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.


Thank You

04-22-2018Haiti News

Thank you, St. Rose Parishioners, for your generous response to our collection of items to ship to Haiti. Thanks to Frank Bordash for organizing and running the show. Thanks to all the volunteers who helped us pack, seal boxes, label and load the truck. And thanks to Gary Wisniewski for trucking our shipment to a warehouse. At the warehouse, all parishes supporting a sister parish in Haiti bring their items, too.


About the Mass: The Institution Narrative

04-15-2018What We Do as CatholicsFr. Joe Fessenden

Before we dive into the individual Eucharistic Prayers, I want to look at the middle portion that all of them have in common, the institution narrative, the consecration when the bread and wine truly become the body, blood, soul, and divinity of Jesus Christ.

From there, the Canon proceeds into the Institution Narrative and the Consecration. Nicholas Gihr, in his book The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, poetically describes this moment of the Mass:


The Preface Dialog

03-18-2018What We Do as CatholicsFr. Joe Fessenden

Now that the priest has invited everyone to stand and pray, he begins the Eucharistic Prayer. The Eucharistic Prayer begins with the “Preface Dialog.” We say this at every Mass, but we sometimes don’t realize that this is actually the beginning of the Eucharistic Prayer, not when the congregation kneels after the Sanctus.


The Eucharistic Prayer

03-04-2018What We Do as CatholicsFr. Joe Fessenden

Now that the altar and the gifts have been prepared, the Mass proceeds with the Eucharistic Prayer – this is actually the high point of the Mass I mentioned a few weeks ago. I will explain that further and in more detail in the coming weeks as I walk through the Eucharistic Prayers in detail with you. For now, though, I want to talk about the options you might hear. The Church offers four principal Eucharistic Prayers (I-IV) and several others for specific uses (e.g., Eucharistic Prayers for Reconciliation and various Eucharistic Prayers for Special Needs).


Preparation of the Gifts

02-18-2018What We Do as CatholicsRev. Joe Fessenden

The priest then says the prayers in preparation of the gifts. These prayers are Christian adaptations of the barukh prayers from the Seder (Passover) meal. For example, this is the beginning of the blessing of the bread in the Seder: ברוך אתה ה' א לוהינו, מלך העולם, המוציא לחם מן הארץ (Remember Hebrew is read right to left) Barukh ata Adonai Eloheinu, melekh ha'olam, hamotzi lehem min ha'aretz. Blessed are You, LORD our God, King of the universe, Who brings forth bread from the earth… You should be able to see some reflection of the opening of the prayer over the bread said by the priest, at this point: “Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation, for through your goodness we have received the bread we offer you…”


Preparation of the Altar and Offertory

02-11-2018What We Do as CatholicsRev. Joe Fessenden

After the Universal Prayer, the altar is prepared and the gifts are brought to the altar. Several items are placed on the altar to prepare for the Liturgy of the Eucharist.


What We Do As Catholics: Liturgy of the Word

02-04-2018What We Do as CatholicsRev. Joe Fessenden

It’s always important to remember that the whole of the Mass points to the Eucharist (though not necessarily communion, I will explain this further in a future article) as its pinnacle. That means everything we do for the first half of Mass is meant to prepare us for that moment. We hear the word of God both to be fed by the Word itself and prepare our hearts for the miracle that is about to take place. Since the reform of the Liturgy after the Second Vatican Council, the Church has used a three-year cycle (A, B, and C) for Sunday readings and a two-year cycle (I and II) for daily Masses. Each cycle focuses on one of the three Synoptic Gospels: Matthew, Mark, and Luke. John’s Gospel is sprinkled throughout the cycles.


Week of January 7

01-07-2018Haiti NewsFr. Andre Sylvestre

Dear Supporters of our St. Rose Haiti Mission Ministry,

Our team has been busy over the past month prepping for two teams to go to Haiti in a few weeks. Fr. Andre has hired a new doctor for the Clinic. Her name is Dr. Jenny-Flore Tania. She began working November 1, 2017. She is from Cap-Haitien. He also hired another nurse to replace a nurse who moved. The new nurse is Antoine Bibiane Pierre. Yva Etienne is now Chief of the Nursing. The staff at the Clinic is once again complete.