Father’s Column – April 8, 2018

Posted on April 8, 2018

I would first and foremost again like to thank everyone who assisted with our Holy Week and Easter Masses. Thank you to all those who attended the special Masses and rituals through the Sacred Triduum. This is truly a holy time of year, and everyone pulled together to make everything a reverent and prayerful time. Thank you in particular to all those who helped in any way, from cleaning, to music, to setting up, and so many other little things that happen. Thank you!

Congratulations also to our Confirmandi who were confirmed last Saturday. Do well to receive the graces you have received to live the faith in the world. It is a difficult thing to do at times, but the Lord has given us the fortitude to do so. Congratulations and may the Holy Spirit be within your hearts and souls.

Tomorrow is the titular feast day of Old St. Mary’s, the Feast of the Annunciation. Titular means the Feast of the title. Some parishes are under the patronage of a saint, and they celebrate patronal feast days. Old St. Mary’s, and also Sacred Heart, are under titles of Our Lady and Our Lord, so we have titular feast days, that is feasts of the title. There will be a Solemn Ordinary Form Masses tomorrow evening at 7:00 p.m. This is an important Mass to attend, and those who visit Old St. Mary’s tomorrow have the opportunity to gain a Plenary Indulgence, under the usual conditions of Sacramental Confession, reception of Holy Communion, detachment from sin, and prayers for the Holy Father’s intentions. The Our Father and the Creed must also be in said in the case of this particular indulgence. Don’t miss this opportunity! A small social will follow Mass. Please bring a dish to share.

Lastly, please be sure to take advantage of the Divine Mercy indulgence today. There is more information on the subsequent pages of the bulletin. There will be devotions at 3:00 p.m. today. Confession will be heard beginning at 2:00 p.m.

God Bless and have a blessed week ahead!

 

 

“You have heard, O Virgin, that you will conceive and bear a son; you have heard that it will not be by man but by the Holy Spirit. The angel awaits an answer; it is time for him to return to God who sent him. We too are waiting, O Lady, for your word of compassion; the sentence of condemnation weighs heavily upon us.

The price of our salvation is offered to you. We shall be set free at once if you consent. In the eternal Word of God we all came to be, and behold, we die. In your brief response we are to be remade in order to be recalled to life.

Answer quickly, O Virgin. Reply in haste to the angel, or rather through the angel to the Lord. Answer with a word, receive the Word of God. Speak your own word, conceive the divine Word. Breathe a passing word, embrace the eternal Word.” – St. Bernard

 

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