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From the Pastor 12/02/18

A Blessed 1st Week of Advent. As you can notice the bulletin has been completely revamped. I am very grateful to our bulletin printers, Dee Printing, Inc., for helping us with the new look of the bulletin. It is our hope that this new look will be more pleasing and better organized. Dee Printing will now be taking care of editing, typesetting, and printing our weekly bulletin. I am most appreciative of all they are doing for us. Please support all the businesses that advertise in the bulletin which make it possible for us to produce this bulletin each week free of charge. Finally, I wish to thank Mrs. Gayle Bibisi who has worked for us for several years as editor of the bulletin. Certainly as she takes leave of this responsibility, we wish to thank her for all she has done for our parish.

This week, I would like to continue my commentary on the Holy Eucharist and Pope St. Paul VI’s 1968, Creed of the People of God. The Holy Father explained five major points that are important to understand and believe in our lives as Catholic Christians concerning the Holy Eucharist. Last week I explained his first three points. This weekend I continue with his last two points.

From the Pastor 11/25/18

A very blessed Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. We come to the end of another liturgi- cal year. Next week we will begin a new year with the First Week of Advent.

Just recently Pope Francis canonized Pope St. Paul VI. I have very fond memories of this Holy Father since he was the pope of my youth. So I thought this would be a good opportunity to learn more about this saintly pope. Of course the most important teaching he gave the Church and the world was his encyclical Humane Vitae,
in which the Holy Father clearly stated that Christians cannot separate the procreative and unitive ends of marriage, thus condemning the use of contraception for all Catholics. We know how much he was criticized at the time for this inspired teaching. We also now know how true his prediction was that contraception would destroy the marriage bond and the natural family. Today we know only too well that contraception continues to ruin marriages and family life.

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.

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