Holy Family Catholic Church ~ McGregor, MN

Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church ~ McGrath, MN

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Week of January 22 through January 28

Monday, January 22 through Sunday, January 28

Monday, 1/22, 3rd Week in Ordinary Time< Collect: Almighty ever-living God, direct our actions according to your good pleasure, that in the name of your beloved Son we may abound in good works. 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.
(Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of unborn Children.) “The deepest element of God’s commandment to protect human life is the requirement to show reverence and love for every person and the life of every person.” —St. John Paul II

Tuesday, 1/23 St. Vincent, Deacon and Martyr (Optional Memorial)< Entrance Antiphon: This holy man fought to the death for the law of his God and did not fear the words of the godless, for he was built on solid rock. Collect: Almighty ever-living God, mercifully pour out your Spirit upon us, so that our hearts may possess that strong love by which the Martyr Saint Vincent triumphed over all bodily torments. 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.

Wednesday, 1/24 St. Francis de Sales, Bishop and Doctor of the Church (Memorial): Collect: O God, who for the salvation of souls willed that the Bishop Saint Francis de Sales become all things to all, graciously grant that, following his example, we may always display the gentleness of your charity in the service of our neighbor. 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. “There is nothing small in the service of God.” —St. Francis de Sales

Thursday, 1/25 The Conversion of St. Paul the Apostle (Feast)< Collect: O God, who taught the whole world through the preaching of the blessed Apostle Paul, draw us, we pray, nearer to you through the example of him whose conversion we celebrate today, and so make us witnesses to your truth in the world. 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.

Friday, 1/26 Sts. Timothy and Titus, Bishops (Memorial)< Collect: O God, who adorned Saints Timothy and Titus with apostolic virtues, grant, through the intercession of them both, that, living justly and devoutly in this present age, we may merit to reach our heavenly homeland. 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, 1/27 St. Angela Merici, Virgin (Optional Memorial)Collect: May the Virgin Saint Angela never fail to commend us to your compassion, O Lord, we pray, that, following the lessons of her charity and prudence, we may hold fast to your teaching and express it in what we do. 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, 1/28, 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time Entrance Antiphon: Save us, O Lord our God! And gather us from the nations, to give thanks to your holy name, and make it our glory to praise you. that we may honor you with all our mind, and love everyone in truth of heart. Collect: Grant us, Lord our God, that we may honor you with all our mind, and love everyone in truth of heart. 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.

“As we follow Christ in this mission to be fishers of men, we must bring men and women out of the sea that is salted with so many forms of alienation and onto the land of life, into the light of God.” —Pope Benedict XVI

“Blessed is he who possesses Bethlehem in his heart, and in whose heart Christ is born daily,” —St. Jerome “On this night let us share the joy of the Gospel: God loves us, he so loves us that he gave us his Son to be our brother, to be light in our darkness.” —Pope Francis

“We should always observe Advent with faith and love, offering praise and thanksgiving to the father for the mercy and love he has shown us in this mystery.” —St. Charles Borromeo

“Christ is everything for us. If you wish to cure a wound, he is doctor; … if you desire heaven, he is the way, if you flee from darkness, he is light; if you seek food, he is nourishment.” —St. Ambrose

“The King whom we follow and who accompanies us is very special: he is a King who loves even to the cross and who teaches us to serve and to love.” —Pope Francis

“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

“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