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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Benedicta (August 9), St. Stephen of Hungary (August 16) and St. Rose of Lima (August 23) fall on a Sunday so they are superseded by the Sunday Liturgy.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.
Mon, Jul 6 - Fri, Aug 7
Blind & Vision Rehabilitation Services of Pittsburgh is in need of teenage volunteers for its summer youth program, from Jul 6-Aug 7, which helps young adults who are blind or vision impaired prepare for college or a career. Teenage volunteers accompany students to places like Kennywood, Pirate baseball games, and Camp Kon-O-Kwee, or just spend time with them in the evening. Volunteer schedules are flexible, and training is provided.
For more information, contact Nancy Schepis, volunteer coordinator, at 412-368-4400 ext. 3430 or email@example.com.
Help for Young People Experiencing the Loss of a Family Relationship
Fri, Aug 7 - Sun, Aug 9
The loss of a parent through death, or a changed parental relationship through divorce or separation can be a traumatic experience for young people. The Young People’s Beginning Experience program provides a safe, secure environment where teens ages 13-18 can sort out with other teens their feelings of loss and pain while strengthening their self-esteem and self-acceptance.
An upcoming Young People’s Beginning Experience weekend is scheduled for Aug 7-9 at Gilmary Retreat Center in Moon Twp., PA. Payment arrangements and possible financial assistance are available. For more information, explore our website www.BeginningExperience.org or make a confidential call to Carol 412-295-7026 or Steve 412-720-8694.
Sat, Aug 8
Ladies, come to the Magnificat Pittsburgh prayer breakfast on Sat, Aug 8 from 9:00am-12:00pm at the DoubleTree by Hilton (formerly Sheraton) in Cranberry Township. Speaker Kate Valentine will keep you riveted. Illness led her close to death several times and one time she had an encounter that would forever change her. She was sent forth anew by God with a message and purpose that would help many others. She will tell you about tragedies and her rock solid faith where God is first and real in a way most of us don’t know. She is an award winning book author and speaker. Cost of the breakfast is $20. To register, call Kay at 724-772-6749 or Pam at 412-461-8906 or go to www.magnificatpittsburgh.org. Registration deadline is Fri, Jul 31.
Sun, Aug 9
The Montour High School Girls Volleyball Team is hosting three separate car washes to help the Boosters raise funds to support the team. They will be held from 10:00am-2:00pm at the Advanced Auto on Steubenville Pike. Thank you for supporting the team!
One Day Mom's Retreat
Sat, Aug 22, 9:00am-4:00pm
at Gilmary Catholic Retreat Center
Contact Theresa with inquiries by Wed, Jul 1. Call 412-498-8922 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. *Cost to be determined.
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
The cafeteria is in need of a part-time employee (2 days per week) who will be a back up to the manager as well as the cook beginning school year 2015-2016.Read more
Holy Trinity Parish will begin our annual journey of conversion to full initiation into the Catholic faith in late August.Read more
Registration forms for CCD are in the vestibule of the church.Read more
- JUL 29
This year's Festival is Wed, Jul 29 through Sat, Aug 1.Read more
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- AUG 1
1st Saturday of the monthRead more
- AUG 1
Consider giving a monetary or a food donation for Feed the Needy Weekend which will take place the weekend of Aug 1/2 Your generosity allows us to serve those who are most in need.Read more
- AUG 12
On Mission for The Church Alive!Read more
Theme: Go Forth and Grow the Church Alive
- SEP 19
t the David L. Lawrence Convention CenterRead more
- OCT 11
at St. Paul CathedralRead more