Returning to our series on the Mass, we have come to one of the most meaningful moments. It is called the EPICLESIS. During the EPICLESIS the priest prays not only with his voice, but also with a gesture his hands make as he lifts them (palms down) high, and lowers them slowly with a downward motion calling down the Holy Spirit over the gifts of bread and wine we have brought, that they may become the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. An altar server rings the bell as if to say, Wake up! Pay attention! Something sacred is happening in the invisible world!
As the priest prays, we ask the Holy Spirit to come down into our hearts, to dwell in our bodies that have become his tabernacle and to make Christ present in us like He did with Mary.READ MORE
When we were baptized, we were baptized into Christ’s death. Take a moment to ponder these profound words. We were baptized into death. In every sense of the word, we are asked to die. This is not just about our final death but about daily deaths due to inconvenience, discomfort, pain, loss, or others’ needs. This is an incredible epiphany given the way we very often approach our lives. We do everything to avoid death, let alone encounter it! Many avoid pain, discomfort, inconvenience, uneasiness, change, interference, and suffering of any kind. We put a lot of energy into finding the easiest and least inconvenient way through many things. Even holding the door open for a stranger or saying hello to someone in the store can be major undertakings.READ MORE
I hope that you are doing great during this challenging times. Today I would like to share some encouraging news.
Today, I would like to talk about the tangible/ material things. It is almost one year since Fr. Christopher and myself arrived at this beautiful community. We, along with Fr. Mario, all our deacons, parish and school staff, committed parishioners, donors and volunteers began last year with all the energy to make our parish a better house of prayer for giving Glory to God. Even in the midst of this pandemic, we haven’t stopped working for you and we continue making improvements for our beautiful parish.READ MORE
It is no wonder that followers of Christ are called the Body of Christ. After all, sharing in the same spiritual food and sacred meal, they become what they eat and reveal the Divine Image. There is so much power for healing in the community of believers. Through the Eucharist, Christ becomes as present in those who have partaken of his Body and Blood as he has the elements themselves. The very presence of God touches the depths of the human soul and visits a part of us that no human being can ever hope to explore. We are God’s. The sacred Eucharistic meal is a celebration of intimacy, the reunion of two loves in constant search of and longing for the other.READ MORE
A well-choreographed dance can be truly inspirational. Each movement and step are interconnected, each contributing a piece of the unfolding artistic story. The beholder is caught up in the rhythms, music, and gestures, realizing that none are dispensable and all are necessary. The same is true of the Divine Dance of the Trinity. Each Person plays a part, using unique gestures and movements that are connected to the other Divine Partners. They tell a story of love. Every movement and step is born of love and flows on into eternity. The Divine Dance never ends.
God the Creator powerfully, yet with gentle love, leads. Creating and recreating, birthing and sustaining, He dances with the compassionate incarnate Son, guided by the breath of the Holy Spirit. They are three distinct Persons but move as One. On one hand, the cascading flow of their Presence appears motionless, yet on the other, flows and moves with effortless attention. They share one heart, one goal, and one purpose and invite all of creation to join in their dance, their joy.READ MORE
As we continue our series on the Mass we move from the THANKSGIVING & PREFACE to the SANCTUS or HOLY, HOLY, HOLY . . .
This familiar prayer unites our human voices to the voices of heaven’s angels so we can together proclaim God’s holiness.
We are to think, as we pray, about God’s perfection, beauty, and his holiness. We use our imaginations to envision the hosts or armies of angels gathered around the altar. If we could see them, we would be astounded!
As we cry “Hosanna” in the highest, the angels are praying with us. Hosanna means “Lord, save us!”
Let this prayer be the cry of your heart especially on this day when we begin the first of eight Masses offering the Sacraments of Initiation to the children of our community.READ MORE