October 2, 2011
October is Respect Life Month Let us strive to live the Gospel of Life with honesty and love. Remember Pro-Life apostolates such as the Gabriel Project and Project Rachel by making a donation to your Baby Bank. If you have not picked up your baby bank, please do so after Mass. They are located at each entrance of the Church.
During the Month of October let us all remember to pray for an end to abortion. Prayer cards are at each entrance of the church.
Each week for the next several weeks, we are presenting a series of informational materials on the New Roman Missal as inserts to the bulletin. Please take time to read each one carefully.
The Parish Council will meet today (Sunday) at 12:00 noon in the Conference Room.
Next Friday and Saturday we will be having a parish garage sale in the Parish Hall from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
St. Mary’s Festival Committee for 2012 is busy in the planning of next year’s Festival. One of the major fund raisers of the festival is the Raffle. This year we will have 25 raffle items with a total monetary value of $4,500. If you are able to help with a contribution toward a raffle prize, please call the church office. All donations will be greatly appreciated.
Introducing our new Mass setting:
As a parish and as a Church we are coming closer to that time when we will be using the new translation of the Roman Missal. I hope you all have been reading the inserts in the bulletin. Now I want to tell you about something else that I am very excited about.
As part of the change to the new translation, we will also be using a new Mass setting, in other words, the sung portions of the Mass. This new setting is called the “Mass of Renewal”. It is a beautiful setting and an easy to learn setting. I think, I hope you will all like it. The new hymnal supplements for the Mass setting will be in the pews next week and we will begin singing the new Mass setting over the next six weeks, introducing it gradually, part by part.
Then, on the weekend of November 26th and 27th, we will begin praying the New Roman Missal. This means we will be praying the new spoken parts to the Mass, according to the new translation of the Roman Missal. There will be new words for the Confiteor, the Creed and for other parts of the Mass. We will have Mass cards in the pews by November 26th so you can easily follow along with the Mass parts.
The important point to remember here is that yes, these are changes to the Mass and change can be difficult, but we can bring about these changes. We don’t have to get it perfect the first time. But, we can do it for the greater glory of God. And over time we will get better. And I think you will like our new Mass setting, at least I hope you will like it. I only ask for your patience and prayers as we implement these changes.
Fr. Joe Geleney