Mar 14, 2018

Holy Week, Easter Triduum Schedule

Tuesday, March 27 
5:30 PM Mass followed by Rosary

Wednesday, March 28
7 AM Mass
4:30 - 5:30 PM Confessions
5:30 PM Rosary
6 - 7 PM Confessions

Holy Thursday, March 29
NO 7 AM Mass
NO 4:30 PM Confessions
5:30 PM Mass, followed by Adoration
7 PM to Midnight, Adoration in the "Garden"
7 PM to 8 PM Confessions

Good Friday, March 30
NO 7 AM Mass
NO 4:30 PM Confessions
5:30 PM Commemoration of the Lord's Passion
         Followed by Stations of the Cross

Holy Saturday, March 31
NO 7 AM Mass
Noon - 2 PM, Church Decorating, Volunteers needed!
NO 4:30 PM Confessions
9:30 PM Easter Vigil Mass

Easter Sunday, April 1
9 AM Mass
11:30 AM Mass

Mar 13, 2018

Sunday Sermon, March 11 -- The Veneration of the Crucifix

"As Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, so must the Son of man be lifted up."

Jesus refers to the Book of Numbers, chapter 21. We consider the history of the Old Testament event and the importance of devotion to the Crucifix in the life of the Church. Also, answering varied objections that Protestants make to the image of Christ Crucified, as well as objections made against religious statues.

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Sunday Sermon, March 4 -- The History of the Sacrament of Confession

An overview of the History of the Sacrament of Confession, and what each age of the Church can teach us. First, a reminder of the three acts of the penitent: Contrition (sorrow for sin and resolve to never sin again), Confession (naming our sins, and all mortal sins according to name and number), and Satisfaction (performing our penance, and living a penitential life).

The early Church teaches us that true contrition and a firm resolve never to sin again are the most important aspect of confession.
The early Church also teaches us of the joy of reconciliation of the sinner with God and with the Church.
The monastic period teaches us that penance is important.
The scholastic period and early modern period teach us of the importance avoiding occasions of sin.
The current age of the Church seems to focus primarily on the "nuts and bolts" of the method of confession, the naming of sins and the memorization of the formulae. While this is important, we must remember that the most important part of confession is to be truly sorry for our sins and to be firmly resolved never to sin again.

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Mar 1, 2018

Sunday Sermon, February 25 -- The Testing of Abraham, and Faith in the Resurrection

Sermon for the Second Sunday of Lent, on the testing of Abraham and the sacrifice of Isaac as a prefigurement of the Cross of Jesus Christ.

Mount Moriah is the place where the Jewish Temple was later built. On the far side of that mount is an outcropping which was later called Golgatha. Jesus carried the wood of the Cross up the very same slopes where Isaac carried the wood for the sacrifice.

Further, we know through St Paul's Letter to the Hebrews that Abraham had explicit faith in the resurrection from the dead -- for he reasoned that, if he did sacrifice Isaac on the mountain, God would raising him back to life and fulfill the promises through him.  (Hebrews 11:17ff)

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Feb 19, 2018

Sunday Sermon, February 18 -- The World Needs Catholics to Fast

For the Christian, holiness is the imitation of Christ - and Jesus fasted for forty days, which is why we fast and do penance during Lent. In particular, we fast from food and abstain from meat. Fasting and abstinence is deeply connected with who man, it is not merely a convention. Of all the ways we are attached to worldly things, food is primary. And of all types of food which give strength to the body, the meat of warm blooded animals is primary. Therefore, we sacrifice not only what is good, but even what is necessary (food, and in particular meat); so that we might be strengthened to give up what is not only not necessary, but is not even good (that is, sin).

One hundred years ago, Our Lady appeared in Fatima to ask for penance and prayers for the conversion of sinners and peace in the world. At that time, Catholics fasted for over fifty days of the year (included every day of Lent excepting Sundays), and abstained from meat and eggs and dairy for about one hundred days of the year (including every day of Lent, even the Sundays). Nowadays, we are only required to fast two days a year and to abstain from meat eight days - that is less than five percent of the fasting and less than ten percent of the abstinence which Catholics have practiced for some two thousand years!

No wonder the world and the Church are in such a sad state! Catholics don't do penance any more! Mary has been asking for one hundred years now, will any generous hearts embrace fasting and abstinence this Lent for peace in the world and the salvation of souls?

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