December 16, 2018 Third Sunday of Advent,
Dec11

December 16, 2018 Third Sunday of Advent,

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, When I became the Bishop of the Diocese of Gallup, I committed to ensuring that the children in this Diocese and in the Parishes, Missions or Schools that operate within the Diocese were protected. The Diocese published names of those working within the Diocese against whom there were credible allegations of sexual abuse of a minor. We have now officially undertaken the task of publishing names of priests and church workers who have served in our diocese, but who have had credible allegations of abuse made against them during their assignments outside of the Diocese of Gallup. These names will be posted below the list of church workers who have been credibly accused of abuse from their time serving within the Diocese of Gallup. I have sent letters to each Parish, Mission or School within the territory of the Diocese of Gallup including those where each of the priests or others served, advising them that we have now extended the parameters of our credibly accused list. The publication of these additional names does not mean that our vigilance and continued investigation ends here. The investigations remain ongoing. Although the new listed Church workers have not been accused of abuse of a minor while they served within our Diocese. If anyone is aware of an incident of abuse, we urge them to contact the proper law enforcement authorities. We also welcome you to contact the Victims Assistance Coordinator at 505-906-7357. I wish to also thank the survivors of abuse for their bravery and dedication to driving reform in the Church. I cannot undo the violation of your trust and innocence, but your voices have been instrumental as we continue to work to root out abuse. I again reaffirm my commitment to protect our children and to continue to assist those who have been harmed. Sincerely yours in Christ+   Bishop James S. Wall Credibly Accused List...

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December 2, 2018, First Sunday of Advent
Nov28

December 2, 2018, First Sunday of Advent

Dear Friends in Christ, Soon our parishes will be conducting the Retirement Fund for Religious collection. This annual appeal benefits 31,000 elderly Catholic sisters, brothers, and religious order priests—women and men who have consecrated their lives to serving God and the Church. During the 2018 World Day for Consecrated Life, Pope Francis remarked, “There is no growth without roots and no flowering without new buds.” This analogy has certainly born out within the life of the Church in the United States. Senior religious were the roots that established Catholic schools, hospitals, and social service agencies—allowing generations of Catholics to flourish. Today, the example of older religious inspires younger members to persevere in mission and ministry. Yet many religious communities struggle to provide for aging members. Most elder religious served for small stipends, leaving a large gap in retirement savings. Rising health-care costs and decreased income compound the struggle to provide adequate care. Your gift to the Retirement Fund for Religious provides vital funding for medications, nursing care, and more. It also helps religious congregations implement long-range retirement strategies, even as they continue to serve the People of God. I recognize this is but one of numerous worthy causes in need of assistance; I ask simply that you give what you can. In thanksgiving for their faithful service, please join me in supporting the Retirement Fund for Religious and in praying for God’s blessing on our nation’s elderly religious. Sincerely yours in Christ +James S. Wall The Most Rev. James S. Wall Bishop of Gallup...

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November 25, 2018, Lord Jesus Christ, King of The Universe
Nov27

November 25, 2018, Lord Jesus Christ, King of The Universe

  Advent will soon be upon us! The Holy Season begins this year on December 2nd, the First Sunday of Advent. Since Advent is in fact the beginning of the Church year,  it is appropriate to begin with renewed effort and joy the weekly worship of the Lord in the celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Over the past few years we have emphasized the singing of all the parts of the Mass, proper’s, dialogues, acclamation’s, psalms, and hymns.  At a Sunday Celebration of Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral a very substantial portion of the Mass is sung! That is a great accomplishment that has really taken root and begun to flourish.  I am very encouraged when I hear the people taking up their proper role of voicing the praise of God as we are exhorted to in Scripture and the liturgical law of the Church: (from the General Instruction of the Mass)39. The faithful who gather together to await the Lord’s coming are instructed by the Apostle Paul to sing together psalms, hymns, and inspired liturgical songs (see Colossians 3:16). Liturgical song is the sign of the heart’s joy (see Acts 2:46). Thus Saint Augustine says rightly: “To sing belongs to lovers.” There is also the ancient proverb: “One who sings well prays twice.” With due consideration for the culture and ability of each liturgical assembly, great importance should be attached to the use of singing in the celebration of the Mass. Although it is not always necessary to sing all the texts that are of themselves meant to be sung (e.g., in weekday Masses), nevertheless, the complete absence of all singing by ministers and people—which by law accompanies celebrations which take place on Sundays and Holy Days of obligation—should be particularly guarded against. In choosing the parts actually to be sung, however, preference should be given to those that are more significant and especially to those to be sung by the priest or deacon or reader, with the people responding or by the priest and people together. All things being equal, Gregorian chant should hold a privileged place, as being more proper to the Roman liturgy. Since the faithful from different countries come together ever more frequently, it is desirable that they know how to sing at least some parts of the Ordinary of the Mass in Latin, especially the profession of faith and the Lord’s Prayer, set to simple melodies. The last remaining aspect of the Church’s Instruction is that we know how to sing some simpler parts of the Mass in Latin, the official liturgical language of the Catholic Church, our Mother tongue, if you will. So during the Holy Season of Advent  this year...

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Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B
Nov15

Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B

What are the Four Last Things?  PETER KREEFT breaks down the Catholic understanding of God’s judgment . . . The Church’s teaching about life after death is summarized in the Four Last Things — death, judgment, heaven, and hell. However, even humanity outside the Church instinctively knows something about these four things. Life’s one certainty is death. Everyone knows this, though not everyone knows what comes next. Nearly all religions, cultures and individuals in history have believed in some form of life after death. Man’s innate sense of justice tells him that there must be an ultimate reckoning, that in the final analysis no one can cheat the moral law and get away with it or suffer undeserved injustices throughout life and not be justly compensated. Since this ultimate justice does not seem to be accomplished in this life, there must be “the rest of the story.” This instinctive conviction that there must be a higher, more-than-human justice is nearly universal. Thus the second of the Four Last Things, judgment, is also widely known. As Scripture says, “Whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him” (Heb 11:6). The final judgment is an encounter with Christ. Most men also know that justice distinguishes the good from the evil and, therefore, that after death there must be separate destinies for us — rewards for good and punishments for evil. Thus mankind also usually believes in some form of heaven and hell. There are only two eternal destinies: heaven or hell, union or disunion with God. Each one of us will be either with God or without him forever. If hell is not real, the Church and the Bible are also liars. Our basis for believing in the reality of hell is exactly the same authority as our basis for believing in the reality of heaven: Christ, his Church, and her scriptures. If hell is not real, then Jesus Christ is either a fool or a liar for he warned us repeatedly and with utmost seriousness about it. There is no reincarnation, no “second chance” after time is over. There is no annihilation, no end of the soul’s existence. There is no change of species from human being to angel or to anything else. The particular judgment occurs immediately after each individual’s death. The general judgment takes place at the end of all time and history. So the scenario of final events is: (a) first, death; (b) then, immediately, the particular judgment; (c) then, either hell, or purgatory as preparation for heaven, or heaven; (d) and, at the end of time,...

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From the Rector, Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B
Nov07

From the Rector, Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, As a diocese, we will soon take up the national collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD). Your support to this collection brings change to communities across the country and empowers those living in poverty to transform the places they live into reflections of the Kingdom of God. Your support goes a long way in creating communities that are more just and welcoming to those who live trapped in the cycle of poverty. In addition to making an impact nationally, those living in poverty in our own diocese are empowered through the 25 percent share of the collection that stays here. Stable housing is often one of the first steps for someone trying to break out of the cycle of poverty. In Portland, Oregon, the cost to rent an apartment or buy a property has increased beyond what is possible for low and moderate-income families. This has created a housing crisis leaving many people unable to find an affordable place to live. But with your support, working families can afford to live in their community and their homes can remain affordable for generations to come. Through homebuyer support provided by CCHD funded groups, over 330 low and moderate-income people now have homes and financial stability, bringing lasting change to their lives. In addition, your support provides training for people to gain tools for community organizing and opportunities for leaders to bring these issues to the public arena. With your help, residents have advocated for tenant protections and increased housing availability in their community. Your support of this collection makes a difference for people living in poverty across the United States. Please prayerfully consider how you are able to help CCHD this year.   Sincerely yours in Christ,   +James S Wall,   Most Rev. James S. Wall Bishop of Gallup  ...

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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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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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