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Revised Mass (Third Edition of the Roman Missal)

The Third Edition of the Roman Missal will be implemented on November 27, 2011 (First Sunday of Advent).  The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has provided a guide showing the changes to the Mass. 

Prayers
  • First Friday of 9 consecutive months
  • Go to confession
  • Receive holy communion
  • Offer it up in reparation for all of the outrages, sacrileges, and indifferences by which he is offended
  • Pray for the grace of final perseverance 
  • All of these things are to be done with the intention of making reparation to Jesus
  • First Saturday of 5 consecutive months
  • Go to confession
  • Receive holy communion
  • Pray a chaplet of the rosary
  • Meditate on the mysteries of the rosary with Mary
  • All of these things are to be done with the intention of making reparation to Mary
  • Choose a Marian feast to make your consecration (for example, you could choose July 16th which is the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel)
  • 33 days of preparation prior to the day of consecration (if you chose the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, you would begin the preparation on June 13th)
  • Consecrate yourself to Mary on the feast (the words of consecration are included on the website)
  • If you like, you can renew your consecration each year by going through the 33 days of preparation and renewing your consecration on the same feast
  • 27 days (3 novenas) of petition
  • 27 days (3 novenas) of thanksgiving
If you are really feeling like a prayer warrior, you could attempt the 81-day rosary novena
  • 27 days of petition
  • 27 days of adoration
  • 27 days of thanksgiving
  • Starts on the seventh Sunday prior to March 19 which is the Solemnity of St. Joseph
  • The first Sunday will either be the last Sunday of January or the first Sunday of February
Month of Mary-May Devotions
  • Pray each morning during the month of May.  Each day has a specific prayer and a specific charitable action that you should perform based on the meditation of the day. 
St. Andrew Christmas Novena
  • Recite 15 times per day from November 30 (Feast of St. Andrew) to December 25 (Christmas)



Novenas

Novenas represent a single prayer (or a list of different prayers) that are prayed on nine consecutive days to obtain a special grace.  You can pray the novena prayers below on any single day, or you can pray them as a novena on any nine days that you choose (the choice is up to you!).  I have suggested the nine days that the novenas could be prayed based on the related feast day, so that the nine days of prayer could act as a special devotion leading up to the feast day.  For example, the feast day for Our Lady of Hope is January 17.  I have suggested a novena for Our Lady of Hope from January 8 to January 16 leading up to the feast day.  This is the method that I have used in generating my recommendation for most of the novenas below.

I always use the feast day from the current Roman Missal if the feast is still celebrated in the Latin Rite.  In cases where the feast is not celebrated in the current Roman Missal, I look to the Missal of 1962 (extraordinary form of the Latin Rite) to determine the feast.  In cases where the feast is not included in the 1962 Missal, I looked to other ancient authorities to determine the date that the feast has traditionally been celebrated in different areas of the world.

There are "fixed feasts" and "moveable feasts".  A fixed feast is set on a specific day of the calendar year.  For instance, Our Lady of Hope is always celebrated on January 17.  A moveable feast is not set on a specific day of the calendar year, but can fluctuate based on the timing of Easter Sunday.  For instance, the Divine Mercy Novena should be prayed from Good Friday through the Vigil of Divine Mercy Sunday (Second Sunday of Easter).  The dates on the calendar that this novena is prayed will change each year, and thus it is a moveable feast with a moveable novena. 

Fixed Feasts  
v  Our Lady of Hope Novena: January 8 to January 16
v  Prayer in octave of Christian unity: January 18 to January 25
v  St. John Bosco Novena: January 22 to January 30
v  Our Lady of Good Success Novena: January 24 to February 1
v  St. Blaise Novena: January 25 to February 2
v  Our Lady of Lourdes Novena: February 2 to February 10
v  St. Peter Novena: February 13 to February 21
v  St. Patrick Novena: March 8 to March 16
v  St. Joseph Novena: March 10 to March 18
v  Annunciation Novena: March 16 to March 24
v  St. George Novena: April 14 to April 22
v  St. Peregrine Novena: April 25 to May 3
v  Our Lady of Pompei Novena: April 29 to May 7
v  Our Lady of Fatima Novena: May 4 to May 12
v  St. Dymphna Novena: May 6 to May 14
v  St. Rita of Cascia Novena: May 13 to May 21
v  St. Anthony Novena: June 4 to June 12
v  Our Lady of Perpetual Help Novena: June 18 to June 26
v  St. Benedict Novena: July 2 to July 10
v  Novena to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel: July 7 to July 15
v  St. Ann Novena: July 17 to July 25
v  St. Martha Novena: July 20 to July 28
v  St. John Vianney Novena: July 26 to August 3
v  Novena for Priests: July 26 to August 3
v  Our Lord of Transfiguration Novena: July 28 to August 5
v  St. Dominic Novena: July 30 to August 7
v  St. Edith Stein’s Holy Spirit Novena: July 31 to August 8
v  St. Clare of Assisi Novena: August 2 to August 10
v  St. Philomena Novena: August 2 to August 10
v  St. Maximilian Kolbe Novena: August 5 to August 13
v  Assumption Novena: August 6 to August 14
v  St. Monica Novena: August 18 to August 26
v  Novena of the Infant Mary: August 30 to September 7
v  Holy Cross Novena: September 5 to September 13
v  Our Lady of Sorrows Novena: September 6 to September 14
v  Novena for Peace to Our Lady of Sorrows: September 6 to September 14
v  St. Padre Pio Novena: September 14 to September 22
v  St. Michael the Archangel Novena: September 20 to September 28
v  Little Flower Novena (St. Therese of Lisieux): September 22 to September 30
v  Novena to St. Theresa of the Child Jesus: September 22 to September 30
v  St. Francis of Assisi Novena: September 25 to October 3
v  Our Lady of the Rosary Novena: September 28 to October 6
v  Our Lady of Good Remedy Novena: September 29 to October 7
v  St. Teresa of Avila Novena: October 6 to October 14
v  St. Gerard Novena: October 7 to October 15
v  St. John Cantius Novena: October 11 to October 19
v  St. Jude Novena: October 19 to October 27
v  Novena for the souls in Purgatory: October 24 to November 1
v  St. Martin de Porres Novena: October 25 to November 2
v  St. Cecilia Novena: November 13 to November 21
v  Miraculous Medal Novena (St. Catherine Laboure): November 16 to November 24
v  Novena for Grace (St. Francis Xavier): November 24 to December 2
v  St. Nicholas Novena: November 27 to December 5
v  Novena to the Immaculate Conception: November 29 to December 7
v  Our Lady of Guadalupe Novena: December 3 to December 11
v  Christmas Novena: December 16 to December 24

Moveable Feasts  
v  Novena to the Holy Face of Jesus: Begins two Sundays before Ash Wednesday and ends on Shrove Tuesday   
v  Divine Mercy Novena: Good Friday to the Vigil of Divine Mercy Sunday
v  Novena to the Infant Jesus of Prague: Begins nine days prior to the third Sunday of May
v  Ascension Novena: Tuesday of the 5th week of Easter to the Vigil of Ascension Thursday
v  10 Day Devotion to the Holy Spirit: Ascension Thursday to the Vigil of Pentecost Sunday (this devotion is actually ten days versus a traditional nine day novena)
v  Novena to the Holy Spirit for the 7 gifts: Friday of the 6th week of Easter to the Vigil of Pentecost Sunday
v  Holy Spirit Novena: Friday of the 6th week of Easter to the Vigil of Pentecost Sunday
v  Corpus Christi Novena: Friday after Pentecost to the Vigil of Corpus Christi
v  Novena to the Sacred Heart: Wednesday after Trinity Sunday to the Vigil of the Feast of the Sacred Heart (feast is celebrated Friday after Corpus Christi)
v  Christ the King Novena: Friday of the 32nd week in ordinary time to the Vigil of Christ the King
v  Holy Family Novena: Friday of the 3rd week of Advent to the Vigil of the Holy Family
v  Novena in Honor of the Holy Name of Jesus: Begins nine days prior to the Sunday that falls between January 2 – January 5.  If no Sunday falls between these dates, then the novena is from December 25 to January 2. 
v  Novena to Our Lady of the Epiphany: Begins nine days prior to the Sunday that falls between January 2 – January 8.  The Epiphany is celebrated in the traditional calendar on January 6.  Therefore, you could always pray the novena from December 28 to January 5.
v  Novena to the Magi in Expectation of the Epiphany: Pray this novena on the same days as the “Novena to Our Lady of the Epiphany”. 


Prayers of the Scapulars

Approved blessing of the Medal of St. Benedict  (this medal is attached to the Five Fold Scapular along with a crucifix)

Here are the five individual scapulars that make up the Five Fold Scapular.  They are presented in order of their appearance on the Five Fold Scapular (front to back). 

Black Scapular of Our Lady of Sorrows
  • Seven Sorrows of Mary
  • You could elect to meditate on one of the seven sorrows on each of the seven days of the week
Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel
  • Sabbatine Privilege
    • Wear the scapular in good faith
    • Be chaste according to state in life
    • Daily recite the Divine Office or, with the permission of one's confessor, the Little Office of Our Lady [a shorter form of the Divine Office in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary, used by certain religious orders and laity. It is similar to the Common of the Blessed Virgin Mary from the Roman Breviary]
    • You may pray the Rosary in place of the Divine Office or Little Office
    • Depart earthly life in charity
Blue Scapular of the Immaculate Conception
  • Recite the Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be six times with the following intentions:
    • In honor of the Trinity
    • In honor of the Immaculate Conception
    • For the sick and dying
    • For the conversion of sinners
    • For God’s mercy on the world For the souls in purgatory
White Scapular of the Trinity
  • Angelic Trisagion
  • Should especially be prayed on the three days from Thursday to Saturday after Pentecost prior to Trinity Sunday
Green Scapular of the Immaculate Heart  (not part of the Five Fold Scapular)
  • Recite this prayer throughout the day:  “Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us now and at the hour of our death.”


"We are all called to be great saints.  Don't miss the opportunity." - Mother Angelica


Bible

Veritas Bible - The best of the best.  My #1 recommended online bible.  Douay Rheims with Haydock commentary along with the Catena Aurea and tons of other resources.
New Advent Bible - Also provided the Douay Rheims translation.  Includes the Latin Vulgate and Greek texts for comparison (for those of you that can actually read Latin and Greek).
EWTN Bible Search - If you like the RSV-CE translation, then this is the site for you. 
New American Bible by the Vatican - Here is an online copy of the New American Bible provided by the Vatican website.  Keep in mind that this is not the Revised Edition released in 2011 (the "NABRE").  The USCCB website should be providing an online version of the NABRE sometime soon.
Where We Got The Bible by Bishop Henry Graham - Originally written in 1911.  Great resource on the history of scripture. 


Catechisms

Nazareth Master Catechism - This resource provides copies of the current Catechism of the Catholic Church, the Baltimore Catechism, the Catechism of the Council of Trent, the Aquinas Catechism, and the St. Pius X Catechism. 


Church Law

Omnium In Mentem - Amendments to the Code of Canon Law made by Pope Benedict XVI in 2009
Handbook of Indulgences, Third Edition in 1986 - There is a Fourth Edition known as the "Manual of Indulgences" published by the USCCB, but I cannot find an online version anywhere.  The hard copy on Amazon is going for around $100 (seems a bit pricy).


Divine Office

Liturgy of the Hours - This website provides the Divine Office according to the new Missal of Paul VI (also called the "Liturgy of the Hours") and includes the official text of the English translation.  There are other websites that provide the text of the Divine Office, but many provide their own English translation due to copyrights.  You have to watch out for these alternative translations as they would not fulfill the daily obligation for priests and religious. 
A Brief Guide to the Breviary - New to praying the Divine Office???  Here are some guidelines to help get you started.
Divinum Officium - Excellent resource showing the Divine Office according to the rubrics of the 1962 Missal and prior.  Check this site out if you are interested in learning how the Church prayed the Divine Office throughout the centuries. 


Early Church Fathers

Summa Theologica of St. Thomas Aquinas - Greatest single theological work


Ecumenical Councils

Audio

G.K. Chesterton: The Apostle of Common Sense by EWTN
Archbishop Fulton Sheen: Life Is Worth Living
Mother Angelica Live Classics by EWTN
The 33 Doctors of the Church by EWTN
Gregorian Chant by the FSSP


History

List of Popes
Sources of Catholic Dogma by Denzinger