This Friday at 6 pm Fr. Sandquist will lead us in praying the Stations of the Cross, followed by a potluck soup supper.
Saturday morning we will have Mass at 9 am followed by a Day of Recollection with opportunities for Confession. The retreat will close in the early afternoon with Benediction and Rosary. See schedule below.
Sunday morning our regular Mass time is re-scheduled to 8 am. There will be no Mass at 2 pm.
The Easter candle is extinguished on Ascension Thursday, signifying that Jesus’ time on Earth has ended, and we must now prepare for the coming of the Holy Ghost.
The novena in honor of the Holy Ghost is the oldest of all novenas since it was first made at the direction of Our Lord Himself when He sent His apostles back to Jerusalem to await the coming of the Holy Ghost on the first Pentecost. It is still the only novena officially prescribed by the Church. Addressed to the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity, it is a powerful plea for the light and strength and love so sorely needed by every Christian. To encourage devotion to the Holy Spirit, the Church has enriched this novena with the following indulgences:
“The faithful who devoutly assist at the public novena in honor of the Holy Spirit immediately preceding the Solemn Feast of Pentecost may gain a partial indulgence for themselves or as an offering for the intentions of the faithful departed.
Those who make a private novena in honor of the Holy Spirit, either before the Solemn Feast of Pentecost or at any other time in the year, may also gain a partial indulgence for themselves or as an offering for the intentions of the faithful departed.” ~ Catholic Harbor of Faith and Morals
A most blessed feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus to you. Here are some simple ways to increase your devotion and make reparation to the Sacred Heart:
May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be loved everywhere.
Sweet Heart of my Jesus, grant that I may always love You more.
Sacred Heart of Jesus, I believe in Your love for me.
Sweet Heart of Jesus, be my love.
Sacred Heart of Jesus, I give myself to You through Mary.
Sweetest Jesus, hide me in Your Sacred Heart. Do not permit me to be separated from You. Defend me from the evil foe.
Sacred Heart of Jesus, Your kingdom come!
Sacred Heart of Jesus, let me love You and make you loved.
Heart of Jesus, burning with love for us, set our hearts on fire with love of You.
Jesus, meek and humble of heart, make our hearts like Yours.
Divine Heart of Jesus, convert sinners, save the dying, deliver the Holy Souls in Purgatory.
Glory, love and thanksgiving be to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
Sweet Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us and on our erring brethren.
All for You, most Sacred Heart of Jesus.
Sacred Heart of Jesus, may you be known, loved, and imitated!
Sacred Heart of Jesus, protect our families.
In a Short Litany of Aspirations:
May I prove to You my love, O heart of Jesus, by a spirit of self-sacrifice for your interests.
May I cheerfully make every sacrifice You demand of me, O heart of my Jesus.
May the sacrifices You ask of me glorify You, O heart of my Jesus.
May each sacrifice made for Your love draw me nearer to You, O heart of my Jesus.
By increasing in the spirit of self-sacrifice, may I become more like You, O heart…
May the sacrifices I make be agreeable to You, …
May each sacrifice win one soul to You,…
May each sacrifice prevent one mortal sin,…
May each sacrifice earn a special grace for some soul,…
May each sacrifice merit a holy death for some soul,…
May each sacrifice relieve a soul in purgatory,…
May each sacrifice ascend as a prayer to You,…
May each sacrifice be as a hymn of praise to You,…
May Your Holy Spirit instruct me more and more in the spirit of self-sacrifice,…
May the spirit of self-sacrifice increase in our family,…
May the same spirit be propagated throughout the whole Church,…
And may it hasten the Church’s triumph….
O Lamb of God, sacrificed for us, give us a spirit of self-sacrifice.
O Lamb of God, daily immolating Yourself upon the altar for us, give us grace to immolate our wills for Your sake.
O Lamb of God, dying for us, give us grace to die to all that wounds your Sacred Heart.
O Lord Jesus Christ, whose whole life was one continual sacrifice for the glory of Your Father and the salvation of our souls, grant us the grace to find our joy in making sacrifices for You and for the interests of Your Sacred Heart. Amen.
(St. Bonaventure has said, “There is no devotion without sacrifice.” Making little sacrifices, when offered for an intention as above, proves your love for Him is real, not just words.)
Some excerpts from Dom Gueranger’s Liturgical Year:
WE need so much penance, and we do so little! If we are truly in earnest, we shall be most fervent in doing the little that is left us to do.
The object of the Rogation days is to appease the anger of God, and avert the chastisements which the sins of the world so justly deserve; moreover, to draw down the divine blessing on the fruits of the earth. The litany of the saints is sung during the procession, which is followed by a special Mass said in the stational church, or if there be no Station appointed, in the church whence the procession first started.
The litany of the saints is one of the most efficacious of prayers. The Church makes use of it on all solemn occasions, as a means of rendering God propitious through the intercession of the whole court of heaven. They who are prevented from assisting at the procession, should recite the litany in union with holy Church: they will thus share in the graces attached to the Rogation days; they will be joining in the supplications now being made throughout the entire world; they will be proving themselves to be Catholics.
Let us pray
O God, whose property it is always to have mercy and to spare: receive our petitions: that we, and all thy servants, who are bound by the chain of sin, may, by the compassion of thy goodness, mercifully be absolved.
Hear, we beseech thee, O Lord, the prayers of thy suppliants, and pardon us our sins, who confess them to thee; that of thy bounty, thou mayst grant us pardon and peace.
Out of thy clemency, O Lord, show us thy unspeakable mercy; that so thou mayst both acquit us of our sins, and deliver us from the punishment we deserve for them.
O God, who by sin art offended, and by penance pacified, mercifully regard the prayers of thy people, who make supplications to thee; and turn away the scourges of thy anger, which we deserve for our sins.
O almighty and eternal God, have mercy on thy servant N., our chief Bishop, and direct him, according to thy clemency, in the way of everlasting salvation; that, by thy grace, he may desire those things that are agreeable to thee, and perform them with all his strength…
Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday this week are the Rogation Days that precede Ascension Thursday. Historically the Catholic Church has encouraged the faithful to undertake processions on these days, asking God to bless the fields, so that farmers may have good harvests. In modern times we have tended to lose that connection. However, current events are bringing the farmer’s work back to the forefront of our concerns. There are readings and prayers for each day. You may find them and more on the history and explanation of the Rogation Days here.