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Dedication of a Church
"Can it indeed be that God dwells among men on earth?"... "May your eyes watch night and day over this temple, the place where you have decreed you shall be honored;"… "Listen to the petitions of your servant and of your people Israel which they offer in this place." (I Kings8:27,29,30)
Why is a church dedicated, set apart, made holy through sacred rites? For whom and for what purpose is a church anointed, consecrated, washed, and clothed as if it were a living being? For GOD that He may live there, and for the purpose of saving and the making holy of human persons! Why? So that they can become living temples carrying God to family, work, indeed the whole world that God may do there what He does in HisTemple, His church!
The Church has some great Feasts of Dedication, namely, the Feast of the Dedication of the Basilica of St. John Latern, the Pope's Cathedral (this past Nov. 9th), (no, the Pope's Cathedral is not St. Peter's Basilica) and the Feast of the Dedication of the Churches of St. Peter and St. Paul (coming this Nov. 18th). These days mark the moment when these buildings were set apart for the service of God. So important that a day on the Roman Calendar is taken just to commemorate this event!
Every Catholic Church is either Blessed or Dedicated for sacred use, which means that it is set aside for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and the celebration of the Sacraments. If consecrated with sacred chrism, the church can only be used for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. And as I said above, if God does this for mere stone, wood, and steel; how much more holy, sacred, and precious is your body & soul and mine made a Temple of the Holy Spirit by our yes and the power of the Church's Sacraments.
When the tempter knocks at the door of your soul, or you are tempted to use your body for something other than the glory of God, think of these things and then pray and strive like crazy to keep holy the place that God dwells in you so that you may continue to be the Temple which brings Him to your family, your school, your work, indeed to all the world who needs Him so desperately now!
Peace and prayers in Jesus through Mary, loved by Saint Joseph,
P.S. This coming Sunday is 33rd Sunday of Ordinary Time. >>> Readings
P.S.S. Also, at the end of this e-weekly are the readings with reflections and questions for further reflection.
(Latin de + dicare "to indicate, to consecrate, to proclaim")
- set aside for sacred use
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*Have your furnace checked out the duct-work cleaned on a regular basis. Change the filters when the manufacturer recommends and don't place furniture to block air vents.
Catechism of the Catholic Church #1672
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THANKSGIVING BLESSING TABLE
If your parish has a Mass for Thanksgiving Day or Wednesday evening before Thanksgiving Day, ask your Pastor to consider having a Thanksgiving Blessing Table.
Let the blessings of the Holy Mass share and bless food from your own table and bless those who partake of the food.
A table can be set up near the front of the sanctuary for people to put food on it they bring at the beginning of Mass. Priest can bless food during Mass, and then it can be picked up after Mass.
Encouragement is a necessary virtuous act in marriage. Couples should be able to rely on each other for support, especially during challenging times. Spouses should be able to lift each other up in both the times when they need it the most, and also in the everyday tasks of life.
Think of one time when you as a couple were both overwhelmed, and choose a way you could have encouraged your spouse and yourself. OR Think of a task your spouse finds difficult and think of way to encourage them the next time they do it.
By Hannah Brockhaus
During the Nov. 16 visit to the free mobile health clinics, which lasted about 20 minutes, the pope greeted those present, speaking with them and giving them each a rosary he had blessed.
He also greeted the volunteers and medical professionals within each of the shelters. Archbishop Rino Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization, accompanied the visit.
The mobile clinics, an initiative begun last year, have been open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day the week leading up to the World Day of the Poor, which will be celebrated Nov. 18.
The temporary center offers Rome’s poor and homeless free visits with doctors specializing in general medicine, cardiology, infectious diseases, gynecology, obstetrics, podiatry, dermatology, rheumatology, and ophthalmology. A laboratory for clinical analysis is also present.
Established by Pope Francis at the end of the Jubilee of Mercy, the World Day of the Poor takes its theme for 2018 from Psalm 34: “This poor one cried out and the Lord heard.”
The day will be marked by the pope with a Mass with the poor in St. Peter’s Basilica followed by lunch with around 3,000 poor men and women inside the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall.
Present at the tables of the lunch will also be members of the Roman community, such as volunteers from local charitable organizations, parish priests, and university students and faculty.
The evening prior a prayer vigil for charitable volunteers and others who help the poor will be held at the Basilica of St. Lawrence Outside the Walls.
These are just some of the titles used to describe the young woman to whom an angel appeared some 2,000 years ago with the message that she would conceive and bear the Savior of the World.
Mary has very few recorded words in the New Testament, but her worldwide devotion spans across time, cultures and even religions.
In a Nov. 8 feature for National Geographic, “How the Virgin Mary Became the World’s Most Powerful Woman,” Maureen Orth explores the worldwide phenomenon of devotion to the Mother of God in anticipation of the Dec. 13 National Geographic Channel special, “The Cult of Mary.”
In her piece, Orth spoke with Marian scholars and experts and even followed pilgrims to Marian apparition sites to learn more about this “most powerful woman.”
“We see the relationship of Mary with us isn’t just any relationship – it’s sacred,” María Enriqueta García, who did her sacred theology dissertation at the International Marian Research Institute at the University of Dayton, told Orth.
The idea of Mary as an intercessor before God comes from scripture at the Wedding Feast of Cana, when Jesus performs his first miracle after his mother’s prompting of, “They have no wine” followed by her instruction to the servers to, “Do whatever he tells you.”
“Since then no other woman has been as exalted as Mary,” Orth said. “As a universal symbol of maternal love, as well as of suffering and sacrifice, Mary is often the touchstone of our longing for meaning, a more accessible link to the supernatural than formal church teachings. Her mantle offers both security and protection.”
For her story, Orth accompanied pilgrims around the world to Marian apparition sites including Lourdes, Kibeho, Mexico City, and even Medjugorje – where apparitions are said to still be occurring and the Vatican has not yet ruled on its authenticity.
In Kibeho, Rwanda she met with Anathalie Mukamazimpaka, one of the young women to whom the Virgin Mary appeared from 1981 to 1983 with the message of repentance and foretold the events of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide.
“The first time she appeared,” Anathalie said, “I was reciting the rosary, and she called me by my name … She never told me why she chose me. She said she appears to anyone she wants, anytime she wants, anywhere she wants,” Anathalie said. “She only asks us to love her as much as she loves us.”
Mary even helped give a nation their identity, Orth said, in the case of Our Lady of Guadalupe with Mexico.
“Anyone witnessing the outpouring of love and devotion that pilgrims demonstrate for their beloved Madre on the days leading up to the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe … can see that the Virgin Mary is deeply embedded in Mexican hearts and souls,” Orth said as she followed pilgrims to Mexico City where St. Juan Diego’s tilma bearing the miraculous image of Our Lady of Guadalupe is still intact and on display.
In addition to Christians, Muslims hold the Blessed Mother in high regard, Orth said, noting that her name appears more in the Koran than in the New Testament.
“So the Virgin Mary is not at all strange to Muslims,” Fr. Johann Roten, director of research and special projects at the University of Dayton’s Marian Library, said.
“In fact, wherever there is a connection between Christians and Muslims – or any two groups that know and love her – there is a common value in the covenant mother.”
In Egypt, Orth spoke with Muslims who were drawn to churches because of their devotion to Mary.
“Her story tells us a lot of things,” a young Muslim woman praying outside the Abu Serga church on Easter said. “She is able to face lots of hardships in her life because of her faith, her belief in God.”
“My desire with this music and this album is to reach anybody, anywhere and hopefully open their hearts to the reality that transfiguration and transformation is real,” singer/songwriter Alanna-Marie Boudreau told EWTN News recently.
Growing up, she said that her parents made it a point to expose their children to “the transcendental truth, goodness and beauty” through beautiful literature and art. Since they believed that was not available in the upstate New York schools where they lived, her mother decided to homeschool them.
Learning from a Catholic curriculum, Boudreau says excellent books and beautiful music were a regular part of her education.
“It was a very natural part of the fabric of our life and it was interwoven with a really sacramental understanding of life and of family,” she said.
“The faith, it always fit like a hand in the glove with our upbringing and with our education.” That integration of faith, beauty and truth is something the 23-year old woman says she hopes permeates her music, especially in her new, full-length album, “Hints and Guesses” – a follow-up to her 2012 EP, “Hands in the Land.”
“And anybody – everybody – is affected by beauty, no matter what their life experience is, where they’re from, or what they’ve done, there’s something about beauty that bypasses those preconceived ideas and it just sets the heart in a very good position to hear God.”
But Boudreau doesn’t label her work as “Christian music” – not because it doesn’t deal with the faith, but because of the inclination of some to automatically be turned off by such a label or assume that it will sound a certain way without listening to it.
“I’m a Catholic woman and that affects the way that I write and the way that I understand the world, but I have noticed there’s a tendency when people hear about a label like ‘Christian’ they misunderstand it, so they feel threatened by it and they close their hearts to it.”
However, when music or other art forms simply expose the listener to beauty instead of assigning labels, that’s when conversion of the heart can begin, she explained.
“God, in His wisdom, he knows that beauty is a way of bypassing the intellect and softening the heart to make it receptive.”
That’s something she hopes “Hints and Guesses” will do – open listeners’ hearts up in a way that allows them to be more receptive to authentic beauty, and in turn, God.
“I hope that the album would act kind of as a question mark for them – that it would bring up certain things or inspire certain movements that would make them examine things a little more deeply – to have a more examined life and to ask those big questions, whether it has to do with relationships, inner healing, if it has to do with seeking God more ardently, or if it has to do with just being more receptive to life in general.”
One of the songs on the album, “The Weight of Glory,” is based on a sermon of the same name by C.S. Lewis and deals with asking questions and developing a thirst for God.
Another track, “Solitudes,” focuses on how human relationships can never fully satisfy us, while at the same time revealing something eternal.
“There will always be a part of us that is incommunicable to another person and that’s what sets us above creation and it’s what makes us like God, in a sense. And yet, there’s that tension: we are made for community,” Boudreau explained.
Her new album – which was completed after a successful Kickstarter campaign back in March – was received enthusiastically and reached number 22 on the top 100 “Singer/Songwriter” category on iTunes the day after it was released in September.
Boudreau toured for a month over the summer and is now playing shows intermittently, but says right now is a “waiting period” while she discerns her next move.
Catechism of the Catholic Church #697
-When in doubt, mumble.
- I used to be indecisive. Now I’m not sure.
- I like work. It fascinates me. I sit and look at it for hours.
- If at first you don’t succeed, skydiving is not for you!
I was visiting a friend who could not find her cordless phone. After several minutes of searching, her young daughter said, “You know what they should invent? A phone that stays connected to its base so it never gets lost.”
Where You Want to Be
"Where is Pearl Harbor?" I asked my fourth-grade history class. "Here’s a hint: It’s a place where everyone wants to go." One student blurted out, "Candy Land!"
UNANSWERED PRAYER? The preacher's 5 year-old daughter noticed that her father
always paused and bowed his head, for a moment, before starting his sermon.
One day, she asked him why.
"Well, Honey," he began, proud that his daughter was so
observant of his messages, "I'm asking the Lord to help me preach a good
"How come He doesn't do it?" she asked.
UNTIMELY ANSWERED PRAYER:
During the minister's prayer, one Sunday, there was a loud
whistle from one of the back pews. Tommy's mother was horrified. She
pinched him into silence and, after church, asked, "Tommy, whatever made you
do such a thing?"
Tommy answered, soberly, "I asked God to teach me to whistle,
and He just then did!"
TIME TO PRAY:
A pastor asked a little boy if he said his prayers every night.
"Yes, sir," the boy replied.
"And, do you always say them in the morning, too?" the pastor asked.
"No sir," the boy replied. "I ain't scared in the daytime."
O most merciful and eternal Father, Whose will it is that all should be saved, Who did send Thy Son to the lost and did pour out Thy Life-giving Spirit: Have mercy on our relatives and those who are near and dear to us who have fallen asleep, and on all who have died throughout the ages; forgive and save them, and by their intercession visit us, that with them we may shout to Thee, our God and Saviour, the song of victory: ALLELUIA. (said 3 times)
"In the work of teaching and applying Christian morality, the Church needs the dedicationof pastors, the knowledge of theologians, and the contribution of all Christians and men of good will. Faith and the practice of the Gospel provide each person with an experience of life "in Christ," who enlightens him and makes him able to evaluate the divine and human realities according to the Spirit of God. Thus the Holy Spirit can use the humblest to enlighten the learned and those in the highest positions." -Catechism of the Catholic Church #2038
SUNDAY MASS READINGS AND QUESTIONS
for Self-Reflection, Couple or Family Discussion
33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time - November 18th, 2018
“Reflecting on Jesus’ Second Coming and Our Life in Heaven”
The First Reading- Daniel 12:1-3
In those days, I Daniel, heard this word of the Lord: "At that time there shall arise Michael, the great prince, guardian of your people; it shall be a time unsurpassed in distress since nations began until that time. At that time your people shall escape, everyone who is found written in the book. "Many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake; some shall live forever, others shall be an everlasting horror and disgrace. "But the wise shall shine brightly like the splendor of the firmament, and those who lead the many to justice shall be like the stars forever."
It’s the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time — that means next week is the feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, and then … Advent! The liturgical year is a mini-tour through salvation history. And as we come to the close of the year (First Sunday of Advent begins the new year), we hear the end of the story — even though we haven’t entirely gotten there yet. Our readings today have an eschatological (dealing with the end times and Christ’s second coming) tone to set us up for next Sunday. We are in the “end times” of the liturgical year and reflect on the “end times” of the world. Our first reading from Daniel is a foreshadowing of Jesus’ coming. If you’ve ever read the Book of Revelation, this first reading should sound very familiar — John borrowed heavily from the major prophets when he wrote the Book of Revelation. We believe that when Jesus comes again, it will be something like what Daniel expressed, and what John echoed. It’s excellent news for those who work for justice. We’re told that while others are afraid of the end, God’s people will, “be like the stars forever.”
Adults - What can we do to “shine brightly like the splendor of the firmament? How do you spread the love and light of the Lord?”
Teens - What does the phrase ‘God is just’ mean to you?
Kids - Do you know the Saint Michael Prayer? Try and pray it every day this week.
Responsorial- Psalm 16:5, 8, 9-10, 11
R.You are my inheritance, O Lord!
O LORD, my allotted portion and my cup,
you it is who hold fast my lot.
I set the LORD ever before me;
with him at my right hand I shall not be disturbed.
R. You are my inheritance, O Lord!
Therefore my heart is glad and my soul rejoices,
my body, too, abides in confidence;
because you will not abandon my soul to the netherworld,
nor will you suffer your faithful one to undergo corruption.
R. You are my inheritance, O Lord!
You will show me the path to life,
fullness of joys in your presence,
the delights at your right hand forever.
R. You are my inheritance, O Lord!
-What do we inherit as sons and daughters of God?
The Second Reading- Hebrews 10:11-14, 18
Brothers and sisters: Every priest stands daily at his ministry, offering frequently those same sacrifices that can never take away sins. But this one offered one sacrifice for sins, and took his seat forever at the right hand of God; now he waits until his enemies are made his footstool. For by one offering he has made perfect forever those who are being consecrated. Where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer offering for sin.
The second reading continues from the last few weeks to talk about Jesus as our great high priest, and that the sacrifice he made is what makes the events in the first reading and Gospel possible.
Jesus is the one high priest and the One from whom our priests get their authority. Pray for priests, and for vocations to the priesthood, this week.
The Holy Gospel according to Mark 13:24-32
Jesus said to his disciples: "In those days after that tribulation the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will be falling from the sky, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. "And then they will see 'the Son of Man coming in the clouds' with great power and glory, and then he will send out the angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the end of the earth to the end of the sky. "Learn a lesson from the fig tree. When its branch becomes tender and sprouts leaves, you know that summer is near. In the same way, when you see these things happening, know that he is near, at the gates. Amen, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. "But of that day or hour, no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father."
The Gospel continues to let us know what to expect at the end. It will be a noticeable event. It will be a good event for those who are ready and have looked at the signs of the times and responded to them. Every generation says that the times we’re in now are so much worse (in some ways) than when they were growing up. Children are dealing with things their parents and grandparents never dreamed would have to be part of their lives, and yet God’s grace can pour more abundantly from one generation to the next if we allow it. We must pay attention to what’s happening around us and respond with faith and justice — we are Jesus’ presence until he comes back — and he’s going to look for an account of each of us, and what we did to make the world better.
Adults - What are the “signs of the times” that I’ve noticed? What do they speak of? What am I called to do to respond to them as a Christian?
Teens - Are you worried about the end of the world? What do you think it will be like? What do you think God’s judgment will be like for those who worked for justice and for those who didn’t?
Kids -What do you think it will be like to meet God?
“And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. But when these signs begin to happen, stand erect and raise your heads because your redemption is at hand.”