Are you wondering what Christianity is all about?
Are you curious about the Catholic Church?
Have you not received First Communion and/or Confirmation?
Are you engaged or married to a Catholic, and want to know why they believe “all that stuff”?
Are you returning to the Church after a long absence?
Or are you simply interested in learning more about the Faith you already profess and practice?
THE ALPHA COURSE classes began on Tuesday, May 6th, in Fr. D'Arco Hall, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
(There is no commitment, cost , or obligation to you!)
A new Great Adventure Bible Study group is forming to study the 24-session foundational Bible study, The Bible Timeline. It will meet on Thursday evenings, 7:00-9:00 p.m., in the Religious Education Center, room 11, beginning 6/26/14. (The times will change to 7:30-9:30 p.m. following Labor Day.) The RE Center is located directly behind the church, off of Sara Road. The facilitators are Ronda and David Fernandez.
All Great Adventure studies require participants to have a Catholic version of the Bible and a Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC). The optional, but strongly recommended study kit will cost $30.
Our parish has adoration of the Blessed Sacrament available 24/7 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)! Adorers are always needed! Click below for times with urgent needs for adorers.
"Could you not keep watch for one hour?" Mark 14:37
My dear family,
We have entered the month of May - the month dedicated to our Blessed Mother because it is the most beautiful month of the year. Let's try to keep her month by praying the Rosary every day, or practicing some other special act of devotion to our Lady.
I'm very happy to announce that our dear Sacristan, Mrs. Anne McCluskey, has been chosen as the outstanding catechist of the year by the Archdiocese. Congratulations and God bless you, Anne!
Of course in honoring her, we honor all of our catechists. While we have a great love for our parochial school, we know that the majority of our children receive their religious education from our volunteer catechism teachers, who give so freely of their time week after week in teaching our children and youth about Christ. We owe so much to these wonderful people!
We have a busy few weeks in our parish. First Communions began yesterday. In a few weeks we will have Confirmations and Graduations. In June both the priests and the deacons will be ordained. This year there is no man from our parish being ordained, but we had two last year, so I guess it's only fair that we take a break!
Pray for all those receiving sacraments in the upcoming few days.
A joyful Easter week!
Msgr. Doug Raun
My dear parish family,
The Lord is Risen! Alleluia!
I pray that the great joy of Easter fill your hearts and homes today. After the penance of Lent, and the sorrow of Good Friday, we come to the glorious triumph of our Savior over sin and death.
As always, I want to thank all the people who, in so many different ways, helped in the celebration of the Holy Week liturgies. It is they who make possible the beautiful celebration of the Lord's Death and Resurrection that we all participate in.
The blessed Easter water is available for everyone in the church. The very ancient custom is for the faithful to bless their homes with the new Easter water. The following prayer may be used:
The family is gathered, and the head of the house may read the following prayers:
Graciously hear us, Holy Lord, Almighty Father and Eternal God, that, even as You protected the homes of the Hebrew people leaving Egypt by means of the destroying angel; which homes were stained with the blood of a lamb (which prefigured our Passover in which Christ was sacrificed); so may you in the same manner graciously grant to send your holy angel from heaven that he may guard, foster, protect, visit, and defend all the inhabitants of this dwelling. Through the same Christ Our Lord. Amen.
The rooms of the house are then sprinkled with the blessed Easter water.
A joyful Easter week to you all!
We now enter into the most sacred of all weeks – Holy Week. During these seven days we are invited to walk with our Lord on the road to Calvary and experience within ourselves the glory of His Resurrection. It is my hope that we all try to join in as many of the services that we can, especially the principle services of Holy Week: the Mass of the Lord's Supper, the Liturgy of the Passion, and the Easter Vigil Mass. A few notes on this week:
1. Please note that all the priests will be hearing confessions three times a day on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday – with a visiting priest joining us at the 7 pm confessions. The priests are in a much better mood on these days than they are on Holy Saturday! Don't wait until the last minute to make your confession!
2. On Holy Thursday we will have Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at the Altar of Repose from after the Mass until midnight. We should make it a point of honor to spend some time in adoration on Holy Thursday, remembering the question our Lord asked of us that night: "Could you not watch with Me one hour?"
3. Good Friday is a day of strict obligation of fasting (one meal only) and abstaining from eating meat.
4. Traditionally, on Good Friday Catholics refrain from worldly amusements: secular television, movies and music, parties, needless shopping, etc. It is a day of sorrow and mourning over the sufferings and death of our Lord.
5. It is praiseworthy, but not under pain of sin, to fast and abstain from eating meat on Holy Saturday, as the Church sits by the tomb of her Lord in mourning.
6. The Lenten Fast ends with the Easter Vigil, which in our parish is 8:30 pm.
7. Yes, the Holy Saturday Easter Vigil fulfills the Easter SundayMass obligation – in fact it is THE great Mass of Easter.
8. Everyone wants to go to the High Mass on Easter Sunday. Unfortunately the church cannot hold everyone. If you want to hear Mass in the church at 9 or 11 am, get there early, because, once the church is full, you will be asked to go to the outdoor Masses at Vista Verde cemetery.
9. Actually, the two outdoor Masses on Easter morning are very beautiful. Our wonderful LifeTeen choir provides the music. We provide some chairs, but it is a good idea to bring your own chairs or a blanket. If you have young children, these two Masses are ideal for your family. Pray for good weather! If there is bad weather, we will have tents set up at the cemetery.– so there will be the two Masses at Vista Verde, no matter what!
10. At the end of all the Easter Masses, we will have the blessing of the children's Easter baskets. This is a lovely custom that helps the children tie in their Easter candy with the Resurrection.
11. And the blessed Pascal water will be available after all the Easter Masses to take with you to bless your homes.
A truly blessed Holy Week to you all!
Msgr. Doug Raun
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