Four Last Things

The part of theology that includes the final things is called eschatology.  These last things can generally be identified as the four last things: death, judgment, heaven and hell.

The Greek word eschatology means “teaching of the last things.”  More specifically, this is concerned with a study of the resurrection of Christ and His teaching to the disciples concerning His second coming.

The time of Christ’s coming is known only to the Father for we do not know the hour of His coming.  But we are assured of a last or final judgment that will reward or condemn eternally.

The summation of this study is that humankind must prepare for the second coming of Christ at the end of time when Christ will judge the living and the dead.

The second coming of Christ, or Parousia, is the fullness or completion of the salvation of humankind in the history of the world whereby the humanity of Christ the Savior and Messiah revealed in His glory and in His Church is now manifest and fulfilled in the revelation of Christ as God and Ruler of heaven.

For us it is the culmination of the economy of grace, the advent into eternal union with Christ in the Father. (10:1)

Mass Intentions for November 30-December 6, 2020

Monday, November 30

    8:00 am      Mass, In Memory of Jack Temme

Tuesday, December 1

 8:00 am      Mass, In Memory of Charlene Grell

Wednesday, December 2

   8:00 am        Mass, In Memory of Bob Beneventi

Thursday, December 3

 8:00 am       Mass, In Memory of Mary Manning

Friday, December 4

    8:00am        Mass, In Memory of Alice Link

Saturday, December 5

    5:00pm        Mass, In Memory of Mary Manning

Sunday, December 6

 10:00am     Mass, In Memory of Dolores Geneser

 5:00 pm      Mass, For the People of Assumption Parish

Announcements for November 28-29, 2020

  1. The Catholic Women’s Club is having an Afghan raffle. In the gathering space on display are 3 Afghans homemade by Tish Simons.  Please purchase your tickets and mark which afghan (1, 2 or 3) you would like and drop ticket’s and money into wooden box.  We will draw for these Afghans on December 14th.

 

  1. The Social Justice Committee has put up the Giving Tree again this year. Please take an ornament off of the tree and return the purchase with the ornament attached by December 20th.

 

  1. Parish Reconciliation with additional Priest will take place on Wednesday, December 9th starting at 6pm.

 

  1. Please join us for Advent Evening Prayer here at the Church starting at 4:30pm.

Baptismal Font

The basin used to administer baptisms may be either permanent or semi-permanent and is called the baptismal font.

Recent building of churches has placed this font near the entrance to the church.  This is a clear reminder that the sacrament of Baptism is the entryway into the community of the people of God, the first of all sacraments to be received.

The location of the font near the entrance also allows people upon entering to dip their fingers into the water to bless themselves in order to recall their baptism.

Other norms of church construction places the font near the sacred area, or sanctuary, so that it will have a useful place in the participated liturgy.  Holy water fonts, when placed at the entrance of the church, also permits one to bless and recall one’s baptism.  (9:52)

Mass Intentions for November 23-29, 2020

Monday, November 23

    8:00 am      Mass, In Memory of Doris Crnkovich

Tuesday, November 24

 8:00 am      Mass, In Memory of Bernice Pleva

Wednesday, November 25

   8:00 am        Mass, In Memory of Gene Steinkamp

Thursday, November 26 (Thanksgiving Day)

 9:00 am       Mass, For the People of Assumption Parish

Friday, November 27

    8:00am        Mass, In Memory of Florence Sweeney

Saturday, November 28

    5:00pm        Mass, In Memory of Bernie Volz

Sunday, November 29

 10:00am     Mass, For the People of Assumption Parish

 5:00 pm      Mass, In Memory of Brenda Schram

 

 

Announcements for November 21-22, 2020

  1. Bishop Joensen has moved to make mask wearing a requirement at all public Masses, Sacramental celebrations and other events in the church buildings in the Des Moines Diocese. This requirement extends through Feb. 2, 2021 at which time it will be reviewed.  Thank you for your cooperation.

 

  1. The Catholic Women’s Club is having an Afghan raffle. In the gathering space on display are 3 Afghans homemade by Tish Simons.  Please purchase your tickets and mark which afghan (1, 2 or 3) you would like and drop ticket’s and money into wooden box.  We will draw for these Afghans on December 14th.

 

  1. There is a Greeter & Sacristan training set for all present and future individuals on Monday at 6pm with another opportunity on Tuesday evening starting at 7pm. We are in great need of both of these ministries, please plan on attending one of these trainings.  Thank you!

 

  1. Join us on Thursday for our Thanksgiving Day Mass starting at 9am. Parish Offices will be closed both Thursday and Friday due to the Thanksgiving Holiday. May you all have a blessed Thanksgiving!

Mass Intentions for November 23-29, 2020

 

Monday, November 23

    8:00 am      Mass, In Memory of Doris Crnkovich

Tuesday, November 24

 8:00 am      Mass, In Memory of Bernice Pleva

Wednesday, November 25

   8:00 am        Mass, In Memory of Gene Steinkamp

Thursday, November 26 (Thanksgiving Day)

 9:00 am       Mass, For the People of Assumption Parish

Friday, November 27

    8:00am        Mass, In Memory of Florence Sweeney

Saturday, November 28

    5:00pm        Mass, In Memory of Bernie Volz

Sunday, November 29

 10:00am     Mass, For the People of Assumption Parish

Sin

Sin is the free transgression of a divine law, and can be further defined as any thought, word, or deed against the Law of God.  Sin may be mortal or venial.

It is mortal when the transgression is of a divine law in a matter that is serious and when the consent to sin is made with the recognition of both the law and the serious matter.  It is called mortal since it deprives the soul of its supernatural life of sanctifying grace, and it deserves eternal punishment, since the offence is a deliberate act of rebellion against the infinite majesty of God.

According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, for a sin to be mortal, three conditions must together be met: “Mortal sin is sin whose object is grave matter and which is also committed with full knowledge and deliberate consent” (1857).

A sin is venial when it is committed out of imperfect knowledge and consent, when one transgresses law that does not bind seriously, or when a sin is actually grave but, because of an erroneous conscience, the one committing it is ignorant of it gravity.

This sin does not deprive the soul of sanctifying grace.  Venial sins can be remitted by prayer or other good works.

Sin is also classified according to type, that is, internal sins are those committed through the use of the spiritual faculties, for example, imagination; actual sin is any act or omission of a prescribed good act; and, habitual sin is a state of sin of one who has not repented.

The Church has always taught that every sin, no matter how serious, can be forgiven.

Sin is present whenever one tries to separate themselves from God and ceases to acknowledge one’s dependence upon God.  Because of this, pride is consider the basic or fundamental sin, because it is an action that brings about a denial of the faithfulness of God. (9:51)

Mass Intentions for November 16-22, 2020

Monday, November 16

    8:00 am      Mass, In Memory of Bernie Volz

Tuesday, November 17

 8:00 am      Mass, In Memory of Bob Beneventi

Wednesday, November 18

   8:00 am        Mass, In Memory of Donny Manning

Thursday, November 19

 8:00 am       Mass, In Memory of Bill Thayer

Friday, November 20

    8:00am        Mass, In Memory of Florence Sweeney

Saturday, November 21

    5:00pm        Mass, In Memory of Andy Simons

Sunday, November 22

 10:00am     Mass, For the People of Assumption Parish

 5:00 pm      Mass, In Memory of Jim Severino

Announcements for November 14-15, 2020

  1. Fall Clean-up has been scheduled for NEXT Saturday, November 21st, students this is a great way to get those service hours! We will start at 8am and hope to be done before noon. Bring gloves, rakes, shovels, chain saws if you have them, and wheel barrows.

 

  1. Bishop Joensen has moved to make mask wearing a requirement at all public Masses, Sacramental celebrations and other events in the church buildings in the Des Moines Diocese. This requirement extends through Feb. 2, 2021 at which time it will be reviewed.  Thank you for your cooperation.

 

  1. The Adult Faith Committee is hosting our 1st event for the series “A View from Above”. The 1st talk is titled “Sharing a Vision of Love”.  In this talk Adam Storey will unpack a Christian vision of the human person, and apply this vision to a prominent threat in today’s culture, pornography.  This event is intended for adult men of our Parish.  Please join us on Wednesday, November 19 at 7pm in the gym for this enlightening discussion.

 

  1. Join us on Tuesday evening here at the Church for Adoration starting at 6pm. Our special intention will be for peace and to bring those who have fallen away from the Church back home.