Mar 30, 2016

The Holy Thursday Washing of Feet - Changes made by Pope Francis

The Holy Thursday Washing of Feet – The Changes Made by Pope Francis

This year, for the first time in the history of the Church, it will be permissible for bishops and priests to wash the feet of women at the Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord's Supper in the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite. Pope Francis has, in recent months, issued a change to the official liturgical books whereby - with his authority as Vicar of Christ and Shepherd of the Universal Church - he has modified the liturgical law and created a new meaning for the Holy Thursday foot washing ritual. Pope Francis has the authority to make this change to the liturgy - the entire foot washing ritual itself (as being during Mass) was only recently created by Pope Pius XII in 1955, thus it can certainly be changed by the current Pope.

Easter Sunday, March 27 -- Christ's Descent into Hell

The theology of Jesus' death, descent into hell, and rising.

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Holy Week and Triduum Sermons

Sermons for Holy Week, March 22 - 25.
Holy Tuesday, Spy Wednesday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday.

Mar 20, 2016

Palm Sunday Sermon, March 20 -- The Logic of Holy Week and of the Triduum

Palm Sunday, March 20 -- The Logic of Holy Week and of the Triduum.

Throughout the year, we enter into the mysteries of salvation in the sacrifice of the Mass through sacramental signification, but during this week we enter into these mysteries after the manner in which they were actually accomplished in history. Thus, we carry palms on the day that the children of the Hebrews had, etc.
After a review of what happened each day of that first Holy Week, we consider the Liturgies of the Sacred Triduum.

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Mar 19, 2016

Daily Sermons, March 15-19

Homilies from daily Masses, March 15 - 19.

Total Consecration and St Joseph.

Mar 14, 2016

Sunday, March 13 -- Accepting God's Mercy, Divine Mercy Sunday

The story of the woman caught in adultery. On accepting God's mercy, preparing for an holy Divine Mercy Sunday. The Sunday after Easter is a special day for receiving God's forgiveness and mercy -- Jesus has promised that the one who receives Communion in the state of grace on that day, trusting in Divine Mercy, will be forgiven of all sin and also of all the punishment due to sin (purgatory). This is something like a second baptism, and we are able to receive it each year!

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Mar 12, 2016

Daily Sermons, March 7 through 12

Sermons from daily Masses, March 7-12.
St Thomas Aquinas, St Frances of Rome, The 40 Martyrs, Stations of the Cross, St Gregory the Great.

Mar 11, 2016

Dante's Inferno, Cantos 24-34 (Adult Formation on the Divine Comedy, Part 5 of 6)

This is the final session on the Inferno, as next week's session is cancelled for St Patrick's Day.

The Divine Comedy has been named by Pope Francis as the primary book and spiritual guide of the Year of Mercy. We will continue with sessions on the Purgatorio beginning in May.

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Mar 10, 2016

March 8 -- Missionary Of Mercy Conference On Confession

Father Ryan Erlenbush has been chosen by Pope Francis as one of some 54 priests in the USA appointed as an official Missionary of Mercy in the promotion of the Year of Mercy, especially through receiving special faculties from the Holy See in the administration of the sacrament of confession.

In this conference, delivered at St. Leo's Church in Lewistown, MT, we consider how to make a good confession, as well as several questions and concerns related to the sacrament.

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Mar 9, 2016

Holy Week and Easter Services, March 22-27

Holy Week Confession Times

Tuesday - Friday 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Tuesday and Wednesday 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Holy Thursday 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Holy Saturday 10 AM to Noon


Holy Thursday - March 24th
Mass of the Lord's Supper, 5:30 PM
Adoration in the "Garden" until Midnight

Good Friday - March 25th
Commemoration of the Passion of the Lord, 5:30 PM
Stations of the Cross, 7:15 PM

Holy Saturday - March 26th
Marian Devotions, 12 Noon
Easter Vigil Mass, 8:30 PM

Easter Sunday - March 27th
Easter Masses, 9 AM and 11:30 AM

Mar 6, 2016

Sunday Sermon, March 6th -- St Philip of Jesus, The Prodigal Son, and Confession

Sunday Sermon, March 6th -- The Parable of the Prodigal Son.
St Philip of Jesus is the first beatified martyr of the New World, and was very much a prodigal son who returned to the Lord and offered his life for the sanctification of Japan. His life reminds us that God can triumph over any evil or any failure -- indeed, he can even use our wandering astray as a means to gain his own glory, our salvation, and sanctification for the world.
A word on confession -- be courageous in confessing, and cowardly only in sinning.

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Mar 5, 2016

Daily Sermons, March 1-5

Sermons from daily Masses at Corpus Christi, March 1 through 5.
Forgiveness, Total Consecration, St Joseph, St Katherine Drexel, Stations of the Cross, Susanna and the Adulterous Woman.

Dante's Inferno, Cantos 18 to 24 (Adult Formation on the Divine Comedy, Part 4 of 6)

NOTE: The 6th session has been cancelled due to a special Mass for St Patrick on that day.

The Divine Comedy has been named by Pope Francis as the official book of the Year of Mercy. In this session we discuss the first half of the 8th circle of hell, and also give a defense of Dante's enemy, Pope Boniface VIII.

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