Pastor's Message

Dear Parishioners and friends,

 

Peace and blessings!

 

Our Advent Penance Service will be Monday, December 4th at 7:00pm.

 

As you will remember, in my letter to the Parish of August 13, 2017, a property near our campus located at 30 Bearcat Blvd. became available, and we had hoped to purchase it for our Faith Formation and Youth Ministry programs. Unfortunately, negotiations with the seller were unsuccessful.  A review of our long-term Master Plan regarding how to accommodate future growth will begin soon. Bottom line is we need more space.

 

Did you know? The second part of the Mass is The Liturgy of the Eucharist (Liturgy of the Word was the first part) and it begins with the preparation of the gifts and the altar. As the ministers prepare the altar, representatives of the people bring forward the bread and wine that will become the Body and Blood of Christ. The celebrant blesses and praises God for these gifts and places them on the altar. In addition to the bread and wine, monetary gifts for the support of the Church and the care of the poor may be brought forward.

 

In His peace,

 

Fr. Martin

Dear Parishioners and friends,

 

Peace and blessings!

 

Hope that you all had a blessed Thanksgiving. It is now time to prepare for a new year with the Advent season upon us.

 

Unfortunately, I recently received word that Fr. Basant will not be returning from India. Our superiors are working to find a friar to join us. We are grateful for his time with us and wish him well in his new assignment.

 

Did you know? The Nicene Creed follows the homily. It is a statement of faith dating from the fourth century. In certain instances, the Nicene Creed may be replaced by the Apostles' Creed or by a renewal of baptismal promises.

 

The Liturgy of the Word concludes with the Prayer of the Faithful or the General Intercessions, now called the Universal Prayers.

The assembly intercedes with God on behalf of the Church, the world, and themselves, entrusting their needs to the faithful and loving God. We pray for the Church, our nations, the sick, the deceased and any special needs.

 

In His peace,

 

Fr. Martin

Dear Parishioners and friends,

 

Peace and blessings!

 

At a recent Liturgy Commission Meeting the time between the 7:30 and 9:00 Sunday Masses was discussed. There is much congestion as one is getting out and the other coming it. Traffic and parking is also difficult. After a lengthy discussion is was decided to make a change in schedule effective January 1, 2018. The 7:30 am Sunday Mass will move to 7:00 am. This was the only alternative so that Faith Formation and other activities not be affected.

 

Did you know? After the Scripture readings, the celebrant preaches the homily. In the homily, the preacher focuses on the Scripture texts or some other texts from the liturgy, drawing from them lessons that may help us to live better lives, more faithful to Christ's call to grow in holiness. A sermon is a talk on any aspect of Christian doctrine, and may or may not relate to the readings, and is usually more didactic.

 

In His peace,

 

Fr. Martin

Dear Parishioners and friends,

 

Peace and blessings!

 

On Wednesday at 7:00 pm we will begin our Forty Hours Devotion. The Eucharist will be in Adoration in the main church during these 40 hours. This will end on Friday at 7:00 pm with Mass. Our focus this year will be in gratitude for the Beatification of Capuchin Fr. Solanus Casey.

 

Have you thought about being an extraordinary minister of the Eucharist? With a number going to Florida and some moving we are looking for ministers at each Mass. If you feel God is calling you to serve, please let us know. Training will be available. Pray about it.

 

Did you know? The high point of the Liturgy of the Word is the reading of the Gospel. Because the Gospels tell of the life, ministry, and preaching of Christ, it receives several special signs of honor and reverence. The gathered assembly stands to hear the Gospel and it is introduced by an acclamation of praise. During most of the year, that acclamation is "Alleluia!" derived from a Hebrew phrase meaning "Praise the Lord!" A deacon (or, if no deacon is present, a priest) reads the Gospel

 

In His peace,

 

Fr. Martin

Dear Parishioners and friends,

 

Peace and blessings!

 

November is called “Stewardship Month.” This is a good opportunity and reminder for each of us to look at ourselves and see if we have been good stewards of our time, our talents and our treasures. Evaluate each of these and see if you need to make some changes.

 

Next Wednesday at 7:00 pm we will begin our Forty Hours Devotion. This will end on Friday at 7:00 pm with Mass.

 

Did you know? Most of the Liturgy of the Word is made up of readings from Scripture. On Sundays and solemnities, there are three Scripture readings. During most of the year, the first reading is from the Old Testament and the second reading is from one of the New Testament letters. During the Easter season, the first reading is taken from the Acts of the Apostles which tells the story of the Church in its earliest days. The last reading is always taken from one of the four Gospels.

 

In His peace,

 

Fr. Martin