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Mass Intentions for the coming week

Date Time Intentions
Sunday January 24 9:00am Missa Pro Populo
Wednesday January 27 9:00am Those named in Memoriam & Donors to the Building Fund
Grace of Total Surrender by a parishioner
Friday January 29 9:00am Holy Souls in Purgatory

January 25th – Conversion of St. Paul

(Acts 9) Meanwhile Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any who belonged to the Way, men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. Now as he was going along and approaching Damascus, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” He asked, “Who are you, Lord?” The reply came, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. But get up and enter the city, and you will be told what you are to do.” The men who were traveling with him stood speechless because they heard the voice but saw no one. Saul got up from the ground, and though his eyes were open, he could see nothing; so they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus. For three days he was without sight, and neither ate nor drank.

This is the man who would become known as the Apostle to the Gentiles. He would do more than perhaps anyone else to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ far and wide, and to fight heterodoxy and other problems that would arise in the churches he established. St. Paul is largely responsible for the spreading of Christianity beyond Jewish circles.

St. Paul helps to show us just what conversion means, not simply mean changing religious adherence. Paul’s conversion consisted of his acceptance of Jesus as the Messiah, but also a change of heart. Paul had essentially made a career out of persecuting Christians for their faith. After his experience on the road to Damascus, Paul recognized the folly of his ways, and had a dramatic change of heart. This is in what conversion consists: a change of heart.

January – month dedicated to the Holy Name of Jesus

Discourse on the Name of Jesus by St. Alphonsus Liguori

Vocatum est nomen ejus Jesus. “His Name was called Jesus.” (Luke 2:21)
This great name of Jesus was not given by man, but by God himself; “The name of Jesus,” says St. Bernard, “was first preordained by God.” [1] It was a new name: A new Name, which the mouth of the Lord shall name. [2] A new name, which God alone could give to Him Whom He destined for the Saviour of the world. A new and an eternal name; because, as our salvation was decreed from all eternity, so from all eternity was this name given to the Redeemer. Nevertheless this name was only bestowed on Jesus Christ in this world on the day of His circumcision: And after eight days were accomplished that the Child should be circumcised, His name was called Jesus. The Eternal Father wished at that time to reward the humility of His Son by giving Him so honourable a name. Yes, while Jesus humbles Himself, submitting in His circumcision to be branded with the mark of a sinner, it is just that His Father should honor Him by giving Him a name that exceeds the dignity and sublimity of any other name: God hath given Him a Name which is above all names. [3] And He commands that this name should be adored by the Angels, by men, and by devils: That in the Name of Jesus every knee should bow of those that are in Heaven, on earth, and under the earth. [4] If, then, all creatures are to adore this great name, still more ought we sinners to adore it, since it was in our behalf that this name of Jesus; which signifies Saviour, was given to Him; and for this end also He came down from Heaven, namely, to save sinners: “For us men and for our salvation He came down from Heaven, and was made Man.” [5] We ought to adore Him, and at the same time to thank God Who has given Him this name for our good; for it is this name that consoles us, defends us, and makes us burn with love.
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If we are in affliction, let us invoke Jesus, and He will console us. If we are tempted, let us invoke Jesus, and He will give us strength to withstand all our enemies. If, lastly, we are in aridity, and are cold in Divine love, let us invoke Jesus, and He will inflame our hearts. Happy are they who have this most tender and holy name always on their lips! A name of peace, a name of hope, a name of salvation, and a name of love. And oh! happy shall we be if we are fortunate enough to die pronouncing the name of Jesus! But if we desire to breathe out our last sigh with this sweet name on our tongue, we must accustom ourselves to repeat it often during our life.
[1] Treatise St. Bernard ii. s. 49
[2] “The nations will see your vindication, and the kings your glory; and you shall be called by a new name which the mouth of the Lord will give” (Isaiah 62:2)
[3] “Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name which is above every other name” (Phil 2:9)
[4] “that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth.” (Phil 2:10)
[5] Nicene Creed
excerpt taken from the book: The Incarnation, Birth and Infancy of Jesus Christ
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  • Each time we say, “Jesus,” we give God infinite joy and glory, for we offer Him all the merits of the Passion and Death of Jesus Christ. St. Paul tells us that Jesus merited the Name Jesus by His Passion and Death.
  • Each time we say “Jesus,” let us offer God all the Masses being said all over the world for all our intentions. We share in these thousands of Masses.
  • Each time we say “Jesus,” we gain indulgences for the Holy Souls in Purgatory, thus relieving and liberating these holy souls from their pains. They may be our best friends and pray for us – as they cannot pray for themselves.
  • Each time we say “Jesus,” it is an act of perfect love. We offer to God the infinite love of Jesus.
    The Holy Name of Jesus saves us from innumerable evils and delivers us from the power of the devil, who is seeks to do us harm.
  • The Holy Name of Jesus gradually fills our souls with a genuine peace and joy.
  • The Holy Name of Jesus gives us strength, so that our sufferings become easy to bear.