May 23, 2008

Bishop Olmsted

Matthew Avila, Anthony Avila, Daniel Valencia

Patrick Braganza, Ian Mullane, Gina Valdez

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Pastor’s Prose

What follows is part of an interview with Msgr. Guido Marini, Pope Benedict’s Master of Ceremonies, which reinforces two aspects of the Pope’s continuing liturgical reforms:

…let’s ask the reason for the recovery of the precious headgear of his predecessors: for example, last Christmas, Ratzinger used mitres belonging to Paul VI, John XXIII and Benedict XV.

“The vestments chosen, as also other particulars of the Rite,” the Master of Ceremonies explained, “are intended to underscore the continuity of the present liturgical celebration with that which characterized in the past the life of the Church. Continuity is the interpretive key, always the exact criteria for reading the Church’s journey through time. This is valid also for liturgy.” “As one Pope cites in his documents the Pontiffs who preceed him, so as to indicate the continuity of the Magisterium of the Church,” Marini continues, “so in the ambient of liturgy a Pope uses also the vestments and sacred accoutrement of his predecessors to show the same continuity also in his celebrations. I would, however, mention that the Pope does not always use old vestments. He often wears new ones. The importance is not so much their antiquity or modernity, as much as their beauty and dignity, important components for every liturgical celebration.”

…it was noted, from the moment Msgr. Marini took up his role, the presence of a Cross in the center of the altar, as in former times. Also in this case, the MC wanted to make understood the profound meaning of a choice that has nothing to do with nostalgia:

“The position of the Cross in the center of the altar shows the centrality of the Crucified One in the Eucharistic celebration and the precise orientation that the whole assembly is called to have during the Eucharistic liturgy: we don’t look at ourselves, but we look toward Him who was born, died, and rose for us, the Savior. From the Lord comes salvation. He is the East, the sun which rises, toward which we must all turn our gaze, from which we all must receive the gift of grace.”

Since the Pope is the Chief Liturgist of the Roman Catholic Church, bishops and priests should follow his examples.

SVDP

In the month of April, through your gifts, the Society of St. Vincent de

Paul was able to bring the mercy of Jesus into the hearts of the poor, by

assisting 51 families (241 individuals) by providing 150 food boxes, $ 138

in Miscellaneous Financial Assistance and $ 3000 in rents and utiliity

assistance.

Our total financial assistance for April was $ 3,140.06.  This dollar amount includes twinning assistance from other St. Vincent de Paul Conferences. Our volunteers logged in 162 hours of work with various activities during the month.  Some of those activities included work with the SVdP dininghall, work with individuals, picking up and delivering food to our pantry,work with the SVdP Newsletter, hosting conferences that provide information of interest to our members to help with our ministry.

Coupons

Are you looking for ways to cut your shopping bill? Why not share coupons with your fellow parishioners! Look for our new coupon trading box in the church foyer. The idea is to take coupons from the box that you can use and to add some that you can’t. Many of us get the Sunday paper but only use a handful of the coupons, now you can share the ones you don’t want by exchanging them for some you do. Restaurant and store coupons can be added as well. If you don’t want to participate but would like to share those Sunday coupons anyway, please feel free to put them in the large envelope beneath the coupon box and we’ll cut them out and add them to the box for you. Also, any coupons that expire will be mailed to military families stationed overseas since they can use expired coupons at their commissary. If you have any suggestions or questions please contact Kathy Church (email – kc2az@netzero.com or 623-878-4708).

RE News

Attention Parents/Guardians, Student Registration forms for  all grades: Grades 1 to 6, Junior High (7th./ 8th. and senior high (9th.-12th) for this coming Religious Education  School Year 2008-2009 ,are now available at the Parish Office,  as well as after classes this month. The last registrations will take place after Masses on the weekends of May 17th./18th. and 24th/25th. in Reed Hall. Please note that any students not registered by May 25th. will be placed on a waiting list and parents will be notified if and when a place is available for them. Any questions/concerns please contact Deacon Joe at the parish Office.

Confirmation \ Holy Communion Practice—Thursday, May 22 7:00 p.m. in the Church. This is mandatory for all receiving the Sacraments. Confirmations \ Holy Communion—Friday, May 23, 7:00 p.m. Reception to follow.

This Week @ SCB

Monday, May 19

8:00 a.m. Traditional Latin Mass

9:00 a.m. Holy Mass English

4:30 p.m. Beginning ESL R8

6:00 p.m. Beginning ESL R8

6:00 p.m. Advanced ESL R3

7:00 p.m. High School Ministry Hall

Tuesday, May 20

8:00 a.m. Traditional Latin Mass

9:00 a.m. Holy Mass English

4:30 p.m. Beginning ESL R8

6:00 p.m. Beginning ESL R8

6:00 p.m. Advanced ESL R3

7:00 p.m. Jr High School Ministry Hall

Wednesday, May 21

8:00 a.m. Traditional Latin Mass

9:00 a.m. Holy Mass English

5:00 p.m. Family Festival of Faith

6:00 p.m. Spanish Catechist Mtg CR

Thursday, May 22

8:00 a.m. Traditional Latin Mass

9:00 a.m. Holy Mass English

3:30 p.m. Choir

4:30 p.m. Beginning ESL R8

6:00 p.m. Beginning ESL R8

6:00 p.m. Advanced ESL R3

6:30 p.m. SVDP Rm 6

7:00 p.m. Confirmation Rehearsal

7:30 p.m. Encuentro Matrimonial R7

Friday, May 23

8:00 a.m. Traditional Latin Mass

9:00 a.m. Holy Mass English

7:00 p.m. Confirmations and First

Communions

Saturday, May 24

9:00 a.m Social Cmte Casino Trip

3:30 p.m. Confessions

5:00 p.m. Holy Mass English

Sunday, May 25

8:00 a.m. Holy Mass Spanish

10:00 a.m. Holy Mass English/Latin

12:00 p.m. Holy Mass English

7:30 p.m. Corpus Christi Procession

Times and locations subject to change.

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