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From the Pastor 11/18/18

Mass Offerings... Continued
What it means to have a Mass “offered” for someone. The Church has always taught that the Mass brings about certain fruits. This includes effect upon the living members of the Church as well as the poor souls in purgatory. The special ministerial fruits of the Mass are applied to the particular intention of the Mass, often referred to as that “for whom the Mass is offered.” There are also special personal fruits from the Mass that benefit the celebrating priest who acts in the person of Christ, as well as the people who are in attendance and participate in the Mass.

A person may ask a priest to offer a Mass for a particular intention. Typically, a stipend is given to the priest for offering the Mass, which thereby in justice creates an obligation which must be satisfied. This particular intention is sometimes called a “stipended intention.” Whereas the intention normally goes to the priest, in the case of religious with vows of poverty, such as the Dominicans, the stipend goes to the community or the parish.

From the Pastor 11/11/18

Mass Offerings
What it means to have a Mass “offered” for someone. An individual may ask a priest to offer a Mass for a particular intention for several reasons: in thanksgiving, for the intentions of another person (such as an anniversary), or for the repose of the soul of someone who has died. This is the particular intention the priest brings to the Mass, but he brings other intentions as well, including those of everyone in attendance.

When a priest offers Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, he is guided by three intentions: (1) to offer the Mass reverently and validly as prescribed by the Church; (2) to offer the Mass in union with the entire Church and for the good of the whole Church; (3) to offer the Mass for a particular intention, such as the repose of the soul of someone who has died.

From the Pastor 11/04/18

During the month of November we remember those who have gone before us in death. And in a special way we especially remember our loved ones who have passed away this past year. During the month of November we have placed special All Souls candles at Our Lady’s Altar. You are able to write the names of your loved one right on the candle itself with a marker. These candles are available for $5 each. I know the offering is more than the normal $3 offering, but we thought it would be nice to have the individualized Poor Souls candles for the month of November. If people use them, then we can make this a yearly tradition in our parish. We have also placed the All Souls envelopes with the names of your loved ones near the tabernacle in Church. As their names are close to Jesus here on earth, we pray that they will soon be with our Divine Savior in the Kingdom of Heaven.

But we do not just remember our loved ones; we also commend them to God. To “commend” someone is to present or mention a person as worthy of notice or kindness. This entire month we commend the dead, those who we have known and loved, to God. In our prayer for the dead we tell God that the person we pray for was loved, and therefore we hope that God will find our love a worthy commendation for God’s ultimate gift of salvation.

From the Pastor 10/28/18

This is the last week of October, and we are now anticipating the month of November when we especially pray for our beloved deceased. There will be a special memorial at the Blessed Mother’s Altar for all of our loved ones in the parish who have passed away since our All Soul’s Day of 2017, and also special candles to light as well.

Please remember that Thursday, November 1 is the Solemnity of All Saints, and is a Holy Day of Obligation for all Catholics. Friday, November 2 is the Commemoration of All Souls. All three Masses on All Souls Day will be for the repose of all souls, and it is a venerable tradition for Catholics to celebrate Mass on this most important day. Also, the month of November gives me the opportunity to once again reprint my article about cremation.

From the Pastor 10/21/18

You may have noticed that some of our parishioners are now using the Communion Rail to receive Holy Communion. Although standing in line at the entrance of the rail and receiving one at a time has become the norm in our country, that is not necessarily true in other parts of the world. In many churches even in the United States the practice of receiving Holy Communion at the rail has returned. An example of this is our Dominican parish of St. Patrick Parish in Columbus, which had a brief time of standing in line, and then quickly returned to the practice of utilizing the Communion Rail. Please understand that there is nothing in the General Instruction of the Roman Missal that prohibits the faithful from kneeling to receive Holy Communion at the rail. Many parishioners have asked that we return to the venerable tradition of using our Communion Rail here at St. Gertrude’s. Both the Dominican friars and the Pastoral Council have discussed this as well. Will we take up this venerable practice in our parish? It just depends on how many would like to begin this practice; and the only way to evaluate this is to see how many take up the practice on their own. If the desire is strong then the friars would revisit this issue.

Recently I came across this article that explains the significance of the Altar Rails at Holy Mass. No matter if you wish to receive Holy Communion by kneeling at the rail or remain standing in line at the entrance of the rail, the significance of the Altar Rail is very important for the theology of the Holy Mass. I am printing it here for your reflection.

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