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Pastor’s Perspective

Published on January 23rd, 2011

Dear Parishioners,

As I told you two weeks ago, the primary focus of our recent clergy convocation was the new Roman Missal which we will begin using next Advent.  The priest who was the main presenter has been involved with this project for many years and he was excellent.  He was able to explain the rationale behind the new translation, as well as the specifics of the missal.  I found his enthusiasm infectious, and I think this is a wonderful opportunity for all of us to delve into our liturgical prayer and to grow in our appreciation of the treasure we have there.  The changes in the congregation’s prayers and responses are minimal and will not be too difficult for us to master.  We priests will have a bit more work, since much of what we pray will be altered somewhat.  None of the ritual actions of the Mass are changing, but our prayer will be a bit more formal, more eloquent.  Please be attentive to the various updates that we are putting in the bulletin.  As materials become available and as we get closer to Advent, we will have the opportunity to study the texts and to practice them.

We will conclude our Week of Prayer for Christian Unity on Tuesday.  The theme this year is: “One in the apostles’ teaching, fellowship, breaking of bread and prayer” (cf. Acts 2:42).  At an audience last week, Pope Benedict stated: “In view of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, let us ask the Spirit of Truth to impel us to ever greater love and fraternity.”  I encourage you to attend the closing prayer service Tuesday evening.  Not only should we be here to pray for Church unity, but we also must be good hosts to the visitors who will be joining us.

St. Benedict Shelter continues to serve the homeless of our community and also continues to need more volunteers.  I would like for us (as a parish) to commit to staffing the shelter at least one night each month. That will require about eight people working a four hour shift.  If we have more than eight volunteers, it would not be necessary for each person to work even once a month.  Please let me know if you are able to make this stewardship commitment.

Remember that the proper reverence as we approach Holy Communion is a bow of the head as the priest or extraordinary minister offers us the Sacred Host and the Precious Blood.  It is my habit first to hand the purificator to those who will minister the chalice. I remind those ministers that the bow should be made to the chalice and not to the purificator.

Love, Fr. John

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