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

Pastoral Council: Thoughts for Reflection

September 28, 2014

“It’s Not Fair”

Echoing the complaint heard in last week’s readings, today’s First Reading again presents protests that God isn’t fair. Why does He punish with death one who begins in virtue but falls into iniquity, while granting life to the wicked one who turns from sin?

This is the question that Jesus takes up in the parable in today’s Gospel.

The first son represents the most heinous sinners of  Jesus’ day – tax collectors and prostitutes – who by their sin at first refuse to serve in the Lord’s vineyard, the kingdom. At the preaching of John the Baptist, they repented and did what is right and just. The second son represents Israel’s leaders – who said they would serve God in the vineyard, but refused to believe John when he told them they must produce good fruits as evidence of their repentance (see Matthew 3:8).

Once again, this week’s readings invite us to ponder the unfathomable ways of God’s justice and mercy. He teaches His ways only to the humble, as we sing in today’s Psalm. And in the Epistle today, Paul presents  Jesus as the model of that humility by which we come to know life’s true path.

Paul sings a beautiful hymn to the Incarnation. Unlike Adam, the first man, who in his pride grasped at being God, the New Adam, Jesus, humbled himself to become a slave, obedient even unto death on the cross (see Romans 5:14). In this He has shown sinners – each one of us – the way back to the Father. We can only come to God, to serve in His vineyard, the Church, by having that same attitude as Christ.

This is what Israel’s leaders lacked. In their vainglory, they presumed their superiority – that they had no further need to hear God’s Word or God’s servants.

But this is the way to death, as God tells Ezekiel today. We are always to be emptying ourselves, seeking forgiveness for our sins and frailties, confessing on bended knee that He is Lord, to the glory of the Father.

(Dr. Scott Hahn, Reflections on the Sunday Mass)

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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.

Truth About Communion in the Hand While Standing

SUNDAY, MARCH 16, 2014

Truth About Communion in the Hand While Standing

BY BEN YANKE

A close friend of mine and my Pastor, Fr. Richard Heilman, brings us our guest post for today on the questionable origins of communion in the hand. This was Father’s homily today which he adapted into a post for NLM. He compiled most of this from various articles and sources. Fr. Heilman is a priest of the Diocese of Madison, WI.

rec commIn my efforts to restore a sense of the sacred in the liturgy, I have often been accused of being “pre-Vatican II.” I usually correct them by saying I am exactly Vatican II. The Second Vatican Council called for few changes in the liturgy, understanding that there had been a great many changes to the Roman liturgy over the centuries, to be sure, but they had been gradual and organic, and typically imperceptible. However, in all of church history, there was never anything like what happened in the years following this Council, in respect to the liturgy.

This weekend we had our first Masses with the new Communion rail. After one of these Masses I was talking with one of the old guard parishioners (great guy), and he loved the rails. He told me that “years ago” (I love that expression), they had a Parish Council meeting, and Fr. X wanted to remove the side altars (along with many other alterations), in this beautiful church. The old guard parishioner said, “It was a hard fought battle that night, but we wore him down and he did only minor alterations.” I said, “My … how times have changed … that priest got criticized for trying to remove sacredness … now I’m getting criticized for trying to bring it back.”

Since we were celebrating our new Communion rails, and the Gospel saw Peter, James and John fall prostrate before the presence of God – I deemed it a perfect time to shed some light on one of those post-Vatican II innovations – Communion in the hand while standing. We began with a little history lesson …

An Indult Born Out of Disobedience

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May is the Month of Mary

Dear Fellow Parishioners,

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee: Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.

May has traditionally been considered and observed as the Month of Mary.  In his encyclical, Month of May, Pope Paul VI says May is the “month which the piety of the faithful has especially dedicated to Our Blessed Lady,” and it is the occasion for a “moving tribute of faith and love which Catholics in every part of the world [pay] to the Queen of Heaven. During this month Christians, both in church and in the privacy of the home, offer up to Mary from their hearts an especially fervent and loving homage of prayer and veneration. In this month, too, the benefits of God’s mercy come down to us from her throne in greater abundance” (Paul VI: Encyclical on the Month of May, no. 1).

The practice of special devotion to Mary during this month has been recommended by Popes through the years. In May 2002, Pope St. John Paul II said, “Today we begin the month dedicated to Our Lady, a favorite of popular devotion. In accord with a long-standing tradition of devotion, parishes and families continue to make the month of May a ‘Marian’ month, celebrating it with many devout liturgical, catechetical and pastoral initiatives!”

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First Communion, April 26, 2014

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 Congratulations to our children who received their First Communion on Saturday, April 26, 2014!

Front Row: Gavin Voights, Emma Brunton, Trista Curran, Garrison Tashner

Middle Row: John Baxter, Riley Donahoe, Carsen Udelhofen