Sunday School, Second Sunday in Lent, Cycle C
Mar20

Sunday School, Second Sunday in Lent, Cycle C

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Second Sunday in Lent, March 24, 2019, Cycle C
Mar20

Second Sunday in Lent, March 24, 2019, Cycle C

Please reach out to friends who may have an interest in the Catholic faith, Lent is a great time to share the Faith and to evangelize. RCIA What are the steps of RCIA? Prior to beginning the RCIA process, an individual comes to some knowledge of Jesus Christ, considers his or her relationship with Jesus Christ and is usually attracted in some way to the Catholic Church. This period is known as the Period of Evangelization and Pre-catechumenate which we also call the period of Inquiry. For some, this process involves a long period of searching; for others, a shorter time. Often, contact with people of faith and a personal faith experience lead people to inquire about the Catholic Church. After a conversation with a priest, or RCIA director, the person, known as an “inquirer,” may seek acceptance into the Order of Catechumens, through the Rite of Acceptance. During this Rite, the inquirer stands amidst the parish community and states that he or she wants to become a baptized member of the Catholic Church. The parish assembly affirms this desire and the inquirer becomes a Catechumen. The Period of the Catechumenate can last for as long as several years or for a shorter time. It depends on how the person is growing in faith, what questions they encounter along the way, and how God leads them on this journey. During this time, the Catechumens consider what God is saying to them in the Scriptures, what changes in their life they need to make to respond to God’s inspiration, and what Baptism in the Catholic Church means. When a Catechumen and the priest and the parish team working with him or her believes the person is ready to make a faith commitment to Jesus in the Catholic Church, the next step is the request for baptism and the celebration of the Rite of Election. Even before the Catechumens are baptized, they have a special relationship to the Church. The Rite of Election includes the enrollment of names of all the Catechumens seeking baptism at the coming Easter Vigil. Typically, on the first Sunday of Lent, the Catechumens, their sponsors and families gather at the cathedral church. The Catechumens publicly express their desire for baptism to the diocesan bishop. Their names are recorded in a book and they are called the Elect. The days of Lent are the final Period of Purification and Enlightenment leading up to the Easter Vigil. Lent is a period of preparation marked by prayer, study, and spiritual direction for the Elect, and prayers for them by the parish communities. The Celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation takes place during the Easter Vigil Liturgy on Holy Saturday when the Elect receives the sacraments of...

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Sunday School, Second Sunday of Lent, Cycle C
Mar13

Sunday School, Second Sunday of Lent, Cycle C

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Second Sunday of Lent, March 17, 2019
Mar13

Second Sunday of Lent, March 17, 2019

ANOINTING OF THE SICK We will be having a communal celebration of the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick at the Family Center at 11 am on Saturday March 23rd for all the elderly sick, chronically sick, and all those whose illness is beginning to place them in even remote danger. This time of Lent will also be a good time to call the parish to arrange for a priest to visit the homebound who would like to have the opportunity for Confession and Anointing of the Sick. The Sacrament of the Anointing of Sick was established by Christ. The Gospel of Mark, referring to the apostles, relates that Jesus sent them out “…and they anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them.” -Mk 6:12-13.  In the Epistle of James, one of those apostles, we hear a more explicit description of the Sacrament.  “Is anyone among you sick? He should summon the presbyters of the church, and they should pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord, and the prayer of faith will save the sick person, and the Lord will raise him up.  If he has committed any sins, he will be forgiven.”  -James 5:14 Recently Pope Francis gave a Catechesis on this Sacrament. “In our catechesis on the sacraments, we now turn to the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, which expresses God’s merciful presence to the sick, the suffering and the aged. The parable of the Good Samaritan reflects our Lord’s tender concern for those who suffer; like the Samaritan, and following Christ’s example and teaching, the Church brings God’s healing presence to the suffering through the sacramental sign of anointing with oil. As we learn from the Letter of James (5:14-15), the early Church continued his ministry to the sick through prayer and anointing by her presbyters. Through the celebration of the Anointing of the Sick, the Church accompanies us in facing the profound mystery of suffering and death. In a culture which all too often refuses to speak of these realities, we need all the more to recognize the beauty of this Sacrament and to appreciate, in spiritual solidarity with the whole Church, the presence of the Lord Jesus, who strengthens us in faith and hope, and reminds us that nothing – not even evil and death – can ever separate us from the saving power of his love.”...

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Sunday School, First Sunday of Lent, Cycle C
Mar05

Sunday School, First Sunday of Lent, Cycle C

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March 10, 2019, First Sunday of Lent
Mar05

March 10, 2019, First Sunday of Lent

Every week we offer 10 hours of Confession time at the Cathedral.  Many people take advantage of the opportunity during Lent to “Fulfill their Easter Duty”.  Those of you under the age of about 55 are likely asking yourself what exactly is meant by the term Easter Duty.  One of the ongoing duties of Catholics is to participate in the life of the Church.  In order to assist in this, the Church requires as a bare minimum, that Catholics will receive Holy Communion at least once a year during the Easter Season. Now, in order to do that sincerely and well, it will be necessary, or at least helpful, to first approach the Sacrament of Reconciliation to prepare for reception of Holy Communion.  Anyone aware of having consented to knowingly to grave sin must first reconcile through the Sacrament of Penance or Confession as we familiarly call it. The benefits to you far outweigh any fear or discomfort you may feel about the prospect of Confession.  So Please, Do your Easter Duty, and start with a worthy Confession! Confession FAQ When do I need to go to confession? There are several instances when confession is necessary. First, every Catholic is required to go once a year if he or she has committed a mortal sin. However, this is the bare minimum and will not be enough for most of us to fully live the Christian life. Second, every Catholic should go to confession when he commits a mortal sin since that means he has separated himself from God. Third, every Catholic must go to confession before receiving the Body and Blood of Christ in communion if they are aware of having committed a mortal sin. Fourth, even for people who are unaware of a mortal sin, going to confession once a month is a great spiritual practice, if only to confess venial sins and receive the grace to stay free from mortal sin in the future. Ok then; what is a mortal sin? St. John speaks of sins that lead to death and sins that don’t lead to death (1 John 5: 16-18). Thus, the Catholic Church speaks of mortal (leading to death) and venial sins (not leading to death).  Mortal sins cut us off from God and lead to hell (which is a cutting off from God), while venial sins merely weaken charity. In order for a sin to be mortal, it must have three components: grave matter (in other words be classified as a serious sin because it is a direct violation of a commandment in a serious matter), full knowledge (we must know what we’re doing...

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March 3, 2019, Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Feb28

March 3, 2019, Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Gift of the Father Pastoral Letter from the Most Reverend James Sean Wall On the Restoration of the Order of the Sacraments of Initiation (Final in Series) To the Faithful of the Diocese of Gallup: How will it take place? Our new diocesan policy will be fully implemented over the next three years.  The progressive lowering of the age for Confirmation will take place as follows: Invite all those of High School age to begin preparation in the Fall of 2019 to be celebrated in the Spring of 2020, 8th graders  if the pastors wish, may be included in this group. Invite all 6th graders and older to begin preparation in the Fall of 2020, to be celebrated in the Spring of 2021. Invite those in 4th grade and older to begin preparation in the Fall of 2021 to be celebrated in the Spring of 2022. Invite those in 3rd grade and older to begin preparation in the Fall of 2022 to be celebrated in the Spring of 2023. In smaller parishes this schedule can be adjusted to allow for a quicker step down process, keeping in mind that children of very different ages will require different approaches in preparation for the sacraments. There will always be the possibility of children older than 3rd grade seeking the Sacrament, especially those who move into our diocese from other areas, as well as adults who seek the reception of Confirmation.  For this reason, there will have to be available an intergenerational model of catechesis or catechists prepared to take on classes of different age groups to prepare them for Confirmation. Living the life-long commitment As we know, the sacraments (particularly the Sacraments of Initiation) are means and not ends in themselves.  They are an introduction and aids to living an authentically Christ-like life, to prepare ourselves for our passage into our longed-for eternal life in heaven and to give a clear witness to the world.  Perhaps the biggest challenge parishes will face with this change in policy will be the need to develop creative programs to accompany, form and integrate young members of the parish – now fully initiated – into the life of the Church.  Therefore, our catechetical program after the 3rd grade will no longer be tied to the reception of a sacrament, which will offer the diocese and parishes the possibility of developing resources, programs and activities that will help our young Catholics grow in their faith, discern their vocation and prepare for that Christian vocation as they approach adulthood.  The diocese welcomes the possibility of discerning new experiences and best practices that the parish communities develop...

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