Thursday, October 16, 2014

Hey

Surgery went well...
Is at parents recuperating...
When i can sit upright ill post pictures

Sunday, October 5, 2014

St. Edward - Texarkana

Hello all.
I have some semi-sad news.  This is my last actual Mass in Arkansas.  There might be one more in late November.  I have some more stuff to post so the posts will be going on for a couple more weeks.
I report to St. Louis on 12/1 :D  (YAAAAY!!!!!!!)  If you know of a house for sale (I'm poor...so no mansions...) drop me a line.

On Saturday I went digging for diamonds (no diamonds....) and then went to Mass in Texarkana AR.  I went to St. Edward for the 5 pm Mass.

I was asked again who I was with when I was taking pictures.  This time I played dumb and was like where was the bathroom?  I look like I just rolled out of the diamond mine....I'm sure I'm with a professional organization...

It was very lovely inside but the windows were the best.

Before Mass the congregation recited the Act of Faith.  Then there were announcements.

There must be a shortage of children in the parish as Grandma acted as the server.

Music:
It was accompanied by an organ in the loft.
Opening:  Bring Forth the Kingdom
Offertory:  Lord of All Hopefulness
Communion:  Now We Remain
Closing:  O Christ the Great Foundation

Homily:
Father was a non-native speaker of English.  Normally I don't have a problem understanding a non-native speaker, but I had a tough time understanding Father.  So I apologize for the sketchy homily.  In the Gospel of St. John, the Lord works as a Gardner and asks us to produce more fruit (ever since I got that job in agriculture, the Gospel makes more sense.)  Our life is the fertile soil.  Faith.  Love of parents trains us with care.  Christ encourages production.  We must endure pruning to correct wrongs in our life (I don't want to be pruned....)  Instead we watch TV instead of service.  Sacrifice shows us how to live life well.

Father used Eucharistic Prayer II and there were bells.

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St. Edward - Texarkana


Sunday, September 28, 2014

Update pt2

Next weekend will be my last post of an Arkansas church for a bit.  I'm having surgery for my girlie bits on October 15. Feel free to pray (that it goes well...).  I could be out anywhere from 2-6 weeks.

Oh.  And by the way....
I've been transferred back to St. Louis :D :D :D :D

St. Mary - Paragould

Hello all.
I didn't make it to Mass this weekend because of travel.  However I did stop by the other Eames church in Arkansas - St. Mary in Paragould.  I wish I could have seen the interior, but as most of you know, churches are only unlocked during Mass.





Link:
Interior Pictures from the Eames Office


Sunday, September 21, 2014

St. Benedict Church at Subiaco Abbey

Hello all!

This morning I trekked out to Subiaco Abbey, which is about 2 hours west of Little Rock.  It's a lovely drive and a lovely campus.

The church, named after St. Benedict, is rather large, considering it is near the middle of nowhere Arkansas.  It's rather plain on the inside, but in a good way.

As Subiaco is also a boarding school for boys in grades 7-12, the young men also participated in the Mass at 10:45 am, as lectors, servers and ushers.

All of the monks processed in.

Music:
It was a mix of chant and not chant.  The music was accompanied by an organ and a piano.
Entrance Chant:  I Am Your Savior My People
Gloria:  Missa Ubi Caritas
Preparation:  There is a Longing
Communion:  Loving and Forgiving
Sending Forth:  Sing of the Lord's Goodness (YAY! at the correct tempo!!)
The Our Father was chanted.  The Lamb of God was interesting.  It was sung in English, but Latin was  sung over it.

Mini-homily:  Jesus calls those to the vineyard.  Those who respond will have great rewards.

Homily:
From the 2nd reading, Christ is magnified is our bodies in life and in death.  This is true, provided we conduct ourselves in the way of the Gospel.  For Paul, this is a win-win.  The last line:  conduct yourselves worthy of the Gospel.  In the Gospel, the workers were called at different times but all were paid equally.  God calls us to be fruitful.  God rewards all with generosity.  All will receive mercy and generosity.  What about the workers who worked all day? (Call your union rep!)  Can any one really claim lifelong faithfulness?  Lifelong fruitfulness.  All receive generosity, more than they deserve.  Conduct yourself worthy of the Gospel.  No complaints (well..uhm...oops) No grumbling (uhm) Not being stingy.  God rejoices when we finally repent, even at the last minute.  It might be us that think, he's made his bed, now he has to lie in it, that is not God's way.  The vinter is not a good business owner (sure he is...)  The Gospel life is not miserly or focused on the bottom line.  It is open, generous, not fearful.  Belief requires Faith.  We can't see God and His mercy, we can only get glimpses.  God is love.  A life worthy of the Gospel entrusts us with this Love. Father then read the Prayer of Abandonment by St. Charles Foucauld.

Father used Eucharistic Prayer III.

Pictures:  (Thanks Brother Francesco who let me go behind the altar to take some pictures.)
(There are pictures about the life of St. Benedict...I like to have such things in order...so I'm reading about his life and will post later :D )




 

















Links:
Subiaco Abbey
St. Benedict

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Update

Just an update.
On the Sunday before Labor Day I got really ill.  I was sick that entire week.  I finally went to the doctor on Friday, who sent me to the ER, because they suspected appendicitis.

It turns out I have 1 or 2 very large cysts on my right ovary.  I'll need surgery.

I'm aiming for mid-October and plan to have the surgery in St. Louis.  I think my recovery will take anywhere from 4-6 weeks...so if I disappear...that's probably why.

Thanks.

St. Boniface - Fort Smith

Hi all.
On Saturday I decided to visit Forth Smith to visit the historic site instead of mopping in my apartment. (There will be a 2nd post explaining the mopping.) I managed to visit all 3 parishes in Fort Smith and attended Mass at St. Boniface at 4 pm on Saturday.  The parishes were really close together, something I was rather surprised give how spread out everything else is.

You know the best part about doing this?  Walking into a Catholic Church and recognizing it as a Catholic Church.  I've been in some churches that could be confused for a giant lecture hall.  St. Boniface did not disappoint in this aspect.

The music was supplied by a piano and cantor in the choir loft.
Music:
Opening:  Lift High the Cross
Offertory:  Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silent
Communion: We Have Been Told
Closing: How Great Thou Art

So I never really got the whole idea behind Father What-A-Waste...I mean they are priests.  Most of them are *old*  Yeah.  I got it today looking at the priest.  Very cute in a rugged way..that's one way to get people to come to Mass.

Mini-Homily:
Means of our Lord's death becomes our redemption.

Homily:
The homily was said by the Deacon.  This had to be one of the best homilies by a Deacon I have ever heard.  I was impressed.  (Which is saying something.)
18 yrs ago when in formation, taking homelitics, something stuck in my mind.  A near perfect homilest was talking about how a homily was not an exercise in elocution.  It is by the Power of the Cross that I have been given the power of giving homilies.  The Feast of the Holy Cross has been around since the 7th century when the True Cross was recovered from the Persians and shown in Jerusalem.  The cross is about the triumph of Jesus' love for us.  The cross of Moses prefigured Jesus.  Moses' cross healed all those who gazed upon it.  Jesus was lifted up so that all who believe would have eternal life.  God so loved the world, He gave His only Son.  The cross is a symbol of all our stains; it is the symbol of our personal relationship with Jesus.  Many people think the Cross is a trinket and has extra powers.  It is the power of Christ that conquers evil. (Duh...that's what they chant in the Exorcist...).  In the 2nd reading, Paul explains that Jesus accepted the worst death to demonstrate God's love for us.  Jesus showed us His love of the Father.  His death saved us from horror and a meaningless life.  Jesus is Lord.  His love makes this possible.  When we wear the cross, we are showing that Jesus is the Lord of our lives.  All of our problems take on infinite (missed this word) when merged with the Cross.  All might be saved through the Cross.

Father used Eucharistic Prayer III and there were bells.  Additionally there was a 2nd collection.  Father explained how he didn't get a raise every time there was a collection but that the money was used to protect the Church's patrimony.

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Link:
St. Boniface - Forth Smith