SMIC E-Bulletin-February 7, 2021
The 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time; February 7, 2021
FROM FATHER CARLOS...
On February 2nd we celebrated the feast of the Presentation of the Lord. On that day, the Church Universal also celebrated a World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life. And, what is the Consecrated life? The Catechism of the Catholic Church defines it as “the state of life which is constituted by the profession of the evangelical counsels” (914.) The evangelical counsels are chastity, poverty and obedience. Consecrated men and women, therefore, are those brothers and sisters that live a life of chastity, poverty and obedience for the sake of the Kingdom.
All of us, baptized members of the Church, are invited by the Lord to live out these evangelical counsels in our own lives. As the Catechism says: “Christ proposes the evangelical counsels, in their great variety, to every disciple” (CCC 915.) Some of our brothers and sisters, however, freely vow to live these evangelical counsels for as long as they live.
Radical, isn’t it? To say yes to living in chastity, poverty and obedient to a superior for the rest of one’s life! The choice for the Consecrated life, however, is done in answer to the Lord’s own invitation and call. It is Christ who chooses certain men and women to enter into this particular state in life and, thus, he provides them with the help necessary to live out their vows faithfully and happily. It is truly “one way of experiencing a ‘more intimate’ consecration, rooted in Baptism and dedicated totally to God” (CCC 916.)
I believe most of us know, have heard of or perhaps met someone that lives a Consecrated life. Maybe you had sisters as teachers in your school growing up, or perhaps you have a relative that is a monk, a sister or brother in a monastery. I know at our parishes sometimes we have the gift to welcome Fr. Korie, a Domincan priest, for some of our Eucharistic celebrations. What is shocking to our contemporary world, however, is that these men and women who chose a life of poverty, chastity and obedience are happy and joyful human beings! For some in the world, the thought of entering such kind of life might sound like “nonsense” yet for these religious men and women this life is their joy and road to heaven!
It is important, therefore, that we know of them and that we pray for them. It is also good to keep in mind that some of our young men and women are being called by the Lord to follow him more closely as consecrated men and women. It is, once again, a radical way of life yet, as Pope Benedict XVI once said, “the world offers you comfort, but you were not made for comfort. You were made for greatness!”
I pray that the Lord continues to bless our parishes with many more courageous men and women being willing to answer the call of the Lord to follow him in the Consecrated Life. Their lives and testimony are needed as much as we need the light in order to see the goodness, truthfulness and beauty of the world!
Readings for the week of February 7, 2021
Sunday: Jb 7:1-4, 6-7/Ps 147:1-2, 3-4, 5-6 [cf. 3a]/1 Cor 9:16-19, 22-23/Mk 1:29-39
Monday: Gn 1:1-19/Ps 104:1-2a, 5-6, 10 and 12, 24 and 35c [31b]/Mk 6:53-56
Tuesday: Gn 1:20—2:4a/Ps 8:4-5, 6-7, 8-9 [2ab]/Mk 7:1-13
Wednesday: Gn 2:4b-9, 15-17/Ps 104:1-2a, 27-28, 29bc-30 [1a]/Mk 7:14-23
Thursday: Gn 2:18-25/Ps 128:1-2, 3, 4-5 [cf. 1a]/Mk 7:24-30
Friday: Gn 3:1-8/Ps 32:1-2, 5, 6, 7 [1a]/Mk 7:31-37
Saturday: Gn 3:9-24/Ps 90:2, 3-4abc, 5-6, 12-13 /Mk 8:1-10
Next Sunday: Lv 13:1-2, 44-46/Ps 32:1-2, 5, 11 /1 Cor 10:31—11:1/Mk 1:40-45
A FEW UPDATES FROM FATHER NATHAN...
Dear Friends: As we make our way very soon into the season of Lent, I would like to offer some brief updates about our liturgical celebrations for your information and planning.
New Signs on Church Doors and Sign Boards
• Beginning the weekend prior to Lent (February 13th and 14th) you will notice updated advisory signs on our church doors, and on the sign boards in the worship space.
• These signs are taken from the Archdiocesan website and are recommended for use in our parishes in our time of the pandemic. Below this text is an electronic copy of the signs.
• All who are visiting our worship spaces are encouraged to follow the disease prevention recommendations found on the signs which have become very common and widespread practices in our communities all across the Nation.
Why New Signs?
• Recently the Pastoral Councils of both Saint Mary’s Immaculate Conception and Saint Frances Cabrini met jointly to discuss topics related to Covid protocols at our Masses.
• After much discussion, the Councils recognized the complexity of all the factors involved and understood the desire to offer flexibility about specific protocols to account for the wide range of circumstances and approaches that impact our worship in this time of the pandemic.
• However, the Councils did request that our advisory signs express greater clarity about what we encourage.
• There was also a desire to see more emphasis placed on wearing masks for those who are able to, with the acknowledgment that for some people it is a true hardship to wear a mask and that this cannot be a forced issue.
• The Archdiocesan signs offer a helpful mode of communication in our circumstances.
• No one is going to force anyone to follow the recommendations of the signs, and the wording of “encouragement” on the signs is deliberate. However, we can all do our best to observe them.
• The coming of Lent is an opportune time to provide these clarifiers about what is encouraged. We hope to welcome more and more people back to Mass in this season of grace, some of whom still have hesitations about crowds. If we can set a better tone of welcome for them by following these recommendations then we should do so.
• Saint Frances Cabrini will be hosting an Archdiocesan event on March 3rd and it is appropriate to adopt their signage for our worship spaces to welcome visitors from around the Archdiocese.
• As we look to Holy Week and Easter, we will want to continue to be mindful of broader guidelines and recommendations that will govern how we celebrate those sacred liturgies.
Ash Wednesday Changes
• The Vatican recently issued instructions for adjusted liturgical practices for the celebration of Ash Wednesday liturgies in this time of the pandemic.
• Ashes will be distributed at all Masses at our parishes.
• Per the Vatican’s instructions, the priest will say aloud only one time to the entire congregation the formula for the giving of ashes.
• Following this, the priest and other ministers will invite everyone present to come forward to receive ashes.
• The priest or minister will sprinkle a very small amount of ashes over the bowed head of each person, without saying anything.
• Other than this change, the Masses for Ash Wednesday will be celebrated without any other liturgical adjustments.
The Mass schedule for Ash Wednesday is as follows:
• Saint Frances Cabrini: 8:00am and 7:00pm
• Saint Mary’s Immaculate Conception: 6:15am, 12:00pm, and 7:00pm (Spanish)
Reminders About The Norms for Fasting and Abstinence:
• Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of Fasting as well as abstinence in the Universal Church.
• This means that anyone 14 years and older (without a maximum age cut off) is to abstain from meat on these two days.
• It also means that anyone 18 years to 59 years old is to fast from extra meals. This means eating only one main meal on these two days, or, ensuring that any other food that is taken during the day does not amount to more food than one would eat at only one, main meal.
• All Fridays of Lent that are not Solemnities (this year, the Solemnity of Saint Joseph on March 19th lands on a Friday) are days of abstaining from meat for those 14 years and older.
• As Catholics we understand that these are more than “recommendations” or “encouragements.” These are theological norms pertaining to the substance and discipline of our faith. No one is to excuse themselves from these norms lightly.
Holy Week and Easter
• At this time we are still awaiting the details of any liturgical changes that the Vatican or the Archdiocese may publish pertaining to the Holy Week and Easter liturgies.
• We are still not certain if any published guidelines will impact our customary Holy Week and Easter schedules.
• We will offer more updates once we have more information.
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