Do you Love the Catholic Mass? If you honestly do not, do you think that you should? Do you know what the Mass is and where it comes from? Do you know why we as Catholics do what we do and what it all means? Do you know that at every Mass we are taken to heaven for a time, if we only have faith to see it?
“Why Catholic: Learning to Love and to Live the Mass” is our new parish goal for the coming year. We are forming a working group to implement a program to educate and to teach our parish about the Catholic Mass and why it is so important to us. If we don’t value and love it, we need to learn how we can do so! It is so much MORE than a weekly Catholic obligation that we as Catholics have to do! Prayer and seeking understanding will help us to come to love the mass and live the Mass as it brings us to God!
There is NO committment to this working group. Involve yourself as much or as little as you wish. Let the Holy Spirit be your guide as well as our guide on this journey of faith and understanding. If you have any inclining of interest then come to our meeting or let me know and we will keep you appraised of what is happening and of opportunities in which you may help.
The official meeting for now will be on the second Tuesday of the month beginning June 2008 (as Parish Council will not be meeting at this time until Sep 08). Other information will be passed by email and other venues as appropriate. We will meet in the church hall (basement) at 7PM for approximately 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
The current time table plan is to implement this program in Sep or Oct 08 at the Mass and in supplemental ways as we can see would be beneficial. Come join us and expand your faith and give of your gifts from the Holy Spirit to expand the faith of us others! For it is not just about you or about me, but about all of us helping each other to be better Christians, better Catholics, and better children of God who seek to do His will!
Pass the word!
Parish Council President
The Following is an Instructional lesson on the Catholic Faith dealing with:
1. The value of Authority of the Catholic Church
2. The importance of Catholic Liturgy to Life
This lesson may be viewed as video segments on You-tube simultaneously with the outlines below.
A suggested method is to use the left half of screen for video and the right half for this email text by resizing the widows.
Below are the Detailed summaries of the You-Tube based internet presentations — total time ~ 35 min.
Letter and Spirit: The Authority of the Church of Christ (and Liturgy)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KwckphF0jSk&feature=related Scott Hahn — ( Duration 9:48 )
Authority — Jesus established structure of authority with a Liturgical office. Liturgy is what reminds us that Liturgy is about life. Law is subordinate to liturgy. Doctrines of church are found in the Liturgy.
Old Testament — Old Covenant — teaching office was liturgical.
Cathedra = Cathedral — is seat of Moses — who is giver of law and LITURGY.
Law keeping is not an end in itself, Liturgy is. Keep law to stay in Communion. Law is to self control which is ordered to self giving.
New Testament — New Covenant — transforms to life that is heavenly life.
This idea is present from the beginning of church.
Judas office — episcope = espicopal = bishop — needs to be replaced as Bishop — Peter states this. Laying on of hands for successors of apostles and deacons.
Family of believers bonded by one faith.
Faith comes before theology.
Infant baptized receives the faith — just as birth makes member of family.
Growing up merely expands it.
Catholic faith does NOT define church as it does in the protestant religions.
In Catholic church we have different theologies but faith remains same — divine, unifying, possessable by infant — imparted by the magisterium.
Bishop is father who delegates to Priest. Authority of church is family hierarchy.
Church’s order: Bishop on down to lay person.
Bishop gets all of God but through Eucharist so does the lay person.
Hierarchy of service. Pope is servant of servants of God.
Authority is not legalistic. Hierarchy is means by which God the Father is fathering his people — serving heavenly banquet that raises us up all the way to heaven so that we can become saints.
The Mass is Jewish Liturgy perfected into the NEW and DIVINE Liturgy
Part 1: (Duration 6:42) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKzVF3HeHSU&feature=related
Sacrafice of Jesus Christ is not once and for all done and over with at his Crucifixation – Resurrection. It does not “do away with liturgy.”
Sacrafice of Jesus is part of the ritual of the Church — Jesus does NOT abolish the old Jewish Liturgy but perfects it to the NEW Liturgy that is far more powerful.
Liturgy is in the Mass and any of the 7 sacraments
Look in the Bible.
Matthew Gospel — Liturgical heritage — Kingdom in the Temple in the Jewish Liturgy
Restore the Kingdom of David Liturgically NOT politically.
Baptism — Jesus is shown to be God’s son as well as David’s son. Baptism by the last of the old testament prophets (John the Baptist) to the One who transforms baptism into a sacament of the New Covenant.
Gospel of Luke — Luke is a gentile (not Jewish) but his Gospel is full of Jewish Liturgy understanding….begins and ends with temple Liturgy. Temple is the CENTER of Jerusalem and the center of life. Jesus is Mary’s first born — not suggesting more than one child– but — revealing the privileged position he has by tradition called to royal and priestly duties in the family. Luke’s beginning scenes take place in the temple — Liturgy….
Passover to the New Passover as new sacrafice of thanksgiving — Eucharist.
Mark’s Gospel just mentioned
Gospel of John — John’s Gospel is so sacramental… see part 2
Part 2: Cont from part 1: (Duration 9:35) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYJQPPIZQTg&feature=related
Gospel of John — sacramental images based on Old testament foundation. The number 7 is special… sevenfold rhythm of the Covenant…..John’s Gospel is based on 7 sequence at multiple levels (7 sayings of Jesus) but larger outline is 7 Jewish festivals — …Passover Jesus announces His flesh and blood are real food and drink in the Passover setting — He is the lamb of the Passover and we must eat Him….Jesus teaching is not understandable apart from Jewish Liturgy of Old Testament. Seventh festival is 3rd and final Passover (John Chapt 12) and is the institution of the Eucharist in the Upper Room….not to fall away from Jewish Liturgy but to move into the NEW and more perfect Liturgy — The Mass and Sacraments.
Moving to writings of Apostles and Epistles of New Testament.
Sacraments — Acts of Apostles show centralness of sacraments to the New Covenant.
Pentacost — Church’s birthday of new covenant
Baptism — promise of Abraham is given in Baptism
Eucharist — tied with Baptism in everyday life for the early Christians — “the breaking of bread” on the Lord’s day is the signal act of renewing our Covenant with God in the New Covenant.
Laying on of hands — Holy Orders — right of succession carried over from Old Testament and transformed no longer biological but sacramental and supernatural and more perfect…..Saul’s conversion blinded by light and can only see (physically and spiritually) when Baptized.
Adam to Christ — HOW? Answer: Baptism — death of original sin.
Baptism is way we are justified by faith not just private but by EXTERNAL liturgy!
Part 3: Cont from part 2 (Duration 8:22) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xO-ZJJe0Tas&feature=related
Sacrafice of Christ is ONCE and for All. Yet, Eucharist is THE SACRIFICE….? Over and done with? NO! Repeatedly sacrificed? NO!
Answer: “Once and for all” is a continuation or perpetuation of the ONE Sacrafice — all other sacrifices are not done away with. We share in Christ’s sacrifice Eucharistically — in the Body and Blood of Christ that he gives us eternally.
St. Paul — evolves in his understanding and expounding of the Eucharist:
NAB Romans 12: “I urge you, therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God, your spiritual worship.” — life is living out Christ’s sacrafice that we share Eucharistically (thanksgiving).
NAB 1 Corinthians 5: 7 “…For our paschal lamb, Christ, has been sacrificed. Therefore, let us celebrate the feast, not with the old yeast, the yeast of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.”– the feast of unleavened bread = the Eucharist.
NAB 1 Corithians 10 & 11:
10: 16-17 “The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ? Because the loaf of bread is one, we though many, are one body, for we all partake of the one loaf.” — the real presence of Christ in the Eucharistic feast.
11:29 “For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body, eats and drinks judgment on himself.” — profaning the body of Christ not just a symbol if you do not believe Him to be truly present in the Eucharist.
Hebrews — Jesus High Priesthood is taught. Chapt 8 — Every priest is ordained for the purpose of offering sacrafices. Christ is our Heavenly High Priest in the PRESENT tense (not the past tense), right now in heaven. He is not just the King but the High Priest, and so needs a priestly offering which is his own glorified body — resurrected and ascended to the right hand of the father. One sacrafice only but never ended.
It is something THAT NEVER ENDS, a PERPETUAL OFFERING. It is a RE-PRESENTATION of the sacrifice — the New and Eternal Covenant. Rituals in Old Covenant were rituals that were symbolic, the New Covenant ritual is more real, more powerful, and perfected.
Liturgy is not escape from reality but an empowerment to live under the Heavenly King and High Priest = Jesus.
“Do this in memory of Me.”