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 …

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From the Rector, Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, 7/18/2021

The Use of Latin in the Liturgy For some time now, we have been using Latin at Mass for various parts of the Sacred Liturgy, even having Mass in Latin on Fridays. Besides being something the Church expects all Catholics to know, there are deeper reasons for why we have Latin in these moments of …

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From the Rector, Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, 7/11/21

You may be wondering who the bearded man serving at mass is. That would be me! My name is Aaron Alford, and I am a fourth-year seminarian for the Diocese of Gallup. Having completed three years of study at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio, and a Spirituality Year at St John Vianney Seminary …

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From the Rector, Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, 7/4/2021

Renovations to the Confessionals You may have noticed over the last couple weeks that we have been doing some work on the confessionals. We are hoping soon to move back to those from our current arrangement in the side chapel of St. Katherine Drexel. Before we make this move, however, we wanted to make it …

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From the Rector, Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, 6/27/21, Cycle B

Given the Gospel this weekend, and its relation to human sickness, we would like to give the following paragraphs from the Catechism of the Catholic Church as a reminder of what the Church teaches in this regard. Illness in human life 1500 Illness and suffering have always been among the gravest problems confronted in human …

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Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Father’s Day, 6/20/21

The Colors of Liturgical Vestments As we begin anew this Time after Pentecost, also known as Ordinary Time, it may be helpful to recall what the different liturgical colors mean throughout the year. The following is adapted from an article by Father William Saunders. The Church’s liturgical norms do prescribe specific vestment colors for various …

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From the Rector, The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, June 13, 2021

From a work by Saint Bonaventure, bishop(Opusculum 3, Lignum vitae, 29-30. 47: Opera omnia 8, 79) With you is the source of life Take thought now, redeemed man, and consider how great and worthy is he who hangs on the cross for you. His death brings the dead to life, but at his passing heaven …

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From the Rector, The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, 6/6/21

From a work by Saint Thomas Aquinas, priest (Opusculum 57, in festo Corporis Christi, lect. 1-4)   O precious and wonderful banquet! Since it was the will of God’s only-begotten Son that men should share in his divinity, he assumed our nature in order that by becoming man he might make men gods. Moreover, when …

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