TRADITIONAL CATHOLICS AGE 16 AND OVER PLEASE CONSIDER BECOMING A CATHOLIC MISSIONARY
BELOW IS AN UPDATE FROM THE FSSP ON THE MISSION OPPORTUNITIES AVAIABLE IN 2018
We shared with you over the summer the adventures of two St. Francis Xavier mission trips to Piura, Peru. A montage of video from both trips has been released, including interviews with the missionaries, the Peruvians they assisted and the priests who were involved with the trips. It is amazing. We dare you not to be inspired by the joy and love for God shown by those who are so poor and who live under such harsh conditions, and the gratitude that the missionaries themselves felt for this opportunity to give their time in service to others.
One Peruvian said: “After all that happened we are alive, so what we have to do is to thank God for everything.”
Registration for the 2018 St. Francis Xavier Mission Trips is now open. Available trips include a trip to Mexico for families and individuals aged 16+, and trips to Peru and the Dominican Republic for youth 16-21. Please visit the St. Francis Xavier website to learn more and sign up!
If you cannot go on a mission trip but would like to donate, you can do so online here. May God reward you for your generosity!
A few statistics from the Peru trips (totals from both trips):
46 kids aged 16-21, accompanied by 3 priests, 3 seminarians, 3 adult chaperones on each trip. Fr. Eggleston, all 3 seminarians, and 3 of those kids stayed in Peru for a whole month, working both missions.
22 bamboo houses constructed particularly for those families who were affected by the floods.
1 classroom building, similar to the houses, but slightly larger. The missionaries were told that this would be used primarily for catechism, as it was attached to the back of a village church.
16 food deliveries, each of which entailed bringing non-perishable food items (large sacks of rice, pasta, etc.) to families in need. Each delivery served about 5-6 families, so at least 80 families were assisted.
16 house blessings, for which the priests would take a missionary or two to assist as the priest would bless houses in the villages. Each of the 16 ventures included over a dozen houses.
15 Communion calls, each of which included about 10 different houses.
7 clothing deliveries, which entailed bringing 6-7 large bags of clothing to churches in the villages. The mothers were invited to select about 10 items for their families, the lines for these deliveries normally stretching out of sight.
7 stove deliveries, which entailed delivering gas stoves and propane tanks to those in need. Each delivery helped about 5-6 families.
3 trips to teach English to students at a local school.
Friday, December 29, 2017
Thursday, December 28, 2017
Father McDonald, pastor of St Anne's parish in Richmond Hill will celebrate a high mass this Sunday at the Savannah Cathedral at 1:00 pm for the Sunday within the Octave of Christmas, please show your support by attending and thanking him for saying the mass.
FSSP Priest Blessing Parishioners Home
Please ask your local priest to use the Roman Ritual and perform the Epiphany House Blessing on your home. The ceremony is in the Roman Ritual, and the English translation is below for you to follow along. All Catholic priests may use the traditional Roman Ritual pursuant to Summorum Pontificum, without seeking any type of permission. The only blessing of Epiphany water in the State of Georgia will take place at St Francis de Sales, in Mableton Ga. on Friday January 5th (Vigil of the Epiphany) at approximately 5:00 o'clock during vespers. The chalk and incense used in the blessing are actually blessed on the day of the Epiphany. For directions to the church see http://stfrancisdesalesatl.com/
BLESSING OF HOMES During the Season of Epiphany
It is that time of year for your priest to come to your home and bless your house during the Octave of the Epiphany. He will use the Epiphany water blessed at vespers on the Vigil of the Epiphany and the chalk and incense blessed on the Feast of the Epiphany. Here is the English translation of the ritual.
( Please note the Father of the House will lead the priest from room to room with a lighted blessed candle-also all who enter for the first time after the blessing do so with their right foot)
As the priest comes into the home he says:
P: God's peace be in this home.
All: And in all who live here.
P. Ant.: Magi from the East came to Bethlehem to adore the Lord; and opening their treasure chests they presented Him with precious gifts: gold for the great King, incense for the true God, and myrrh in symbol of His burial. Alleluia.
Canticle of the Magnificat
P: "My soul * extols the Lord;
All: And my spirit leaps for joy in God my Savior.
P: How graciously He looked upon His lowly maid! * Oh, see, from this hour onward age after age will call me blessed!
All: How sublime is what He has done for me, * the Mighty One, whose name is 'Holy'!
P: From age to age He visits those * who worship Him in reverence.
All: His arm achieves the mastery: * He routs the haughty and proud of heart.
P: He puts down princes from their thrones, * and exalts the lowly;
All: He fills the hungry with blessings, * and sends away the rich with empty hands.
P: He has taken by the hand His servant Israel, * and mercifully kept His faith,
All: As He had promised our fathers * with Abraham and his posterity forever and evermore."
P: Glory be to the Father.
All: As it was in the beginning.
Meanwhile the home is sprinkled with holy water and incensed. At the end of the Magnificat the antiphon is repeated. Then the priest says Our Father (the rest inaudibly until:)
P: And lead us not into temptation.
All: But deliver us from evil.
P: Many shall come from Saba.
All: Bearing gold and incense.
P: Lord, heed my prayer.
All: And let my cry be heard by you.
P: The Lord be with you.
All: May he also be with you.
Let us pray.
God, who on this day revealed your only-begotten Son to all nations by the guidance of a star, grant that we who now know you by faith may finally behold you in your heavenly majesty; through Christ our Lord.
Responsory: Be enlightened and shine forth, O Jerusalem, for your light is come; and upon you is risen the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ born of the Virgin Mary.
P: Nations shall walk in your light, and kings in the splendor of- your birth.
All: And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you.
Let us pray.
Lord God almighty, bless this home, and under its shelter let there be health, chastity, self-conquest, humility, goodness, mildness, obedience to your commandments, and thanksgiving to God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. May your blessing remain always in this home and on those who live here; through Christ our Lord. All: Amen.
Bless each room with incense and Epiphany Water. Write the Magi’s initials, connected by Crosses, and the year’s numbers over the exterior doors with the blessed chalk, like this:
XX C+M+B XVIII
Wednesday, December 27, 2017
Intoning the Veni Creator Spiritus at Solemn Mass
ONLY MASS FOR THE FEAST OF THE CICUMCISM IN GEORGIA
There will be (the only one in Georgia) a high mass at St Francis de Sales (directions see: https://stfrancisdesalesatl.com/) in the Atlanta Diocese on the Feast of the Circumcision-January 1st, 2018 at 11:30 am. The Veni Creator Spiritus will be sung for the plenary indulgence. Confessions heard before mass. Holy Mother Church provides two plenary indulgences on the last and first day of the year, see below
§ 1. A plenary indulgence is granted to the Christian faithful who, in a church or in an oratory, are present [take part] in a recitation or solemn chant of: ...
1° the hymn Veni Creator ... on the first day of the year, imploring divine assistance for the whole of the coming year...
2° the Te Deum hymn, on the last day of the year, in thanksgiving to God for the favors received in the course of the entire year.
(Usual Conditions Apply)
Thursday, December 21, 2017
Father Renaurd West, Sacred Ministers, and Servers
LATIN MASS IN AUGUSTA FOR THE FEAST OF THE HOLY FAMILY
The well known pastor of Our Lady of Peace in North Augusta will celebrate a Low Mass on Sunday January 7th at 1:00 pm. The church of Our Lady of Peace is located at 856 Old Edgefield Rd North Augusta SC 29841. There will be a reception afterwards for Catholics to meet other traditional Catholics who are serious about their Faith. Please bring a snack to share to the reception. If you would like to help out in any way by ushering, helping with the after mass social, singing in the schola, altar serving etc., please contact Dr. Seiters at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, December 18, 2017
CHRISTMAS DAY MASSES IN GEORGIA
Savannah Cathedral (PLEASE NOTE THE SUNDAY LATIN MASS FOR THE VIGIL OF CHRISTMAS HAS BEEN CANCELED)
High Mass 11:30 am
The cathedral is located at 222 East Harris Street, Savannah, Georgia, 31401
ATLANTA DIOCESE ( PLEASE NOTE THIS WILL BE THE ONLY MIDNIGHT MASS IN THE STATE OF GEORGIA)
St Francis de Sales
Midnight High Mass (Carols start at 11:50 pm)
9:00 am Low Mass
11:30 am Low Mass
Confessions before all masses
For directions click here:
Monday, December 11, 2017
Rorate Caeli Mass said by candlelight
THE ONLY RORATE CAELI MASS IN GEORGIA
The only Rorate Caeli Mass in the state of Georgia will be at St Francis de Sales in Mableton on Saturday morning December 16th at 7:00 am. The church is lit only by candle light. This mass is said before sunrise and ends as the sun comes up. During the mass sun light gradually fills the church to correspond to the prayers of the mass. This will be a high mass.
For directions click here: