This Sunday, May 19 we will celebrate the Feast of Pentecost with a Solemn High Mass in the Extraordinary Form at 9:30 AM.
Celebrant and Homilist: Fr. Robert Marczewski
Deacon of the Mass: Deacon Joe Tuskiewicz
Subdeacon of the Mass: Deacon Richard Bloomfield
We will have a Tridentine Low Mass on Thursday, May 9 at 7:00 PM for the Ascension of the Lord.
On Sunday, May 12, we will once again have devotions in honor of St. Philomena after the 9:30 AM Tridentine Mass. This devotion marks the anniversary of the discovery of the relics of the saint in May of 1802. All are welcome to come and seek the powerful intercession of this great wonderworker.
Special note: We have already begun a Novena of Sundays to the Holy Spirit for our new pastor. This novena prayer will be recited before the St. Philomena devotions.
We will be having our annual Marian Procession and May Crowning this Sunday, May 5 after the 9:30 AM Tridentine Mass. The procession will be held outdoors weather permitting.
Brief introduction to Deacon Joe Tuskiewicz
Joe recently retired from a career as a globe-trotting advertising executive and will be attending the “second-career vocation” Blessed John XXIII National Seminary in Weston, Massachusetts, near Boston.
Joe is active on numerous fronts on the local Catholic scene: He is one of the lead altar servers for the Extraordinary Form Masses at St. Josaphat, Assumption-Windsor, St. Joseph, and St. Albertus; a lector for the Saturday afternoon Mass at Old St. Mary’s in Detroit; and a catechism instructor and occasional altar server at Ss. Cyril & Methodius Church in Sterling Heights. Joe has also taught catechism at other parishes in metro Detroit through the years and has mentored numerous individuals.
Joe’s quiet dedication to his faith has been an inspiration to those around him. His strong prayer life and attention to detail in his tasks leave us no doubt that he will make an excellent priest.
Excerpt taken from: Tridentine Community News, July 18, 2010
PHOTOS FROM THE DIACONATE ORDINATIONS
The following photos were taken at the Diaconate ordinations which took place at Sacred Heart Seminary.
THE DAY AFTER ORDINATION
On Sunday, April 14, Deacon Joe was present at both the 9:30 AM and 12 Noon Masses at St. Josaphat. Later on in the day at Assumption Church in Windsor, deacon assisted for the first time as deacon of a Solemn High Mass in the Extraordinary Form. We will have a Solemn High Mass at St. Josaphat for Deacon Joe sometime in May. Please stay tuned for details.
The following photo is from the 9:30 AM Mass.
HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE
9:30 Tridentine Latin Mass with blessing of Palms and Procession
12 Noon English Mass
Monday in Holy Week
7:00 PM: Tridentine Low Mass with Perpetual Help Devotions and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament
7:00 PM: Tridentine Latin Mass and adoration at the Altar of Repose until 10:00 PM
12 Noon: Good Friday Liturgy (Latin in the Extraordinary Form)
7:00 PM*: Easter Vigil (Latin in the Extraordinary Form)
(Note: This week’s bulletin was wrong. 8 PM IS A MISTAKE!!! The Vigil is at 7:00 PM. Fr. Roman has verified this information. Please let everyone know that the vigil begins at 7:00 PM as was mentioned before.)
There will be no 9:30 AM Tridentine Latin Mass
12 Noon English Mass
7:00 PM Tridentine Latin Mass and Divine Mercy Novena with Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament
During the season of Lent, please consider attending the a Lenten Dinner at our cluster partner, Sweetest Heart of Mary.
For those who wish to attend something devotional, Stations of the Cross are prayed at Sweetest Heart of Mary Church at 6:00 PM.
The following photos are from our January devotions to St. Philomena.
More devotions are scheduled for May and August. Please keep checking for updates.
First Friday: 7:00 PM Low Mass with Sacred Heart Devotions and Benediction
February 2: 9:00 AM Low Mass for the Feast of the Purification with Blessing of Candles. Please bring candles to be blessed.
We will once again have our devotions in honor of St. Philomena on Sunday, January 27 following the 9:30 AM Tridentine Mass. This devotion honors the traditional birthday of the saint (January 10) and also the canonization of the saint by Pope Gregory XVI which took place in January of 1837.
This Mass will be celebrated by Fr. Roman, our parochial administrator. We will have prayers to St. Philomena and veneration of her relic. There will be coffee and donuts after the Mass and devotions.
Please invite your family and friends.
Devotions to St. Philomena are also scheduled for the following Sundays this year.
Sunday, May 26, 2013 (Discovery of the Relics)
Sunday, August 11, 2013 (Feast of St. Philomena)
Special thanks to Fr. Roman for his kind support of this devotion. Please keep him and our 3 parishes in your prayers especially in this time of merging.
We will be keeping a Christmas Theme on this blog until February 2. This is in accordance with the custom of observing Christmas until February 2.
I will leave you with the following texts taken from The Liturgical Year.
THE HISTORY OF CHRISTMAS
We apply the name of Christmas to the forty days which begin with the Nativity of our Lord, December 25, and end with the Purification of the Blessed Virgin, February 2. It is a period which forms a distinct portion of the Liturgical Year, as distinct, by its own special spirit, from every other, as are Advent, Lent, Easter, or Pentecost. One same Mystery is celebrated and kept in view during the whole forty days. Neither the Feasts of the Saints, which so abound during this Season; nor the time of Septuagesima, with its mournful Purple, which often begins before Christmastide is over, seem able to distract our Holy Mother the Church from the immense joy of which she received the good tidings from the Angels [St Luke ii 10] on that glorious Night for which the world had been longing four thousand years. The Faithful will remember that the Liturgy commemorates this long expectation by the four penitential weeks of Advent.
The custom of celebrating the Solemnity of our Saviour’s Nativity by a feast or commemoration of forty days’ duration is founded on the holy Gospel itself; for it tells us that the Blessed Virgin Mary, after spending forty days in the contemplation of the Divine Fruit of her glorious Maternity, went to the Temple, there to fulfil, in most perfect humility, the ceremonies which the Law demanded of the daughters of Israel, when they became mothers.
The Feast of Mary’s Purification is, therefore, part of that of Jesus’ Birth; and the custom of keeping this holy and glorious period of forty days as one continued Festival has every appearance of being a very ancient one, at least in the Roman Church. And firstly, with regard to our Saviour’s Birth on December 25, we have St John Chrysostom telling us, in his Homily for this Feast, that the Western Churches had, from the very commencement of Christianity, kept it on this day. He is not satisfied with merely mentioning the tradition; he undertakes to show that it is well founded, inasmuch as the Church of Rome had every means of knowing the true day of our Saviour’s Birth, since the acts of the Enrolment, taken in Judea by command of Augustus, were kept in the public archives of Rome. The holy Doctor adduces a second argument, which he founds upon the Gospel of St Luke, and he reasons thus: we know from the sacred Scriptures that it must have been in the fast of the seventh month [Lev. xxiii 24 and following verses. The seventh month (or Tisri) corresponded to the end of our September and beginning of our October. -Tr.] that the Priest Zachary had the vision in the Temple; after which Elizabeth, his wife, conceived St John the Baptist: hence it follows that the Blessed Virgin Mary having, as the Evangelist St Luke relates, received the Angel Gabriel’s visit, and conceived the Saviour of the world in the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, that is to say, in March, the Birth of Jesus must have taken place in the month of December.
But it was not till the fourth century that the Churches of the East began to keep the Feast of our Saviour’s Birth in the month of December. Up to that period they had kept it at one time on the sixth of January, thus uniting it, under the generic term of Epiphany, with the Manifestation of our Saviour made to the Magi, and in them to the Gentiles; at another time, as Clement of Alexandria tells us, they kept it on the 25th of the month Pachon (May 15), or on the 25th of the month Pharmuth (April 20). St John Chrysostom, in the Homily we have just cited, which he gave in 386, tells us that the Roman custom of celebrating the Birth of our Saviour on December 25 had then only been observed ten years in the Church of Antioch. It is probable that this change had been introduced in obedience to the wishes of the Apostolic See, wishes which received additional weight by the edict of the Emperors Theodosius and Valentinian, which appeared towards the close of the fourth century, and decreed that the Nativity and Epiphany of our Lord should be made two distinct Festivals. The only Church that has maintained the custom of celebrating the two mysteries on January 6 is that of Armenia; owing, no doubt, to the circumstance of that country not being under the authority of the Emperors; as also because it was withdrawn at an early period from the influence of Rome by schism and heresy.
The Feast of our Lady’s Purification, with which the forty days of Christmas close, is, in the Latin Church, of very great antiquity; so ancient, indeed, as to preclude the possibility of our fixing the date of its institution. According to the unanimous opinion of Liturgists, it is the most ancient of all the Feasts of the Holy Mother of God; and as her Purification is related in the Gospel itself, they rightly infer that its anniversary was solemnized at the very commencement of Christianity. Of course, this is only to be understood of the Roman Church; for as regards the Oriental Church, we find that this Feast was not definitely fixed to February 2 until the reign of the Emperor Justinian, in the sixth century. It is true that the Eastern Christians had previously to that time a sort of commemoration of this Mystery, but it was far from being a universal custom, and it was kept a few days after the Feast of our Lord’s Nativity, and not on the day itself of Mary’s going up to the Temple.
Excerpts taken from The Liturgical Year, by Dom Prosper Guéranger. These texts have been taken from http://www.liturgialatina.org/lityear/index.htm
This is just a friendly reminder that there will be a 7PM Low Mass for First Friday followed by Sacred Heart Devotions snd Benediction.
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Prayer in Honor of the Infant Jesus
I adore Thee, O Word Incarnate, true Son of God from all eternity, and true Son of Mary ever Virgin in the fullness of time. When I adore thy divine Person, and the Humanity united to thy Divinity, I venerate the poor manger which welcomed Thee when an Infant, and which was truly the throne of thy love. I prostrate myself before it with the simplicity of the shepherds, with the faith of Joseph, with the love of Mary. I bow down in veneration of this precious memorial of our salvation with the same spirit of mortification, poverty and humility with which Thou, though the Lord of heaven and earth, didst choose for thyself a manger wherein to lay thy tender infant limbs. And Thou, O Lord, who in thine Infancy didst deign to lay thyself in this manger, vouchsafe also to pour into my heart a drop of that joy to which the sight of thy lovely Childhood, and the miracles which accompanied thy Birth, gave rise. Byt hat holy Birth, I now implore Thee to grant to all the world peace and goodwill, and in the name of the whole human race I render thanks and honour to God the Father, and to God the Holy Spirit, Who with Thee live and reign one God world without end. Amen.
I apologize for the delay in re-posting last year’s Advent Reflections.
Please visit the following links to view the reflections for the Second and Third Week of Advent
Prayer to Our Lady of Lourdes
O holy Mary, Mother of God, who to reanimate the faith of the world and draw men to thy divine Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, didst deign to appear at Lourdes; thou who, in order to render more manifest thy maternal tenderness, and to inspire our hearts with greater confidence, didst choose a simple little child as the confidant of thy mercy; thou who didst say: “I am the Immaculate Conception” to make us understand the priceless value of that innocence which is the pledge of the friendship of God; thou who by eighteen successive apparitions didst not cease by thy actions and words to urge men to prayer and penance, which alone can appease Heaven and ward off the blows of divine justice; thou who, by a moving appeal to the world, hast reunited before the miraculous grotto an innumerable multitude of thy children; behold us, Our Lady of Lourdes, prostrate at thy feet, and confident of obtaining blessings and graces from God by thy most powerful intercession.
Those who love thee, O Mother of Jesus Christ, Mother of men, desire above everything to serve God faithfully in this world, so as to have the happiness of loving Him eternally in Heaven. Listen to the prayers which we this day address to thee; defend us against the enemies of our salvation, and against our own infirmities; together with the pardon of our sins, obtain for us perseverance in the determination never to fall away again.
We implore thee also to take under thy protection our friends and benefactors, and of these in a very special manner those who have abandoned the practice of their Christian duties. May they be converted and become thy faithful servants.We beseech thee also to bless our country. She has many failings, for which we must implore pardon ; but in the midst of her wanderings from the right path, she has never ceased to proclaim through the best of her sons that thou art for ever her Mother and her Sovereign. Thou hast always shown her thy love, and we hope that thou wilt not abandon her after having heaped thy favors and benefits upon her.
While we pour forth our hearts in prayer at thy feet, O Virgin Immaculate, Our Lady of Lourdes, we cannot forget our Holy Father, the Supreme Pontiff, and in his person the whole Catholic Church, which thy divine Son has entrusted to him to lead along the paths of eternal salvation. He, too, places his whole trust in thee. Protect and bless him ; be his support and consolation in the midst of his trials, and help him to extend the Kingdom of God. O Mother of mercy, be for us all “the cause of our joy, ” and show unto us” ” Jesus Christ, as thy gift in this life and in eternity. Amen.
There will be a High Mass this Saturday, December 8 for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception at 9:00 AM. It is a Holy Day of Obligation and so you must get to Mass on this day.
For those interested, St. Josaphat will have its first Legion of Mary meeting following the 9:00 AM Mass. For more information please contact Travis Ricketts: Tricketts@inbox.com.
Lastly, as of the First Sunday of Advent, we have resumed the use of the High Altar. Come and see our newly repainted High Altar and sanctuary.
This Advent season we will be once again presenting the same series of reflections we offered last year. The reflections will be published each week during Advent.
THOUGHTS FOR THE SUNDAYS OF ADVENT
By The Rev. John Perry (circa 1875)
FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT ON THE GENERAL JUDGMENT.
“And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, by reason of the confusion of the roaring of the sea and of the waves; men withering away for fear and expectation of what shall come upon the whole world. For the powers of the heavens shall be moved.” (Luke xxi. 25, 26.)
THESE are some of the signs which are to precede the last day, and to indicate its approach. Now, if the mere signs of that day will be so alarming, as even to make “men wither away for fear of what shall come upon the whole world;” what must be that fearful account which is to follow? It is to this account that our Lord alludes, when, speaking of these signs, that “they are but the beginnings of sorrows.” And it is to the same account that I intend now to call your attention.
POINT I. All mankind most strictly examined
“Oh! terrible hour!” exclaims St. Ephrem; “who shall relate, or who shall bear to hear, this last and fearful rehearsal?” For we shall then have to account for our whole life — for every thought, word, and deed; for every omission of duty; for every sin we have criminally caused in others; and even for our very virtues, on account of the imperfections accompanying them.
1. THOUGHTS. — Then will be brought against you all the evil thoughts, which you have wilfully entertained; all those thoughts of pride, by which, like the proud Pharisee, you have raised yourselves above what you are, and despised others; those thoughts of envy, hatred, and revenge, which you have cherished in your mind; those thoughts of groundless suspicion, and of rash judgment, whereby you have put a bad construction even on the innocent actions of others; and those thoughts of impurity, which have been indulged with pleasure, with desire, and perhaps even with the intention of accomplishing what you desired. All these will be strictly examined.
2. WORDS. — Your words also must be accounted for — they will be brought to judgment, all those words of lying by which you have spoken against the truth; of rash judgment, detraction, and calumny, whereby, your neighbouur’s character has been destroyed or lessened; those words of injustice, by which you have been guilty of deception in your dealings with your neighbour; those words of contention, quarrelling, and contumely, which have created animosities, disturbed peace amongst neighbours, and been the cause of many other evils; those words of cursing and blasphemy, which you have uttered to the injury of yourselves, and the disedification of others; and those words of indecency and double meaning, whereby you have defiled not only your own soul, but also the souls of them that listened to you. All these will be examined, and set against you.
3. ACTIONS. — Then come your actions: all the thefts and injustices, by which you have taken to yourselves what did not belong to you, or in any other way wronged your neighbour; all the excesses in drinking, whereby you have degraded yourselves, scandalised your neighbour, and grieved and injured your family; and all the improper liberties, and shameful acts of which St. Paul ,says, that they “ought not to be so much as even named among you, as becometh Saints.” (Eph. v. 3.) All these will be brought against you, and put to your account.
4. OMISSIONS. — And not only will you have to account for the evils done, but for the good you have left undone — for all your omissions of duty; for all your omissions of deeds of charity, by refusing alms to the poor, when you ought to have given them; your omissions of prayer, meditation and spiritual reading, and of assisting at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, through negligence, sloth, tepidity, or indifference; your omissions of the means of grace provided for you in the Sacraments by having seldom or never received them, from those like sloth, or tepidity; your omissions of the duties of your state of life, to the disedification and prejudice of your family, or your employers; you neglect of religious instruction, which, by causing you to live in ignorance of your religion, has produced many other omissions and transgressions of duty. All these, with their consequences, will be examined, and added to your account.
5. SINS OF OTHERS. — And you will not only have to account for the evils which you have done yourself, and for your own omissions of duty; but moreover, for all those sins of commission and omission, which you have criminally caused in others. “Soul for soul” will be required from those parents, through whose neglect, or bad example their children have become wicked; heads of families will have many sins of their domestics to answer for, on account of having exposed them to the occasions of those sins, or for not having removed such occasions, when they ought to have done; and those who have withdrawn others from their duty, and seduced them by leading them into evil, will have to answer to their Judge for the long habits of sin, of which they have been the guilty cause. Oh! what an account! Such, indeed, is the perversity of human nature, that scandals will come; and therefore our blessed Lord says: “Woe to the world because of scandals; for it must needs be that scandals come; but nevertheless, woe to that man by whom the scandal cometh.” (Mt. xviii. 7.)
6. DEFECTIVE VIRTUES. — But have you not at least some good works — some virtues, to be put in the scale against so much evil? Alas! even these are to be closely examined — to be nicely weighed; and in how many instances will they be “found wanting?” You have prayed, and, perhaps, frequently; but how? with what attention? with what disposition of heart? You have abstained and fasted; but in what spirit? You have approached the Sacraments; but was it from a pure intention? with due preparation? with proper dispositions? “And it shall come to pass at that time (saith the Lord), that I will search Jerusalem with lamps.” (Soph. i. 12.) What, then, will become of the wicked Babylon? “If the just man shall scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?” (I Peter iv. 18.) And after this fearful examination, where, my Brethren, shall we appear?
POINT 2. Every sin is publicly exposed.
But there is another circumstance in this examination, which will add very much to our distress; for the conscience of each individual will be known, not only to himself and God; but, moreover, to all his relatives, friends, and acquaintances — to the entire world! Oh! what will be the sinner’s shame and confusion, at seeing himself thus publicly exposed? You may judge of this by what your feelings would be if an Angel were to descend now into this temple and reveal all your secret sins to the rest of the congregation. What then will be your feelings at the last day, when all those secret sins will be revealed to the whole world? Overwhelmed with confusion, will you not “call upon the mountains and rocks to fall upon you, and to hide you?” (Apoc. vi. 16.) But there is no escape.
POINT 3. The sentence is pronounced.
All mankind having been thus strictly examined, and every conscience exposed to public view, the Judge will pronounce the irrevocable sentence. To the just He will say “Come, ye blessed of my Father, possess the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.” But to the wicked: “Depart from Me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, which was prepared for the devil and his angels.” “And these shall go into everlasting punishment, but the just into life everlasting.” (Mt. xxv.)
Thus will terminate the last and fearful day. By these two sentences, the lot of each individual of the human race will be finally and eternally fixed. But oh! what a difference between the lot of the saint, and that of the sinner! The saint in heaven, the sinner in hell; the one perpetually happy, the other perpetually miserable; the one with God in eternal glory, the other with the devils in everlasting flames.
And where will you be, my Brethren? where is it your wish to be? Make now your choice, for you can do so — it is at present in your power; because this life is the time of mercy and grace: “Now is the acceptable time; now is the day of salvation.” (2 Cor. vi. 2.) But if you defer your repentance and amendment of life, and die in the state of mortal sin, then, at the last day, you will receive “judgment without mercy.” (James ii. 13.)
Judge yourselves now, my Brethren, by making a due preparation for the Sacrament of Penance, and you will not then be judged; repent now, and you will not have to repent then. Enter now upon a new life, and you will deprive that day of all its terrors. For then, instead of being banished from God eternally with the reprobate, you will be found worthy to hear from your Judge that consoling sentence: “Come, ye blessed of My Father, possess the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.” (Mt. xxv. 34.)
To be continued next week.
These photos were taken during this year’s feast of St. Josaphat. Please note that the high altar and sanctuary are being repainted and so the Mass was held at the side altar.
Photos are courtesy of Dean T. Wiśniewski.
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