|Easter Week Schedule |
|The HOLY HOUR AND NOVENA to St. Monica, will be held at St.
Paul's Church on Tuesday evening at 7:00 PM. A Tridentine Mass will be offered on HOLY THURSDAY at 7:00 PM at St. Peters.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS will be observed 7 PM on Good Friday at St. Paul's. A Tridentine Low Mass will be offered at noon on
EASTER SUNDAY. No luncheon will follow the Easter Sunday Mass. |
|Encyclical on Eucharist Due Out |
|VATICAN CITY (Zenit.org).- John Paul II in April will publish
an encyclical dedicated to the Eucharist, ZENIT learned from Vatican sources. It will be the 14th encyclical written by the
Holy Father in his close to 25-year pontificate. The real presence of Christ in the sacrament of the Eucharist brings together
all of the writings of John Paul II's pontificate, which began with the March 1979 encyclical on Jesus Christ, entitled "Redemptor
Hominis," the Vatican sources explained. In his apostolic letter "Novo Millennio Ineunte," the Pope explains the importance
of the Eucharist. "We are entering a millennium which already shows signs of being marked by a profound interweaving of cultures
and religions, even in countries which have been Christian for many centuries," he explained in No. 36 of the letter. "In
many regions Christians are, or are becoming, a 'little flock.'" "This presents them with the challenge, often in isolated
and difficult situations, to bear stronger witness to the distinguishing elements of their own identity," he adds. "The Sunday
Eucharist, which every week gathers Christians together as God's family round the table of the Word and the Bread of Life,
is also the most natural antidote to dispersion." In recent years the Pope has spoken about the importance of Sunday Mass
in many addresses. He highlighted this importance in his 1998 apostolic letter "Dies Domini" (Day of the Lord). |
|Without Eucharist Church Becomes a Museum, Says Cardinal Ratzinger
|VATICAN CITY(Zenit.org).- Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, who worked
closely with John Paul II in the forthcoming encyclical on the Eucharist, has just published a book on this sacrament. "In
the crisis of faith we are experiencing, the critical issue seems to be increasingly the correct celebration and correct understanding
of the Eucharist," the cardinal says in "An Intimate God" ("Il Dio Vicino," St. Paul Editions), which has just gone on sale
in Italian. Vatican sources say the encyclical on the Eucharist will be published in April. "All of us know the difference
between a Church that prays and a Church that has been reduced to a museum," explains Cardinal Ratzinger, prefect of the Vatican
Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. "Today we run the risk of having our churches turned into museums and ending like
museums: If they are not closed, they are pillaged," he says. "They have no life. The measure of the Church's vitality, the
measure of its interior openness, will be reflected in the fact that its doors remain open, precisely because it is a church
where there is constant prayer. "The Eucharist, and the community that celebrates it, will be full in the measure in which
we prepare ourselves in silent prayer before the presence of the Lord and become persons who want to communicate with truth."
The cardinal leaves room for arguments that are sometimes heard nowadays: "I can also pray in the woods, submerged in nature."
"Of course one can," Cardinal Ratzinger replies. "However, if it was only that way, then the initiative of prayer would remain
totally within us: Then God would be a postulate of our thought. That fact that he responds or might want to respond, would
remain an open question." "Eucharist means: God has responded," the cardinal continues. "The Eucharist is God as response,
as a presence that responds. Now the initiative of the divine-human relation no longer depends on us, but on him, and so it
becomes really serious. "This is why, in the realm of eucharistic adoration, prayer reaches a totally new level; only now
it involves both parties, and only now is it something serious. What is more, not only does it involve the two parties, but
only now is it fully universal: When we pray in the presence of the Eucharist, we are never alone. The whole Church that celebrates
the Eucharist prays with us." "In this prayer we are no longer before a God we have thought about, but before a God who has
really given himself to us; before a God who has made himself communion for us, who thus liberates us from our limits through
communion and leads us to the Resurrection," Cardinal Ratzinger concludes. "This is the prayer we must seek again." |
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|New Parishioners |
Let's welcome our newest parishioners--Timothy & Christine Degnan
of Wynanskill. We have experienced a steady influx of new parishioners in recent weeks. If you are not currently a registered
parishioner, we invite you to join. It is important in the development of our parish. There is a form in the front of the
Bulletin. You may also email Father McNerney (JRMc1134@aol.com) or the Parish Office (Churchdenise@aol.com).