AUGUST 2020 at ST. CATHERINE OF SIENA
A GREAT “INTIMATE” CELEBRATION. Last Saturday morning in our parish church we had a great celebration of the “Sacraments of Initiation” for 12 adults. As they told me, it was a deeply moving and intimate celebration. This was supposed to happen with great solemnity on the Easter Vigil, but because of the Pandemic it was postponed. Our Bishop Boissonneau gave us permission to celebrate privately last Saturday. WELCOME to these new brothers and sisters to our family of faith. As we grow as a community, we assure you that we will be there with you and for you in your new journey of faith.
“I FEEL SAFE IN CHURCH”. This is the comment that many seniors are telling me, and I can assure you that we are doing all that is necessary to keep our church off limits for the virus. First of all we have a great number of volunteers who, at each mass, invite people to sanitize before and after mass, they also now take the temperature and most of all they disinfect all the pews, statues and furniture of the church after each mass. We also have the deacon and a good number of ministers who, after sanitizing their hands and wearing their masks go around the church to bring communion, so that nobody has to move from their pews and line up for communion. We are following all the protocols for singers and music leaders, so we feel VERY confident that our church is very safe. Another added commodity is that you do not have to pre-register online or call the rectory, because we have a lot of space to accommodate everyone who wants to come to church. We have the capacity of 75 people in church, another 20 in the balcony and another 60 in the Church Hall; if necessary we can also hook up the other two halls for at least another 60 people. You can come and be sure that there will be a place for you. – During the week we have the Blessed Sacrament exposed from morning to night; many people appreciate coming to church for a moment of prayer and adoration. Finally, we have restored our streaming links, so that you can go to our Web Site and click on the WATCH LIVE and you will be able to participate at the mass. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3LSYfkJx9dnOu-rf0nDsXA
WITH AUGUST: the ASSUMPTION of the Blessed Virgin Mary and other Marian Celebrations. The Month of August has a number of Marian Festivities. On August 5 we have the dedication of the “Basilica of St. Mary Major” in Rome, the first basilica built in honor of the Blessed Mother. Some private revelation also declare that date as the “birthday” of the Blessed Mother. On the 6th of August we have the “Transfiguration of our Lord” and on the 15th we have the great feast of the ASSUMPTION. Actually, this feast goes back to the Apostles themselves, because they were the first ones to witness the fact that the body of the Blessed Mother was not in her tomb, after her death. Then on the 22nd we have another great feast of the “Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary”, which is a natural consequence of the Assumption; she was crowned as Queen of heaven and earth, becoming the “mediatrix” of all graces. In September we also have the “Nativity of the BVM (Sept. 22) and Our Lady of Sorrows on the 15th of September. So, we have a lot of MARIAN CELEBRATIONS during this Summer.
TRIDUUM IN PREPARATION for the celebration of the ASSUMPTION. To give the proper honor to the solemnity of the Assumption we will have 3 days of preparation: August 12, 13, 14 in the Evening. We will have the Holy Rosary and the Holy Mass as usual and after mass we will have Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, a Conference by Fr. Walter and the Eucharistic Benediction. ALL ARE INVITED.
ALTAR SERVERS AND LIFE TEENS SPECIAL MASS. On August 15th at 12:00 noon we will have a very special celebration-reunion for all ALTAR SERVERS together with the LIFE TEEN. For a long time we have been locked in our homes and now we have the opportunity to come out and celebrate a Holy Mass together. Parents are also invited.
Naturally we will follow all precautions and protocols, like the use of masks, sanitizing and maintaining the proper distance.
THE PORTIUNCOLA INDULGENCE.
The Plenary Indulgence begins at noon on August 1 until midnight on August 2. The indulgence may be applied to self or a departed soul. The conditions are as follows: 1 – Confession with a contrite heart and firm purpose to amend (eight days before or after). 2 – Attend Mass and receive Holy Communion between noon on August 1 and midnight on August 2 3 – Recite the Apostles’ Creed, Our Father, and a prayer for the pope’s intentions.
Scarcely any Catholic is familiar with the Portiuncula Indulgence granted at the request of St. Francis of Assisi. Anyone who fulfills the conditions gains a plenary indulgence and is freed from all punishment due to sin (Purgatory) and is washed clean like when they were baptized! This is a call to Catholics everywhere and non-practicing Catholics to come back for a brand new start. Portiuncula means “small portion” and refers to property that belonged to Benedictines around the time of St. Francis of Assisi. In 1216, Francis was praying for the forgiveness of sins of the world in the little church of the Portiuncula dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary, which is located just outside Assisi. Suddenly a great light appeared and Jesus and Mary appeared in a radiant splendor surrounded by angels. Jesus said to him: “Francis, you are very zealous for the good souls. Ask me what you want for their salvation.” Francis replied, “Lord, I, a miserable sinner, beg you to concede an indulgence to all those who enter this church, who are truly contrite and have confessed their sins. And I beg, Blessed Mary, your mother, intercessor of man, that she intercede on behalf of this grace”. Mary implored Her Son, and Jesus answered, “It is a very great thing you ask me, but you are worthy of even greater things, Friar Francis, and greater things you will have.” Jesus accepted Francis’ request and instructed him to go to Pope Honorius III and ask him for this indulgence. Francis implored the pontiff to establish an indulgence that anyone visiting the church and confessing their sins with a contrite heart would be washed clean of all sin and punishment just as he was at baptism. The pope granted this petition and the indulgence was extended to all churches throughout the world for this one day each year.
St. Margaret of Cortona had a revelation that the souls in purgatory look forward to this feast because it is a great day of deliverance for many of them. It is also a great day for Catholics everywhere to begin anew.
During these days a lot of talk about the VATICAN COUNCILII has appeared on the internet. Unfortunately, most of those people never read or studied the DOCUMENTS that the Holy Spirit has inspired to the church more than 50 years ago. I thought a good idea to read with you and for you ONE DOCUMENT, which explains to us the “mystery of the Church”. What is the Church? How did the Church was formed? What is the ultimate goal of the Church? You can watch these 12 videos and you will have a pretty good idea of the first 2 chapters of this great document.
LUMEN GENTIUM – Vatican II
https://www.ewtn.com/catholicism/library/dogmatic-constitution-on-the-church-1513 (The Whole Document in PDF format).
HAPPY SUMMER TO ALL