From the Rector: Funerals: Part I
Sep22

From the Rector: Funerals: Part I

Funerals: Part 1 of the Series Whenever one of us experiences the loss of a loved one, we are faced with having to make a lot of decisions concerning family issues, financial questions, sometimes legal and property management  issues.  In the midst of the tremendous sorrow we are also faced with trying to plan arrangements for the funeral.  In our distress we turn to the Lord to look for comfort and place our trust in His Goodness and Love for us. In order to try to make this process less stressful we will be presenting a series of articles to help spell out what goes into the preparation should the need arise. The Church’s three part liturgy.   The Funeral Rites of the Church consist of the 1.) Vigil for the deceased, 2.) The Funeral Liturgy itself, and 3.) the Rite of Committal.  Additionally the Office for the Dead, which we also refer to as the Liturgy of the hours, may also be prayed for the deceased person.  The Church “ministers to the sorrowing and consoles them in the funeral rites with the comforting word of God and the sacrament of the Eucharist.  Christians celebrate the funeral rites to offer worship, praise and thanksgiving to God for the gift of a life which has now been returned to God, the author of life and the hope of the just.  The Mass, the memorial of Christ’s death and Resurrection is the principal celebration of the Christian funeral.  The Celebration of the Christian funeral brings hope and consolation to the living.  While proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ and witnessing to Christian hope in the resurrection, the funeral rites also recall to all who take part in them God’s mercy and judgment and meet the human need to turn always to God in times of Crisis.” (From the Order of Christian Funerals). At the time of the death of a loved one. If it so happens that there is some warning that your loved one is in danger of death, please don’t hesitate to call for a priest.  It is a tremendous blessing to receive the Sacraments and be strengthened spiritually in preparation for death.  But, even if the person dies suddenly it is a good practice to notify the parish priest who can come and pray with the family if possible. In the days following. Once a mortuary has been selected and meeting with the funeral director has been arranged, a call to the parish secretary is the best way to find out when the church building is available and when a priest or deacon is available for the funeral...

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Sunday School: Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sep15

Sunday School: Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday School To print or view the Sunday School page, click on the link below: Sunday School 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle A...

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From the Rector: Keeping Sunday-All Day
Sep15

From the Rector: Keeping Sunday-All Day

KEEPING SUNDAY—ALL DAY Celebrating the Sunday Eucharist—though central and essential—does not complete our observance of Sunday. In addition to attending Mass each Sunday, we should also refrain “from those activities which impede the worship of God and disturb the joy proper to the day of the Lord or the necessary relaxation of mind and body” (Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 453). Sunday has traditionally been a day of rest. However, the concept of a day of rest may seem odd in a world that runs 24/7, where we are tethered to our jobs by a variety of electronic gadgets, where businesses run as normal no matter what the day of the week, and where silence seems to be an endangered species. By taking a day each week to rest in the Lord, we provide a living example to the culture that all time belongs to God and that people are more important than things. As Pope John Paul II said in Dies Domini (The Day of the Lord), his apostolic letter on Sunday: Through Sunday rest, daily concerns and tasks can find their proper perspective: the material things about which we worry give way to spiritual values; in a moment of encounter and less pressured exchange, we see the true face of the people with whom we live. Even the beauties of nature—too often marred by the desire to exploit, which turns against man him- self—can be rediscovered and enjoyed to the full. (Dies Domini, no. 67) Not everyone has the freedom to take Sundays away from work. Some people, including medical professionals and public safety workers, must work on Sundays to keep the rest of us safe and healthy. Others must work for economic reasons beyond their control. Resting on Sunday does not mean that we are inactive. Instead, Sunday is traditionally consecrated by Christian piety to good works and humble service of the sick, the infirm, and the elderly. Christians will also sanctify Sunday by devoting time and care to their families and relatives, often difficult to do on other days of the week. Sunday is a time for reflection, silence, cultivation of the mind, and meditation which furthers the growth of the Christian interior life. (CCC, no. 2186) To celebrate the Lord’s Day more fully, consider trying the following: ✠ Don’t use Sunday as your catch-all day for errands and household chores. ✠ Share a family dinner after Mass. Have the whole family join in the preparation and cleanup. ✠ Go for a walk or bike ride and give thanks to God for the beauty of nature. ✠ Spend time reading the Bible or a spiritual book. ✠ Pray the...

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Sunday School: Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sep08

Sunday School: Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday School To print or view the Sunday School page, click on the link below: Sunday School 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle A  ...

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From the Rector: A Plan of Life: Part II
Sep08

From the Rector: A Plan of Life: Part II

A Plan of Life: Part II The weekly plan: In the course of the week, designate one day in which to emphasize each one of the pillars. On that day include an item from a particular category that might not be done as frequently: Examples: Spiritual formation day: A special day for fasting, lectoring or serving a at a weekday Mass. Human formation day: A once a week choir practice; an extended hike; House cleaning day. Intellectual formation day: A once a week class or conference. Pastoral formation day: A Special visit to nursing home or teaching a CCD class. The weekly plan takes into consideration absolute essentials like Sunday Mass. The Monthly Plan: The monthly plan reminds one not to neglect certain practices that should engage in at least monthly. Examples: Spiritual formation: Spiritual direction and Confession. Human Formation: Letters, calls or visits to family members, Bookkeeping. Intellectual Formation: Finishing a book that has been lingering. Pastoral Formation: Pro- Life activities, promoting vocations. The yearly plan: This plan is used to set goals for the coming year and evaluate the past year. It also reminds us about special days we should plan for throughout the year. Examples: Spiritual Formation: Plan an annual retreat, Celebrate the Anniversary of one’s Baptism Day. Human Formation: Plan when and how to spend Vacation time; plan to learn more chant. Intellectual Formation: Commit to learning improving language skills in the coming year. Plan to contribute an article to the diocesan paper, or to learn a new language. Pastoral Formation: Decide which apostolate will be undertaken in the following year....

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