Today we begin our Annual Eucharistic Devotions. Also known as 40 Hours, this is a time of grace and favor in our parish. It affords a special time for each of us to spend in front of the Blessed Sacrament exposed on the altar so that we can bring all of our concerns, petitions, joys and sorrows to the Lord. I have heard so many stories throughout my life of men and women who have come to know— really KNOW—the Lord Jesus through His Eucharistic presence. Can we ever understand this great mystery? Not on a purely intellectual level but we can come to believe because the Lord reveals himself to us…slowly, mysteriously, personally. A life of Eucharistic devotion and faithfulness to Sunday reveals to us that in Jesus we have a powerful savior, a merciful Lord, and a friend like no other. Please take time these next three days to make some time in your schedule to come before the Lord and “taste and see the goodness of the Lord.”
FYI: Starting next weekend, we will be praying the St. Michael Prayer BEFORE Mass. October is Respect Life Month and we pray this powerful prayer as a way to ask God’s protection on all human life, from the moment of conception to the moment of natural death! May God bless us in our staunch defense of life!
We are delighted to witness SJA parishioners making such a positive impact in our community! If you would like to read this article in full on the The Sun's website (or click here).
Beginning on Saturday, September 19th St. Joan of Arc Church began using a different version of the Gloria hymn. To hear how this new version sounds, please watch the video below.
Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1OOwbJzz_Q
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And the Pope sightings have begun!
First, Father Al was spotted with our beloved Pope Francis cutout on Sunday evening when he was hanging out with the EDGE students.
Then Tyler Grudi snapped this great photo of Pope Francis yesterday in Washington DC.
If you have any photos you would like to share with us, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
We have some exciting news!!! Thanks to a generous parishioner (Tony Mayan!) we were able to resume our video homilies! The homily from this past weekend is now available on our website. Don't forget, you can subscribe to our Homily Blog and have the homilies emailed to you the same day they are posted on our website! Click here for a short cut
I always remember Bishop Dattilo telling the priests of the diocese, “When it comes to the Mass, do nothing more than the Church asks of you and nothing less than the Church asks of you!” What he meant, of course, is don’t go adding things to the Mass and don’t leave out the things that are important. I am sure that most of us can remember a priest or two who would “do his own thing” at Mass. One priest would use an old translation of the Mass even though it was no longer approved. Another might add something to make it more “relevant”. In both cases it probably just annoyed people! The Church gives us the liturgy and all of us—both clergy and laity—should appreciate the way the Church celebrates the Mass throughout the world. There is a very long and beautiful tradition surrounding the Mass and we are part of that tradition. When we come to Mass, we should simply do what the Church asks of us! For example, we should be standing and sitting and kneeling at the same time (unless it is physically impossible to do so). We should be responding together the words of the Mass that the Church gives us. (“And with your spirit”. Not “And also with you.”) The priest should use the words in the Missal and the lectionary. We should be receiving Holy Communion in the way the Church instructs us by making a profound bow and saying “Amen” and receiving on our tongue or in our hand. This is the mind of the Church. There is a reason for it. When we “do our own thing” we just set us apart from the rest of the community and this distracts from our “public” act of worship. At Mass let us be “ONE” in word and action!
This article is from a blog post on one of our favorite websites, Catholic Link. To read the full post, click here
3 Ways to Pray the Rosary (Hint: It's Not A Necklace)
You probably have a rosary lying around your house somewhere. Maybe you received it as a Confirmation gift or picked one up when the sweet old lady was passing them out at church, but you don’t really know what to do with it.
If you remember praying the rosary as a kid as something that took a long time and was really boring, we encourage you to give it another try. (Click here for information from Lighthouse Catholic Media on how to pray a traditional rosary.)
However, we realize that it takes some time to sit down and pray the rosary. Here are three other ways to use your rosary to pray that take a little less time. Try incorporating one into your prayer time today.
We would like to express our gratitude to this week's bulletin sponsor, Madeira Chiropractic. Thank you for your support!
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