Weekday Mass Schedule
All Masses at 8:30 am
Monday, Thursday & Friday in the School Chapel
Tuesday's Mass will be held in Church
Praying with Body, Mind, and Voice
In the celebration of Mass
we raise our hearts and minds to God. We are creatures of body as
well as spirit, so our prayer is not confined
to our minds and hearts. It is expressed by our bodies as well. When
our bodies are engaged in our prayer, we pray with our whole person.
Using our entire being in prayer helps us to pray with greater attentiveness.
During Mass we assume different postures— standing, kneeling,
sitting—and we are also invited to make a variety of gestures.
These postures and gestures are not merely ceremonial. They have profound
meaning and, when done with understanding, can enhance our participation
in the Mass.
Standing is a sign of respect and honor, so we stand as the celebrant
who represents Christ enters and leaves the assembly. From the earliest
days of the Church, this posture has been understood as the stance
of those who have risen with Christ and seek the things that are above.
When we stand for prayer, we assume our full stature before God, not
in pride but in humble gratitude for the marvelous things God has done
in creating and redeeming each one of us. By Baptism we have been given
a share in the life of God, and the posture of standing is an acknowledgment
of this wonderful gift. We stand for the proclamation of the Gospel,
which recounts the words and deeds of the Lord. The bishops of the
United States have chosen standing as the posture to be observed for
the reception of Communion.
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 this country
have chosen the posture of kneeling for the entire Eucharistic Prayer.
Sitting is the posture of listening and meditation, so the congregation
sits for the pre-Gospel readings and the homily and may also sit for
the period of meditation following Communion. All should strive to
assume a seated posture during the Mass that is attentive rather than
merely at rest.
Every procession in the Liturgy is a sign of the pilgrim
Church, the body of those who believe in Christ, on their way to
the Heavenly Jerusalem.
The Mass begins with the procession of the priest and ministers to
the altar. The Book of the Gospels is carried in procession to the
ambo. The gifts of bread and wine are brought forward to the altar.
Members of the assembly come forward in procession—eagerly, attentively,
and devoutly— to receive Holy Communion. We who believe in Christ
are moving in time toward that moment when we will leave this world
and enter into the joy of the Lord in the eternal Kingdom he has prepared
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.
Bowing signifies reverence, respect, and gratitude. In the Creed we
bow at the words that commemorate the Incarnation. We also bow as a
sign of reverence before we receive Communion. The priest and other
ministers bow to the altar, a symbol of Christ, when entering or leaving
the sanctuary. As a sign of respect and reverence even in our speech,
we bow our heads at the name of Jesus, at the mention of the Three
Persons of the Trinity, at the name of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and
at the name of the saint whose particular feast or memorial is being
observed (see General Instructions of the Roman Missal - GIRM, no.
As a sign of adoration, we genuflect by bringing our right knee to
the floor. Many people also make the Sign of the Cross as they bend
their knee. Traditionally, Catholics genuflect on entering and leaving
church if the Blessed Sacrament is present in the sanctuary of the
Church. The priest and deacon genuflect to the tabernacle on entering
and leaving the sanctuary. The priest also genuflects in adoration
after he shows the Body and Blood of Christ to the people after the
consecration and again before inviting the people to Holy Communion.
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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