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

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.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Masses: Ash Wednesday

The Latin Mass schedule for Ash Wednesday is as follows.

7am Low Mass, Immaculate Conception, Cleveland

5:15pm High Mass, St. Sebastian

5:30pm Low Mass, St. Stephen (Nota bene: the Wed 6:30pm Mass has been moved)

7:30pm High Mass, Immaculate Conception, Cleveland

Monday, February 11, 2013

Mass Time Incorrect

The email about Immaculate Conception's Mass time for the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes incorrectly stated 7am. The Mass is at 6pm.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Shrove Tuesday

Shrove Tuesday, or as is more commonly known today, Fat Tuesday. The day before Lent begins. Also known as Pancake Tuesday.

The Monday and Tuesday before Ash Wednesday is known as Shrovetide, from the Old English word shrive, meaning "to confess." It was traditional for Catholics to go to confession on these days to prepare for Lent. Just as Catholics would clean out their pantry and use up fats, eggs and butter (pancakes), preparing for the penitential fast during Lent, a cleansing of the soul was needed to begin Lent spiritually fresh.

We are reminded that St. Stephen's has a 7am Low Mass on Tuesdays.

Low Mass, Our Lady of Lourdes

Sorry for the late notice.

Immaculate Conception, Cleveland, will offer Low Mass at 6pm on Monday, 2/11, for the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes.

Friday, February 1, 2013

February: The Passion

Let us dedicate the month of February to The Passion of Our Lord.

Jesus, by this saving sign,
bless this listless soul of mine.
Jesus, by Thy feet nailed fast,
mend the missteps of my past.
Jesus, with Thy riven hands,
bend my will to love's demands.
Jesus, in Thy Heart laid bare,
warm my inner coldness there.
Jesus, by Thy thorn-crowned head,
still my pride till it is dead.
Jesus, by Thy muted tongue,
stay my words that hurt someone.
Jesus, by Thy tired eyes,
open mine to faith's surprise.
Jesus, by Thy fading breath,
keep me faithful until death.
Yes, Lord, by this saving sign,
save this wayward soul of mine.