From the Rector: Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
Jul21

From the Rector: Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion What are the qualifications to server as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion? When the necessity exists, because of a lack of Ordinary Ministers of the Eucharist, for the use of Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, the Church permits that pastors may choose and instruct laypersons to serve the Church in this way. The first qualification is that the persons are fully initiated, that is, they have been Baptized, received First Holy Communion, and have been Confirmed. The person must also be able to receive the Sacraments themselves, and so would be living either a Single life in conformity with the teachings and discipline of the Church, or if Married, have the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony received from the Catholic Church. The person should be known to the pastor to be of good reputation and character and to have a spiritual life that fosters devotion to the Most Holy Eucharist. The person must receive instruction concerning the manner of serving as an Extraordinary Minister at Mass and for home visits. The person should be commissioned by their pastor or at least deputed for service. Because of the expectation that EMHC’s will take Holy Communion to the homebound, they will also need to participate in Safe Environment training (VIRTUS) as well as a background check through the parish or the Diocese of Gallup. It is a tremendous gift to be called to serve the Church in this manner.  If after prayerful reflection, you would like to serve the Church in this capacity, please call Fr. Keller at the parish office to make an appointment....

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From the Rector: Patron of Arts
Jul12

From the Rector: Patron of Arts

The Church as a patron of the Arts As members of the Sacred Heart Cathedral parish it’s easy to notice how we try to foster an appreciation for the arts and the look for opportunities to help them flourish in order to inspire and enrich our lives.  Each year at our Fiesta we host The Spanish Arts Market, and later in the summer we host the Sacred Music Concert connected with the Land of Enchantment opera. This begs the question, Why does the Church foster the arts? This question leads us back to that crucial moment in salvation history, The Incarnation. That moment when Jesus, who is the Word of God, became flesh. The God who made the Beauty of creation, made Himself visible. Because of that, we use the things of creation, to Glorify God by our works, in the arts. Beauty helps us to understand God. It points to God, and helps us feel His presence.  We know this when we see the beauty He has created, in the mountains, in sunsets, in the stars, in babies! The Vatican museums are a collection of some of the greatest art ever created.  The Church doesn’t horde artworks for her own benefit but in order to share our patrimony with the world. The purpose of the Church, its mission, is to announce Jesus to the world, to bring people near to God to recognize His Love. His love fulfills us, and it is beautiful. God is personified beauty. All beauty comes from God. So, in order to demonstrate that beauty, we create and share, music, painting, sculpture, architecture and every other form of art. Art has always been part of the ministry of the Church.God has become Visible in Christ, and Christ has revealed and manifested His Father. The beauty of art is the representation of this supernatural reality.  We develop human fields of art to achieve the expression of the mystery of God. The challenge for Christians is to create art that actually brings us nearer to God....

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From the Rector: Stained Glass Windows of Sacred Heart Cathedral
Jul05

From the Rector: Stained Glass Windows of Sacred Heart Cathedral

Stained Glass Windows of Sacred Heart Cathedral One of the stained glass windows on the North side chapel in the Cathedral depicts Fray Juan Ramirez, who is considered the Evangelist to the Acoma people. The pueblo village of “Sky City” is reputed to be the oldest continually occupied place in the what is now the U.S., a thousand or more years. Declining an escort of soldiers and with “no other weapon than the crucifix”, Ramirez climbed up to the city.  The Acoma people initially tried to repel the friar. How Ramirez was able to peacefully enter the Acoma village and have the people build the church is an interesting story. Some sources tell the story of Juan Ramirez entering the Acoma village saying he was initially greeted with a shower of arrows to deter him from entering the village. The sheer cliff shielded him as he ascended the mesa. A young girl was believed to have fallen off the mesa during the event to what seemed like certain death. Ramirez made it to the top with the girl still alive, which was perceived to be a miracle, and the Acoma people were much more willing to let the friar talk to them about Catholicism after the incident. They worked with him relatively peacefully during his time as friar of the Acoma, and many Acoma people became legitimate converts to Catholicism, although many of them retained many of their former religious traditions.The Church of San Estevan Rey was built in the friar’s time at the pueblo, completed around 1629 making it the oldest church what is now the Diocese of...

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Farewell From Fr. Josh & From the Rector: Part II-Catholic Belief in the Eucharist
Jun23

Farewell From Fr. Josh & From the Rector: Part II-Catholic Belief in the Eucharist

FAREWELL FROM FR. JOSH As I head out to my new assignment (as Parochial Administrator of St. Mary in Bloomfield and St. Rose of Lima in Blanco), I wanted to say thank you to all of the parishioners here at Sacred Heart Cathedral for these past two years – two great years! I’m so grateful that my first assignment as a young priest was with you. It couldn’t have been a more beautiful time for me. Through all the Masses, Baptisms, Confirmations, Confessions, Anointings, Funerals, Marriages, Ordinations, RCIA classes, CCD classes and Youth Group meetings, it’s been a joy to serve you and try to love you with the heart of Christ, our Good Shepherd. It’s a deep privilege for your priests to be a intimate part of the incredible web of grace that the Lord weaves in each of our lives; thank you for letting me be a part of your relationship with the Loving God. Thank you also to Bishop Wall, Fr. Matthew Keller, the wonderful staff and volunteers here at the Cathedral, all the weekday Mass crew, and the other priests who have lived here at the Cathedral – I’ve loved being with you everyday. Please pray for the poor parishioners of my new parishes as they learn how to deal with their rookie administrator! You will all remain in my prayers and in my heart. In Jesus and His Mother, Fr. Josh   Part II This is a continuation of the dialog I had by letter concerning the Catholic Belief in the Eucharist more than 10 years ago. 3).   Isn’t drinking blood forbidden in the Scriptures? A direct command from Jesus in this matter settles any debate about the interpretation of the Old testament dietary laws.  As I just showed, Jesus gives us His Blood in a mysterious way, under the appearance of wine. Jesus said, “For my flesh is food indeed, and my blood is drink indeed”. (Jn 6: 56) He commanded us to eat and drink His Body and Blood: “Amen, Amen I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you.” (Jn 6:53).   The dietary laws of the Old Covenant were concerned first and foremost with the blood of animals.  The Blood of Jesus is not in its former, natural condition.  Rather, it is sacramentally present under the appearance of wine.  Therefore, St. Paul asks; “The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not the sharing of the blood of Christ? And the bread we break, is it not the partaking of the body of the Lord? (1Cor 10:16). 4). Does he...

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From the Rector: Sacred Heart Fiesta Week
Jun09

From the Rector: Sacred Heart Fiesta Week

SACRED HEART FIESTA WEEK As you know by now we are busy planning for our fiesta to celebrate our Patronal Feast, The Sacred Heart of Jesus.  This year the Liturgical feast falls on Friday June 23rd, but our Fiesta celebration and Spanish Market will take place on June 16th, 17th, and 18th.  The Fiesta itself is not intended primarily to be a major fundraiser, like the Bazaar, but rather a time for the parishioners and our friends and neighbors to celebrate this feast which honors the Love that Jesus Christ has for us, as represented by His Sacred Heart. Leading up to the celebration however, there are two ways in which you can support the fiesta financially.  One way is to adopt one of the $100 raffle tickets to sell or buy.  Only 400 tickets are being sold, so the chances are great! Come join us! Sacred Heart Spanish Market: June 16th, 17th, and 18th. Beginning Friday evening, this incredible arts fair has become a local favorite and is the pillar of our fiesta weekend.  More than 40 Santero artists from the region will be displaying and selling their beautiful New Mexico Satero Art, carvings, jewelry, books, pottery, etc. Come and meet the artists! Cathedral Classic Car Show:  On Saturday, June 17th, from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm our annual car show will be on display. Any one wanting to enter a classic car or motorcycle please contact us to reserve a spot, or come on Saturday, NO ENTRY FEE! And yes, the V8’s for Vocations 69 Firebird will be raffled at this event! Corpus Christi Eucharistic Procession:  Following the 5:15 pm Vigil Mass for Corpus Christi on Saturday June 17th, Bishop Wall will lead a procession with the Blessed Sacrament through the neighborhood of the Cathedral.  This is an unbelievably beautiful and powerful way to witness your faith in Our Lord Jesus truly present in the Holy Eucharist. 40 Hours Devotion: Beginning Wednesday morning June 21st after the 8:00 am Mass and continuing through Friday morning June 23rd. The Cathedral will remain open as we have 40 hours of perpetual adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Please sign up at the entrance of the Cathedral so that we know that all the hours are covered. You may also come at any other time, but please adopt an hour and bring your family! Patronal Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  On Friday morning June 23rd at the 8:00 am Mass, Bishop Wall will celebrate a solemn Mass in Honor of  the Feast of The Sacred Heart of Jesus, our Diocesan patron. Sung Solemn Vespers: Friday evening, June 23rd, Bishop Wall will preside at sung Solemn Vespers at 5:15 pm. During the celebration Deacon John Cormack will make his Oath of Fidelity and Profession of...

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From the Rector: The Ascension of The Lord
May25

From the Rector: The Ascension of The Lord

The Ascension of The Lord After Jesus’ ascension what are we to do? Do we sit around and wait for something to happen or do we go and do something? Sitting around and waiting for something to happen is the mistaken view of some disciples in Luke’s account of the ascension which we heard in the first reading and of some Christians today. Jesus said we are not to sit around and wait, we are to do something, “you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8) In the Gospel Jesus was even more specific when talking to the Apostles. Before Jesus ascended, he entrusted his mission to the Apostles saying, “Go, therefore, make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…” (Matt 28:19) While that mission was entrusted to the Apostles, and to the bishops who are the successors of the Apostles, and their assistants, the priests, you can assist them in their mission to evangelize by praying for them and by giving witness that you follow Christ, especially in those situations where you are the one to witness to Christ. Is Christ relying on you to witness to him where no one else will? Anticipating the Feast of Pentecost, we pray for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit: O Lord Jesus Christ, Who, before ascending into heaven, did promise to send the Holy Spirit to finish Your work in the souls of Your Apostles and Disciples, deign to grant the same Holy Spirit to me that He may perfect in my soul, the work of Your grace and Your love. Grant me the Spirit of Wisdom that I may despise the perishable things of this world and aspire only after the things that are eternal, the Spirit of Understanding to enlighten my mind with the light of Your divine truth, the Spirit of Counsel that I may ever choose the surest way of pleasing God and gaining heaven, the Spirit of Fortitude that I may bear my cross with You and that I may overcome with courage all the obstacles that oppose my salvation, the Spirit of Knowledge that I may know God and know myself and grow perfect in the science of the Saints, the Spirit of Piety that I may find the service of God sweet and amiable, and the Spirit of Fear that I may be filled with a loving reverence towards God and may dread in any way to displease Him. Mark me, dear Lord, with the sign...

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From the Rector: Special Collections
May18

From the Rector: Special Collections

The Catholic Relief Services Collection Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, The weekend of May 20-21, 2017, our diocese will be taking up The Catholic Relief Services Collection (CRSC). By participating in this collection, you are responding to Jesus in disguise in some of the most marginalized communities in our world. The CRSC provides services for immigrants, humanitarian aid in the wake of natural disasters, refuge for the displaced, and advocacy for peace and justice around the world. Let us join together in this collection to support those suffering and on the margins of society. For example, in Niger, changes in climate in western Africa are adversely affecting poor and rural farmers. No matter how hard these farmers work, droughts are shortening the rainy season, leaving harvests too small to support families and communities. Your support of the CRSC is helping connect businesses that provide drought-resistant seeds to these  communities. These new relationships are providing hope to these communities for a sustainable future. Your support of this collection makes a difference for so many around the world. Please prayerfully consider how you can support the collection this year. If you want to learn more about the collection and the who benefit, please visit www.usccb.org/catholic-relief. Support the collection and answer the know of Jesus in disguise. Sincerely yours in Christ, The Most Rev. James S. Wall Bishop of Gallup   Special Collection for the Building Maintenance Fund Several months ago our parish Finance Council discussed and approved a plan to begin a quarterly Building Fund collection to help with the ordinary maintenance expenses of our buildings, as well as to build up our resources for repairs or major expenses that inevitably occur in older buildings.  We will distribute envelopes in the pews and leave them in the entrance of the Cathedral.  The first of the Building Fund collections will take place on the weekend of May 27th and 28th. Your generosity is very much appreciated. One project we’ve been putting off that we will need to address at some point in the not too distant future is the floor tiles in the Cathedral Church. The tile has obviously cracked and lifted over time, and will need to be replaced especially in the Sanctuary. We will also take some guidance from the newly formed Diocesan Building Committee to help us with this project. Also, as most of you know, the parish property on Aztec Blvd which housed the Lowe’s Grocery store has been closed due to safety concerns about the building.  We are currently having the building evaluated by engineers to determine what must be done to correct the reported problems. As...

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