Novenas, Devotions, and Parish Retreats

                                                  THE SEVEN SUNDAYS DEVOTION TO ST. JOSEPH

                                                                   A little-known devotion that honors Joseph's joys and sorrows

                           
                                            St. Joseph, while he never spoke a work in scripture, is one of the most beloved saints 

                                            of Christianity.  His silent example of obedient faithfulness is one that spoke much louder
                                            than any words.

                                            Over the centuries there grew many different devotions to St. Joseph, expressing a deep
                                            filial love for the foster-father of Jesus.  Among them,
                                                                        THE SEVEN SUNDAYS DEVOTION TO ST. JOSEPH.

                                            According to Salt and Light Media, "The story goes that two Franciscan monks who were
                                            shipwrecked at sea clung to a plank for two days, and were saved by a man of venerable
                                            appearance who miraculously brought them to shore.  When they asked who he was, he
                                            replied, 'I am Joseph, and I desire you to honor my seven sorrows and seven joys.'"

                                            Below are the following joys and sorrows of St. Joseph, along with their respective passages
                                            in scripture.  One approach to these Sundays is to read each passage and consider how Joseph
                                            Joseph would have felt in the situation.  This is a form of lectio divina or "divine reading,"
                                            where you are able to put yourself into the scene and see Joseph's expressions throught each
                                            episode.

                                            This year we begin this special devotion on Sunday, February 2, 2018.  Enjoy!


                                                                                        

                                            THE SEVEN SUNDAYS DEVOTION TO ST. JOSEPH

                                            When praying the Seven Sundays devotion, it is customary to pray for a specific intention,
                                            asking St. Joseph's powerful intercession for your needs.  Then read the bible readings for
                                            sorrow and for joy.  Begin seven Sundays before his Feast Day of March 19.

                                            1st Sunday
                                                                Sorrow (Matthew 1:19)  The Doubt of St. Joseph
                                                Joy (Matthew (1:20)  The Message of the Angel

                                            2nd Sunday
                                                Sorrow (Luke 2:7)  The Poverty of Jesus' Birth
                                                Joy (Luke 2:10-11)  The Birth of the Savior

                                            3rd Sunday
                                                Sorrow (Luke 2:21)  The Circumcision
                                                Joy (Matthew 1:25)  The Holy Name of Jesus

                                            4th Sunday
                                                Sorrow (Luke 2:34)  The Prophecy of Simeon
                                                Joy (Luke 2:38)  The Effects of Redemption

                                            5th Sunday
                                                Sorrow (Matthew 2:14)  The Flight into Egypt
                                                Joy (Isaiah 19:1)  The Overthrow of the Idols of Egypt

                                            6th Sunday
                                                Sorrow (Matthew 2:22)  The Return from Egypt
                                                Joy (Luke 2:
39)  Life with Jesus and Mary at Nazareth

                                            7th Sunday
                                                Sorrow (Luke 2:45)  The Loss of the Child Jesus
                                                Joy (Luke 2:46)  The Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple



St. Michael the Archangel
              St. Michael the Archangel Novena

   

    St. Michael the Archangel is mentioned a few times in the Bible and is venerated as the "Prince of Angels".

    He is known for interceding for us for protection from evil and for healing.

    In Christian art, he is often depicted wearing armor, wielding a sword or spear and slaying a dragon, a serpent or     satan.


More About St. Michael the Archangel

The Catholic Church refers to Michael the Archangel as St. Michael even though he is an angel and not a a saint whose recognition resulted from canonization.  He is believed to be the prince of all of God's angels and the protector of the church.

There were several instances when St. Michael is believed to have appeard in the Bible, among them:
        -    In the Book of Daniel, St. Michael is referenced as the "Great Prince and defender of your people"
        -    As a sword-wielding angel who introduced himself to Joshua just before the fall of Jericho as commander of the army of the Lord
        -    As the leader of the angels who banished satan and his minions according to the Book of Revelation
        -    As an archangel in the Epistle of Jude
        -    In the Epistle to the Thessalonians, mention is made of an archangel who will announce the second coming of Christ.  Though not
              Though not identified, it is believed to be referring to St. Michael.

St. Michael is venerated as a healer and protector of the Catholic Church.  He is the patron saint of grocers, mariners, paratroopers, police, and sickness.  His feast day is celebrated on September 29 but we are praying the novena in February.

Novena Prayers to St. Michael the Archangel

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen

Opening Prayers: 
 

St. Michael the Archangel, we honor you as a powerful protector of the Church and guardian of our souls.  Inspire us with your humility, courage and strength that we may reject sin and perfect our love for our Heavenly Father.

In your strength and humility, slay the evil and pride in our hearts so that nothing will keep us from God.

St. Michael the Archangel, we honor you as a powerful protector of the Church and guardian of our souls. Inspire us with your humility, courage and strength that we may reject sin and perfect our love for our Heavenly Father.

In your strength and humility, slay the evil and pride in our hearts so that nothing will keep us from God.

Daily Prayers:


Day One:    St. Michael the Archangel, pray that we may be blessed by God with the zeal to live our lives in accordance with Christ's    
                        teachings.

Day Two:    St. Michael the Archangel, pray that we may have the grace to see the image of God in the least of our brothers and sisters.

Day Three:    St. Michael the Archangel, pray that we may be protected from the snares of the devil that we may avoid all occations of sin.

Day Four:    St. Michael the Archangel, pray that we may have an overwhelming desire to humble ourselves before God in service to His
                        Will.

Day Five:    St. Michael the Archangel, pray that we may have the moral strength to defeat disordered desires and passions that would take the
                        place of Almighty God.

Day Six:    St. Michael the Archangel, pray that we may have the faith to entrust our lives to the loving care of our Heavenly Father.

Day Seven:    St. Michael the Archangel, pray that we may have the grace to joyfully dedicate everything that we do to the greater glory of
                        God.

Day Eight:    St. Michael the Archangel, pray that we may have the will to faithfully obey God in all of his commandments.

Day Nine:    St. Michael the Archangel, pray that we may have the grace to share eternity with our Heavenly Father.

Closing Prayer:

St. Michael the Archangel, you are the prince of angels but in your humility you recognized that God is God and you are but His servant. Unlike satan, you were not overcome with pride but were steadfast in humility.  Pray that we will have this same humility.

It is in the spirit of that humility that we ask for your intercession for our petitions....

(state your petitions)

"Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle, be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil.  May God rebuke him, we humbly pray; and do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly host, by the power of God, thrust into hell satan and all the evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls."

Amen.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen
                       




 A Message from Chuck Gordinier about Formed.org

As the parish’s coordinator for the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults, I find the programs available on the Formed.org
website invaluable. The resources are not only helpful in explaining Catholic beliefs and practices to potential converts,
but they’ve also expanded my knowledge and deepened my faith. Anyone who wants to know the depth and
beauty of our shared faith better would benefit from these well-conceived and inspiring videos. A particular favorite of
mine is the Catholicism programs moderated by Bishop Robert Barron of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
Bishop Barron is most well-known for his “Word on Fire” series. He has produced 400 online commentaries
about the Catholic faith. In the Catholicism series, Bishop Barron speaks with authority, insight,
and eloquence about our shared faith.

 In the first installment, “Amazed and Afraid,” he explores the amazing truth that Jesus “compels a choice like no other religious figure.” 
We are obligated to choose whether he is the promised messiah and revelation of God become man, or a
dangerous misguided fanatic. Against a backdrop of some of the most beautiful and revered religious sites in the world,
he speaks about the identity of Jesus. At the end of this 50 minute video, you will emerge assured that light
is more powerful than darkness, and that love is more enduring than hate.


News From Our Parish Lighthouse Catholic Media Parish Consultant Peg Dietl

 I am so excited to tell you about 3 major things new for St. Max!

 The 1st new thing-our Parish has invested in two new kiosks, one in St. Mary's parish center, and one in the vestibule of Epiphany... each has the same material. Please try a cd talk, a video, a book, or a booklet, share it with others... consider starting a book club, or hold a movie night. Every 2 months we will take an inventory and exchange unused items for new ones.  There is a complete list of products available on every topic under the sun by each kiosk. Leave a note in the slot on the kiosk if you would like an item(s) from the list. The donations made will be used to restock the kiosk. If we go nuts with this, we can supply the backside of the kiosk as well!

 The 2nd new thing- since St. Max Parish began presenting retreats for adults, starting with "33 Days to Morning Glory", by Fr. Michael Gaitley, attendees have clamored for more. Our current retreat, and it is a great one... "Divine Mercy in the 2nd Greatest Story Ever Told" is a "breathtaking journey combining history, Scripture, prophecy, and the lives of the saints to show God's merciful love for you!" This retreat is for everyone. There is no homework! We meet on Wednesday nights to watch the amazing video, and then have small group discussions on the questions provided! The topic is based on the lives of St. Faustina, St. Maximilian Kolbe and St. Pope John Paul II, and why he brought us Divine Mercy Sunday...why this is the time of mercy! It began on September 14, and will conclude on November 16th... just before the end of the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy! We are currently into the 7th week... but good news...  you can watch the videos that you may have missed on FORMED at your convenience and come to any or all "Movie" nights and join in on the conversation! Lives are being transformed and our faith is growing in leaps and bounds! We also laugh and have made many friends!

The 3rd new thing... we have purchased a program called FORMED.

Yup... every member of this parish has access for free to this website.

Every family or parishioner must create an account using your email and our Parish Code.

 FIRST, go to formed.org. 

 NEXT, click on Log-in.

 THIRD, type in your email, and

 FOURTH, type in our Parish Code: you need to get this information from Kathy in the Parish Office!

Our retreat is on the FORMED website... however if you would still like to buy your own copy of the workbook or the book The Second Greatest Story Ever Told, written by Fr. Michael Gaitley.... just let Peg Dietl know. It is not too late to join the group for Divine Mercy in the 2nd Greatest Story Ever Told. It is awesome!!!!!

So you ask, why any/or all of these materials? The Lighthouse Catholic Media people, a non-for-profit organization, have found a way to reach the parishioner wherever he is; at home, in church, on the go in the car, etc.... and there has been fabulous evidence from around the world, that this new way of communicating has led many people back into the pews on the weekends! Let's pray for this new ministry so that many of our lost and non-believers will make their way home to God. There will be more information coming about FORMED in the next few weeks. Thank you for reading!

 As always, have a beautiful faith-filled day! Your Parish Consultant, Peg Dietl