Mass – 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time – September 19

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Liturgy

The word “liturgy” comes from a Greek term meaning “public work or work done on behalf of the people.”  Liturgy always referred to an organized community.

A work, then, done by an individual or a group was a liturgy on behalf of the larger community.  All the worshipers are expected to participate actively in each liturgy, for this is holy “work,” not entertainment or a spectator event.

Every liturgical celebration is an action of Christ the High Priest and of his Mystical Body, which is the Church.  It therefore requires the participation of the People of God in the work of God.

Liturgy is centered on the Holy Trinity.  At every liturgy the action of worship is directed to the Father, from whom all blessings come, through the Son in the unity of the Holy Spirit.  We praise the Father who first called us to be his people by sending us his Son as our Redeemer and giving us the Holy Spirit so that we can continue to gather, to remember what God has done for us, and to share in the blessings of salvation.

Through the liturgical celebrations of the Church, we participate in the Paschal Mystery of Christ, that is, his passing through death from this life into eternal glory, just as God enabled the people of ancient Israel to pass from slavery to freedom through the events narrated in the Book of Exodus.

The liturgies of the Church also help to teach us about Jesus Christ and the meaning of the mysteries we are celebrating.  A mystery is a reality that is both visible and hidden.

Jesus Christ’s death and Resurrection become present to us and effective for us in the liturgical life of the Church.  His death and Resurrection are hidden now in the eternity of God, but as Risen Lord and Head of the Church, Jesus Christ calls us to share in them through the liturgy of the Church, that is, by the visible gathering of the community for worship and remembrance of what God has done for us.  It is the Holy Spirit, the source of the Church’s life, who draws us together through liturgical actions, the chief of which are the Sacraments.

The term liturgy itself has a broader application than that of Sacrament, for it embraces all the official public prayer life of the Church, while the term Sacrament refers to a particular celebration of Christ’s salvific work. (9:43)

Announcements for September 19-20, 2020

1. The Adult Faith Committee will complete the last two sessions of the Bible Timeline that were scheduled to take place back in March on September 20th & October 11th following the 5pm Mass time in the gym.

2. For those wishing to know more about their Catholic Faith or wish to join the Church, The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults will begin this Sunday after the 10am Mass, please see Dcn. Tom Schenk.

3. Christ Our Life is next weekend please see the bulletin on how to get tickets. They are also looking for volunteers to help go to christoutlifeiowa.com

Mass Intentions for September 21-27, 2020

Monday, September 21
8:00 am Mass, In Memory of Brenda Schram
Tuesday, September 22
8:00 am Mass, In Memory of Mary Ladurini
Wednesday, September 23
8:00 am Mass, In Memory of Esther & Don Battani
Thursday, September 24
8:00 am Mass, In Memory of Bernice Pleva
Friday, September 25
8:00am Mass, In Memory of Carl Crnkovich
Saturday, September 26
5:00pm Mass, In Memory of Phyllis Byrnes
Sunday, September 27
10:00am Mass, In Memory of Mary Kay Manning

Mass – 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time – September 13th

Unfortunately, due to technical errors, the Mass was unable to be recorded for Sunday, September 13th, 2020. We apologize for any inconvenience.

 

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Orans

Do you ever wonder during the Our Father that is prayed at Mass whether or not the faithful should use the Orans posture (raising hands upward); or should we hold hands with the person next to us; or should we simply keep our hands folded in prayer?

Of course, having dialog regarding the posture during the Our Father might elicit some emotion and response that would say our stance of hands extending upward during prayer is an expression of our interior intention of worship and openness to God; that it represents an outward sign of abandonment to God and a surrender to His holy will.

Or that holding hands during prayer is an appropriate way to relate to one’s family and to fellow parishioners; that this, too, is an external sign indicating that we are united with those with whom we are praying.

When such a question comes up, the obvious solution is to go to the rubrics.  Unfortunately, in this case, the General Instruction on the Roman Missal (GIRM) is relatively silent on the topic.

Because of the GIRM’s silence, many people have taken this to mean that the faithful may do whatever they want.  However, this seems not the case.

In the document, Instruction On Certain Questions Regarding the Collaboration of the Non-Ordained Faithful in the Sacred Ministry of Priests, put out by the Vatican on August 15, 1997, we read, “In Eucharistic celebrations deacons and non-ordained members of the faithful may not pronounce prayers—e.g. especially the Eucharistic prayer, with its concluding doxology—or any other parts of the liturgy reserved to the celebrant priest.  Neither may deacons or non-ordained members of the faithful use gestures or actions which are proper to the same priest celebrant” [emphasis added] (Article 6, §2).

What the above statement means is that we may not say the Eucharistic prayers along with the priest, nor, to the point of this topic, the faithful may not use the same gestures that are reserved for the priest celebrant.

As mentioned above, the GIRM is silent with regard to the posture of the faithful during the Our Father, however, the Roman Missal (the book of prayers for Mass used by the priest) states that the celebrant is to pray the Our Father with hands extended.

Simply, the faithful are NOT to use gestures or actions proper to the priest celebrant.  Likewise, the holding of hands while the Our Father is said is not prescribed, so for this reason, no one can be required to hold hands with another during the Our Father.

The proper authority to prescribe any posture for the recitation of the Our Father is the U.S. Bishops’ Conference or the Holy See, and neither has provided any liturgical rubric.  (9:42)

Mass – 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time – September 6th

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Agape

The agape, or love feast, was a memorial of the Last Supper.  It’s thought to be somewhat analogous to the Jewish Passover dinner or the Greek custom of having a “brotherhood” meal before or after a solemn event.

As practiced by the early Christians, it merely recalled the Lord’s Last Supper.  It did not, as has been proposed, have a relationship to the Eucharist, since it was merely an eating before or after the celebration of the Eucharist.  Participants gathered to eat, talk on pious subjects and sing hymns.

However, abuses arose, and it was discontinued, even as a non-liturgical act, by the sixth century.  In recent times there has been a revival of the concept through the emphasis upon the “sense of community” brought about by the ecumenical and liturgical movements, but it has more social overtones than association with the Holy Eucharist.

In addition, as expounded on by Jesus, agape is a form of love which is both unconditional and voluntary; that is, it is non-discriminating with no pre-conditions and is something that one decides to do.

When asked what the greatest commandment was, Jesus said, “‘Love (i.e. agape) the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’  This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’  All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments” (Matthew 22:37-41).

In keeping to this commandment, Jesus demonstrated his extreme form of love for us by dying on the cross.  He has shown us the type of love we should have for God and for one another, not the love that we see in our material world today, but a love that is divine, unconditional, self-sacrificing, active, volitional and thoughtful.

This type of love has been described as agape, which is one of several Greek words meaning love.  Other Greek words used to identify types of love are:  Phileo: love between friends; Eros: the sense of being in love, or romantic love; Storge: love of family, such as, between parent and child, or between siblings, cousins, etc.  In a very close family, agape is felt as well. (9:41)

Mass Intentions for September 14-20, 2020

Monday, September 14
8:00 am Mass, In Memory of Frederico Montelongo
Tuesday, September 15
8:00 am Mass, In Memory of David Johnston
Wednesday, September 16
8:00 am Mass, In Memory of Jack Temme
Thursday, September 17
8:00 am Mass, In Memory of Florence Sweeney
Friday, September 18
8:00am Mass, In Memory of Doris Crnkovich
Saturday, September 19
5:00pm Mass, In Memory of Terri Fuson Rilea
Sunday, September 20
10:00am Mass, In Memory of Duane Heiderscheidt
5:00 pm Mass, For the People of Assumption Parish

Mass Intentions for September 7-13, 2020

Monday, September 7
8:00 am Mass, For the people of Assumption
Tuesday, September 8
8:00 am Mass, In Memory of Jack Temme
Wednesday, September 9
8:00 am Mass, In Memory of Barbara Naert
Thursday, September 10
8:00 am Mass, In Memory of Charlene Grell
Friday, September 11
8:00am Mass, In Memory of Sr. Carolyn Farrell
Saturday, September 12
5:00pm Mass, In Memory of Elizabeth Conrad
Sunday, September 13
10:00am Mass, For the people of Assumption
5:00 pm Mass, In Memory of Becky Giofreddi