Eighth Sunday after Pentecost

July 30, 2017

Weekly Announcements

INCENSING OF THE ALTAR We have already seen how the Altar represents our Lord; this explains why it is treated with so much honour; the rest of the Church represents the members of the Mystical Body of which Christ is the Head, that is to say, the Faithful of whose aggregate Holy Church, the Bride of Christ, is composed. On first going up to the Altar, the Priest has already incensed it in every direction, thus paying homage to Christ Himself. Now again, this ceremony is performed with sacred pageantry; just as the Eastern Kings laid their rich gifts at the Feet of the Divine Infant, as the Gospel tells us, so too is the Priest about to burn incense, in his turn, as a homage to his Master and his King. But, another ceremony must precede that of the incensing of the Altar itself. This Bread and Wine just offered by the Priest have been raised above the order of common things by this very offering made of them, so much so indeed, that were the Priest to die at this moment of the Function, this Bread and Wine must be disposed of in the Piscina [or sacrarium]. To show her reverence for them, Holy Church sheds on them the perfume of her incense, as if she were doing so to Christ himself. This custom of using perfumes in Church ceremonies began in the East, where they can be procured in rich abundance. But in our cold countries though it is much more difficult to get them, Holy Church will not allow our ceremonies to be utterly deprived of them, and so she prescribes the use at least of Incense, just as for the Chrism, she will at least have Balsam mixed with the Oil. After the incensing of the Bread and Wine, incensatio super oblata, the Altar itself is honoured in like manner. Before making use of the incense, it must be blessed; the Priest does so by the following Prayer: Per intercessionem beati Michaelis Archangeli stantis a dextris altaris incensi... [Through the intercession of blessed Michael the Archangel standing at the right side of the altar of incense...] The angel who holds the golden Thurible in the Apocalypse is not named. Holy Church here names Saint Michael, Prince of the Heavenly hosts. Some have thought that there is an error in this passage, because in Saint Luke, the Angel Gabriel is named standing at the Right of the Altar; but Holy Church pays no heed to these their objections; St. Luke does not say that Gabriel held a golden Thurible. The first blessing of the Incense was less solemn; the Priest then only said: Ab illo benedicaris in cujus honore cremaberis. Mayst thou be blessed by Him in honour of whom thou art to be burned. But in this place, the Angels are called upon because the Mystery of Incense is no other than the Prayer of the Saints presented to God, by the Angels, as St. John tells us, in His Apocalypse (viii. 4): The smoke of the Incense ascends as does the Prayer of the Saints before the Throne of God: Et ascendit fumus incensorum de orationibus sanctorum de manu Angeli coram Deo.
  • Sunday, July 30 - 8th Sunday after Pentecost     8:00 a.m.    Jim Momper†     10:00 a.m.    Pro Populo
  • Monday, July 31 - St. Ignatius, Confessor     7:30 a.m.    Larry & Kim Wyatt and Family
  • Tuesday, August 1 - St. Peter in Chains     7:30 a.m.    Rudolph Surach Jr
  • Wednesday, August 2 - St. Alphonsus Mary of Liguori, Bishop & Doctor     6:00 p.m.    Rev James J Lavin CSsR†
  • Thursday, August 3 - Feria     7:30 a.m.    Timothy & Angela Schrand Family
  • Friday, August 4 - St. Dominic, Confessor     6:00 p.m.    John Kuhn
  • Saturday, August 5 - The Dedication of Our Lady of the Snows.     9:00 a.m.    Poor Souls 
  • Sunday, August 6 - The Transfiguration of our Lord Jesus Christ     8:00 a.m.    Debra S Heiny     10:00 a.m.    Pro Populo
First Friday-First Saturday Just a reminder this week will be the First Friday and First Saturday of the month. Our Lord has asked that we make 9 First Fridays in reparation for sin. He has given 12 promises for those who make the 9 First Fridays. The Blessed Mother has requested we make the 5 First Saturdays also in reparation for sin. The reward for fulfilling these requests is far greater than the effort to complete these devotions. Please join us. Friday, Confessions 5:30 pm. Mass at 6 pm,  followed by exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Sacred Heart devotions & Benediction. Saturday - Rosary 8:25 am. Confessions 8:30 and Mass at 9 am.
Scrip   Scrip is a very easy way to help the parish financially without increasing your Sunday contribution. Please take a look at the order forms to see if there are vendors that you frequent. If so, just fill in the amount you would like to purchase. You will receive a gift card back that can be used any time and never expires. Please submit the form with a check by dropping it in the collection basket. For any questions call the office at 260-744-2519. All orders must be prepaid and will be placed on Monday of each week. Due to processing costs, in order to make a few dollars we have to have a combined total of all orders come to $400 or more. Your small order can help to reach this threshold.
REGINA CAELI CHOIR The new choir season is fast approaching and we would like to send an invitation to anyone considering being a part of this vital ministry.  As you know, a choir is necessary in order to have a High Mass, and Sacred Heart is in need of new choir members, especially men. Singing in the choir is an excellent way to participate in the Mass. The only requirement is the ability to match pitch. Practice times are Wednesdays after the 6:00 pm evening Mass and Sundays at 9:00 am before the morning Mass. Occasional Saturday practices will be required for major Feast Days and new members. If traveling distance is a problem in  attending a practice, special arrangements can be made. Our first practice is August 9th at 6:45 pm.   Remember, as St. Augustine said, He who sings well, prays twice. If you are interested, please contact the choir director, Teresa Smith, at 260-565-4449, or teresalsmith2000@yahoo.com.
MASS REQUESTS If you desire a Mass to be celebrated for a particular intention, please place the offering along with the specific intention in writing in an envelope clearly marked Mass Intention and place it in the collection basket.  For individual intentions, make sure to specify whether the person is living or deceased. Alternatively, you can approach the pastor or bring or mail the request to the church. We do not accept phoned-in or emailed requests. Everything must be together at the time the request is made. Please note that Mass stipends are NOT tax-deductible according to IRS regulations.
New Table & Chairs The Rosary Sodality was able to purchase one table and eight chairs. We are asking for donations for new tables and chairs at the potlucks and coffee & donuts functions. We will purchase these as the funds come in. It cost $365.29 for a table and eight chairs. We only need $23.48 more and we will be able to purchase two more tables and 16 chairs. Thank you everyone for your support!
MARK YOUR CALENDARS Parish picnic -- Sunday, September 24, at Foster Park in Fort Wayne.  More details to come.
Mission Co-Op   "Deacon Tim Winters from the Visitation Hospital Foundation will be speaking at all the Masses the weekend of August 5 & 6. The Visitation Clinic in Petite Riviere. Haiti, opened its doors in 2008 to provide health care and education to one of the most under-.served regions of the Western Hemisphere. Our message is simple but yet very powerful "to motivate the community of Petite Riviere to bring Hope and Happiness to a World of Need!"