About the Mass: Entrance Procession & Introductory Rites

12-31-2017What We Do as CatholicsFr. Joe Fessenden

Note: This is the third installment of a series Fr. Joe is writing on the history of the Mass and what's going on when we do what we do as Catholics. Some of these things you will already know. Some will be new. We invite you to read all of them, because, even if you have heard them before, it's a good refresher as we start a new liturgical year. These will be posted and archived here.

Part 3: Entrance Procession

When the time has come for Mass to begin, we, at Saint Rose, hear the Entrance Antiphon from the Missal then participate in the entrance chant or hymn. The entrance procession is led by the cross since Jesus is meant to lead all Christians through life. If we use incense at the Mass, the incense prepares the way for Jesus by going before him. Usually, there will be two candles flanking the processional crucifix symbolizing Christ as the light of the world. The other ministers who are to serve at the altar follow the Crucifix.

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About the Mass: Christ Present in the Mass

12-24-2017What We Do as CatholicsFr. Joe Fessenden

Note: This is the second installment of a series Fr. Joe is writing over the next several weeks on the history of the Mass and what's going on when we do what we do as Catholics. Some of these things you will already know. Some will be new. We invite you to read all of them, because, even if you have heard them before, it's a good refresher as we start a new liturgical year. These will be posted and archived here.

Part 1: Before Mass Begins

When we arrive in the Church, we are called to prepare ourselves for what is about to happen. We are preparing to enter into heaven and participate with all the angels and saints in the eternal banquet of the lamb and joining Mary and the Beloved Apostle standing at the foot of the cross as Jesus offers himself for our salvation. So great a mystery deserves our attention and preparation. When one is invited to an audience with a president or king, he does not arrive with no time to spare or even make his host wait. In the same way, we should do all we can to arrivebefore Mass is to begin since we have been called to the court of the King of Kings.

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Week of December 10

12-10-2017Haiti NewsFr. Andre Sylvestre

I greet you all with a humble heart because God has been so good to my parish. He has sent theHoly Spirit to allow you in your imagination to see the faces of the children as they gobble downtheir mid-morning meals. We know God's special love for all his family. We discover God's love forus because we experience your solidarity with the poor. These children experience real joy andreal dependence on God's graces. Thank you for your generosity and willingness to do somethingfor the poor of God's family. Your efforts will be repaid by God a hundred fold. May God bless youduring this holy season. May he fill your day with quiet preparation this Advent.

Receiving Holy Communion

12-10-2017What We Do as CatholicsFr. Joe Fessenden

Note: This is the first installment of a series Fr. Joe is writing over the next several weeks on the history of the Mass and what’s going on when we do what we do as Catholics. Some of these things you will already know. Some will be new. We invite you to read all of them, because, even if you have heard them before, it’s a good refresher as we start a new liturgical year.

You’ll notice that starting this past weekend, we have brought back the communion patens during the distribution of Holy Communion. The communion patens serve two purposes. Remember, we, as Catholics, believe that Jesus Christ is truly present, body, blood, soul, and divinity even in tiny particles of the host. Therefore, the patens provide a protection against the host falling to the ground, and they catch any particles (crumbs) which may fall from the host as it is carried through the air. Since our Lord comes under the appearance of bread and wine, there are bound to be such crumbs, and we want to do all we can to prevent Him being trampled underfoot.

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Week of December 3

12-03-2017Haiti NewsFr. Andre Sylvestre

All Catholics worldwide begin the Season of Advent thisSunday. Our brothers and sisters, as do we, anticipate the coming to Christmas.But Fr. Andre calls them to remember the need to quiet their spirit and bewatchful over the next weeks. He writes that we can be impatient in everything.

We want to reach the end without delay of this watch-filled time. We areimpatient of being on the way to something unknown, something new. Hecontinues to say that our missionary teams who will arrive in Robillard haveheard about the slow work of God in Haiti. The more experienced ones know iteven better and refrain from being critical of the slow work. He calls ourmissionaries, “blessed people”. He urges our new team members to reflect onMary and her patience in waiting for God to reveal His plan. And for those whosupport our Haiti Mission Ministry to review and reflect that God’s plan includesour sisters and brothers in Haiti. God’s plan includes the missionaries St. Rosesends to Robillard. The food the children eat each day at school is part of God’splan. All that St. Rose does to benefit the faithful in Robillard, he believes, is partof God’s work.

he discomfort of waiting and watching with patience. For God is the potter andwe are the clay.