Octave of the Nativity of the Lord

January 1, 2017

Weekly Announcements

ALLELUIA. TRACT. (Taken from Notes Made at the Conferences of Dom Prosper Guéranger) The Gradual is followed by the Alleluia - or, if the season require it, by the Tract. The Alleluia is repeated after the manner of a Responsory; it is then followed by a Verse; which having been said, the Alleluia is sung a third time. This, by excellence, the chant of the praise of God, deserved to have a Place in the Mass. There is something so joyous, and, at the same time, so mysterious about it, that during penitential seasons, - that is, from Septuagesima to Easter, - it is not to be said. During those Seasons, it is replaced by the Tract. The Tract takes up the attention of the Faithful during the time required for the several ceremonies, when the Deacon, after having asked the Priest’s blessing, goes in procession to the Ambo of the Gospel, and prepares to herald the Word of God. The Tract is composed, sometimes of an entire Psalm, or nearly so, - as we have for the first Sunday of Lent; but, generally, it gives only a few Verses. These Verses, which are sung to a rich and characteristic melody, follow each other without any refrain or repetition: and it is because of their being thus sung without any break, that they are called by this name of Tract.  [Latin trahere -- to draw or pull] SEQUENCE. On certain Solemnities, there is added to the Alleluia or Tract, what is called the Sequence, (Sequentia). It was added to the chant of the Mass long after the time of St. Gregory; the addition was made some time about the 9th century. It received the name of Sequence, that is to say, sequel, because it originally consisted of certain words adapted to the notes which form a sequel to the word Alleluia, and which were called Sequentia, even before the introduction of the Sequence. It is called, also, the Prose (Prosa) because originally, it bore no resemblance either to the metrical hymns composed by ancient writers, nor to cadenced rhythms, which appeared later on. It was a real piece of prose, which was sung in the manner we have described, as a way of putting words to the pneuma of the Alleluia. By degrees, however, it partook of the character of a Hymn. The Sequence thus added to the solemnity of the Liturgy; and, whilst it was being sung, the Bells were rung, as now, and the Organ was played. There was a Sequence for every Feast, and, therefore, for the Sundays during Advent. In the Roman Missal drawn up by order of St. Pius the Fifth, only four of the Sequences were retained. These four are, the Victimae Paschali [Easter Sunday], which is the most ancient of all, and was followed as the model of the rest; the Veni Sancte Spiritus [Pentecost Sunday], the Lauda Sion [Corpus Christi], and the Dies Irae [Requiem Masses]. Later on, there was added the Stabat Mater [Feast of the Seven Sorrows of the BVM]. The Monastic Missal has also the Laeta dies, for the feast of St. Benedict; it is a composition of the 16th century.  
  • Sunday, Jan 1 - Octave of the Nativity of the Lord 8:00 a.m.  Kevin Morton  10:00 a.m.    Pro Populo
  • Monday, January 2 - Holy Name of Jesus 7:30 a.m.    Sr. Catherine of Christ
  • Tuesday, January 3 - Feria of Christmas  7:30 a.m.    †Margaret Hoot
  • Wednesday, January 4 - Feria of Christmas  6:00 p.m.    †James Gill
  • Thursday, January 5 - Feria of Christmas  7:30 a.m.    Sr Catherine of Christ
  • Friday, January 6 - The Epiphany of the Lord 6:00 p.m.    Louise Gonya
  • Saturday, January 7 - Our Lady on Saturday 9:00 a.m.    †Donald & Leila Charais
  • Sun, Jan 8 - Holy Family of Jesus, Mary & Joseph 8:00 a.m.     Becky Morton  10:00 a.m.    Pro Populo
EPIPHANY BLESSING Any who have not already done so and wish to have their house blessed during the octave of the Epiphany, Jan. 6 to Jan. 13, should contact the pastor by Wednesday, Jan. 4, to set up a window of time when this blessing can be done.  Blessed chalk will be available after the feast day for those who have already had this blessing done in previous years and wish to update the writing over the door.
First Sat - 8:25AM Rosary/Confessions - 9 AM Mass Our Lady of Fatima expressed her desire for us to make the first Saturdays of five consecutive months in reparation for sins. Along with the daily rosary this is her peace plan from heaven. Rosary and confessions begin at 8:25 AM with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass at 9:00 AM.
Friday, Jan 6 — Feast of the Epiphany To celebrate this feast, there will be a High Mass at 7 PM this Friday.  There will be NO First Friday devotions this month.
Many Thanks The priests would like to thank everyone for the various gifts and Christmas goodies that were received. Let it be known that no treats were consumed before Christmas day itself.  God bless you in this joyful season!
St. Vincent de Paul “Brown Bag Collection” Every Friday the Sacred Heart St Vincent de Paul Society has a food bank that is open to anyone living in the Fort Wayne area. We currently serve an average of 110 families each Friday. We will be starting a new project called “Brown Bag Collection” which we hope will help in filling our shelves with food. Every 2nd Sunday someone will be at the front entrance of the church with a brown bag to pass out. You will have a month to fill it with nonperishable foods. Just bring it back with you the next 2nd Sunday of the month and we will exchange it with another empty brown bag. This gives everyone an opportunity to help feed the poor in our city and work on our corporal works of mercy. We will start this new project today Jan 8th. Thank you in advance for your generosity. If you missed out on getting a bag and would like to   participate there will be bags in the front entrance for you to pickup next week.
Ron & Marilyn Shannon - 40th Anniversary Ron and Marilyn Shannon will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary on Sunday, January 8, 2017.  The Shannon and Imrick families will host a carry-in luncheon after the 10 a.m. High Mass, about 11:30 a.m.  All parishioners are cordially invited to attend.  If you would like to bring a side dish or a salad, or would like to help out before or after the luncheon, please contact Rosemary Imrick at rosemary.imrick@gmail.com. or (260) 625-9934. No gifts, please. Your presence is the best gift.
Scrip Please take a look at the order forms at the front entrance to see if there are places that you frequent. If so, just fill in the amount you would like to purchase. The form will let you know the percentage the Parish receives from your Scrip purchase. Please submit the form with a check by dropping it in the collection basket. For any questions please call Kim at the office 260-744-2519. All orders must be prepaid and will be placed on Tuesday of each week. Your orders will then come to the office and you will be called (please leave a phone number)  when they arrive to pick them up at the office or at church the following Sunday. Due to processing costs, in order to make a few dollars we have to put in an order of $300 or more. Consequently, if we do not get enough people using Scrip we may not be able to order every week.