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Day 1: Novena to Blessed Karl of Austria

Day 1: Novena to Blessed Karl of Austria

To be recited each day before the novena: 

Heavenly Father, through Blessed Karl You have given the People of God an example of how we can live a discerning and spiritual life in a convincing and courageous way.

His public actions as Emperor and King, and his personal acts as a family man were firmly based in the teachings of the Catholic Faith. His love for the Eucharistic Lord grew in times of trial and helped him to unite himself to Christ’s sacrifice through his own life’s sacrifice for his peoples. Emperor Karl honored the Mother of God and loved to pray the rosary throughout his life.
Strengthen us by his intercession when discouragement, faintheartedness, loneliness, bitterness, and depression trouble us. Let us follow the example of Your faithful servant and unselfishly serve our brothers and sisters according to Your will.
Here my petitions and grant my request: (mention your intentions here, also include the intentions shared by those joining us in prayer are mentioned below)
Grant Blessed Karl of Austra the honor of the altar as a saint, for the glory of Your Name, the praise of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and for blessings upon the Church and all those within the Prince of Peace Catholic Church & School community. Amen.
Day 1: Reverence for the Most Blessed Sacrament
Blessed Karl lived under the glory of the Blessed Sacrament. The rays of grace from this splendor attracted him and he loved to visit the tabernacle. Whether stressed by the strains of government or just the ordinary beginning of his day, he sought guidance and solace before Jesus Christ in the tabernacle. Wherever he lived, he sought to have a private chapel where the Blessed Sacrament could be reserved. His devotion to the Eucharist manifested itself even in the small details, such as his concern that the sanctuary lamp should never be allowed to go out. Several times a day, he would say, “I must go to see if the altar light is still burning.” When he said this, everyone knew that he would be away for some time kneeling and praying before the Blessed Sacrament.
The depths of his prayer and meditation were so great that he was often unaware of what was occurring around him. For instance, he was frequently so caught up in prayer that he did not realize the collection basket was being passed. In order not to disturb him, Empress Zita talked him into holding his offering in his hand from the beginning of Mass so that she could nudge his arm to drop the money into the basket at the appropriate time!
Father Maurus Carnot, OSB said about Emperor Karl, “In Disentis (Switzerland), it did not matter whether it was snowing or if there were snow drifts, he was always punctual for Holy Mass at the Church of Saint Mary, where he would receive Holy Communion during the masses that Crown Prince Otto, with his boyish curly hair, would serve…”
During the Emperor’s fatal illness, he had the strongest longings to frequently receive Holy Communion. Holy Mass was regularly celebrated in the drawing room adjacent to his sick room. At first, the door was left ajar so that he could follow the masses without losing privacy or risk infecting others, but he soon requested the the door be left wide open saying, “I do so want to see the altar!” He was so respectful of the Eucharist that he was not going to receive because he was afraid that his constant coughing might profane the host, but remarkably, during the holy rites his coughing stopped completely and he was able to take Communion. It was as if he were compelled by the Lord to receive Holy Communion. When he asked the Empress to tell the priest that he wished to receive Communion, she told him that it was not possible because Countess Mensdorff was going to receive the only host consecrated. Emperor Karl could not be dissuaded, so Empress Zita went to the priest and saw that he too must have an inner voice because he had consecrated an additional host for the Emperor.
As Emperor Karl lived, so did he die. In life, he was united with the Eucharistic Lord, and the Blessed Sacrament was the center of his life when he died. Half an hour before he died, he wished to receive Holy Communion. Although his face was pale and drawn from his long, tiring struggle with illness, he radiated with joy as he received the Eucharist. This joyful countenance remained even after his death. During the Emperor’s final moments, Father Zsamboki held the Blessed Sacrament before his eyes, and in the presence of the Eucharist he said his final words, “Thy Will be done, Jesus, Jesus, come!” With his final breath, he whispered, “Jesus!” He now entered that eternal light, which is symbolized by the sanctuary lamp he had so carefully attended in his chapel.
My Lord and God, according to the marvelous example of Your servant, Emperor Karl, I will visit You in the tabernacle frequently, and receive You with joy and longing in the most Blessed Sacrament of the Eucharist. Hear my petitions and grant my request (mention your intentions again here) through the intercession of Blessed Karl of Austria. Amen.
All Saints & All Souls

All Saints & All Souls

All Saints Day—Friday, 1 November

  • All Saints’ Day is when the Church commemorates all saints, known and unknown. It is a Holy Day of Obligation. A great prayer on this day is the Litany of the Saints:
  • Our Mass schedule is: 7a Quiet Mass; 8.30a School Mass; 12p EF Mass; 7p Sung Mass

All Souls’ Day—Saturday, 2 November

  • Every year for All Souls’ Day, we place a candle on the altar of St Joseph in honor of all those who have died from our parish in the past year. You may pick up the candle of your family member from the parish office 1 Dec-1 Jan.
  • We will have a vase of white roses for all miscarried babies and a single red rose for all aborted babies.
  • The All Souls Novena will be in the “How to Send Souls to Heaven“ packet that will be in the bulletin the weekend of 20 October.
  • We will have a Board of Remembrance at the St Joseph Altar, which will be set up as a Requiem Altar for the month of November. You may bring copies of photos of your loved ones to pin to the board. At the end of the month of November, the board will be taken down and the pictures will be collected and stored in the Parish Office.
  • Please contact Maria Rauch with the name of your loved ones who died since All Souls Day 2018 (2 November 2018), so they can be read aloud before the 9a Mass on Saturday, 2 November. If the funeral was at POP, you need not call.
  • Masses to pray for the souls of the just who are being prepared for the glorious vision of God will be on Saturday, 2 November at 8a Latin Mass & 9a English Mass.
  • All registered active households receive 2 envelopes for All Soul’s Day in the September/October packet. One is for the offertory on All Soul’s Day and the other is to write on the front the names of your beloved deceased. Please complete and drop the envelope in any collection during the month of October so that those names will be placed on the altar of remembrance.