June 23, 2019, The Most Holy Body & Blood of Christ
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June 23, 2019, The Most Holy Body & Blood of Christ

Wonder Woman and the Eucharist (Guest Column from our Seminarian Peter Scheck) I’ve got a confession to make. Ever since the movie “Wonder Woman” came out in 2017, I’ve had a huge crush on Gal Gadot, the actress who plays the main character of the film. I think she’s beautiful. If you asked like, 90% of seminarians who they would want to marry if they discerned out of the seminary, they would say Gal Gadot, and if you told me that Gal Gadot would be in Gallup next week, I would figure out how to finagle my way out of whatever I was supposed to be doing so that I could go see her. Did I mention she’s beautiful? So what if I told you that Jesus was going to be in town next week? You know, Jesus – second Person of the Trinity, Son of Mary, Savior of the world – that guy. Long hair, beard. Loves you a lot. What if you could get a private audience with Him at the Cathedral from Wednesday, June 26th to Friday the 28th? We make tons of excuses as to why we don’t go to Adoration more often – I know which ones I use. The thing is, we would never use those excuses to get out of spending time with someone we were in love with. “You’re the most beautiful girl I’ve ever seen, but the Broncos are playing, and I’d rather watch them lose than go on a date with you.” “I’ve had a crush on you since I was five, but I’m trying to get more wins on Fortnite, so…” “Oh my gosh, I’m so flattered that you asked me out, but I’m trying out these new filters on my Instagram, so no thanks.” No one who truly knows that they’re loved hides behind excuses like that, because that kind of knowledge is totally transforming. Jesus actually calls that knowledge eternal life: “And this is eternal life, that they know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent.” (John 17:3) Jesus doesn’t mean know the way that I know I’ll probably never meet Gal Gadot. He means know the way that Adam knew Eve and she got pregnant. That kind of knowing is exclusive to lovers – lovers who can put themselves out there, drop the shields (and filters), and just be. People always ask what they’re supposed to do in Adoration. If it was about doing, the Church would say that Christ is totally doing in the Blessed Sacrament, but we don’t talk about Jesus in that way. We say that He...

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June 16, 2019, The Most Holy Trinity
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June 16, 2019, The Most Holy Trinity

THE MOST HOLY TRINITY   Trinity Sunday is the first Sunday after Pentecost to honor the Holy Trinity – the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. While the word “trinity” does not appear in in Scripture, it is taught in Matthew 28:18-20 and 2 Corinthians 13:14 along with many other Bible passages. The Bible tells us, “And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit’” (Matthew 28:18-20). The concept of the Holy Trinity can never be completely understood, that is the mystery. But it is clearly taught in Scripture. Understanding this comes through the work of the Holy Spirit; therefore, it is appropriate that this mystery is celebrated the first Sunday after Pentecost, when the outpouring of the Holy Spirit first occurred. On Trinity Sunday, the Christian Church ponders with joy and thanksgiving what the Father, Son and Holy Spirit have done to accomplish the salvation of sinful humanity. It is brought to remembrance how Christians should respond to the love God has shown for us, praising Him and giving Him glory. We remember the Father as our Creator, the Son as our Savior and the Holy Spirit as our Comforter. Scripture that is read at Pentecost often include Psalm 8, which says, “O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. Out of the mouth of babies and infants, you have established strength.” 2 Corinthians 13:11-13 appeals to believers to aim for perfection and live in peace, ending with the prayer that the grace of Christ Jesus, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with all, including again the commission Jesus left for believers in Mathew 28:16-20. Trinity Sunday is to explain, to the best of our ability, the clues written in Scripture to guide us to a fuller understanding of our triune God. The Father is God from the beginning (John 1:1). Jesus revealed Himself as equal to the Father in John 10:30, “I and the Father are one.” Together, they sent the Holy Spirit. The Bible tells us, “For there are three that bear record in Heaven, the Father, the Word and the Holy Spirit, and these three are one” (1 John 5:7-11). To understand the Trinity is to understand God more fully. Fr. Keller (Adapted from an article by Lesli White)...

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June 9, 2019, Pentecost Sunday
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June 9, 2019, Pentecost Sunday

Celebration Ad Orientem In The Post-Conciliar Liturgy  In recent years there has been renewed interest in celebration of Mass ad orientem (i.e., facing the East rather than facing the people). Celebration of the entire Mass ad orientem was almost universal in the Latin Rite just prior to Vatican II, although modest attempts were underway to widen the practice of celebrating various parts of the Mass versus populum (“facing the people”). The Council Fathers recognized that the promotion of liturgical life was fundamental to achieving the spiritual renewal they desired as the goal of Vatican II. Therefore they insisted on the centrality of the liturgy as the source and summit of Christian and ecclesial life and on the consequent need for clergy and laity to carry out fully their distinctive roles within the assembly. Based on this theological vision the Constitution on the Liturgy presented norms to govern the reform of the liturgy, including the Mass (nn. 22-42 and 47-58). For our present purpose it should be noted that Vatican II itself did not call for an end to celebration ad orientem nor did it make any mention of celebration versus populum. Pope Paul VI entrusted the Consilium with the task of overseeing the liturgical renewal according to the prescriptions of the Constitution on the Liturgy. The Consilium’s Instruction of September 1964, approved in each detail (informa specifica) by Paul VI, required the liturgy of the Word to be done facing the people, but did not require the same for the liturgy of the Eucharist. Clarifying part of the Instruction in 1965, the Consilium indicated that “the faithful take part very well in a Mass . . . [even if] the celebrant turns…when at the altar (Documents on the Liturgy 383 [R28.3]). A letter from the Consilium in June of that year ventured the observation that since the introduction of the revised rites four months earlier, it had become clear that celebration facing the people “is most advantageous pastorally . . . [and] it is right to wish that the liturgy of the Eucharist might be celebrated facing the people” so that they could “follow the whole rite directly, thereby participating with greater awareness” (DOL415). The same letter, however, emphasized that facing the people at the altar is not necessary for pastoral effectiveness (DOL 415, see also DOL 428). An official Reply from the Congregation for Rites published in 1966 affirmed that “all priests [may] celebrate [the entire] Mass facing the people without permission of the Ordinary or the pastor” (DOL 4336). Fr. Keller...

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May 26, 2019, Sixth Sunday of Easter
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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
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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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May 12, 2019, Fourth Sunday of Easter, World Day of Prayer
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May 12, 2019, Fourth Sunday of Easter, World Day of Prayer

The observance of Mother’s Day has an important place in American life. Since it occurs on the second Sunday in May, during the Easter season, the Mass of the Sunday is always celebrated. However, in order to provide some recognition of this holiday, model intercessions and a prayer over the people are provided here. Prayer: The following intercessions may be added to those of the day. For our mothers, who have given us life and love, that we may show them reverence and love, we pray to the Lord. R. For mothers who have lost a child through death, that their faith may give them hope, and their family and friends support and console them, we pray to the Lord. R. For mothers who have died, that God may bring them into the joy of his kingdom, we pray to the Lord. R. Prayer Over the People This prayer over the people may be used at the end of Mass or other liturgical services on Mother’s Day. Loving God, as a mother gives life and nourishment to her children, so you watch over your Church. Bless these women, that they may be strengthened as Christian mothers. Let the example of their faith and love shine forth. Grant that we, their sons and daughters, may honor them always with a spirit of profound respect. Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen.   And may almighty God bless you all, the Father, and the Son, + and the Holy Spirit.     Prayer Source: Book of Blessings by Prepared by International Commission on English in the Liturgy A Joint Commission of Catholic Bishops’ Conferences, The Liturgical Press, Collegeville, Minnesota, 1989  ...

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May 5, 2019, Third Sunday of Easter
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