Bulletin for the week of June 4th - 10th, 2006.
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.
SUNDAY JUNE 11th - OUR GETTING TOGETHER WITH OTHER PARISHES:
Following the Mass there will be a Pot Luck Meal. For that to work each family or participant bring enough food to be shared according to the number of participants in their group.
As for the collection envelopes they will be passed on to the respective Churches. Change will be divided among the four parishes.
The plan is to have this event take place outside. So, please bring your own lawn chairs and/or blankets. In case of rain (we had enough of that by now), we will go inside.
Let us make it work!
For those who cannot make it that Sunday morning, the Saturday evening Mass at Mayo (7:00 p.m.) will take place as usual, In this case, it won’t matter if we are only a handful.
WHAT IS THE POINT OF BRINGING UP THE BREAD AND WINE? COULD THEY NOT BE PUT ON THE ALTAR AT THE BEGINNING?
The preparation of the altar and the bringing up of the bread and wine are the actions that typically belong to the second part of the Mass. During the first part of the Mass we have been about God’s speaking to us through the witness of the Scriptures. In other words, in the first part of the Mass the Bible, the Scripture readings and our reflecting on them have been the focus.
Now the focus shifts towards the altar. There is where we are privileged to celebrate, in the power of the Spirit, the central mystery of our faith: the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Now the focus is on the self-giving of Jesus Christ and on his becoming the source of new life for us. We don’t just say or put that central mystery of our faith in words; rather, we act it out in ritual gestures that are loaded with what is central to our faith. In this case, the ritual gesture is that of sharing bread and wine “in memory of Jesus”, in which we are able to express that we are part of that central mystery of faith. We are not simply spectators to what is being celebrated; we are implicated! It is our mystery too!
That comes to light in what we do at the beginning of that second part of the Mass and in what we do with them at the end of that second part. One has to have a bit of a feel for the power of ritual and symbol to appreciate this. At the beginning of that second part of the Mass the bread and wine represent us, embody us, speak of our human story. We are not simply dealing with a piece of bread and a bit of wine. You could say that — from a faith perspective — our lives are on the line. Where do we as Christians go with our world and with our life stories, if we want to taste their true depth and want to see them make sense and be purposeful?
As Christians we cannot get around Jesus Christ or we cannot simply ignore the event where the true depth of Jesus Christ stands revealed. That is what we bring into focus when we bring the bread and wine to the altar. We bring ourselves, we bring our world — with our achievements and with our failures, with what we are excited about and with what we are ashamed of, with our joys and with our pains — we bring all that to Jesus Christ. Why? Because we believe that in his dying and rising we and our world are being re-created, transformed into what God intended and still intends with us: that we be at peace with each other and with God and that our lives and our world are such that they glorify God.
All this to say that however simple that gesture of bringing up the bread and wine is it “carries a lot of weight” for us. Let us handle it with great care and let it be fully fully representative of all of us.
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