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June 17, 2018
 
Eleventh Sunday of Ordinary Time

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THIS SUNDAY

 

June 17, 2018
 
Eleventh Sunday of Ordinary Time


Readings: page 959 in the Green JourneySongs, YEAR "B"
First Reading
Responsorial Psalm

Lord, it is good to give thanks to you.

Second Reading
Alleluia /
Verse Before the Gospel

The seed is the word of God, Christ is the sower. All who come to him will live forever.

R. Alleluia, alleluia

Gospel

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NEXT WEEK:

June 24, 2018
Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Fr. Eric's Holy Mass Tutorial Series

| Pt. 1  Pt. 2 |  Pt. 3 |  Pt. 4 |  Pt. 5 |

| Pt. 6 |  Pt. 7 |

| Fr. Eric's Holy Mass Tutorial, Pt. 8 |
Published Below, Parts I & II

 

Holy Mass:
The What, Why and How

Article #8

“How do I prepare for Mass on Sunday?”

If you’re like me, you’ve experienced what it means to “prepare for” something. It can be something as nerve wracking as a visit to the dentist, to something as mundane as preparing for a presentation to be given at work, to getting the house in order and our clothes packed for that “once in a lifetime” travel experience. What all these things share in common in that they each involve some aspect of preparation; and the Mass is no different, for either priest or parishioner.

What many folks may not realize is that for the priest, preparing for Mass goes beyond the practical aspect of making sure the bread and wine are placed on the table for the Offertory Procession and that the Missal is opened to the correct page. Sure, these things are important; as is making sure the lights are on, the microphone is turned on and the candles are lit. There’s also a very important spiritual aspect for the priest as he prepares to offer Sunday Mass; indeed, any Mass.

Mother Teresa of Calcutta required the following small sign to be placed over the vesting case in each of the sacristies throughout the world where priests would come to vest before offering Mass for her sisters.

Priest of God, offer this Mass:
-As if it were your FIRST MASS;
-Your LAST MASS;
-Your ONLY MASS.

I do not know if St. Teresa was the author of these words; but I can tell you what a sobering effect they had on me that day. In fact, I can still remember being taken aback the very first time I read them as I began vesting for Mass at one of the convents of the Missionaries of Charity in New Jersey. At that time, I was still a “rookie” priest, only having been ordained two or three years. I remember stopping what I was doing and rereading the small sign.

I thought back to the joy and anticipation and nervousness of my “First Mass” when I was nervous that I would be everything correctly, and also feeling tremendously proud and happy. I thought about what if, at the Mass I was offering for the Sisters that day, the Good Lord decided at that moment to call me home to Him? There certainly have been priests who have died while offering Mass or right after. While uncommon, it’s not unheard of. That would certainly qualify as my “last Mass”. Would I want to skimp or not offer it to the best of my human ability?

Finally, I thought about how I would approach offering that Mass if it were a “once in a lifetime opportunity”.

There is such wisdom in that sign; wisdom for all of us as we think about how we each approach Holy Mass.


“How do I prepare for Mass on Sunday? Pt.2”

 Last week, I shared the priest’s perspective about preparing for Mass. This week, as a follow-up, I’d like to reflect on some things we can do to make our experience of Mass much richer, enjoyable and helpful for our faith life.

It starts with an attitude. If we think about going to Mass merely as “fulfilling my Sunday obligation”, we’ve already lowered the bar terribly to begin with. The

Church— the whole People of God— asks us to come together to give thanks and praise to God and because the Mass makes us who we are as Church. The Second Vatican Council tells us that the Eucharist is the “source and summit” of our faith life. We can think about preparing for the liturgy the way we’d prepare for anything we want to participate in fully. Do we approach the liturgy with this positive attitude?

The trouble with the Mass is that we don’t tend to think about our genuine participation in it. We can have a lot of experience of not “getting anything out of it,” when we don’t prepare to be engaged in the actions of the liturgy and give ourselves to them. So let us briefly reflect on some possibilities for doing just that. It starts at home. Thinking of the Eucharist as a celebration for which we need to be fully conscious and in which we will actively participate starts with knowing what we will be celebrating.

What’s going on with the liturgy and how do I find out?

  Often the parish bulletin will help us to understand better what the particular Sunday is about. In addition there are websites which provide reflections, a Weekly Guide, and special seasonal helps, to get to know what it going on, as well as helps to understand the Liturgical Year. Gradually, we will grow in a sense of the rhythms and the context of the whole year and we won’t want to miss what is coming up in the weeks ahead.

Reading the Collect or opening prayer of the Sunday as well as the Readings. Here we have two opportunities to prepare for Mass by looking up the Collect or opening prayer as well as the Scripture Readings. The Church has chosen these texts for a specific purpose, whether it’s a theme or a lesson or a Truth of our Faith that we need to think about or incorporate more fully into our lives. We can spend some time in during the week reading and thinking about these texts so that when we get to Mass, we can understand them more fully.

Finally, in the hour or so before we leave the house in order to drive to Mass, we can ask ourselves, “What do I want to pray for when the Priest invites us to pray?” By doing these things, we help ourselves to enter more fully into the Sacred Mystery of the Mass.

 


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THIS WEEK'S CHURCH EVENT SCHEDULE

St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church
Weekly Schedule of Events
Regularly Scheduled Masses are NOT Included

C—Church CCR—Church Conference Room; PH—Parish Hall; FFB—Faith Formation Building; GH—Ginther Hall

Please refer also to the Church Calendar (below) or Bulletin for further event details

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CALENDAR

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LEGEND                          
C CHURCH                               AB;  ASSISI BUNCH   HB HISPANIC BIBLE STUDY   PC PARISH COUNCIL  
CR CONFERENCE ROOM           AC  ADULT CHOIR     HS HEART SISTERS   PQ PRAYER QUILT  
PH PARISH HALL                       CS  COLUMBIAN SQUIRES KC KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS SR SHAMROCK RUN  
EB EDUCATION BLDG                FC  FINANCE COMMITTEE MA MARRIAGE IN CHRIST          
GH GINTHER HALL (Koontz Rd)       FF  FAITH FORMATION MC MEN'S CLUB   YLC YOUNG LADIES W/CHRIST

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PARISH MINISTRY PLANNING
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