A Letter from Father Baker

08-19-2018Pastor's LetterFr. John Sims Baker

I think that I need to write today about a grave situation in the Church in our country and even in the world. I do so with some hesitation because I do not wish to disturb the peace of those who are not aware of this situation. Yet, I know that a number of parishioners have deep concerns that I need to address. I also want to discuss this situation prudently as it concerns sensitive matters.

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New Mass and Confession Times

08-12-2018Pastor's LetterFr. John Sims Baker

Praised be Jesus Christ! I thank God, and I thank you for the wonderful weekend of prayer and reconciliation we celebrated in the parish last weekend. You all kept Jesus company all day Saturday and Sunday afternoon in times of loving communion and conversation with Him. And you kept me in the confessional practically all day long on Saturday, and again with Fr. Joe's help on Sunday afternoon. Praise Him!

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New Mass and Confession Times

08-05-2018Pastor's LetterFr. John Sims Baker

This week, I want to announce some changes in our schedule that will be rolling out in the coming weeks. Don't worry, the Sunday (and Saturday evening) Mass times are remaining the same! We will be adding to the daily Mass schedule as well as to Confession times. The routine will be for there to be two daily Masses under the new schedule.

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Letter from the Pastor

07-29-2018Pastor's LetterFr. John Sims Baker

I am writing to follow up on Bishop Spalding's visit to the parish last weekend. First, I want to suggest a concrete way to respond to the bishop's call for prayer in the life of our parish. As I indicated in my comments at the end of the Installation Mass, prayer is the one agenda item I have as your pastor. I am proposing special times of prayer for God's blessing and direction of the parish next weekend, Aug 4 and 5.

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Eucharisitic Prayer I (The Roman Canon)

05-06-2018Pastor's LetterFr. Joe Fessenden

The most traditional in the Roman Rite (that’s the one we belong to) is Eucharistic Prayer I. This prayer differs slightly from the rest in that it is more a collection of short prayers that have all been put one after another than a single long prayer composed as a whole. I want to wander through this prayer and the other Eucharistic Prayers over the next few articles. If you want something much deeper than what I can write, here, I highly recommend The Mass of the Roman Rite by Joseph Jungmann, S.J., or The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass by Nicholas Gihr. Both were written before the reforms of the 20th century, but the Roman Canon remains similar enough that they apply.

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