ACT OF CONSECRATION TO THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY (Spanish)

Oh María, Madre de Dios y Madre nuestra, nosotros, en esta hora de tribulación, recurrimos a ti.
Tú eres nuestra Madre, nos amas y nos conoces, nada de lo que nos preocupa se te oculta.
Madre de misericordia, muchas veces hemos experimentado tu ternura providente, tu presencia
que nos devuelve la paz, porque tú siempre nos llevas a Jesús, Príncipe de la paz.
Nosotros hemos perdido la senda de la paz. Hemos olvidado la lección de las tragedias del siglo
pasado, el sacrificio de millones de caídos en las guerras mundiales. Hemos desatendido los
compromisos asumidos como Comunidad de Naciones y estamos traicionando los sueños de paz
de los pueblos y las esperanzas de los jóvenes. Nos hemos enfermado de avidez, nos hemos
encerrado en intereses nacionalistas, nos hemos dejado endurecer por la indiferencia y paralizar
por el egoísmo. Hemos preferido ignorar a Dios, convivir con nuestras falsedades, alimentar la
agresividad, suprimir vidas y acumular armas, olvidándonos de que somos custodios de nuestro
prójimo y de nuestra casa común. Hemos destrozado con la guerra el jardín de la tierra, hemos
herido con el pecado el corazón de nuestro Padre, que nos quiere hermanos y hermanas. Nos
hemos vuelto indiferentes a todos y a todo, menos a nosotros mismos. Y con vergüenza decimos:
perdónanos, Señor.

En la miseria del pecado, en nuestros cansancios y fragilidades, en el misterio de la iniquidad del
mal y de la guerra, tú, Madre Santa, nos recuerdas que Dios no nos abandona, sino que continúa
mirándonos con amor, deseoso de perdonarnos y levantarnos de nuevo. Es Él quien te ha
entregado a nosotros y ha puesto en tu Corazón inmaculado un refugio para la Iglesia y para la
humanidad. Por su bondad divina estás con nosotros, e incluso en las vicisitudes más adversas
de la historia nos conduces con ternura.

Por eso recurrimos a ti, llamamos a la puerta de tu Corazón, nosotros, tus hijos queridos que no
te cansas jamás de visitar e invitar a la conversión. En esta hora oscura, ven a socorrernos y
consolarnos. Repite a cada uno de nosotros: “¿Acaso no estoy yo aquí, que soy tu Madre?”. Tú
sabes cómo desatar los enredos de nuestro corazón y los nudos de nuestro tiempo. Ponemos
nuestra confianza en ti. Estamos seguros de que tú, sobre todo en estos momentos de prueba, no
desprecias nuestras súplicas y acudes en nuestro auxilio.

Así lo hiciste en Caná de Galilea, cuando apresuraste la hora de la intervención de Jesús e
introdujiste su primer signo en el mundo. Cuando la fiesta se había convertido en tristeza le dijiste:
«No tienen vino» (Jn 2,3). Repíteselo otra vez a Dios, oh Madre, porque hoy hemos terminado el
vino de la esperanza, se ha desvanecido la alegría, se ha aguado la fraternidad. Hemos perdido
la humanidad, hemos estropeado la paz. Nos hemos vuelto capaces de todo tipo de violencia y
destrucción. Necesitamos urgentemente tu ayuda materna.

Acoge, oh Madre, nuestra súplica.
Tú, estrella del mar, no nos dejes naufragar en la tormenta de la guerra.
Tú, arca de la nueva alianza, inspira proyectos y caminos de reconciliación.
Tú, “tierra del Cielo”, vuelve a traer la armonía de Dios al mundo.
Extingue el odio, aplaca la venganza, enséñanos a perdonar.
Líbranos de la guerra, preserva al mundo de la amenaza nuclear.
Reina del Rosario, despierta en nosotros la necesidad de orar y de amar.
Reina de la familia humana, muestra a los pueblos la senda de la fraternidad.
Reina de la paz, obtén para el mundo la paz.

Que tu llanto, oh Madre, conmueva nuestros corazones endurecidos. Que las lágrimas que has
derramado por nosotros hagan florecer este valle que nuestro odio ha secado. Y mientras el ruido
de las armas no enmudece, que tu oración nos disponga a la paz. Que tus manos maternas
acaricien a los que sufren y huyen bajo el peso de las bombas. Que tu abrazo materno consuele a
los que se ven obligados a dejar sus hogares y su país. Que tu Corazón afligido nos mueva a la
compasión, nos impulse a abrir puertas y a hacernos cargo de la humanidad herida y descartada.
Santa Madre de Dios, mientras estabas al pie de la cruz, Jesús, viendo al discípulo junto a ti, te
dijo: «Ahí tienes a tu hijo» (Jn 19,26), y así nos encomendó a ti. Después dijo al discípulo, a cada
uno de nosotros: «Ahí tienes a tu madre» (v. 27). Madre, queremos acogerte ahora en nuestra
vida y en nuestra historia. En esta hora la humanidad, agotada y abrumada, está contigo al pie de
la cruz. Y necesita encomendarse a ti, consagrarse a Cristo a través de ti. El pueblo ucraniano y
el pueblo ruso, que te veneran con amor, recurren a ti, mientras tu Corazón palpita por ellos y por
todos los pueblos diezmados a causa de la guerra, el hambre, las injusticias y la miseria.
Por eso, Madre de Dios y nuestra, nosotros solemnemente encomendamos y consagramos a tu
Corazón inmaculado nuestras personas, la Iglesia y la humanidad entera, de manera especial
Rusia y Ucrania. Acoge este acto nuestro que realizamos con confianza y amor, haz que cese la
guerra, provee al mundo de paz. El “sí” que brotó de tu Corazón abrió las puertas de la historia al
Príncipe de la paz; confiamos que, por medio de tu Corazón, la paz llegará. A ti, pues, te
consagramos el futuro de toda la familia humana, las necesidades y las aspiraciones de los
pueblos, las angustias y las esperanzas del mundo.
Que a través de ti la divina Misericordia se derrame sobre la tierra, y el dulce latido de la paz
vuelva a marcar nuestras jornadas. Mujer del sí, sobre la que descendió el Espíritu Santo, vuelve
a traernos la armonía de Dios. Tú que eres “fuente viva de esperanza”, disipa la sequedad de
nuestros corazones. Tú que has tejido la humanidad de Jesús, haz de nosotros constructores de
comunión. Tú que has recorrido nuestros caminos, guíanos por sendas de paz. Amén.

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 ACT OF CONSECRATION TO THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY (English)

ACT OF CONSECRATION TO THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY
O Mary, Mother of God and our Mother, in this time of trial we turn to you. As our Mother, you love
us and know us: no concern of our hearts is hidden from you. Mother of mercy, how often we
have experienced your watchful care and your peaceful presence! You never cease to guide us to
Jesus, the Prince of Peace.

Yet we have strayed from that path of peace. We have forgotten the lesson learned from the
tragedies of the last century, the sacrifice of the millions who fell in two world wars. We have
disregarded the commitments we made as a community of nations. We have betrayed peoples’
dreams of peace and the hopes of the young. We grew sick with greed, we thought only of our
own nations and their interests, we grew indifferent and caught up in our selfish needs and
concerns. We chose to ignore God, to be satisfied with our illusions, to grow arrogant and
aggressive, to suppress innocent lives and to stockpile weapons. We stopped being our
neighbor’s keepers and stewards of our common home. We have ravaged the garden of the
earth with war and by our sins we have broken the heart of our heavenly Father, who desires us to
be brothers and sisters. We grew indifferent to everyone and everything except ourselves. Now
with shame we cry out: Forgive us, Lord!

Holy Mother, amid the misery of our sinfulness, amid our struggles and weaknesses, amid the
mystery of iniquity that is evil and war, you remind us that God never abandons us, but continues
to look upon us with love, ever ready to forgive us and raise us up to new life. He has given you to
us and made your Immaculate Heart a refuge for the Church and for all humanity. By God’s
gracious will, you are ever with us; even in the most troubled moments of our history, you are
there to guide us with tender love.

We now turn to you and knock at the door of your heart. We are your beloved children. In every
age you make yourself known to us, calling us to conversion. At this dark hour, help us and grant
us your comfort. Say to us once more: “Am I not here, I who am your Mother?” You are able to

untie the knots of our hearts and of our times. In you we place our trust. We are confident that,
especially in moments of trial, you will not be deaf to our supplication and will come to our aid.
That is what you did at Cana in Galilee, when you interceded with Jesus and he worked the first of
his signs. To preserve the joy of the wedding feast, you said to him: “They have no wine” (Jn 2:3).
Now, O Mother, repeat those words and that prayer, for in our own day we have run out of the
wine of hope, joy has fled, fraternity has faded. We have forgotten our humanity and squandered
the gift of peace. We opened our hearts to violence and destructiveness. How greatly we need
your maternal help!

Therefore, O Mother, hear our prayer.
Star of the Sea, do not let us be shipwrecked in the tempest of war.
Ark of the New Covenant, inspire projects and paths of reconciliation.
Queen of Heaven, restore God’s peace to the world.
Eliminate hatred and the thirst for revenge, and teach us forgiveness.
Free us from war, protect our world from the menace of nuclear weapons.
Queen of the Rosary, make us realize our need to pray and to love.
Queen of the Human Family, show people the path of fraternity.
Queen of Peace, obtain peace for our world.

O Mother, may your sorrowful plea stir our hardened hearts. May the tears you shed for us make
this valley parched by our hatred blossom anew. Amid the thunder of weapons, may your prayer
turn our thoughts to peace. May your maternal touch soothe those who suffer and flee from the
rain of bombs. May your motherly embrace comfort those forced to leave their homes and their
native land. May your Sorrowful Heart move us to compassion and inspire us to open our doors
and to care for our brothers and sisters who are injured and cast aside.
Holy Mother of God, as you stood beneath the cross, Jesus, seeing the disciple at your side, said:
“Behold your son” (Jn 19:26). In this way he entrusted each of us to you. To the disciple, and to
each of us, he said: “Behold, your Mother” (v. 27). Mother Mary, we now desire to welcome you
into our lives and our history. At this hour, a weary and distraught humanity stands with you
beneath the cross, needing to entrust itself to you and, through you, to consecrate itself to Christ.
The people of Ukraine and Russia, who venerate you with great love, now turn to you, even as
your heart beats with compassion for them and for all those peoples decimated by war, hunger,
injustice and poverty.

Therefore, Mother of God and our Mother, to your Immaculate Heart we solemnly entrust and
consecrate ourselves, the Church and all humanity, especially Russia and Ukraine. Accept this
act that we carry out with confidence and love. Grant that war may end and peace spread
throughout the world. The “Fiat” that arose from your heart opened the doors of history to the
Prince of Peace. We trust that, through your heart, peace will dawn once more. To you we
consecrate the future of the whole human family, the needs and expectations of every people, the
anxieties and hopes of the world.

Through your intercession, may God’s mercy be poured out on the earth and the gentle rhythm of
peace return to mark our days. Our Lady of the “Fiat”, on whom the Holy Spirit descended,
restore among us the harmony that comes from God. May you, our “living fountain of hope”, water
the dryness of our hearts. In your womb Jesus took flesh; help us to foster the growth of
communion. You once trod the streets of our world; lead us now on the paths of peace. Amen.

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2021 Advent Welcome Retreat for Women

 

Do you sense that something’s missing in your life? Do you feel that if you weren’t so busy you would be happier, healthier, more effective, more fulfilled, and maybe even a better person?

Most people agree at this point that many of our systems are broken and the world is a bit of a mess right now.  Many of these problems cross our minds daily. We believe that part of the solution to each of these problems is spiritual.  There is no substitute in society for character, morality and prayer.

Our parish is partnering with Dynamic Catholic to help foster this reality in our area.  Dynamic Catholic is a ministry whose mission is to reenergize the Catholic Church in America.  They create world-class resources that meet parishioners where they are and lead them to where God is calling.  One of these resources is a program called Welcome

Welcome is a retreat hosted by a parish, designed to help participants have an encounter with Jesus, develop a personal prayer life, and discover the genius of Catholicism.   This Advent, our parish will be hosting, in English,  its first Welcome One Day Retreat for Women on December 4th, 2021.

We believe in the power of prayer.  Please feel free to reach out to the rectory should you have additional inquiries.

Click here for registration form  

 

 

¡Nuestras iglesias están abiertas para la celebración pública de la misa!

MISA DIARIA
8:30 AM en la Iglesia de San Estanislao 12 del mediodía en la Iglesia de la Transfiguración
MISA DEL SABADO
8:30 AM Misa en la Iglesia de San Estanislao
3PM Confesiones en la Iglesia de la Transfiguración
4PM Misa de vigilia para el domingo en la Iglesia de la Transfiguración
DOMINGO MISA
8AM [San Estanislao], 9:30 AM [Transfiguración],
11AM [San Estanislao]
12:30 PM Misa en español [San Estanislao],
12:30 PM [La misa tradicional latina en la Transfiguración]

Pedimos su cooperación; Si todos observan las precauciones de seguridad establecidas por el Estado y avaladas por el Obispo, podemos permanecer abiertos de manera segura, sin incidentes.

Ya no se requieren máscaras; sin embargo, pedimos que aquellos que no estén completamente vacunados usen una máscara. • Por favor: MANTENGA LA DISTANCIA SOCIAL • Por favor respete las áreas bloqueadas y evite tocar las estatuas.

Por ahora, no hay misaltos, no hay señales de paz, y la Sagrada Comunión se administra solo con el Anfitrión (las “tarjetas del banco” se pueden encontrar haciendo clic aquí y leer desde su teléfono o tableta).

Al acercarse para la Comunión, por favor, acérquese en fila india, dejando suficiente espacio entre usted y la persona que está frente a usted. Te animamos a recibir la Sagrada Hostia en tus manos; si desea recibir en la lengua, como es su derecho, por favor suba al final de la línea.

 ¡Es MARAVILLOSO tenerlos de regreso a misa!

Our Churches Are Open for Mass

Our churches are open for the public celebration of Mass!

DAILY MASS
8:30AM at St Stanislaus Church     12 Noon at Transfiguration Church

SATURDAY MASS
8:30AM daily Mass at St. Stanislaus Church
3PM Confessions at Transfiguration Church
4PM Vigil Mass for Sunday at Transfiguration Church

SUNDAY MASS
8AM [St Stanislaus], 9:30AM [Transfiguration],
11AM [St Stanislaus]
12:30PM Spanish Mass [St Stanislaus],
12:30PM [The Traditional Latin Mass at Transfiguration]

Governor Hochul’s recent announcement of the expiration of the mask mandate includes our churches and parish offices.  While this means that masks are no longer required in our churches and parish office please continue to take necessary preventive measures to ensure safety and good hygiene.

For now, there is no sign of peace, and Holy Communion is administered with the Host only (the “pew cards” can be found by clicking here and read from your phone or tablet).

Approaching for Communion, please come up in single file, leaving plenty of space between yourself and the person in front of you. We encourage you to receive the sacred Host in your hands; if you wish to receive on the tongue, as is your right, please come up at the end of the line.

It is WONDERFUL to have you all back for Mass!!

Stations of the Cross

Stations of the Cross:  click here
(This is a large file and may take time to download; please be patient)

There are a number of methods for praying the Way of the Cross and
a legitimate and holy variety of prayers, meditations and hymns that
may be employed according to the devotion of the Church. This
booklet contains two complete sets of prayers: a version of the well loved
Via Crucis composed by Saint Alphonsus Ligouri, and a set of

modern meditations composed by Father Stefano Penna, a priest of
the Diocese of Saskatoon, Canada. The second Way of the Cross
includes a “Fifteenth Station,” a meditation on Christ’s Resurrection,
which should be omitted on Good Friday.

 

That We May Imitate What They Contain, And Obtain What They Promise: a consideration of the holy Rosary

That We May Imitate What They Contain,
And Obtain What They Promise:
a consideration of the holy Rosary

–An article by Fr. Joseph Wilson

Seen from outside, Catholicism seems monolithic. Outsiders see a large institution, encrusted with customs and traditions, lists of things one must do, and must not do. It seems to outsiders as though things are pretty much the same wherever one goes, in every Catholic church.

But this is actually not true…  Click to read more 

 

 

Praying the Rosary

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

The month of May is  a time when the People of God express with particular intensity their love and devotion for the Blessed Virgin Mary.  It is traditional in this month to pray the Rosary at home within the family.  The restrictions of the pandemic have made us come to appreciate all the more this “family” aspect, also from a spiritual point of view.

For this reason, I want to encourage everyone to rediscover the beauty of praying the Rosary at home in the month of May.

–Letter of His Holiness Pope Francis
to the Faithful for the Month of May 2020
click here for full letter

The Joyful Mysteries

1. The Annunciation — Humility

It is appropriate to begin the rosary with the virtue of humility. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states that “humility is the foundation of prayer. Only when we humbly acknowledge that ‘we do not know how to pray as we ought,’ are we ready to receive freely the gift of prayer. ‘Man is a beggar before God.’ “ (CCC 2559)

2. The Visitation — Love of Neighbor

Mary hastened to her cousin’s Elizabeth’s house to help her in her time of need. In what ways can we be of service to our own neighbor’s today, whether we find that neighbor in our own home, in our community, at work, or on the internet?

3. The Nativity of the Lord — Poverty of Spirit, Detachment from the Things of the World

We live in a very consumerist culture. This mystery invites us to detach ourselves from our many possessions. What do we truly need and what is excess? What can we share with others?

4. Presentation — Obedience

Mary and Joseph humbly brought Jesus to the temple in accord with Jewish law. Obedience to God and to others can be very difficult, but offers us the opportunity to subjugate our own will to that of our heavenly Father. Not my will, but God’s will be done.

5. Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple — Piety

Piety is dedication to the Church’s sacramental life and devotions. Mary and Joseph were surprised to find Jesus in the temple. We, too, should be dedicated to our Church and the sacraments.

The Luminous Mysteries

1. The Baptism of Jesus — Openness to the Holy Spirit

We each receive the Holy Spirit in a special way in Baptism and again at Confirmation. The gifts of the Holy Spirit are wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord. We need only ask the Holy Spirit for help and help will be provided.

2. The Miracle at Cana — To Jesus through Mary

Mary encouraged her Son to perform his first miracle at the Wedding at Cana. She simply told the servants to “do whatever he tells you.” She helps us in a similar way — always pointing us to her Son and interceding on our behalf. We need only to turn to her and ask for help.

3. Proclamation of the Kingdom of God — Repentance, Trust in God

Jesus spent the active years of his ministry preaching and performing miracles to proclaim the Kingdom of God. He asks us to express sorrow from our sin, turn away from sin, and trust in God.

4. Transfiguration — Desire for Holiness

Jesus gave three of his closest friends a glimpse of His glory at the Transfiguration. We, too, are called to holiness, and to ultimately live in glory in heaven. But, we need to want it and we need to want it more than what the world and the devil attempts to offer us.

5. Institution of the Eucharist — Eucharistic Adoration, Active Participation at Mass

Jesus gave us the greatest gift in the Eucharist. He gave us His very self. This mystery invites us to appreciate that gift fully and to participate at Mass often

Sorrowful Mysteries

1. Agony in the Garden — Contrition, Conformity to the Will of God

Jesus, both fully human and fully divine, suffered immensely in the garden. He knew what was coming and he was terrified. He begged His Father to spare him, but submitted Himself fully to His will. We, too, are called to do this.

2. Scourging at the Pillar — Purity, Mortification

Mortification isn’t popular these days, but making small sacrifices and offering them up can be a great help to one’s spiritual life. There is an opportunity every day to sacrifice and to suffer in some small way.

3. Crowning with Thorns — Moral Courage

Jesus remained resolute even as he was being made fun of. Do we have the courage to stand up for our convictions even when we are being laughed at? Whose opinion matters more – God’s or those who surround us?

4. Carrying of the Cross — Patience

Patience is something we all seem to have difficulty with. Jesus patiently carried his cross through the streets of Jerusalem on the way to his Crucifixion. We can look to him for help when we are tempted to lose our patience.

5. Crucifixion — Salvation, Self-Denial

Jesus gave up everything for us on the cross. His took on the sins of the world, past, present, and future, and died for our salvation. We need to be so thankful for that gift. At the same time, when we are asked to die to ourselves and put others first, we can look to the cross for the example of total self-giving.

Glorious Mysteries

1. The Resurrection — Faith

It takes great faith to believe that Jesus rose from the dead and that we, too, shall rise. As Jesus told his apostles, “Blessed are that who have not seen, and yet believe.” This mystery offers us help in maintaining that faith. “Lord, I believe. Please help my unbelief!”

2. The Ascension — Hope, Desire for Heaven

We hope for a world that is better than this one. We desire to live forever with Jesus in heaven. May that hope help shape our lives here on Earth.

3. The Descent of the Holy Spirit — Wisdom, Love of God

The disciples were scared. They huddled together in that upper room not sure of what to do. Then the Spirit of the Lord came upon them and they were ready to go out and give their very lives in service to God. May the Holy Spirit also grant us that wisdom and love of God.

4. The Assumption of Mary — Devotion to Mary

Mary was brought up to heaven body and soul. We are devoted to her because of her relationship to her Son and because God saw fit to raise her up. “Blessed are you among women and Blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus.”

5. The Coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mary — Eternal Happiness

Mary is the Queen of Heaven, enjoying forever her rightful place next to her Son. May we one day share in her happiness.

 

 

Are you Hungry Yet?

     Each and every family meal can be a ‘eucharistic’ moment—a time of charity and being nourished in both body and soul. Now, before you roll your eyes at us and say “Yeah, right, explain that to my screaming three year old,” watch this episode of Closing the Social Distance, and hear us out! Our meals this side of paradise will always be imperfect, one way or another. But the way we enjoy the main meal each day helps train us for things well beyond table manners: it teaches us something about communion with each other, and that is what we await in the Mass!
     Fr. Henry mentions the film Babette’s Feast in this episode: to find out more, click on the blue  link. You can stream it on Amazon Prime and iTunes, too.
     Stay well, and stay hungry—for God!
     Oremus pro invicem—let’s pray for each other,
The Dominican Friars