A new ministry highlighting the dignity of work: The Service and Outreach Committee will be launching a new ministry in the hopes of reaching those in need of employment and those wishing to strengthen their careers. The Saint Maurice Parish Career Networking Ministry is for parishioners seeking employment or entering a new career. The mission of the ministry is to provide career transition information, resources, mentoring, and networking. It is designed to use the skills, talents, and resources of our parish to support one another as we fulfill our God-given call to healthy work.
Recall the words of our Holy Father: Work should be the setting for rich personal growth, where many aspects of life enter into play: creativity, planning for the future, developing our talents, living out our values, relating to others, giving glory to God. It follows that, in the reality of today’s global society, it is essential that “we continue to prioritize the goal of access to steady employment for everyone,” no matter the limited interests of business and dubious economic reasoning. We were created with a vocation to work. Work is a necessity, part of the meaning of life on this earth, a path to growth, human development and personal fulfillment. Our broader objective should always be to allow our brothers and sisters a dignified life through work (Pope Francis, On Care for Our Common Home [Laudato Si’], nos. 127-28).
A voluntary survey will be available in the bulletin the weekend of February 3 and 4 (copies will also be available at the Welcome Desk). Please read the survey, and then complete and return it to the Welcome Desk if you are seeking services, if you wish to share your expertise, or if you wish to be a mentor. More information about this exciting new ministry will be available in next week’s bulletin along with the survey. Please contact Diana Hardy with questions, firstname.lastname@example.org.
What does the word Mass mean: Last weekend, in my homily, I talked about how we don’t come to Mass to follow God. The point I was making was that we follow God as we live our lives in the world, which IS our call to holiness and evangelizations. But this idea should have been obvious to all of us even before I spoke it. Why? Because of the word Mass itself. The English word “Mass” comes from the Latin word missa, which means to be “sent.” This Latin word has been used since about the 6th century to describe the Catholic celebration of the Eucharist. The word is used during the conclusion of the celebration when, spoken in Latin, it is said, “Ite, missa est.” Pope Benedict XVI expanded on these words. He wrote, “In antiquity, missa simply meant ‘dismissal.’ However in Christian usage it gradually took on a deeper meaning. The word ‘dismissal’ has come to imply a ‘mission.’ This succinctly expresses the missionary nature of the Church. Viewed in this framework, the “Mass” is not just an isolated celebration on a Sunday, but rather a startingpoint for our Christian witness. The Mass sends us forth into the world to be followers of Christ and his hands, feet, and voice. Let us all go forth on mission!
Update on Lumbar Fusion and Laminectomy Surgery and a Thank You
Dear Christ’s Faithful,
For seven years I have endured lower back pain and have sought medical attention, but to no avail. A recent MRI revealed a ruptured disc and damaged nerves. Based on the severity of the rupture, the orthopedic surgeon recommended Lumbar Fusion and Laminectomy surgery as the best option. Due to the excessive cost of the surgery, I considered living with the pain even though it impedes my efficiency in ministry and diminishes the quality of my life.
I had decided to follow the doctor’s recommendation and proceed with surgery which was scheduled for Tuesday, January 16. But I then took into consideration my travel home, the long flight and long drive that I must take, and decided that this is not the right time for surgery. Therefore, I have postponed my operation until I return to the United States in the Fall.
I appreciate your prayers and concern and ask that you continue to pray for me. Thank you again for the constant support and care I have received since coming to your welcoming parish. Thank you for assisting me with my bills – – medical, travel and otherwise. Your generosity is a sign of God’s love alive in you. Always in my prayers and may God richly bless you.
Fr. Daniel A. Adjei
The tabernacle in the center of the Church. Since moving the tabernacle to accommodate the Giving Tree gifts, I have been receiving a very large number of compliments and requests to make this change permanent. Personally, I have found that it has resulted in three benefits. First, it makes celebrating Mass (especially on Monday night) much smoother for me as celebrant. Secondly, I believe (and others have agreed with me on this, but I am sure there are opposing views) that the tabernacle and tabernacle lamp add depth, context, and color to our wall which actually helps to highlight our sculpture, adding to its beauty. Finally, I have been so pleased that upon entering the front doors of the church you immediately see the altar and the tabernacle−the centrality of our faith as well as its source and summit−greet all who walk into our church. What a special gift and what a special welcome! With this in mind, I am going to leave the tabernacle where it is.
Therefore, I do want to remind everyone of some basic information which becomes more relevant to our liturgies with the new placement of the tabernacle.
The General Instruction of the Roman Missal teaches us that those in procession at the start of the Mass genuflect to the tabernacle when it is in the sanctuary, at the beginning and end of Mass. Ministers carrying items in the processional (i.e. the cross, candles, book of the Gospel) bow their heads instead of genuflecting. However, all ministers, including cantors and extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion, bow to the altar during the course of the Mass. Ministers bow toward the altar when passing in front of it once Mass has begun because the Mass is the unfolding mystery of Christ – – first His word in the scripture, then His sacrifice on the altar, His communion with us, and finally His abiding presence. Remember, we see the altar as representing Christ, the Living Stone (cf. 1 Peter 2:4). Because of this association, a bow of the body is prescribed as the normal gesture made toward the altar, as if toward Christ Himself. Outside of Mass, however, the normal tradition applies. We genuflect whenever we cross before the Lord reposed in a tabernacle (remember a genuflection to God is made by bending the right knee).