Dear Faithful of Saint Mary’s Parish,
I hope you all are doing well! I want to share with you one idea that the Pastoral council and I have given some thought to in the past several weeks. As you know, our Church has a beautiful Chapel dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. In this chapel there is an altar with a tabernacle on it. But the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar is not in that tabernacle except from Holy Thursday evening to Holy Saturday night as a sign of the three days that Jesus Christ was in the tomb. During these days, the liturgy of the Catholic Church says that the main tabernacle in the center of the Sanctuary should be emptied and moved to an altar on one of the sides of the Church.
We want to put the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar in the tabernacle that is in the Blessed Virgin Chapel. Also, we want to keep the Blessed Sacrament in the tabernacle in the center of the Sanctuary. So there will be two places in our Church for praying: one in the main Church and one in the Blessed Virgin Chapel. Sometimes, people would like to have a quieter place to pray, or more intimacy with God, and if so, they could go to this Chapel. And people who wish to pray in the main Church can continue to do so because the same Lord will be in both places.
I think this is an opportunity to reinforce our belief in the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist. We need this as much as our bodies need to eat and drink. You remember that Saint Paul says, “devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful” (Col 4:2) as well as “do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God” (Phil 4:6). We can pray anywhere, but praying in front of the Blessed Sacrament is the best place to pray if we can. Remember that our Church is open from 3am to 10pm. Wouldn’t it be nice to stop by the Church and just tell God how much you love him? Isn’t it something we like people to do with us? Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we acquire the custom of reserving a time of the day for prayer, before or after work, and be with Jesus Christ to give Him thanks?
We would like to do this as soon as possible, on this coming Thursday, after which, Adoration on Thursdays will be held in the Blessed Virgin Chapel. I would like you to know that we need people who want to make a commitment to be adorers of the Blessed Sacrament. The commitment is just to pick a time of the day where you will come to adore Jesus Christ. When you parents ask me what you can do for your children after having raised them as Catholic, they do not practice anymore what you taught them, I say, “Just pray for them because that is the unique thing you can do now.” In the Gospel of Luke 18:1, you see this: “Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up”.
Finally, something that you know, which is my love for all of you in the heart of Jesus Christ and my constant prayer for you and all your families.
May God bless you always.
Father Faustino Ruiz
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.)
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!
Father Faustino Ruiz Father John Del Priore
St. Mary Pastoral Council Members:
Greg Merrick Dave Klar Jessica Clifton Connie McCabe Joe Hood
SUNDAY, MARCH 16, 2014
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.
In 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