Pastor's Message

Dear Parishioners and friends,

 

Peace and blessings!

 

At long last our prayers have been answered. This week we welcomed to our Capuchin Fraternity Fr. Praveen Kumbar Turaka, a Capuchin Friar from India. Let us offer him a warm ICC welcome!

 

This Monday morning at 10:00 Mass we will celebrate the Sacrament of the Sick with those attending.

 

Did you know? The people approach the altar and, bowing with reverence, receive Communion. People may receive the Body of Christ either on the tongue or in the hand. The priest or other minister offers the Eucharist to each person saying, "The Body of Christ.” The person receiving responds by saying, "Amen," a Hebrew word meaning, "So be it" (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2856). The bow should be done while the person in front of you is receiving communion. The norm for reception of Holy Communion in the dioceses of the United States is standing (GIRM 160).

 

For Lent: Fast from worries and have trust in God.

 

Have a blessed Lent.

 

In His peace,

 

Fr. Martin

 

Dear Parishioners and friends,

 

Peace and blessings!

 

Our parish Penance Service will be Monday, March 5th at 7:00pm. There will be a number of priests available to celebrate the sacrament with us.

 

Monday, March 12th we will celebrate the Sacrament of the Sick at a special Mass at 10:00 in the main church. At this Mass we will pray with those who wish to be anointed.

 

Did you know? Because sharing at the Eucharistic Table is a sign of unity in the Body of Christ, only Catholics may receive Communion. To invite all present to receive Communion implies a unity which does not exist. Dialogue continues on this topic with other Christian Churches. Those who do not receive Communion still participate in this rite by praying for unity with Christ and with each other. They may come forward with crossed arms and receive a blessing.

 

For Lent: Fast from pessimism and be filled with hope.

 

Have a blessed week.

 

In His peace,

 

Fr. Martin

 

Dear Parishioners and friends,

 

Peace and blessings!

 

Hope you are all having a blessed Lent and sticking with your promises. Prayer and penance always become the foundation of this holy season. Our parish Penance Service will be Monday, March 5th at 7:00pm. There will be a number of priests available to celebrate the sacrament with us. Mark it on your calendar.

 

Did you know? Before receiving Communion, the celebrant and assembly acknowledge that we are unworthy to receive so great a gift. The celebrant receives Communion first and then the people come forward. Those who receive Communion should be prepared to receive so great a gift. They should fast (except for medicines) for one hour before receiving the Eucharist and should not be conscious of having committed serious sin.

 

For Lent: Fast from complaints and contemplate simplicity.

 

Have a blessed week.

 

In His peace,

 

Fr. Martin

 

Dear Parishioners and friends,

 

Peace and blessings!

 

The season of Lent is upon us.  How appropriate that it began on St. Valentine Day this year.  Valentine Day traditionally is a day to let those we love know how much we care for them.  This year is a perfect opportunity to tell the Lord how much we love Him by doing something special during these 40 days as we prepare ourselves to see His perfect gift to us in His Passion, Death and Resurrection.

 

Let us pray for our Candidates and Catechumens as they are presented to the Bishop today at the Rite of Election.

 

Did you know? In the Fraction Rite, the celebrant breaks the consecrated bread as the people sing the Agnus Dei or "Lamb of God." John the Baptist proclaimed Jesus as "the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world" (Jn 1:29). The action of breaking the bread recalls the actions of Jesus at the Last Supper, when he broke the bread before giving it to his disciples. One of the earliest names for the Eucharistic celebration is the breaking of the bread.

 

For Lent: Fast from hurting words and say kind words.

 

Have a blest week.

 

In His peace,

 

Fr. Martin

 

Dear Parishioners and friends,

 

Peace and blessings!

 

Today at the 11:30 Mass we will celebrate with those couples having special wedding anniversaries, namely, 25th, 40th, 50th and more. Please keep all our anniversary couples in your prayers.
Wednesday, February 14th, is St. Valentine Day and we will put that aside to begin the season of Lent with Ash Wednesday. Please see the bulletin, website and Facebook page for a listing of the various activities happening here during Lent: Masses, Stations, Penance Services.

 

Something new: as you leave the chapel downstairs there is a bulletin board on the left by the outside door that will post any upcoming funerals of parishioners.

 

Did you know? After the Eucharistic Prayer and Great Amen the Rite of Peace follows. The celebrant prays that the peace of Christ will fill our hearts, our families, our Church, our communities, and our world. As a sign of hope, the people extend to those around them a sign of peace, typically by shaking hands. Great practice to share your name as well. As always, use common sense during the cold and flu season or if you have a cold.

 

Have a blest week.

 

In His peace,

 

Fr. Martin