Announcements

Sunday, Sept 2nd - 15th Sunday after Pentecost - St Stephen M

Monday, Sept 3rd - St Pius X PC

Tuesday, Sept 4th - St Rose of Viterbo V

Wednesday, Sept 5th - St Lawrence Justinian BC

Thursday, Sept 6th - St Eleutherius Ab

Friday, Sept 7th - St Cloud C

Saturday, Sept 8th - Nativity Blessed Virgin Mary - St Adrian M

Sunday, Sept 9th - 16th Sunday after Pentecost - St Peter Claver C, St Gorgonius M

We welcome anyone who maybe be visiting Our Lady of the Snow Catholic Church. Please feel free to ask any questions and join us after Mass for our usual socializing. You are welcome to browse through any of our literature. Extra head coverings and Missals are at the back of the church. Remember, Holy Communion may only be received by Catholics who observe the Traditional teachings of the Catholic Church, are in the state of sanctifying grace, and have completed a three hour fast.

Please observe the rules of modesty as posted at the back of the church, out of respect for Our Lord and His Church.

Please follow the dress code for our church - Women and girls please wear dresses/skirts and head coverings; and men please wear dress slacks to Mass. Please be sure all clothing is modest and meet Catholic standards.

Announcments

Be Thou my vision

Be Thou my vision, O Lord of my heart;
Naught is all else to me, save that Thou art.
Thou my best thought, by day and by night;
Waking or sleeping Thy Presence my Light.

Be Thou my wisdom, Thou my true Word;
I ever with Thee, Thou with me, Lord.
Thou my great Father, I Thy dear Son;
Thou in me dwelling, I with Thee one

Society of Jesus

The annual letters of the Society of Jesus for 1560 relate that a man who had fallen into great sin was so ashamed that he was determined to die and be lost rather than confess it. He was struck on the shoulder by an invisible hand while asleep, and heard a distinct voice commanding him to go to confession. He had recourse to the Blessed Virgin, and his heart was suddenly changed, his vain apprehension vanished, and he obtained a complete victory over himself. A wicked woman named Helen merely recited her Rosary, without any devotion, and in return the Holy Virgin filled her soul with such sweet consolation and horror of her past life that she went to confession, accusing herself of her sins with such great sorrow and contrition that she came near fainting in the confessional. She was afterwards warned by Mary of the approach of death, and when it came, it found her prepared. The Holy Virgin granted the same grace to Catherine the Fair, a notorious sinner in Rome, for saying a few prayers in her honor; to St Mary of Egypt, and thousands of others who like them were lost in their sins, and who despaired of pardon. With reason did Mary call herself the "Magnet of Hearts" (to St. Bridget), for as the magnet draws iron, so does she attract and draw hearts, that she may reconcile them to God.

She is the mystical Ruth who found grace in the eyes of God, to glean after the reapers the ears of grain, which are rebellious souls, hardened and despairing sinners, who are not converted by missionaries and preachers. "Mary," says St. Bonaventure, "does not abandon the greatest sinner; if he will but call on her, she will raise him from the depths of his despair." Denis the Carthusian calls her "the Especial Refuge of the Lost, the Hope of the Miserable, and the Advocate of all Sinners who fly to her." No one is excluded and abandoned by her mercy, just as there is no one who does not feel the heat of the sun, to which she is compared in Holy Scripture; there is no one who can hide himself from her mercy.

Abbot Marmion: Reflection on the Postcommunion from today's Mass: Lord, make our soul and our body entirely submissive to the operation of Thy heavenly Gift, in such a way that it may no longer be our own human judgments, but the effect of this Sacrament that ever rules within us.

We wish to say truly, "I live, now not I; but Christ lives in me." In Communion, Christ makes us enter into His thoughts, share His feelings; He communicates His virtues to us, but above all He enkindles in us that 'fire' He came to cast upon the earth, the fire of love, of charity... the coming of Christ tends to establish such an exchange, such a likeness, that we have no other feelings, no other wishes, than those of Christ. And that, through love: love delivers up the will to Christ, with our being and energies.

We receive Christ with our lips, but at the same time we should also unite ourselves to Him with our mind, our heart, our will, with the whole of our soul, so as to share His divine life. That is the mainspring of our life.

The tender Heart of Jesus

The tender Heart of Jesus cannot look upon such a scene unmoved; perhaps the thought of His own loving Mother crosses His mind. He makes a step towards the afflicted widow, and bids her "Weep not," and then going forward, He touches the bier. The bearers halt. With a look of majesty indescribable, in tones which thrill through every bystander, Jesus bids the corpse arise!

Oh, Jesus! how tender Thou art! how divinely kind! There is not a sorrow which does not find an echo in Thy Heart! Most compassionate Jesus! I pray Thee soften my heart, and fill it with love like Thine.

Goodier, "From Bethlehem to Calvary"