Tag: Sacrament

Sacrament of the Sick: It’s not just for emergencies

Sacrament of the Sick: It’s not just for emergencies

| Sister Mary Ann Walsh | August 2, 2011 | 0 Comments

10 suggestions for understanding the Sacrament of the Sick

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Confession: It puts you straight with everyone

Confession: It puts you straight with everyone

| Sister Mary Ann Walsh | July 20, 2011 | 0 Comments

Penance, aka confession, is the sacrament of the forgiveness of sin. You can’t beat it for convenience. It’s available practically whenever.

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True nature of priesthood is love for Christ and his people

True nature of priesthood is love for Christ and his people

| Father Michael Johnson | May 25, 2011 | 0 Comments

“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.” With these words, along with his exhortation to “do this in memory of me,” when he took the bread and wine into his sacred hands at the Last Supper, Jesus instituted the sacrament of holy orders — the sacrament of the priesthood.

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Holy orders sacrament calls for a commitment of service to others

Holy orders sacrament calls for a commitment of service to others

| Father Michael Van Sloun | May 25, 2011 | 0 Comments

Holy orders is one of the seven sacraments. It, along with the sacrament of marriage, belongs to a special group of sacraments known as the sacraments of commitment. These two sacraments are “sacraments at the service of communion,” “directed toward the salvation of others” and “serve to build up the people of God” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, No. 1534).

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New translation is a plus for Catholics

New translation is a plus for Catholics

| James Breig | May 23, 2011 | 0 Comments

Microsoft Vista and “New Coke” have proven that not every change is for the better. Furthermore, when change comes to important elements of life, it is often resisted with the cry of “we never did it that way before.”

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Confirmation continues to support our faith journey

Confirmation continues to support our faith journey

| Father Michael Van Sloun | February 17, 2011 | 0 Comments

Confirmation is one of the seven sacraments that belongs to a special group of three sacraments known as the sacraments of initiation. The other two are baptism and Eucharist. The sacrament of confirmation is administered only once.

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Eucharist – The source and summit of Christian life. Primer on the sacrament.

Eucharist – The source and summit of Christian life. Primer on the sacrament.

| Father Michael Van Sloun | February 2, 2011 | 3 Comments

The Eucharist is one of the seven sacraments, and it stands above the others. While baptism is the gateway sacrament, the beginning of belief in Jesus as Lord, and incorporation into the Body of Christ, the church; it is the Eucharist that is the source and summit of the Christian life.

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The Mass Series – Part VII: Closing rites: The ending is just the beginning

The Mass Series – Part VII: Closing rites: The ending is just the beginning

| Father Tom Margevicius | September 7, 2008 | 0 Comments

The Communion procession is over, the remaining Eucharist is reserved in the tabernacle, the vessels are put away and the Communion music is finished.

What next?

Let’s not allow this precious moment to pass too swiftly. And for God’s sake, don’t head for the parking lot early!

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The Mass Series – Part VI: Communion rite: Joining ourselves to Jesus

The Mass Series – Part VI: Communion rite: Joining ourselves to Jesus

| Father Tom Margevicius | September 6, 2008 | 0 Comments

After the “Great Amen” everything looks the same: the appearance of bread and wine, a regular man in unusual garments and a gathering of common people of various ages, races, languages and states in life.

On the surface, it all seems ordinary. But our faith affirms that Jesus Christ is really present. The bread and wine have actually become his body and blood; the priest is acting in Christ’s person; and we, the assembly, are given God’s Spirit so we also become the body of Christ.

What happens next?

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The Mass series – Part V: The miracle of the Eucharist: ‘My flesh is true food’

The Mass series – Part V: The miracle of the Eucharist: ‘My flesh is true food’

| Father Tom Margevicius | September 5, 2008 | 0 Comments

Now that the bread and wine – the fruit of our lives – are at a dignified place on the altar, the assembly stands and begins a dialogue with the priest that’s difficult to translate:

“The Lord be with you.”

“And also with you” (literally, “and with your spirit”).

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The Mass Series – Part IV: Presentation of the gifts: Bread, wine and ourselves

The Mass Series – Part IV: Presentation of the gifts: Bread, wine and ourselves

| Father Tom Margevicius | September 5, 2008 | 0 Comments

Before moving forward let’s review. One week ago, we saw that the church considers the Liturgy of the Word power-packed. What the liturgy’s actions say, the word of God enacts. Or as the “Catechism of the Catholic Church” says: “The liturgical word and action are inseparable both insofar as they are signs and instruction and insofar as they accomplish what they signify.”

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The Mass Series – Part III: Christ is present in the word proclaimed

The Mass Series – Part III: Christ is present in the word proclaimed

| Father Tom Margevicius | September 3, 2008 | 0 Comments

Of the articles I am writing for this series on the Mass, I am really excited about this one: the Liturgy of the Word.

For too long, we have assumed, “Protestants get the Bible, Catholics get the sacraments.”

Wrong.

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