Christmas

    The infinite goodness and mercy of God is revealed in the work of the Incarnation.  God created Adam and Eve and enriched them with many gifts, but they were ungrateful and offended Him by mortal sin.  As a result, our First Parents and we, their descendants, were deprived of sanctifying grace and Heaven.  Thus, all mankind was doomed, without recourse, without hope, and without a remedy. 

Man had offended God and was incapable of making adequate satisfaction.  We had a debt we could not pay.  The only One Who could pay the infinite debt to divine justice and restore grace to us was God.  Therefore, God the Father sent His only begotten Son to become man, and then suffer and die upon the Cross in order to cancel our debt and reopen the gates of Heaven.  St. Alphonsus has written, “[If God’s] infinite bounty had not discovered this remedy, who of us could ever have asked it, or even imagined it?”  (The Incarnation, Birth and Infancy of Jesus Christ, p. 288.)  St. Thomas Aquinas declares the mystery of the Incarnation to be the miracle of miracles, a miracle above comprehension, in which God showed how powerful was His love towards men.  (In Nat. B. V. s. 2.)

This mystery of divine love is reflected in the words of an English Christmas Carol: “Good people on this Christmas time consider well and bear in mind what our good God for us has done in sending His beloved Son.  With Mary holy we should pray to God with love this Christmas day.  In Bethlehem upon that morn there was a blessed Messias born.” 

The Son of God descended “from the celestial splendors in order to take a mortal body, to live in the condition of… man, and to die at last under the blows of those for whose love He was annihilating Himself.”  (Rev. A. Tesniere, Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament, p. 17.)  “For us… God became Man.  For us weak creatures the Most High abased Himself…  For us, weak and poor, the Almighty humbled Himself.”  (Tesniere, 19.)  From the moment of His birth Jesus Christ sacrificed Himself for love of us.  That was why His Mother was so poor, the stable so dark and cold, and the straw so coarse.  In order to express His love He experienced all the weakness of human infancy.  Even from Bethlehem, Christ foresaw all He would have to suffer during His Sacred Passion.  He also beheld His abasement in the Blessed Sacrament.

In His infinite love for us, Our Lord took upon Himself our feeble nature, with its sorrows, pains, and cares.  Although His divine nature enjoyed infinite happiness and was incapable of suffering, Jesus Christ took on our human nature so that He could suffer for our Redemption.  After giving us a lifetime example of virtue, patience, poverty, and self-sacrifice by His holy life, He endured the most painful death possible so that we could be united with Him forever in Heaven.  “Surely He hath borne our infirmities, and carried our sorrows…  He was wounded for our iniquities, He was bruised for our sins: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him, and by His bruises we are healed.”  (Isaias 53: 4-5.)

The life of Christ should convince us of His deep and personal love for each individual soul.  “He embraced children in His arms and blessed them; He had His friends; He looked sadly at them when they wronged Him; the people were weary and He fed them; they were sick and He healed them; He pitied the widow who followed to the grave of her only child, and He raised him [to life] and restored him to his mother; the adulteress was brought to Him to be condemned, and silently He wrote words of mercy on the ground;  …with tears of loving sorrow she bathed His feet, and she arose justified and His friend; He found His apostles sleeping in the midst of His agony, and with plaintive voice He appealed to them to watch with Him if but a single hour.”  (Fr. F.X. Lasance, Visits to the Jesus in the Tabernacle, p. 117.)

What consolation to the sorrowful, what hope to the broken-hearted, what mercy to the penitent, that the same Jesus incarnate, in His own glorified human nature is present in our churches in the Blessed Sacrament and we can receive Him in Holy Communion.  He still says, “Come to Me all you who labor and are burdened, and I will refresh you.”  “Be not fearful, O ye of little faith: It is I.”  “Cast all your care upon Me.”  “It is I Who have borne your infirmities and carried your sorrows.”  I am meek and humble of heart.”

Since we are children of God, we want to remain close to Him, especially on Christmas.  Above all, we want to have the grace of final perseverance and a happy death so that we can go to Heaven.  These thoughts are expressed in the last verse of the Christmas carol, Away in a Manger:
Be near me, Lord Jesus; I ask Thee to stay
Close by me forever and love me, I pray,
Bless all the dear children in Thy tender care,
And fit us for Heaven to live with Thee there.
                               
In the spiritual life we cannot rely on our own strength to avoid sin and save our immortal soul because they are entirely beyond the power of unaided human nature to accomplish.  Christ said, “Without Me you can do nothing.”   Without the assistance of God’s grace we cannot even think a good thought or even desire to love God.

Clearly then, we cannot possibly resist the allure of sin and the violent and persistent attacks of temptation without God’s help.  “Owing to the fact that the proud rely on their own strength, they fall.”  (Fr. F.X. Lasance, Thoughts on the Religious Life, p. 209.)  Let us profit from the lessons learned from our past sins and carefully guard against trusting in our good will and good resolutions alone; let us place our complete trust in God, frequently repeating, “I can do all things in Him Who strengthens me.”  (Phil. 4: 13.)

“Yes, I can do all things, but not of myself.  I can do them only in God, Who is my strength.  The humble draw strength from their confidence in the Lord.  By distrusting themselves, they become strong with the strength of the Almighty One….  If you fall into sin, be not discouraged but humble yourself, lament your fall, [go to confession], and as you now plainly see your own weakness, turn with still greater confidence to… God.” (Lasance: 210.)
 
St. Paul said that when he was weak, then he was strong—weak of himself, but strong when strengthened by the grace of God.  “God is faithful, and will not permit you to be tempted beyond that which you are able, but will make also with the temptation issue that you may bear it.”  God had pledged His word to give us sufficient grace to save our souls.
                           
Jesus Christ said, “Ask, and you shall receive; seek and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.”  Animated by a lively faith, profound humility, and confidence in His promises, let us implore Our Redeemer for the graces necessary for salvation, the grace of final perseverance, and the grace of a happy death.  “We are all sinners.  Let us at least be sincerely repentant ones!  Then everything is ours.”  (Very Rev. William Gier, S.V.D., My Monthly Recollection Day, p. 96.)  

We can outwardly manifest our repentance by going to confession frequently.  In addition, we can offer up our daily crosses and practice self-denial.  Since God knows how pitiably frail we are, never in the course of His mortal life did Our Lord reproach a repentant sinner.  “Forgiveness followed upon repentance, and the matter was at an end as though it had never been.”  (Gier: 96.)

God only wants our love and obedience.  We can always overcome temptation to sin if we co-operate with God’s grace, remain humble, practice devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, avoid all unnecessary occasions of sin, and make use of prayer and the sacraments.  However, we cannot have a vague, casual, general purpose of amendment.  It must be a point blank practical resolution from the heart such as: “I will not do that again.”  “I will not associate with that person again.”  “I cannot put myself in that danger again.”  “I will not view that type of website or movie ever again.”
                           
“There is the divine assurance that if the tempted person co-operates, grace will infallibly be given to withstand every serious attack.  Whatever the past may have been, whatever… [sins] may have blackened the stainless robe given in baptism, it is certain that, from this day and hour, until he dies, that tempted person will be granted grace sufficient to go right through the rest of life, right up to the deathbed and thence into eternity, without ever again sullying that robe with mortal sin.”  (Robert Nash, S.J., Living Your Faith, pp. 135-136.)

God “enlightens every man who comes into the world” and gives sufficient grace to all for salvation.  St. Alphonus states that God limits the amount of sins He allows a person to commit.  It is the opinion of St. Ambrose, St. John Chrysostom, St. Augustine and St. Cyril of Alexandria that as God “has fixed for each the number of his days, the degrees of health and talent which He will give to him, so He has also determined the number of sins He will pardon no more…  Sinners keep no account of their sins; but God keeps an account of them.” (St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori, Preparation for Death, p. 182-183.)   

In God’s infinite justice and mercy, this limit differs from person to person.  In the book of Ecclesiasticus we read, “Be not without fear about sin forgiven, and add not sin to sin.”  (Ecclus. 5: 5.)   The mercy of God is infinite and if we co-operate with His grace, pray daily, and truly strive to avoid sin and to love God, we will persevere and go to Heaven.  We will not persevere and save our soul if have an obstinate, hardened heart through habitual mortal sin.
                           
Let us remember the words of St. Teresa of Avila: 
“Let nothing trouble you, let nothing frighten you.  All is quickly passing.  God alone changes not.  Patient endurance will obtain everything.  Whoever has God wants for nothing.  God alone suffices.”

God will never abandon us, especially in our suffering and temptation.  This was illustrated in the life of St. Teresa of Avila.  For twenty days she endured the most severe spiritual trial.  Then Our Lord spoke to her, “Have no fear, daughter, for I am [here] and I will not forsake you.  Have no fear.”  All her anxieties vanished at that moment.

If we remain humble and prayerful and devoted to the Blessed Virgin Mary we will surely persevere.  In all our troubles let us turn to Jesus and Mary.  We will find consolation in our afflictions, strength when overwhelmed with suffering, protection in persecution and light in doubt and darkness.

Be near me, Lord Jesus; I ask Thee to stay
Close by me forever and love me, I pray,
Bless all the dear children in Thy tender care,
And fit us for Heaven to live with Thee there.

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Prayer to St. Joseph:
O glorious St. Joseph, thou who, on the word of the angel speaking to thee in the night, put fear aside to take thy Virgin Bride into thy home, show thyself today as my advocate and protector. Guardian of the Christ Child, defend me against every attack of the enemy, preserve me from the dangers that surround me on every side. Stand by when accused, stretch out they hand when I am tempted, comfort me when I am fearful, forsake me not when I am weak.

In thee God has given to me a model of faith, of obedience in adversity, of chastity in the midst of evil, and of hope in the uncertainty of these times, Thou art the terror of demons and the healer of those who fight the spiritual combat. Come, then to my defense. Keep me under thy gracious protection. Amen.

Queen of Angels Catholic Church in Santa Clarita, California, is much like any Catholic church you might have attended before the Second Vatican Council occurred in the 1960's. This Council, supposedly intended to bring about a genuine spiritual renewal in the living of our Faith, inaugurated liturgical changes that broke drastically from the Church's sacred liturgy and traditions of nearly 2,000 years. It is because of these changes and the resultant universal loss of faith among so many bishops, priests, nuns and laity, that Queen of Angels and chapels like this one are drawing more and more interest from concerned Catholics all over the world.

The pastor of Queen of Angels is Father Dominic Radecki, CMRI, a priest belonging to the religious Congregation of Mary Immaculate Queen . The bishop and priests of the Congregation of Mary Immaculate Queen (CMRI) offer only the Tridentine Latin Mass in all the churches and chapels they serve. Remaining faithful to all of the Church's venerable teachings and traditions, Queen of Angels Church reflects the stability and endurance of truths and doctrines that will never change with the times.

The faithful receive Holy Communion on their tongues as they kneel at the communion rail in humble adoration of the Real Presence of God. Ladies wear head coverings and modest clothing out of respect. The reverent silence in the House of God indicates a living faith in Christ Who dwells in the tabernacle.

We have a full schedule of activities at our church. The Sacraments are administered exactly the way they were before Vatican II: Baptism, Confirmation, Penance, the Holy Eucharist, Matrimony and Extreme Unction. Parish organizations who attend Queen of Angels, ranging from basic catechism instruction for the youth and converts to the Faith, to our Confraternity of Christian Mothers. For those who wish to lead a more dedicated spiritual life, we have the Confraternity of Mary Immaculate Queen. We invite you to check out all of our parish activities on this website.

We at Queen of Angels welcome visitors to our parish at anytime of the year, but especially at Christmas and Easter. Although the number of parishioners has outgrown our small church, newcomers are always welcome.

Each of our parishioners adds something unique to the family atmosphere we think is very special here at our church. Come and see it for yourself! If you have not been to a Latin Mass in many years, if you have never been to one at all, you will be pleasantly surprised at what you find at Queen of Angels. You will feel as if you have come home, as indeed you have.

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Prayer to the August Queen of Heaven

August Queen of Heaven, Sovereign Mistress of the Angels, who didst receive from the beginning the mission and the power to crush the serpent's head, we beseech thee to send thy holy angels, that under thy command and by thy power they may pursue the evil spirits, encounter them on every side, resist their bold attacks, and drive them hence into the abyss of woe.

Most holy Mother, send thy angels to defend us and to drive the cruel enemy from us.

All ye holy Angels and Archangels, keep and defend us. Amen

O good and tender Mother Thou shalt ever be our love and our hope.

Holy Angels and Archangels, keep and defend us. Amen



Novena of Confidence
to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

(for family relations that have fallen away)

O Lord Jesus Christ, to Thy Most Sacred Heart I confide this intention (silently mention here the names you are praying for). Only look upon me, then do what Thy Heart inspires. Let Thy Sacred Heart decide. I count on it. I trust in it. I throw myself on its mercy, Lord Jesus! Thou wilt not fail me.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, I trust in Thee.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, I believe in Thy love for me.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, Thy Kingdom come!

O Sacred Heart of Jesus, I have asked Thee for many favors, but I earnestly implore this one. Take it, place it in Thy open, broken Heart, and when the Eternal Father looks upon it, covered with Thy Precious Blood, He will not refuse it.s It will no longer be my prayer but Thine, O Sacred Heart of Jesus. O Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place my trust in Thee. Let me never be confounded. Amen.

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Prayer

The time may be delayed, the manner may be unexpected, but the answer is sure to come.

Not a tear of sacred sorrow, not a breath of holy desire poured out to God will ever be lost, but in God's own time and way will be wafted back again in clouds of mercy and fall in showers of blessings on you and on those for whom you pray.

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General Information

Baptisms: One parent and the sponsors must be practicing Catholics who attend only the Traditional Latin Mass. Call the pastor to make arrangements.

Confessions:
Sundays -
one hour before Mass. Weekdays - 10 minutes before Mass.
1st Friday and 1st Saturday - during the Rosary.

Communion for the Sick:
Inform Father if you are unable to attend Mass and wish to receive Holy Communion and/or Extreme Unction.

Marriages
For registered members of Queen of Angels parish only. Please contact the rectory at least six months prior to the wedding date for marriage instructions.

Mass Intentions:
If you would like to have Holy Mass offered for your intention, please use the envelopes provided in the back of the church. The customary offering is $25.00. Mass requests are honored in the order in which they are received. If you wish a Mass offered on a particular day, it must be submitted at least a month in advance. Mass requests for special days will be honored when possible.

First Holy Communion Classes:
Classes are held every Sunday at 9:30 AM.

Confirmation Classes:
For the children: on the first and third Sunday of the month at 9:30 AM.
For the adults: on the second and fourth Sunday of the month at 9:30 AM.

Prayers For Rain

O God, in Whom we live, move and have our being, grant us seasonable rain, so that our temporal needs being sufficiently supplied, we may seek with greater confidence after things eternal.

Be appeased, we beseech Thee, O Lord, by the gifts which we offer, and garnt us in season the blessing of sufficient rain.

Grant us, we beseech Thee, O Lord, beneficial rain and deign to pour out showers from Heaven upon the parched face of the earth. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost. God, world without end. Amen



Queen of Angels Catholic Church is located in Santa Clarita, California and draws parishioners to the Traditional Latin Mass (Tridentine Mass) from all over Southern CA and the Greater Los Angeles areas.

Queen of Angels Catholic Church
24244 Newhall Avenue
Santa Clarita, California 91321

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  Pastor: Fr. Dominic Radecki, CMRI
Church: (661) 255-9849
Rectory (661) 269-4943
FAX: (661) 269-5134
 revdominicr@gmail.com

 Please use the address below for mailing purposes:

PO Box 220208
Santa Clarita, CA 91322