Holy Day Vigil Masses
Over the past years, the number of people attending our Holy Day vigil masses has declined. Due to the low number in attendance (50 people), beginning December 1st, we will not longer be able to offer Holy Day of Obligation Vigil Mass. We will continue with our regular Holy Day Schedule: 8:00am, 12:10 pm and 7:00pm (Bilingual)
Lectio Divina is Latin for “divine reading,” “spiritual read-
ing,” or “holy reading” and represents a method of
prayer and scriptural reading intended to promote com-
munion with God and to provide special spiritual in-
All parishioners are welcome to join us as we meditate
opening our heart to God’s words and prepare for the
next Sunday Mass readings. Lectio Divina is held every
Tuesday evenings from 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm and every
Saturday morning from 10:30 am – 11:30 am in the parish Center.
In the early Church, kneeling signified penance. So thoroughly was kneeling identified with penance that the early Christians were forbidden to kneel on Sundays and during the Easter season, when the prevailing spirit of the Liturgy was one of joy and thanksgiving. In the Middle Ages kneeling came to signify homage, and more recently this posture has come to signify adoration, especially before the presence of Christ in the Eucharist. It is for this reason that the bishops of the United States have chosen the posture of kneeling for the entire Eucharistic Prayer.
Making the Sign of the Cross
We begin and end Mass by marking ourselves with the Sign of the Cross. Because it was by his death on the Cross that Christ redeemed humankind, we trace the Sign of the Cross on our foreheads, lips, and hearts at the beginning of the Gospel, praying that the Word of God may be always in our minds, on our lips, and in our hearts. The cross reminds us in a physical way of the Paschal Mystery we celebrate: the death and Resurrection of our Savior Jesus Christ.
Why Go to Daily Mass?
† Every Mass is worth as much sacrifice of Our Lord’s life sufferings and death.
† Holy Mass is the world’s most powerful atonement for your sins.
† At the hour of death the Holy Masses you have heard devoutly will be your greatest consolation.
† Every Mass will go with you to judgment and plead for pardon.
† At Mass, you can diminish more or less temporal punishment due to your sins, according to your fervor.
† Assisting devoutly at Holy Mass, you render to the sacred humanity of Our Lord the greatest homage.
† He forgives the venial sins which you have not confessed. The power of Satan over you is diminished. He supplies for many of your negligence and omissions.
† You are preserved from dangers and misfortunes which otherwise might have befallen you. You shorten your Purgatory.
† Every Mass wins for you a higher degree of glory in Heaven.
† You receive the priest’s blessing which Our Lord ratifies in Heaven.
† You kneel amidst a multitude of holy angels, who are present at the adorable Sacrifice with reverential awe.
† You are blessed in your temporal goods and affairs.
† By piously hearing Holy Mass you afford the Souls in Purgatory the greatest possible relief.
† One Mass heard during life will be more benefit to you than many heard for you after your death.
Too Much Time on Our Hands!
A couple of weeks ago, someone asked me to cut some of the songs out of the mass and to ask the priests not to talk so long because they only schedule one hour on Sundays and have other things to do! SAD! God spent 6 days on creation for us, but we only have an hour! Jesus spend 3 hours on the cross for our sins, but we only have an hour! Sunday liturgy is the “source and summit of our lives!” It is a time for us to pray to our heavenly Father, to listen to His Word and to receive Jesus in the Eucharist. There is no time frame for Sunday liturgy since it is driven by the Holy Spirit, and we all know we can not control the Holy Spirit! Instead of worrying how long it is taking, we should be grateful of the time we spend with God. Next time you are tapping your watch and trying to figure out a good time to leave early from mass, remember the millions of Catholics throughout the world who would spend hours and even days in mass, however they can not participate in the Eucharist because of this lack of religious freedom and the threat of death. Maybe then we can stop putting a time limit on liturgy and let God come into our lives!
How do you dress?
Drive past a Baptist Church on a Sunday and look how people are dressed! They don’t have the True Presence of Christ in the Eucharist but they seem to havemuch more respect for God than we do! Baptists andother denominations always dress nicely for church onSunday, by doing so they are showing respect to God. Think about how you dress to come to church… Every week, God gives us His best: Himself in The Eucharist! Do we come dressed in our best or even our pretty good? Take a moment to look! Are you dressed appropriately for church or wearing something that is more for the beach or a nightclub? If the Baptists can do it, we Catholic’s certainly should: We have God speaking to us in the Word and the True Presence of God in the Eucharist!