Sunday, July 15th - 8th Sunday after Pentecost - St Henry EmpC
Monday, July 16th - Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Tuesday, July 17th - St Alexis C - Humility of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Wednesday, July 18th - St Camillus de Lellis C - Ss Symphorosa & Seven Sons Mm
Thursday, July 19th - St Vincent de Paul C
Friday, July 20th - St Jerome Emiliani C
Saturday, July 21st - St Praxedes V
Sunday, July 22nd - 9th Sunday after Pentecost - St Mary Magdalen Pen
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.
- Mission Sunday - second collection for the auto fund. Blessing of Religious Articles after Mass.
- Fr Geckle will be offering Mass at Our Lady of the Snow this week, through next Sunday (July 22).
- St Mechtilde Music Festival July 27-29 Check out www.stmechtildemusicfestival.com for more information and to register to attend! If you are interested in volunteering - food service, lodging, transportation - please contact Mary Hopkins at 303-280-0194 or email email@example.com, or visit www.stmechtildemusicfestival.com/volunteer.
- St Francis Cabrini Academy will open on August 21. Please contact Sr Jeanne Marie if you wish to enroll your children; be sure to provide your email address so she can send pertinent information.
Flower of Carmel
O beautiful Flower of Carmel, most fruitful vine, splendor of heaven,holy and singular who brought forth the Son of God remaining a pure virgin: assist us, assist us in this necessity.
O Star of the Sea, O Star of the Sea! help and protect us; show us that thou art our MOTHER!
How many of us have worn Mary's scapular since the blessed day of our First Holy Communion, when it encircled our neck like the loving arms of our Heavenly Mother?
Do we remember the indulgence we can gain for kissing this sacramental? 500 days for this simple act of love! Do we think of the pleasure this gives to our Queen and Mother? We cannot doubt that she will "return the kiss when I draw my dying breath"! What confidence we should draw from this gift from heaven; enough to allow us to say with her little Carmelite, Therese of the Child Jesus:
O Thou who cam'st to smile on me at dawn of life's beginning!
Come once again to smile on me. Mother! the night is nigh.
Oh! let me tell thee face to face, dear Virgin! how I love thee;
And say to thee forevermore: thy little child am I.
Month of the precious blood of Jesus
When you offer the "Chalice of Salvation" you are not praying alone, but the Blood that appeased the wrath of the Father, the Blood that opened Heaven and obtained all the graces you need to reach it, will plead with you and for you.
We have a God to love and the King of kings to fight for. That pitiful Figure dripping with Blood has the power to annihilate His foes as well as inflame the hearts of His followers with a love so strong as to fight for Him unto martyrdom, as the history of the Church amply testifies. As we gaze upon His bleeding form we profess with tears of gratitude that He loved us unto death. St. John furnishes the slogan for the combat and assures us of victory in the words: "They overcame by the blood of the Lamb."
Some thoughts about video games
As you try to keep your children occupied over the summer months in particular, you must not relax your vigilance over the serious dangers that electronic entertainment will pose for them.
In addition to the grave spiritual dangers to be found on Internet and TV and many video games, there are other considerations from a developmental perspective. Here are some thoughts from Jim Fay (Love & Logic Method), written in 2008: Over the past two decades, video and computer games have become dramatically more fast-paced, realistic, and stimulating. Not long after their introduction, I began to suspect that these games had the same addictive potential as drugs, alcohol, and gambling. Today, family therapists and researchers have confirmed my fears. Listed below are some tips for helping your child avoid getting hooked:
- Don't allow your child to have a computer in their room.
- Allow them to play these games no longer than thirty minutes per day.
- If your child becomes sneaky, noncompliant, or defiant about this time limit, remove this privilege.
- Children from birth to six years of age should spend no time playing these games, watching videos, or viewing television.
- So-called "educational" games, videos, and shows are no substitute for real-life learning activities, involving movement, problem-solving, and human relationships.
A thought from commentator Matt Walsh, speaking of the high incidence of graphic violence in many a modern video game: Video games are a sacred cow because our country is filled with adults who are obsessed with them. That's why we all pretend, insanely, that there's nothing wrong with or disturbing about a child spending all day killing people in a virtual world.
To be encouraged, of course, are wholesome activities and hobbies that often can be done in the great outdoors!
Holy God, we praise Thy name;
Lord of all, we bow before Thee;
All on earth Thy scepter claim;
All in heav’n above adore Thee.
Infinite Thy vast domain;
Everlasting is Thy reign.
Hark the glad celestial hymn
Angel choirs above are raising;
Cherubim and seraphim,
In unceasing chorus praising,
Fill the heavens with sweet accord:
Holy, holy, holy Lord.
St. Mechtilde Music Festival
We will be hosting the annual St. Mechtilde Music Festival again at Our Lady of the Snow July 27th - 29th! This celebration of the Church's liturgical music is an instructional event that brings many of our religious to our church, as well as other Traditional Catholic singers and families from around the country. It is also an opportunity for many people who do not have a large or dedicated choir in their home parishes to have the experience of learning and singing with many others in a combined choir, and to meet other Traditional Catholics. There will be High Mass offered each evening, and dinners Friday and Saturday nights (featuring Open Mic performances) that are open to all! Check out www.stmechtildemusicfestival.com/ for more information and to register to attend!
There are many ways to support this parish event - if you are not a musician but would like to volunteer for help with food service for any/all of the meals, or to provide lodging or transportation for visiting attendees to help make it less of a financial burden for travelers, please contact Mary Hopkins at 303-280-0194 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also sign up to volunteer at www.stmechtildemusicfestival.com/volunteer.