Dedication of the Basilica of St. Michael Archangel



Dedication of the Basilica of St. Michael Archangel
Dedication of Basilica of St. Michael Archangel
Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost
September 29, 2013
Volume 1, Issue 4
Our Lady of the Rosary Chapel
Michaelmas in Monroe
The season of Michaelmas comes to its magnificent conclusion today at Our
Lady of the Rosary Chapel with a High Mass for the Feast of the Dedication of
the Basilica of St. Michael Archangel. On this day we pay homage not only to
this great archangel but also to all of those heavenly spirits, the Angels, whose
ministry God is pleased to make frequent use of in the dispensations of his providence in this world. This feastday heralds the opening of the Month of the Holy
Angels, October, and it is to these immortal spirits that we should turn our spiritual attention during the coming weeks.
St. Michael is of course the prince of the faithful angels who opposed Lucifer
and his followers in their revolt against God. As Satan is the sworn enemy of
God’s holy Church, it is St. Michael whom God has appointed as her special protector against the wickedness and snares of the devil, and to whom we should
turn during these her darkest days.
In his protection of the Church, St. Michael has appeared many times to assure
the faithful of the strength of his intercession. Three apparitions in particular
come to mind. During the papacy of St. Gregory the Great, St. Michael appeared in Rome above the ramparts of the Castel Sant’Angelo during a proces-
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 2nd Collect: 19th Sunday
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 Preface: Trinity
 Proper Last Gospel: 19th
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sion to invoke his name against the
plague that was then threatening
the city. Today a huge statue of the
Archangel stands on the spot where
he appeared. St. Michael appeared
many years later to St. Ausbert, the
holy Bishop of Avranches in France.
This led to the construction of the
famous Mont Saint-Michel on the
coast of Normandy (pictured on
page 1), and from where William the Conqueror launched
his invasion of England in 1066.
But it is another church whose
dedication we celebrate today,
a great basilica that was built at
Monte Gargano in the Kingdom
of Naples after an apparition by
St. Michael. It is this apparition
of St. Michael that we celebrate
on May 8th, a feast which the
modernists were very eager to
suppress as soon as they could.
Indeed this holy day was consigned to the trashcan in 1956
by modernist liturgical reformer
Annibale Bugnini (the same
man who was to bring us the
Novus Ordo ten years later). Most
regrettably many traditional groups,
including the SSPX, follow enthusiastically the liturgical rubrics conceived by this agent of Satan. At
Our Lady of the Rosary, we adhere
to the traditional Missal, and the
faithful here need have no concerns
about the authenticity of the liturgical rites performed in our church.
Fundraising Committee
Thank you to the following
members of the parish who
have volunteered to organize and coordinate our future fundraising activities:
Irene Della Donna
Elise Heche
Marina Heche
Rachel Mendes
Joseph Berry
Michael McGuire
Please e-mail Fr. Hall with
your e-mail addresses so
that we can arrange our
first meeting.
Blessing of Animals
Please bring your pets this
Friday at 3:30 pm after
school, so they may receive
their St. Francis Day blessing. We ask that your animals be leashed, caged,
tethered or muzzled, according to their species and
eagerness to bite us.
First Saturday Rosary
A reminder that the Rosary
will be recited next Saturday at 8:45 am (after the
8:00 Mass).
Basilica of St. Michael Archangel
Michaelmas in Monroe (continued)
Choir Practice
Choir practice will be at its
usual time next Saturday,
October 5 at 4:00 pm.
Rosary Sunday
Next Sunday is the Solemnity of our patronal feast, the
Most Holy Rosary of the
Blessed Virgin Mary. The
10:00 am High Mass wil be
followed by a Procession
and Benediction of the
Blessed Sacrament. Would
you please see the signup
sheet in the basement and
commit to the roles assigned there. The same
people should be prepared
to perform the same duties
on the Feast of Christ the
King at the end of October.
This apparition at Monte Gargano
took place some time during the fifth
or sixth century, when a man named
Garganus was pasturing his large
herds in the countryside nearby.
One day a bull strayed away from
the herd and wandered up the
mountain. When the irritated Garganus finally found the bull at the
entrance to a cave, he ordered the
bovine miscreant to be shot with an
arrow. This did not have the desired
effect of killing the bull, however,
but instead the arrow turned in midflight, and flew back to strike the
man who shot it. The participants
on the hunt, duly disturbed by this
turn of events, consulted the local
bishop who ordered three days of
fasting and prayer while he decided
on a course of action. When the
three days were over, St. Michael
appeared to the bishop, declaring
the cave where the bull had been
found to be under his protection,
and that God wanted it consecrated
under his name and in honour of all
the Holy Angels.
The bishop himself climbed Monte
Gargano to this cave, and on entering therein with his clergy and the
people in procession, found that the
inside of the Church was already
disposed in the form of a church. He
celebrated Mass there, and ordered
a great basilica to be built on the
Today, Monte Gargano has been
renamed Monte Sant’Angelo, and
through the centuries has been the
destination of millions of pilgrims.
Among them were many popes
(Gelasius I, Leo IX, Urban II, Alexander III, Gregory X, and Celestine V),
saints (Bridget of Sweden, Bernard
of Clairvaux, Thomas Aquinas) emperors, kings and princes (Louis II of
Italy, Otto III, Henry II, Matilda of
Michaelmas in Monroe (continued)
Tuscany, Charles I of Naples, Ferdinand II of Aragon). St.
Francis of Assisi also went to visit the Sanctuary, but felt
himself unworthy to enter the grotto. He stopped in
prayer and meditation at the entrance, kissing and carving on a stone there the sign of the Cross in the form of
the “Tau”.
The Celestial Basilica, as it is called, was given over in
1996 to the care of the Congregation of St. Michael the
Archangel (Michaelite Fathers) founded by Polish priest
Bronislaw Markiewiecz in 1897. Although off the normal
tourist track, Monte Sant’Angelo is well worth a trip,
which can be combined with a visit to the neighbouring
town of San Giovanni Rotondo, former home of the
saintly stigmatist Padre Pio.
“Saint Michael the Archangel,
defend us in the day of battle!”
Above : Bell tower outside the Basilica of St. Michael
Right: St. Michael guards the entrance to his basilica
Reflect God’s goodness
and his absolute holiness
Protectors of the inner
chambers of Divinity
Control the elements and
govern nature
Lower Choirs of Angels
need them to access God
Guard over nations, cities,
villages and provinces
Angels of leadership
Emissaries of the Principalities
Warrior Angels defending
cosmos and mankind
Assist those who ask for
The Chaplet of St. Michael
The history of this Chaplet goes back
to a devout Servant of God Antonia
d'Astonac, a holy Carmelite nun, of
the convent of Vetralla in the diocese of Viterbo, who had a vision of
St. Michael. The Archangel Michael
revealed to her that he would be
well pleased by his bringing into use
the following prayers in his honour
and in honour of all
the angelic host; and
that he would repay
those who practised
this devotion with
signal favours, particularly in such times as
the Catholic Church
some special trial.
Saturday, October 5
Christopher Mendes
Sunday, October 6
10:00 High Mass
Celebrant: Fr. Rodriguez
MC: David Bouton
Th: Michael Mendes
Ac1: Paul Richardson
Ac2: Giovanni Linero
Cr: Sam Richardson
He told Antonia to honour him by
nine salutations to the nine Choirs of
Angels. St. Michael promised that
whoever would practise this devotion in his honour would have, when
approaching Holy Commmunion, an
escort of nine angels chosen from
each of the nine Choirs. In addition,
for those who would recite the
Chaplet daily, he promised his continual assistance and that of all the
holy angels during life.
This private revelation and
prayers were approved by
Pope Pius IX by a decree
of the Sacred Congregation of Rites, dated August
8, 1851.
Our Lady of the Rosary Chapel
Our Lady of the Rosary Chapel operates
a thriving parish, complete with fulltime Catholic school for grades K
through 12. Two Masses are offered
daily, and various devotions and other
ceremonies are provided during the
course of the liturgical year. Our parish
guilds offer wonderful opportunities to
become more involved as your time
and interests permit. We are always
looking for volunteers to serve Mass,
sing in the choir, or work in the church
and on the property and grounds. The
enthusiastic participation of our parishioners is one of the hallmarks of Our
Lady of the Rosary Chapel, and we welcome your support and talents.
Newcomers are particularly welcome,
and we invite you to introduce yourself
to one of our priests. He will be able to
answer your questions concerning the
be in these difficult times in which we
traditional Latin Mass and the crisis in
the Catholic Church since Vatican II,
and guide you towards a fuller understanding of what your own role should
Our aim is to preserve the truth and
beauty of our Catholic heritage. We
invite all of you to participate in this
our apostolate, and in particular by
becoming shining examples of our true
Faith by your everyday life, both spiritual and moral. God calls us all to perfection, and our role is to answer that
call with all our love and enthusiasm. Come and be a part of this work,
which was founded not so much by
good Father Fenton in 1972, but by Our
Lord Jesus Christ himself, when he gave
the keys of his kingdom to St. Peter. This is none other than the Roman
Catholic Church, and at Our Lady of the
Rosary Chapel we are proud to be an
instrument for its continuation, and the
preservation of its Faith and Liturgy.
The Chaplet of St. Michael (continued)
O God, make speed to save me.
O Lord, make haste to help me.
Glory be.
By the intercession of St. Michael and the Celestial choir of
Seraphim, may the Lord make us worthy to burn with the
fire of perfect charity. Amen.
Our Father and 3 Hail Marys
By the intercession of St. Michael and the Celestial choir of
Cherubim, may the Lord vouchsafe to grant us grace to
leave the ways of wickedness and run in the paths of Christian perfection. Amen.
Our Father and 3 Hail Marys.
By the intercession of St. Michael and the Celestial choir of
Thrones, may the Lord infuse into our hearts a true and
sincere spirit of humility. Amen.
Our Father and 3 Hail Marys.
By the intercession of St. Michael and the Celestial choir of
Dominions, may the Lord give us grace to govern our senses and subdue our unruly passions. Amen.
Our Father and 3 Hail Marys
O glorious Prince St. Michael, chief and commander of the
heavenly hosts, guardian of souls, vanquisher of rebel spirits,
servant in the house of the Divine King, and our admirable
conductor, thou who dost shine with excellence and superhuman virtue, vouchsafe to deliver us from all evil, who turn
to thee with confidence, and enable us by thy gracious protection to serve God more and more faithfully every day.
V. Pray for us, O Glorious St. Michael, Prince of the Church of
Jesus Christ.
R. That we may be made worthy of His Promises.
Let us pray.
Almighty and everlasting God, who by a prodigy of Goodness
and a merciful desire for the salvation of all men, hath appointed the most glorious Archangel St. Michael, Prince of
Thy Church, make us worthy, we beseech Thee, to be delivered by his powerful protection from all our enemies, that
none of them may harass us at the hour of our death, but
that we may be conducted by him into the august presence
of Thy Divine Majesty. This we beg through the merits of
Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
By the intercession of St. Michael and the Celestial choir of
Powers, may the Lord vouchsafe to protect our souls
against the snares and temptations of the devil. Amen.
Our Father and 3 Hail Marys.
By the intercession of St. Michael and the Celestial choir of
Virtues, may the Lord preserve us from evil, an suffer us
not to fall into temptation. Amen.
Our Father and 3 Hail Marys.
By the intercession of St. Michael and the Celestial choir of
Principalities, may God fill our souls with a true spirit of
obedience. Amen.
Our Father and 3 Hail Marys.
By the intercession of St. Michael and the Celestial choir of
Archangels, may the Lord give us perseverance in faith and
in good works, in order that we gain the glory of Paradise.
Our Father and 3 Hail Marys.
By the intercession of St. Michael and the Celestial choir of
Angels, may the Lord grant us to be protected by them in
this mortal life and conducted hereafter to eternal glory.
Our Father and 3 Hail Marys.
Our Father on each of the 4 beads in honour of each of the
following leading Angels: St. Michael, St. Gabriel, St. Raphael, our Guardian Angel.
A Message from the Pastor
For up-to-date information,
such as last-minute changes
to the Mass schedule, special prayer requests, and
other breaking news, please
refer to our website at:
Tuesday is the first day of October, month of Our Lady of the
Rosary, our patroness. It is
also the month of the Holy Angels, however, and it is on
this that we place our focus
this Sunday as we celebrate the
feast of St. Michael and All
Angels. May they defend us
against all the snares of the
enemy, especially in these
times of grave spiritual peril
when even the most exalted of
men seem determined to refuse
the truths of our holy Church.
God grant us the grace to remain faithful in His service.
You will also find a wealth
of information about Our
Lady of the Rosary Chapel,
including our history, mission statement, guild activities, and school curriculum.
We hope you will find our
site a valuable resource,
and will help us by sending
your stories and photos of
life at our chapel.
Fr. Adan Rodriguez
Founded in 1973 in the wake of the disastrous Second Vatican Council, the mission of Our Lady of the Rosary Chapel is to
maintain and restore as far as possible the traditional faith, values and liturgical practice of the Roman Catholic Church,
and to provide a haven of sanctity
where men and women of good
will may grow in love for God and
their neighbor.
Please don’t hesitate to introduce
yourself and ask questions. After
Mass come to the Social Hall, and
join us for coffee and refreshments.
and confessions are heard in Spanish and English every Sunday and by appointment with the pastor.
We hope your visit with us is a pleasant one, and we look forward to seeing you again and welcoming you as a member of
Our Lady of the Rosary.