Sunday School: Fourth Sunday of Easter
Apr20

Sunday School: Fourth Sunday of Easter

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From the Rector: Confirmation Interview
Apr20

From the Rector: Confirmation Interview

Those seeking the Sacrament of Confirmation were recently given this interview. I invite you to renew your Baptismal promises. Do you reject Satan? And all his works? And all his empty promises? [Rite of Baptism] V. Do you believe in God, the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth? [Rite of Baptism] V. Do you believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was born of the Virgin Mary, was crucified, died, and was buried, rose from the dead, and is now seated at the right hand of the Father? [Rite of Baptism] V. Do you believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting? [Rite of Baptism] In order to assist you in declaring  your belief in the Gospel, I ask you: Do you believe with firm faith, everything contained in the Word of God, whether written or handed down in Tradition, which the Church, either by a solemn judgement or by the ordinary and universal Magisterium, sets forth to be believed as divinely revealed? [Oath of Fidelity] Do you also firmly accept and hold each and everything definitively proposed by the Church regarding teaching on faith and morals? [Oath of Fidelity] In regard to the Sacraments,  Do you believe that Christ instituted the sacraments of the new law, and that there are seven: Baptism, Confirmation, the Eucharist, Penance, the Anointing of the Sick, Holy Orders and Matrimony? [CCC 1210] Do you believe that the reception of the sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace, because “by the sacrament of Confirmation, [the baptized] are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed”? [CCC 1285] Concerning the Most Holy Eucharist: Do you believe that because Christ our Redeemer said that it was truly his body that he was offering under the species of bread, that by the consecration of the bread and wine there takes place a change of the whole substance of the bread into the substance of the body of Christ our Lord and of the whole substance of the wine into the substance of his blood? [CCC 1376] Concerning Holy Matrimony V. Do you believe that the matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life and which is ordered by its nature to the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring, has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament between the baptized? [CIC 1055,...

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Sunday School: Third Sunday of Easter
Apr12

Sunday School: Third Sunday of Easter

Sunday School To print or view the Sunday School page, click on the link below: Sunday School-Third Sunday of Easter Cycle B

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From the Rector
Apr12

From the Rector

To many of us, this story from the Gospel of Luke is very familiar.  But have we stopped to ponder its meaning and the effects Mary’s faithful fiat (submission to God) has on our lives?  Many times, I simply think of Mary saying yes to God in this one particular moment.  While this one “yes” was very self-sacrificing, I tend to forget she also had duties like us.  She continued to live out her faith each and every day “in the simplicity of the thousand daily tasks and worries of every mother, such as providing food, clothing, caring for the house…. It was precisely Our Lady’s normal life which served as the basis for the unique relationship and profound dialogue which unfolded between her and God, between her and her Son,” reminds Pope Francis during his General Audience, October 23, 2013.  Her uncountable yeses each and every day ultimately prepared her for the pain and suffering of watching her son brutally die a criminal’s death on a cross. While we might not be given signs such as an aged relative’s pregnancy to confirm an announcement by an angel, we are no less called to say “yes” to God’s callings in our lives so we can grow in holiness. As we have recently celebrated the Feast of the Annunciation, we should ponder what God is calling us to say “yes” to. How is God calling you to live out your faith in your daily life?  Is He asking you to say yes to doing the tasks that seem mundane, like folding laundry, mowing the yard, and cooking dinner with cheerfulness?  Is He calling you to say yes to mental prayer for ten minutes each day?  Or, is He calling you to say yes to giving up your latte each week so you can give alms to the poor?  Just like Mary, these little “yeses” can help us grow in holiness and hopefully lead us to heaven. Growing in the ability to say yes also allows us to follow in the footsteps of Mary, who following her “yes” to God, was able to give voice to the faithfulness of God in her famous, beautiful Magnificat: My soul magnifies the Lord And my spirit rejoices in God my Savior; Because He has regarded the lowliness of His handmaid; For behold, henceforth all generations shall call me blessed; Because He who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is His name; And His mercy is from generation to generation on those who fear Him. He has shown might with His arm, He has scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart....

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Sunday School: Second Sunday of Easter
Apr05

Sunday School: Second Sunday of Easter

Sunday School To print or view the Sunday School page, click on the link below: Sunday School-Second Sunday of Easter Cycle B

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From the Rector: General Remarks on Indulgences
Apr05

From the Rector: General Remarks on Indulgences

General remarks on Indulgences The following “General remarks on Indulgences” from Gift of the Indulgence summarizes the usual conditions given in the Church’s law (cf. Apostolic Penitentiary, Prot. N. 39/05/I): This is how an indulgence is defined in the Code of Canon Law(can. 992) and in the Catechism of the Catholic Church(n. 1471): “An indulgence is a remission before God of the temporal punishment due to sins whose guilt has already been forgiven, which the faithful Christian who is duly disposed gains under certain prescribed conditions through the action of the Church which, as the minister of redemption, dispenses and applies with authority the treasury of the satisfactions of Christ and the saints”. In general, the gaining of indulgences requires certain prescribed conditions(below, nn. 3, 4), and the performance of certain prescribed works ….. [in this case, those granted for the Feast of Mercy] To gain indulgences, whether plenary or partial, it is necessary that the faithful be in the state of graceat least at the time the indulgenced work is completed.  [i.e. one must be a Catholic, not excommunicated or in schism.] A plenary indulgencecan be gained only once a day. In order to obtain it, the faithful must, in addition to being in the state of grace: a) have the interior disposition of complete detachment from sin, even venial sin; b) have sacramentally confessedtheir sins; c) receive the Holy Eucharist(it is certainly better to receive it while participating in Holy Mass, but for the indulgence only Holy Communion is required); d) pray for the intentions of the Supreme Pontiff. It is appropriate, but not necessary, that the sacramental Confession and especially Holy Communion and the prayer for the Pope’s intentions take place on the same day that the indulgenced work is performed; but it is sufficient that these sacred rites and prayers be carried out within several days (about 20) before or after the indulgenced act. Prayer for the Pope’s intentions is left to the choice of the faithful, but an “Our Father” and a “Hail Mary” are suggested. One sacramental Confession suffices for several plenary indulgences, but a separate Holy Communion and a separate prayer for the Holy Father’s intentions are required for each plenary indulgence. For the sake of those legitimately impeded, confessorscan commute both the work prescribed and the conditions required (except, obviously, detachment from even venial sin). Indulgences canalways be applied either to oneself or to the souls of the deceased, but they cannot be applied to other persons living on earth. And so the Supreme Pontiff, motivated by an ardent desire to foster in Christians this devotion to Divine Mercy as much as possible in the hope of offering great spiritual fruit to the...

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Sunday School: Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord
Mar28

Sunday School: Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord

Sunday School To print or view the Sunday School page, click on the link below: Sunday School-Easter Sunday Cycle B

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