Bulletin for the week of October 8th, 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.
ANY CANDIDATES FOR CONFIRMATION, FOR FIRST COMMUNION?
In some way, preparing for sacraments is relatively easy. But that is only true when they are practically separated or isolated from the Christian life, when they have become the stuff of which we say “been there, done that”. And there is the hub. The proper celebration of sacraments presupposes a fair bit. The first that comes to mind is love for Jesus Christ. Of course, the sacraments make no sense apart from Jesus Christ, who Jesus is, what he lived for, what he gave his life for, why he was raised from the dead, and what that means. That love for and knowledge of Jesus Christ will translate in our cultivating a taste for and identifying with what matters to Jesus Christ. And that is what formation to the Christian life is all about. Quite a challenge today!
It would already be quite something if we were all convinced that formation to the Christian life is not first for children, but for us as adults. Formation to the Christian life is first and foremost an “adult affair” and it is an “ongoing affair” only completed when we finally come in God Father, Son and Spirit. It is really a matter of having Christ grow on us. It does not mean that we would want to withhold that from our children. The point is that if Jesus Christ and what he stands for are important to us (myself included), then our children will want to develop a taste for Jesus Christ too. And then preparing for sacraments becomes easy in the good sense.
Back to the question! We would like to hear from parents who want to have their children make their first communion. Similarly, we would like to hear from parishioners who are 15 years and up who have not been confirmed if they are interested in being confirmed. Please, contact us before November 12th.
It would be helpful if you would draw this item to the attention of those who might be interested. Thank you.
DOES IT MATTER WHAT WE SING AT MASS?
When the Mass was still in Latin, Gregorian Chant and polyphonic music (for Kyrie, Gloria, Sanctus, Agnus Dei) were the norm. When Latin, Gregorian Chant, polyphonic music slowly disappeared in most places, we “imported” from the Reformation Churches a few hymns in the vernacular before Catholic composers caught up with them. That led to what is called the four-hymn-syndrome: a hymn at the beginning, at what used to be called the offertory, at communion, and at the end. That was (and still is?) sort of standard practice. Of course, added to that were/are the Alleluia, the Holy, Holy…, the Lamb of God, but the emphasis remained on the four hymns.
In the meantime, some people that were very much involved in the liturgical reform (mandated by Vatican II) of the Catholic Church began to take a second look at where song/music belongs in R.C. worship. Much of their work has recently been put together in a publication from the CCCB: A Companion to the Catholic Book of Worship 111 Guidelines for Liturgical Music. It is those guidelines which matter the most, because they have to be observed whether one uses CBW III, Glory and Praise, or another hymnal.
One of the clearest guidelines is the following: “Music is an integral part of every Sunday celebration of the Eucharist.” That is to say, music is not optional for Sunday Mass. There is not much argument about that any more. Does everything have to be sung? Not quite. A distinction has to be made between what may be sung and what ought to be sung. The elements or texts of Sunday Mass that ought to be sung are the following:
It is interesting what the guidelines have to say about the practice of only singing the four hymns and then reciting the various responses and acclamations. “That does not respect the distinctive nature of each part of the eucharistic celebration.”
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 11TH, 7:30 P.M. AT ST. JOSEPH CATHEDRAL (HULL SECTOR):
In the evening, at 7:30 p.m. the Bishop will preside over a celebration of the Eucharist to which all are invited. That will take place at St. Joseph Cathedral.
OLV & ST.MALACHY’S HARVEST SUPPER:
CHURCH WARDENS MEETING - October 12th, 7:00 p.m.
A NEW COOKBOOK PROJECT:
GET TOGETHER FOR LEADERS IN ENGLISH PARISHES - SATURDAY NOVEMBER 4TH
Now the plan is to have those in leadership positions in our English parishes meet twice a year. That will be more representative, and it may help all those in leadership positions “to play from the same book.” That is especially important if we continue to work with the document of our bishop: Discovering Jesus Christ: The Path to Freedom.
So, PPC members, wardens, members of parish committees, all parish ministries, interested parishioners! We count on you!
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