The Rittenhouse Review

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Saturday, June 28, 2003  

Score With Grandma

In case you missed it, this has been a big week for Solemnities.

If you’re not Catholic and you don’t know what I’m talking about, you’re excused, of course. If you are Catholic and you don’t know what I’m talking about, you’re in big trouble. You might not think so, but you are.

So, here’s a quick cheat sheet I drew up, in case your mother or grandmother asks, or if you just want to show off in front of your infidel brother-in-law:

Last Sunday was the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. Tuesday was the Solemnity of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist. Yesterday, Friday, was the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. And tomorrow, Sunday, will be the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul.

Bonus: Today, Saturday, is set aside as an optional memorial to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. (Why this isn’t a Solemnity, I don’t really know. I’ll have to look in to that. Until then, you’re on your own.)

Now, if you want to score some really big points with grandma, tell her you: recited the Chaplet of the Precious Blood; performed the Sacred Heart Novena; consecrated yourself to the Immaculate Heart; and then joined the Militia of the Immaculata.

She’ll love you for it. But only if you really did it. And you wouldn’t lie to grandma, would you?

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