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April 22, 2018
 

The Fourth Sunday of Easter

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| Easter Poinsettias Donated in Remembrance |
 

 
 From March 17th, 2018:

Shamrock Run Committee Recap meeting: Monday, April 23, Parish Hall

THIS SUNDAY

 

April 22, 2018
 

The Fourth Sunday of Easter


Readings: page 908 in the Green JourneySongs, YEAR "B"

 

First Reading
Responsorial Psalm

The stone rejected by the builders has become the cornerstone.

Second Reading
Alleluia /
Verse Before the Gospel

I am the good shepherd, says the Lord; I know my sheep, and mine know me.

R. Alleluia, alleluia

Gospel

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NEXT WEEK:

April 29, 2018
Fifth Sunday of Easter

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

| Fr. Eric's Holy Mass Tutorial, Pt. 1 |

| Fr. Eric's Holy Mass Tutorial, Pt. 2 | (below)

Holy Mass:
The What, Why and How

Article #2

This series of articles is borne in response to several
events both in our parish and also within the larger scope
of the Roman Catholic Church.

On the local level, shortly after my arrival I began to
review many of the files that my predecessor, Fr. John,
left for me. One of those files was a parish-wide survey
that was undertaken in an effort to “get a finger on the
pulse” of the parish. One of the areas that received a lot of
comment and interest, not surprisingly, given the interest
generated in the liturgy during the pontificate of Pope
Benedict XVI, had to do with the liturgy.

“Words mean things or ‘the why of language’”

 Many of us growing up were taught that “words mean
things” and that language (how we use words) is
important. Believe it or not, the Catechism of the
Catholic Church has a lot to say about language. The index
lists seven topics concerning language: the
language of creation; duplicity in speech; language of faith;
human freedom in relation to God; language of prayer;
language as related to signs and symbols in human life; and
finally, words of God expressed in human life. Look up the
word “language” in the index and check out these seven
topics.

For our discussion, let us look at Paragraphs 1146 and
2663. Paragraph 1146 is found in the section that asks the
question “How is the Liturgy (Mass) celebrated”. It states:
“In human life, signs and symbols occupy an important place. As a
being at once body and spirit, man expresses and perceives spiritual
realities through physical signs and symbols. As a social being, man
needs sign and symbols to communicate with others, through language,
gestures, and actions. The same holds true for his relationship with
God.” This goes to helping us understand just how
important language is in the Liturgy, in that language,
united with gestures and actions, form a cohesive unit,
which in turn, comprises the “ritual” (set actions and
words/prayers) of the Liturgy, which in turn helps, through
sign and symbols, God to communicate Truth and Life to
us in a way that we can comprehend and respond.
This thought is further developed in Part Four of the
Catechism where the “way/method” of Christian Prayer is
addressed. Paragraph 2663 states: “In the living tradition of
prayer, each Church (those different branches of the Catholic Church)
proposes to its faithful, according to its historic, social and cultural
context, a language for prayer: words, melodies, gestures, iconography.
The Magisterium (Teaching Authority) of the Church has the task of
discerning the fidelity of these ways of praying to the tradition of
apostolic faith (the Deposit of Faith handed down directly from God
to the Apostles); it is for pastors and catechists to explain their
meaning, always in relation to Jesus Christ.” Here we see once
more underscored the important of language (words) in
prayer.

From our reading thus far, it seems that “sacred
language” or “holy language” or “liturgical language”
exists. But what do we mean by these terms? Scholars
define these terms as “any language that is cultivated and used
primarily in religious service or for other religious reasons by people
who speak another language in their daily life.”
It should not surprise us to learn that there is such a
language in the Catholic Church (and no, it’s not only
Latin). However sacred languages are also found in other
religious traditions: Hinduism (Sanskrit & Tamil);
Buddhism (Pali); Christianity (Latin– Latin Rite Church)
(Koine Greek- Greek Orthodox Church) (Church Slavonic
– Eastern Orthodox Church) (Coptic- Coptic Orthodox
Church); Judaism (Hebrew & Aramaic).
Most of our readers belong to the Latin Rite (Western)
Catholic Church whose language is, and remains, Latin.
 

Faith Formation Update (April, 2018)

"Defending the Eucharist"
3 Bible Passages every Catholic should know

St. Francis of Assisi has many informational and inspirational CD's available for a minimal donation.
Click the link below to find out what's avaiable!
Lighthouse CD's Available at the Church  |


Would you like to help the families of service men and women and make your trash lighter at the same time?
The Knights of Columbus are collecting cut coupons to just this!
Click HERE for more information!!

Ink-Jet Cartridge Recycling / Support

There is a collection box located in the church vestibule for used computer printer ink-jet cartridges.  We will recycle these and for each we are given a donation for each from the recycler.

Thank You and remember, every little bit helps!

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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
Please refer to the linked calendar's below for church dates and events for 2018:
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Ministry Schedule

Ministry Schedule
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Ministry Schedule

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