Sunday School: Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe
Nov21

Sunday School: Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

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From the Rector: Feast of Christ the King
Nov21

From the Rector: Feast of Christ the King

Feast of Christ the King The Feast of Christ the King is, as Catholic feasts go, a relatively recent one. It was established by Pope Pius XI in 1925, to remind Catholics (and the world generally) that Jesus Christ is Lord of the Universe, both as God and as Man. Pius XI announced the feast in his encyclical Quas Primas, which was delivered on December 11, 1925. At the end of the encyclical, he declared that he expected three “blessings” to flow from the celebration of the feast: first, that “men will doubtless be reminded that the Church, founded by Christ as a perfect society, has a natural and inalienable right to perfect freedom and immunity from the power of the state”; second, that “Nations will be reminded by the annual celebration of this feast that not only private individuals but also rulers and princes are bound to give public honor and obedience to Christ”; and third, that “The faithful, moreover, by meditating upon these truths, will gain much strength and courage, enabling them to form their lives after the true Christian ideal.” HOW IS THE DATE OF THE FEAST OF CHRIST THE KING DETERMINED? In Quas Primas, Pius XI established the celebration of the feast “on the last Sunday of the month of October—the Sunday, that is, which immediately precedes the Feast of All Saints.” He tied it to All Saints Day because “before celebrating the triumph of all the Saints, we proclaim and extol the glory of him who triumphs in all the Saints and in all the Elect.” With the revision of the Church’s liturgical calendar in 1969, however, Pope Paul VI moved the Feast of Christ the King to the final Sunday of the liturgical year—that is, the last Sunday before the First Sunday of Advent. As such, it is a moveable feast; the date changes every year. From what Jesus said about His Father’s kingdom, some interesting facts emerge: It is an eternal Kingdom. It existed in THE PAST. Jesus warned the Pharisees: “There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the Kingdom of God and you yourselves cast out.” [LK 13;20] It exists in THE PRESENT. He said: “The Kingdom of God is among you.” It is a universal kingdom; not territorial or national, but worldwide. Jesus said: “People will come from the east and the west from north and south to sit at table in the kingdom of God.” [LK 12;30] It certainly is not a political kingdom. Jesus said to Pilate: “My kingdom is not of this world.” (Jn. 18;36] It is a hidden kingdom. Jesus said:...

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Sunday School: Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
Nov16

Sunday School: Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday School To print or view the Sunday School page, click on the link below: Sunday School-33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle...

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From the Rector: Indulgences for the Holy Souls in Purgatory
Nov16

From the Rector: Indulgences for the Holy Souls in Purgatory

Indulgences for the Holy Souls in Purgatory An indulgence can either be partial or plenary. It is partial if it removes only part of the temporal punishment due to sin, or plenary if it removes all punishment. To be able to gain an indulgence, one must have the intention to gain them, and perform the works at the time and in the manner prescribed. The traditional conditions to attain a Plenary Indulgence: A Plenary Indulgence can be gained only one per day. The faithful must be in the state of grace and these three conditions must accompany the prescribed act: -the faithful must receive the sacrament of confession, either eight days before or after the pious act is performed, -receive Holy Communion on that day -and recite prayers for the intentions of the Holy Father (one Our Father and one Hail Mary is the minimum, but any other additional prayers may be added). All attachment to sin, even venial sin, must be absent. If one’s disposition is less than perfect or if some of the above conditions are not fulfilled, the indulgence becomes partial. In the Year 2000 Jubilee Year the Apostolic Penitentiary relaxed the conditions for confession and communion: In order to obtain a plenary indulgence (only one per day), the faithful must, in addition to being in the state of grace: -have the interior disposition of complete detachment from sin, even venial sin; — have sacramentally confessed their sins; -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); -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. Although this was given for the Jubilee Year, these “remain in effect, since it was contained under the “General remarks on indulgences,” and not under those specific to the Jubilee Indulgence.” See Indulgences – General Conditions for further explanation. Indulgenced Acts for the Poor Souls: A partial indulgence can be obtained by devoutly visiting a cemetery and praying for the departed,...

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Sunday School: Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
Nov09

Sunday School: Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday School To print or view the Sunday School page, click on the link below: Sunday School 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle...

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From the Rector: Indulgences for the Holy Souls in Purgatory
Nov09

From the Rector: Indulgences for the Holy Souls in Purgatory

Indulgences for the Holy Souls in Purgatory It is during November that the Church meditates on the Communion of Saints, which is the charitable link with the faithful who have already reached heaven (Church Triumphant), the faithful departed who are still expiating their sins in Purgatory (Church Suffering) and of the pilgrim faithful here on earth (Church Militant). “In this wonderful exchange, the holiness of one profits others, well beyond the harm that the sin of one could cause others. Thus recourse to the communion of saints lets the contrite sinner be more promptly and efficaciously purified of the punishments for sin.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1475). On November 1st the Church celebrates the Solemnity of All Saints, a Holy Day of Obligation, honoring all those faithful in heaven. Throughout November the Church also remembers our Faithful Departed. The need and duty of prayer for the departed souls has been acknowledged by the Church at all times. It is recommended in the Scriptures of the Old Testament: “It is therefore a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead, that they may be loosed from sins.”(2 Macch. 12, 46). This duty has found expression not only in public and private prayers but especially in the offering of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass for the repose of souls. Throughout November the Church prays for all who are in the purifying fires of Purgatory, waiting for the day when they will join the company of the saints in heaven. The celebration of Mass is the highest means the Church can provide for charity for the dead, but we can also relieve their sufferings through our prayers, sufferings and penances. We can also help the Poor Souls by doing acts and prayers that have indulgences attached to them. There are many indulgences, applicable only to the Souls in Purgatory, that can be obtained during the month of November. An indulgence is “the remission before God of the temporal punishment due for sins already forgiven as far as their guilt is concerned.” To obtain this remission there are proper dispositions and certain conditions predetermined by the Church that must be met by the faithful. The remission is acquired through the intervention of the Church, who has the power to loose and bind granted through Jesus Christ. “As minister of the Redemption, authoritatively dispenses and applies the treasury of the satisfaction won by Christ and the Saints” (Enchiridion of Indulgences). To understand this practice of indulgences, the Catechism explains: It is necessary to understand that sin has a double consequence. Grave sin deprives us of communion with God and therefore makes us incapable of...

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Sunday School: Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time
Nov03

Sunday School: Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday School To print or view the Sunday School page, click on the link below: Sunday School 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle...

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