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July: Month of the Most Precious Blood of Our Lord
In the past, the feast of the Most Precious Blood of Christ was celebrated on the first Sunday of July as confirmed by past Popes and recalled recently by Pope Benedict XVI in his speech after praying the Angelus on July 5, 2009.
The Old Fulfilled in the New Covenant
Sacrifice is the highest form of religious worship which man offers to God as an act of praise, thanksgiving, petition or atonement. The most singular and pre-eminent sacrifice of the Old Law was the immolation of the Paschal Lamb which celebrated the sparing of Israel’s firstborn from the fatal sword of the Angel of Death in Egypt at the time of Moses and Pharaoh.
The imagery of sacrificial blood from slain animals is made more vivid and meaningful if we recall Moses’ words from the Book of Exodus, “And he took the blood and sprinkled it upon the people, and he said: This is the blood of the covenant, which the Lord has made with you concerning all these words.” (Exodus 24:8)
This old sacrifice took a new form in the New Testament when the Immaculate Lamb of God offered Himself on the altar of the Cross to redeem mankind from sin and the slavery of Satan. And during the Last Supper, Our Lord offered Himself in an unbloody yet real sacrifice when He uttered the following words, “For this is my blood of the new testament, which shall be shed for many unto remission of sins.” (Matthew 26: 28) Truly, this “shedding of blood’ or “pouring out of blood” took place and forms one of the glorious mysteries of our Faith.
The Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ
- Catholic doctrine teaches the faithful that the blood of Jesus Christ is part of His Sacred Humanity and hypostatically united to the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity.
- And as such, it is worthy of adoration and veneration proper to latreutical worship (cultus latriae) which is rendered only to God. In other words, we adore the human nature of Christ because of its intimate and eternal union with the Person of the Divine Word.
- It is for this same reason that we honor the Most Sacred Heart or the Wounds of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
The Devotion to the Precious Blood
This devotion is one of the most ancient of pious Church practices. It is said that the Blessed Virgin venerated the Most Precious Blood of her infant Son on the day of His circumcision as she collected the first relics of His Precious Blood on a piece of cloth. On that momentous occasion she united her tears with that of the Word Incarnate on account of not so much of the sensible pain but of His supernatural sorrow for the hard-heartedness of mortals.
It was the first of seven blood-sheddings of Our Divine Savior, the rest being:
2. The Agony in the Garden
3. The Scourging at the Pillar
4. The Crowning with Thorns
5. The Way of the Cross
6. The Crucifixion
7. The Piercing of His Heart
In his book, The Precious Blood, Father Frederick William Faber, D.D., calls Saint Paul the Doctor of the Precious Blood owing to his evident fondness to preach on the subject in his epistles (Romans 3:25; Ephesians 1:7; Hebrews 9:12). He recounts that the lives of saints are replete with devotion to the Precious Blood making special mention of Saint John Chrysostom, Saint Austin, Saint Gertrude and Saint Catherine of Sienna whom he considered the Prophetess of the Precious Blood for putting emphasis on it as the solution to the ills of her times.
Father Faber also remarks that the Precious Blood makes us appreciate more Christ’s redemption of mankind, His sacrifice and Passion. It also makes us comprehend the beautiful doctrine and the august realities of the Blessed Sacrament as we kneel in front of the tabernacle in humble adoration.
Over time the Church gave Her blessing to the devotion by approving societies like the Missionaries of the Precious Blood; enriching confraternities like that of Saint Nicholas in Carcere, in Rome, and that of the London Oratory; attaching indulgences to prayers and scapulars in honor of the Precious Blood; and instituting commemorative feasts of the Precious Blood, Friday after the fourth Sunday in Lent and, since Pius IX, the first Sunday of July. 
Sadly, however, the feast was removed from the church calendar in 1969, the argument being that the cultus of the Precious Blood is included in the Mass and Divine Office of the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi). Nevertheless, it is still laudable and salutary to continue to see the month of July as dedicated to the Most Precious Blood, just as Blessed Pope Pius IX intended it to be.
The month of July is dedicated to The Precious Blood of Jesus. The entire month falls within the liturgical season of 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 last portion of the liturgical year represents the time of our pilgrimage to heaven during which we hope for reward.
The Holy Father's Intentions for the Month of July 2016
Universal: That indigenous peoples, whose identity and very existence are threatened, will be shown due respect.
Evangelization: That the Church in Latin America and the Caribbean, by means of her mission to the continent, may announce the Gospel with renewed vigor and enthusiasm.
Feasts for July
The feasts on the General Roman Calendar celebrated during the month of July are:
1. St. Junipero Serra (USA); St. Oliver Plunket, Opt. Mem.
3. Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sunday
4. Independence Day (USA), Opt. Mem.
5. Anthony Mary of Zaccaria; Elizabeth of Portugal, Opt. Mem.
6. Maria Goretti, Opt. Mem.
9. Augustine Zhao Rong and companions, Opt. Mem.
10. Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sunday
11. Benedict, Memorial
13. Henry, Opt. Mem.
14. St. Kateri Tekakwitha (USA), Memorial
15. Bonaventure, Memorial
16. Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Opt. Mem.
17. Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sunday
18. Camillus de Lellis (USA), Opt. Mem.
20. Apollinaris, Opt. Mem.
21. Lawrence of Brindisi, Opt. Mem.
22. Mary Magdalene, Memorial
23. Bridget, Opt. Mem.
24. Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sunday
25. James, Feast
26. Joachim and Anne, Memorial
29. Martha, Memorial
30. Peter Chrysologus, Opt. Mem.
31. Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sunday
Focus of the Liturgy
The Gospel readings for the four Sundays in July 2016 are taken from St. Luke — all are from Year C, Cycle 2
July 3rd- 14th Sunday of Ordinary Time - Christ confers His mission on the seventy-two disciples.
July 10th - 15th Sunday of Ordinary Time - The Gospel relates the parable of the Good Samaritan.
July 17th - 16th Sunday of Ordinary Time - The Gospel tells the story of Martha and Mary.
July 24th - 17th Sunday of Ordinary Time - Jesus says, "Ask and you shall receive."
July 31st - 18th Sunday of Ordinary Time - Jesus tells us to lay up treasures that will last.
Highlights of the Month
July is usually hot and a time for relaxing. It is also the time when crops planted in the Spring are maturing and growing. Just as the crops are dependent upon summer rains not only to grow but to survive so our spiritual development is dependent upon our frequenting the sacraments and receiving the Blood of Christ.
A Time of Regeneration
The Blood that coursed through the veins of Christ was a part of that Sacred Humanity made possible by the maternity of Mary, whose parents, St. Joachim and St. Anne are honored this month. (July 26). Our Lord's blood poured out on the Cross purchased our salvation, washed clean the robes of the martyrs, and gave birth to the Church as it flowed from his wounded side. The Precious Blood of Christ — now pulsing through his Mystical Body — continues its salvific work, preserving and purifying, repairing and providing nourishment for regeneration and renewal of its members.
July’s longer and warmer days also provide us with the opportunity for renewal, both interior and exterior. Schedules relax and pressures ease, inviting travel. But, whether we travel or not, like the missionary, St. Junipero Serra (July 1), we preach to others — by our conduct, our speech, even the clothes we wear. May we be modest in everything we do, imitating St. Maria Goretti, the young martyr for purity (July 6), and “preaching” Christ to everyone we meet.
The summer Readings of Ordinary Time remind us that our earthly pilgrimage is also a journey, a great adventure towards union with Christ, the Beginning and the End of our journey. Each Sunday with its Easter renewal becomes a mile marker along the way, linking where we have been with where we are going. May the Precious Blood of Jesus sustain us as we journey to our true home, with Mary and the angels as our companions on the way.
Faces and Places
for Ages 6-12
Spend a week exploring Old Economy Village with our artisans and demonstrators.
Churn Butter, Make a Walking Stick, Bake Bread in an Outdoor Bake Oven, Stenciling and Tin Punch, Create Marbleized Paper, Experience the Natural History Museum with New Activities, and much, much more.
Members $40.00 per week, each additional child $35.00.
Non-members $50.00 per week, each additional child $45.00.
Please contact David Miller at 724-266-4500, ext. 110 or email@example.com.
Annual St. Columbkille Holy Name Society Rich Ivcic Golf Outing
Mon, Aug 1
at the Fort Cherry Golf Course
The cost this year is $80 per golfer, $75 if paid by Wed, Jun 15. Registration begins at 7:30am with shotgun start at 8:30am. The outing includes 18 holes of golf with a cart, hot dog and chips at the turn, prizes, and dinner at the church hall (Imperial, PA). The goal is to raise money for the West Allegheny Food Pantry. If you would like to sponsor a hole, a tee box marker can be purchased at a cost of $60 per sign. Men and women are welcome to join us for this worthy cause.
For more information contact Arthur Hilgert at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2nd Annual Day Retreat for Mothers
Sat, Aug 6
Join mothers from all over the Diocese at Gilmary Retreat Center to celebrate the power of Spiritual Freedom in Motherhood! Come and learn from Fr. Joe Freedy, celebrant and homilist for Holy Mass, and Elizabeth Ficocelli, an award-winning Catholic author and regular guest on EWTN. Registration is open NOW — with an Early Bird special price of $40/person during the month of May, in honor of Our Lady! After May, cost will increase to $50/person.
Catholic Pilgrimage to Mexico’s Our Lady of Guadalupe Shine over the Feast Day & Mexico City
Thu, Dec 8 - Tue, Dec 13
$2,194.00 per person including air from Pittsburgh. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Daily. Holy Mass everyday. For a flyer or more information, please call Cathie or Mike Milano at 1-800-773-2660.
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- JUL 27
Festival dates Wed, Jul 27 - Sat, Jul 30Read more
- JUL 27
Information sessions at at Saint Paul Seminary, 2900 Noblestown Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15205Read more
- AUG 1
On Mon, Aug 1 we welcome Fr. Robert Herrmann back to Holy Trinity.Read more
- AUG 2
Attend one of the final sessions of the summer.Read more
- AUG 4
at Saint Margaret Mary Church, Moon TownshipRead more
- AUG 6
Food donations and monetary donations are appreciated. Thank you for your generosity.Read more
- OCT 2
at St. Paul Cathedral, 111 Boulevard of the Allies, PittsburghRead more
- OCT 8
to the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DCRead more