The Shrine & Parish Church of the Holy Innocents
128 West 37th Street, NYC 100018
• Monday, June 14th - St. Basil the Great, Bishop & Doctor, 3rd Class - Low Mass, 6:00 p.m.
• Tuesday, June 15th - Ss. Vitus, Modestus & Crescentia, Martyrs, 4th Class - Low Mass, 6:00 p.m.
THE 14 HOLY HELPERS
June 15: St. Vitus (also called St. Guy), martyr, was born in the third century to pagan parents. As a young boy Vitus had the good fortune to be raised by a pious nurse named Crescentia who, with her husband Modestus, taught Vitus the faith. He embraced wholeheartedly the teachings of the Church and was secretly baptized.
When his pagan father heard of this he was quite incensed and did all in his power to turn his son away from the Christian faith. Since promises and threats were of no avail, he handed Vitus over to a pagan judge who had him whipped. As the pa- gan father was planning a more severe punishment, Vitus was warned by an angel to flee. Accordingly, he departed in the company of Modestus and Crescentia into foreign lands.
During this exile Vitus attained such a reputation for holiness that the fame of it reached the emperor Diocletian himself. The emperor, who had a son possessed by a devil, summoned Vitus to come and cure his son. Vitus did so, but the un- grateful emperor, not being able to persuade Vitus to worship the pagan gods, cast him into prison, together with Modestus and Crescentia.
As they remained steadfast in chains, the emperor then commanded that they be thrown into a cauldron of melted lead, resin and pitch. Like the three Hebrew youths, however, these martyrs sang hymns and remained unharmed. Next Diocletian had them thrown to a lion, which lay down before them and licked their feet. The emperor, now more furious than ever, ordered them to be stretched on a scaffold such that their limbs were broken and all their bones dislocated. As this torture was going on, there were great clap of thunder, bolts of lightning and earthquakes, which caused the temples of the gods to fall down while many pagans were converted.
St. Vitus is invoked against epilepsy, chorea (called "St. Vitus' Dance"), lethargy, paralysis, dis- eases of the nervous system and the bites of poisonous or mad animals, against lightening and storms and for protection of domestic animals. He is considered the patron of actors and is often depicted with a rooster for when he was thrown into the cauldron, a rooster was thrown in as an anti-sorcery antidote.
• Wednesday, June 16th - Feria - Votive Mass of St. Joseph, 4th Class - Low Mass, 6:00 p.m.
• Thursday, June 17th - St. Gregory Barbarigo, Bishop & Confessor, 3rd Class - Low Mass, 6:00 p.m.
• Friday, June 18th - St. Ephraem, Confessor & Doctor with Commemoration of Ss. Mark and Marcellian, 3rd Class - Low Mass, 6:00 p.m.
• Saturday, June 19th - St. Juliana Falconieri, Virgin with Commemoration of Ss. Gervase & Protase, 3rd Class - Low Mass, 1:00 p.m.
• Sunday, June 20th - Fourth Sunday After Pentecost, 2nd Class - Low Mass 9:00 a.m. and Chant Mass 10:30 a.m.
FATHER’S DAY NOVENA OF MASSES
A nine day novena of Holy Masses for all fathers, grandfathers, godfathers and spiritual fathers will take place at Holy Innocents beginning on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 20th, and ending on June 28th. Envelopes and cards for this purpose are located throughout the church. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is the greatest gift we can give anyone, living or deceased.
Source: June 13, 2021 Bulletin