to those who emailed. We have some updates for All Saints and All Souls.

For the Feast of All Saints, St. Sebastian in Akron will offer a Latin Mass at 5:15pm.

On All Souls Day, Sacred Heart of Jesus in South Euclid will offer a Requiem Mass at 8am.


Tuesday, October 29, 2013

All Souls Day Masses

Requiem Masses for the Feast of All Souls is as follows.

Immaculate Conception, Cleveland
8am Requiem Low Mass
12pm Requiem High Mass, with absolution at the catafalque

St. Stephen
9:30am Requiem High Mass, with absolution at the catafalque


Monday, October 28, 2013

All Saints Day Masses

Just a quick notice about the Latin Masses available for All Saints Day, Friday, Nov 1, 2013.

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

St. Stephen
6:30pm High Mass

If anyone has information about other Latin Masses for days of obligation, or any special day, please notify Cleveland TLM Friends and it will be posted.



Friday, October 11, 2013

Latin Mass Servers Needed

St. Rocco Church in Cleveland is in need of Latin Mass servers for the Sunday evening Low Masses at 6pm. Anyone interested in serving can call St. Rocco's at 216-961-8331 and ask to speak with Fr. James Mayer. Experience in serving the Latin Mass is helpful, but not necessary. Training will be available. Contact Fr. James for the information.

Bernard Cardinal Griffen, in the preface to the Handbook for Altar Servers by the Archconfraternity of St. Stephen, eloquently writes:

To serve at the altar, as to sing in the choir, is next to the priesthood the highest privilege which a human can enjoy. He represents the faithful and takes a most intimate part in the rich treasures of the church's liturgy and ceremonial. Those sacred ceremonies should be carried out with devotion, dignity and attention to detail.


Friday, September 27, 2013

Blessed Karl Events

Cleveland TLM Friends was asked to post this information about Blessed Karl of Austria Events in the Northeast of the United States for October 2013.


Catholics should know about Blessed Karl. http://www.crisismagazine.com/2012/blessed-karl-von-habsburg

"From the very beginning, Karl conceived of his office “as a holy service to his people” and his chief concern was “to follow the Christian vocation to holiness.” The archbishop of Budapest who crowned Karl King of Hungry recalled that “it was neither the ornamentation nor the pomp that interested him, it was only the duty that he was undertaking before God, before the nation and before the Church. He wished to be worthy of this, for which he had been chosen.” Before the high altar in the magnificent Matthias Corvinus church in Budapest, Karl pledged himself to work tirelessly for peace and justice in his realm."

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Blessed Karl of Austria Events in the Northeast -- October 2013
All Masses are Traditional Latin Masses unless otherwise indicated.
Thursday, 17 October, 5:30 PM
Pontifical Mass & Conference, Mary Immaculate of Lourdes Church,
Newton, MA
Friday, 18 October, 6:30 PM
Pontifical Mass, Holy Name of Jesus Church,
Providence, RI
Saturday, 19 October, 11:00 AM
Pontifical Mass, Holy Name of Jesus Church,
Providence, RI
Sunday, 20 October, 2:00 PM
Pontifical Mass, Dinner & Conference, St. Titus Church,
Aliquippa, PA
Monday, 21 October, 7:30 PM (Feast Day of Blessed Karl of Austria)
Pontifical Mass & Reception, St. Mary Mother of God Church,
Washington, DC
Tuesday, 22 October, 6:00 PM
Mass, Reception & Conference, John Paul II Shrine,
Washington, DC
Wednesday, 23 October, 7:00 PM
Pontifical Mass & Conference, Mater Ecclesiae Church,
Berlin, NJ
Friday, 25 October, 8:00 AM
Pontifical Mass, Carmel of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph,
Elysburg, PA
Saturday, 26 October, 5:30 PM
Novus Ordo (in Portuguese), Our Lady of Fatima Church,
Elizabeth, NJ
Sunday, 27 October, 11:00 AM
Pontifical Mass & Conference, St. Anthony of Padua Oratory,
West Orange, NJ
Monday, 28 October, 6:00 PM
Pontifical Mass & Conference, Church of the Holy Innocents,
Manhattan, NY
Celebrant of Pontifical Masses:
His Excellency, Don Teodoro de Faria
Bishop Emeritus of Funchal, Madeira Islands, Portugal
Conference Speaker:
Ricardo Dumont dos Santos
Portugal Delegate of the Emperor Karl League of Prayers
These Masses and conferences were arranged and coordinated by the following Traditional Knights of Columbus councils:
Regina Coeli Council 423, Manhattan, NY
Potomac Council 433, Washington, DC
Woodlawn Council 2161, Aliquippa, PA
Agnus Dei Council 12361, Manhattan, NY
Mater Ecclesiae Council 12833, Berlin, NJ
Grateful acknowledgement to Syversen Touring for arranging air travel.
Additional support provided by:
The Paulus Institute for the Propagation of Sacred Liturgy
The Pittsburgh Latin Mass Community, Inc. (PLMC)
For additional information on Bl. Karl, please visit
the Emperor Karl League of Prayers website.
Background info on speakers: 
His Excellency, Don Teodoro de Faria
Bishop Emeritus of Funchal, Madeira Island, Portugal, author of a new book about Blessed Karl.  As Bishop of the diocese in which Blessed Karl died in 1922, Bishop de Faria has long been active in his cause for sainthood, and it was he who formally presented to the Holy Father the petition to beatify Emperor Karl at the beatification ceremony in Saint Peter’s Square on 3 October 2004. A native of Madeira, Bishop de Faria was ordained in 1956 at the age of 26, consecrated bishop of Funchal in 1982, and since his retirement in 2007, has been working on his book about Blessed Karl, which he will discuss during his remarks.
Ricardo Dumont dos Santos
Portugal Delegate of the Emperor Karl League of Prayers.   Mr. Dumont dos Santos is the honorary consul of the Federal Republic of Germany on the Portuguese island of Madeira.   His family's connection to Blessed Karl encompasses three generations. His father, Dr. Alfredo Dumont Machado dos Santos, was leader of the Emperor Karl Prayer League in Portugal until his death in 1989.  His paternal grandfather was one of the doctors called for consultation during the final illness of Emperor Karl, and it was he who signed his death certificate. 



Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Thurs, 9/26, Mass Time Change

St. Stephen's Thursday evening Low Mass on 9/26 will be at 6pm, not at the regular time of 6:30pm. This applies ONLY to the Mass on 9/26. The regular time will resume next week. Please pass the word on to anyone you know who may be intending to go to this Mass.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Latin Mass, Sept 18, Mary Queen of Peace

Fr. Doug Brown, pastor of Mary Queen of Peace church at 4423 Pearl Rd, Cleveland, will celebrate a Latin Mass at 6pm on Wednesday, September 18.

Some of you will recognize Fr. Doug Brown as he assisted at many Solemn Masses over the last few years.


Sunday, September 8, 2013

Upcoming Masses, Immaculate Conception, Cleveland

Immaculate Conception in Cleveland has a couple of special Masses upcoming. First, in reparation for the terrorist attacks on the United States of September 11, 2001, a Solemn High Requiem Mass will be offered at 6:30pm. Then, on Saturday, September 14, for the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, Low Mass will be offered at 8am.


 A relic of the True Cross being carried in procession through the Piazza San Marco, Venice.

Friday, September 6, 2013

High Mass, Sacred Heart of Jesus, Sept 8

Fr. David Ireland, pastor of Sacred Heart of Jesus in South Euclid, has asked that the TLM faithful be notified that on Sunday, September 8, his parish will offer High Mass at 5pm.


Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Fr. Franz's Last Latin Mass as Pastor

Dear Friends of the TLM,

As some of you already know, Rev. S. Michael Franz, pastor of St. Stephen Church, will enter into retirement on September 1, 2013.

Fr. Franz has been a terrific friend of the Traditional Latin Mass. On October 3rd, 2007, Fr. Franz celebrated the first TLM at his parish in over 40 years, and has continued to do so every Wednesday. Since Easter Sunday of 2008, Fr. Franz has welcomed High Mass and Fr. Bede to his parish every Sunday and on many Feast Days and Days of Obligation. St. Stephen, again, at the sincere welcoming of Fr. Franz, now has 4 Traditional Latin Masses during the week, and on every First Friday and First Saturday. Clearly, Fr. Franz has been a true friend of the TLM, and someone for whom the TLM faithful in Cleveland can be very thankful.

Wednesday, August 28, will be Fr. Franz's last celebration of the TLM as pastor of St. Stephen. Please consider assisting at this Mass, and thanking Father afterwards for his pastoral care to the TLM faithful.




Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Feast of the Assumption, Updates

St. Sebastian in Akron, Ohio, will also a High Latin Mass on the Feast of the Assumption at 5:15pm.

Immaculate Conception's evening Mass will now be Missa Cantata --High Mass-- not Solemn, as previously announced.



Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

REMINDER:  Thursday, August 15, 2013, is an Holy Day of Obligation.

The beautiful words of St. John Damascene....
Today the spotless Virgin, untouched by earthly affections, and all heavenly in her thoughts, was not dissolved in earth, but truly entering heaven, dwells in the heavenly tabernacles. Who would be wrong to call her heaven, unless indeed he truly said that she is greater than heaven in surpassing dignity? The Lord and Creator of heaven, the Architect of all things beneath the earth and above, of creation, visible and invisible, Who is not circumvented by place (if that which surrounds things is rightly termed place), created Himself, without human co-operation, an Infant in her. He made her a rich treasure-house of His all-pervading and alone uncircumscribed Godhead, subsisting entirely in her without passion, remaining entire in His universality and Himself uncircumscribed. To-day the life-giving treasury and abyss of charity (I know not how to trust my lips to speak of it) is hidden in immortal death. She meets it without fear, who conceived death's destroyer, if indeed we may call her holy and vivifying departure by the name of death. For how could she, who brought life to all, be under the dominion of death ? But she obeys the law of her own Son, and inherits this chastisement as a daughter of the first Adam, since her Son, who is the life, did not refuse it. As the Mother of the living God, she goes through death to Him. For if God said: "Unless the first man put out his hand to take and taste of the tree of life, he shall live for ever," how shall she, who received the Life Himself, without beginning or end, or finite vicissitudes, not live for ever. 


"We pronounce, declare and define it to be a divinely revealed dogma: that the Immaculate Mother of God, the ever Virgin Mary having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul to heavenly glory." With these words, Pope Pius XII infallibly declared the Assumption of Mary, the Mother of God (theotokos), to be Catholic dogma in 1950. In this pronouncement, he was simply stating dogmatically what the Church, East and West, had believed for hundreds of years.

We are blessed in the Diocese of Cleveland to have the opportunity to celebrate this glorious feast with the Traditional Latin Mass. Immaculate Conception will offer Low Mass in the morning, at 7am, and both St. Stephen and Immaculate Conception will celebrate Solemn High Mass in the evening at 6:30pm.



Monday, August 12, 2013

Latin Mass Cancelled, 8/14, 8/22, St. Stephen's

A notice from Fr. Franz, pastor of St. Stephen's:  The regular, evening Latin Low Mass on Wed, 8/14 is cancelled, and the regular Thursday evening Latin Low Mass on 8/22 is also canceled.


Friday, July 19, 2013

The War of the Vendee

Fr. Ireland, pastor of Sacred Heart of Jesus parish, asked us to spread the word about this movie event at his parish. 

Free Screening of the new Catholic Family Film, The War of the Vendee at Sacred Heart of Jesus in Knights Hall (below the Church) on  Monday July 22 at 7:00pm! 

The War of the Vendee is the exciting, award-winning feature film from Navis Pictures, a Catholic Film production Company from Danbury, CT dedicated to creating films with Catholic Youth that inspire, educate, and entertain all ages.  This timely, 90 minute, PG-rated film tells the little known story of the hundreds of thousands of brave, Catholic Martyrs of the French Revolution who gave their lives to restore the freedom of The Church.  Featuring a glorious musical score recorded at Warner Bros. Studios in Hollywood, beautiful cinematography, and strong performances by a cast of 256 young Catholics, but without a single drop of blood or even a  whiff of innuendo or vulgarity, this is a "war movie" that is safe viewing for the entire family!  The film's award-winning director, Jim Morlino, (creator of the popular "Glory Stories" Audio CDs) will introduce the movie, and will host an informal Q&A session after the screening. There will also be discounted DVDs of the film for sale.  This is a perfect Catholic Family event!  You can visit the company's website at navispictures.com to watch the trailer, and learn more about the work of Navis Pictures.



Thursday, July 18, 2013

Solemn Mass, July 21

Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in South Euclid will offer Solemn Mass on July 21st, 2013, at 5pm, in celebration of Fr. David Ireland's (pastor) 30th anniversary. In addition, Archbishop Timothy Broglio, head of the Archdiocese for the Military Services U.S.A., will preach.



Saturday, June 8, 2013

Mass Time Correction, Sacred Heart of Jesus

Please take note of the following.

The Mass time for the Solemn High Mass at Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in South Euclid was incorrectly posted as being at 5:30pm. That blog post has been removed. Please disregard it, and spread word of the correction


The correct Mass time is 5PM on Sunday, June 9.


Thursday, June 6, 2013

Solemnity of the Sacred Heart

A blessed feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus to you all. You can find information about Latin Masses for the Sacred Heart below.

"We the Christians are the true Israel which springs from Christ,
for we are carved out of His heart as from a rock."
-- St. Justin Martyr (d. 165)


The following is from an inspiring entry in the Catholic Encyclopedia, courtesy of New Advent.
It is in the eleventh and twelfth centuries that we find the first unmistakable indications of devotion to the Sacred Heart. Through the wound in the side the Heart was gradually reached, and the wound in the Heart symbolized the wound of love. It was in the fervent atmosphere of the Benedictine or Cistercian monasteries, in the world of Anselmian or Bernardine thought, that the devotion arose, although it is impossible to say positively what were its first texts or were its first votaries. To St. Gertrude, St. Mechtilde, and the author of the "Vitis mystica" it was already well known. We cannot state with certainty to whom we are indebted for the "Vitis mystica". Until recent times its authorship had generally been ascribed to St. Bernard and yet, by the late publishers of the beautiful and scholarly Quaracchi edition, it has been attributed, and not without plausible reasons, to St. Bonaventure ("S. Bonaventura opera omnia", 1898, VIII, LIII sq.). But, be this as it may, it contains one of the most beautiful passages that ever inspired the devotion to the Sacred Heart, one appropriated by the Church for the lessons of the second nocturn of the feast. To St. Mechtilde (d. 1298) and St. Gertrude (d. 1302) it was a familiar devotion which was translated into many beautiful prayers and exercises. What deserves special mention is the vision of St. Gertrude on the feast of St. John the Evangelist, as it forms an epoch in the history of the devotion. Allowed to rest her head near the wound in the Saviour's she heard the beating of the Divine Heart and asked John if, on the night of the Last Supper, he too had felt these delightful pulsations, why he had never spoken of the fact. John replied that this revelation had been reserved for subsequent ages when the world, having grown cold, would have need of it to rekindle its love ("Legatus divinae pietatis", IV, 305; "Revelationes Gertrudianae", ed. Poitiers and Paris, 1877).
 These are the words of St. Bonaventure:
Because we are now come to the sweet Heart of Jesus, and because it is good for us to be here, let us not too soon turn away therefrom. O how good and joyful a thing it is to dwell in this Heart. What a good treasure, what a precious pearl, is thy Heart, O most excellent Jesu, which we have found hidden in the pit which hath been dug in this field, namely, in thy body. Who would cast away such a pearl? Nay, rather, for this same I would give all my pearls. I will sell all my thoughts and affections, and buy the same for myself, turning all my thoughts to the Heart of the good Jesus, and without fail it will support me. Therefore, o most sweet Jesu, finding this Heart that is thine and mine, I will pray to thee, my God : admit my prayers into the shrine of hearkening : and draw me even more altogether into thy Heart. 
For to this end was thy side pierced, that an entry might be open unto us. To this end was thy Heart wounded, that in it we might be able to dwell secure from alarms from without. And it was wounded none the less on this account that, because of the visible wound, we may perceive the wound of love which is invisible. How could this fire of love better shine forth than for him to permit that not only his body, but that even his Heart, should be wounded with the spear? Who would not love that Heart so wounded? Who would not, in return, love one who is so loving? Who would not embrace one so chaste? Wherefore let us who are in the flesh love in return, as much as we can, him who so loveth, embrace our wounded one, whose hands and feet, side and Heart, have been pierced by wicked husbandmen ; and let us pray that he may deign to bind our hearts, still hard and impenitent, with the chain of his love, and wound them with the dart thereof.

LATIN MASSES, Friday, June 7

Immaculate Conception Cleveland, Low Mass 6pm, followed by Holy Hour and Benediction

St. Stephen, Low Mass 6:30pm, followed by Benediction

Immaculate Conception Willoughby, Low Mass 7:30pm


The External Solemnity of the Sacred Heart, Sunday, June 9

Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, South Euclid, Solemn High Mass 5pm

June: the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Let us dedicate the month of June to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.


Close veiled in that sweet Sacrament, Our Jesus' Heart, 
our treasure lies; 
Love's priceless, dearest testament
Is shrouded in that mystic guise. 

Our Jesus left His realm of light, 
On wings of love to earth He's flown; 
To dwell with us is His delight, 
He makes our hearts His earthly throne.

O Sacred Heart, how sweet 'twould be, 
If we could die for love of Thee! 
O Sacred Heart, how sweet 'twould be, 
If we could die for love of Thee! 

Love is not loved! O Angels, weep; 
Ye virgins chaste, breathe bitter sighs; 
O earth, be clothed in mourning deep; 
Withdraw your light, ye radiant skies:

For all, our souls' dear Spouse hath died, 
For all, His Heart with love doth burn; 
Yet this meek Saviour men deride, 
And for His love make no return.

O Sacred Heart, how sweet 'twould be, 
If we could die for love of Thee! 
O Sacred Heart, how sweet 'twould be, 
If we could die for love of Thee!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

EXTERNAL Solemnity of Corpus Christi

The previous post announcing the Corpus Christi Masses erroneously stated that Immaculate Conception Cleveland was observing this Solemnity on Sunday, June 2, in connection with the U.S. Bishops transferal of the feast from Thursday to Sunday.

The correct way to understand this is that it was fully permissible in 1962, and even earlier, to celebrate the EXTERNAL Solemnity of Corpus Christi on Sunday. Information we have found says the indult goes back as far as Pope Leo XIII.

We apologize for any unintended implications or misunderstandings.


Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Corpus Christi

Traditionally, Corpus Christi is liturgically celebrated on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday. St. Stephen's will have a Latin High Mass for this feast day on Thursday, May 30, at 6:30pm. A Eucharistic Procession in the Church and benediction will follow the Mass.

In the United States, however, the feast has been transfered to the Sunday after Trinity Sunday. Immaculate Conception Cleveland will observe this on Sunday, June 2, with a Procession and benediction at the 12pm High Mass.


Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Ascension Thursday Masses

May 9 is Ascension Thursday, and St. Stephen and Immaculate Conception will both offer High Mass at 6:30pm.



Monday, May 6, 2013

Two Lungs, Two Events



A message from a friend of the TLM....

The Church breathes through two lungs, the East and the West.  A Catholic exchange - two events .

ONE
The Byzantine Catholic Community has been invited to come and experience the Traditional Latin Mass at St. Stephen Church on Thursday, May 9th at 6:30pm.  Come see the ancient liturgy and hear the Gregorian chant of the Roman Catholics as we celebrate the Feast of the Ascension of Christ into Heaven.

St. Stephen Catholic Church
1930 W 54th St (parking lot on W.57th)
Cleveland, OH 44102
(216) 631-5633

TWO
Fr. Richard J. Plishka, of the Byzantine Cultural Center, has invited the St. Stephen Roman Catholic Community to experience the Byzantine Liturgy and share in the celebration of the translation of the relics of two "beati" - two men declared "blessed" in the process of canonization.  Bl. Paul Goidic and Bl. Basil Hopko.  This will be an outstanding event led by the Bishop John Kudrick of the Eparchy of Parma and accompanied by a very skillful choir.  Don't miss this learning experience.

Saturday May 11 at 10am
Byzantine Catholic Cultural Center (Tremont)
2420 West 14th Street
Cleveland, Ohio 44113

Please consider attending both events.  Forward this on.



Sunday, May 5, 2013

May: Our Blessed Mother

Let us dedicate the month of May to Our Blessed Mother.



Hail, Mary, Mother of God, 
venerable treasure of the whole universe, 
lamp that is never extinguished, 
crown of virginity, 
support of the true faith, 
indestructible temple, 
dwelling of Him whom no place can contain, 
O Mother and Virgin! 
Through you all the holy Gospels 
call blessed the One whom comes 
in the name of the Lord. 

Hail, Mother of God. 
You enclosed under your heart 
the infinite God whom no space can contain. 
Through you the Most Holy Trinity is adored and glorified, 
the priceless cross is venerated throughout the universe. 
Through you the heavens rejoice, 
and the angels and archangels are filled with gladness. 
Through you the demons are banished, 
and the tempter fell from heaven. 
Through you the fallen human race is admitted to heaven. 

Hail, Mother of God. 
Through you kings rule, 
and the only-begotten Son of God has become a star of light 
to those who were sitting in darkness 
and in the shadow of death.

Rogation Days

These three days before Ascension Thursday are traditionally known as Rogation Days. Incidentally, April 25 is also a Rogation day.

Rogationtide is the time appointed by the Church to remember and reflect upon the wrath of Almighty God. These are days of particular prayer, and, formerly, of fasting. Christians would ask for God's protection in calamities, and also for a bountiful harvest. Some rural communities still piously observe Rogation Days.

A few practical things we can do for the Rogation Days:

  • Pray the Litany of the Saints
  • Spend time reflecting on the power of Nature
  • Review accounts of natural disasters, e.g., the stories of Pompeii and the Black Death
In times past, during Rogationtide there would have been processions with the chanting of the Litany of the Saints.


Wednesday, April 10, 2013

After the 9:30am Mass, Sunday, April 14


This Sunday, April 14th, after the 9:30am Latin Mass at St. Stephen Church, Professor Myron Shibley will speak on the topic of John Paul II.

Also, his audio CDs will also be available for purchase.  Most of them are on saints (Therese, Benedict, Catherine of Sienna, Vincent Ferrer, etc.)

The presentation will be in the club room, up the metal stair case in the building adjacent to the church.

Myron Shibley

Monday, April 1, 2013

April: The Holy Eucharist

Let us dedicate the month of April to The Holy Eucharist.


 
As the hart panteth after the fountains of water,
 so my soul panteth after Thee, O God!
"My soul hath thirsted after the strong, living God;
when shall I come and appear before the face of God?"
"For what have I in heaven?
And besides Thee, what do I desire on earth?"
Let blind and infatuated worldlings intoxicate themselves
with the false, transient, and fading happiness of this life;
for my part, nothing besides Thyself can content me,
either in heaven or on earth.
Come then, O Thou Lamb of God,
Who takest away the sins of the world!
Come, Thou beloved of my heart!
Adorable Flesh and precious Blood of my Saviour!
Come, to nourish, comfort, and enliven my sickly soul.
O God of my heart!
Let me neither love, seek, nor think
of any other object but Thyself alone;
for Thou alone art my consolation,
my treasure, my joy, my life, my all!

"My heart and my flesh have rejoiced in the living God...
Thou art, O Lord of hosts! My King and my God!"
"Who will give me wings like a dove and I will fly and be at rest!"

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Divine Mercy Novena


A message from a friend of the TLM....

Dear Friends,
This is a reminder to start your novena to the Divine Mercy on GOOD FRIDAY.
Here's how:
http://www.ewtn.com/devotionals/mercy/novena.htm
If you are new to Divine Mercy, please take a few minutes to explore the above website link.
The Octave of Easter culminates on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 7th.  Confessions, recitation of the chaplet, and veneration of the image will be available at St. Stephen Church before and after the 9:30am Latin Mass.  Powerful Graces await!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Holy Week Schedule

The schedule of Latin liturgies for Holy Week is below.

Palm Sunday
8am Low Mass, Immaculate Conception
9:15am* High Mass, St. Stephen  (*Note: Mass begins at 9:15am because of time constraints. Procession with palms in church.)
12pm High Mass, Immaculate Conception
1pm High Mass, St. Sebastian
6pm Low Mass, St. Rocco



Monday
6pm Low Mass, Immaculate Conception



Tuesday
7am Low Mass, St. Stephen
6pm Low Mass, Immaculate Conception



Wednesday
7am Low Mass, Immaculate Conception
6pm Low Mass, Immaculate Conception
6:30pm Low Mass, St. Stephen
8:15pm Office of Tenebrae, St. Stephen



Holy Thursday
8pm Solemn Mass, Immaculate Conception



Good Friday
6pm Mass of the Presanctified, Immaculate Conception



Holy Saturday
11:30pm Solemn Vigil Mass, Immaculate Conception



Easter Sunday
8am Low Mass, Immaculate Conception
9:30am High Mass, St. Stephen
12pm High Mass, Immaculate Conception
1pm High Mass, St. Sebastian
6pm Low Mass, St. Rocco



Sunday, March 17, 2013

Feast of St. Joseph, Mar 19

The wonderful feast of St. Joseph is Tuesday, Mar 19. In honor of that day, Immaculate Conception Cleveland will have a low Mass at 6pm and St. Stephen will have high Mass at 6:30pm.



O GUARDIAN of Virgins and holy Father St. Joseph, into 
whose faithful keeping were entrusted Christ Jesus, Innocence 
Itself, and Mary, Virgin of virgins, I pray and beseech thee by these 
dear pledges, Jesus and Mary, that, being preserved from all uncleanness, 
I may with spotless mind, pure heart and chaste body, ever serve Jesus and Mary most chastely all the days of my life. Amen. 



A Sermon by St. Bernardine of Siena
This is the general rule that applies to all individual graces given to a rational creature. Whenever divine grace selects someone to receive a particular grace, or some especially favoured position, all the gifts for his state are given to that person, and. enrich him abundantly. 
This is especially true of that holy man Joseph, the supposed father of our Lord Jesus Christ, and true husband of the queen of the world and of the angels. He was chosen by the eternal Father to be the faithful foster-parent and guardian of the most precious treasures of God, his Son and his spouse. This was the task which he so faithfully carried out. For this, the Lord said to him, "Good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of your Lord." 
A comparison can be made between Joseph and the whole Church of Christ. Joseph was the specially chosen man through whom and under whom Christ entered the world fittingly and in an appropriate way. So, if the whole Church is in the debt of the Virgin Mary, since, through her, it was able to receive the Christ, surely after her, it also owes to Joseph special thanks and veneration. 
For he it is who marks the closing of the old testament. In him the dignity of the prophets and patriarchs achieves its promised fulfilment. Moreover; he alone possessed in the flesh what God in his goodness promised to them over and again. 
It is beyond doubt that Christ did not deny to Joseph in heaven that intimacy, respect, and high honour which he showed to him as to a father during his own human life, but rather completed and perfected it. Justifiably the words of the Lord should be applied to him, "Enter into the joy of your Lord." Although it is the joy of eternal happiness that comes into the heart of man, the Lord prefers to say to him "enter into joy". The mystical implication is that this joy is not just inside man, but surrounds him everywhere and absorbs him, as if he were plunged in an infinite abyss. 
Therefore be mindful of us, blessed Joseph, and intercede for us with Him Whom men thought to be your Son. Win for us the favour of the most Blessed Virgin your spouse, the mother of Him Who lives and reigns with the Holy Spirit through ages unending. Amen.


Tuesday, March 5, 2013

EXTRA! EXTRA! See all about it!

This program is from ChurchMilitant.TV

Friday, March 1, 2013

March: St. Joseph

Let us dedicate the month of March to St. Joseph.



O guardian of Virgins and holy Father St. Joseph, into
whose faithful keeping were entrusted Christ Jesus, Innocence
Itself, and Mary, Virgin of virgins, I pray and beseech thee by these
dear pledges, Jesus and Mary, that, being preserved from all uncleanness,
I may with spotless mind, pure heart and chaste body,
 ever serve Jesus and Mary most chastely all the days of my life.
 Amen.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Satan's Defeat

Exciting news for St. Stephen's and Catholics in and around the Diocese of Cleveland.

Michael Voris of Church Militant TV will be coming to St. Stephen's to give a FREE conference entitled Satan's Defeat. The conference is Saturday, March 2, at 7pm, in the church. A free will offering will be accepted.

Then, on Sunday, March 3, Michael Voris and the crew will film an episode of the Vortex at the 9:30am Latin High Mass.

Please pass this information along.

Satan's Defeat flyer


Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Memento Mori

Today the Church gives us the opportunity to remember and meditate upon our mortality, memento mori: remember death. We receive ashes today, remembering that we came from dust, and unto dust we shall return, without any of the riches of this world, only with the testimony of our faith and works.

Vanitas Paintings

The 16th and 17th centuries brought forth works of art which paint beautifully the words of Sacred Scripture: Vanity of vanities, all is vanity (Ecclesiastes 1:2). These paintings typically depicted items of worldly wealth and beauty, but then contrasted with an image of death, usually a skull.



The modern world would think this is depressing or morbid. Historically, Christians didn't think so. Saints have been depicted as being deep in thought, prayer or work, with a skull before them. Memento mori was motivational for them, helping them in the spiritual life.


St. Jerome


St. Catherine of Siena


St. Francis of Assisi


St. Aloysius Gonzaga

Consider these words of Thomas a Kempis, from The Imitation of Christ.
Very soon the end of your life will be at hand: consider, therefore, the state of your soul. Today a man is here; tomorrow he is gone.(I Machabees 2:63) And when he is out of sight, he is soon out of mind. Oh, how dull and hard is the heart of man, which thinks only of the present, and does not provide against the future! You should order your every deed and thought, as though today were the day of your death. Had you a good conscience, death would hold no terrors for you; (Luke 12:37) even so, it were better to avoid sin than to escape death. (Wisdom 4:16) If you are not ready to die today, will tomorrow find you better prepared? (Matthew 24:44) Tomorrow is uncertain; and how can you be sure of tomorrow? Of what use is a long life, if we amend so little? Alas, a long life often adds to our sins rather than to our virtue! 
May you and your family have a most blessed and holy Lent.