Happy Birthday! The Church celebrates its beginning today on Pentecost Sunday, when the Holy Spirit filled the hearts of the faithful, sending them out to spread the Gospel, and the Church was born. In the first reading from the Acts of the Apostles, we hear of how the Holy Spirit came to rest on all of the gathered disciples, and people from across the nations could hear and understand all that was being proclaimed in their native tongue – even though all the speakers were from Galilee. Today at some of the masses, the readings or prayers may be proclaimed in other languages – a celebra
Marvels of Mass
This Sunday we celebrate the Feast of the Ascension. For some of the older members of the Church, you may remember that this Feast used to be celebrated on a Thursday and was a Holy Day of Obligation. This Feast of the Ascension falls 40 days after Easter (when counting both the day of Easter and the Thursday of Ascension), but has in more modern times been transferred to the following Sunday as it is no longer a Holy day of Obligation. It was possibly done so to make the solemnity of this feast celebrated more fully in churches and more fully by more people. From the USCCB website: “Th
In today’s Gospel we hear again of the command to love one another. This entire Easter season is a celebration of this command to love one another, as Christ shows us there is better way than to lay down your life for the sake of others. We sing of this love in our songs today. The traditional hymn “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling” speaks of this unending, perfect love of Christ as He is the ‘source of all compassion, love unbounded, love all pure.’ At the presentation of the gifts, we switch styles to a more contemporary song that also speaks of how through Christ’s passion and His gi
Just a reminder for all about the 50 days of Easter – instructions that we are given at Easter:
The fifty days from Easter Sunday to Pentecost are celebrated in joyful exultation as one feast day, or better as one “great Sunday”. These above all others are the days for the singing of the Alleluia. #371, Ceremonial of Bishops.
By now, we’re all kind of used to the ‘Easter’ thing. The candy is gone out of the stores, no more Easter bunnies running around, the hard-boiled eggs have gone bad, the Easter lilies are dying.
Today’s Gospel passage reflects on Jesus’ encounter with two disciples, after His death and resurrection, while on the road. He even proves to them that he wasn’t a ghost by eating a piece of fish, since we all know that ghosts can’t eat! He then goes on to ‘open their minds to understand the Scriptures’.
Today we celebrate the Octave of Easter.
You may recall from earlier writings that we only celebrate a couple ‘octaves’ of feasts – Christmas and Easter. (I previously wrote that Pentecost was also still celebrate as an ‘octave’ but it’s not anymore. My apologies for that error.) That means we should celebrate this Sunday, just as we celebrated Easter Sunday last weekend. The great dismissal is sung again today with a double ‘Alleluia’. We still rejoice in our Risen Lord!
Alleluia! Alleluia! He is risen from the dead! Alleluia! Alleluia!
Today we begin what is typically referred to as ‘Holy Week’. It is a time set aside by the Church for us to commemorate the events of Christ’s Passion and Resurrection. I would highly encourage you to attend as many of the services this week as possible to fully engage in the Paschal Mystery that we are celebrating. Following are excerpts from the Ceremonial of Bishops, 1984, regarding these services.
We are now here at the last ‘regular’ Sunday of Lent. Next week begins Holy Week with the celebration of Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, the Easter Vigil, and Easter Sunday. I would highly recommend that you make plans NOW to attend as many of these services as possible to fully engage in this once-a- year religious experience. The schedule for the services can be found on the Parish Calendar.