And for a narrative of what happened, check out this link.
At our last meeting we were talking about the Sunday Readings for Feb. 9, 2014. Various people mentioned that the FIRST READING by ISAIAH called to mind Jesus' teachings of the BEATITUDES (also referred to as the Sermon on the Mount) in Matthew's Gospel. But I also mentioned that I thought it more directly sounded like the Corporal Works of Mercy.
What do you think? Click on the links and leave your comments below.
And just for kicks, here's the video from Monty Python's THE LIFE OF BRIAN
Since our time during Advent has already been less than normal, I offer this first of a series of Advent reflections that are available on line and will continue throughout Advent. This video is presented by Joe Paprocki, D.Min. We will begin reading one of his books soon.
I appreciate it if you watch this video and offer your comments for discussion.
If you want to hear the Crosy, Still, and Nash song mentioned you can click here: http://youtu.be/nP0VBB7BO64
Preparing for All Saints Day
I wrote this article a few years ago around this same period of time. I invite you to read it and then reflect upon some of the questions listed below.
Use the comment section to offer some of your own thoughts after reading the article.
Article: Halloween and Trick-or-Treat Catholics (click to read)
It was a pleasure getting to know each of you through this preparation process. I was delighted to experience the strong camaraderie and group cohesion. This was the first group in awhile to meet regularly during the process and to continue onward from the Easter Vigil celebration all the way through to Pentecost.
Fr. Patrick commented positively on the group cohesion he was able to witness at our last gathering together.
Please feel free to drop a line via email, or to greet each other at our many mass celebrations. Lora and I will also do our best to develop other activities for the parish as a whole with your needs in mind.
We talked about possibly having some kind of Catholic Movie Night. I also invite you to consider helping out as an Usher, or perhaps as a Lector or Eucharistic Minister in the future.
Thanks very much for all your kind words and gifts. I appreciate your questions which also helped me to grow as a Catholic. Please continue to be present and available, since there will be others like you who will come to our parish looking to "become catholic."
Below are two things:
the Reading List that was distributed (with one additional website added). and
the backpage article from the Sunday Bulletin following the Easter Vigil
"Did dinosaurs live around the same time as Adam & Eve because my friends were making up stories that they did..."
My 6 1/2 year old daughter asked me this question the other day. How would you go about answering her question. Note that a simple YES or NO is not enough. You would have to explain WHY and anticipate any follow up questions.
Please be prepared to answer this next week. You may put your comments here for me to reply to help you think this through.
Below is a highlights reel of celebrations by Pope Francis in Rome over Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil, and Easter Sunday. Although celebrated very far away from our parish, perhaps the video will spark some memories of our own celebrations here at Christ the Redeemer. It may help remind you of what we did in communion with the whole church on these very important days.
Below is the Passion Narrative to be read during the Good Friday celebration. Remember, this is not a Mass, but more like a prototype to the formal Mass. This celebration comes very close to what the first Christians did when they gathered to share stories and a meal and to go back out into the world filled with the Spirit.
Pay attention to the sparseness of the celebration, how it begins and ends, and how the preparation and celebration of Communion is different.
The video reflection (link below) should spark some similarities and differences to how we celebrate the Mass of the Lord's Supper tonight. I invite you to view and listen to this reflection before and after tonight's celebration
Please use the comment section to record your thoughts and impression for us to talk about when we gather together again on Wednesday next week.
Click here for Video Link: Holy Thursday
Below is an attachment with some general thoughts to consider when coming to participate in the Triduum, the Great Three Days of Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday. Recall that it is on the Great Vigil of Easter on Holy Saturday that the sacraments of initiation (Baptism/Confirmation/Eucharist) will be celebrated.
Here are the Scripture Readings for these three days:
+ Holy Thursday: Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper at 7:00 PM (Bilingual)
+ Good Friday: Memorial of the Lord's Passion at 3:00 PM (English)
+ Holy Saturday: The Great Vigil of Easter at 8:30 PM (Bilingual)
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