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August: The Month of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
The month of August is dedicated to The Immaculate Heart of Mary. The entire month falls within the liturgical season of Ordinary Time, which is represented by the liturgical color green. This symbol of hope is the color of the sprouting seed and arouses in the faithful the hope of reaping the eternal harvest of heaven, especially the hope of a glorious resurrection. It is used in the offices and Masses of Ordinary Time. The last portion of the liturgical year represents the time of our pilgrimage to heaven during which we hope for reward.
Highlights of the Month
August is often considered the transitional month in our seasonal calendar. It is the time of the year we begin to wind-down from our summer travels and vacations and prepare for Autumn — back to school, fall festivals, harvest time, etc. The Church in her holy wisdom has provided a cycle of events in its liturgical year which allow the faithful to celebrate the major feasts in the life of Christ and Mary. Most notably, during August, we celebrate the feast of the Transfiguration (August 6) and the feast of the Assumption (August 15).
The other main feasts of this month are St. Alphonsus Ligouri (August 1), St. Peter Julian Eymard (August 3), St. John Mary Vianney (August 4), Dedication of St. Mary Major (August 5), Transfiguration of the Lord (August 6), St. Sixtus II and Companions and St. Cajetan (August 7), St. Dominic (August 8), St. Lawrence (August 10), St. Clare and St. Philomena (August 11), Jane Frances de Chantal (August 12), Sts. Pontian and Hippolytus (August 13), St. Maximilian Kolbe (August 14), St. Joan of the Cross (August 17), St. Louis of Toulouse (August 18), St. John Eudes (August 19), St. Bernard (August 20), St. Pius X (August 21), The Queenship of Mary (August 22), St. Bartholomew (August 24), St. Louis of France (August 25), St. Joseph Galasnaz (August 26), St. Monica (August 27), St. Augustine of Hippo (August 28) and the Martyrdom of St. John the Baptist (August 29), St. Jeanne Jugan (August 30), Sts. Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus (August 31).
The feasts of St. Teresa Benedicta (August 9), St. Stephen of Hungary (August 16) and St. Rose of Lima (August 23) fall on a Sunday so they are superseded by the Sunday Liturgy.
A Time to Persevere
The days of summer have provided a welcome change of pace. However, while vacations afford us the time to relax and refresh, the change of habits and routines can also have a negative impact on our spiritual lives. As if to re-ignite us, the Church offers us in the plethora of August feasts vivid examples of the virtue of perseverance: six martyrs — two who are named in Canon I of the Mass and two who were martyred during World War II; seven founders of religious congregations, as well as three popes and two kings; the apostle, St. Bartholomew; the great Doctor of the Church, St. Augustine and St. Monica, his mother; the humble patron saint of parish priests, St. John Vianney, and the patron of deacons, St. Lawrence, who joked with his executioners while being roasted alive.
It is never too late to begin — as the life of the reformed sinner, St. Augustine teaches us — nor too difficult to begin again, as demonstrated by the conversion of the martyr, St. Teresa Benedicta (Edith Stein). We present-day members of the Mystical Body are certain of the reward to which we are called, for Christ’s Transfigured body (August 6) is a preview of that glory. Moreover, in the Assumption of his Mother (August 15), Our Lord has demonstrated his fidelity to his promise. Her privilege is "the highest fruit of the Redemption" and "our consoling assurance of the coming of our final hope — the glorification which is Christ’s" (Enchiridion on Indulgences).
The Blessed Virgin Mary is the most perfect example of Christian perseverance, but she is also our advocate in heaven where she is crowned Queen of Heaven and Earth (August 22). Mary is the "Mother of Perpetual Help", the patroness of the Congregation founded by St. Alphonsus Ligouri (August 1). "No one who has fled to her protection is left unaided" is the claim of the Memorare of St. Bernard (August 20). Heretics have returned to the faith by the prayers of her Rosary, first preached by St. Dominic (August 8) in the twelfth Century, and hearts have been converted by the graces received while wearing her Miraculous Medal, promoted by St. Maximillian Kolbe (August 14) and adopted as the "badge" for the Pious Union he founded. Hail, holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope!
The Holy Father's Intentions for the Month of August 2015
General: That volunteers may give themselves generously to the service of the needy.
Missionary: That setting aside our very selves we may learn to be neighbors to those who find themselves on the margins of human life and society. (See also Apostleshiop of Prayer International Website)
Feasts for August
The feasts on the General Roman Calendar celebrated during the month of August are:
1. Alphonsus Liguori, Memorial
2. Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sunday
4. John Vianney, Memorial
5. Dedication of St. Mary Major, Opt. Mem.
6. Transfiguration, Feast
7. Sixtus II and companions; Cajetan, Opt. Mem.
8. Dominic, Memorial
9. Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sunday
10. Lawrence, Feast
11. Clare, Memorial
13. Pontian and Hippolytus, Opt. Mem.
14. Maximilian Kolbe, Memorial
15. Assumption, Solemnity
16. Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sunday
19. John Eudes; St. Bernard Tolomei, Opt. Mem.
20. Bernard, Memorial
21. Pius X, Sunday
22. Queenship of Mary, Memorial
23. Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sunday
24. Bartholomew, Feast
25. Louis of France; Joseph Calasanz, Opt. Mem.
27. Monica, Memorial
28. Augustine, Memorial
29. Passion of Saint John the Baptist , Memorial
30. Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sunday
Focus of the Liturgy
The Gospel readings for the Sundays in August 2015 are taken from St. John and St. Mark and are from Year B, Cycle 1.
August 2nd - 18th Sunday of Ordinary Time - Jesus tells the crowd that He is the Bread of Life.
August 9th - 19th Sunday of Ordinary Time - In this Gospel Jesus says that the bread He will give is His " flesh for the life of the world."
August 16th - 20th Sunday of Ordinary Time - In today's Gospel Jesus states that His Flesh is food and His Blood is drink.
August 23rd - 21st Sunday of Ordinary Time - In this Gospel Peter professes his faith that Christ is the Son of the living God."
August 30th - 22nd Sunday of Ordinary Time - Jesus calls the Pharisees hypocrites and says "You disregard God’s commandment but cling to human tradition".
The Year of Consecrated Life
The Year of Consecrated Life, announced by Pope Francis, begins on the first Sunday of Advent 2014 and runs through February 2016. Resources will be available on the diocesan website and Facebook page for individuals, parishes, and others who wish to celebrate the Year of Consecrated Life. The resources and special events will provide an opportunity to see how men and women religious live.
Getting Your Family Bakc: How to unplug your kids from electronics
Wed, Sep 2, 7:00-8:00pm
At Aquinas Academy, Pittsburgh
WTAE Anchor, Mrs. Wendy Bell will speak at Aquinas Academy. Wendy Bell’s Summer Electronics Ban (SEB) has sparked an international conversation with parents about how to reclaim their children and their childhoods in the face of ever present technology.
Healthy Foods & Wellness Expo FREE Community Outreach Event
Sat, Sep 12, 11:00am-3:00pm
Sponsored by Heritage Valley Healthy System & Robert Morris University
Event highlights include nutrition, wellness, food and health exhibitors. Learn about buying and shopping local. FREE Healthy food and product samples. FREE Health Screenings. LIVE Cooking Demonstrations. LIVE Fitness Demonstrations & Health & Wellness Speakers. For more information check out our website at www.whatsonyourplateexpo.org.
Heitz of Heaven 5K Run/Walk
Sun, Sep 13
The third annual Heitz of Heaven 5K Run/Walk will be held on Sun, Sep 13 at RMU Island Sports Center. This is a level course that is perfect for beginner runners that are new to races, experienced runners trying to improve their PR and families that want to spend the morning together taking a walk. All proceeds from this event benefit the Heitz 61 Memorial Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides academic and sports programs to our community youth. This Foundation was created in memory of Ryan Heitzenrater, a thirteen year old Holy Trinity Church member who passed away unexpectedly. Register for the race or consider making a donation by visiting www.Heitz61Foundation.org.
during the Robinson Township Autumn Festival (Sep 12)Read more
Registration forms for CCD are in the vestibule of the church.Read more
Girls Varsity Basketball coach (7th and 8th Grade)Read more
Boys Junior Varsity Basketball coach (5th and 6th Grade)
- SEP 3
1st Thursday of the monthRead more
- SEP 5
1st Saturday of the monthRead more
- SEP 12
at the Burkett Sports & Recreation ComplexRead more
- SEP 14
- SEP 19
t the David L. Lawrence Convention CenterRead more
- SEP 23
Kick-off event is Tue, Sep 22 from 7:00-8:30pm in St. Paul Cathedral's Synod HallRead more
Speakers include Fr. Joe Freedy of the Pittsburgh Catholic Diocese, and Rev. Adam Stump, Pastor of Creekside United Methodist Church
- OCT 11
at St. Paul CathedralRead more