Sunday, February 26, 2012

St. Rita - Vinita Park

Good Evening!  Today I wanted to go on pilgrimage to Our Lady of Sorrows Shrine in Starkenburg.  This necessitated going to an early Mass close by.  I went to 8 am Mass at St. Rita.

Before Mass the Rosary was recited.  A synopsis of the Gospel was also given.

The music director was sick so everything was a capella.  Father clearly chose the music because they were old old hymns that everyone knows and are relatively easy to sing.

Opening:  Lord Who Throughout These 40 Days
Offertory:  Now Thank We All Our God; O God Almighty Father
Communion:  silence
Closing:  Holy God We Praise Thy Name

The homily started off with announcements.  The Knights of Columbus are currently recruiting.  Father recommends that all Catholic gentlemen should join.  It is the First Sunday in Lent.  There are purple vestments.  We pray, fast and give alms.  I hope you are all putting your heart and soul into it.  I couldn't understand the next 2 lines Father said.  They seemed that they were emphasizing the point about heart and soul.  We are in Liturgical Year B.  The Gospel is from Mark, but Mark doesn't talk about Lent.  So we have to use other Gospels.  We are supposed to give up as much as possible.  Jesus gave up everything.  Jesus had visits from Satan.  And told Satan to go away.  If we keep these 40 days scrupulously, we will be able to do wonderful things for our soul.  In the first Reading, God destroys the human race.  Things were bad, like today, and God lost His temper.  God is supposed to be merciful.  He has not destroyed us yet.  Father was asked why we don't hear sermons about fire and brimstone.  We need to be shaken.  God's patience has a limit (uh oh).  Enough patience to save one family.  God is merciful if we are sorry.  If we are not sorry, there will be terrible punishment.  He can do the same thing again.  This is a season of penance.  God will spare us in His Mercy.  (Father was hard to understand sometimes...he seemed to mumble).  Father also mentioned the parish would be viewing Catholicism.

Father used Eucharistic Prayer III and there were bells.


St. Christopher

St. Rita

ps.  There are a bunch more windows...especially with St. Joseph.  I don't know what blogger did with them....

Website of St. Rita

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

St. Margaret of Scotland

Lent starts today!  It's purple season!  It's time for penance!  I started this penitential season off by getting up at 5 am to attend 6:30 am Mass at St. Margaret of Scotland.  Honestly, I think it will be more of a penance for others to deal with my cranky butt...  I digress

There was no music.  Father used Eucharistic Prayer 1 (I think...well maybe not...I don't remember the rattling off of saints...It started off with We Come to You Father...oh I bet it was one of the Reconciliation ones...)

Father's homily was an analogy between Lent and Spring Training. We are doing the same thing as the Cardinals.  We are in spring training.  Our goal is to be champions in heaven.  We have to work out.  We have our drills to to.  Jesus set the training agenda in the Gospel.  Fast, Pray, Alms Giving.  The sacrifice may be difficult but we are getting somewhere.  Just like the players put on black, we put on black.  We put on black to get ready for training and to remind us of our mortality.  If it pleases God (or we please God) we will be champions in heaven.  (Do I get a trophy?)


Earlier Visit
Website of St. Margaret of Scotland
Pictures from Rome of the West

Sunday, February 19, 2012

St. James - Potosi

Hello!  This morning I headed the 10 am Mass at St. James in Potosi.

The Church was filled to capacity, which apparently is around 230 people.  There were baptisms after Mass.  I felt like it was Advent again as half the people knew the responses while others said the old translation.  Interestingly, the church didn't have the paper missalettes.  Instead, they had St. Joseph Sunday Missals.  They looked really new, which is a shame because they were the old translation.  (I can envision Sister M.A. from my grade school making the 7th and 8th graders fix every single missal...).

The music was accompanied by an organ in the choir loft.
Opening:  From All That Dwells Below the Skies
Offertory:  All That We Have
Communion:  Peace Prayer, Song of the Body of Christ
Closing:  Be Not Afraid

Mass started 5 minutes late.  It became clear why.  Father processed in with 2 pitchers of water, which he placed on the altar.

Where are we going with this?

During the Kyrie, Father poured the water in the font while giving a commentary.  Baptism is about grace.  There is no magic or mystery involved.  (Uhm.  Isn't grace rather mysterious?)

Red Solo Cup....

I'm the Godmother to two girls, have been to the baptism of two other kids, has seen Baptisms during Mass.  I don't recall the Liturgy of the Pouring Water.  

Father sung the Opening Prayer but added the week of the liturgical season and the date.  

Anytime there was an opportunity, Father added commentary.  There was commentary before the readings discussing what they were about. Another before the Gospel.  Every petition had lots of extra commentary.  I know lots about the people in the parish now.  Apparently Father hasn't heard of HIPPA.  The Nicene Creed had commentary.  Father explained the final stanza about the Church.  The Nicene Creed connects us all.  He commented on the liturgical season.  It was rather annoying after awhile. Made me wish for St. Francis de Sales honestly...if only women there didn't wear skirts... Or another Rite.  

In the readings we have traveled.  But this is where our Faith is.  Isaiah said to let go of all the barbed wire and everything that is a painful memory.  Let go.  How old were you when you realized that holding onto grudges and painful memories was like pouring water into sand.  We each have the ability to let go.  As long as you hold on, you are like a slave pulling a stone.  You won't forgive or forget, but you can let it go.  (uhm...isn't that part of letting go...forgiving and forgetting?)  In the second reading, it mentions the anointing of the Holy Spirit is on Installment (I hope God got good terms...)  God has not depleted His Mercy or His Grace.  In the Gospel, our Lord was more impressed with those that think outside the box.  Father then talked about how the synagogue from the Gospel is known and really close to St. Peter's house.  It's now a Church..the Church of St. Peter.  On Wednesday, 30 Eucharistic Ministers gathered for a retreat/training.  People who had never looked at each other in the light of Faith.  They are now living out an installment on their Catholic faith.  That is the beauty of the Catholic Faith, being called to say yes even though we are not perfect.  (I did not know being an EMHC was a vocation...)  Father then mentioned Cardinal Dolan, who was receiving his red hat in Rome this weekend.  Father knows Cardinal Dolan's family (name dropper).  Cardinal Dolan can walk into Rome with all of his warts and blemishes.  What was Cardinal Dolan thinking during the ceremonies.  He was probably thinking back to his boyhood.  (Someone's got a case of hero worship...).  Father mentioned he wouldn't fit in if he went to Rome (don't touch it...let it go...)  This weekend, 22 men received the Pallium.  (Oh Father...Oh no.  no no no.)  Father said he stood at Calvary every time he said Mass.  Every Mass is over the catacombs because of the altar stone.  This unites us in Faith.  He doesn't need to go to Rome.  230 people is as holy as the celebration at St. Peter's in Rome.  You are none the less worthy to celebrate.  I long for the day that those who have broken away return.  Where does the Pallium come from?  It comes from a Trappist monastery.  The sheep are brought to the Vatican on St. Agnes and are blessed.  Google it.  Father then asked us about the red hats hanging in the Cathedral.  They belong to the dead Cardinals.  They never actually wear that hat. (Uh...yes.  They did.  Ages ago.  like pre V2.)  The hats, the cappallo (?) hang over their crypts.  Go take a tour of the Cathedral and they will tell you all about it.  They are too tight to turn on the lights though. (oh dear) When they turn on all the lights  the meter spins like a spaceship.  They only turn on all the lights for Christmas, Easter and the Consecration of Bishops.  They don't even turn them all on for Ordinations.

Father sang the Preface.  He announced he was using Eucharistic Prayer I because you can't use it during Lent (*facepalm*).  There were bells.  At the Our Father there was hand holding.  Father's commentary was that pray unites us.  Standing has always been the posture of prayer in the Catholic Church, especially the East. Father then said the secret prayers before Communion out loud.  After Communion, Father then commented on the song, Song of the Body of Christ.  The Church's treasure is her children.  People are moaning about what the Church is going through now.  Read your history.  The Church was been through much worse in her 2000 years.

View From the Back Pew

St. James

 Sacred Heart of Jesus

Christ Crucified

Sacred Heart of Jesus

St. Theresa

I'm not sure.  I should know this shouldn't I?

Station VIII

Our Lady of Perpetual Help

FYI:  Lent starts Wednesday.  I haven't decided what to do for it.  It has been suggested that I pick a parish for Lent...

Website of St. James
Picture from Rome of the West

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Who Am I?

I found this statue in a Church in Illinois.  Who is it?  What is it?

Our Lady of Lourdes - Washington

Good Evening!  This morning I attended the 10 am Mass in Our Lady of Lourdes in Washington, MO. Yesterday was the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, so I thought it would be appropriate.

The Church is relatively new and is in a fan shape.

The music was accompanied by a piano, band and choir and they sat in the front on the left.
The music:
PreMass:  All That We Have
Opening:  For Your Glory Reigns
Mass Setting:  Mass of Christ the Savior
Offertory:  Seed, Scattered and Sown
Communion:  Only This I Want, Shout to the Lord
Closing:  Alleluia! Raise the Gospel

There was a Children's Liturgy with music and a blessing.

The Homily:
We hear about leprosy.  It is a very isolated lifestyle.  Jesus breaks those barriers.  How can we apply this in our lives?  There was a U.S. missionary in East Africa.  One day a little boy asked her if Jesus was black or white.  She didn't know what to say.  Jesus lived in a warm climate.  Jesus was in between, he was brown.  The little boy announced that Jesus belongs to both of us.  Jesus bridges gaps of all kinds.  He is a bridge between God and humanity.  Leprosy was a total separation from life.  People thought leprosy came from sin.  You'd get it by touching.  Imagine how difficult that life was.  They were known as the "living dead" (ZOMBIES!!!! in the Bible...cooool)  Jesus has this deep love and concern for us.  No matter if we have sickness or sin, Jesus is willing to touch us (with latex gloves...oops sorry).  He's willing to take on that disease for himself.  He takes on our sin and our burden.  We don't have that primitive understanding of disease they had in the Bible.  We stand in the way of God's healing touch (insert totally inappropriate remark about bad touch here) We have some kind of leprosy of sin.  Look at those places.  That is where God wants to touch us.  Bring us healing acceptance.  We have an opportunity in the Eucharist (I thought it was Confession...)  We can ask for that healing touch.  We need to be infected by that healing, love and acceptance that only Jesus can give (pass the antibiotics)  Then we can infect others (hand sanitizer?)  Ask ourselves:  How do we need to Jesus to infect us?  How do we bridge the gap between us and someone else?

At the end of the petition, we prayed a Stewardship Prayer.  Father used Eucharistic Prayer II and there were bells.  There was a speaker to pitch Christ Renews His Parish for the women's retreat.  The big plus:  No cooking or cleaning.  The men's retreat needs someone to cook them some food however (oh the irony).  Father then mentioned that there was a letter from the Archbishop in the bulletin.  He then mentioned that there had been a compromise, but that it actually wasn't that much of one.

View From the Back Pew!

Over the Entrance Door

Over the Central Entrance Door

The Back Wall above the doors

Station VIII

St. Bernadette


The Nativity


Wedding at Cana

Jesus Preaching?

Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes?

The Last Supper

The Resurrection



Website of OLL