Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ – 18 June 2017

Food and Drink.  Flesh and Blood.  In his Gospel, Saint John shares three related levels of “flesh and blood” concerning Jesus Christ.  (1) He is human, just like us (in all things but sin).  (2) He did suffer and die on the cross (once for all).  (3) He gives himself as food and drink – and longs for each of us and all of us to dine at this ritual meal (Sunday Mass).

  • Although one form, one Eucharistic species is enough for valid Communion, why should I both eat and drink?
  • How can drinking from the Communion cup bind me more closely to Jesus Christ?
  • How does this drinking and eating meld me more richly with the community of believers?

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Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity – 11 June 2017

Three realities.  On this Trinity Sunday, we hear about three attributes of God – the One who is filled with gracious mercy, kindness, and faithfulness.  Who could ask for more?  Need more?  Want more?  Just as the Lord, while remaining in the cloud, stood with Moses on Mount Sinai, that same Lord stands with us in our church, in our town, and on our street.  Enshrouded in mystery, true.  But with us.  Always!

  • During what part of each day will I stand with God?
  • How will that daily time be filled with prayer?
  • Besides myself, for whom else and what else will I pray?

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Pentecost Sunday – 4 June 2017

Different but the Same.  Different gifts. This is the memorable line from the Second Reading (1 Corinthians 12:4-6)

“There are different kinds of spiritual gifts but the same Spirit;
there are different forms of service but the same Lord;
there are different workings but the same God
who produces all of them in everyone. “
This is all because of Baptism.  The one Christ and the one Spirit is given to each one coming out of the font.  But each one gets a handful, and not all, of spiritual gifts (charisms, really).  Each gift, each charism – given for some benefit – can only be used for someone else’s good.

  • What are spiritual gifts, charisms given to me in Baptism?
  • Who needs my service?  What good can I do?
  • What can I do for the benefit of another?

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100th Anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima

Join us May 4 as we begin a Novena to prepare for the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima on May 13. Prayers will be said following each Mass in honor of Our Lady praying for peace in our world and in our families.

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Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord: Vigil and during the Day – 15-16 April 2017 Bathing and Dying.

We see proclaimed this Easter night (or, at least, hear it proclaimed Easter Day) the elect going into the font for baptismal washing and baptismal dying (our two main images for Baptism).  Washing away the old, dying to past life.  Then, coming out brand new.  And seeing / hearing this, we are renewed.  Again.  This year.  Renewed again to be on baptismal mission.  Renewed again to be missionary disciples.

  • What renewal do I need?
  • How will the newly baptized, icons of God’s grace, help me be renewed?
  • How will I help the newly baptized become faithful with me, with us?

Holy Thursday:  Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper – 13 April 2017 

Washing, Dining, and Remembering.  We hear proclaimed again this day the story of washing the feet of others.  A task so menial, lords and ladies did not do it.  But the Lord Jesus did.  No task is beneath his doing – nor ours.  We also hear of dining on bread and wine irrevocably changed.  This repeatable task is for remembering liturgically Jesus the Christ and his Paschal Mystery in Body and Blood.

  • What must I do?
  • How will I be at the service of others?  Today?  Next week?
  • How will I “remember” the Christ – and thus remember us all?

Good Friday:  The Passion of the Lord – 14 April 2017

Dying.  We hear proclaimed today the story of Jesus and his passion and death.  It is a partial remembering of his Pascal Mystery.  The ending today, with the empty cross, is glimpse of the complete story.  Though dying is an end of sorts, it is not the end of this story.  Nor is it the end of our stories.  We know it.  We believe it.  Death leads to new life.  Empty cross is sign of everlasting life.

  • What is it I still need to let die?
  • What newness of life do I need, do I seek?
  • How does the empty cross lead me in the life I am to live?

Palm Sunday

Entering.  We hear proclaimed again today the story of Jesus entering Jerusalem, his city and place of destiny.  He did this with courage and conviction.  He did not let waving branches turn his head, change his mind.  We do our entering today – into Holy Week.  We face, with Jesus the Christ, our own destiny.

  • How can I let people’s praise and adulation not “go to my head”?
  • How can I face what I must face with courage and conviction?
  • How will I be at prayer and reflection these holy days?

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HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE

Palm Sunday, April 9 – St. Aloysius Mass, 7:00 am; St. Mary’s Mass, 8:30 am and 11:15 am

Holy Thursday, April 13 – Mass of the Lord’s Supper, St. Mary’s, 7:00 pm

Good Friday, April 14 – St. Mary’s, 5:30 pm

Easter Vigil, April 15 – St. Mary’s, 8:00 pm

Easter Sunday, April 16 – St. Aloysius Mass, 7:00 am, followed by Easter Egg Hunt; St. Mary’s Mass, 8:30 am, followed by Easter Egg Hunt; Mass 11:15 am

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Pope Francis’ Via Crucis Prayer: ‘O Cross of Christ’

“O Cross of Christ, teach us that the apparent victory of evil vanishes before the empty tomb and before the certainty of the Resurrection and the love of God which nothing can defeat, obscure or weaken.”  MORE

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“We are called to show mercy because mercy has been shown to us.”

– Pope Francis

Corporal Works of Mercy Clip Art of Year B no 48
Corporal Works of Mercy, Steve Erspamer SM, Clip Art of Year B, no. 48 © 1993, Archdiocese of Chicago.  All rights reserved.

The Works of Mercy 

 

Corporal Works of Mercy
These are charitable actions by which we help our neighbors in their bodily needs.

The corporal (bodily) works of mercy are:

  • Feed the hungry
  • Give drink to the thirsty
  • Shelter the homeless
  • Clothe the naked
  • Visit the sick
  • Visit the prisoners
  • Bury the dead
  • Give alms to the poor

Pope Francis adds:

  • Care of our Common Home
 

Spiritual Works of Mercy
These are actions that help our neighbor in their spiritual needs.

They include:

  • Counseling the doubtful
  • Instructing the ignorant
  • Admonishing the sinner
  • Comforting the sorrowful
  • Forgiving injuries
  • Bearing wrongs patiently
  • Praying for the living and the dead

Pope Francis adds:

  • Caring for our Common Home

United States Catholic Catechism for Adults, pages 508 and 529

Download the prayer card with the image of Christ the King on the throne, the Gospel of the great divide of sheep and goats, and the list of the Works of Mercy HERE