June 2, 2019, The Ascension of the Lord
May29

June 2, 2019, The Ascension of the Lord

Despite the evident preference of the Consilium for celebration of the liturgy of the Eucharist versus populum, the 1969 Missale Romanum did not require or even mention the practice in its treatment of the various forms of Mass (see General Instruction of the Roman Missal [GIRM], 74-252). On the contrary, then as now the forma typica of the Mass (GIRM 82-126) envisions celebration ad orientem during the liturgy of the Eucharist.   The priest is specifically instructed when to face the people (namely, for the “Pray brethren” [GIRM 107], the Sign of Peace [GIRM 112], the “Behold the Lamb of God” [GIRM 115] and the post-communion prayer [GIRM 122], although the rubric in the sacramentary at this point [n. 142] states that he turns only for the blessing). Presumably, the priest may turn after the consecration in order “to show to the people” the Host and Chalice. He does not turn for the Preface dialogue, the Mystery of Faith, or the Our Father. He has the choice of offering the post-communion prayer and final blessing at the altar rather than the chair (GIRM 122).   It is important to note that the use of celebration ad orientem in the revised liturgy differs from the Tridentine practice of celebration “at the altar” because the opening rites and liturgy of the Word now take place at the chair and lectern. Permission for celebrating the entire Mass facing the people was evidently extended or granted anew because the practice is mentioned as a consideration in the design of altars (GIRM 262).   This brief survey shows that the reforms following Vatican II required the liturgy of the Word to be celebrated versus populum while providing for the continuation of the Church’s immemorial practice of celebrating the liturgy of the Eucharist ad orientem. These basic orientations were established by the liturgical books and were not left to be determined by other ecclesial authorities, such as the Episcopal Conferences. Permission was explicitly given to priests to celebrate versus populum instead of ad orientem if they wished (much as priests may choose the penitential rite or whether to have a communal exchange of peace). Celebration ad orientem therefore remains in the contemporary liturgy as both an ancient treasure and an example of legitimate liturgical diversity. Fr. Keller...

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Memorial Day Mass, May 27, 2019
May22

Memorial Day Mass, May 27, 2019

MEMORIAL DAY MASS: Will be celebrated on May 27, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. at Hillcrest Cemetery. Bishop Wall will be the celebrant. “No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” Christians are no strangers to sacrifice. Jesus lays down his life for our redemption, martyrs remain faithful to the end, and every believer faces “deaths” in the spiritual life when love requires a re-ordering of preference and priority. On Memorial Day, we honor those who laid down their lives for their nation and for the values we espouse – freedom, justice, and a better world for our children. Intercede for those who have died and for the loved ones they left behind, and pray for peace on earth.   The parish office will be closed....

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Sunday School, Sixth Sunday of Easter, Cycle C
May22

Sunday School, Sixth Sunday of Easter, Cycle C

Sunday School Page To View or Click on the Sunday School page, click on the link below   Sunday School, Sixth Sunday of Easter, Cycle...

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May 26, 2019, Sixth Sunday of Easter
May22

May 26, 2019, Sixth Sunday of Easter

Don’t forget that May is the Month of Mary.  May 13 was the feast of Our Lady of Fatima, here’s a little refresher on the importance of this apparition and the requests that Our Lady made to the three children. Fatima, Portugal is one of the most revered sights in the Roman Catholic religion. It was in this tiny village where, starting in 1916, three small Portuguese shepherd children had encounters first with an Angel and later with the Lady who has become known as Our Lady of Fatima. The Message of Fatima is an invitation and a school of salvation. It was initiated by the Angel of Peace (1916) and completed by Our Lady (1917). It was lived, to a heroic degree, by the three Little Shepherds. The Message of Fatima, which is that of the Gospel, emphasizes the following points: permanent conversion; prayer, and namely the Rosary; and the sense of collective responsibility and the practice of reparation. The acceptance of the Message brings with it Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, which is a symbol of commitment to faithfulness and to the apostolate. Afterwards, when Lucia was a Religious Sister of Saint Dorothy, Our Lady appeared to her again in Spain, in the Convent of Pontevedra, on the 10th December 1925. By her side, elevated on a luminous cloud, was a Child. The most holy Virgin rested her hand on Lucia’s shoulder, and as she did so, she showed her a heart encircled by thorns, which she was holding in her other hand. At the same time, the Child said: “Have compassion on the Heart of your most holy Mother, covered with thorns, with which ungrateful men pierce it at every moment, and there is no one to make an act of reparation to remove them”. Then the most holy Virgin requested the devotion of the Five First Saturdays.  The request consisted in: praying the Rosary, meditating on the mysteries of the Rosary, confessing and receiving Holy Communion, in reparation for the sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Fr. Keller...

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May 19, 2019, Fifth Sunday of Easter
May15

May 19, 2019, Fifth Sunday of Easter

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, This weekend, May 18-19, our diocese will take up the Catholic Relief Services Collection. Your support of this collection serves as Jesus in disguise in some of the most marginalized communities in our world. In rural communities in Afghanistan, for example, children have limited access to education because of distance and the danger of commuting to public schools. In the remote village of Ghor, one of the poorest provinces of the country, an estimated 80% of adults are illiterate, and the illiteracy rate is even higher for women. Most villagers are farmers who never attended school. The closest school was too far and the road too dangerous for young children to attend. But you helped bring a community-based classroom to this remote village. Your generosity made it possible for the children to attend school and has offered them a more hopeful and secure future. Such programs have been implemented across Afghanistan for 15 years and have helped more than 23,000 students build more prosperous lives. Children across Afghanistan, and indeed, the world depends on your support to go to school and have bright futures. Sincerely yours in Christ,   +The Most Reverend James S. Wall Bishop of Gallup...

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