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Weekly Bulletin September 6, 2020
by Terrie Evans
On this Sunday please keep the late Gayle Dunbar and her family members in your prayers, especially our parishioners Deanne Gardonio and Frank Perrotta. Her Funeral Mass was held on Saturday, September 5th at St. Clement Church and her interment took place at the Gate of Heaven’s Cemetery.
This Sunday we also celebrate Our Lady of Constantinople (September 8th), a much-revered Saint in Felitto, Italy, in Old Forge, Pennsylvania, and many Italian communities
throughout the United States. Our beautiful statue was the first one ordered when San Antonio Church was established in 1922 and was procured from Salerno, Italy. Our Lady of Constantinople has been venerated since 1790 with miracles attributed to her. In Felitto, it is a tradition to honor Our Lady of Constantinople with a procession where the statue will be carried to the celebratory Mass in the small chapel dedicated to her.
A Prayer to Our Lady of Constantinople: “O Mother ofGod, invincible triumphant victor over your only Sons enemies, Queen of the Angels, Consoler of the Afflicted, Advocate of the Sinners, it cannot be denied that you are pleased to show yourself always admirable and loving under the title of Constantinople, which I admire and venerate. I rejoice in graces that you have granted to those who, with faith, have invoked you under the
admirable title. I pray for the spiritual sanctity of all of us, your children: Listen and be gracious to those who turn to you, who trust in you, O Mother, and in you, O Queen,
they put their hope. Amen.”
This Monday is Labor Day, a holiday set aside to celebrate and recognize the works and contributions of all those laborers who built our great country. It became an official
federal holiday in 1894 with thirty states officially celebrating Labor Day. Promoted as a general holiday for the laboring classes, it was recommended that the event should begin with a street parade to show organized labor’s solidarity and strength. It was also seen as a
fundraiser for local unions with featured speeches by prominent labor leaders and those running for office as they kicked off their campaigns. Years ago, many school districts started the school year after Labor Day to promote an extra weekend of fun and travel. In
Minnesota, their state fair ends on Labor Day so students can start school after the holiday and still show their 4-H projects at the fair.
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