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MASS NOTICES

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HAMILTON/GALLATIN MASSES - Every third weekend of the month, beginning July 2, 2016, Father Kneib will travel to Hamilton and Gallatin and conduct Mass. Father Phil will come to Chillicothe and conduct Mass. [FR PHILIP LUEBBERT AT SACRED HEART IN HAMILTON 816-583-1117]

Monday, November 20
Weekday in Ordinary Time
NO MASS

Tuesday, November 21
The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
6:00 PM Don Giffee+

Wednesday, November 22
Memorial of Saint Cecilia
8:15 AM Paul & Tina Pfaff+

Thursday, November 23
Thanksgiving Day
9:00 AM Special Intention of the Robinson family
ST. COLUMBAN FEAST DAY / 160TH ANNIVERSARY
Since the feast of St. Columban falls on Thanksgiving Day this year, we transferred the celebration of his feast day to Sunday, November 19. Bishop Johnston was with us and celebrated the 10AM Mass on the 19th.

Friday, November 24
Memorial of Saint Andrew Dung-Lac and Companions
8:15 AM Kenny Griffen+

SOLEMNITY OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, KING OF THE UNIVERSE
Saturday, November 25

5:00 PM Patty Pfaff+
Sunday, November 26
8:00 AM Special Intention for Maggie Pfaff
10:00 AM People of the Parish

SPECIAL MASS EVENTS:

2018 MASS BOOK OPEN FOR INTENTIONS TUESDAY, DECEMBER 5 AT 10:00 AM - NO PHONE CALLS
Bring your Mass intentions with required check in person to the church office. Five intentions per parishioner with only 2 of those on weekend Mass. First come first serve basis. NOTE: Be aware of the Mass Intentions Policy.

Father Kneib celebrates Mass at Indian Hills Nursing Home the second Sunday of each month at 2:00 PM. Parishioners are welcome to attend.

Mass is also celebrated at Morningside Center every First Saturday at 10:00 AM.

ASCENSION AND ASSUMPTION SOLEMNITIES

  • The celebration of the Ascension of our Lord (Ascension Thursday), until further notice in our ecclesiastical province, is celebrated on the Seventh Sunday of Easter.
  • Celebrated every year on August 15, the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary commemorates the death of Mary and her bodily assumption into Heaven, before her body could begin to decay - a foretaste of our own bodily resurrection at the end of time. Because it signifies the Blessed Virgin's passing into eternal life, it is the most important of all Marian feasts and a Holy Day of Obligation.

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION
ATTENTION: to those that participate in the First Friday Eucharistic Adoration. As you know, when the Blessed Sacrament is exposed for adoration, someone must be in the church at all times. When someone does not show up, the person who has the previous time slot is left to remain and fill in the absent person's time. This is unfair to the devoted person that keeps his or her appointed time. If you are unable to attend at the time appointed, use the phone list to call someone to trade a time with you. Thank you to all those that have committed to Eucharistic Adoration. There is great spiritual benefit to parishes that participate in this worthy devotion to Our Lord. SIGN UP for Eucharistic Adoration by calling Mary Triplett at 660-646-0326.

HOLY HOURS
There are different ways to "watch one hour" with the Lord. One of the most powerful and fruitful ways is to spend an hour in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. We call this a Holy Hour because it is an hour spent in the presence of the Holy Eucharist: Christ, Himself, the One who alone is Holy.

There are also different ways to make a Holy Hour: you can pray, alone or with others, before Jesus in the Tabernacle; or you can pray in the presence of the exposed Blessed Sacrament, privately or at a public service led by a priest.

The Church strongly encourages both private and public devotion toward the Eucharist and teaches that prayer before the Lord sacramentally present in the Eucharist  actually "extends the union with Christ which the faithful have received in communion." It helps them to live in a more Christian way, trying "to maintain in their lives what they have received by faith and by Sacraments" (The Rites of the Catholic Church).

The most important thing to realize about making a private Holy Hour is that you don't have to do anything. You don't have to say any particular prayers, or read, or sing, or anything else. All you have to do is be present to the One who is present to you. Many times we need to be silently present - not analyzing, thinking, or saying prayers with our lips. Even a few short moments of this silent presence to the Lord is a precious treasure, for it is in this silence that the Lord speaks to us.

Consider making a Holy Hour (or shorter) on the upcoming First Friday.

CHANGE IN DAILY MASS SCHEDULE - August 7, 2016 - For the past few months, Fr. Zupez has been saying the Monday Mass because Monday is Father Kneib's "day off". Fr. Zupez has moved his residence to Hamilton to be closer to his prison work and other responsibilities. In his absence, we are discontinuing the Mass time on Mondays. This change is effective immediately. Any Mass intentions that had been scheduled for a Monday will be re-assigned. Additionally, in order to maintain an evening Mass option during the week, we are moving the Mass time on Tuesdays from 7:30am to 6pm. To summarize in conclusion, the schedule going forward will be: Monday - no Mass, Tuesday - 6pm Mass. The rest of the week's schedule remains the same.
THE BENEFITS OF EUCHARISTIC ADORATION
  • The only time our Lord asked the Apostles for anything was the night He went into agony. Not for activity did He plead, but for an Hour of companionship. (Archbishop Fulton Sheen)
  • Every Holy Hour we make so pleases the Heart of Jesus that it is recorded in Heaven and retold for all eternity! (Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta)
  • The spiritual lives of our families are strengthened through our Holy Hour. (St. John Paul II)
  • Each time you approach the Blessed Sacrament remember that Jesus has been waiting for you for twenty centuries for this personal visit from you. (St. Josemaria Escriva)
  • By being faithful to a Holy Hour of Adoration you can teach by example. "The young should be taught the value of Eucharistic Adoration." (St. John Paul II )
  • Do you want the Lord to give you many graces? Visit Him often. Do you want Him to give you few graces? Visit Him rarely. Do you want the devil to attack you? Visit Jesus rarely in the Blessed Sacrament. Do you want him to flee from you? Visit Jesus often! (St. John Bosco)

MASS INTENTION POLICY - In keeping with Canon Law: 1) an intention requested for a Mass, must be fulfilled in a year's time of accepting the stipend; 2) the customary stipend amount is $10 per Mass; 3) only one request may be accepted per Mass.

WHY A MONETARY DONATION?
There are a number of rules and canons applying to this to ensure it's done for the right reasons. Historically and firstly a monetary offering or similar was given by the person requesting the Mass said for an intention because this was in part what a priest lived off of (i.e. Eat and drink what is set before you for the laborer deserves his payment. Lk. 10:7). In most places in the world now, it's the parish that receives it not the priest. In order to make sure the practice of receiving a donation per Mass intention wasn't abused, it became the practice that a Mass was said for one intention only so that multiple donations wouldn't be collected and easily consolidated into only having to say one Mass. Secondly and primarily, the giving of something concrete and tangible (in our diocese $10 per Mass intention) represents an offering\contribution of ourself along with the Mass we have requested to be said. This idea of gift and contributing to the worship of God is reflected in the words of Jesus when He says: if you bring your gift to the altar, and there recall that your brother has anything against you, leave your gift there at the altar, go first and be reconciled with your brother, and then come and offer your gift. (Mt. 5:23-24). It also is a means by which a person contributes to furthering the necessary and salvific work of the Church. Symbolically, we also express this notion of giving of ourself and contributing to our worship of God when the priest says at Mass "lift up your hearts," we respond by saying "we lift them up to the Lord."

LOW GLUTEN HOSTS AVAILABLE - If you need to receive a low gluten host for communion, please notify Father before Mass.

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