This week we hear more stories in the Gospel while Jesus is out preaching of the Kingdom of God. We hear about the lost sheep, the lost coin, and the lost son – or the Prodigal Son as we call it. Lots of good scripture to think about! The basic idea – rejoicing when something is found that was lost. Our God rejoices when we go to Him; He forgives us; He has mercy on us; He welcomes us. Even in our first reading from Exodus, we hear of God’s mercy: “So the Lord relented in the punishment he had threatened to inflict on his people.” (Exodus 32:14)
Marvels of Mass
Last week in my column, I threw out the term in persona christi and I didn’t explain it much.
To continue on my latest theme of needed liturgical help, this week I’m laying out some very specific volunteer needs for the weekend masses. Training is provide for all of the ministries. We use a computer scheduling program that allows you to select which mass/es you volunteer for, how often you volunteer, and days that you cannot serve do to other commitments. There’s an app for your phone that makes it easy to use!
As you are well aware, the Church runs on volunteers – whether for social concerns, Bible studies, RCIA, men’s and women’s groups, liturgical ministries or the other multiple groups in our parish. Part of volunteering is discovering what you are talented in, and how you can best put your gifts to work for the church. That’s what stewardship – and evangelization - is all about. Today I’d like to put in a plug for music ministry.
Votive candles. What are they and why do we light them?
We have several places at Prince of Peace where you can light votive candles in church or the chapel. So why do we do this? Almost nothing says “Catholic” like votive candles, especially if they are placed before images or statues in a church. The Church has a long tradition dating back to the words of Christ regarding light and the connection with candles.
“I am the light of the world; he who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12).
This week’s question is ‘what is a mass intention’? For the answer to this question, I am quoting Philip Kosloski from an article he wrote in 2017. He explains it all very well!
One part of Catholic culture that is sometimes hard to understand and very often misunderstood is the custom of offering Mass intentions. When a priest celebrates Mass each day, he offers each celebration of the Eucharist for a particular person, or intention. By doing so he applies special graces from God upon that person or intention.