Great Catholic Events this Weekend

Two great events at Holy Rosary and a Catholic Men's Conference in Traverse City provide some great opportunities for Catholics this weekend.

Friday, March 4th and Saturday, March 5th - 24 Hours for the Lord
24 hours of confession and adoration at Holy Rosary with confessions around the clock!
At Holy Rosary Parish
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Saturday, March 5th - 2016 Catholic Men’s Conference "Battle Ready Rally"
An all-day retreat with Doug Barry, founder of Radix and Battle Ready, the day ends with Mass celebrated by Bishop Raica!
At St. Francis School
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Sunday, March 6th - Holy League Event
A special presentation given by Doug Barry on preparing for and engaging in the spiritual fight. The talk is centered on the Sacraments and using the tools God has given us to fight the spiritual battle. Men, women, and children (over the age of seven) are encouraged to attend. Timeline for March 6th is as follows:
5:00-6:00pm – Potluck dinner and talk for men
6:00-7:30 – Battle Ready Rally (with Doug Barry) open to men, women, and children (over the age of seven)
7:30-8:30 – Men’s Holy League Hour with confession (for the men) and adoration
At Holy Rosary Parish
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Great St. Augustine Quote

I sometimes forget how important it is to make time for Eucharistic Adoration. This great quote from St Augustine was my reminder last night.

Christ held Himself in His hands when He gave His Body to His disciples saying: 'This is My Body.' No one partakes of this Flesh before he has adored it. - St. Augustine

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Our Lady of Fatima, Pray for Us

One of my favorite things about being Catholic is the Fatima Message and Our Lady of Fatima. I didn't know much about it until a few years ago when my sister-in-law started a Fatima Family Apostolate group and we started reading books written by Father Fox and joining other families in trying to live a life of holiness.

Our Lady of Fatima teaches us to receive and adore the Blessed Trinity and the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist. Our Lady also stressed the importance of the Rosary and how we need to pray it every day (especially as a family) along with living a life of sacrifice and penance.

In learning more about adoration and what it means to "adore the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, true God and true man, in the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Altar" I've found alot of my strength comes from time spent with Our Lord.

So today, try to spend some time adoring Our Lord and to hang out with some friends or family and say a rosary, you'll be glad you did! Our Lady of Fatima, Pray for Us!

Litany of Our Lady of Fatima

Our Lady of Fatima, pray for our dear country.
Our Lady of Fatima, sanctify our clergy.
Our Lady of Fatima, make our Catholics more fervent.
Our Lady of Fatima, guide and inspire those who govern us.
Our Lady of Fatima, cure the sick who confide in thee.
Our Lady of Fatima, console the sorrowful who trust in thee.
Our Lady of Fatima, help those who invoke your aid.
Our Lady of Fatima, deliver us from all dangers.
Our Lady of Fatima, help us to resist temptation.
Our Lady of Fatima, obtain for us all that we lovingly ask of thee.
Our Lady of Fatima, help those who are dear to us.
Our Lady of Fatima, bring back to the right road our erring brothers.
Our Lady of Fatima, give us back our ancient fervor.
Our Lady of Fatima, obtain for us pardon of our manifold sins and offenses.
Our Lady of Fatima, bring all men to the feet of thy Divine Child.
Our Lady of Fatima, obtain peace for the world.

O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.
Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

Let Us Pray:
O God of infinite goodness and mercy, fill our hearts with a great confidence in Thy dear Mother, whom we invoke under the title of Our Lady of the Rosary and our Lady of Fatima, and grant us by her powerful intercession all the graces, spiritual and temporal, which we need.
Through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

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Visiting Jesus every day

I've been fortunate the last 2 1/2 weeks to have adjusted my schedule to be able to stop by my parish every day, mostly on the way to work in the morning. Some days it's only for 5 minutes, some longer. Some days it's during daily mass and others during Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. Some days I get to stay for communion, others I just hear the homily, or some I'm completely by myself (well except for Jesus of course).

What I've really noticed is the ability to keep Jesus in my mind longer throughout the day. I've been able to stay on task better and not get as distracted. I realize these are graces given by God, but nonetheless I'm pretty sure they are directly related to me paying a visit each day.

Now I know it's not possible for everyone to do this, but I just want to say, if you work in the world and face society on a daily basis then give it a shot, it might just be the extra strength you need!