Sunday School: Third Sunday of Easter
Apr28

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 A

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From the Rector: Confession-Part I
Apr28

From the Rector: Confession-Part I

Confession Every Saturday we offer 3 hours of Confession time at the Cathedral, but since last weekend was Divine Mercy Sunday, and as it was also First Reconciliation day and preparation for First Holy Communion, we had 7 hours of Confessions! Many people took advantage of the opportunity to “Fulfill their Easter Duty”.  Those of you under the age of 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 knowingly and aware of having consented to grave sin must first reconcile through the Sacrament of Penance or Confession as we familiarly call it. I’m going to publish an article here in a few installments to encourage you to seek out the Sacrament of Reconciliation. 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 she is 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...

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Sacred Heart Spanish Market and Sacred Heart Parish Fiesta
Apr24

Sacred Heart Spanish Market and Sacred Heart Parish Fiesta

Friday, June 16 to Sunday, June 18, 2017 Over 40 artists and craftsmen from New Mexico and Arizona, specializing in traditional and contemporary Spanish Colonial art, will exhibit and sell their work at the annual Sacred Heart Spanish Market. Come and check out the dozens of booths and art displays, or attend a lecture or demonstration where the artists will share their expertise and creative processes. Once you’ve taken in some of the best artistic displays New Mexico has to offer, why not stop by our car show? Plenty of classic, vintage and lovingly-restored cars will be on display for your enjoyment. You’ll also be able to enjoy plenty of tasty food items and listen to performances by school bands and dancers, and buy tickets for the parish raffle, which features a top prize of $10,000. This is a day for the whole family to enjoy, so bring your kids along – they’ll be able to take advantage of a jump house, free snow cones, and more! Schedule for the weekend Friday 6:00pm – 9:00 pm Preview night and Opening Reception Live music Judging Silent Auction begins Saturday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Open show Classic car show Karate demonstrations and music by Mid-school band and others Free water and snow cones; Jumper for children Refreshments for purchase, including fry bread Saturday 1:00 pm: Antique Car raffle (www.V8forvocations.org) Saturday 3:00 pm: Reverse Parish Grand Raffle Saturday Vigil Mass @ 5:15 pm: Mass and Eucharistic Procession w/ artists Sunday 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Open Show Silent Auction ends at 12:45 pm Sacred Heart Parish community will have the drawing for their annual Parish Grand Raffle on Saturday afternoon, 3:00 pm. Tickets are $100.00 and the top prize will be $10,000. Tickets may be purchased at the Parish Office or at the Spanish Market. The proceeds benefit Sacred Heart Parish. For more information and for pictures visit http://shspanishmarket.com/...

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Sunday School: Second Sunday of Easter
Apr20

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 A

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From the Rector: Easter Candle
Apr20

From the Rector: Easter Candle

Easter Candle: Did you ever wonder why we light the Paschal Candle during Mass all through the Easter Season? The Paschal candle represents Christ, the Light of the World. The pure beeswax of which the candle is made represents the sinless Christ who was formed in the womb of His Mother. The wick signifies His humanity, the flame, His Divine Nature, both soul and body. Five grains of incense inserted into the candle in the form of a cross recall the aromatic spices with which His Sacred Body was prepared for the tomb, and of the five wounds in His hands, feet, and side. During the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday night the deacon carries the candle in procession into the dark church. A new fire, symbolizing our eternal life in Christ, is kindled which lights the candle. The candle, representing Christ himself, is blessed by the Bishop who then inscribes in it a cross, the first letters and last of the Greek alphabet, (Alpha and Omega `the beginning and the end’) and the current year, as he chants the prayer below; then affixes the five grains of incense. The Easter candle is lighted each day during Mass throughout the Paschal season until Ascension Thursday. It is also lighted during Baptisms, and at funerals as a reminder of Baptism. (article by CNA)...

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Sunday School: Easter Sunday
Apr13

Sunday School: Easter Sunday

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

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From the Rector: Christ is Risen!
Apr13

From the Rector: Christ is Risen!

Congratulations to everyone who is receiving Sacraments leading up to and during the Easter Season! We want to rejoice with all those who have been Baptized, received Confirmation, First Holy Communion, Holy Matrimony, First Reconciliation, and Holy Orders, and to continue to pray with and for those who received Anointing of the sick during Lent. This pouring out of God’s Grace is especially joyful in connection with the celebration of His Resurrection at Easter. We will be praying this week for all of our young parishioners about to receive their First Reconciliation on Saturday and those who will receive First Holy Communion on Divine Mercy Sunday. Fifty days from now our young people will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation on Pentecost Sunday. I am so grateful to all of the many volunteers and staff who have worked throughout the school year to help prepare our candidates for their Sacraments.  Also those who have been sponsors for Baptism and Confirmation, and witnesses at weddings. This is a wonderful way to live out your own call to holiness in service of your brothers and sisters in Christ. Easter is the greatest feast in the Christian calendar. On this Sunday, Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. For Catholics, Easter Sunday comes at the end of 40 days of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving known as Lent. Through spiritual struggle and self-denial, we have prepared ourselves to die spiritually with Christ on Good Friday, the day of His Crucifixion, so that we can rise again with Him in new life on Easter. Easter is a day of celebration because it represents the fulfillment of our faith as Christians. Saint Paul wrote that, unless Christ rose from the dead, our faith is in vain (1 Corinthians15:17). Through his death, Christ saved mankind from bondage to sin and He destroyed the hold that death has on all of us; but it is His Resurrection that gives us the promise of new life, both in this world and the next. That is why people who are converting to Catholicism traditionally are baptized at the Easter Vigil service, which takes place on Holy Saturday (the day before Easter), starting sometime after sunset. They have usually undergone a long process of study and preparation known as the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA). Their baptism parallels Christ’s own Death and Resurrection, as they die to sin and rise to new life in the Kingdom of God. Because of the central importance of Easter to the Christian faith, the Catholic Church requires that all Catholics who have made their First Communion receive the Holy Eucharist  sometime during the Easter season which lasts through Pentecost, 50 days after Easter. (The Church also urges us to take part in the Sacrament of Confession before receiving this Easter...

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