From the Rector: Order of Mass-Part I
Oct11

From the Rector: Order of Mass-Part I

Order of Mass—Part I Every year we train our children who are preparing for the Sacraments the names and purpose of all the parts of the Mass. We also have adults who are preparing to enter the Church at Easter who are becoming accustomed to our way of Worshiping God in the Mass.  All of us need an occasional refresher on the meaning, names, and purposes of the Mass so that we may participate more fully. Part of the great genius of the Roman Rite of Mass is that it has a beauty that comes about from order.  All of its parts are distributed among the people and ministers in a way is reflective of the Body of Christ. As the Holy Spirit  inspired St. Paul to describe the Church, each member has it’s own function, and each part works together with the other members of the body so that it may be a perfect unity.  Accordingly, when the Church worships God, the textual parts of the Mass are distributed among the priest, deacon, cantor, choir, and faithful so that each is responsible to sing or say their own part. The Order of Mass contains all the dialogs between the priest and the people.  These dialogs are distributed throughout the Mass, all of them may be sung or spoken. -The Sign of the Cross, which the priest says, and to which the people respond, “Amen”. -The Opening dialog, when the priest says “The Lord be with you”  and the people respond “And with your Spirit”. -The Offertory dialog, “Pray brethren that my sacrifice and yours….  “May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands…” -The Preface dialog  “lift up your hearts” , “We lift them up to the Lord.”  and etc. -The embolism dialog after the Our Father,  “Deliver us Lord…”For the Kingdom the power…” -The invitation to the Sign of Peace.  “The peace of the Lord be with you always…”  “And with your spirit.” -The dialog before Communion, “Behold the Lamb of God… “Lord I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof…” The Ordinary of the Mass, likewise is sung or said by the people and the priest together.  The Ordinary of Mass is unchanging, and it includes the following prayers and invocations which may be sung by  the people with the support of the choir, and occasionally sung on their behalf by the choir. -The Kryie eleison  (Lord have mercy) -The Gloria  (Glory to God in the Highest) -The Creed -The Sanctus  (Holy, Holy, Holy) -The Our Father   The Instructions belong to the deacon, or if there is no deacon the priest gives them. -The invitation to give the sign of peace -The instruction to...

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From the Rector: Ember Days
Sep27

From the Rector: Ember Days

What in the world are the Ember Days? Ember Days are “an ancient liturgical tradition that revolves around the changing of the four seasons and consists of 3 days set apart for fasting and prayer,” and are held on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. Historically ordinations fell on Ember days. The Baltimore Catechism states that “The chief means by which we satisfy God for the temporal punishment due to sin are: Prayer, Fasting, Almsgiving, all spiritual and corporal works of mercy, and the patient suffering of the ills of life.” The saints also spoke highly of this practice, as it is a sure way to purify souls! St. John Chrysostom said, “Fasting is the support of our soul: it gives us wings to ascend on high, and to enjoy the highest contemplation! ….God, like an indulgent father, offers us a cure by fasting.” St. Basil the Great said, “The fast is a weapon of protection against demons…Our Guardian Angels more really stay with those who have cleansed our souls through fasting.” Ordinarily they fall close to Ash Wednesday, Pentecost, St. Lucy’s day, and Exaltation of the Holy Cross. 2018 September 19, 21, 22 December 19, 21, 22 2019 March 13, 15, 16 June 12, 14, 15...

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From the Rector: Marriage Preparation
Sep20

From the Rector: Marriage Preparation

Marriage Preparation: “On this journey [of marriage] prayer is important, it is necessary, always: he for her, she for him and both together. Ask Jesus to multiply your love. In the prayer of the Our Father we say: ‘Give us this day our daily bread’. Spouses can also learn to pray like this: ‘Lord, give us this day our daily love‘, for the daily love of spouses is bread, the true bread of the soul, what sustains them in going forward. This is the prayer for engaged couples and spouses. Teach us to love one another, to will good to the other! The more you trust in him, the more your love will be ‘forever’, able to be renewed, and it will conquer every difficulty.” Pope Francis – from an address on St. Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, 2014 We would like to invite couples who are considering Marriage to contact the parish soon in order to begin the Sacramental preparation for Holy Matrimony.  If you are discerning the vocation to marriage the Classes will be offered in the months of October, November and December, every other Tuesday evening. Please do not make any definite arrangements before speaking with the parish. Marriage Sacramental preparation takes at least 6 months, but dates for next summer are already being arranged, so please don’t delay.   Our program consists of: FOCUS inventory interview Engaged Encounter retreat 6 instructional classes 1 liturgy planning meeting Wedding Rehearsal   Paperwork required: Pre-nuptial interview Sacramental records Marriage license Testimonial of Free Status   Engaged Encounter Weekend will be held on October 12-14, 2018 at Sacred Heart Retreat Center, Gallup, NM. This quiet weekend is specifically designed to give a couple planning marriage an opportunity to talk honestly and intensively about their future together.  Cost is $85.00 per couple which includes lodging, meals and all required materials.  For couples not requiring lodging the cost is $50.00 for meals and required materials. For more information contact Maria and Deacon Randy Copeland at 505-726-2707. To register go to www.engagedencountergallup.org....

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From the Rector: Letter from Bishop
Sep14

From the Rector: Letter from Bishop

In the bulletin this week is the statement regarding Archbishop Vigano from Bishop Wall which can be read below. Bishop’s Letter 9.16.18 Also this statement was released last week: On Wednesday, September 05, the Diocese of Gallup received an inquiry from New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas requesting documents and records from the Diocese of Gallup. We look forward to cooperating with the Attorney General to ensure the safety of all the members of our diocese. In order to be proactive in the protection of children, the Diocese of Gallup is also reaching out to other potential interested parties, such as the Arizona Attorney General, as the diocese is located in both Arizona and New Mexico. The Diocese of Gallup remains committed to the ongoing protection of children, transparency in these matters and to providing healing for survivors of sexual abuse. As Jesus Christ teaches, “There is nothing hidden that will not become visible, and nothing secret that will not be known and come to light” (Luke 8:17).   If anyone would like a copy of the letter or the statement you are welcomed to come by the parish office Monday-Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m....

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From the Rector: Good Shepherd
Sep06

From the Rector: Good Shepherd

The collection for the Priests’ Retirement Fund will be taken up  the weekend of September 15th and 16th.  The Catholic Diocese of Gallup is one of the neediest in the United States. We have no designated home for retired clergy, nor sufficient funds for their retirement. We need your help. Your generous contribution to the Priests’ Retirement Fund will help secure these priests in their old age. Throughout the month of September, we will have a Retirement Fund Campaign to raise funds for the Priests’ Retirement Fund. The Bishop’s letter is attached below: Good Shepherd...

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From the Rector
Aug30

From the Rector

As I mentioned last weekend, you will find the letter from Bishop Wall inserted in the bulletin this weekend. The Bishop’s office provided contact numbers for law enforcement agencies around the diocese that we have posted in the entrance of the Church along with the number of our own Victim’s assistance Coordinator.  Finally, the Bishop has asked us to pray the prayer to St. Michael the Archangel at the end of each Mass immediately following the final blessing and dismissal. St. Michael the Archangel Prayer St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly hosts, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan, and all the evil spirits, who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen....

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From the Rector: From St John Paul II’s encyclical: Veritatis Splendor, August 6, 1993
Aug24

From the Rector: From St John Paul II’s encyclical: Veritatis Splendor, August 6, 1993

From St John Paul II’s encyclical: Veritatis Splendor, August 6, 1993 Mary, Mother of Mercy At the end of these considerations, let us entrust ourselves, the sufferings and the joys of our life, the moral life of believers and people of good will, and the research of moralists, to Mary, Mother of God and Mother of Mercy. Mary is Mother of Mercy because her Son, Jesus Christ, was sent by the Father as the revelation of God’s mercy (cf. Jn 3:16-18). Christ came not to condemn but to forgive, to show mercy (cf. Mt 9:13). And the greatest mercy of all is found in his being in our midst and calling us to meet him and to confess, with Peter, that he is “the Son of the living God” (Mt 16:16). No human sin can erase the mercy of God, or prevent him from unleashing all his triumphant power, if we only call upon him. Indeed, sin itself makes even more radiant the love of the Father who, in order to ransom a slave, sacrificed his Son:181 his mercy towards us is Redemption. This mercy reaches its fullness in the gift of the Spirit who bestows new life and demands that it be lived. No matter how many and great the obstacles put in his way by human frailty and sin, the Spirit, who renews the face of the earth (cf.Ps 104:30), makes possible the miracle of the perfect accomplishment of the good. This renewal, which gives the ability to do what is good, noble, beautiful, pleasing to God and in conformity with his will, is in some way the flowering of the gift of mercy, which offers liberation from the slavery of evil and gives the strength to sin no more. Through the gift of new life, Jesus makes us sharers in his love and leads us to the Father in the Spirit. Mary is also Mother of Mercy because it is to her that Jesus entrusts his Church and all humanity. At the foot of the Cross, when she accepts John as her son, when she asks, together with Christ, forgiveness from the Father for those who do not know what they do (cf. Lk 23:34), Mary experiences, in perfect docility to the Spirit, the richness and the universality of God’s love, which opens her heart and enables it to embrace the entire human race. Thus Mary becomes Mother of each and every one of us, the Mother who obtains for us divine mercy. Mary is the radiant sign and inviting model of the moral life. As Saint Ambrose put it, “The life of this one person can serve as...

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