Let me continue from last week* with some more liturgical guidelines.
Always remember to genuflect when you are entering the pew. Genuflect literally means “to bend the knee” and it is an act of reverence to Jesus present in the Blessed Sacrament. If you really cannot genuflect because of physical issues, make a profound bow (from the waist) as a sign of reverence. Teach your children how to genuflect as well.
We have aids (hymnals) that lead us through the Mass and provide the readings from Sacred Scripture. These can always be helpful but it is also good to learn how to truly listen at Mass. If, for example, we are using a Common Psalm (as we did throughout the summer), it is better to listen to the cantor and concentrate than flip through the book trying to find it in print. Most of the time, we miss the whole Responsorial Psalm.
During the Creed, we are all called to make a profound bow at the words “and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary and became man.” (We genuflect on the Solemnity of the Annunciation and Christmas!)
Here at Saint Joan of Arc, we receive Holy Communion starting from the back. Start up for Communion as soon as the priest receives Holy Communion. Always be aware of people around you and show kindness!
Take time to pray after receiving Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. Do not leave immediately after receiving. While there may a real reason to leave Church occasionally before Mass is ended, try to stay until the final blessing (at least) and even for the final hymn.
Next week: Reminders on how to receive Communion!
*To read Father's column about Liturgical Guidelines, please click here
Father Al has placed an oil painting at each of the shrines located on either side of the main altar. These 19th century oil paintings are two of the three pieces of artwork he acquired at no cost from a Seminary in Philadelphia. They will be kept on display for you to view over the next few weeks. These painting will eventually grace our Parish Social Hall.
The painting to the left of the altar is of the Assumption of the Blessed Mother, and the painting on the right is of her Coronation.
We are so privileged to have these beautiful historical paintings!
With Labor Day behind us (and the traditional end of summer vacations), we settle back into the routine of work, school and parish life. I think this is a good time to remind all of us some liturgical guidelines regarding the Mass. Today, just a few basics:
Try to get to Mass before it starts in order to pray and become recollected in your heart.
Warmly welcome one another but keep small talk to a minimum so people can have a chance to pray and prepare for Mass.
Sing the hymns! Listen to the readings! Respond when appropriate! Try to be fully present to what is happening during the entire Mass.
Don’t slam the kneelers.
Move into the pew if latecomers arrive. I know you got there first but it really is an act of kindness.
After Mass, please take any conversation into the vestibule or outside. Often people are praying or a Baptism is going to take place and silence is important. (And, yes, I need to remember this one too!)
Be welcoming of visitors and be patient with your priests ( we each have gifts but we don’t have ALL of them!)
Next week we will go into a little more detail about other parts of the Mass!
We congratulate & rejoice with these couples of our
parish community whom recently united in marriage:
Adam Mathias & Jennifer Photiades
Brian Swoyer & Julianne Baloga
Taylor Kratz & Natalie Kadingo
Keith Needham & Kathryn Grap
Please be reminded that Father Al will hold a Town Hall Meeting tonight in the wake of the sadness, anger and disappointment following the release of the Attorney General's report. This meeting will take place at 7:00 pm in the Our Lady of Grace Room of the Saint Joseph Center (located in the old parish office space).
If you are not able to attend, there will be two other opportunities with meetings also scheduled for September 8th (following the 9 am Mass) and September 9th (following the Noon Mass). To read more about these meetings, please click here
Some GOOD NEWS about our priests and seminarians:
Congratulations to Father Modestus who graduated from the Clinical Pastoral Education Program at the Hershey Medical Center this past week. Along with his duties as Catholic hospital chaplain and all he does at the parish, Father Modestus has been taking two years of intensive training and studying through the hospital. From all night stints at the hospital to writing papers and lots of reading, Father has worked very hard without any complaining. We have a good man in Father Modestus!
We say goodbye to Father Ignatius. He has been reassigned by his Dominican Community to be a chaplain for the Marines stationed in North Carolina. It has been a delight to live and work with Father Ignatius and I know many have been touched by his joyful liturgies. Thank you, Father, and God bless you!
I am happy to announce that our parish has been chosen to have seminarians placed here as part of their Pastoral Formation Education Program. Matthew Collins from the Archdiocese of Hartford, Connecticut and Jonathan Fioramonti from the Diocese of Arlington, Virginia will be here with us on Wednesday afternoons and will be learning about ministry to the sick in the hospital, in nursing homes and in visits to shut-ins. It is an honor to help form seminarians on their road to the priesthood.
Keep your priests and seminarians in your prayers. We need them!
Flu season is just around the corner. Some important facts you should know to prevent contracting the virus:
Most people can get the flu vaccination but factors that can determine suitability for getting the vaccination include: age, health (both current and past), allergies to flu or any of its components. Talk to your physician prior to receiving the vaccination if you have any questions. Places to receive the immunization are at the doctors’ offices, or pharmacies, or free clinics. Check local newspapers for locations.
*This monthly column is courtesy of our parish's Nurse Ministry. To view their Ministry page, click here
In observance of Labor Day the Parish Office will be closed Sunday & Monday.
Labor Day: Mass will be celebrated at 9:00 am.
In the wake of the sadness, anger and disappointment at the release of the Attorney General’s Report, it is important for us in the parish to begin to talk about this and share our thoughts and feelings. Father Al will be hosting three Town Hall meetings to gather with concerned parishioners. You are invited to share your ideas on how to move forward with healing and also in making real changes in the culture of the Church. Father will use this opportunity as well to explain what we do here in the parish to safeguard our children.
Each of the three meetings will take place in the in the Our Lady of Grace Meeting Room located in the St. Joseph Center (the old parish office space). Meetings are scheduled for:
*These meetings were first announced in Father's weekly bulletin column on August 26th. You can read his message here.
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