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* Greetings

* MCS News & Notes

* The Month of January: Dedicated to the Holy Name of Jesus

* 'God cannot refuse to hear this prayer'

* New: Catholic Annual Prayer Book

* Liturgical Feasts in January

* 'Catholic Trivia'

* Defending the Faith: "Apologetics Brief" - Do You Reject the Practice of Venerating Relics?

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Dear Friend,

"And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us (and we saw his glory, the glory as it were of the only begotten of the Father), full of grace and truth." (Jn. 1:14)

We hope you had a joyous & blessed Christmas and that it will be followed by a blessed and holy new year!

If you made good resolutions for 2018, we wish you much success - and we of course especially wish you well with your good spiritual resolutions as the life and health of the soul are so much more important in the long run than mere temporal concerns. May the Lord help you and guide you to achieve all your worthy goals for this brand new year.

As we look forward to this new year, we hope to continue making progress with our publishing efforts, which we hope will help to keep our site online. We just released our newest title near the end of December - a title which is perfect for a brand new year. Please see below for more information.

In closing, we wish you and your loved ones a blessed & holy new year and hope that He will bless you & yours abundantly throughout all the days to come.

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"Now, as all salvation comes from Jesus Christ - for there is no other name under heaven given to men whereby we must be saved - Our ardent desire is that the most holy name of Jesus should rapidly pervade and fill every land." (Pope Leo XIII)

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MCS News & Notes

* New Release: We are happy to report that we have released the first book in our 'Catholic Devotional Series'. See below for more details or visit

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* Pro-Life Resources: January marks another anniversary of the terrible tragedy of 'legalized' abortion in the U.S. For pro-life resources on our site (including: Life is a Gift From God, Scope of Abortion, Abortion Kills, Abortion is a Grave Sin, Risks & Aftermath, The Abortion Procedure, and More...), please visit

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The Month of January: Dedicated to the Holy Name of Jesus

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"And she shall bring forth a son: and thou shalt call his name Jesus. For he shall save his people from their sins." (Mt. 1:21)

"All whatsoever you do in word or in work, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, giving thanks to God and the Father by him." (Col. 3:17)

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"Praise be to Thy holy name, O Lord Jesus Christ, and adoration to Thy majesty, always and for ever. Amen." (Sts. Adaeus & Maris)

"No voice can sing, nor heart can frame, nor can the memory find a sweeter sound than Thy blest name, O Savior of mankind." (St. Bernard of Clairvaux, Doctor of the Church)

"Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said to them: Ye princes of the people and ancients, hear. If we this day are examined concerning the good deed done to the infirm man, by what means he hath been made whole: Be it known to you all and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God hath raised from the dead, even by him, this man standeth here before you, whole. This is the stone which was rejected by you the builders, which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other. For there is no other name under heaven given to men, whereby we must be saved." (Acts 4:8-12)

" the name of Jesus every knee should bend, of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." (Phil. 2:10-11)

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'God cannot refuse to hear this prayer'

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The following is taken from Fr. O'Sullivan's 20th century publication: 'The Wonders of the Holy Name'. The original publication has ecclesiastical approval. We have made some changes to the text below (e.g. combining paragraphs).

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The easiest of all prayers, as we have seen, is the Name of Jesus. Everyone without exception can invoke this holy name hundreds of times a day... It is amazing what one person who prays can do to save his country and save society. We read in Holy Scripture how Moses saved by his prayer the people of Israel from destruction, and how one pious woman, Judith of Betulia, saved her city and her people when the rulers were in despair and about to surrender themselves to their enemies. Again, we know that the two cities of Sodom and Gomorrha, which God destroyed by fire for their sins and crimes, would have been pardoned had there been only ten good men to pray for them! Over and over again we read of kings, emperors, statesmen and famous military commanders who placed all their trust in prayer, thus working wonders. If the prayers of one man can do much, what will not the prayers of many do? The Name of Jesus is the shortest, the easiest and the most powerful of prayers. Everyone can say it, even in the midst of his daily work. God cannot refuse to hear it.

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New: Catholic Annual Prayer Book

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We are happy to announce the recent release of the first book in our 'Catholic Devotional Series'. Additional detail can be found below (or at ).

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"Prayer is man's richest boon. It is his light, his nourishment, and his very life, for it brings him into communication with God, who is light, nourishment, and life." (Dom Gueranger)

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We hope this publication will greatly boost your prayer life - and therefore help you in the important work of saving your soul!

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"There is no duty which Christ and His Apostles more emphatically urged by both precept and example than that of prayer and supplication to Almighty God. The Fathers and Doctors in subsequent times have taught that this is a matter of such grave necessity, that if men neglect it they hope in vain for eternal salvation." (Pope Leo XIII)

"As our body cannot live without nourishment, so our soul cannot spiritually be kept alive without prayer." (St. Alphonsus Liguori, Doctor of the Church)

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"Prayer is the key to heaven." (St. Augustine, Doctor of the Church)

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Liturgical Feasts in January

The following is a listing of all liturgical feast dates for January as they appear at

Note: (T) = Traditional, (N) = New (Novus Ordo)

Reminder: Feasts may be superseded / transferred / etc.

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January 1 - Circumcision of Our Lord Jesus Christ (T) *

January 1 - Octave Day of Christmas (T)

January 1 - Octave of Christmas (N)

January 1 - Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God (N) *

January 2 - St. Basil the Great (N)

January 2 - St. Gregory Nazianzen (N)

January 3 - The Most Holy Name of Jesus (N)

January 4 - St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (N)

January 5 - St. Telesphorus, pope (T)

January 5 - Vigil of the Epiphany (T)

January 5 - St. John Neumann (N)

January 6 - Epiphany of Our Lord (T)

January 6 - Epiphany [Note: Epiphany is celebrated on 1/6 in the universal calendar, but in the U.S. it may be transferred to the Sunday after the first Saturday in January] (N)

January 7 - St. Raymond of Penyafort (N)

January 11 - St. Hyginus, pope (T)

January 13 - St. Hilary of Poitiers (N)

January 14 - St. Felix of Nola (T)

January 14 - St. Hilary of Poitiers (T)

January 15 - St. Maurus (T)

January 15 - St. Paul the First Hermit (in Thebaide) (T)

January 16 - St. Marcellus I, pope (T)

January 17 - St. Anthony the Abbot (T)

January 17 - St. Anthony the Abbot (N)

January 18 - Chair of St. Peter the Apostle at Rome (T)

January 18 - St. Paul (T)

January 18 - St. Prisca (T)

January 19 - St. Canute (T)

January 19 - Sts. Marius, Martha, Audifax & Abachum (T)

January 20 - St. Fabian, pope (T)

January 20 - St. Sebastian (T)

January 20 - St. Fabian, pope (N)

January 20 - St. Sebastian (N)

January 21 - St. Agnes (T)

January 21 - St. Agnes (N)

January 22 - St. Anastasius (T)

January 22 - St. Vincent (T)

January 22 - St. Vincent (N)

January 23 - St. Emerentiana (T)

January 23 - St. Raymund of Pennafort (T)

January 24 - St. Timothy (T)

January 24 - St. Francis de Sales (N)

January 25 - Conversion of St. Paul (T)

January 25 - St. Peter (T)

January 25 - Conversion of St. Paul, apostle (N)

January 26 - St. Polycarp (T)

January 26 - Sts. Timothy & Titus (N)

January 27 - St. John Chrysostom (T)

January 27 - St. Angela Merici (N)

January 28 - St. Agnes (T)

January 28 - St. Peter Nolasco (T)

January 28 - St. Thomas Aquinas (N)

January 29 - St. Francis de Sales (T)

January 30 - St. Martina (T)

January 31 - St. John Bosco (T)

January 31 - St. John Bosco (N)

* Holy Day of Obligation (unless abrogated - contact your diocese/parish for more info.)

Please Note: Above may exclude moveable feasts. For moveable feasts, see below and try here: . For other feasts, try the MCS Daily Digest each day at


1/2/18 - Holy Name of Jesus (T)

1/7/18 - Feast of the Holy Family (T) | Epiphany (N)

1/8/18 - Baptism of the Lord (N)

1/28/18 - Septuagesima Sunday (T)

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'Catholic Trivia'

1. Who was born first, St. Jerome or St. Augustine?

2. Who said...? "Our Guardian Angels are our most faithful friends, because they are with us day and night, always and everywhere. We ought to often invoke them."

3. What book did St. Francis de Sales say he carried in his pocket for at least eighteen years and never read without profit?

4. What is the "strong inclination to evil" called and why does God permit it to remain in us?

5. Which relative of the Holy Family was martyred at age 120?

6. Who said...? "Of what use to me is all I learn in school if I do not become holy?"

7. What did St. Polycarp, the martyr, say when told to revile Christ?

8. How is the mercy of God different from the acts of His mercy?

9. Who said...? "How many and how grave are the consequences of ignorance in matters of religion!"

10. Complete the passage: "He that is not with me, ___: and he that gathereth not with me, ___." (Our Lord Jesus Christ, Mt. 12:30)



1. St. Jerome was born before St. Augustine.

2. St. John Vianney

3. "It is clear and very practical. Yes, my daughter, the Spiritual Combat is a great book, and a book dear to me. I have carried it in my pocket for at least eighteen years, and I never read it without profit." (St. Francis de Sales, Doctor of the Church)

4. "This strong inclination to evil is called concupiscence, and God permits it to remain in us that by His grace we may resist it and thus increase our merits." (Baltimore Catechism)

5. St. Simeon, Bishop of Jerusalem and relative of the Holy Family was martyred at age 120. [Ref. Liturgical Year]

6. St. Francis de Sales, Doctor of the Church

7. When St. Polycarp was told to revile Christ, he said, "Eight-six years I have served Him, and He has done me no wrong. How can I blaspheme my King Who has saved me?"

8. "The mercy of God is different from the acts of his mercy: the former is infinite, the latter are finite. God is merciful, but he is also just." (St. Alphonsus Liguori, Doctor of the Church)

9. Pope St. Pius X

10. "He that is not with me, is against me: and he that gathereth not with me, scattereth." (Our Lord Jesus Christ, Mt. 12:30)


For more information concerning the topics above, try our General A-Z Index at

Like trivia? You might enjoy our crossword puzzles located at

You might also be interested in the Q & A and historical information which may be found each day on the MCS Daily Digest at

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Defending the Faith: "Apologetics Brief" - Do You Reject the Practice of Venerating Relics?

It is good for Catholics to be able to defend their faith against attacks (or even simple questions) from those outside the Church. We therefore hope you may find the following "apologetics brief" helpful.

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The following may be used as discussion points when discoursing with those outside the Church (or even among Catholics).

Topic: Do You Reject the Practice of Venerating Relics? (Note: Topic is directed at Protestants)


* Do you reject the practice of venerating relics because you think Catholics believe they have "magic power"? If so, you should know that this is not the teaching of the Catholic Church! Rather, she teaches that relics have no inherent power whatsoever. Despite this, however, God may choose to work through them to perform miracles, as may be seen from Scripture. For example consider ...

2 Kgs. 13:20-21: Elisha died and was buried. At the time, bands of Moabites used to raid the land each year. Once some people were burying a man, when suddenly they spied such a raiding band. So they cast the dead man into the grave of Elisha, and everyone went off. But when the man came in contact with the bones of Elisha, he came back to life and rose to his feet.

Mt. 14:35-36: When the men of that place recognized him, they sent word to all the surrounding country. People brought to him all those who were sick and begged him that they might touch only the tassel on his cloak, and as many as touched it were healed.

Acts 5:15-16: Thus they even carried the sick out into the streets and laid them on cots and mats so that when Peter came by, at least his shadow might fall on one or another of them. A large number of people from the towns in the vicinity of Jerusalem also gathered, bringing the sick and those disturbed by unclean spirits, and they were all cured.

Acts 19:11-12: So extraordinary were the mighty deeds God accomplished at the hands of Paul that when face cloths or aprons that touched his skin were applied to the sick, their diseases left them and the evil spirits came out of them.

* Do you reject the practice of venerating relics because you think it's idolatry? Would it also be idolatry to cherish a deceased parent's old watch or a warrior's medal? Remember, however, that relics are even more worthy of honor, because they were once 'the temple of the Holy Spirit' - and they will be reunited with the saint's soul at the resurrection. 

* Do you reject the practice of venerating relics because you think no honor should ever be paid to material objects? If so, does that mean that you show no honor whatsoever to your deceased love one's body, to possessions they have left behind, to a flag, to a photograph, to your bible?

* If it was wrong to venerate relics, why did the earliest Christians venerate them? Are you unaware of how they cherished the relics of the martyrs as "inestimable treasures"?

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"Then, at last, we took up his bones, more precious than costly gems and finer than gold, and put them in a suitable place. The Lord will permit us, when we are able, to assemble there in joy and gladness; and to celebrate the birthday of his martyrdom, both in memory of those who have already engaged in the contest, and for the practice and training of those who have yet to fight." ('The Martyrdom of St. Polycarp', c. 155 A.D.)

"Let my most tranquil Lady know that it is not the custom of the Romans, when they give relics of the saints, to presume to touch any part of the body. But only a cloth put into a box and placed near the most sacred bodies of the saints. When it is taken up again it is deposited with due reverence in the Church that is to be dedicated, and effects so powerful are thereby produced, that it is as if their bodies had actually been taken there. It happened in the time of Pope Leo of blessed memory, as has been handed down by our forefathers, that certain Greeks being in doubt about such relics, the aforesaid Pontiff made a cut with scissors in this same cloth and from the very incision blood flowed forth." (Pope St. Gregory I the Great, Doctor of the Church, c. 594 A.D.)

"It is written (De Ecclesiasticis Dogmatibus xl): 'We believe that the bodies of the saints, above all the relics of the blessed martyrs, as being the members of Christ, should be worshiped [that is, honored] in all sincerity': and further on: 'If anyone holds a contrary opinion, he is not accounted a Christian, but a follower of Eunomius and Vigilantius.' I answer that, As Augustine says (De Civitate Dei i,13): 'If a father's coat or ring, or anything else of that kind, is so much more cherished by his children, as love for one's parents is greater, in no way are the bodies themselves to be despised, which are much more intimately and closely united to us than any garment; for they belong to man's very nature.' It is clear from this that he who has a certain affection for anyone, venerates whatever of his is left after his death, not only his body and the parts thereof, but even external things, such as his clothes, and such like. Now it is manifest that we should show honor to the saints of God, as being members of Christ, the children and friends of God, and our intercessors. Wherefore in memory of them we ought to honor any relics of theirs in a fitting manner: principally their bodies, which were temples, and organs of the Holy Ghost dwelling and operating in them, and are destined to be likened to the body of Christ by the glory of the Resurrection. Hence God Himself fittingly honors such relics by working miracles at their presence." (St. Thomas Aquinas, Doctor of the Church)

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In Closing...

"With the Name of Jesus we shall overthrow the demons; we shall put them to flight." (Catechism of the Cure de Ars)

"God gave men only ten commandments and one of the ten has for its sole object the reverence due to His Name." (St. John Vianney)

"[The New Year is] a gift fresh from the hand of God, like a parchment rolled, unsullied, unmarked by good or bad." (Manual of the Catholic Church, 1906 A.D.)

"However great the temptation, if we know how to use the weapon of prayer well, we shall come off conquerors at last; for prayer is more powerful than all the devils." (St. Bernard of Clairvaux, Doctor of the Church)

"Praise be to Thy holy name, O Lord Jesus Christ, and adoration to Thy majesty, always and for ever. Amen." (Sts. Adaeus & Maris)

"Blessed be the Name of Jesus. (Benedictum Nomen Iesu.)" (From the Divine Praises) [English / Latin]

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