From the Rector, Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time, 10/17/2021

A Brief Introduction to the New Testament Lesson 7 Adapted from an article Sister Anna Marie McGuan, RSM, at simplycatholic.com As the Old Testament is divided into particular genres (the Pentateuch or Torah, the Historical Books, the Prophets, and the Wisdom books), a similar division of the New Testament can also be helpful. The purpose …

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From the Rector, Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, 10/3/21

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Introduction to the Prophets Lesson 5 I.           The Mediated Word of God                            a. Word of God                                          i.  Heb. 1, 1-2—God has spoken through the prophets                                                        1.          Prophets here refers to OT—not necessarily the specific prophets with books (e.g. Moses would be included here) ii.  Do not …

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From the Rector, Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, 9/26/21

From a homily on the Gospels by Saint Gregory the Great, pope The word “angel” denotes a function rather than a nature You should be aware that the word “angel” denotes a function rather than a nature. Those holy spirits of heaven have indeed always been spirits. They can only be called angels when they …

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From the Rector, Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, 9/15/21

A Brief Introduction to Historical Books and Prophets Lesson 4 By Sister Anna Marie McGuan, RSM, at simplycatholic.com The Pentateuch or Torah ends with the death of Moses and a bold statement about Israel’s religious future: “I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that I have set before you life and …

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FROM THE RECTOR, TWENTY-THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, 9/5/21

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Introduction to the Old Testament Lesson 2 Adapted from an article on simplycatholic.com by Sister Anna Marie McGuan, RSM               The four sections of the [Old Testament in the] Christian bible are the Pentateuch, the Historical Books, the Prophetic Books, and the Wisdom literature. The Hebrew Bible used in the Jewish religious tradition has a …

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From the Rector, Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time, 8/22/21

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How to Pray in Common When we gather together in church to pray, whether at Mass, Adoration, or for public devotions (Rosary, Stations of the Cross, etc.), it is important that we recognize that we are in fact praying together, rather than praying alone with a bunch of others at the same time. As such, …

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From the Rector, Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 8/15/2021

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary From The Apostolic Constitution of Pope Pius XII on the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary In their sermons and speeches on the feast day of the Assumption of the Mother of God, the holy fathers and the great doctors of the church were speaking of something that the …

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From the Rector, Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, 8/8/2021

The Meaning of Priestly Vestments (Adapted from a Vatican Document on the Liturgical Vestments) The Vestments and the Prayers 1) The priest begins with the amice, a rectangular linen cloth, which has two strings and is placed over the shoulders and around the neck; the strings are then tied about the waist. The amice has the …

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From the Rector, Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, 8/1/2021

In close-up: The sacred vessels and linens used at Mass          (Adapted from an article by Philip Kosloski at Aleteia) The names and functions of the objects the priest uses in celebrating the Eucharist Most of us, if we weren’t altar servers or sacristans, got our one and only introduction to the sacred vessels and …

Read moreFrom the Rector, Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, 8/1/2021