Sunday, November 16, 2014
Dear parishioners and friends in Christ:
Can you believe it? All the "holiday season" commercials, decorations, and even music already! As I wrote earlier this month let’s not forget to first pause and give thanks to Almighty God on Thursday, November 27th as we celebrate our annual Thanksgiving Day Mass at 9:00 am. Make plans to join us as our Parish Family gathers around the Lord’s Table to give thanks in the true spirit of the holiday.
All Liturgical Ministers are encouraged to participate in our annual Morning of Recollection next Saturday, November 22nd beginning with Mass at 8:30. I am pleased that Joseph Scolaro, our former summer seminarian (now Father Scolaro) will offer Mass and be our featured presenter. All parishioners are invited to participate in the Mass. Liturgical Minis-ters will gather in the Fr. Behan Hall immediately after for the keynote address and breakout groups according to ministries (ie, Lectors, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, Ushers, Greeters, Music Ministers, and Sacristans). Registration is required. Please contact Joan Loring email email@example.com or leave a message on her voicemail 667-4044 ex. 122.
Speaking of the Liturgy, thank you for your sup-portive comments concerning my homilies last week-end. We all need to acknowledge our church as first and foremost a "house of prayer". This sacred space, on holy ground, must first and always be God’s dwelling place. We all need to rediscover the place of quiet re-flection, especially before Mass begins. Out of recogni-tion, respect, and reverence the Real Presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament must be appropriately acknowledged by bowing our heads before receiving Holy Communion and by observing silence especially directly in front of the tabernacle. All of these "changes" are clearly stated in the General Instruction on the Roman Missal which has been in effect for a few years now.
Have a great week and God Bless you!
Msgr. "Father Bob" Clerkin