Christmas Schedule

Guido Reni, The Adoration of the Shepherds about 1640, Oil on canvas, 480 x 321 cm

Thursday, December 24th

Confessions: 11:15 pm – 11:45 pm

Low Mass begins: 11:45 pm

After Mass we will sing carols and enjoy a Christmas potluck meal.

Building a Catholic Home Library

Fr. Sandquist compiled this list of books that he recommends Catholics should have in their home libraries. The categories are Catechism, Apologetics, Church Teachings, Scripture, Ascetical Theology, and Spiritual Reading. Hyperlinks are provided.

St. Jerome, pray for us!

Catechism:

Baltimore Catechism by Connell (Book 1 and Book 2 for children; Book 3 and Workbook for teenagers/adults)

My Catholic Faith by Most Reverend Louis LaRavoire Morrow, paperback or hardbound (for teenagers/adults)

The Catechism Explained by Fr. Francis Spirago (for adults)

Chief Truths of the Faith by Fr. John Laux (teenagers/adults)

Apologetics:

Apologetics by Msgr. Paul J. Glenn

Catholic Apologetics by Fr. John Laux

Radio Replies Volume 1, Volume 2, Volume 3, by Frs. Rumble and Carty

Church Teachings:

Catholic Morality by Fr. John Laux

Moral Theology by Rev. Heribert Jone

Scripture:

The Holy Bible, Douay Rheims version (or Confraternity)

Where We Got the Bible by Fr. Henry Graham

A Practical Commentary on Holy Scripture by Bishop Frederick Justus Knecht, DD

Introduction to the Bible by Fr. John Laux

Ascetical Theology: (Spiritual Life)

How to Improve Your Disposition by D.F. Miller, CSsR

The Four Last Things by Fr. Martin von Cochem

My Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis

My Daily Bread by Anthony J. Paone, S.J.

How To Be Happy How To Be Holy by Fr. Paul O’Sullivan

The Twelve Steps to Holiness and Salvation by St. Alphonsus Liguori

The Sinner’s Return to God by Rev. Michael Mueller, CSsR

The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius by St. Ignatius

An Introduction to the Devout Life by St. Francis de Sales

The Soul of the Apostolate by Dom Jean Baptiste Chautard, OSCO

The Spiritual Life by Fr. Adolphe Tanquerey, SS, DD

Spiritual Reading:

True Devotion to Mary by St. Louis de Montfort

The Rosary in Action by John S. Johnson

Lives of the Saints for Every Day in the Year by Fr. Alban Butler

His Humble Servant (about Pope Pius XII) by Sr. Maria Pascalina Lehnert

The Story of a Soul –an autobiography of St. Therese of Lisieux

The Shadow of His Wings–an autobiography of Fr. Gereon Goldmann, OFM

St. John Bosco by F.A. Forbes

It’s Time to Meet St. Philomena by Dr. Mark Miravalle

The Cure’ of Ars by Fr. Bartholomew O’Brien

St. Maria Goretti by Fr. Godfrey Poage, CP

The Life of Fr. de Smet, S.J. by Fr. E. Laveille, SJ

Blessed Miguel Pro by Ann Ball

The Perfect Joy of St. Francis a novel by Felix Timmermans

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For other resources on the Catholic faith, Fr. Sandquist recommends Traditional Catholic Sermons and Articles on the Traditional Catholic Faith at Congregation of Mary Immaculate Queen.

Newly Ordained Fr. Zepeda to be Our Pastor

Our Pastors: From left to right: Fr. Carlos Zepeda, Fr. Timothy Geckle, Fr. Stephen Sandquist

Next Sunday Fr. Carlos Zepeda will celebrate Mass for Our Lady of Fatima Chapel as its new pastor. Fr. Zepeda has made several visits to our chapel as a seminarian, and so he is well known and appreciated by us. We welcome him while at the same time being sad to see our dear Fr. Sandquist go. We are comforted knowing that Fr. Sandquist leaves us to be able to attend more fully to the formation of the seminarians in his charge. May God bless him in all his efforts to bring forth more laborers for the harvest.

Fr. Zepeda will be stationed at Mountain View, Arkansas, with Fr. Geckle, our first pastor, and will travel to Oklahoma every weekend to celebrate Mass at Edmond and Chelsea.

It is a great grace for us to have a spiritual descendant of the Cristeros to shepherd us during this time of great persecution from the government.

Mass Canceled for Dec. 13th

Due to expected dangerous driving conditions because of snow, we will not have Mass tomorrow. The weather conditions will be perfect for St. Lucy celebrations, though. Bring on the hot saffron-scented rolls and the hot spiced drinks!