Bulletin for the week of October 16th - 22nd, 2005.
A sincere welcome to those who are new among us. We hope you find a warm and welcoming faith-home with us. Please introduce yourself after Mass and call the Rectory to register.
TWENTY-NINTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME OCTOBER 16TH, 2005
BAPTISM IN JESUS' NAME(3) (cont.):
We can legitimately transpose that experience to our relationship with God too. God too makes room for us in God’s own life. God too feels enriched by having us included in God own life. God too would not have it any other way. That is the sort of thing that is celebrated in baptism. Just as a parents are fond of their newborn, so is God fond of us; yes, even more so if that is thinkable. In the celebration of baptism, we hear with the ears of faith, we see with the eyes of faith, we grasp with the heart of faith. What happened when Jesus was baptized in the River Jordan: the heaves open, the Spirit of God descends on us, and God’s irrevocable word is addressed to us: “You are my beloved daughter/son. My favour, my grace rests on you.”
And this is not just true for the moment of baptism. It is as with parents. They are parents of these children as long as they live and beyond. Of course, the parents-children relationship will see significant modifications, but the fact that they are parents of these children can never be undone. And we are forever the children of our parents. But that is true of our relationship with God and of God’s relationship with us too. We are forever “marked” by that. And the life of faith is first and foremost an appropriating of that relationship with God initiated my God out of pure grace and love, a sort of growing into it and responding to it.
Indeed, baptism covers a lot of ground.
REGISTRATION FOR FIRST COMMUNION, CONFIRMATION:
In both cases, it is only fair that we express a caution. There is no guarantee that we will have a preparation for these sacraments this year. Why? It is part of the general orientation on our diocese (and in other dioceses as well) that makes us move ever so slowly, as our bishop describes it, from preparing for sacraments towards formation to the Christian life.
That may sound simple, but it is quite a challenge to make such a move. Why is such a move called for? An “isolated” preparation for this or that sacrament is, frankly, of little use. “You mean to say that sacraments are not important?” some may respond. Christian sacraments are very important. No question about that. However, Christina sacraments do not have much to stand on, if they are not embedded and rooted in the always evolving Christian life. It is precisely out of respect for the Christian sacraments that we have to become more serious about ongoing formation to the Christian life. That sort of formation has many features and is particularly important for adults who wish to see their children and grandchildren put on the path of Jesus.
DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE FALL CAMPAIGN – WATER: LIFE BEFORE PROFIT!
The Transformation Committee is planning to distribute these action cards on the last weekend of the month, October 29th and 30th at a special event following the celebration of the Eucharist at at St. Malachy on Saturday and Our Lady of Victory on Sunday. Our guest speaker will be Linda Cameron who will provide an overview and impressions of her recent visit to El Salvador.
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