Sunday School-Ascension of Jesus
May11

Sunday School-Ascension of Jesus

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

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From the Rector: The Annunciation
May11

From the Rector: The Annunciation

Mary’s May Crowning: Part 1 By Dr. Andrew Swafford The Annunciation Mary stands here at the turn of salvation history, embodying the faithful of Israel and making way for the Messiah. In fact, the angel’s greeting “Hail” (χαῖρε) is the exact same as that given to Daughter Zion in the Greek version of Zeph 3:14. This is significant because “Daughter Zion” in the prophets generally refers to the eschatological people of God—that is, the people of God as God has called them to be; Mary, then, embodies this glorious radiance which God has always destined for his people. And the Zephaniah passage continues: “The King is in her midst” (Zeph 3:15); indeed, in the Annunciation the King is in her midst, in the womb of the Blessed Virgin (cf. Ratzinger, Daughter Zion, 42-3). Annunciation Moreover, the angel doesn’t address Mary by name, but rather astonishingly as: “Hail, full of grace.” This breathtaking greeting offers a glimpse of the grandeur of the Incarnation, as seen from Heaven’s vantage point. Further, the phrase “the Lord is with you,” used by the angel with reference to Mary, occurs throughout the Bible in order to indicate God’s presence and support for accomplishing his mission, as for example with Moses (Ex 3:12), Joshua (Josh 1:5, 9), Gideon (Judg 6:12), and Jeremiah (Jer 1:8). This means that Mary, too, stands on the cusp of some great moment in salvation history. And Mary responds with unflinching faith: “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word” (Lk 1:38). In a sense, God’s plan hinges on the faith and obedience of the Virgin Mary; and for that, all generations call her “blessed” (Lk 1:42). Sometimes much is made of the distinction between Jesus’ physical family and his spiritual family—the latter marked by those who “hear the word of God and do it” (Lk 8:21; cf. 11:27-28). But a distinction need not entail a separation; and in fact, St. Luke portrays Mary as the one who quintessentially “hears the word of God and does it” (cf. Lk 1:38-39; cf. 2:19, 51); in other words, she goes before us as model disciple and embodiment of the Church; and in Luke’s sequel (Acts of the Apostles), she is there persevering to the end with the disciples (Acts 1:14). May we follow Mary’s path of saying “yes” to the Lord from beginning to end: “For with God nothing will be impossible” (Lk 1:37). Read Luke 1:26:38 Discussion In what way have you said yes to God lately as Mary did at the Annunciation, allowing his grace to flow into your life?...

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Sunday School: Fifth Sunday of Easter
Apr27

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 B

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From the Rector: 31 Days of May
Apr27

From the Rector: 31 Days of May

31 Days of May For the month of May, each day, consider one aspect of Mary’s life and pray that you might be able to follow her motherly example. Faith: Lord, I believe. I want to believe as the one who believes most. Lord, increase my faith! Hope: Lord, I hope. I want to hope as the one who hopes most. Lord, increase my hope! Charity: Lord, I love. I want to love as the one who love most. Lord, increase my love! Love for God the Father: Hail Mary, Daughter of God the Father, teach me to live as a child of God. For God, all the glory. Deo omnis Gloria! Love for God the Son: Hail Mary, Mother of God the Son, teach me to love Jesus. Love for God the Holy Spirit: Hail Mary, Spouse of God the Holy Spirit. Humility: Mary knows herself to be nothing before God: Behold the handmaid of the Lord, be it done unto me according to your word. (Lk 1:38) Fortitude, strength of character: Holy Mary, our refuge and our strength. Fidelity: Mary is ever faithful: Most sweet heart of Mary, keep us on the safe way. Purity, chastity: Mother of the Fair Love, help you children. Mater Pulchrae Dilectionis, filios tuos adiuva. Poverty, detachment: Lord, set my heart free from all earthly ties. Obedience to the divine will: Not my will, but yours be done. (Lk 22:42) Cooperation with God’s plan of Redemption: Mary, let it be. Life of prayer: Mary, teach me to pray more and better all the time. Care for little things: Mary, may I put greater effort in everything. Spirit of service: Lord, like Mary, I will serve you! Serviam! Wholehearted dedication to God: Mary, I’m all yours. Totus Tuus (JPII) Patience: Holy Mary, Queen of Peace, teach me to be patient. Perseverance: Most Sweet Heart of Mary, prepare us a safe way. Cor Mariae dulcissimum, iter para tutum. (St. Josemaria Escriva) Love for Jesus and St. Joseph: Jesus, Mary and Joseph, may I always be with you. Jesus, Maria y Jose, que este siempre con los tres. (St. Josemaria) Sense of Responsibility: Mary, teach me to be in the little things of each day. Love for souls, apostolic zeal: Jesus and Mary: souls! Apostolic souls! They are for you, for your glory. (Cf. The Way, n 804, St. Josemaria) Gratitude to God: Thanks be to you, O Lord, thanks be to you. Love for the Cross: Mary, may your love bind me to your Son’s cross. (Cf. The Way, n 497, St. Josemaria) Order: Most Sweet Heart of Mary, make my heart burn with...

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Sunday School: Fourth Sunday of Easter
Apr20

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 B...

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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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