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From the Pastor 10/15/17

A few weeks ago we experienced some vandalism on our property. The statues of Our Lady of Lourdes near the flag pole and Our Lady of Guadalupe in the Rosary Garden were vandalized. Someone took a hammer to the statues. Both will be replaced at a cost of $10,000, most of this covered by our insurance. Please say a prayer for the safety of our campus, and please remember to keep your eyes and ears open. If you see anything suspicious call the emergency number of the parish and leave a message for the priest on duty if for any reason the priest does not answer.

Once again I remind all parishioners to not give money to anyone asking on our campus. This just encourages them to come back and bring more people begging for assistance on our campus. Once again go to the office, find a priest, or call the emergency number so we can investigate the situation. No money should ever be given to those begging on our campus. Please inform them that St. Vincent de Paul Society will help them in any way we can, but that we cannot give them money.

From the Pastor 10/08/17

Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, October 7. A blessed Month of the Most Holy Rosary to all.

After six years of being part of our parish family, Mr. Jeff Plate, our Director of Stewardship and Development, and Pastoral Services, will be leaving us. Please see his letter in the bulletin this weekend. Jeff was hired to oversee the financial stability and development of the parish and he has performed a great service to our parish. Jeff will be remembered for his dedication to the Debt Elimination Challenge that saw the retirement of our $3.2 Million debt, the establishment of both the Stewardship and Development Committees, the oversight of our 50+ organizations, and the complete installation of our new organ. It is with great sadness yet also with great hope for his future that we wish him farewell from our parish. Jeff has also done incredible work to prepare the parish for the Archdiocesan Capital Campaign to raise $2.6 Million which will begin early next year. Our prayers and best wishes go with him and his family as he takes leave of our parish community. Jeff will be leaving us on October 13, the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima.

Pope St. Pius V established the Feast of Our Lady of Victories at the end of the 16th Century to give thanks to God and our Lady for the victory of Christian forces over the Muslim Turks at Lepanto on October 7, 1571 — a naval victory attributed to the praying of the rosary. His successor, Pope Gregory XIII transferred the feast to the first Sunday of October under the new title of the Most Holy Rosary. Pope Clement XI extended the feast to the universal Church in 1716. In the reform of the liturgy the feast was returned to its original day of October 7.

From the Pastor 10/01/17

Next weekend, October 7-8 will be a very special time in our parish. On October 7 we will celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary. Because we are celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima’s apparition to the Fatima Children this year we thought this would be a great time to have a Marian Celebration.

On Saturday, October 7 there will be a beautiful Marian Celebration of sacred music and readings, devotions, and the enrollment of new members of the Rosary Confraternity. Please see the article on page five for information on the evening and information as to how to enroll into the Confraternity of the Most Holy Rosary.

Traditionally the first Sunday of October is also known as Rosary Sunday where Dominican Churches throughout the world bless roses and distribute them to members to take home with a special emphasis on bringing a rose to someone who is sick or homebound. Since October 7 is the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary we will bless roses this second Sunday of October at the end of each Mass and distribute them to all of you to take home and to the sick.

From the Pastor 09/24/17

Here is Part II of Reverence in Church.

The Reception of Holy Communion

For Catholics: As Catholics, we fully participate in the celebration of the Eucharist when we receive Holy Communion. We are encouraged to receive Communion devoutly and frequently. In order to be properly disposed to receive Communion, participants should not be conscious of grave sin and should have fasted for one hour. A person who is conscious of grave sin is not to receive the Body and Blood of the Lord without prior sacramental confession except for a grave reason where there is no opportunity for confession. In this case, the person is to be mindful of the obligation to make an act of perfect Contrition as soon as possible (Code of Canon Law, canon 916). A frequent reception of the Sacrament of Reconciliation is encouraged for all.

For our Fellow Christians: We welcome our fellow Christians to this celebration of the Eucharist as our brothers and sisters. We pray that our common baptism and the action of the Holy Spirit in the Eucharist will draw us closer to one another, and begin to dispel the sad divisions which separate us. We pray that these will lessen and finally disappear, in keeping with Christ’s prayer for us “that we may all be one.” (John 17:21). Because Catholics believe that the celebration of the Eucharist is a sign of the reality of the oneness of faith, life, and worship, members of those churches with whom we are not fully united are ordinarily not admitted to Holy Communion. Eucharistic sharing in exceptional circumstances by other Christians requires permission according to the directives of the diocesan bishop and the provisions of canon law (can 844 s4).

From the Pastor 09/17/17

I am in Maine, so I had to write up my Pastor’s column before I left. Recently I came across some tips on Reverence in Church. I have also expanded on these original tips and made them more relevant to our church. I thought they would be a good reminder for all of us.

Called to Worship

The outside bells ring five minutes before Mass begins calling us to worship. A good practice is to be in church before the bells ring, thus giving yourselves a few minutes to ask Jesus to bless the hour you are here to worship him, to participate well in the Holy Eucharist, and share faith with one another. Ask the Holy Spirit to be with you during the Mass so you can truly be present during the Holy Sacrifice. The reverence we show in arriving on time and being properly prepared allows everyone to worship without distraction. If for any reason you arrive late you are most welcome to the Holy Mass. Please wait for a pause in the worship before finding a seat, or follow the directives of the ushers who will find you a place to sit.

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