9 December 2018
Miniatures on the Mass: Genuflection
In the 16th century the Church adopted the custom of genuflecting on one knee which was part of court etiquette. To distinguish between court and Christian usage, the knee was changed form the left to the right knee. This beautiful tradition endures to this day in the Catholic Church as an expression of love and devotion. As the catechism states, “In the liturgy of the Mass we express our faith in the real presence of Christ under the species of bread and wine by, among other ways, genuflecting or bowing deeply as a sign of adoration of the Lord.” (CCC 1378)
The word genuflection comes from two Latin words, genu (knee) and flectere (to bend) and so the bending of the knees, when we come into the Presence of the Eucharistic Lord, shows our belief and our love for Him. And, as St Paul says, “that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Phil 2:10-11)
Ad Orientum Candlelight Mass
On Saturdays Dec. 15 and 22 at 8:00am we will celebrate amidst candlelight the traditional Advent Mass of the Blessed Virgin facing liturgical east to the dawn of Jesus Christ. We frequently say or sing during Advent, “people look east” and this is the idea of Mass “Ad Orientum” (to the east). In this way, the priest himself joins the faithful in looking toward the Father who sends His Son to us. This Advent Mass was also known as the “Rorate Mass” taking its name from the first line of the antiphon which says “rorate coeli desuper et nubes pluant justum” (drop down dew, ye heavens, from above and let the clouds rain down the just one).
Father Son Dude Ranch Excursion
Based on the interest among our fathers and sons (ages 12-18) we have reserved July 10-14th for our expedition to the Wyoming Catholic College Dude Ranch. Please join our information session on Sat, Jan 12th at 11:00am in Fitzpatrick Hall. All are welcome. For more information: FrMGoodyear@stpatscs.org.
New Arrangement of the Altar Candles and Crucifix
Some of you have asked about the new candles and altar crucifix. This arrangement, brought from the rich tradition of the Church, was fostered by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI with the intention of focusing our attention on the sacred altar and the Lord it represents. Ever since the priest turned toward the community in the celebration of the Mass, there has been a disruption in the act of worship toward the Heavenly Father. Pope Benedict describes it like this:
The turning of the priest toward the people has turned the community into a self-enclosed circle. In its outward form, it no longer opens out on what lies ahead and above, but is locked into itself. The common turning toward the East was not a “celebration toward the wall”; it did not mean that the priest “had his back toward the people”: the priest himself was not regarded as so important. For just as the congregation in the synagogue looked together toward Jerusalem, so in the Christian Liturgy the congregation looked together “toward the Lord.” Looking at the priest has no importance. What matters is looking together at the Lord.
Moving the altar cross to the side to give an uninterrupted view of the priest is something I regard as one of the truly absurd phenomena of recent decades. Is the cross disruptive during Mass? Is the priest more important than Our Lord?
A seventh candle may be placed on the altar when the Bishop is present. It is placed on the back side of the crucifix which always faces the celebrant.
We also remember the beautiful symbolism of the candles on the altar, a sign of our love for Jesus Christ. I pray that this new altar arrangement may lead us to a greater focus and fervor in our celebration of Holy Mass.
We have been so blessed with the beautiful appointments in our sanctuary and now have the vestments, processional torches, altar crucifix, Roman Missal stand, and altar candles. We thank all those who have donated these items as gifts in memoriam and thank our latest donor, the LaMay Family, for giving five of the altar candles. Additionally, we would like to thank a couple of donors who were not mentioned previously. Thank you to the Dionisio Sisters for the gift of one of the altar candles and thank you to Chuck and Mabel Page for the gift of the altar crucifix. As a faith community, we will always be reminded of our love for the Lord Jesus and of the breathtaking heaven that awaits us through these beautiful liturgical items.
2 December 2018
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
The opening prayer of the first Sunday of Advent asks Almighty God that we may “resolve to run forth to meet Christ.” Now, when is the last time our preparation for Christ could be summed up like that! Christmas preparation is certainly characterized by a lot of running around from store to store, from party to party, but it is not always a “running forth to meet Christ.”
This “running forth” is a meditation on the unfathomable mystery of God’s love in the incarnation. We reflect on this Love growing in the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Immaculate. As St. Faustina so beautifully puts it, “Your beauty so enthralled the Thrice-Holy One’s eye, that He came down from heaven, forsaking th’eternal See’s throne, and assumed from Your Heart Body and Blood, hiding for nine months in the Virgin’s Heart. O Mother, Virgin, this will no one comprehend, that the infinite God is becoming a man; it’s only love’s and His inscrutable mercy’s purpose.”
Each day of Advent we too should grow in our loving response to the Incarnation. In our reflcetions, prayers, acts of kindness, the writing of Christmas cards, the baking of cookies, an act of patience, a helping hand, a word of greeting or encouragement, a listening ear, a look of love, an act of service to our parish family, and so on.
We do all of this remembering the beautiful words of St. John the Evangelist, “In this is love: not that we have loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as expiation for our sins.”
May Christmas be His infinite love meeting our ever so ardent love expressed in love of neighbor.
With my prayers,
Fr. Michael Goodyear
Thank you to all who made our celebration of Jesus Christ, King of the Universe so beautiful. The new altar appointments, the crowns of gold and thorn, the wonderful participation of so many who came to Eucharistic Adoration expressing our love to Jesus, the beautiful sacred music and so on. And also as a show of love for the King of Mercy, every single tag from the giving tree has been taken and will be filled with love. God is good!
Our young adults (ages 21-35) will have our third session on Thursday, December 13 at 7:30pm. Come enjoy some social time with Christmas edibles and then to watch, discuss, and o deeper in your understanding of the theology of the Mass. For more information contact Hannah at firstname.lastname@example.org or check out our St. Patrick Young Adult Ministry Facebook page.
25 November 2018
Miniatures on the Mass: Relics
Although not part of the Mass, some have
asked about why we venerate relics of the
saints. We are blessed here at St. Patrick
to have, as part of Divine Mercy of the
Rockies, three relics: St. Faustina, St. John
Paul II, Bl. Fr. Michael Sopocko. We also
have a relic of St. Vincent de Paul.
St. Jerome reminds us that “we do not
worship relics, we do not adore them, for
fear that we should bow down to the
creature rather than to the creator. But we
venerate the relics of the martyrs in order
to better adore him whose martyrs they
are.” The saints are canonized by the
Church because, through their intercession
at least two unexplainable things have
happened, what we call miracles. That
seems to indicate that the Merciful Lord is
pleased that we turn to his Mercy with the
help of the saints.
Gifts in Memoriam
On this Solemnity of Jesus Christ, King of
the Universe, we have unveiled our new
altar cloth, altar crucifix, altar candles,
and Roman Missal stand. Thank you to
Vicki Chiment who made our altar cloth
and to those below who gave these items in
memory of loved ones. There are still items
18 November 18
Miniatures on the Mass: Communion in the Hand
For those who choose to receive Holy Communion in the hand, perhaps this reflection by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI taken from ideas of St. Cyril of Jerusalem will be helpful: “They should make a throne of their hands, laying the right upon the left to form a throne for the King, forming at the same time a cross. This symbolic gesture, so fine and so profound, is what concerns him: the hands of man for a cross, which becomes a throne, down into which the King inclines himself. The open, outstretched hand can thus become a sign of the way that a man offers himself to the Lord, opens his hands for Him, that they may become an instrument of his presence and a throne of his mercies in this world.”
Love to Learn
It is with sadness that I announce that LOVE TO LEARN has decided to leave our community. I put my heart and soul into promoting this program, announcing it from the sanctuary and supporting sign-ups to assist with the program. As with all of our programs, there are Safe Environment norms that must be followed. First and foremost, this is in the best interest of our children but also for all of us in our community. When there were a few norms that were not totally being followed by LOVE TO LEARN, I brought this to their attention. Rather than cooperating, the director of the program, without consulting me, decided to take LOVE TO LEARN out of our community. I pray for all involved.
Thursday, November 22, Thanksgiving Day, we will have a Mass to lift up our grateful hearts to the Lord. The Mass will take place at 9:30am. Those who wish may bring bread and wine to exchange with fellow parishioners. The bread and wine will be blessed for your Thanksgiving tables or to be shared with others.
Divine Mercy of the Rockies
Divine Mercy of the Rockies has launched our new website www.divinemercyoftherockies.org. Also, we have our Facebook page up and running and you can see 250 photographs from the recent pilgrimage to Lithuania and Poland. We were also able to obtain a relic of Bl. Fr. Michael Sopocko, St. Faustina's spiritual director and founder of the Sisters of the Merciful Jesus. The relic is a bone fragment from his right arm and will be on display along with the relics of St. Faustina and St. John Paul II every Saturday morning for the 8:00am Divine Mercy Mass and Holy Hour. Please continue to pray for Divine Mercy of the Rockies and our work in the diocese, as well as the visit of the Sisters of the Merciful Jesus later this month.
11 November 18
Miniatures on the Mass: Bowing
The General Instruction of the Roman Missal states the following about bowing: “A bow of the head is made when the three Divine Persons are named together and at the names of Jesus, of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and of the Saint in whose honor Mass is being celebrated. A bow of the body, that is to say a profound bow, is made to the altar; during the prayers Munda cor meum (Almighty God, cleanse my heart) and In spiritu humilitatis (Lord God, we ask you to receive); in the Creed at the words Et incarnatus est (by the power of the Holy Spirit . . . made man); in the Roman Canon at the words Supplices te rogamus (Almighty God, we pray that your angel). The same kind of bow is made by the deacon when he asks for a blessing before the proclamation of the Gospel. In addition, the priest bows slightly as he speaks the words of the Lord at the consecration. (GIRM 275.)
St. Patrick Security
Some time ago the Finance Council and Pastoral Council listened to the suggestions of the Emergency Action Team regarding our safety and security. We are in the midst of carrying out many of these suggestions including the following: Increased and better lighting in our parking lots, increased number of security cameras, to include the exterior of the building, different locks on our classrooms, shades on the windows of our meeting rooms and classrooms. We will continue to improve our security. If there are any parishioners who are interested in the Emergency Action Team, please call the parish office.
Has the Priesthood Ever Crossed Your Mind?
If you are a young man and the thought of priesthood has ever crossed your mind, or if you’re just trying to figure out what you are supposed to do with your life and how you can serve others, feel free to contact me to discuss it. My email is FrMGoodyear@stpatscs.org.
Divine Mercy Home Enthronement
We will begin soon to bless families and images of Divine Mercy for the Enthronement of Homes to the Divine Mercy. If you and your family are interested in finding out more about this blessing, please contact Vicki Chiment via the parish office.