Laudetur Jesus Christus! Gelobt sei Jesus Christus! Sia lodato Gesù Cristo! Praised be Jesus Christ!
I continue with my weekly reminder to be with us week in and week out during the month of October. During October, the Archdiocese keeps the annual October count. Even outside of October, try to invite your family, friends, and neighbors to come to Mass at Old St. Mary’s. This is an historic and special Parish. Be our ambassadors throughout the city!
Just a reminder that I am asking everyone to please sign up for a Holy Hour during our Annual Forty Hours from October 26-29. I believe this to be one of the most important events of the entire Parish year. Even if you have never made a Holy Hour before, please consider spending an hour in prayer with our Lord. You can pray the Rosary, do spiritual reading, or simply speak to the Lord from your heart. You may sign up near the side door of church. There is a large sign which indicates all the hours that the Church will be open for Adoration. We will open with Solemn Mass (Latin Novus Ordo) on Thursday, October 26, at 7:00 p.m. We will close on Sunday, October 29 with Solemn Vespers at 3:30 p.m. and our Solemn Closing at 4:15 p.m. We need two Adorers for each hour, so please sign up for an hour or two. Please mark your calendars now!
The Oratory is pleased to welcome Archbishop Joseph Augustine Di Noia, O.P. to be the guest speaker at our annual fundraising dinner on Monday, October 30. You can find information about the banquet near the Church doors, or by visiting banquet.cincinnatioratory.com. The cost is $75 per person, and table sponsorships are available.
These past few weeks, and upcoming weeks, have been very busy, and full of events and things to do. In the midst of this, or at any moment in your own lives, it is important to remember why it is that we do what we do. Everything we do must be done for Christ, from the menial task to the most important thing we do in life. Everything must come from that supernatural motive of charity for God and our neighbor. Only in doing so, can we begin to be conformed to the person of Christ. To assist us in this, I present this short meditation from St. Francis de Sales. Have a blessed week ahead!
“Consider the example of the Saints on all sides, what have they not done in order to love God and lead a devout life? Call to mind the Martyrs in their invincible firmness, and the tortures they endured in order to maintain their resolutions; remember the matrons and maidens, whiter than lilies in their purity, ruddier than the rose in their love, who at every age, from childhood upward, bore all manner of martyrdom sooner than forsake their resolutions, not only such as concerned their profession of faith, but that of devotion; some dying rather than lose their virginity, others rather than cease their works of mercy to the sick and sorrowful. Consider all the Saintly Confessors, how heartily they despised the world, and how they stood by their resolutions, taken unreservedly and kept inviolably. What may we not achieve with such patterns before our eyes? They were but what we are, they wrought for the same God, seeking the same graces; why may not we do as much in our own state of life, and according to our several vocations, on behalf of our most cherished resolutions and holy profession of faith?” – St. Francis de Sales