April 7, 2019, Fifth Sunday of Lent
Apr03

April 7, 2019, Fifth Sunday of Lent

Baptism Worksheet Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC)#1210-1321. United States Catholic Catechism for Adults Chapters 15, 16  From the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Baptism is an immersing that makes us God’s children (CCC#1214-1216).  The essential rite of Baptism includes (CCC#1239): Triple immersion or pouring water over head; Trinitarian Formula; Anointing with sacred Chrism (Infant Baptism); Only those not yet baptized can be baptized (CCC#1246-1255). Adults are prepared for Baptism through participation in the Catechumenate; Because of God’s gratuitous grace, infants can receive Baptism; The ordinary minister of Baptism are Bishops, Priests and Deacons; Anyone can baptize in case of necessity. Baptism is necessary for salvation (CCC#1257-1261). It is the only way known to the Church; God is not bound by this Sacrament; Baptism by blood or desire also saves; We can be saved without baptism only if we are ignorant; Children who die without Baptism are entrusted to God’s mercy. The effects of baptism are (CCC#1262-1274): Purification from all sins including; Personal (actual) sins; Original Sin; The consequences of (punishment for) sin; The remaining of some results of Original Sin: Suffering and frailties; Illness; Death; Concupiscence – the attraction to sin. New birth in the Holy Spirit: Child of God (New Creature); Theological virtues of faith, hope, and love; The Gift of the Holy Spirit; Membership in Christ’s body; Share in the Priestly, prophetic and royal mission Christ; The ability to worship God....

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Fourth Sunday of Lent, March 31, 2019
Mar27

Fourth Sunday of Lent, March 31, 2019

Adapted from an article by Scott P. Richert Laetare Sunday Most Catholic people in the U.S. are used to Mass being conducted in English (or their native language) and rarely think about the fact that Latin remains the official language of the Catholic Church. But occasionally, Latin terms sneak back in as in the case of Laetare Sunday, the fourth Sunday of Lent. The date is moveable as it is dependent on the date of Easter, which changes annually based on lunar activity. What Does Laetare Mean? Laetare means “Rejoice” in Latin. The 40 days of Lent are a time for solemnity according to Roman Catholic doctrine, so how is it possible to celebrate during a time for meditative reflection? Quite simply, the church recognized that people need a break from sorrow. The fourth Sunday was considered a day of relaxation from the normal rigors of Lent. It was a day of hope with Easter within sight. Religious Doctrine and Biblical Reference During Mass with the short introit chant at the entrance is from Isaiah 66:10-11, which begins Laetare, Jerusalem, which means “Rejoice, O Jerusalem.”  Because the midpoint of Lent is the Thursday of the third week of Lent, Laetare Sunday has traditionally been viewed as a day of celebration, on which the austerity of Lent is briefly lessened. The passage from Isaiah continues, “Rejoice with joy, you that have been in sorrow,” and on Laetare Sunday, the purple vestments and altar cloths of Lent are set aside, and rose ones are used instead. Flowers, which are normally forbidden during Lent, may be placed on the altar. Traditionally, the organ was never played during Lent, except on Laetare Sunday. Other Names for Laetare Sunday Laetare Sunday is also known as Rose Sunday, Refreshment Sunday, or Mothering Sunday. Historically, servants were released from service for the day to visit their mothers, hence the term “Mothering Sunday.”  Laetare Sunday has a counterpart in Advent season or the Christmas season in preparation of the birth of Jesus. Gaudete Sunday is the third Sunday of Advent when purple vestments are exchanged for rose ones. The point of both days is to provide you with encouragement as you progress toward the end of each respective penitential season. Other Traditions during Lent Lent is a moveable date dependent on Easter. Lent traditionally starts 40 days before Easter and gets calculated prior to Easter, and usually does not include Sundays. Usually, Roman Catholics do not sing the Alleluia song during Lent. This song of praise and great joy is replaced with a more penitent phrase such as, “Glory and Praise to You, Lord Jesus Christ.”  During...

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Third Sunday of Lent, March 24, 2019
Mar27

Third Sunday of Lent, March 24, 2019

Please reach out to friends who may have an interest in the Catholic faith, Lent is a great time to share the Faith and to evangelize. RCIA What are the steps of RCIA? Prior to beginning the RCIA process, an individual comes to some knowledge of Jesus Christ, considers his or her relationship with Jesus Christ and is usually attracted in some way to the Catholic Church. This period is known as the Period of Evangelization and Pre-catechumenate which we also call the period of Inquiry. For some, this process involves a long period of searching; for others, a shorter time. Often, contact with people of faith and a personal faith experience lead people to inquire about the Catholic Church. After a conversation with a priest, or RCIA director, the person, known as an “inquirer,” may seek acceptance into the Order of Catechumens, through the Rite of Acceptance. During this Rite, the inquirer stands amidst the parish community and states that he or she wants to become a baptized member of the Catholic Church. The parish assembly affirms this desire and the inquirer becomes a Catechumen. The Period of the Catechumenate can last for as long as several years or for a shorter time. It depends on how the person is growing in faith, what questions they encounter along the way, and how God leads them on this journey. During this time, the Catechumens consider what God is saying to them in the Scriptures, what changes in their life they need to make to respond to God’s inspiration, and what Baptism in the Catholic Church means. When a Catechumen and the priest and the parish team working with him or her believes the person is ready to make a faith commitment to Jesus in the Catholic Church, the next step is the request for baptism and the celebration of the Rite of Election. Even before the Catechumens are baptized, they have a special relationship to the Church. The Rite of Election includes the enrollment of names of all the Catechumens seeking baptism at the coming Easter Vigil. Typically, on the first Sunday of Lent, the Catechumens, their sponsors and families gather at the cathedral church. The Catechumens publicly express their desire for baptism to the diocesan bishop. Their names are recorded in a book and they are called the Elect. The days of Lent are the final Period of Purification and Enlightenment leading up to the Easter Vigil. Lent is a period of preparation marked by prayer, study, and spiritual direction for the Elect, and prayers for them by the parish communities. The Celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation takes place during the Easter Vigil Liturgy on Holy Saturday when the Elect receives the sacraments of...

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SUNDAY SCHOOL, THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT, CYCLE C
Mar27

SUNDAY SCHOOL, THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT, CYCLE C

Sunday School To View or Print the Sunday School page, click on the link below: Sunday School, Third Sunday of Lent, Cycle C...

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SUNDAY SCHOOL, FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT, CYCLE C
Mar27

SUNDAY SCHOOL, FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT, CYCLE C

Sunday School To View or Print the Sunday School page, click the link below: Sunday School, Fourth Sunday of Lent, Cycle C

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Sunday School, Second Sunday in Lent, Cycle C
Mar20

Sunday School, Second Sunday in Lent, Cycle C

Sunday School To view or print the Sunday School page, click the link below: Sunday School, Second Sunday of Lent, Cycle C...

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Second Sunday in Lent, March 24, 2019, Cycle C
Mar20

Second Sunday in Lent, March 24, 2019, Cycle C

Please reach out to friends who may have an interest in the Catholic faith, Lent is a great time to share the Faith and to evangelize. RCIA What are the steps of RCIA? Prior to beginning the RCIA process, an individual comes to some knowledge of Jesus Christ, considers his or her relationship with Jesus Christ and is usually attracted in some way to the Catholic Church. This period is known as the Period of Evangelization and Pre-catechumenate which we also call the period of Inquiry. For some, this process involves a long period of searching; for others, a shorter time. Often, contact with people of faith and a personal faith experience lead people to inquire about the Catholic Church. After a conversation with a priest, or RCIA director, the person, known as an “inquirer,” may seek acceptance into the Order of Catechumens, through the Rite of Acceptance. During this Rite, the inquirer stands amidst the parish community and states that he or she wants to become a baptized member of the Catholic Church. The parish assembly affirms this desire and the inquirer becomes a Catechumen. The Period of the Catechumenate can last for as long as several years or for a shorter time. It depends on how the person is growing in faith, what questions they encounter along the way, and how God leads them on this journey. During this time, the Catechumens consider what God is saying to them in the Scriptures, what changes in their life they need to make to respond to God’s inspiration, and what Baptism in the Catholic Church means. When a Catechumen and the priest and the parish team working with him or her believes the person is ready to make a faith commitment to Jesus in the Catholic Church, the next step is the request for baptism and the celebration of the Rite of Election. Even before the Catechumens are baptized, they have a special relationship to the Church. The Rite of Election includes the enrollment of names of all the Catechumens seeking baptism at the coming Easter Vigil. Typically, on the first Sunday of Lent, the Catechumens, their sponsors and families gather at the cathedral church. The Catechumens publicly express their desire for baptism to the diocesan bishop. Their names are recorded in a book and they are called the Elect. The days of Lent are the final Period of Purification and Enlightenment leading up to the Easter Vigil. Lent is a period of preparation marked by prayer, study, and spiritual direction for the Elect, and prayers for them by the parish communities. The Celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation takes place during the Easter Vigil Liturgy on Holy Saturday when the Elect receives the sacraments of...

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