• TH2 New Priests Bless the Bishop
  • TH2 Concelebrating Mass with Bishop Robert Morlino
  • TH2 New Priests prepare to give first blessings to family and friends
  • TH2 Handing over of the bread and wine
  • TH2 Laying of Hands (Ordination)
  • TH2 Anointing of Hands

Thoughts and Reflections on the Holy Eucharist

Eucharist

 

Father Mike Schmitz from St. Paul, MN. speaks to 10,000 college students at this year’s Focus Conference in Nashville, TN. about the Holy Eucharist and offers a wonderful perspective on how we might develop a loving relationship with Jesus Christ. (The talk actually begins 12 minutes into the video, so you might want to forward past the first 11 minutes.)

Fr. Mike Schmitz Video

This Week’s Parish Bulletin

Parish Bulletin January 18, 2015

 

Pastoral Council: Thoughts for Reflection

January 18, 2015

Hearing the Call

In the call of Samuel and the first Apostles, today’s Readings shed light on our own calling to be followers of Christ. Notice in the Gospel today that John’s disciples are prepared to hear God’s call. They are already looking for the Messiah, so they trust in John’s word and follow when he points out the Lamb of God walking by.

Samuel is also waiting on the Lord – sleeping near the Ark of the Covenant where God’s glory dwells, taking instruction from Eli, the high priest. Samuel listened to God’s word and the Lord was with him. And Samuel, through his word, turned all Israel to the Lord (see 1 Samuel 3:21; 7:2-3). The disciples too, heard and followed – words we hear repeatedly in today’s Gospel. They stayed with the Lord and by their testimony brought others to the Lord.

These scenes from salvation history should give us strength to embrace God’s will and to follow His call in our lives. God is constantly calling to each of us – personally, by name (see Isaiah 43:1; John 10:3). He wants us to seek Him in love, to long for His word (see Wisdom 6:11-12). We must desire always, as the apostles did, to stay where the Lord stays, to constantly seek His face (see Psalm 42:2).

For we are not our own, but belong to the Lord, as Paul says in today’s Epistle.

We must have ears open to obedience, and write His word within our hearts. We must trust in the Lord’s promise – that if we come to Him in faith, He will abide with us (see John 15:14; 14:21-23), and raise us by His power. And we must reflect in our lives the love He has shown us, so that others too may find the Messiah.

As we renew our vows of discipleship in this Eucharist, let us approach the altar singing the new song of today’s Psalm: “Behold I come . . . to do your will O God.”

(Dr. Scott Hahn, This Sunday’s Bible Reflections) 

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This Week’s SAINTS

 Week of January 18, 2015

St Agnes St. Agnes, Feast Day is January 21.

 Saint Agnes was only a teenager when she had to decide between life and dying for Jesus. She had been ordered to sacrifice her      virginity to pagan gods, and she sacrificed her life instead. She is the patron saint of engaged couples. Please pray for those who  are dating, planning to get married, divorced and lonely, co-habitating, married without the Sacrament, and everyone else who is facing the temptation of sexual relations outside of marriage. Help them to grow in their intimacy with Jesus, and teach them to  rely on Him to remain pure and chaste.  

St Vincent of Saragossa St. Vincent of Saragossa Deacon, first Martyr of Spain.

 His Feast Day is January 22.

 Vincent was born in Huesca, near Saragossa, Spain, sometime during the latter part of the 3rd century.

 Vincent spent most of his life in the city of Saragossa, Spain, where he was educated and instructed in the Catholic religion. He was ordained to the diaconate by Saint Valerius, Bishop of Saragossa, and  commissioned to do the preaching in the diocese. Because Valerius suffered from a speech   impediment,  Vincent acted as his spokesman. When the Roman Emperor Diocletian began persecuting Christians in Spain,  Vincent answered in the bishop’s name and both were brought before Dacian, the Roman Governor. He spoke  eloquently for both his bishop and his church, proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ and condemning  paganism.

 Because of this, by order of the Governor Dacian, they were kept in prison for a long time. Then Valerius was exiled, but Vincent was subjected to many cruel torments, suffering agony yet singing the praises to God, he was overcome by wonder, and confessed in that hour his conversion.

On hearing this, the Roman governor was infuriated, but finding all his efforts to unnerve his victim were useless, gave orders for the torture to stop -   perhaps to win Vincent by clemency or to prevent him from becoming a  martyr. For a time Vincent had some relief. But he did not survive long and died of his injuries in prison on January 22 in 304.

St Francis de SalesSt. Francis de Sales, Feast day is January 24.

Born in France in 1567, Francis was a patient man. He knew for thirteen years that he had a vocation to the priesthood before he mentioned it to his family. When his father said that he wanted Francis to be a soldier and sent him to Paris to study, Francis said nothing. Then when he went to Padua to get a doctorate in law, he still kept quiet, but he studied theology and practiced mental prayer while getting into swordfights and going to parties. Even when his bishop told him if he wanted to be a priest that he thought that he would have a miter waiting for him someday, Francis uttered not a word. Why did Francis wait so long? Throughout his life he waited for God’s will  to be clear. He never wanted to push his wishes on God, to the point where most of us would have been afraid that God would give up!

Jesus told Saint Francis to “Leave all and follow Him,” he developed a life of devotion to Him, through self-discipline, prayer, and kindness toward all. Now he is the patron saint of authors, the Catholic press, and journalists. St.  Francis died December 28, 1622.

 

The Remnant Forum: CIVIL WAR: A Church in Crisis

The Mass of Vatican II

Dear Fellow Parishioners,

                 The article, “The Mass of Vatican II,”  examines the actual documents of the Second Vatican Council that speak to the intent and expectations of the Council members regarding the Liturgy, most especially the celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.  The Pastoral Council wishes to share this article with you in the hopes that we can all become better informed Catholics about the Mass and  the thinking  of the Council participants when they issued the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, one of the first documents to come out of Vatican II in 1963 and considered “one of the most important documents of the Council” and ” the one that has been the least understood.”

                We will be distributing the article in three parts over the next several Sundays; however, you may view the entire article by clicking on the picture link below.

                May our increased understanding of the workings of the Church help our faith to grow ever stronger and help us to grow in love and unity as a Catholic community!

Sincerely,

Father Faustino Ruiz               Father John Del Priore

St. Mary Pastoral Council Members:

Greg Merrick           Dave Klar               Jessica Clifton          Connie McCabe       Joe Hood

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Ascension Thursday Solemn High Mass

Fast forward the first 5 minutes of Part 1 to get to the start of Mass.  Part 1 goes to the singing of the Epistle, and Part 2 goes from the Epistle to the end of Mass.