Intention Policies | Holy Hours | Eucharistic
Adoration | Ascension
& Assumption | Low Gluten
Advent Weekday (Traditional Latin
8:15 AM Janet Fowler+
6:00 PM Betty O'Halloran+
8:15 AM Richie Brin+
Our Lady of Guadalupe
7:30 AM Hugo Dickerson+
8:15 AM Gertrude Timmons+
Rorate Mass (Traditional Latin
AM Ann McDonald+
5:00 PM John Douglas Catron, Jr.+ (Sunday Vigil Mass)
Third Sunday of Advent
8:00 AM People of the Parish
10:00 AM Claude VanDyke+
CHRISTMAS MASS SCHEDULE
December 24 Christmas Eve - 4:00 PM and 12:00 AM Midnight Mass
December 25 Christmas Day - 9:00 AM
The 2020 Mass Calendar will be opened for accepting Mass Intentions on Monday, December 2,
2019, at 10:00 AM. No phone calls. Bring your Mass intentions with required stipend in person to the church office ($10 per Mass).
Five intentions per parishioner with only two of those on weekend Mass. First come first serve basis.
After January 1, 2020, you may schedule additional Mass intentions. This initial opening of the book is for people who request a
certain date for their intention and gives everyone an equal chance of getting their special
date. NOTE: Be aware of
the Mass Intentions Policy.
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
- 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.
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
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 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
- 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
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.
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
GLUTEN HOSTS AVAILABLE
- If you need to receive a low gluten host for communion, please notify Father before