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“Couples Night”

Protect Your Home and Children through Content Monitoring Software

JEFF HAHN & TOMAS VOBORIL

Thursday, January 11th, 2018 Cathedral of St. Paul

(Please enter through side gate on the right of the Cathedral)

6:00 p.m. Adoration & Confessions 

7:00 p.m. Holy Mass 8:00 p.m. Talk (Cathedral Life Center)

Are you protecting your family from the dangers that can be accessed through the media in your home?  What protective software do you purchase?  How do you set it up, and how does it work?

An essential talk for married couples and young adults (18+). Learn how Satan is attacking our families and children through the Internet and social media, and the importance of protecting our homes against these attacks.
Come and learn more about Content Monitoring apps for your mobile phone and desktop computer.

Hosted by the Confraternity of Christian Mothers

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Important Meeting Reminders for Tomorrow

The Cathedral of St. Paul. 2120 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203
6:00-8:30 pm
 
A few reminders:
  • Please enter the courtyard through the gate on the right side of the Cathedral, beside the church office.  This is the only entrance that will be open and is where our security guard is stationed.
  • There is free parking available along the street and also in the lot which is adjacent to the Cathedral.  22nd St. N and 3rd Ave
  • Please come directly to the church.  The prayer books will be in the church at 6:00pm when Adoration and Confession begin.  We will sign in following Mass.
  • Prayers of the CCM start at 6:50.  Please try to be there so we can all pray these powerful prayers together!!  It’s a good idea to allow extra travel time due to traffic!
  • Holy Mass begins at 7:00pm.
  • We will move to the first floor of Cathedral Life Center following Mass.
  • Bring a snack to share if you’d like.  (You can drop it off in the Cathedral Life Center before Mass if you’d like 🙂
  • The meeting ends at 8:30pm.
Hope to see you there!

Reminder – CCM Meets Tomorrow, December 14th!

Good morning, Christian Mothers!

Just a reminder that the Confraternity has its monthly meeting tomorrow, December 14th, at the Cathedral of St. Paul from 6-8:30pm.

Adoration and Confession begin at 6:00pm.

Prayers of the CCM are at 6:50pm and Holy Mass is at 7:00pm.

Following Mass we will have an Advent Social in the Cathedral Life Center!

Do you have special traditions with your family for Advent?  Favorite books? A special snack? Feel free to bring something “Advent Oriented” to share!
We all know this is a very busy time of year!  Please give yourself and your family the gift of the Graces you will receive by coming to our monthly retreat!

CCM Christmas Giving ~

We are continuing to collect funds/gift cards for the Martin family.  Please bring your gift to the meeting or mail to our Treasurer, Cathy Fehr. (address below)

We hope to deliver this by December 20th.  Please be as generous as you can!  God will reward you for your generosity to this family who has been through so much!

A Note from our Treasurer ~

Ladies,

We are still accepting dues for the 2017-2018  year. If you have not paid your $15 dues, you can bring them to the December meeting or mail them to Cathy Fehr

1141 Winward Lane, Vestavia, Al 35216

Remember our dues help us to be more generous in helping others.

Love, Cathy

A Summary of Fr. Lucas’ Talk on Indulgences

For our last meeting on Thursday, November 9th, our Father Director, Fr. Bill Lucas, instructed us on the subject of indulgences, particularly those connected with membership in the Confraternity of Christian Mothers. It was a wonderful, insightful, and practical talk. 

He explained the difference between the spiritual punishment for sin, which is cleansed from our souls by the Sacrament of Penance (Confession), and the temporal punishment for sin, which is the damage that all of creation suffers in consequence of our sins, and which we must atone for either in this life or in Purgatory. One way in which the Church richly helps us to do this is through the granting of indulgences, which are connected to pious actions, such as praying the Stations of the Cross. These indulgenced acts are meant to bring about true conversion in us, turning us away from sin.

Father also spoke about the difference between partial indulgences, which free us in part from the temporal punishment we owe for our sins, and plenary indulgences, which, if sought under the usual conditions and with the proper disposition, remove our temporal punishment entirely.

The “usual conditions” necessary in order to receive a plenary indulgence are to make a good Confession, receive Holy Communion, and pray for the intentions of the Holy Father (for example, an Our Father and Hail Mary may be offered). Also, in order for the indulgence to be plenary, we must be free from attachment to sin of any kind.

Members of the Confraternity who fulfill the usual conditions and renew, at least privately, their promise to be faithful to the rules of the association, may receive a plenary indulgence on the following days of the year:

  • The day of her solemn reception, and the yearly anniversary of her solemn reception
  • The Feast of the Holy Family (Sunday within the Octave of the Nativity)
  • The Annunciation (March 25th)
  • The Queenship of Mary (August 22nd)
  • Our Lady of Sorrows (September 15th)
  • St. Gerard Majella (October 16th)
  • The Feast of Christ the King
  • St. Elizabeth, Mother of St. John the Baptist (November 5th)

Father stressed to us that indulgences are not a matter of magic; they are meant to heal the consequences of our sins through true piety and conversion of heart. They are meant to change us, bring us closer to God and closer to holiness. Let us take full advantage of this wonderful gift of our Holy Mother the Church to grow in holiness as wives and mothers!

Our November Meeting is This Week!

Dear Christian Mothers,

Our November meeting is this Thursday, November 9th at the Cathedral of St. Paul!

Confessions and Adoration – 6pm
Benediction and Prayers of the Confraternity – 6:45pm
Holy Mass – 7pm

After Mass, we will be in the first-floor room of the Cathedral Life Center, as usual, for Chapter news, refreshments and a little social time. Father Bill Lucas, our Father Director, will give a talk on the special indulgences that are linked with the Confraternity of Christian Mothers. The meeting ends at 8:30 🙂

We look forward to seeing you there!

October Meeting Recap: Fr. John Paul’s Talk on the Divine Office

For last week’s meeting at the Cathedral of St. Paul (October 12th), Fr. John Paul Mary, MFVA, came to speak to us about the Divine Office and how to incorporate it into our prayer lives as mothers and families. He informed us that this great prayer of the Church is a continuation of the Holy Mass throughout the day and week. Whether prayed in its fullness daily, or just in one part once a week, he beautifully described the Liturgy of the Hours as a comforting rhythm, a heartbeat that gives order and peace to one’s life—something we as busy mothers are always seeking! 

He encouraged mothers to take just a small step towards incorporating the Liturgy of the Hours into their own lives—perhaps rising a bit earlier than normal a few times a week, in order to have a little quiet time of prayer with the Lord before the busyness of the day. He also suggested that Evening Prayer, or Compline, might be introduced to the whole family every now and then, maybe on Sunday evenings. He recommended incorporating each member of the family old enough to participate into leading the different parts of the beautiful prayer. God does not expect our prayers to be perfectly synchronized, he said; the important thing is to pray!  

While most of us probably do not have the full Liturgy of the Hours in print at our fingertips, the Universalis and iBreviary apps make having these prayers available a cinch!  You can even your phone chime a reminder when it is time to pray!  A very useful tool for busy moms!! 

At the end of his talk, he mentioned that the relics of St. Francisco and St. Jacinta, as well as a piece of the tree on which Our Lady of Fatima appeared, were currently at EWTN and would be throughout the next day. It was a great blessing to those of us who were able to take advantage of such an opportunity! 

We are very grateful to Fr. John Paul for his time and encouragement to invite the universal prayer of the Church into our own Domestic Churches!