Sunday School: Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
Jan19

Sunday School: Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday School To print or view the Sunday School page, click on the link below: Sunday School-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle...

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From the Rector
Jan19

From the Rector

We have all, no doubt, witnessed the chronic condition in our community of substance abuse, homelessness, and the related lack of food and clothing resources. We would also like to be of some help in bringing relief, but don’t always know how. One of the little steps our parish has made in the past year was to establish an ongoing food collection. We directly distribute the food that is deposited in the entrance of the Cathedral Church, if there is an excess, we contribute it to the local food pantry. Most of us no doubt feel an inner conflict when we encounter the homeless when its connected to substance abuse. We are sometimes afraid that resources we give are enabling the dependance, and also sometimes simply just do not wish to encounter people who are not in a state to be gracious receivers of help we could give. There is of course no easy solution, or else it would have been accomplished long ago. I recently was given a good piece of advice from a person who does homeless ministry. He says that direct aid of money should probably not be given ordinarily. Rather, food, clothing  or other useful goods can be given. I would encourage you to make, and keep in your car a few little lunch sacks with non perishable items in them. What is always helpful is genuine human interaction! It is also always helpful to be able to make good referrals to agencies that are better equipped to deal with the material needs as well as resources for getting out of the circumstances that the people find themselves in. One thing you could and should always offer is prayer. Here are some local agencies that can provide help to people in need and in difficult situations. Catholic Charities 506 W. Hwy. 66 505-722-5272 Food, Clothing, Utilities Sheriff’s Department 300 B. Nizhoni Blvd. 505-863-1410 Gasoline Casa St. Joseph 411 West Wilson Ave. 505-721-5156 Food, Shelter (men and women) Care 66 407 W. Hwy. 66 505-722-0066 Shelter (men and women) Southwest Indian Foundation 100 W. Coal Ave. 505-863-2837 Assistance...

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Sunday School: Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
Jan11

Sunday School: Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday School To print or view the Sunday School page, click on the link below: Sunday School-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle...

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From the Rector: The Lamb of God at Mass
Jan11

From the Rector: The Lamb of God at Mass

The Lamb of God at Mass During the breaking of the bread leading up to Communion at Mass, the Fraction Rite, the priest prays a short prayer as he places a small piece of the Consecrated Host into the chalice. While he does that we say or sing the Agnus Dei (AHG-noos DAY-ee) three times, the Lamb of God. Lamb of God is a name for Jesus that reminds us Jesus died for our sins. The priest genuflects and then makes this proclamation and joins us in the response. Behold the Lamb of God”. This is closer to the Latin, Ecce Agnus Dei (EH-chay AHG-noos DAY-ee), majestic in sound, this is a direct reference to John 1:29 where John the Baptist points out Jesus to his followers. The most basic description of what it means to be a Christian is that we believe Jesus Christ is both fully God, and fully Man; that he came for the sake of our salvation; and that we profess our faith in Him and accept Baptism for the forgiveness of sins.  John the Baptizer is one whose entire life was dedicated to that exact program. So when the assembly repeats his words, they are proclaiming what John proclaimed, that Jesus is the Lamb of God.  The priest takes the Sacred Body of Our Lord and holds it up either over the paten or the chalice, and declares the very words of John the Baptist, “Behold the Lamb of God, Behold Him who takes away the sins of the world. Blessed are those called to the supper of the Lamb.” Beati has been rendered “blessed.” You may be blessed even when you aren’t feeling so happy. This together with the direct reference to “the supper of the Lamb” makes clear the connection to Revelation 19:9. There, the angel in the vision has John write down the words that proclaim ‘blessed are all those called to the wedding feast of the Lamb.’ Our response, “Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word, and my soul shall be healed,” echoes the words of the Centurion, who asked Jesus to heal his servant in Luke 7:6-7 and Matthew 8:5-13. As we are presented with the very Body and Blood of Christ, we are called to the same, deep level of faith as the Centurion. While the priest receives communion following the Agnus Dei, we can prepare for communion by chanting the Communion Antiphon and silently making an Act of Faith: “Lord, I am about to receive you in the Eucharist; Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity. I believe this...

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Sunday School: The Epiphany of the Lord
Jan05

Sunday School: The Epiphany of the Lord

Sunday School To print or view the Sunday School page, click on the link below: Sunday School-The Epiphany of the Lord

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