Saint Catherine Bulletin

July 15, 2018

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary time

July 15, 2018


TODAY’S LITURGY: Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time


Processional Hymn: Credo #486

O Word of God Incarnate


Gradual (Psalm 85)    Lord let us see Your kindness and grant us Your Salvation


Offertory Hymn:

Lord, when you came to the seashore

you weren't seeking the wise or the wealthy,

but only asking that I might follow.


O Lord, in my eyes you were gazing,

Kindly smiling, my name you were saying;

All I treasured, I have left on the sand there;

Close to you, I will find other seas.


Lord, you knew what my boat carried:

neither money nor weapons for fighting,

but nets for fishing my daily labor. (REFRAIN)



Lord, have you need of my labor,

hands for service, a heart made for loving,

my arms for lifting the poor and broken? (REFRAIN)



Lord, send me where you would have me,

to a village, or heart of the city;

I will remember that you are with me. (REFRAIN)


Communion Hymn: Credo # 313

Virgin, Full of Grace


Recessional Hymn: Credo # 280

Jesus Shall Reign




O Worship the Lord in the Beauty of Holiness

Flowers before the Blessed Mother today are in honor of Joseph & Carole Musci (50th anniv.)

The Sanctuary Lamp will burn this week in memory of Michael DeStefano gift of Niece & Family.

The Blessed Mother Votive Light will burn this week in memory of Jean & John DeStefano, gift of Dgtr. & Family.

The Sacred Heart Votive Light will burn this week in memory of Margaret Jane Caso gift of Dgtr. In .law Margaret & Peggy Caso, gift of and Sister in law Margaret.





Peter Yurkiw & Stephanie Brosnan.

If anyone knows of just cause why they. may not be joined in Christian Matrimony, let them speak now or forever hold their peace.





Next Weekend

July 21st/22nd

The Sisters of Mercy will once again be selling their Golf Classic 50/50 raffle tickets after all Masses next weekend. Tickets are $10.00 each (checks payable to Sisters of Mercy), and all proceeds from the raffle will benefit the retired sisters. The winning ticket will be drawn at the Sisters Golf Classic on September 25th at the Spring Lake Golf club. For more information contact Linda Cavallo @908-756-0994 ext. 4006 or



Community News

Pegasus Theater NJ

Presents Noises Off!

July 27th and 28th @7:00pm, July 29th @2:00pm

Christian Brothers Academy’s Henderson Theater

850 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft

To reserve tickets, email

Or call 732-907-PEGA (7342) or at the door.



SAVE THE DATE Holy Name Society

Atlantic City Bus Trip Resorts Casino, Sunday, August 12th.

$25.00 with $20.00 back in slot cash.

(Please note the corrected price)

Call Rich @732-787-1953 for more information.









Blessing of Automobiles in honor of St. Christopher

July 22 In the Main Parking Lot

Plan to have your Car, truck, Bike, wagon, roller skates, etc. blessed next Sunday as we Honor on the 25th. The Patron of Travel








Friday, July 20th

6:30 to 8:30pm

Parish Hall



6:30pm to 7:00pm: Our Lady of Lourdes & St. Bernadette

7:00pm Summer 50/50 Drawing

7:15 to 7:45pm Our Lady of Guadalupe & St. Juan Diego

8:00pm –8:30pm Our Lady of Fatima, Lucia, Francisco, Jacinta and The dancing Sun










Prayer for those serving in our military

Prayer for those serving in our military

Please remember to pray for our pa­rishioners and friends serving this nation at home and abroad.

CDR Michael Dwan, USN ,Major Mark Paige, USMC, Patrick Gallagher, Ssgt. Matthew Santilli, Master Ssgt Albert DiMaggio, Lieutenant Colonel Bayard Smith, Dallas Jamison & Sgt. Timothy Hayes.


Prayer: O God who art the lover of peace and concord. Grant to these thy servants who serve this nation, grace and strength. Preserve them we pray and shield them from all danger of body and soul; and hasten the day when thy shall return to their homes and loved ones, through Christ our Lord. Amen




O Almighty God, Whose great power and eternal wisdom embraces the universe, Watch over all policemen and law enforcement officers everywhere. Protect them from harm. In the performance of their duty to stop crime, robbery, riots and violence. We pray, help them keep our streets and homes safe, day and night. We commend them to your loving care because their duty is dangerous. Grant them strength and courage in their daily assignments. Dear God, protect these brave men and women. Grant them your almighty protection. Unite them safely with their families after duty has ended. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. St. Michael the Archangel, Patron of police, pray for them.

Remember all these Intentions, as we offer our daily prayers.








The French Revolution reveals the titanic struggle between good and evil. During the terror, over 40,000 Frenchmen were executed just for holding fast to the Catholic Faith and objecting to the worst excesses of the Committee of Public Safety. The blood lost in the years of 1792-1794 staggers the imagination even in the retelling and the campaign against the Church was as diabolical as it was cruel.

Contemplative religious communities had been among the first targets of the fury of the French Revolution against the Catholic Church. Less than a year from May 1789 when the Revolution began with the meeting of the Estates-General, these communities had been required by law to disband. But many of them continued in being, in hiding. Among these were the community of the Carmelite nuns of Compiegne, in northeastern France not far from Paris - the fifty-third convent in France of the Carmelite sisters who followed the reform ofSt. Teresa of Avila, founded in 1641, noted throughout its history for fidelity and fervor. Their convent was raided in August 1790, all the property of the sisters was seized by the government, and they were forced to discard their habits and leave their house. They divided into four groups which found lodging in four different houses all near the same church in Compiegne, and for several years they were to a large extent able to continue their religious life in secret. But the intensified surveillance and searches of the “Great Terror” revealed their secret, and in June 1794 most of them were arrested and imprisoned.

They had expected this; indeed, they had prayed for it. At some time during the summer of 1792, very likely just after the events of August 10 of that year that marked the descent into the true deeps of the Revolution, their prioress, Madeleine Lidoine, whose name in religion was Teresa in honor of the founder of their order, by all accounts a charming perceptive, and highly intelligent woman, had foreseen much of what was to come. At Easter of 1792, she told her community that, while looking through the archives she had found the account of a dream a Carmelite had in 1693. In that dream, the Sister saw the whole Community, with the exception of 2 or 3 Sisters, in glory and called to follow the Lamb. In the mind of the Prioress, this mean martyrdom and might well be a prophetic announcement of their fate.

Mother Teresa had said to her sisters: “Having meditated much on this subject, I have thought of making an act of consecration by which the Community would offer itself as a sacrifice to appease the anger of God, so that the divine peace of His Dear Son would be brought into the world, returned to the Church and the state.” The sisters discussed her proposal and all agreed to it but the two oldest, who were hesitant. But when the news of the September massacres came, mingling glorious martyrdom with apostasy, these two sisters made their choice, joining their commitment to that of the rest of the community. All made their offering; it was to be accepted.

After their lodgings were invaded again in June, their devotional objects shattered and their tabernacle trampled underfoot by a Revolutionary who told them that their place of worship should be transformed into a dog kennel, the Carmelite sisters were taken to the Conciergerie prison, where so many of the leading victims of the guillotine had been held during their last days on earth. There they composed a canticle for their martyrdom, to be sung to the familiar tune of the Marseillaise. The original still exists, written in pencil and given to one of their fellow prisoners, a lay woman who survived.

On July 17 the sixteen sisters were brought before Fouquier-Tinville. All cases were now being disposed of within twenty-four hours as Robespierre had wished; theirs was no exception. They were charged with having received arms for the émigrés; their prioress, Sister Teresa, answered by holding up a crucifix. “Here are the only arms that we have ever had in our house.” They were charged with possessing an altar-cloth with designs honoring the old monarchy (perhaps the fleur-de-lis) and were askedto deny any attachment to the royal family. Sister Teresa responded: “If that is a crime, we are all guilty of it; you can never tear out of our hearts the attachment for Louis XVI and his family. Your laws cannot prohibit feeling; they cannot extend their empire to the affections of the soul; God alone has the right to judge them.” They were charged with corresponding with priests forced to leave the country because they would not take the constitutional oath; they freely admitted this. Finally they were charged with the catchall indictment by which any serious Catholic in France could be guillotined during the Terror: “fanaticism.” Sister Henriette, who had been Gabrielle de Croissy, challenged Fouguier-Tinvile to his face: “Citizen, it is your duty to respond to the request of one condemned; I call upon you to answer us and to tell us just what you mean by the word ‘fanatic.’” “I mean,” snapped the Public Prosecutor of the Terror, “your attachment to your childish beliefs and your silly religious practices.” “Let us rejoice, my dear Mother and Sisters, in the joy of the Lord,” said Sister Henriette, “that we shall die for our holy religion, our faith, our confidence in the Holy Roman Catholic Church.”

The Following day, dressed in their Carmelite Habits they went to the guillotine. The journey in the carts took more than an hour. All the way the Carmelite sisters sang: the “Miserere,” “Salve Regina,” and “Te Deum.” Beholding them, a total silence fell on the raucous, brutal crowd, most of them cheapened and hardened by day after day of the spectacle of public slaughter. At the foot of the towering killing machine, their eyes raised to Heaven, the sisters sang “Veni Creator Spiritus.” One by one, they renewed their religious vows. They pardoned their executioners. One observer cried out: “Look at them and see if they do not have the air of angels! By my faith, if these women did not all go straight to Paradise, then no one is there!”

Sister Teresa, their prioress, requested and obtained permission to go last under the knife. The youngest, Sister Constance, went first. She climbed the steps of the guillotine “With the air of a queen going to receive her crown,” singing Laudate Dominum omnes gentes, “all peoples praise the Lord.” She placed her head in the position for death without allowing the executioner to touch her. Each sister followed her example, those remaining singing likewise with each, until only the prioress was left, holding in her hand a small figure of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The killing of each martyr required about two minutes. It was about eight o’clock in the evening, still bright at midsummer. During the whole time the profound silence of the crowd about the guillotine endured unbroken.

Two years before when the horror began, the Carmelite community at Compiegne had offered itself as a holocaust, that peace might be restored to France and the Church. The return of full peace was still twenty-one years in the future. But the Reign of Terror had only ten days left to run. Years of war, oppression and persecution were yet to come, but the mass official killing in the public squares of Paris was about to end. The Cross had vanquished the guillotine.




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