February 25, 2018

Please be mindful and safe: This winter has been brutal on our physical plant. Right now we have parts of some stairways falling apart and a few holes developing near our drainage grates, not to mention the potholes in the parking lot. We are attempting to mark each hazard with either a cone or both a cone and bright orange paint. However, this past week the wind and the rain actually moved most of the cones and created a dangerous unmarked situation for a time. I ask that you be very mindful on our campus and if you see something that needs our attention and isn’t already marked/barricaded off, please let me or the office know. Thank you!

Father Daniel is safe at home: Fr. Daniel made it home safely and once again wishes to extend his appreciation to all of you. Let us keep him in prayer and pray that he returns to us safely.

I tripped you up last weekend: Let me take a minute to refresh our memories about the penitential act of the Mass. I may choose from three different ways to pray during the Penitential Act. In each option, I begin by calling us to prepare with the words: “Brothers and Sisters, let us acknowledge our sins…” We then have a moment of silence to give us time to think about why we need God’s mercy as we reflect on our own faults and shortcomings.

The first option (A) is to pray together the Confiteor (I confess to Almighty God…). We pray this together admitting our sinfulness and asking for God’s mercy: We echo the humble words of King David in 1 Chronicles 21:8 and when we strike our chest, we recall the parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector that Jesus told in Luke 18: “but the tax collector standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’” I mainly use this option on the days of highest solemnity.

The second option (B) is a dialogue between the priest and the assembly whose origins are found in the Old Testament in Baruch 3:2 and Psalm 85:8. I believe it has a very nice connection to Lent and so I use it during this liturgical season.

In the third option (C) we pray three invocations followed by “Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy and Lord have mercy” (or in the Greek: Kyrie eleison, Christe eleison, Kyrie eleison). There are many options of invocations available and I use these to match the theme of the Mass according to either the scripture or Mass prayers. This is the option I most often use.

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