Fourth Sunday after Epiphany

January 29, 2017

Weekly Announcements

CREDO (continued) Factorem coeli et terrae visibilium omnium et invisibilium. God made heaven and earth, all things visible and invisible. The Gnostics were loath to attribute to God the creation of matter and of visible beings; this decision of the Council of Nicaea condemns them, formulating with precision, that all things visible and invisible, visibilium et invisibilium, were the work of God. Homage is hereby paid to the God Eternal, as being the Almighty, and as having, by this His Omnipotence, created all things visible and invisible. Hereby also is made a profession of faith in the creation of the Angels.  
  •  Sunday, January 29 - 4th Sunday after Epiphany     8:00 a.m.    Bob Florucci     10:00 a.m.    Pro Populo
  • Monday, January 30 - St. Martina, Virgin & Martyr     7:30 a.m.    Poor Souls in Purgatory
  • Tuesday, January 31 - St. John Bosco, Confessor     7:30 a.m.    †Fr Albert Grieser DFM
  • Wednesday, Feb 1 - St. Ignatius, Bishop & Martyr     6:00 p.m.    Ron & Marilyn Shannon
  • Thursday, February 2 - The Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary     7:00 p.m.    †Mary K Gill
  • Friday, February 3 - Feria     6:00 p.m.    †Donald & Leila Charais
  • Saturday, Feb 4 - St. Andrew Corsini, Bishop     9:00 a.m.    †Rose M Finlay
  • Sunday, February 5 - 5th Sunday after Epiphany     8:00 a.m.     Sr Catherine of Christ     10:00 a.m.    Pro Populo
Kroger Rewards      Thank you for using your Kroger Rewards:      We now have 14 families signed up to use the Kroger Rewards which earned us $124.69 last quarter. If you would like to help the parish earn money please follow the instructions on our Web site You can find it under About Us and then click on Fundraisers.
The Rosary Sodality - Saturday, February 4th      The first meeting of the Ladies’ Rosary Sodality will be this Saturday, Feb 4th. All women of the parish are welcome to join, ages 18 and up. Please join in helping our parish with various necessary things such as care and maintenance of the sacred linens and vestments used at Mass, coordinating funeral luncheons, seasonal decoration of the church, acquiring things needed for the church and much more.  No prior experience is necessary.
First Friday-First Saturday Just a reminder that 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 and Sacred Heart devotions and Benediction. Saturday - Rosary 8:25 am. Confessions 8:30 and Mass at 9 am.
Thursday, Feb. 2 -- Purification of the BVM We will have a High Mass at 7 PM preceded by the blessing and distribution of candles and procession.  This feast marks the end of the Christmas cycle, when our Lord physically went into His temple in fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy. The candles blessed on this day symbolize Jesus -- the Light of the World. The wax of the candle made by bees from the nectar of flowers represents the virginal flesh of Our Lord. The wick within symbolizes His Soul and the flame that scatters the darkness is His Divinity. Any candles that you wish to have blessed may be placed on or near the table in the sanctuary until the beginning of Mass on Thursday at 7:00 pm. Be sure your candles are labeled with your name. Blessed candles are a sacramental that may be used especially in times of trouble, temptations, during storms and for sick calls. There will be no 7:30 AM Mass this Thursday. Please join us for the evening Mass and candle blessing.
First Holy Communion Announcement At Sacred Heart, we have customarily had First Communion on the Sunday after Corpus Christi, when the external solemnity is celebrated. Canon law presumes that "It is primarily the duty of parents and those who take their place... to ensure that children who have reached the use of reason are properly prepared, and having made their sacramental confession, are nourished by this divine food as soon as possible." (can. 914)  The place of the parish priest is secondary in this process, and serves more to prevent those from approaching for Holy Communion who are manifestly indisposed. St. Pius X in his decree "Quam Singulari" states: "A full and perfect knowledge of Christian doctrine is not necessary either for First Confession or for First Communion. Afterwards, however, the child will be obliged to learn gradually the entire Catechism according to his ability." "The knowledge of religion which is required in a child in order to be properly prepared to receive First Communion is such that he will understand according to his capacity those Mysteries of faith which are necessary as a means of salvation (necessitate medii) and that he can distinguish between the Bread of the Eucharist and ordinary, material bread, and thus he may receive Holy Communion with a devotion becoming his years." And what are these mysteries of faith? The Catholic Encyclopedia under the heading "Sanctifying Grace" states: In answer to the theological question: How many truths of faith must one expressly (fide explicita) believe under command (necessitate praecepti)? theologians say that an ordinary Catholic must expressly know and believe the most important dogmas and the truths of the moral law, for instance, the Apostles' Creed, the Decalogue, the six precepts of the Church, the Seven Sacraments, the Our Father. Greater things are, of course, expected from the educated, especially from   catechists, confessors, preachers wherefore upon these the study of theology rests as an obligation. If the question be put: In how many truths as a means (necessitate medii) must one believe to be saved? many catechists answer Six things: God's existence; an eternal reward; the Trinity; the Incarnation; the immortality of the soul; the necessity of Grace. But according to St. Paul (Hebrews 11:6) we can only be certain of the necessity of the first two dogmas, while the belief in the Trinity and the Incarnation could not of course be exacted from ante-Christian Judaism or from Paganism. Then, too, belief in the Trinity may be implicitly included in the dogma of God's existence, and belief in the Incarnation in the dogma of the Divine providence, just as the immortality of the soul is implicitly included in the dogma of an eternal reward. However, there arises for any one baptized in the name of the Holy Trinity, and entering thus the Church of Christ, the necessity of making an act of explicit faith (fides explicita). Thus, it is expected that parents can adequately prepare their children for First Holy Communion, teaching them their basic prayers, the rosary, how to go to confession, etc.  Parents with children who wish to make their First Communion this year are asked to inform the pastor, who will arrange for a short meeting with the child to ensure proper disposition and the requisite knowledge (including the ability to make a sacramental confession, which must precede First Communion). Highly recommended as a teaching aid is the classic "St. Joseph First Communion Catechism" available at any Catholic book shop.
Confirmation We are planning to have the Sacrament of Confirmation late in 2017 or early 2018, though a date has not yet been decided.  Since we are potentially planning a joint ceremony with St. Stanislaus in South Bend (which location yet to be determined), we need a preliminary head count.  The "preferred" age in this diocese for candidates for Confirmation is 13 or 14, but the US Bishops' Conference places the age starting at the age of reason and being postponed no later than the 16th year of age.  A more mature understanding of the faith and the Christian life is required, but always proportional to one's chronological age. Some children, being more precocious than others, might be well prepared at a very young age, and are encouraged to receive the sacrament earlier than the preferred age, which is after all merely a preference not a precept. Those desiring to receive the sacrament of Confirmation are asked to contact the pastor or the church office as soon as possible. There will be a catechism class conducted based on Fr. Connell's Confraternity Edition of the Baltimore Catechism #3 and the booklet "Preparation for Confirmation" by Angelus Press, both of which will be provided by the parish.
St. Blaise & the blessing of Throats      St. Blaise, Bishop and    Martyr, was well known for his miraculous cures especially for protection against diseases of the throat. On his way to prison and his eventual martyrdom he was stopped by a woman whose son was choking with a fish bone in his throat. St Blaise blessed the child and the miraculous cure was witnessed by many of the faithful. St. Blaise was then led to his death having worked his last act of charity before laying down his life for Christ. The customary blessing of the throats is done with two wax candles which have been blessed with a special blessing from the Roman Ritual. The blessing of the throats is permitted on the Sunday immediately after Feb. 3, the actual feast day of St. Blaise.  Due to a conflict with First Friday devotions, we will delay the blessing until then. Therefore we will bless throats immediately after the 8:00 and 10:00 AM Masses next Sunday.