From the Rector/Catechesis, May 22, 2022
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From the Rector/Catechesis, May 22, 2022

On the Ministry of Reconciliation From a Commentary by Saint Cyril of Alexandria Lesson 30 Those who have a sure hope, guaranteed by the Spirit, that they will rise again lay hold of what lies in the future as though it were already present. They say: “Outward appearances will no longer be our standard in …

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From the Rector/Catechesis, Fifth Sunday of Easter, May 15, 2022
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From the Rector/Catechesis, Fifth Sunday of Easter, May 15, 2022

 Christ is the Day From a sermon by Saint Maximus of Turin Lesson 29 Christ is risen! He has burst open the gates of hell and let the dead go free; he has renewed the earth through the members of his Church now born again in baptism, and has made it blossom afresh with men …

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From the Rector, Third Sunday of Easter, 5/1/2022
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From the Rector, Third Sunday of Easter, 5/1/2022

 The Meaning of the Church Building From a sermon by Saint Caesarius of Arles, bishop, on the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica  Lesson 29 My fellow Christians, today is the birthday of this church, an occasion for celebration and rejoicing. We, however, ought to be the true and living temple of God. Nevertheless, Christians rightly …

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FROM THE RECTOR/CATECHESIS, DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY, APRIL 24, 2022
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FROM THE RECTOR/CATECHESIS, DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY, APRIL 24, 2022

 The Eucharist and the Christian Life From Pope Benedict XVI, Sacramentum caritatis Lesson 28 The all-encompassing effect of eucharistic worship 71. Christianity’s new worship includes and transfigures every aspect of life: “Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Cor 10:31). Christians, in all their actions, …

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From the Rector, Fifth Sunday of Lent, April 3, 2022
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From the Rector, Fifth Sunday of Lent, April 3, 2022

Liturgy of the EucharistFrom the General Instruction of the Roman MissalLesson 26 The Preparation of the Gifts At the beginning of the Liturgy of the Eucharist the gifts which will become Christ’s Body and Blood arebrought to the altar. The procession bringing the gifts is accompanied by the Offertory Chant, which continues at least until …

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FROM THE RECTOR/CATECHESIS, MARCH 27, 2002
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FROM THE RECTOR/CATECHESIS, MARCH 27, 2002

Liturgy of the WordFrom the General Instruction of the Roman MissalLesson 26 The main part of the Liturgy of the Word is made up of the readings from Sacred Scripture together with the chants occurring between them. As for the Homily, the Profession of Faith, and the Universal Prayer, they develop and conclude it. For …

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FROM THE RECTOR, Third Sunday of Lent, 3/20/22
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FROM THE RECTOR, Third Sunday of Lent, 3/20/22

 Introductory Rites of Mass From the General Instruction of the Roman Missal Lesson 25 46. The rites that precede the Liturgy of the Word, namely, the Entrance, the Greeting, the Penitential Act, the Kyrie, the Gloria in excelsis (Glory to God in the highest) and Collect, have the character of a beginning, an introduction, and …

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From the Rector/Catechesis, Second Sunday of Lent, 3/13/22
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From the Rector/Catechesis, Second Sunday of Lent, 3/13/22

Preparation for Mass and Holy CommunionFrom Father Hugh Barbour, O. Praem on catholic.com Lesson 24 First of all, we approach the Sacrament of Love with the right intention. This means we come thoughtfully, intending to be united to Our Lord, not out of routine, or because we want to be well-thought of by others, but …

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FROM THE RECTOR/CATECHESIS, Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, 2/20/22
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FROM THE RECTOR/CATECHESIS, Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, 2/20/22

The Liturgy of Confirmation Paragraphs of the Catechism of the Catholic Church  Lesson 21 1293 In treating the rite of Confirmation, it is fitting to consider the sign of anointing and what it signifies and imprints: a spiritual seal. Anointing, in Biblical and other ancient symbolism, is rich in meaning: oil is a sign of …

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