Saint Paul

 

 

 

almanac

of the Institute of the Missions

for the year 1926

 

 

Tip. della " Casa di San Giuseppe" -Hamrum - Malta

 

 

 

Die 14 Februarii 1926

NIHIL OBSTAT

FR.AEGIDIUS NASTASI O.P.

Cens Theol

 

 

Almanac for the year 1926

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Moveable Feasts

1. Settuagesima Sunday - 31st January

2. Ash Wednesday - 17th February

3. Easter Sunday - 4th April

4. Ascension of Jesus Christ into Heaven - 13th May

5. Pentecost - 23rd May

6. Corpus Christi - 3rd June

7. The Sacred heart of Jesus - 11th June

8. First Sunday of Advent - 28th November

Feasts of Obligation

1. All Sundays

2. The Circumcision-1st January

3. Epiphany-6th January

*4 The Conv.of St.Paul -25th Jan.

*5. St.Pauls' Shipwreck-10th Feb.

6. St.Joseph - 19th March

7. Ascension of Jesus into Heaven-13th May

8. Corpus Christi-3rd June

*9.St.John Bapt.-24th June

10.St.Peter and Paul-29th June

11.Assumption of Our Lady-15th August

12.All Saints- 1st Nov.

13.The Immaculate Conception -8th Dec.

14.Christmas- 25th December

Ember Days

1.Spring -24,26,27 February

2.Summer-26,28,29March

3.Autumn- 15,17,18 Sept.

4.Winter- 15,17,18 December.

Fast Days

Lent and Ember Days

Pentecost vigil -22nd May

Assumption of Our Lady Vigil-14th Aug.

Christmas vigil- 24th December

Days of Abstinence

Meat is prohibited on the vigils referred to above, on Ember Days, on Ash Wednesday and on all Fridays during the year and on Saturday during Lent. On all the other days during Lent one may eat meat only once although there is the obligation to fast. Fasting and Abstinence, however, end on Easter Saturday at noon.

When the solemn celebration of marriage is prohibited.

From the first Sunday of Advent, 28th November to Christmas 25th December; and from Ash Wednesday 17th February to Easter 4th April, day by day.

 

 

*These feasts are Days of Obligation only in Malta.

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january

Month dedicated to the Holy Name of Jesus

The harvest is large,

but the workers are few

st.luke

1 Friday Circumcision of O.L.J.C. New Year's Day
2 Saturday saint Macarius Abbot
3 Sunday The Holy Name of Jesus
4 Monday Blessed Angela from Foligno
5 Tuesday saint Telesphorus pope Mart
6 Wednesday Epiphany
7 Thursday Saint Lucianus martyr
    Last Quarter at 9 and 22m in the evening
8 Friday saint Saverinus bishop-saint Theophilus martyr
9 Saturday Saint Vitale martyr
10 Sunday First after Epiphany- The Holy Family
11 Monday saint Igino pope martyr
12 Tuesday saint Probo bishop of Verona
13 Wednesday Epiphany Octave.
14 Thursday saint Hilary bishop and doctor
    New Moon at 8 and 35m in the evening
15 Friday saint Paul first hermit
16 Saturday saint Marcollus I pope martyr
17 Sunday Second After Epiphany
18 Monday Chair of St.Peter in Rome
19 Tuesday ss.Mario and his companions martyrs
20 Wednesday saint Fabian and saint Sebastian martyrs
    First Quarter at one and thirty at night
21 Thursday s.Publius bishop of Malta- Its Min. Pat.
22 Friday saint Vincent and saint Anastasi martyrs
    First Day of St.Paul's Triduum in the Chapel of the Institute.
23 Saturday saint Raymond from Pennafort
24 Sunday Third After Epiphany
25 Monday Conv. of St.Paul. Ap- Main pat. of Malta
    Feast in the Chapel of the Institute
26 Tuesday saint Polycarp bishop of Smirna
27 Wednesday st.John Chrysostom bishop and doct (patron of preachers)
28 Thursday saint Valerius bishop
    Full Moon at 11 and 35m at night.
29 Friday saint Francis of Sales bishop and doctor
30 Saturday saint Martina virgin and martyr
31 Sunday Settuagesima

 

 

february

Month dedicated to the Ap. Saint Paul Our Father

"Dear brothers, if you want to be rich,

love true wealth. True wealth is only

that which adorns us with virtue.

S.Gregory Pope

1 Monday saint Ignatius bishop martyr
2 Tuesday Purification of the V.M. (Candlemas)
    Feast in the chapel of the Institute
3 Wednesday saint Blaise bishop martyr
4 Thursday saint Andrew Corsini bishop of Fiesole
5 Friday s.Agatha V. and m. Min. pat. of malta
6 Saturday saint Titus bishop disciple of St.Paul
    Last Quarter at 1 and 25m at night.
7 Sunday Sessagesima
    (First Day of St.Paul's Triduum in the Chapel of the Institute)
8 Monday saint John of Matha
9 Tuesday saint Apollonia virgin and martyr
10 Wednesday st.Paul Ap.'s Shipwreck
11 Thursday First apparition of Our Lady at Lourdes in the year 1858
12 Friday saint Eulalia virgin and martyr
    New Moon at 7 and 20m in the evening
13 Saturday saint Beninius martyr Carnival
14 Sunday Quinquagesima Do
15 Monday ss.Faustina and Jiovita martyrs Do
16 Tuesday saint Jiuliana Virgin Do
17 Wednesday Ash Wednesday-Marriage prohibit - fast and abst.
18 Thursday saint Simon bishop of Jerusalem mart.
19 Friday saint Conrad hermit
    First quarter at 2 and 36m at night
20 Saturday Consecration of the Concathedral Church of st.Johnís
21 Sunday First of Lent
22 Monday Chair of Saint Peter in Antioch
23 Tuesday saint Peter Domiani cardinal and doctor
24 Wednesday saint Matthias ap and ev.- Emb D. fast and abst.
25 Thursday saint Margaret from Cortona
26 Friday saint Victor hermit Emb. D. fast and abst
27 Saturday saint Leonard bishop Emb. D. fast and abst
    Full moon at 6 and 51m in the evening.
28 Sunday second of Lent.

 

Some of the things which

the Vatican Missionary Exposition taught us.

 

 

All those who were lucky to visit Rome this year and therefore they could visit the Missionary Exposition, were not the least struck by that zeal and work involving thousands upon thousands of Missionaries and Sisters to spread the Kingdom of Jesus Christ throughout the world. No less than the others, we ourselves were not only amazed but also filled with new strength to work and to strive for such a wonderful and holy end which is so dear to the Vicar of Jesus Christ and to all those faithful who feel the christian spirit alive inside them.

In fact at the Section of Statistics of the Vatican Missionary Exposition, a large painting divided into three (parts)attracted our attention; it is placed at the end of the exhibition of the Subsidiary Works of the Missions.

The drawing at the centre represents the Heart of Jesus faced by two kneeling youths. They symbolize American students: pen in hand and gown on their shoulders on this scene an inscription in english arouses one's curiosity:" The world for the Heart of Jesus; the Heart of Jesus for the world."

This display of the "Grusade of Catholic Students started not long ago in the United States of America to help the Catholic missions by both spiritual and material means. The statistics which we will be mentioning shows how abundant was this help. The statistics are the following:-

-Masses attended 8,636766- Reception of the Eucharist 2,464,690

-Visits to the M. Bl. Sacrament 8,428,676 -Rosaries 6,850,940

-Way of the Cross 835,690 -Aspirations 22,013,145,255 Acts of Mortification 6,968,750 - Hours of Study 35,838,225

-Hours of work 7,055,960 -Hours of recreation 8,638,655

-Prayers, devotions and spiritual exercises 359,435,240

-Charity Dollars 572,162,90

Looking at this sum, we clearly see that the amount of money gathered was enormous. However the sum of spiritual offerings is much greater and of inestimable value. It amounted to no less than twenty and a half milliards of exercises of piety; amongst them two and a half million communion.

The History of this Crusade is short because it is only seven years old. From the fruit it yields we can see how great and beautiful it is; the good it works among souls and the blessing for the mission it attracts from heaven.

We have already invited the well-wishers of our small Institute for this practice. We have already been answered by some spiritual oblations. And we have also already felt the effect of prayer; so much so that we had confirmed again the truth in the words of the Gospel, "Petite et accipietis- ask and you will receive.

 

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march

Month dedicated to the Patriarch Saint Joseph

"Pray the Lord of harvest that he

sends he workers in His harvest"t

S.Luke

1 Monday saint Albinus bishop of Angers
2 Tuesday saint Simplicius pope
3 Wednesday saint Conegonda empress
4 Thursday saint Casimir confessor
5 Friday saint John of the cross
6 Saturday saint Perpetua and saint Felicity martyrs
7 Sunday third of Lent
    Last quarter at 1 and 50m in the after noon
8 Monday saint John of God confessor
9 Tuesday saint Frances of Rome widow
10 Wednesday saints martyrs of Sebaste
11 Thursday saint Benedict bishop of Milan founder of the Benedictines
12 Friday saint Gregory pope martyr
13 Saturday saint Marcianus bishop of Tortona
14 Sunday Fourth of Lent
    New moon at 5 and 20m in the morning
15 Monday saint Longinus martyr
16 Tuesday saint Cyriacus deacon
    First day of Triduum in honour of St.Joseph in the chapel of the Institute
17 Wednesday saint Patrick bishop of Ireland
18 Thursday saint Cyril of Jerusalem
19 Friday Transit of St.Joseph spouse of V.M.
20 Saturday saint Ottone hermit martyr
21 Sunday Passion
    First quarter at 7 and 12m in the morning
22 Monday saint Catherine of Genoa widow
23 Tuesday saint Victorianus martyr
24 Wednesday saint Timothy martyr
25 Thursday Annunciation of the B.M.V.
26 Friday The 7 Sorrows of the Virgin Mary
27 Saturday saint John Damascene conf. and doctor
28 Sunday Palms
29 Monday M. in Holy Week
    Full Moon at Noon
30 Tuesday T. in Holy Week
31 Wednesday Tenebrae Wednesday

 

 

april

Month dedicated to the Risen Christ

Dear brothers, if you seek true honour,

walk toward the kingdom of heaven.

S.Gregory Pope

1 Thursday Maundy Th.-The Last supper of O.L.J.C.
2 Friday Good F-Death of O.L.J.C.
3 Saturday Holy S.-The Glory - Fasting ends at noon
4 Sunday Easter Solemn celebration of marriages permitted.
5 Monday Easter M.
    Last quarter at 10 and 50m in the evening
6 Tuesday Easter T.
7 Wednesday saint Juiliana (Procession of st.Gregory)
8 Thursday saint Dionigese
9 Friday saint Mary Cleophas
10 Saturday saint Ezechiel prophet
11 Sunday Low Sunday - first after Easter
12 Monday saint Julius pope
    New Moon at 2 and 56m in the afternoon
13 Tuesday saint Emenigild king martyr
14 Wednesday saint Justin martyr
15 Thursday saint Basilissa and Anastasia
16 Friday s.Benedict Joseph Labre' - st.Calistus
17 Saturday saint Anicetus pope martyr
18 Sunday second after Easter
19 Monday saint Leo IX pope
20 Tuesday saint Agnes from Montepulciano virgin
    First quarter at 1 and 23m in the afternoon
21 Wednesday solemnity of Saint Joseph
22 Thursday ss.Soterus and Caius popes martyrs- S.Virginia
23 Friday saint George martyr
24 Saturday saint Fidelis Sigmaringen martyr
+25 Sunday third after Easter- saint Mark Ev.
26 Monday s.Cletus and Marcellus popes
27 Tuesday B.V.M. of the Good Counsel
28 Wednesday saint Paul of the Cross. Found of the passionists
    Full Moon at 2 and 17m in the afternoon.
29 Thursday saint Peter from Verona dominican martyr
30 Friday saint Catherine from Siena dominican
    (In the Chapel of the institute we start the month of May in honour of Mary our Most Holy Mother)

(Read this Almanac; pass it on to those whom you think would enjoy reading it. Read its cover and say with Saint Augustine: " If these and those, why not me to?".

Saint Joseph's home in Gozo

and the Institute of the Missions

 

BY GOD'S HELP and the favour of the Bishops Msgr Carnana and Msgr Gonzi, last year the Institute of the Missions could have the consolation of seeing itself grow slightly. It can now count on another house also in the Docese of Gozo.

Nearly everybody knows now how even in Gozo Saint Joseph's Home of Hamrun was opened so that it would also be able to receive there orphans and poor children and raise them up in fear and in the love of God.

It was always a wish that there would be some institute to gather in it poor orphans. Just for this reason, all the parish priests of Gozo together with the Bishop thought of erecting this institute. For a firmer enterprise, they wished the new Institute to be united to the one in Malta and so they would be one house. The bonding of these two houses has been achieved and today the Institute of Gozo is one with St.Joseph's Home in Malta. This new House has been left in the hands of the Missionaries of Saint Paul who work also for the good of children in Saint Joseph's Home in Malta, thank God. For all those who belong to the Institute of the Missions, it is a great consolation to see a larger field of work and appreciate very much this favour which God deigned send them from heaven.

For the opening of the Home, some preparation of the necessary things started taking place in advance. AT first, the inauguration was to be private, but on the contrary Divine Providence wanted this to be as solemn as possible and infront of everybody's eyes. So on the 21st of May, exactly the day of the ascension of Our Lord Jesus Christ into heaven, (the Home) was inaugurated with great solemnity. The ecclesiastic and civil authorities of Malta and Gozo were invited for this ceremony. The Bishop of Gozo Msgr Gonzi, the governor Sir Walter Noris Congreve together with his wife and some others who were also invited for this ceremony were also present. Present also were some ministers together with others accompanying them.

The Bishop and the Governor arrived in the same car; at the door of the new Home they were greeted by the Superior. After they sat down in their respective places and everybody was assembled in the yard the Superior read his speech addressed to the Governor. He ended by asking ( The Governor) to declare open the Home. The Governor answered by a short beautiful speech and with all solemnity declared open the new branch of Saint Joseph's Home, as he was asked. So the Superior read another speech addressing the Bishop of Gozo, thanking him and all those who toiled for the opening the Home. Before ending he asked him to bless it. Therefore the Bishop sang the formula of Blessing. Assisted by two Rev. Canons of the Cathedral and accompanied by the Governor and his wife, by the Ministers and all those present , he entered the home and after blessing everywhere, in the chapel where the antiphone of Saint Joseph was being sung, he intoned the Te Deum to thank God for accepting many peopleís wish and a Home for orphans be erected in Gozo.

At the end of the ceremony, drinks were served to the guests while the childrenís band played outside near the front door, surrounded by a large number of people who came from all over Gozo. When the guests started leaving the place, the door was opened so that everybody could satisfy his wish and go around the House. Slowly by sunset everybody left to go home. But all who were present were very happy and satisfied and wished all the best for this new enterprise. The Missionaries of St.Paul, were also imbued with new courage to strive and to work harder in the future for God's glory and for the good of souls.

 

 

may

Month dedicated to Mary Our Blessed Mother

You oh Lord we ask, to increase

the number of Missionaries.

Pope Benedict XV

1

Saturday

saint Philip and saint James apostles martyrs

2

Sunday

fourth after Easter

3

Monday

Feast of the discovery of the Holy Cross

4

Tuesday

saint Monica mother of saint Augustine

5

Wednesday

saint Pius V pope

   

Last Quarter at 5 and 13m in the morning

6

Thursday

martyrdom of st.John ap. and ev.

7

Friday

saint Stenislaus bishop martyr

8

Saturday

Apparition of saint Michael Archangel-Our Lady of Pompei

   

Supplica of Our Lady of Pompei at noon in the Chapel of the Institute.

9

Sunday

fifth after Easter

10

Monday

saint Anthony bishop (Rogation)

11

Tuesday

saint Mamertus bishop do

   

New Moon at 55m. after noon

12

Wednesday

saint Philip of Aggira do

13

Thursday

Jesus Christs ascended into Heaven

14

Friday

saint Boniface martyr

15

Saturday

st.John Baptist de la Salle Founder of the Freres

16

Sunday

sixth after Easter

17

Monday

saint Paschal Baylon conf. Patron of Eucharisti works

18

Tuesday

saint Venantius martyr

19

Wednesday

saint Peter Celestinus pope

   

First quarter at 7. and 48 m in the morning

20

Thursday

saint Bernardine of siena (Propagator of the Name of Jesus)

21

Friday

saint Felix from Cantalice

22

Saturday

saint Rita from Cascia Saint of the Impossible

23

Sunday

Pentecost

24

Monday

Pentecost M.

25

Tuesday

Pentecost T.

26

Wednesday

s.Philip Neri confessor - Emb. D. Fasting and abst.

27

Thursday

saint mary Magdalena de Pazzi

   

Full Moon at 1 and 49 m in the afternoon

28

Friday

st.Augustine bishop. of Canterbury Emb.D. fasting and abst.

29

Saturday

saint Felix pope martyr Emb. D. fasting and abst

30

Sunday

I After Pentecost-M.H. Trinity

31

Monday

saint Angela Merici

   

In the Chapel of the Institute, beginning of month of Heart of Jesus

june

Month dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

My dear brothers, if you love

the glory of dignity, just hurry up

to be written in the highest courts of the Angels

S.Gregory Pope

1

Tuesday

saint Eleuterius pope martyr

2

Wednesday

saint Eugenius pope confessor

3

Thursday

Corpus Christi

   

Last Quarter at 10 and 9m in the morning

4

Friday

saint Francis Caracciolo

5

Saturday

saint Boniface bishop martyr

6

Sunday

second amongst the Octave of Corpus Christi

7

Monday

saint Robert abbot

8

Tuesday

saint Merardus bishop

9

Wednesday

saint Primus and saint Felicianus martyrs

10

Thursday

Corpus (Christi) Octave

   

New Moon 8 minutes after mid day

11

Friday

The Sacred Heart of Jesus

12

Saturday

saint John of saint Facondus

13

Sunday

third after Pentecost- st.Anthony of Padua

14

Monday

saint Basil bishop and doctor

15

Tuesday

saint Vitus and companions martyrs

16

Wednesday

saint Ludgarda virgin

17

Thursday

saint Ranier confessor

18

Friday

saint Mark and saint Marcellinus martyrs

   

First Quarter at 1 and 14 m in the afternoon

19

Saturday

saint Jiuliana Falconieri martyr

20

Sunday

fourth after Pentecost

21

Monday

saint Aloysius Gonzaga Patron of Youth

22

Tuesday

saint Paulinus bishop of Nola

23

Wednesday

saint Edeltrude

24

Thursday

Birth of st.John Baptist

25

Friday

saint Eligius

   

Full Moon at 11 and 13m at night

26

Saturday

ss.John and Paul brothers martyrs

27

Sunday

fifth after Pentecost

28

Monday

saint Leone II pope

29

Tuesday

ss.Peter and Paul ap. martyrs.

30

Wednesday

Memorial of the martyrdom of st. Paul ap.

     

In your prayers and beneficence

remember this Institute of the Missions

 

From Pius X up to Pius XI

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Moved by the Holy Spirit, these last three Popes did their best to advance always the evangelisation of the infidels. Although they are pressed by the troubles of the whole world, they put this matter of the missions at the top of their apostolic ministry.

Infact while Pius X was talking to a missionary Bishop towards the end of his pontificate, he confided and showed him his opinion that he was thinking to care more for the missions in the future. He could not fulfill this holy wish himself for God pleased to take him with him. But as we know and as we can see the opinion of the holy Pius X was fulfilled and is being fulfilled by the Popes who came after him.

Benedict XV set clearly the state of the whole question by that famous encyclical letter of the 30th November 1919 " Maximum illud" which rightly earned him the title Pope of the Missions. He extracted and liberated ( the question) from the spirit of nationalism and gave it the proper slant of the spirit of the holy church: a universal spirit, a catholic spirit, according to the law of charity which Jesus Christ came to teach all men. In fact we see how he left written in the letter we mentioned.

"The precept to help our neighbour binds us in a stronger manner when the need of this neighbour is also greater. Now which type of people is it fitting to help as brothers if not these infidels who have not yet recognized God? People chained by their strong passions which remove the light of reason and keep them in the harsh bondage of the devil!

"So all those who do their best to save these poor souls by helping the work of the Missionaries, would be fulfilling a duty of the greatest importance and declaring their gratitude to God for the faith they received in that manner which pleases Him most."

And later he continues to say," The Law of charity deserves much more holy obedience when we should succour not only hunger or some other misery befalling the multitude of men but much more and above all else we should think to liberate such a great number of souls from the proud slavery of the devil to give them the liberty of the children of God!".

The holy understanding which Pius X received from the Holy Spirit passed to Benedict XV. There is no one who does not know that not only it is so but that this holy understanding passed on to this Pope who is today governing the church of Jesus Christ. To understand the work of this Pope in favour of the missions it is enough to mention the vatican missionary exposition in the gardens of his palace. It placed our generous brothers who toil for the faith of Jesus Christ and give their life for a most holy Apostolate under the gaze of the whole world. At the same time it lit the flame of zeal, of fervour, of enthusiasm in everybody's heart especially the pilgrims of the Holy Year to work and endeavour for the redemption of their idolatrous brothers.

Therefore this is where Pius X's idea arrived at Pius XI He moved the whole world of believers in favour of the whole world infidels. This thought conceived in the mind of Pius X by the Holy spirit is already bearing abundant fruit. We always feel more grateful towards God because amid the other graces, it received also this grace: that of being born under the influence of Pius X's benediction. This Pope who worked miracles both during his life-time as well as at his death, makes up hope that one day his benediction will also lead it to the field of evangelic harvest.

 

 

july

Month dedicated to the Precious Blood of O.L.J.C.

"O Lord increase the favour and

bless the work of the missionaries

Pope Benedict XV

 

1

Thursday

The Holy Blood of O.L.J.C.

2

Friday

Visitation of the V.M. to Saint Elisabeth

   

Last quarter at 3 and 2 m in the afternoon

3

Saturday

saint Eleoborius bishop

4

Sunday

sixth after Pentecost

5

Monday

st.Anthony Mary Zaccharia

6

Tuesday

saint Isaiah prophet

7

Wednesday

s.Cyril and Methodius bishops martyrs

8

Thursday

saint Elisabeth queen of Portugal

9

Friday

saint Veronica Jiuliana cappuchine

10

Saturday

saint Felicity and her seven children martyrs

   

New moon at 1 and 6 m at night.

11

Sunday

seventh after Pentecost

12

Monday

saint John Gualbert abbot

13

Tuesday

saint Anacletus pope martyr

14

Wednesday

saint Bonaventure doctor of the church

15

Thursday

saint Henry I emperor

16

Friday

Comm. Blessed V. Mary of Carmel

17

Saturday

saint Alex confessor

18

Sunday

eighth after Pentecost

   

First quarter at 4 and 55m in the morning

19

Monday

saint Vincent de Paule confessor

20

Tuesday

saint Jerome Emiliani

21

Wednesday

saint Daniel prophet

22

Thursday

saint Mary Magdalene

23

Friday

saint Apollinaire bishop martyr

24

Saturday

saint Chalcedonius martyr

25

Sunday

ninth- saint James apostle martyr

   

Full Moon at 4 and 55m in the morning

26

Monday

saint Anne mother of the Virgin Mary

27

Tuesday

saint Pantaleone bishop

28

Wednesday

ss.Nazzarus and Celsus martyrs

29

Thursday

saint Mary virgin sister of Mary Magdalene

30

Friday

saint Liborius bishop and confessor

31

Saturday

saint Ignatius from Loyola Founder of the Jesuits

   

Last Quarter at 9 and 25m at night

First day of Our Lady's Quindicina at the Chapel of the Institute

august

Month of the Assumption

"Keep in your mind the

words of God you hear by your ears

S.Gregory Pope

 

1

Sunday

Tenth after Pentecost

2

Monday

st.Alphonsus M. de Liguori bishop and doctor -

(Our Lady of the Angels- Portiucula

3

Tuesday

Finding of the body of s.Stephen first martyr

4

Wednesday

st.Dominic patriarch (Found of Preachers)

5

Thursday

B.V.M. of the Snows

6

Friday

The Transfiguration

7

Saturday

st.Cajetan conf. from Tieni. Found. of Teatines

8

Sunday

eleventh after Pentecost

   

New Moon at 3 and 49m in the afternoon

9

Monday

saint Aristarcus bishop disciple of st.Paul

10

Tuesday

saint Laurence levite mart.

11

Wednesday

saint Tiburtius and saint Susanna martyrs

12

Thursday

s.Clare from Assisi Found.of the Clares

13

Friday

saint Hipollitus and Cassianus martyrs

   

First Day of Triduum to Our Blessed Mother, Mary Assumed into Heaven in the Chapel of the Institute.

14

Saturday

s.Eusebius c.- st.Alfred vigil fasting and abst

15

Sunday

twelfth - Assumption of O.L. into Heaven

   

Feast of the Assumption in the chapel of the Institute

16

Monday

s.Joachim father of the V.M.

   

First Quarter at 6 and 39m in the evening

17

Tuesday

saint Hyacinths confessor

18

Wednesday

saint Helen empress

19

Thursday

saint Ludwig bishop martyr

20

Friday

s.Filibert abbot- st.Bernard doctor

21

Saturday

saint Joan Frances widow

22

Sunday

thirteenth after Pentecost

23

Monday

saint Philip Benizi confessor

   

Full Moon at 2 and 38m in the afternoon.

24

Tuesday

st.Bartolomeo ap. mart.

25

Wednesday

saint Lugvig king of France

26

Thursday

saint Zephyrinus pope martyr

27

Friday

saint Joseph Calasanctius

28

Saturday

saint Augustine Found. of Frairs Hermits

29

Sunday

fourteenth after Pentecost

30

Monday

saint Rose from Lima virgin

   

Last Quarter at 6 and 40 m in the morning.

31

Tuesday

saint Raymond Nonnatus confessor.

The Guardian Angel

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The existence of the guardian angel is a christian belief dispersed throughout the church; even the fathers admit this. There is no christian who does not learn this doctrine at his mother's feet. Therefore here we will not speak about the existence of this angel but we will say something about the graces and favours we receive from him.

From the guardian angel we receive an infinite number of favours. In the first place the guardian angel protects us from many a danger, both spiritual and corporal, from birth to death. During our life he keeps us away from sin and from the evil attractions of this deceptive world which allures us towards wrong doing. He defends us from the assaults of the devil when he wants us to commit sin. Then, if by mishap we fall, he does whatever is possible to compel us to convert and perform penance for our sins. He carries our good works and prayers in front of God's throne. Finally the last favour he does for is to assist us at the moment of death against the enemy. In this way we die in God's grace and would be able to partake of the heavenly bliss which he enjoys in heaven. At such a terrible moment he does all in his power so that he won't let us be condemned; so that we won't despair, he gives us light and strengthens us in faith and induces us to repent and obtain for us true contrition for our sins. Many events which happened prove this. Here we will mention one which occurred to an irish parish priest.

One cold wintry night this parish priest was saying to himself, " Thank God I have been ordained a priest for twenty years and up to this point I have fulfilled the vow I made to God, that is I won't voluntarily leave a soul placed under my care die without the sacraments. I am very happy to remember that one cold night I had to walk nine miles although I had a terrible cold; then I found that the sick woman for whom I was called had nothing but a tooth-ache, warming herself by the fireside.

"At first I nearly lost my patience; then I calmed down my anger by the beautiful though which passed through my mind; I told her that once I came from such a distance she should profit by my visit and confess. Suddenly on the morrow this sick woman went to God. What a grace she received that she managed to confess before dying? Yes I do rejoice that up to now not one of my sheep appeared before the Divine judge without being prepared."

While the parish priest was thinking this, he heard three gentle knocks on the window-pane. At the same time he heard a voice saying." Father you are called for in the countryside; three miles away there is a woman, dying". The parish-priest runs towards the window and opens it and says Wait! and goes to open the door. But, to his astonishment he saw no one; he looks around and finds the garden door closed and no sign of people on the snow. He thought that it was his fantasy and therefore he went again in the room. He heard again the same voice saying the same words as before.

No doubt someone is calling me said the parish-priest. But who can she be, this woman dying three miles away in the countryside. The zealous parish-priest knew all nooks and crannies; in that place there was nothing but a small house occupied by a protestant woman. But the call was sure and urgent; so he took with him the Holy Viaticum and the Oil of (Extreme) Unction and went to where he was called.

Really on a poor bed in this room there was a lass dying, assisted by an old woman.

This lady came from a noble protestant family but since she became christian, her father ill treated her and sent her away. The poor girl came to this place of the Parish priest to look for work. But as she was prudent girl and she did not want to expose herself to the dangers of the city, she went to live with this old woman who lived in this countryside. She earned some money from the firewood she sold in the city.

That night the poor girl had a grave attack; she had no strength except to say," My guardian angel, send me a priest." The old woman could not understand and though she was delterious; she saw the parish priest going in and at the same time the sick girl told him full of joy," Oh father I know that my guardian Angel brought you here because I have been praying to him for a long time.

Since the ill woman was in a very grave condition, the parish priest was quick to give her God's instruments and just as he finished the last prayers of the dying, the sick woman looked heaven wards and gave her soul to God. The parish priest returned home thinking of those words of the psalms," He placed you under his angel's care so that they protect you in all your ways." Angelis suis mandavit da te, ut custodiant te in omnibus viis tuis."

Now, while we saw how many favours we receive from this angel, it is also fitting to say something how we can in some way be grateful towards this angel for the favours we receive from him.

To be thankful towards this angel we should always behave ourselves modestly, certain that we are in the presence of this angel. We should respect him alot whereever were are and everywhere. We should not do in front of him what we do not do in front of others. But, as Saint Bernard tells us, we should respect him and be obedient towards this angel; we should pay great attention to our internal inspirations and actuate the good thoughts he gives us.

 

september

Month dedicated to Mary Our M.H. Mother

" All men are sons of God and heirs of heaven".

1

Wednesday

saint Giles abbot

2

Thursday

saint Stephen king of Hungary

3

Friday

saint Serapia virgin and martyr

4

Saturday

saint Rose of Lima Carmelite virgin

5

Sunday

fifteenth after Pentecost

6

Monday

Blessed Catherine from Racconigi dom. tertiary

7

Tuesday

Remembrance of the 1565 Victory National F.

   

New Moon at 7 and 45m in the morning.

8

Wednesday

birth of the V.M.

9

Thursday

saint Leonzius martyr

10

Friday

saint Nicholas from Tolentino

11

Saturday

saint Pratus and saint Hyacintus martyrs

12

Sunday

sixteenth- Our Lady of Graces

13

Monday

st.Eulogius Patriarch of Antioch

14

Tuesday

The Exaltation of the Holy Cross.

15

Wednesday

The 7 Sorrows of V.M. Emb. D. fasting and abst

   

First quarter at 6 and 27m in the morning

16

Thursday

st.Cornelius pope- st.Ciprian bishop

17

Friday

The Stigmata of St.Francis of Assisi Emb. D. fast and abst.

18

Saturday

st.Joseph from Copertino Emb. D. fast and abst.

19

Sunday

17 After Pentecost

20

Monday

saint Eustace martyr

21

Tuesday

saint Matthew ap and evangelist

   

Full moon at 9 and 10 m in the evening.

22

Wednesday

saint Thomas from Villanova bishop

23

Thursday

saint Linus pope martyr.

24

Friday

Our Lady of Mercy

25

Saturday

saint Mary from Gervellione

26

Sunday

Dedication of the Churches of Malta

27

Monday

ss.Gosmas and Damien martyrs

28

Tuesday

saint Wenceslaus duke of Bohemia

   

Last quarter at 7 and 48m in the evening.

29

Wednesday

Dedication of Saint Michael Archangel.

30

Thursday

saint Jerome conf. and doct.

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Read the prayer of Pope Benedict XV on the cover. Pray fervently for Missionary vocation according the teaching of our Lord," Pray the Lord of harvest to send workers in his field". Therefore make an intention that your daily prayer includes also Missionary Vocations.

october

The Month of the Rosary.

" The word of God is food for the mind"

St.Gregory Pope

1

Friday

saint Remigius bishop of Reims

   

First Day of Novena to St.Paul in the Chapel of the Institute.

2

Saturday

The Guardian Angels

3

Sunday

nineteenth after Pentecost

4

Monday

saint Francis of Assisi Found. of the Fran

5

Tuesday

saint Placidus martyr

6

Wednesday

saint Brunone confessor

   

New Moon at thirteen twelve at night

7

Thursday

Our Lady of the Rosary.

8

Friday

Consecration of the Cath. Church in Malta

9

Saturday

saint Dennis.

10

Sunday

twentieth after Pentecost

   

Feast of the Ap. Saint Paul O. Fath in the Chapel of the institute

11

Monday

Consecration of the Cath. in Gozo

12

Tuesday

Our Lady of the Pillar

13

Wednesday

saint Edward king of England

14

Thursday

saint Callistus pope martyr

   

First Quarter at 4 and 28m in the afternoon.

15

Friday

st.Teresa of Jesus Found. of the Teresians

16

Saturday

saint Ludwig Bertrand

17

Sunday

twenty first after Pentecost

18

Monday

saint Luke evangelist

19

Tuesday

saint Peter of Alcantara confessor

20

Wednesday

saint John Canctius confessor.

21

Thursday

saint Ursola and her companions m. Min. Pat of Gozo.

   

Full Moon at 7 and 15m in the morning.

22

Friday

saint Mary Salome

23

Saturday

The Holy Redeemer

24

Sunday

twenty Second-st.Raphael Archangel

25

Monday

ss. Crispinus and Crispinaianus Pat. of Shoemakers

26

Tuesday

saint Evarist pope martyr

27

Wednesday

saint Sabina virgin martyr

28

Thursday

saint Simon and Jude Thaddeus apostles mart.

   

Last Quarter at 3 minutes to One in the evening.

29

Friday

saint Ermelinda virgin

30

Saturday

saint Germanus bishop

31

Sunday

twenty Third after Pentecost

The Missionary Field

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In this year which is just over, everybody's eyes and attention were attracted towards the City of Rome, the Seat of the Vicar of Jesus Christ, the Pope. Nearly one and a half million christians left their homes to go to the Eternal City and furnish their soul with the spiritual wealth resulting from the Indulgence of the Jubilee. But not only this because they all paid a visit, without exception, to the Missionary Exposition in the gardens of the Pope's Palace. So everybody's look and attention were attracted towards the missionary Field where the faith of Jesus Christ is being disseminated among those millions upon millions of people who are still in the darkness of idolatry.

Since Our Lord Jesus Christ the Divine missionary founded the Church before his ascension into Heaven and sent the first twelve Missionaries, the holy Apostles and told them " go teach all people," the conversion of pagans has never been in such large numbers as in this century of ours.

Always faithful to the command of the Divine Master, The Vicar of Christ, the Pope is in fact continually sending everywhere, from one end of the world to the other, Bishops and priests, with the help of so many new means of communication. And the Missionaries are working everywhere: planting and gathering, praying and suffering and dying. Some die without being known by anybody. Others under the instruments of torture. But all of them at their place of combat and the Blessed Host of Sacrifice is offered from one end of the world to the other.

But sadly we must say how few in number and how really few are helped. If we start counting, we think at first that the numbers are large. We find in fact that in the mission field there are 382 seats of bishops, Vicariates, prefectures and missions. 32,500 missionaries: priests, religious and sisters of every type of Congregation. But what is all this ? What is this deprivation of all these thousands of followers of the Jesus of Nazareth? The state of things on the mission field always saddens the heart of the christian who considers it. Above all this state of things saddens the heart of the Priest, minister and ambassador of Jesus Christ. He must continue his divine mission of understanding and teaching others the meaning of words of the Pater noster, " Adveniat Regnum Tuum", your kingdom come.

From the numbers which we will mention, everybody will be able to see the Truth we mentioned. On the earth's surface there are 1700 million people. 304 millions are Catholics. 157 million are Scismatics. 212 million are Protestants. 15 million are Jews . In all 688 million people who to some degree or other know and adore the true God.

On the other side there are 227 million mohamedans, 510 million bhuddists and confucians, 205 million brahmin and 70 million fetishists. In all they count 1012 million people who, poor creatures do not know, do not adore, do not love the true God.

Now when we set side by side the number of those who received the faith by the strivings and suffering of so many missionaries for 1900 years against the large number of idolators, we find that very little has been done compared to what could have been done up to now, compared to what remains to be done. And if we ask ourselves why has not the faith been disseminated more, probably we would have to answer and say that those who had the gift of faith probably did not think enough for their idolatrous brothers. Let us therefore, all of us, look today at the Mission Field . There the majority of men is still entombed in the darkness of death; it is awaiting help from us, the light of God, the gift of faith. If we cannot give our work because we have not been called for it, if we cannot give temporal wealth because we lack it, let us at least not leave undone what we can do, that is, pray. Let us therefore pray for the Missionaries. Let us pray for the Institutes of the Missions. God sends down His blessing on us and he won't not pay us also. And we, on our part we will have the Satisfaction of fulfilling our duty also on the mission Field.

The Missionary affair is everybody's business.

A little youth who was a chimney sweeper was full of enthusiasm after he heard a conference on the the missions. Although in his pocket he only had enough money to buy some food, he put four pence in the bag. A day later, one of his friends saw him well washed and clean, well dressed and hurrying with a certain unusual graveness. Where are you going- he asked him.

- I am going to a Missionsí meeting. You?.. why are you going there?

- What do you mean?! Why are you saying that? I am going because now I have joined the missionary enterprise and I want to see how things are going. And truly the little chimney sweeper was right. Because to interest oneself in the matter one need not but pray, or give something, pray and give, compels others to give and compels others to pray. Because the matter of the missions concerns everybody. In fact Our Lord Jesus Christ was addressing all of us when he said the following words, " I have other sheep which are not of this fold and it is necessary that I gather these also to hear my voice and so there will be one shepherd" St. John. 10.16, he was recommending and entrusting us with the souls of those who are still in the darkness of paganism.

Let us reflect well on these words and if we have not joined the affair of the Missions, Let us join quickly. At least we will walk with the little chimney sweeper; otherwise we shall lag behind him.

 

- your kingdom come -

catholics 304 million

scismatics - 157 million

Protestants - 212 million

jews 15 million

mohamedans- 227 million

 

pagans -785 million

 

There are 1,700,000,000 people

Everysquare represents a million souls

 

 

 

We find our duty towards our idolatrous brothers taught us by divine authority itself" Love one another". How are we to love one another? Jesus himself teaches us with his own words," As I have loved you, so you must love one another". Jesus' love for us is a model of that love which we must have for others. When we say " the others" we do not understand to say only our relatives, our subjects, and neither ( do we mean) all the baptised of the world. But we also mean and understand also all the pagans, all the idolators. For Jesus loved them as much as he loved us and he suffered and died that terrible death on the Holy Rood for all of us.

 

november

All Souls' Month

"The love Our lord Jesus Christ

taught us, embraces the whole world

1

Monday

All Saints

2

Tuesday

All Souls' Day

3

Wednesday

saint Hubert bishop

4

Thursday

saint Charles Borromeo archbishop of Milan

5

Friday

The Holy Relics of the Diocese of Malta.

   

New moon at 4 and 34m. in the afternoon.

6

Saturday

saint Leonard abbot

7

Sunday

Twentyfourth after Pentecost

8

Monday

saint Gattifred

9

Tuesday

Consec. of st. John in the Lateran.

10

Wednesday

saint Andrew Avellino

11

Thursday

saint Martin bishop of Tours

12

Friday

saint Martin I pope martyr

13

Saturday

saint Dedacus confessor

   

First quarter at 1 and 1m at night.

14

Sunday

twentyfifth after Pentecost

   

Te Deum of the canonical erection in the chapel of the Institute

15

Monday

saint Gertrude virgin

16

Tuesday

saint Edmund bishop of Canterbury

17

Wednesday

saint Gregory Taumaturge, bishop

18

Thursday

Consec. of the Basilicas of SS. Peter and Paul in Rome.

19

Friday

saint Elisabeth queen of Hungary.

   

Full Moon at 9 and 21m in the evening.

20

Saturday

saint Felix de Valois

21

Sunday

twentysixth after Pentecost

22

Monday

saint Cecilia v. and m. Patroness of Bandplayers

23

Tuesday

saint Clement I pope martyr

24

Wednesday

saint John of the cross

25

Thursday

s.Catherine virgin and martyr

26

Friday

saint Silvester abbot

27

Saturday

saint Basil

   

Last Quarter at 9 and 15.m in the morning

28

Sunday

First of Advent Sol. Cel of marriage Prohibited

29

Monday

saint Saturinunus bishop of Toulouse

30

Tuesday

saint Andrew apostle martyr

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What is the work of the Propagation of the Faith? It is the Pope's handitself, open before all the faithful to collect everybody's prayer and penny. Then it will distribute wisely and with a father's heart on the infinite field of the Missions, according to the need of every one of them.

december

"By every mass which we hear , by every holy communion which we receive, by every prayer and by every other good work we offer for the missionaries, we would be spreading the kingdom of God throughout the world."

1

Wednesday

saint Eligius bishop

2

Thursday

saint Bibiana virgin and martyr

3

Friday

st.Francis Xavier ap. of the Indies

4

Saturday

saint Barbara virgin and martyr

5

Sunday

second of Advent

   

New moon at 8 and 12m in the morning.

6

Monday

saint Nicholas of Bari bishop

7

Tuesday

saint Ambrose bishop

8

Wednesday

The Imm. Conception of the V.M.

9

Thursday

saint Leocadia virgin

10

Friday

Our Lady of Loreto

11

Saturday

saint Damasus I pope

12

Sunday

third of Advent

   

First Quarter at 8 and 47m in the morning.

13

Monday

saint Lucy Syracusan virgin and martyr

14

Tuesday

saint Spiridione bishop of Cyprus

15

Wednesday

saint Catherine Emb. D. fasting and abst.

16

Thursday

saint Eusebius bishop martyr

   

(Beginning of the novena to the Child Jesus in the Chapel of the Institute)

17

Friday

saint Ivo advocate Emb. D. fasting and abst.

18

Saturday

The expectation of the V.M. Emb. D. fasting and abst.

19

Sunday

fourth of Advent

   

Full Moon at 8 and 8m in the morning.

20

Monday

saint Tolomeus martyr

21

Tuesday

saint Thomas apostle martyr

22

Wednesday

st.Ginesius martyr

23

Thursday

saint Victoria virgin and martyr

24

Friday

saint Adele abbess Fasting and abstinence

25

Saturday

Birth of O.L.J.C. Christmas

   

Christmas Function at mid-night in the Chapel of the Institute

26

Sunday

saint Stephen first m.- Celebration of marriages permissible

27

Monday

saint John ap. and evangelist

   

Last quarter at 6 and 59m in the morning.

28

Tuesday

The holy innocents martyrs

29

Wednesday

s.Mrophimus bishop disc.and companions of st.Paul

30

Thursday

saint Eugenius bishop

31

Friday

saint Sylvester pope martyr

Te Deum sung as thanksgiving at the end of Year in the Chapel of the Institute.

 

For Missionary Vocations

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The Ascribed in the missionary Union of the Clergy "Held the religious Missionary week in Rome. Among the most important matters they treated the necessity and the duty to stand by Missionary vocations.

Here follows what was deliberated upon

1. Once it is God who calls for the Priestly state and for the religious state;

2. Once God most probably uses human means to reveal his will, and among the most ordinary means is that of the living word and the guidance which the priest gives;

It is proposed:

a) The clergy especially those responsible for the care of souls are to be informed about possibilities open for the good of the Apostolate.

b) One is to talk about the life of the missionary as the most beautiful vocation.

c) One is to favour and cultivate the beginnings of vocation which start appearing in children;

d) Aspirants for the life of the Apostolate are to be encouraged by levelling the way so that they can achieve their aim. They should be helped to overcome the obstructions of the family and placed in communication with some missionary institute.

 

 

 

The work of the propagation of the Faith is a very catholic work, meaning universal. It is under the immediate direction of the Pope who instituted it again under a new mould. Its seat is in Rome and is united to the Sacred Congregation of the Propagation of the Faith. It serves the same Apostolic see by gathering the donations of the Faithful throughout the world and distributing them among all the Catholic Missions.

 

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oremus pro defunctis nostris

requiem aeternam dona eis, domine. et lux

perpetua luceat eis. requiescant in

pace- amen.

 

 

In our Almanac we had to announce with great sadness the death of BISHOP FRA GIOVANNI M. CAMILLERI of the Order of Saint Augustine. After an eighty two year long life spent totally working for God's glory and for the benefit of souls, he rests in peace in the convent of the friars of Saint Augustine at Rabat, Imdina, on the 7th December, at 10.45 at night last year.

We , cannot not talk about this illustrious prelate without failing in a grave duty of gratitude towards Him.

Bishop Camilleri can be counted among our greatest benefactors Our missionary enterprise was so dear to him and he enjoyed taking towards our small work. He never lost an occasion to help us whenever it was possible for him and to show his attraction towards us. A few years ago some of us were in Gozo for their holidays. They were very lucky to talk to him at Saint Augustine's Convent. There is no need to say that he received them gently. His words were words of edification and instruction at the same time. He encouraged them greatly to advance in their wonderful vocation and expressed his wish to see developing this Congregation erected solely to attract always more souls towards Jesusí bosom.

Rightly therefore our heart feels the loss of Bishop Camilleri who is no longer with us. Still in our mind his image remains ever sweet. The respect of the whole Congregation goes down together with him to the grave while we ask the prize of the just for Him from God.

r.i.p.