From the Rector/Catechesis, Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, 2/5/2023, Cycle A

Sacred Heart Shield

Liturgy of Baptism Paragraphs from the Catechism of the Catholic Church 1235 The sign of the cross, on the threshold of the celebration, marks with the imprint of Christ the one who is going to belong to him and signifies the grace of the redemption Christ won for us by his cross. 1236 The proclamation …

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From the Rector/Catechesis, Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, 1/29/2023

Sacred Heart Cathedral

Theology of Baptism Paragraphs from the Catechism of the Catholic Church 1275 Christian initiation is accomplished by three sacraments together: Baptism which is the beginning of new life; Confirmation which is its strengthening; and the Eucharist which nourishes the disciple with Christ’s Body and Blood for his transformation in Christ. 1276 “Go therefore and make …

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From the Rector/Catechesis, Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, 1/22/2023, Cycle A

Sacred Heart Cathedral

Introduction to the Sacred Liturgy Paragraphs from the Catechism of the Catholic Church 1110 In the liturgy of the Church, God the Father is blessed and adored as the source of all the blessings of creation and salvation with which he has blessed us in his Son, in order to give us the Spirit of …

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From the Rector, Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, 1/15/2023

Introduction to the Sacraments •Grace: What is it, and what does it do? • Divine life (CCC 1996-1997, 1999, 2000) •Free and undeserved gift •Heal and perfect •Sanctifying, habitual, actual •Sacramental (CCC 1129, 2003) •Sacraments (CCC 1115-6, 1123, 1131; SC 59-61; LG 11) o Mysterion and Sacramentum o CCC 1131: Efficacious signs of grace •Sign, …

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From the Rector, 1/1/2023, The Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God

A Prayer to the Holy Spirit for the New Year Holy Spirit, Lord of light,From Thy clear celestial heightThy pure beaming radiance give.Come, Thou Father of the poor,Come with treasures which endure,Come, Thou Light of all that live.Thou, of all consolers best,Thou, the soul’s delightsome Guest,Dost refreshing peace bestow.Thou in toil art comfort sweet,Pleasant coolness …

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From the Rector, The Nativity of the Lord, 12/25/2022

From a Christmas Homily by Saint Augustine That day is called the birthday of the Lord on which the Wisdom of God manifested Himself as a speechless Child and the Word of God wordlessly uttered the sound of a human voice. His divinity, although hidden, was revealed by heavenly witness to the Magi and was …

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From the Rector/Catechesis, December 11, 2022, Cycle A

Sin and Vice 1870 “God has consigned all men to disobedience, that he may have mercy upon all”(Rom 11:32). 1871 Sin is an utterance, a deed, or a desire contrary to the eternal law (St. Augustine,Faust 22: PL 42, 418). It is an offense against God. It rises up against God in adisobedience contrary to …

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From the Rector/Catechesis, Second Sunday of Advent, 12/4/2022

Gifts and Fruits of the Holy Spirit 1830 The moral life of Christians is sustained by the gifts of the Holy Spirit. These are permanent dispositions which make man docile in following the promptings of the Holy 1831 The seven gifts of the Holy Spirit are wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of …

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