Greetings Brothers and Sisters in Christ! We hope all is well enter the month of September!
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God, through Him all things were made and redeemed. Amen. Through Mary to Jesus.
The month of September is dedicated to OUR LADY OF SORROWS, whose memorial the Church celebrates on September 15. September falls during the liturgical season known as 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 Holy Father’s Intentions for the Month of September 2020
Respect for the Planet’s Resources: We pray that the planet’s resources will not be plundered, but shared in a just and respectful manner. (See also http://www.popesprayerusa.net/).
Tell a Friend Month-We would like to ask each CMD member to tell at least 7 people about CMD for the month of September to honor Our Lady of Sorrows. We would like to invite more brothers and sisters to be a part of our wonderful organization that honors the Mother of God’s Community. “ CMD” Communitas Mater Domini. IF you are interested in learning more information please call -Tel. 908-675-2010.
Join Us for our Monthly Healing Mass: September19, 2020
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FEASTS FOR SEPTEMBER
The Feasts on the General Roman Calendar Celebrated during the Month of September are:
1. Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sunday
3. St. Gregory the Great, Memorial
5. St. Teresa of Calcutta, Opt. Mem.
8. Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sunday
9. Peter Claver (USA), Memorial
12. Most Holy Name of Mary, Opt. Mem.
13. John Chrysostom, Memorial
14. Exaltation of the Holy Cross, Feast
15. Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sunday
16. Cornelius and Cyprian, Memorial
17. Robert Bellarmine, Opt. Mem.
19. Januarius, Opt. Mem.
20. Andrew Kim Taegon, Paul Chong Hasang and Companions, Memorial
21. Matthew, Feast
22. Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sunday
23. Pio of Pietrelcina, Memorial
26. Cosmas and Damian, Opt. Mem.
27. Vincent de Paul, Memorial
28. Wenceslaus; Lawrence Ruiz and Companions; St. Simón de Rojas O.SS. (Spain), Opt. Mem.
29. Twenty-Six Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sunday
30. Jerome, Memorial
FOCUS OF THE LITURGY
The Gospels for the Sundays in September 2020 are taken from St. Matthew and are from Year A, Cycle 2.
September 6th -23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
f two agree on earth to ask anything it will be granted by my Father in heaven. September 13th -24th Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Jesus tell Peter he must forgive his brother seventy times seven.
September 20th -25th Sunday in Ordinary Time.
This Gospel relates the parable of the workers who came late to the vineyard but received the same pay.
September 27th -26th Sunday in Ordinary Time
n this Gospel Jesus tells the parable of the two sons sent to the vineyard by their father.
Highlights of the Month.
During September, as in all of Ordinary Time (formerly known as Time After Pentecost), the Liturgy does not focus on one particular mystery of Christ, but views the mystery of Christ in all its aspects. We follow the life of Christ through the Gospels, and focus on the teachings and parables of Jesus and what it means for us to be a follower of Christ. During Ordinary Time we canconcentrate more on the saints and imitate their holiness as Christ’s followers.
This month the main liturgical feasts are St. Gregory the Great (September 3), Birth of Mary (September 8), St. Peter Claver (September 9), Holy Name of Mary (September 12),Exaltation of the Holy Cross (September 14), Our Lady of Sorrows (September 15), Sts. Cornelius and Cyprian (September 16), St. Robert Bellarmine (September 17), St. Januarius (September 19), St. Matthew (September 21), Sts. Cosmas and Damian (September 26), St. Pio (September 23), Sts. Michael, Gabriel and Raphael (September 29) and St. Jerome (September 30).
The feasts of St. John Chrysostom (September 13), St. Andrew Kim and Companions (September 20) and St. Vincent de Paul (September 27) are superseded by the Sunday liturgy.
MONTH OF THE HARVEST
Since man is both a spiritual and physical being, the Church provides for the needs of man in his everyday life. The Church’s liturgy and feasts in many areas reflect the four seasons of the year (spring, summer, fall and winter). The month of August, September, October and November are part of the harvest season, and as Christians we recall God’s constant protection over his people and give thanksgiving for the year’s harvest.
The September Ember Days were particularly focused on the end of the harvest season and thanksgiving to God for the season. Ember Days were three days (Wednesday, Friday and Saturday) set aside by the Church for prayer, fasting and almsgiving at the beginning of each of the four seasonsof the year. The ember days fell after December 13, the feast of St. Lucy (winter), after the First Sunday of Lent (spring), after Pentecost Sunday (summer), and after September 14, the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross (fall). These weeks were known as the quattor tempora, the “four seasons.”
Since the late 5th century, the Ember Days were also the preferred dates for ordination of priests. So during these times the Church had a threefold focus: (1) sanctifying each new season by turning to God through prayer, fasting and almsgiving; (2) giving thanks to God for the various harvests of each season; and (3) praying for the newly ordained and for future vocations to the priesthood and religious life.
Since the reorganization of the Roman calendar in 1969 after the Second Vatican Council, Ember Days are still retained in principle, but how and when they are to be observed is at the discretion of each country’s Episcopal Conference. There is no longer set Mass readings for the Ember Days in the Ordinary Rite.
Another harvest feast is September 29, the Feast of the Archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael. Before the revision of the calendar, this used to be only the feast of St. Michael. In many countries this day was referred to as “Michaelmas” and iscelebrated with traditional foods and customs.(cf www.catholic culture.org).
CMD AND OUR LADY OF SORROWS Together with JESUS' WEEK CYCLE
The intimate relationship Communitas Mater Domini (CMD) has with the Holy Spirit and Blessed Virgin Mary has been the epicenter of her Spirituality which draws the members closer to the devotions of the blessed Virgin Mary. These devotions cannot be neglected because by the power of the Holy Spirit, the incarnate word was made flesh through the Blessed Virgin Mary. (Luke 1:26-38). In line with this, CMD journeys with the church in the celebration of our Lady of Sorrows in order to obtain from her, graces to bear our own sorrows. As the church recognizes this month of September as one of the months of the harvest season,CMD in her Jesus’ week cycle cum sanctification of creation ritual initiativ through prayer and thanksgiving reconsecreates every creature, time, day, week, month, year and season back to our Lord Jesus Christ; so that these creatures and their seasons will work for the good of humanity and not to cause us harm all through the year (Cf. Mission & Apostolates, pg. 222).
We pray to Almighty God that as this month of September is dedicated to our Lady of Sorrows and one of the months of harvesting season, we may through her intercession learn how to bear our own sorrows in following the footsteps of her son our Lord Jesus Christ; hoping to reap the eternal harvest of heaven, especially the hope of a glorious resurrection, Amen.