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In the Fifth Glorious Mystery, the Blessed Virgin Mary is crowned as Queen of Heaven from the Book of Revelation, Chapter 12.Venerable Pope Pius XII established this feast in 1954. But Mary’s queenship has roots in Scripture. At the Annunciation, Gabriel announced that Mary’s Son would receive the throne of David and rule forever (Luke 1:26-38). At the Visitation, Elizabeth calls Mary “mother of my Lord” (Luke 1:39-56). As in all the mysteries of Mary’s life, she is closely associated with Jesus: Her queenship is a share in Jesus’ kingship.

This original artwork of the Blessed Virgin Mary is by illustrator Jason Koltuniak, and it is published in the children's book, Saved by the Alphabet.On Thursday, August 15, Catholics and many other Christians celebrate the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This significant feast day recalls the spiritual and physical departure of the mother of Jesus Christ from the earth, when both her soul and her body were taken into the presence of God. Venerable Pope Pius XII confirmed this belief about the Virgin Mary as the perennial teaching of the Church when he defined it formally as a dogma of Catholic faith in 1950, invoking papal infallibility to proclaim:

Saint Alphonsus Liguori had a great devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, and he wrote many beautiful prayers invoking her intercession.The feast of Saint Alphonsus Liguori is August 1. He was an Italian bishop, writer, and a great theologian. He is also a Doctor of the Church, and he and wrote many beautiful prayers. Below is a prayer Saint Alphonsus Liguori wrote in honor of Our Lady. He loved her very much!

This statue of Our Lady of Fatima, featuring the Immaculate Heart of Mary, is owned by the World Apostolate of Fatima in Saint Louis, Missouri.The Missionaries of the Holy Family are honored to offer the First Saturday Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary at Saint Wenceslaus Church -- 3014 Oregon Avenue, Saint Louis, Missouri 63118 -- on Saturday, August 3, 2019, from 2:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Please bring family and friends!

Saint Peter holding the gold key to the Kingdom of Heaven and the silver key to Purgatory.“Always pray for the dead. If deceased persons are prayed for by offering the Eucharist or by any prayer and have no further need of purification, the prayers are not unavailing. The deceased in heaven receive an increase in their intimacy of God’s love and an increase in their own intercessory power.” – Saint Thomas Aquinas (who called this “accidental glory”) Excerpt from the book, Day by Day for the Holy Souls in Purgatory, by Susan Tassone © 2014.

Pope Saint Gregory the Great first implemented the Gregorian Masses for the Holy Souls in Purgatory.In the summer of 2016, the Provincial Office of the Missionaries of the Holy Family (MSF) in Saint Louis, Missouri took over the work of the MSF Mission Office that was previously in West Point, Virginia. While most requests for Masses and special Gregorian Masses come from within the United States, many are received from countries all over the world via the website of the North American Province. We are happy to report that: Gregorian Masses are making a big comeback!

The Souls in Purgatory have already been saved, but need purification for entrance into Heaven. Turning to supplication, they prayed that the sinful deed might be fully blotted out. The noble Judas exhorted the people to keep themselves free from sin, for they had seen with their own eyes what had happened because of the sin of those who had fallen. He then took up a collection among all his soldiers, amounting to 2,000 silver drachmas, which he sent to Jerusalem to provide for an expiatory sacrifice.

Bald Guy's first Fishing School in the summer of 2010.I’m the Bald Guy. Typically, when someone asks me how many kids I have, I respond, “Only six.” Of course, my pretty bride of 45 years joins me on our path. All six kids are grown and married, and spread out among Texas, California, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Washington. There are 14 grandkids counting the twins that are due in August 2019. The twins are already very much loved and special members of our growing family.

Saved by the Alphabet is a scriptural alphabet book for children featuring the Sacred Heart of Jesus on the front cover.The feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is celebrated every year 19 days after Pentecost Sunday (which is always a Friday). Though it’s impossible to say where the devotion originated from exactly, evidence for it first appears around the time of the early Franciscans in the 12th century. Following the lead of Saint Francis of Assisi, the early Franciscans had a particular devotion to the wounds of Jesus, and this included his heart pierced with a lance during his crucifixion. (John 19:31-37)

At every Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, Catholics participate in the one, perpetual sacrifice instituted by Jesus Christ at the Last Supper.23 For I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus, on the night he was handed over, took bread, 24 and, after he had given thanks, broke it and said, “This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” 25 In the same way also the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.”