Sunday School: The Ascension of The Lord
May25

Sunday School: The Ascension of The Lord

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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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Sunday School: Sixth Sunday of Easter
May18

Sunday School: Sixth Sunday of Easter

Sunday School To print or view the Sunday School page, click on the link below: Sunday School Sixth Sunday of Easter Cycle A

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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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Sunday School: Fifth Sunday of Easter
May12

Sunday School: Fifth Sunday of Easter

Sunday School To print or view the Sunday School page, click on the link below: Sunday School Fifth Sunday of Easter Cycle A

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From the Rector: Confession Part III
May12

From the Rector: Confession Part III

Confession: Part III Q. Can a priest reveal what he has heard to others? A. No. A priest can never reveal the sins a person has confessed. This is known as the “Seal of confession,” which admits of no exceptions (CCC 1467). If a priest were to violate the seal of confession he would be automatically excommunicated (CIC 1388). Over the centuries several priests have died and many have been imprisoned because they refused, even under threat of torture and execution, to break the inviolable seal of confession. This is one of the most beautiful aspects of the sacrament and of the priesthood: the priest who hears our confession, in order to protect the secrets we have whispered to God through him, will allow himself to be imprisoned, tortured or even killed. That’s how seriously he and the Church take the seal and the sacrament. Q. What if I haven’t been to the sacrament for many years? How do I prepare? What do I say? First, don’t be afraid. Jesus said, “Heaven rejoices more for one repentant sinner than for 99 righteous persons who never needed to repent.” The priest will probably be so happy you’ve returned to confession after many years that you will make all the hours he spends in the confessional seem light. Second, try to prepare with the help of a good examination of conscience sheet, but the priest will know that you cannot remember your sins with the precision of someone who came the previous week. Third, get the largest sins off of your shoulders first. Fourth, don’t be afraid to ask the priest for help; most confessors are experts in leading someone in your circumstances through an examination of the “big stuff” in the confessional. Finally, don’t wait. Come back to be reconciled to your loving Father, set off the celebration in heaven, and share your Father’s joy! Q. What if I’m not comfortable going to confession face-to face? A. If you prefer to go to confession anonymously, that’s fine. Most churches have traditional confessionals or reconciliation rooms with the option to confess either face-to-face or kneeling behind an opaque screen. In Church law, both the priest and the penitent have the right to opt for the screen if for whatever reason they find that more comfortable. Q. May I receive the sacrament if I’m divorced? A. If you are civilly divorced but have not remarried or were validly married in the Church after receiving a declaration of nullity for your first marriage, then, yes, you may receive the Sacrament. If you have remarried outside of the Church or have entered into a...

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Sunday School: Fourth Sunday of Easter
May04

Sunday School: Fourth Sunday of Easter

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

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