- Jesus is victorious over sin and death. Jesus’ suffering and death on the cross, rather than being a defeat, was a victory. Jesus rose from the dead. Death has no more power over Him. His Resurrection gives every Christian the hope of eternal life. While we have not yet seen the culmination of all God’s plans, we know Who has already won the victory. Christus Vincit!
- Jesus promised to remain with His Church. “And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.” (Mt. 28:20) First, Jesus remains with us in the Holy Eucharist. We believe in His Real Presence on our altars and in our tabernacles. We also have the Sacred Scriptures to guide and inspire us. Through the ministerial priesthood Christ still acts in each sacrament. Christ remains with His Church whenever we gather in His name, but most especially at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.
- Jesus told us that evil will not prevail. “And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it.” (Mt. 16:18) Through the centuries, there have been bitter battles for the soul of the Church. We have seen many martyrs. We have had bad popes, bishops, priests, etc. Attempts have been made to destroy the Church from within and from without. Despite all such attempts, the Church remains. And it will remain.
- Our Lady continues to intercede for us, her children. Devotion to Our Blessed Mother is a sine qua non for any believing Catholic. I have been especially devoted to the apparitions of Fatima (Portugal) and to the other approved apparitions like Lourdes (France), Guadalupe (Mexico), etc. According to the seer Sr. Lucia, the message given at Fatima from Our Lady was ”In the end my Immaculate Heart will triumph.” When we pray the Hail Mary, we ask for Our Lady’s intercession now and at the hour of our death. She was given to us at the foot of the cross to be our spiritual mother. She continues to intercede for her children and to care about their eternal salvation as any good mother would.
The thoughts and writings of Fr. Ed Namiotka as taken from his weekly parish bulletin columns.
Tuesday, April 26, 2022
Why Catholics Continue to Have Hope
Tuesday, April 19, 2022
The Mercy of God
- May almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins, and bring us to eternal life. (Penitential Rite)
- Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. (Kyrie)
- Lord Jesus Christ . . . you take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us; . . . you are seated at the right hand of the Father, have mercy on us. (Gloria)
- To us, also, your servants, who, though sinners, hope in your abundant mercies . . . (Eucharistic Prayer I)
- Remember . . . all who have died in your mercy . . . Have mercy on us all, we pray . . . (Eucharistic Prayer II)
- For you came in mercy to the aid of all . . . Grant, O merciful Father, that we may enter into a heavenly inheritance . . . (Eucharistic Prayer IV)
- Deliver us, Lord, we pray . . . that, by the help of your mercy, we may be always free from sin . . . (Prayer following the Our Father)
- Lamb of God you take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us. (Agnus Dei)
- May the receiving of your Body and Blood, Lord Jesus Christ, not bring me to judgment and condemnation, but through your loving mercy be for me protection in mind and body and a healing remedy. (Priest’s Prayer in Preparation for Receiving for Holy Communion)
Sunday, April 17, 2022
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Tuesday, April 5, 2022
Easter: A Time for Renewed Hope
Holy Week Begins
This weekend we begin the most sacred week of the year for Christians. We recall Christ’s passion, death and resurrection. We are reminded of all that God has done for us in sending us His Only Begotten Son.
Palm Sunday recalls Jesus’ triumphant entry into the city of Jerusalem. His royal reception sees Him being lauded by the crowd: Hosanna to the Son of David; blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord; hosanna in the highest. (Mt. 21:9) However, entering Jerusalem meant that Jesus was now ready to begin His bitter passion and to face death on a cross. The crowd quickly turned on Him as they chanted: Let him be crucified! . . . Let him be crucified! (Mt. 27: 22-23) We can see how quickly any glory and honor that the world may have for any of us can change to ridicule, scorn and even hatred.
On Holy Thursday (7:00 PM Mass) we recall the Last Supper where Jesus instituted the Holy Eucharist and the Ministerial Priesthood. Priesthood and the Holy Eucharist are intimately connected: without the Priesthood, there would be no Holy Eucharist. Jesus’ actions also remind us of the call to service displayed by the mandatum or washing of the apostles’ feet. Do you realize what I have done for you? You call me ‘teacher’ and ‘master,’ and rightly so, for indeed I am. If I, therefore, the master and teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash one another’s feet. I have given you a model to follow, so that as I have done for you, you should also do. (Jn. 13: 12-15) The Blessed Sacrament will remain in the repository in our chapel until 10 PM, where there is time for silent prayer and adoration.
The liturgy of the Passion of the Lord on Good Friday (3 PM Service) has 3 main components: a reading of the passion account from St. John’s gospel followed by various intercessions, veneration of the cross and Holy Communion. Masses are not offered on Good Friday. In addition, the Stations of the Cross will be observed in the chapel at 7 PM. (This day remains a day of fast—one full meal—and abstinence from meat.)
The Easter Vigil (8 PM Mass) is not intended as a Mass to be rushed through quickly. (Please note: Mass usually lasts minimally about 2 - 21/2 hours.) There are so many beautiful parts that, if done reverently and properly, should not be hurried or omitted. We begin with a lighting of the Easter fire and a candlelight ceremony. Then follows the singing of the Exultet or Easter Proclamation. Salvation history is traced through a series of readings as the congregation is reminded of how God has continued to work in and through every age. After the readings comes the time to bring new members into the Catholic Church through Baptism and the reception of other Sacraments of Initiation (Confirmation & Holy Communion). The Easter water is blessed at this time and sprinkled on the congregation as we renew our baptismal promises. Finally, Mass continues in normal fashion with the Liturgy of the Eucharist.
Please consider participation in these liturgies of the Easter Triduum. We all need to be reminded of what Christ has done for us. The little time that we might spend in Church pales in comparison to the hours that he suffered for us on the cross.
The Masses for Easter Sunday are at the usual times: 8:30 AM and 11 AM.
Fr. Ed Namiotka