Holy Family Catholic Church ~ McGregor, MN

Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church ~ McGrath, MN

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Week of November 20

Monday, November 20, through Sunday, November 26

Monday, 11/20 33rd Week in Ordinary Time: Entrance Antiphon: The Lord said: I think thoughts of peace and not of affliction. You will call upon me, and I will answer you, and I will lead back your captives from every place. Collect: Grant us, we pray, O Lord our God, the constant gladness of being devoted to you, for it is full and lasting happiness to serve with constancy the author of all that is good. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. “Blessed are you who fear the Lord, who walk in his ways! For you shall eat the fruit of your handiwork; blessed shall you be, and favored.” —Psalm 128:1-2

Tuesday, 11/21 The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Memorial): Entrance Antiphon: Blessed are you, O Virgin Mary, who bore the Creator of all things. You became the Mother of your Maker, and you remain for ever Virgin. Collect: As we venerate the glorious memory of the most holy Virgin Mary, grant, we pray, O Lord, through her intercession, that we, too, may merit to receive from the fullness of your grace. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.”Mary appears to us today as the temple in which God has placed his salvation and as the handmaid who was totally consecrated to the Lord,.” —St. John Paul II

Wednesday, 11/22 St. Cecilia, Virgin and Martyr: (Memorial) Collect: O God, who gladden us each year with the feast day of your handmaid Saint Cecilia, grant, we pray, that what has been devoutly handed down concerning her may offer us examples to imitate and proclaim the wonders worked in his servants by Christ your Son. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. “To die for Christ is not to sacrifice one’s youth, but to renew it. Jesus Christ returns a hundredfold for all offered him, and adds to it eternal life.” —St. Cecilia

Thursday, 11/23, Thanksgiving Day (USA) Entrance Antiphon: Sing and make music to the Lord in your hearts, always thanking God the Father for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Collect: Father all-powerful, your gifts of love are countless and your goodness infinite; as we come before you on Thanksgiving Day with gratitude for your kindness, open our hearts to have concern for every man, woman, and child, so that we may share your gifts in loving service. Through our Lord. Amen. “Remember with thanksgiving the blessings and providence of God . . . [and] glorify God, giving him from the heart praises that rise on high.” —St. Anthony

Friday, 11/24 St. Andrew Dung-Lac, Priest, and Companions, Martyrs (Memorial): Collect: O God, source and origin of all fatherhood, who kept the Martyrs Saint Andrew Dung-Lac and his companions faithful to the Cross of your Son, even to the shedding of their blood, grant, through their intercession, that, spreading your love among our brothers and sisters, we may be your children both in name and in truth. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Saturday, 11/25, St. Catherine of Alexandria, Virgin and Martyr (Optional Memorial): Collect: Almighty ever-living God, who gave Saint Catherine of Alexandria to your people as a Virgin and an invincible Martyr, grant that through her intercession we may be strengthened in faith and constancy and spend ourselves without reserve for the unity of the Church. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Sunday, 11/26, Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe: (Solemnity) Collect: Almighty ever-living God, whose will is to restore all things in your beloved Son, The King of the universe, grant, we pray, that the whole creation, set free from slavery, may render your majesty service and ceaselessly proclaim your praise. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. “Th King whom we follow and who accompanies us a very special: he is a King who loves even to the cross and who teaches us to serve and to love.” —Pope Francis

“God wanted to set us free, and the way he chose was to become one of us.” —St. Leo The Great

“Your ways, O Lord, make known to me; teach me your paths, guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my savior.” —Psalm 25:4-5

“The whole life of the Church benefits from the mysterious and powerful help of angels.” —Catechism of the Catholic Church, 334

“Extend mercy toward others, so that there is no one in need whom we meet without helping. For what hope is there for us if God should withdraw mercy from us?—St,. Vincent de Paul

“The cross of Christ has become a source from which flow rivers of living water.” —St. John Paul II

“Nothing makes us so God-like as our willingness to forgive.” —St. John Chrysostom

“The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom should I fear? The Lord is my life’s refuge; of whom should I be afraid?” —Psalm 27:1

“Let us ask the Blessed Virgin Mary to open our hearts to greater confidence in the Lord who in her, the humble and docile handmaid, worked great wonders.” —St. John Paul II

“Thomas [the apostle] . . . helps us learn from Jesus the true meaning of mature faith, encouraging us to persevere as disciples of Christ!” —Pope Benedict XVI (St. Thomas brought the faith to the country of India and his tomb is there.)

“If you wish to adore the real Face of Jesus, we can find it in the divine Eucharist, where with the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, the Face of our Lord is hidden under the white veil of the Host.” —St. Gaetano Catanoso

“On your sacrament we daily embrace you and receive you into our bodies; make us worthy to experience the resurrection for which we hope.” —St. Ephrem