From the Pastor for September 24, 2017
We will celebrate our parish patron, St. Jerome, at our Sunday 12:30pm Mass this weekend. St. Jerome was a 4th-century religious scholar and ascetic who's responsible for the Vulgate, the Catholic Church's Latin version of the Bible's Old Testament. Born in the mid-4th century in Stridon, Dalmatia, Jerome was a young scholar at Rome. He later developed a deep interest in asceticism and worked on creating a unified Latin version of the Bible's New Testament. After moving to Bethlehem in 386, he translated sections of the Old Testament from Hebrew into Latin, creating the template for the Roman Catholic Church's Vulgate. The 12:30pm Mass will be followed by our “International Festival,” in the Parish Center. St. Jerome is known for the quote, “Ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ.”
We invite all to participate in our annual blessing of animals and pets in honor of St. Francis of Assisi on Saturday October 7 at 10:00 am under the north oak tree. Please bring pets in a cage or on a leash.
Respectfully yours in Christ,
Fr. Tom Morgan
Q: Do you feel confident that God’s grace is enough for you? How do you express this confidence?
M: Try finding God in new places. Pray in the supermarket, during the commute; vary the time and method of your prayer. Perhaps God will have something new to say.
Full, Conscious, and Active Participation at Mass:
(Ideas for Catholic Prayer and Reflection at Mass)
Active participation means that we cannot merely be spectators. We cannot sit in our seats as we would when watching the television. During the readings we are called to be attentive listeners heeding every word the Lord wants to give us. During the Eucharistic Prayer we are called to an active listening where we are to agree and affirm what the priest is praying. The Great Amen that we sing at the end of the Eucharistic Prayer is the people’s affirmation of all that the priest has just prayed to God saying “Amen! YES, let it be so! Let it happen!”
Prayers and Devotions