April 6, 2020
Good morning, Good morning,
To view the live stream Mass, visit https://vimeo.com/event/31282/videos/404384579
The sacramental schedule for Holy Week.
Monday-Wednesday Mass Schedule. 6:30 and 8:00 AM
Monday-Wednesday Adoration Hours. 3-7 PM.
Holy Thursday Liturgy: 7:00 PM (No Adoration) (No 6:30 and 8:00 AM Masses)
Good Friday. Stations 3:00 PM (No Adoration) (No 6:30 and 8:00 AM Masses)
Good Friday Evening Liturgy: 7:00 PM
Easter Vigil: 8:30 PM (No Adoration)
Easter Sunday: 8:30 and 10:30 AM (No Adoration)
Holy Week: Monday thru Wednesday 12:00 and 7:00 PM
Thursday 12:00 PM
Friday 10:30, For Senior Citizens on Back Patio. 12:00 PM
Saturday: 12:00 PM
Morning Prayer: 7:30 AM
Evening Prayer: 5:00 PM
Rosary. 8:30 PM
Night Prayer: 9:00 PM
Please dial in on the internet and join us for Mass, Liturgy of the Hours, and rosary.
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Reminder of the Coming of the Divine Mercy Novena, followed by Divine Mercy Sunday.
Starting the Friday, across the planet the Church will celebrate the annual novena to the Divine Mercy. I have asked Bill and Connie Talamantes to lead the devotion each day at the three o’clock hour. You can catch them on the Vimeo Internet channel. I have joined them a few times in the church during vocal prayers each afternoon at 3:00 PM. For the neophytes to this very popular devotion I leave you with a few resources for your understanding. I will be happy to offer the Divine Mercy Celebration at 2:00 on Divine Mercy Sunday.
Allow for a day on the controversies that impact a people locked down by a pandemic.
Many years ago I served as the chaplain for the National Catholic Medical Association, CMA. It was and is a very good group that promotes the Catholic identity in medicine. I highly recommend it for the doctors in our parish. https://www.cathmed.org/.
Nineteen years ago I was involved in the CMA task force that was called together to compose a statement on the challenges of same sex attraction for individuals and their families. The members of the task force involved Psychiatrists, doctors, and one theologian from across the country. The statement produced by the task force was called, “Homosexuality and Hope.” Please note it was written with some sensitivity for the family members as well as individuals caught in the SSA. I recommend it for all. https://virtueonline.org/homosexuality-and-hope-statement-catholic-medical-association
Following the success on the Homosexuality and Hope Statement I suggested the formation of a task force on the problem of Pornography. Unfortunately, there was little response in dealing with the topic. I surmised at that time, people were not sure how to adequately address the problem. It had a deviant twist that impacted individuals physiologically as well as socially, and emotionally. It twisted folks spiritually and sacramentally. It blinded them to their moral duties in life and destroyed their marriages and ability to relate to people of the opposite sex. There were plenty of statistics on the problem that involved men and women of all ages, very young and old. Heterosexuals as well as members of the homosexual community. Married, single… and religious leaders. It covered all religions and cultic gatherings from across the planet. The problem continues to grow… especially among women.
To their credit, the Chinese figured out how to filter pornography out from the internet. Some of our local folks, quite close to home have been addressing the problem with advanced computer filter programs as well as counseling programs. Good things are being done.
And now the rest of the story. The reason I offered the story of the Jesuit martyrs of Virginia in yesterday’s letter was to draw an analogy to the topic of pornography in today’s letter. As the missionaries stepped into a completely non-Christian environment in 16th century Virginia that would meet them with hostility, we, more and more, find ourselves stepping into a non-Christian environment as our contemporary society is bound in materialism and narcissism, nourished on the concepts of entitlement and choice, finds little respect for religion and Judeo-Christian morals. We are ripe for martyrdom in the age of contraception, abortion, and pornography.
Let us not be confused by the apparent silence on the maladies of pornography two American Bishops, years ago wrote very good pastoral letters on their concerns for the innocence of their people, priests and laity alike. Bishop Paul S. Loverde and Bishop Robert Finn. The statements are very well done.
Bishop Paul S. Loverde https://www.arlingtondiocese.org/find-support/anti-pornography/
Bishop Robert Finn: Blessed are the Pure in Heart
Today the topic of pornography was addressed by the website, Church Militant. Why? Because they can see a society locked into their homes by a pandemic can be approached by insidious forces of evil through the internet. Yes, little Virginia, it is influenced by the demonic forces that can carve up hearts and souls in marriage and beyond. I recommend these for your review… but, please, not for the children.
Let us pray for one another.