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* Greetings

* MCS News & Notes

* The Month of July: Dedicated to the Precious Blood of Jesus

* Brief Reflection From St. Francis de Sales Concerning Our Imperfections

* God's Love & Care: 15 Scripture Reflections

* Liturgical Feasts in July

* 'Catholic Trivia' [Themed: Popes]

* Defending the Faith: "Apologetics Brief" - Do You Believe God Has Not Revealed Himself or Cannot be Known by Humans?

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Dear Friend,

"May the God of peace, who brought up from the dead the great shepherd of the sheep by the blood of the eternal covenant, Jesus our Lord, furnish you with all that is good, that you may do his will. May he carry out in you what is pleasing to him through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen." (Heb. 13:20-21)

We hope your Summer has gotten off to a pleasant & peaceful start and that it will remain so over the upcoming months.

We are happy to report that the signup sheet for our Tenth Annual Rosary Week is now ready. Please sign up today at . We are confident you will find participation in this 'easy & hassle free' event to be spiritually rewarding. And, while you're at it, please invite your family & friends to join in. The more Catholics praying the Holy Rosary, the better!

May God grant you many blessings,

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"Now if you invoke as Father him who judges impartially according to each one's works, conduct yourselves with reverence during the time of your sojourning, realizing that you were ransomed from your futile conduct, handed on by your ancestors, not with perishable things like silver or gold but with the precious blood of Christ" (St. Peter, 1 Pt. 1:17-19)

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MCS News & Notes

* Sign Up Now For Rosary Week: Please sign up today for our Tenth Annual Rosary Week (to be held from 10/22-10/28/18). Sign up quickly at . An e-mail address is NOT required!

* Rosary Week Change: We have added two new intentions to the customary ones for our 10th Annual Rosary Week, namely: 1-For the intentions of all Rosary Week participants, and 2-for the unborn. We trust these new additions will be appreciated.

* You can help make Rosary Week a success! Visit for fliers you can print, hand out, or post at your parish. Thank you for helping to spread the word.

* Site Update: The integration of our latest book, "700+ Consoling Thoughts From Holy Scripture: Biblical Consolation, Comforting Words, Positive Thoughts & Encouragement for Catholics in Times of Sadness, Sorrow, Grief, Illness, Trial, Persecution, or Any Time" (a #1 New Release on Amazon/Kindle!), mentioned last month has been completed. As noted previously, we are really excited about this uplifting publication and hope you will find it to be both encouraging & inspiring. See here for more detail: , or visit . Thank you for your support!

* We are sad to report that the previously mentioned 'Rosary for the Unborn' received very little interest. At this time, therefore, we will put these plans on hold. However, we have added the unborn to this year's Rosary Week intentions, so please sign up for Rosary Week to pray for the unborn. Sign up at

* Need a prayer? Please submit prayer requests at . Please also consider praying for others who have requested prayers (you can find a list at ). Remember that "He causes his prayers to be of more avail to himself, who offers them also for others." (Pope St. Gregory the Great, Doctor of the Church)

* If you would like some summer activities for Catholic children, please try our Catholic Fun & Activities Section at for coloring pages, crosswords, mazes, word searches, travel activities, etc.

* For prayers for the United States, please visit

* With the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel approaching (on July 16), it seems an excellent time to recommend the brown scapular to all who do not already wear it. If you don't already wear the scapular, why not start now? "The other devotions to Our Lady last only for a certain time, but he who wears the Scapular honors Our Lady at all times and in all places. The Scapular is, as the Blessed Virgin herself has declared, 'a safeguard in danger'" (Muller) For more information on the scapular, please visit

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The Month of July: Dedicated to the Precious Blood of Jesus

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"For this is my blood of the new testament, which shall be shed for many unto remission of sins." (Our Lord Jesus Christ, Mt. 26:28)

"For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink." (Our Lord Jesus Christ, Jn. 6:55)

"Blood of Christ, poured out on the Cross, save us. Blood of Christ, Price of our salvation, save us. Blood of Christ, without which there is no forgiveness, save us." (From the Litany of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus)

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"In him we have redemption by his blood, the forgiveness of transgressions, in accord with the riches of his grace that he lavished upon us. In all wisdom and insight, he has made known to us the mystery of his will in accord with his favor that he set forth in him as a plan for the fullness of times, to sum up all things in Christ, in heaven and on earth." (Eph. 1:7-10)

"What is a man able to find so valuable that he can give it for the ransom of his soul? Yet one thing was found that was worth as much as all men together. It was given as the ransom price for our souls, the holy and most precious blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, which He poured out for all of us; we were, therefore, 'bought dearly'." (St. Basil the Great, Doctor of the Church)

"The bread and the wine are not merely figures of the Body and Blood of Christ (God forbid!) but the deified Body of the Lord itself, for the Lord has said: This is My body, not, this is a figure of my body; and My blood, not, a figure of my blood." (St. John of Damascus, Doctor of the Church, 8th century A.D.)

Prayer of Adoration (Precious Blood): "O Precious Blood of Jesus, infinite price of sinful man's redemption, both drink and laver of our souls, Thou who dost plead continually the cause of man before the throne of infinite mercy; from the depths of my heart, I adore Thee, and so far as I am able, I would requite Thee for the insults and outrages which Thou dost continually receive from human beings, and especially from those who rashly dare to blaspheme Thee. Who would not bless this Blood of infinite value? Who doth not feel within himself the fire of the love of Jesus who shed it all for us? What would be my fate, had I not been redeemed by this divine Blood? Who hath drawn it from the veins of my Savior, even to the last drop? Ah, this surely was the work of love. O infinite love, which has given us this saving balm! O balm beyond all price, welling up from the fountain of infinite love, grant that every heart and every tongue may be enabled to praise Thee, magnify Thee and give Thee thanks both now and for evermore. Amen." (Raccolta)

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Brief Reflection From St. Francis de Sales Concerning Our Imperfections

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"We must not be disturbed at our imperfections, since for us perfection consists in fighting against them. How can we fight against them unless we see them, or overcome them unless we face them?" (St. Francis de Sales, Doctor of the Church)

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God's Love & Care: 15 Scripture Reflections

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The following scripture quotations are taken from our recently released book, "700+ Consoling Thoughts From Holy Scripture: Biblical Consolation, Comforting Words, Positive Thoughts & Encouragement for Catholics in Times of Sadness, Sorrow, Grief, Illness, Trial, Persecution, or Any Time", which is compiled from traditional Catholic scripture (Douay-Rheims Translation). We hope you will enjoy them.

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1. "Cast thy care upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall not suffer the just to waver for ever." (Ps. 54:23)

2. "The Lord lifteth up all that fall: and setteth up all that are cast down." (Ps. 144:14)

3. "For thou, O Lord, art sweet and mild: and plenteous in mercy to all that call upon thee." (Ps. 85:5)

4. "O taste, and see that the Lord is sweet: blessed is the man that hopeth in him." (Ps. 33:9)

5. "But the salvation of the just is from the Lord, and he is their protector in the time of trouble. And the Lord will help them and deliver them: and he will rescue them from the wicked, and save them because they have hoped in him." (Ps. 36:39-40)

6. "Many are the afflictions of the just; but out of them all will the Lord deliver them." (Ps. 33:20)

7. "Even to your old age I am the same, and to your grey hairs I will carry you: I have made you, and I will bear: I will carry and will save." (Isa. 46:4)

8. "Can a woman forget her infant, so as not to have pity on the son of her womb? and if she should forget, yet will not I forget thee." (Isa. 49:15)

9. "Fear not, little flock, for it hath pleased your Father to give you a kingdom." (Lk. 12:32)

10. "Behold what manner of charity the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called and should be the sons of God." (1 Jn. 3:1)

11. "Let us therefore love God: because God first hath loved us." (1 Jn. 4:19)

12. "Be you humbled therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in the time of visitation: Casting all your care upon him, for he hath care of you." (1 Pt. 5:6-7)

13. "For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost." (Lk. 19:10)

14. "I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd giveth his life for his sheep." (Jn. 10:11)

15. "Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for, when he hath been proved, he shall receive the crown of life which God hath promised to them that love him." (Jms. 1:12)

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Liturgical Feasts in July

The following is a listing of all liturgical feast dates for July as they appear at

Note: (T) = Traditional, (N) = New (Novus Ordo)

Reminder: Feasts may be superseded / transferred / etc.

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July 1 - The Most Precious Blood of Our Lord (T)

July 2 - Sts. Processus & Martinian (T)

July 2 - Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (T)

July 3 - St. Leo II, pope (T)

July 3 - The Commemoration of all Holy Pontiffs (T)

July 3 - St. Thomas, apostle (N)

July 4 - St. Elizabeth of Portugal (N)

July 5 - St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria (T)

July 5 - St. Anthony Zaccaria (N)

July 6 - St. Maria Goretti (N)

July 7 - Sts. Cyril & Methodius (T)

July 8 - St. Elizabeth, Queen of Portugal (T)

July 9 - St. John Fisher (T)

July 9 - St. Thomas More (T)

July 9 - St. Augustine Zhao Rong & companions (N)

July 10 - Seven Holy Brothers (T)

July 10 - Sts. Rufina & Secunda (T)

July 11 - St. Pius I, pope (T)

July 11 - St. Benedict (N)

July 12 - St. John Gualbert (T)

July 12 - Sts. Nabor & Felix (T)

July 13 - St. Anacletus, pope (T)

July 13 - St. Henry (N)

July 14 - St. Bonaventure (T)

July 15 - St. Henry II (T)

July 15 - St. Bonaventure (N)

July 16 - Our Lady of Mount Carmel (T)

July 16 - Our Lady of Mount Carmel (N)

July 17 - St. Alexius the Beggar (T)

July 18 - St. Camillus de Lellis (T)

July 18 - St. Symphorosa & 7 Sons (T)

July 18 - St. Camillus de Lellis (N)

July 19 - St. Vincent de Paul (T)

July 20 - St. Jerome Emilian (T)

July 20 - St. Margaret of Antioch (T)

July 20 - St. Apollinarus (N)

July 21 - St. Praxedes (T)

July 21 - St. Lawrence of Brindisi (N)

July 22 - St. Mary Magdalene (T)

July 22 - St. Mary Magdalene (N)

July 23 - St. Apollinaris of Ravenna (T)

July 23 - St. Liborius (T)

July 23 - St. Bridget of Sweden (N)

July 24 - St. Christina (T)

July 24 - St. Francis Solano (T)

July 25 - St. Christopher (T)

July 25 - St. James the Greater, apostle (T)

July 25 - St. James the Greater, apostle (N)

July 26 - St. Anne, Mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary (T)

July 26 - Sts. Joachim & Ann (Anne), Parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary (N)

July 27 - St. Pantaleon (T)

July 28 - St. Nazarius & Celsus (T)

July 28 - Sts. Victor & Innocent (Innocentius) I, popes (T)

July 29 - St. Felix II, pope (T)

July 29 - St. Martha (T)

July 29 - Sts. Simplicius, Faustinus & Beatrice (T)

July 29 - St. Martha (N)

July 30 - Sts. Abdon & Sennen (T)

July 30 - St. Peter Chrysologus (N)

July 31 - St. Ignatius of Loyola (T)

July 31 - St. Ignatius of Loyola (N)

Please Note: Above may exclude moveable feasts. For moveable feasts, try here: . For other feasts, try the MCS Daily Digest each day at

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'Catholic Trivia'

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Note: This month's trivia are themed. The theme is 'popes'.

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1. Which first century pope wrote a famous letter to the Church in Corinth showing Apostolic Succession?

2. Which second century pope ordered that only those in holy orders touch the sacred vessels?

3. Which second century pope ordered forty days penance for priests who allowed any drops of the Precious Blood to fall to the ground during Mass?

4. Who was the first African pope, and approximately when did he reign?

5. Which pope was first to have a short reign?

6. Which pope was reigning when the First Council of Nicaea was convened?

7. Which pope commissioned the Vulgate translation of the Bible?

8. Who is the first pope (of two) to be called "great"?

9. Which pope publicly burned the anathema of antipope Dioscorus?

10. Which pope was the first who was a monk?



1. Pope St. Clement I

2. Pope St. Sixtus (Xystus) I

3. Pope St. Pius I

4. Pope St. Victor I, who reigned from approximately 189 A.D. - 199 A.D.

5. Pope St. Anterus, who reigned for 43 days (November 21, 235 - January 3, 236)

6. Pope St. Silvester (Sylvester) I

7. Pope St. Damasus I

8. Pope St. Leo I the Great

9. Pope St. Agapitus (Agapetus) I

10. Pope St. Gregory I the Great


For more information concerning the topics above, try our General A-Z Index at

Like trivia? You might enjoy our crossword puzzles located at

You might also be interested in the Q & A and historical information which may be found each day on the MCS Daily Digest at

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Defending the Faith: "Apologetics Brief" - Do You Believe God Has Not Revealed Himself or Cannot be Known by Humans?

It is good for Catholics to be able to defend their faith against attacks (or even simple questions) from those outside the Church. We therefore hope you may find the following "apologetics brief" helpful.

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The following may be used as discussion points when discoursing with those outside the Church (or even among Catholics).

Topic: Do You Believe God Has Not Revealed Himself or Cannot be Known by Humans? [Note: Topic is directed at unbelievers]


* How can you deny the fact that the coming of Christ - that is God incarnate - was prophesied many years before His birth? It is clearly impossible for a mere man to cause prophecies to be made about himself before he is ever born!

* How can you dispute the fact that God's revelation to humans contained many prophecies which were proven true? Is this not positive proof of the authenticity of God's revelation?

* How can you discount all the well-verified and scientifically unexplainable miraculous occurrences associated with Christ?

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"Or does it seem to you to be in vain and of no consequence, and do you think it a small thing and no divine miracle that all mankind hastens to the name of one Crucified Man?" (St. Augustine, Doctor of the Church, 5th century A.D.)

"That before the taking of Jerusalem the Gospel was preached everywhere, hear what Paul says, Their sound is gone out into all the earth; and see himself traveling from Jerusalem into Spain. And if one had so large a province, think how much all must have done. Whence writing to certain [persons], he says of the Gospel, It bears fruit, and increases in every creature under heaven. And this is the strongest proof of Christ's power, that in thirty years or a little more, the word of the Gospel filled the ends of the world." (St. John Chrysostom, Doctor of the Church)

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In Closing...

"We love a thing in proportion to what it has cost us. You may judge by that of our Lord's love for our soul, which has cost him his Blood." (St. John Vianney)

"The sinner, reconciled to his offended God, must receive the Body of Jesus with sentiments of hearty contrition, and approach himself in all the bitterness of his soul, for having shed that precious Blood by his multiplied sins." (Dom Gueranger)

Prayer in Honor of the Precious Blood: "O almighty and everlasting God, who didst appoint Thine only-begotten Son the Redeemer of the world, and hast willed to be appeased by His Blood; grant unto us, we beseech Thee, so to venerate with solemn worship the price of our redemption, and by its power be so defended against the evils of this life, that we may enjoy the fruit thereof for evermore in heaven. Through the same our Lord." (Collect)

Prayer to the Blessed Virgin Mary (Precious Blood): "Most glorious Virgin, chosen by the eternal Counsel to be the Mother of the eternal Word made flesh, thou who art the treasurer of divine graces and the advocate of sinners, I who am thy most unworthy servant have recourse to thee: be thou pleased to be my guide and counselor in this vale of tears. Obtain for me through the Most Precious Blood of thy divine Son, the forgiveness of my sins, the salvation of my soul and the means necessary to obtain it. In like manner obtain for the Holy Church victory over her enemies and the spread of the kingdom of Jesus Christ upon the whole earth. Amen." (Raccolta)

"We cannot refrain from again and again exhorting all to love holy Mother Church with a devoted and active love. If we have really at heart the salvation of the whole human family, purchased by the precious Blood, we must offer every day to the Eternal Father our prayers, works and sufferings, for her safety and for her continued and ever more fruitful increase. And while the skies are heavy with storm clouds, and exceeding great dangers threaten the whole of human society and the Church herself, let us commit ourselves and all that we have to the Father of Mercies, crying out: 'Look down, we beseech Thee, Lord, on this Thy family, for which our Lord Jesus Christ did not hesitate to be betrayed into the hands of evil men and to undergo the torment of the Cross.'" (Pope Pius XII, "Mystici Corporis Christi", 1943 A.D.)

"From these well authenticated facts we see that the Scapular is a badge of our love and veneration of the Holy Mother of God. It is, at the same time, a sweet pledge of her powerful protection; it is a devotion most ancient and venerable - a devotion descended from heaven. The most learned theologians, among them the renowned Cardinal [St.] Bellarmine, concur in asserting its heavenly origin. The popes have approved of it in various bulls; the holy Catholic Church has instituted a special feast, a Mass, and office to celebrate the devotion of the Scapular. Every nation into which the one saving Church has yet penetrated, every rank and class of men, from the layman to the Pope, all honor and practice the devotion of the Scapular. But, more than this, God himself, who is the living truth, who alone can suspend the laws of nature, has confirmed the heavenly origin of the Scapular by numberless miracles." (Muller)

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