July Saints & More

Here we are in the middle of summer, well almost. Some of us are on vacation, spending time with family and friends, others are kicking back and relaxing poolside. But wherever we are, whatever we do, Our Lord and Our Lady are with us. And, of course, our Guardian Angels are “lighting and guarding and ruling and guiding.”

July is also The Month of The Precious Blood of Jesus. There is a beautiful litany to honor Our Lord in His Most Precious Blood,(there are a couple of versions.)

Here are a few invocations from the litany on the Catholic Bishops website:

Blood of Christ, only Son of the Father, be our salvation.
Blood of Christ, that spilled to the ground, be our salvation.
Blood of Christ, that flowed at the scourging, be our salvation.
Blood of Christ, dripping from the thorns, be our salvation.
Blood of Christ, shed on the cross, be our salvation.
Blood of Christ, in which we are washed, be our salvation.
Blood of Christ, Solace of the mourner, our peace and refreshment.
Blood of Christ by which we passed to glory.
Lord, you redeemed us by your blood, you have made us a kingdom to serve our God.

July Saints & Special Days

July 1.  Father Junipero Serra

Fr. Serra founded many missions from SanDiego to San  Francisco. Several statues of Fr. Serra have been vandalized in recent years as well as a statue which was taken down in Golden Gate Park during the George Floyd protests.

Feast of the Most Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ

July 2.  The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary to Elizabeth

July 3.   Saint Thomas – First Saturday

It was in answer to Thomas’s question that Our Lord said,  “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

July 4.   Saint Elizabeth of Portugal

Saint Elizabeth was married to King Denis. She practiced her faith and devoted herself to the poor, took an active role in politics. At one point, she positioned herself between two opposing armies, and stopped a war. After the death of Denis, she joined the Third Order of St. St. Francis, and continued working for the poor.

July 5. Saint Anthony Mary Zaccaria

July 6. Saint Maria Goretti

July 11. Saint Benedict
Saint Benedict was a twin to St. Scholastica.He lived like a hermit and when other monks wanted to join him, he warned them that this very strict life, might be a little too much for them. And it was, so much so, that they tried to poison him. But when St. Benedict prayed a blessing over the cup, it shattered.He then set up more monasteries, but it was in Monte Cassino, that the Rule of St. Benedict became a way of life for monastic communities. He and the monks memorized scripture, studied it, and contemplated it, until it became a part of their being.

July 14. Saint Kateri Tekakwitha
She is known as Lily of the Mohawks. She contracted smallpox and as a result her face was scarred. At the age of 19, she became Catholic, took her new name in honor of St. Catherine of Sienna, and moved to the Jesuit Mission in Canada, then known as New France. She died at 24 and at her death, her face was healed. She was radiant and beautiful.

July 15. Saint Bonaventure

July 16. Our Lady of Mount Carmel
O most beautiful Flower of Mt. Carmel, fruitful vine, splendor of Heaven, Blessed Mother of the Son of God, Immaculate Virgin, assist me on my necessity, O Star of the Sea, help me and show me you are my Mother.

O Holy Mary, Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and earth, I humbly beseech you from the bottom of my heart, to succor me in this necessity (say request). There are none that can withstand your power. Oh Mary conceived without sin pray for us who have recourse to Thee.

Sweet mother, I place this cause in your hands. Amen

Our very own. He is known for compassion, humility, and generosity.

July 20. Saint Barsabbas
(Featured in the Bulletin)

July 22. Saint Mary Magdalen

July 23. Saint Bridget of Sweden

July 25. Saint James the Greater

July 26. Saints Joachim and Ann
Saint Joachim and Ann were the parents of Our Lady. And, what we believe comes from tradition, that the Saints Joachim and Ann were promised a child by the Angel.
Her name would be Mary and she would be consecrated to God.
They are role models for parents.

July 27. St. Pantaleon
St. Pantaleon was a doctor who had given up his faith, but then returned.
In order to atone for this sin, he treated the poor for free. He cured a blind man and a paralytic. He was miraculously saved from martyrdom many times. When he was put in a caldron of molten lead, an apparition of Jesus stepped in with him, and the fires went out, and the lead became cold. When he thrown into the sea with a big stone around him, the stone floated. When he was thrown to wild beasts, they fawned upon him, and would not leave him until he blessed them. He was tied to a wheel, but the ropes snapped and the wheel broke. When they tried to behead him, the sword broke, and the executioners were converted. It was not until he himself desired it, that it was possible to kill him.

July 29. Saint Martha
One of our favorites. “Martha, Martha…”

July 30. Saint Peter Chrysologus
Born in Italy in 380 and was a doctor of the church. Chrysologus means “golden worded”. His sermons were simple, clear, and practical. He ruled his flock with diligence and care.

That’s News to Me

On January 31, 2021, Pope Francis instituted the World Day of Grandparents and the Elderly, to be celebrated every fourth Sunday of July. This year it’s on July 25.
The day was chosen so that it would always be close to the feast of Saint Joachim and Anne, who were the grandparents of our Lord.

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI said, “Who does not remember their grandparents?”
“Who can forget their presence and their witness by the domestic hearth?
How many of us bear their names as a sign of continuity and gratitude!”

Pope Francis says, “Grandparents are a treasure. Often old age isn’t pretty, right?
There is sickness and all that, but the wisdom our grandparents have is something
we must welcome as an inheritance.” (Taken from the July newsletter from EWTN.)

July 3 at 2:00PM Saint Junipero Serra and his expedition from Mexico to California
July 3 at 8:00PM The story about Saint Maria Goretti
July 4 at 1:30 PM The story of Fr.Vincent Capodanno ministering to the soldiers in the Vietnam War
July 17 at 2:00PM The story of Saint Camillus and his story as a gambler turned priest, and founder of an order dedicated to nursing the sick
July 17 at 8:00PM The story of Saint Bridget of Sweden
July 24 at 8:00PM The story of the Lebanese mystic and monk St.Charbel Maklouf
July 30 at 5:30 PM The story of the life of Fr. Solanus Casey
July 31 at 8:00PM The story of the founder of the Jesuits and the “Saint of Second Chances”.

“My Two Cents” – Diana Sarma

Sometimes, like today, when I prepare the message, I use the dictation feature.
And from past experiences, I have learned that this requires careful proof reading,
as sometimes the written word comes out different from what I had intended.

So when I proofread the quote from Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, the word “presence” was printed out as “presents.” I smiled and thought, Oh yes, grandparents are known for giving an amazing amount of presents, as in “Oh, Grandma what did you bring me?”
(Maybe not always expressed, but the thought was there.)

Anyway, when I was small, and whenever my great grandmother came to visit us,
which was quite often, she would always give us brand new shiny coins. As always, it would be one quarter and two shiny pennies. And since she had to make a trip to the bank to get these, I knew this was something special that she did for us.

Another nice thing I remember is that whenever she took my sister and me to her house for a vacation, she didn’t let us make the beds, or dry the dishes. She said that after all we were on vacation.

But what I remember most was the love and respect she had for Our Lady. One day, when we were talking, I referred to Our Lady as “Mary”, and my great grandmother gently said to call her Blessed Mother, or Blessed Virgin, or Holy Mary, etc., but not just plain Mary. I never forgot it and to this day….

Yes, the “presents” and the “presence” of grandparents.

As always, Kathy Yost and I send love and prayers,

Diana Sarma
Spiritual Commission

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June Saints & Feast Days

On our table where we eat our everyday meals, we have a little homemade shrine.

It consists of a statue and other decorative elements which I change according to the season. Now that it’s almost June, The Sacred Heart of Jesus will be honored. (The statue of Our Lady will go back on the shelf above the sofa.) There are little flash cards with an invocation or prayer which are alternated every few days  and kept at the base of the statue. Some invocations from The Litany of The Sacred Heart are:

Heart of Jesus, aflame with love for us. Have mercy on us

Heart of Jesus, source of justice and love. Have mercy on us.

Heart of Jesus, source of all conciliation. Have mercy on us.

Heart of Jesus, salvation of all who trust in You. Have mercy on us.

Jesus, gentle and humble of heart, Touch our hearts and make them like your own.

The Immaculate Heart of Mary – June 12
Saint Juliana- June 12
Personal Reflection

Provided by Diana Sarma & Kathy Yost

When we were growing up in our two story house, we had a very big picture of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on the landing of the staircase. We knew that Jesus blessed us and protected our home. And as kids, we went up and down the steps many times a day. I’d like to think that we said a prayer of thanksgiving or praise each time we passed by the picture. But, I don’t think so.

I’d like to think we prayed a short invocation,each time we passed by the picture. But, again, I don’t think so.

More often than not, we were bounding up and down the stairs with thoughts lsewhere, 

giving a quick glance to Our Lord, knowing He is here. He is always here. He is with us and that He loves us.

Then one day when I was about ten years old, I became quite ill.The doctors were making house calls right and left, and my mother took to spelling out words like polio, (which I didn’t have), thinking I wouldn’t understand. 

My parents took down the picture of the Sacred Heart, moved it into my room, and balanced it on my dresser. At the time, I didn’t know what was more serious, my mother thinking I couldn’t spell, my illness, or the fact that the picture was actually moved into my bedroom.

But, now from my bed, I did know that Our Lord was really up close and personal. I felt the tremendous faith and love that my parents had for the Lord, and felt what Our Lord intended, when He asked us to honor Him in His most Sacred Heart.

Heart of Jesus, King and center of all hearts, have mercy on us.

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Our Lady of Fatima Day – May 13

May 13 is Our Lady of Fatima Day. We are especially looking forward to praying the Rosary together at 7:00pm on May 13 on the call line. The number is (848) 220-3100  and the code is 618 1960. Call in beginning at 6:45pm.

One of the topics at the Afternoon Women of Grace was the Five First Saturday Devotions, and again, I learned more about what Our Lady requests of us.

It was in the third apparition at Fatima that our Lady promised that she would return to make a request. And this she did on December 10, 1925 when she appeared to Lucia with the Child Jesus, who was standing on a little cloud.

The Child Jesus spoke first, “Have compassion on the heart of your most Holy Mother, covered with thorns with which ungrateful men pierce it at every moment, and there’s no one to make an act of reparation to remove them.” Then Our Lady spoke, “Look, my daughter, at my heart surrounded with thorns, which ungrateful men pierce me at every moment by their blasphemies and ingratitude.

Do you, at least, try to console me, and announce in my name that I promise to assist, at the moment of death, with all the graces necessary for salvation, all those, who, on the first Saturday of five consecutive months:

1. Confess 
2. Receive Holy Communion
3. Say five decades of the rosary
4. Keep me company while meditating on the Rosary with the intention of making reparation to me.

There are five types of offenses and blasphemy against the immaculate heart of Mary, which on May 29, 1930, Our Lord revealed the following:

1. Against the Immaculate Conception 
2. Against her perpetual virginity
3. Against her divine maternity refusing at the same time to recognize her as the mother of men
4. Blasphemy of those who publicly seek to sow in the hearts of children indifference or scorn or even hatred of our Immaculate Mother 
5. Offense of those who outrage her directly in her holy images

“ See, my daughter,  the motive for which the Immaculate Heart of Mary inspired me to ask for this little reparation, and in consideration of it, to move My mercy to pardon souls who have had the misfortune of offending her. As for you, always seek by your prayers and sacrifices, to move My mercy to pity for these poor souls.”

The Afternoon Women of Grace is held once a month where all women are welcome, to come together by Zoom to pray, learn, and share. I think it definitely helps increase our life of prayer and living out our Catholic vocation, and look forward to these times of getting closer to Our Lord and Our Lady. (You need not have taken the Women of Grace course to attend, and can come when you can.)

Sue Garza will be happy to answer any questions/ and for the link, please contact: suegarza50@yahoo.com

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