Bulletins

March 29, 2020

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"Let us pray."

We hear those words just before we see the priest opens wide his hands in preparation to pray on behalf of everyone before the Opening Prayer or Collect and before the Communion Prayer.

In the Extraordinary Form of Roman Rite, always preceded by gracious exchange "Dominus vobiscum │ et cum spiritu tuo", we also hear and see the same word and gesture just before the priest ascends the altar, after the Creed just before the Offertory Antiphon, as well as before the Lord's Prayer which the priest says alone for the faithful.

Notice at Mass that when the priest is praying with you or when he is praying for his own pathetic self, (Entrance Antiphon, Confiteor, Kyrie, Gloria, Creed, Sanctus, Agnus Dei, Communion Antiphon), he prays with his hands together.

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March 22, 2020

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My self-inflicted confinement is almost over. I shall be back on Thursday the 26th. In the last two weeks the world has changed. We have not seen churches closed since the 1918 outbreak of the Spanish Flu. This Lent started in modern comfort but will proceed with the rigor that Christians have known before.

We are afraid for good reason. Comparisons of coronavirus to regular influenza might calm some of our fears and they might bring us to the realization that we may have been spreading disease and death rather casually.

Even though Christians, who know the Resurrection of Christ and who look forward to eternal life, can be unafraid if not even indifferent to death, we must understand and sympathize with those who know only this earthly life. Equally tragic are those non-believers who experience the glory and beauty of life and those who know only suffering. Death is equally cruel to both.

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March 15, 2020

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Well... I have great news, bad news and good news.

The great news is that our parishioner Mauricio Portillo is doing very well. Having completed over the past five years his Bachelor's in Sacred Theology (equivalent to or perhaps greater than an M.A.) at the Universidad Eclesiástica San Dámaso in Madrid, Spain. As of August 2019, beginning his sixth year of seminary formation for the Diocese of Arlington, he was transferred to my alma mater, the Pontifical North American College in Rome, and has begun a course of studies leading to a Licentiate in Sacred Theology at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas also known as the "Angelicum", the nickname coming from St. Thomas Aquinas often being called the "Angelic Doctor". Mauricio is studying with some of the finest Thomistic scholars in the world. The classes are demanding. The reading load is substantial. His professors have nothing but praise for him. My pastoral visit to Mauricio was long overdue and I really did consider it "essential". I thank Fr. Melmer for taking on the load of parish work in my absence.

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March 8, 2020

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With flu season in full swing and the threat of a pandemic looming, we should discuss the measures we have taken and can take to safeguard each other's health. At the direction of the Diocese of Arlington...

  1. we encourage all parishioners, especially those interacting with the public (clergy, teachers, office staff, ushers, lectors, servers, choristers, etc.) to stay home if they feel in any way sick.
  2. we have placed hand sanitizer on the tables in the vestibule.

The Diocese also recommended that we consider refraining from shaking hands at the Sign of Peace and from distributing the Precious Blood with a common chalice. We already do the former in flu season and the latter in general. One further consideration should be given to the distribution of the Sacred Host. It has been suggested that we should distribute Our Lord only in the hand and not on the tongue.

I am no medical professional but I am a professed germophobe. When I use a public bathroom I use the paper towel to open the door on the way out. I have been checking the CDC website several times a day as I prepare for a short trip to Rome. En route and upon my return I will follow all of their guidelines.

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March 1, 2020

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First Sunday of Lent
Ordinary Form
Genesis 2,7-9;3,1-7
Psalm 51,3-4.5-6.12-13.17
Romans 5,12-19
Matthew 4,1-11

Extraordinary Form
2Corinthians 6,1-10
Psalm 90,11.12
Psalm 90,1-7,11-16
Matthew 4,1-11

Temptation of Christ (Juan de Flandes, c. 1500-1504)

Temptation of Christ
(Juan de Flandes, c.1500-1504)

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