Welcome to Holy Week!
Each year, the Church celebrates the entire week before Easter Sunday. We are all familiar with the various celebrations and customs associated with with this week, but do we know how they came about?
Our Sunday Visitor has put together a “Guide To Holy Week” for those who want to know more about this holy time.
There’s also a short quiz to test your knowledge of the events and people involved in those events, list of ideas for things to do during the week to make it more meaningful, explanations of the customs associated (palm crosses, colored eggs, house cleaning, etc.) and more.
I think you’ll like it!
Over time, the practice of observing Holy Week spread throughout the Christian world, with prayers, historical re-enactments and special liturgies. During the Middle Ages, the celebration of the Easter Vigil gradually fell out of practice. The important days of the week were Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday.
Worship God… Thank God… Renew our faith… Pray for the person who has died…
Funerals are meant to help us cope with the loss of a loved one, but that is only one of many deeper purposes they serve. In this video, Fr. Mike shares the wisdom of the Church in making funerals a time to recall God’s mercy, and pray for the faithful departed.
A friend once told me that there are three reasons that he is Catholic: “Eucharist, Eucharist and Eucharist.” While there are all sorts of reasons to be Catholic, I think they all stem from, and can be traced back to, the three mentioned by my friend.
Pope Francis, while speaking on the importance of attending Mass during the Angelus, made several comments on the Eucharist (shown below). The one that captured my attention most pretty much sums it up for me.
“Jesus left us the Eucharist with a precise objective: That we can become one with Him.”
Sometimes, about Mass, we hear this objection: ‘ What is the purpose of Mass? I go to Church when I feel like it, and I pray better alone.’ But the Eucharist is not a private prayer or a beautiful spiritual experience. It is not only a commemoration of what Jesus did at the Last Supper. We say, to understand, that the Eucharist is the ‘memorial’.
The Eucharist is Jesus giving Himself.
Jesus left us the Eucharist with a precise objective: That we can become one with Him.
We nourish ourselves with Him and remain in Him through the Eucharistic Communion. If we do it with faith, it transforms our life. It transforms it into a gift to God and a gift to our brothers.
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This is an excellent video series presenting an overview of the Catechism of The Catholic Church. If you have not studied the Catechism (and really, how many of us have?) this is a great way to get an introduction.
Fr. Mahan has provided an introduction for each segment and a description of the topic covered in the section.
If you have any questions on Catholic teaching, this may be a good place to start!
For an online version of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, click on the link below.
Jennifer Schlameuss-Perry has come up with a list of why people say they don’t go to church. She has also come up with some pretty good responses to those ‘reasons’.
Hmmm.. I think she hit all of the ones I have ever heard… I have even used one or two of them myself, many decades ago.
As a Pastoral Associate in a Catholic Parish, I have heard it all. People find ways to justify their lack of Mass attendance and believe (momentarily) that their justification will convince the pastoral staff of their correctness. Here are my refutations of these excuses—meant not to isolate further or hurt the feelings of those who don’t go to Mass, but as a playful invitation to reconsider and come back to the family that misses them.
1: I Work 24 Hours A Day, 7 Days A Week
First of all, I’m pretty sure that’s illegal—there are labor laws. Do you want me to help find you a lawyer? Also, that’s not what your Facebook page says. Americans are super busy—we fill our time with all sorts of things. It does feel like we’re working all the time—believe me, I’m right there with you. My job takes me out week days, evenings and Sundays. Plus, my email, text and Facebook are on my phone, so I’m frequently doing “business” in my free time, too. That’s not good. We all need to take a break. But, God should be part of that break, not what we’re taking a break from. Worshipping with a community, receiving Christ—these things rejuvenate, not deplete. Take time out for yourself that is going to fill you up.
Through Him, with Him and in Him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit…
The Mass is truly amazing, and it seems that so few people have the foggiest idea why…
“Mass is boring,” “I don’t get anything out of Mass,” “The music isn’t good,” “?”…
Read Jn Chapters 13 through 17… Then read it again. And again until you have an ‘aha’ moment…
Where is the Mass in Scripture?
What is the Mass?
Listen to Fr. Larry Richards to find out…
As Fr. Richards mentions, you cannot understand the Book of Revelation without the Mass. The Book of Revelation IS the Mass!
The Mass Found In The Book Of Revelation
Topic/Mass Part Chapter/Verse
Sunday Worship 1:10
High Priest 1:13
Altar 8:3-4; 11:1; 14:18
Priests 4:4; 11:15; 14:3; 19:4
Consecrated Celibacy 14:4
Lamp Stands 1:12; 2:5
Penitence Chapters 2 and 3
Incense 5:8; 8:3-5
The Book (scroll) 5:1
Eucharistic Host 2:17
Chalices 15:7; ch. 16; 21:9
Sign of the Cross 7:3; 14:1; 22:4
Alleluia 19:1, 3, 4, 6
Lift up your hearts 11:12
Holy, Holy, Holy 4:8
Amen 19:4; 22:21
Lamb of God 5:6
Virgin Mary 12:1-6; 13-17
Intercession of Angels and Saints 5:8; 6:0-10; 8:3-4
Participation of St. Michael Archangel 12:7
Antiphon Chant 4:8-11; 5:9-14; 7:10-12; 18:1-8
Scripture Readings ch. 2 and 3; ch. 5; 8:2-11
Priesthood 1:6; 20:6
Catholicity (Universality) 7:9
Silent contemplation 8:1
Marriage Supper of the Lamb 19:9, 17
The clock keeps ticking on the bad stuff in the Church. Take heart!
What a great article!
…However, let’s stop for a moment and ask whether Jesus would recognize Catholic worship. The assumption is that Jesus is a simple, wandering preacher–a rustic carpenter from Nazareth. Jesus is the equivalent of Pastor Bob from the Backwoods Bible Church who has studied for two years at Buckboard Bible College and then set up his church.
The view of Jesus as the simple country preacher does have some connection with the real Jesus, but we also have to remember that Jesus was a first century Jew. He would have been familiar with, and shared in the rituals and traditions of synagogue worship as well as the worship of the temple. What was this worship like? First of all, the synagogue worship was formal and liturgical. They used set prayers and established readings as Catholics do with their liturgy and tables of readings. Furthermore, the worship of the ‘domestic church’ for Jews was structured around seasons and feasts. Throughout the year, as Catholics do, they celebrated certain feast days and fast days. For the feasts they had structured, ceremonial meals that they shared together. These ceremonial meals consisted of set, written prayers and psalms and Scripture readings.