Weekly Announcements: May 17th - May 24th

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The church will be open for private prayer for up to 10 people from 7-11 AM each day beginning this coming Tuesday. Our pastor, Fr. Pendergraft, recommends people make frequent spiritual Communions. For how to do this, see this post: Making a Spiritual Communion.

Sunday, May 17th - 5th Sunday after Easter
(Private Mass) - Missa Pro Populo

Monday, May 18th - St. Venantius
(Private Mass) - Judy Horvath

Tuesday, May 19th - St. Peter Celestine
(Private Mass) - Fr. Favole

Wednesday, May 20th - Vigil of the Ascension
(Private Mass) - Kyle Derkowski

Thursday, May 21st - Ascension of the Lord
(Private Mass) - Intentions of the Confraternity of St. Peter

Friday, May 22nd - Feria after Ascension
(Private Mass) † Repose of the soul of Helena LeBow

Saturday, May 23rd - Saturday of Our Lady
(Private Mass) Roger Seevell

The Sacrament of Penance is offered 30 minutes before each weekday Mass. Requests are also taken after Mass as time dictates.

And [Jesus] said to them: Go ye into the whole world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized, shall be saved: but he that believeth not shall be condemned. And these signs shall follow them that believe: In my name they shall cast out devils: they shall speak with new tongues. They shall take up serpents; and if they shall drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them: they shall lay their hands upon the sick, and they shall recover. And the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God. But they going forth preached everywhere: the Lord working withal, and confirming the word with signs that followed.
-St. Mark 16 : 15-20

Sunday, May 24th - Sunday after Ascension
(Private Mass) - Missa Pro Populo

May we continue to pray that access to the sacraments and the ability to participate fully in the public worship of the One, True God will be restored soon. Let us also pray that the Truth may be revealed and the darkness overcome.
Please contact the rectory with any concerns or spiritual questions that you have.

-Fr. Gregory Pendergraft, FSSP


A novena is a nine day prayer recalling the nine days that Mary and the Apostles remained in the upper room praying for the promised Spirit. Because of the link between the first novena and Pentecost, the “Novena to the Holy Spirit” is considered the chief of all novenas. Thus it is a great practice to imitate the Apostles and spend these days before Pentecost, using this novena or other prayers, to beg for the gifts of the Holy Ghost, that by obtaining them, we may use them to love and serve God more perfectly.

The novena begins on the Friday after Ascension Thursday (this year May 22) and ends nine days later on the vigil (this year May 30) of Pentecost Sunday.

Novena to the Holy Ghost

First Day:  Come, O Holy Spirit, the Lord and Lifegiver; take up Thy dwelling within my soul, and make of it Thy sacred temple. Make me live by grace as an adopted son of God. Pervade all the energies of my soul, and create in me a fountain of living water springing up into life everlasting.  *Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be.

Second Day:  Come, O Spirit of Wisdom, and reveal to my soul the mysteries of heavenly things, their exceeding greatness, and power, and beauty. Teach me to love them above and beyond all the passing joys and satisfactions of earth. Show me the way by which I may be able to attain to them and possess them, and hold them hereafter, my own forever. *Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be.

Third Day:  Come, O Spirit of Understanding, and enlighten our minds, that we may know and believe all the mysteries of salvation, and may merit at last to see the eternal light in Thy light; and in the light of glory to have the clear vision of Thee and the Father and the Son.  *Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be.

Fourth Day:  Come, O Spirit of Counsel, help and guide me in all my ways, that I may always do Thy holy will. Incline my heart to that which is good, turn it away from all that is evil, and direct me by the path of Thy Commandments to the goal of eternal life for which I long.  *Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be.

Fifth Day:  Come, O Spirit of Fortitude, and give fortitude to our souls. Make our hearts strong in all trials and in all distress, pouring forth abundantly into them the gifts of strength, that we may be able to resist the attacks of the devil. *Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be.

Sixth Day:  Come, O Spirit of Knowledge and make us understand and despise the emptiness and nothingness of the world. Give us grace to use the world only for Thy glory and the salvation of Thy creatures. May we always be very faithful in putting Thy rewards before every earthly gift. *Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be.

Seventh Day:  Come, O Spirit of Piety, possess my heart; incline it to a true faith in Thee, to a holy love of Thee, my God, that with my whole soul I may seek Thee, and find Thee my best, my truest joy. *Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be.

Eighth Day:  Come, O Spirit of holy Fear, penetrate my inmost heart, that I may set Thee, my Lord and God, before my face forever; and shun off things that can offend Thee, so that I may be made worthy to appear before the pure eyes of Thy divine Majesty in the heaven of heavens, where Thou livest and reignest in the unity of the Ever-blessed Trinity, God, world without end. *Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be.

Ninth Day:  Come, O Holy Comforter, and grant us a relish for heavenly things. Produce in our souls the flowers and fruits of virtue, so that, being filled with all sweetness and joy in the pursuit of good, we may attain unto eternal blessedness. *Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be.