Have You Heard About Nineveh 90?

I am a little late on this because I just recently found out about it – but not in enough time to get a blog post about it until now!

Have you heard of Nineveh 90

This year, 2017, is the 100th anniversary of Our Lady’s apparitions at Fatima, Portugal. The exact date is May 13, 2017. Therefore, in preparation of the anniversary, Fri Heilmann is hosting a 90 day challenge which he is calling Nineveh 90.

The challenge is called Nineveh 90 after the story of Jonah in the Bible. If you haven’t read the book of Jonah, you should take the time to read it. It is the story of the prophet Jonah who is called by God to go to Nineveh to warn them about their sins. Of course, as you may know, Jonah resists, gets swallowed by a whale for 3 days, but finally goes to Nineveh. For their part, when the people of Nineveh hear the message, they cry out to God in prayer and penance. God hears their prayers, has mercy, and does not carry out the punishment on them.

Thus, the Nineveh 90 is a 90 day challenge to convert our hearts and minds and bodies to God. It consists of the 54 day rosary novena, the 33 days of preparation for Marian Consecration, and the consecration itself on May 13. In addition, participants are called to exercise regularly, get at least 7 hours of sleep each night, and offer prayers and mortifications daily.

The recommendations are all laid out on the Nineveh 90 website but some suggestions include daily Mass, frequent confession, daily holy “hour,” and fasting from alcohol, sweets, television, etc; and accountability. If you can’t do all the suggestions, don’t get overwhelmed. Like it says on the website, just pick one or from each category and commit to doing those. Starting this challenge now will be a good segue into Lent which starts in only a couple of weeks, March 1.

Now, the challenge started Monday, February 13, but it not too late to join in! Go to the website to sign up, join the Facebook group, and get going. You in?!

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31 Days of Prayer – Our Lady of Fatima

Today is the anniversary of the last visit of Our Lady to the children at Fatima, Portugal. In honor of this day, I found this beautiful prayer:

Image by LoveToTakePhotos (2015) via Pixabay, CCO Public domain

Image by LoveToTakePhotos (2015) via Pixabay, CCO Public domain

Prayer to Our Lady of Fatima

Dearest Mother, Queen of the Holy Rosary, who came to Fatima to reveal to all mankind the Divine plan for true Christian peace, of prayer, penance, and consecration, grant an abundance of grace, strength, and guidance to the members of Thy Fatima Crusade, here present and throughout the world. Inspire us to great zeal, oh great Mediatrix of All Graces, that we may be effective instruments in spreading devotion to Thy Rosary; that we may be faithful in wearing Thy scapular; that we may inspire our brothers in Christ to a life of sacrifice, penance, and modesty, and finally, that we may help to bring about that wonderful day when all men, through consecration to Thy Immaculate Heart, shall be one in Christ. Amen.”

I do not know the author of this poem but I found it on the Salve Maria Regina website. You can go there to get other Fatima prayers, to learn the story of Fatima, and to learn about the lives of the three children who were privileged to get those heavenly visits from Our Lady.

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Saint and Feast Days in May 2016

Boy, May came quick! There are a lot of fun and wonderful feast days this month such as Ascension, Pentecost and the Visitation of Mary. I am hoping to make an effort to fully celebrate these days, both liturgically and at home.

Saint & Feast Days in May 2016

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In addition to these days, we are getting a new bishop in my diocese (Metuchen) tomorrow, May 3. I will definitely be watching the installation! Anyway, here are the saint and feast days for May:

Saints and Feasts

May 4: St. Athanasius, bishop and doctor of the church (obligatory memorial)

May 3: Sts. Philip & James, Apostles (feast)

May 5: Ascension of the Lord (Solemnity & holy day of obligation) Some dioceses transfer feast to the following Sunday.

May 6: First Friday Devotions (optional)

May 7: First Saturday Devotions (optional)

May 8: Mother’s Day & Ascension of our Lord celebrated in some dioceses.

May 10: St. Damien de Veuster, priest (optional memorial)

May 12: Sts. Nereus & Achilleus, martyrs (optional memorial)

May 12: St. Pancras, martyr (optional memorial)

May 13: Our Lady of Fatima (optional memorial)

May 14: St. Matthias, apostle (feast)

May 15: Pentecost (Solemnity)

May 18: St. John I, pope & martyr (optional memorial)

May 20: St. Bernardine of Siena, priest (optional memoria)

May 21: St. Christopher Magallanes, priest & Companions, martyrs (optional memorial)

May 22: Most Holy Trinity (Solemnity)

May 25: St. Bede the Venerable, priest & doctor of the church (optional memorial)

May 25: St. Gregory VII, pope (optional memorial)

 May 25: St. Mary Magdalene de Pazzi, virgin (optional memorial)

May 26: St. Philip Neri, Priest (obligatory memorial)

May 27: St. Augustine of Canterbury (optional memorial)

May 29: Corpus Christi (Solemnity)

May 31: Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (feast)

Other Dates to Note

Every Saturday is traditionally dedicated to devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary

May is traditionally dedicated to The Blessed Mother

May 1: 6th Sunday of Easter

May 5: National Day of Prayer, Holocaust Remembrance Day, & Cinco de Mayo (USA)

May 8: Mother’s Day

May 21: Armed Forces Day (USA)

May 23: Victory Day (Canada)

May 30: Memorial Day

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