Weekday Mass Schedule
All Masses at 8:30 am
Monday, Thursday & Friday in the School Chapel
Tuesday's Mass will be held in Church
of the Anointing will be held on
Saturday, September 27 at the
with Body, Mind, and Voice Continued
POSTURE ("Praying" Hands Extended)
following explains the origin of the Orans position, (Latin for "praying")
in which the priest intercedes during the liturgy on behalf of all.
In the last couple decades this posture of praying with hands extended
and lifted upwards has become a popular prayer posture for many laity,
especially in the Charismatic Renewal.
priest frequently uses this ancient prayer posture, extending his
hands to his sides,
elevated. Early Christian art frequently
depicts the saints and others standing in this posture, offering their
prayers and surrendering themselves, with hands uplifted to the Lord,
in a gesture that echoes Christ’s outstretched arms as he offered
himself on the Cross.
this rarely used posture, an individual lies full-length on the floor,
A posture of deep humility, it signifies
our willingness to share in Christ’s death so as to share in
his Resurrection (see Rom 6). It is used at the beginning of the Celebration
of the Lord’s Passion on Good Friday and also during the Litany
of the Saints in the Rite of Ordination, when those to be ordained
deacons, priests, and bishops prostrate themselves in humble prayer
and submission to Christ.
“By its very nature song has both an individual and a communal
dimension. Thus, it is no wonder that singing together in church expresses
so well the sacramental presence of God to his people” (United
States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Sing to the Lord, no. 2). As
we raise our voices as one in the prayers, dialogues, and chants of
the Mass, most especially in the Eucharistic Prayer, as well as the
other hymns and songs, we each lend our individual voices to the great
hymn of praise and thanksgiving to the Triune God.
PRAYING IN UNISON
the Mass, the worshiping assembly prays in one voice, speaking or
of the prayers. By saying the same words
at the same time, we act as what we truly are—one Body united
in Christ through the Sacrament of Baptism.
“Silence in the Liturgy allows the community to reflect on what
it has heard and experienced, and to open its heart to the mystery
celebrated” (Sing to the Lord, no. 118). We gather in silence,
taking time to separate ourselves from the concerns of the world and
enter into the sacred action. We reflect on the readings in silence.
We may take time for silent reflection and prayer after Holy Communion.
These times of silence are not merely times when nothing happens; rather,
they are opportunities for us to enter more deeply in what God is doing
in the Mass, and, like Mary, to keep “all these things, reflecting
on them” in our hearts (Lk 2:19).
The Church sees in these common postures and gestures both a symbol
of the unity of those who have come together to worship and also a
means of fostering that unity. We are not free to change these postures
to suit our own individual piety, for the Church makes it clear that
our unity of posture and gesture is an expression of our participation
in the one Body formed by the baptized with Christ, our head. When
we stand, kneel, sit, bow, and sign ourselves in common action, we
give unambiguous witness that we are indeed the Body of Christ, united
in body, mind, and voice.
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Parish Picnic: Huge Success!
A big thanks to all who came to the parish picnic last weekend. The
Lord was so gracious to us and blessed us with perfect weather. It
was great to see so many people; babies, children, teens, and adults
eating, laughing and having fun together in the beautiful surroundings.
I am sure everyone had a great time and probably some found time to
build bridges with those whom you have never met before. Thanks to
all those who brought the little to be shared with all.
Three Cheers to our Parish
Picnic organizers, they are the Parish Council members, Worship Commission
members, Men’s Club members
and all those who helped in one way or another. I need to specially
mention the names of Ted Kozlowski, Tom Beaudoin, Dave Prowse, Tom
Bushart and Sherry Bushart and thank them for their dedicated service.
THANKS to one and all on behalf of the committees for making this another
successful picnic. I hope we can continue this long standing tradition
year after year.
The parish picnic was a huge success! The games were
enjoyed by the young and the young at heart. Below is a sampling of
the games, enjoyed by all!
Parish Mission Coming This Fall
Parish Mission -•
Three (3) evenings—October 5 thru 7
• Featuring: Fr. Bill Cieslak - Capuchin
Province of St. Joseph
• Save the dates; watch our bulletin for