Father’s Column 8/23

Posted on August 23, 2015

Laudetur Jesus Christus!
Gelobt sei Jesus Christus!
Praised be Jesus Christ!

Summer is quickly drawing to close. It is amazing how fast these summer months have gone. Many of our parishoners have either returned to school or college, or will be returning soon. We pray for a safe return and a fruitful year of studies for our students. Br. Brent himself will begin his studies at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary tomorrow, continuing his studies in philosophy that he began last year through the Maryvale Institute. May we keep all of our students and seminarians in our prayers that they may use their God given intelligence to the fullest and for the promotion of the good, the beautiful, and the true.

Starting in September, the priests have decided to try to make confession more accessible to the faithful. For Sundays, the Sacrament of Penance will now also be offered before the German Mass. Depending on availability, a priest who is not the celebrant of the next Mass will also be the one who hears confession. This will allow for confession to go right up to the beginning of Mass. We will begin this on the first Sunday in September on a trial run. We will be looking for more opportunities to offer the Sacrament of Penance in the future.

Also, if you know anyone who is interested in becoming Catholic, or if you know someone who should consider becoming Catholic, please put them in touch with the Parish Office. Our Catholic Inquiry classes will begin in a few weeks. Please also be sure to review our Sacramental Policies on the previous page of the bulletin. The Sacraments are the most important things we do, so we have to make sure that we treat them with the reverance that they deserve. For Baptisms, the Parish Office should be contacted at least a month in advance. Weddings should be at least six months in advance. For First Communion and Confirmation, please enroll in our Catechism Classes that will begin this fall. This helps us provide the preparation necessary for the Sacraments so we can keep the devotion needed to worthily recieve them.

May God Bless you in the coming week!

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