Sunday School, Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B
Oct31

Sunday School, Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B

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Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B
Oct31

Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B

The first of the series of ‘Last things” that will be addressed is death.  This topic can make some people uncomfortable, since we may have experienced the loss of a loved one, or may be facing the possibility of our own death.  The Second Vatican Council confirmed the age old teaching that “As a consequence of original sin, man must suffer “bodily death, from which man would have been immune had he not sinned” (GS § 18).” The first thing to keep in mind carefully is that a human being is a unity of body and soul.  Bodily death, by definition, is the separation of the body and the soul.  Since the human soul is immortal, it cannot die.  It will be reunited with the body on the day of resurrection of the dead (Catechism of the Catholic Church CCC #1005).   Christ Conquers the Evil of Death by Pope John Paul II It is the same when we deal with death. It is often awaited even as a liberation from the suffering of this life. At the same time, it is not possible to ignore the fact that it constitutes as it were a definitive summing-up of the destructive work both in the bodily organism and in the psyche. But death primarily involves the dissolution of the entire psychophysical personality of man. The soul survives and subsists separated from the body, while the body is subjected to gradual decomposition according to the words of the Lord God, pronounced after the sin committed by man at the beginning of his earthly history: “You are dust and to dust you shall return.” Therefore, even if death is not a form of suffering in the temporal sense of the word, even if in a certain way it is beyond all forms of suffering, at the same time the evil which the human being experiences in death has a definitive and total character. By His salvific work, the only-begotten Son liberates man from sin and death. First of all He blots out from human history the dominion of sin, which took root under the influence of the evil spirit beginning with original sin, and then He gives man the possibility of living in sanctifying grace. In the wake of His victory over sin, He also takes away the dominion of death, by His resurrection beginning the process of the future resurrection of the body. Both are essential conditions of “eternal life,” that is, of man’s definitive happiness in union with God; this means, for the saved, that in the eschatological perspective suffering is totally blotted out. The Church encourages us to prepare ourselves for the hour of...

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Sunday School, 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B
Oct26

Sunday School, 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B

Sunday School To print or view the Sunday School page, click on the link below: Sunday School 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time, cycle B    ...

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From the Rector Part II, Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B
Oct25

From the Rector Part II, Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B

From the Rector: Order of Mass – Part II The Reading and Epistle are sung (!)  or read by an instituted lector, (or a reader) The Gospel is sung or read by the deacon, or priest. The Propers of the Mass are to be sung by the cantor and the choir, and the people may respond to them.  You will recall from an earlier article that the Propers include: -The Introit (Entrance Antiphon) -The Gradual or Responsorial Psalm (If there is not a psalmist or cantor, this may be read by a Lector or Reader) -The Alleluia and its verse (sometimes called the Gospel acclamation) -The Offertory Antiphon -The Communion Antiphon The Orations and the Eucharistic prayer with its Preface belong to the priest alone.  The priest may say or sing the Orations.  At the conclusion of these prayers, the people respond by singing or saying Amen. The Orations include: -The Collect or Opening Prayer. -The Prayer introducing and concluding the Prayers of the Faithful.  -The Prayer over the Offerings -The Prayer after Communion. It is surprising that although we are used to the notion that a priest “says” Mass, a very large measure of the text of Mass is sung or said by the people, the choir, the cantor and the deacon.  Since all of us have important parts of the Mass to pray out loud, we should take responsibility for learning more about the meaning of these parts, and trying our best to learn to sing or speak them from our hearts as well as our lips. Cantate Domino (sing to the Lord!) Fr. Matthew...

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