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Voice of the Family presents Our Lady of the Rosary Family Catechism, an entire online video catechism course which provides children and their families, completely free of charge, with the unique opportunity to learn the timeless truths of the Catholic Faith according to the classic Baltimore Catechism. This program will be a real asset to Catholic parents, the primary educators of their children. The easily accessible lessons of Our Lady or the Rosary Family Catechism are presented by Fr Anthony Pillari JCL, MCL, STB with the view that all children and families commit the Baltimore Catechism to memory, as generations of Catholics used to do. By taking up this delightful challenge, we are invited to join the mission given by Our Lady at Fatima: to work for the salvation of souls by striving for holiness in our daily lives. Sign up today, become crusaders for Christ!
MASS READINGS AND VIDEO REFLECTION
First Sunday of Advent, Cycle A
Be Awake in Faith- Good Decisions - Live For Jesus - Go Work
Advent is a Season of preparation. We prepare by putting into practice the teachings or the word of God for us. We are told to be awake or stay awake in the faith. Being awake in Jesus, we are to make good decisions; our decisions choosing the deeds of the light not the deeds of darkness. We are awake by focusing our gaze on Jesus and walking on His path. We are awake by working for God’s kingdom, being witnesses of our faith in the way we live and behave.
Our ministry aims to help the faithful adult to grow in both Human and Christian maturity.
As part of this goal we offer links to Adult Faith Formation videos.
Sacrament of Penance Confession Reconciliation
Opportunity to Renew our Relationship With The Lord
The Sacrament of Penance, Reconciliation and Confession, is the sacrament of God’s mercy. Our sins are forgiven, but most especially we receive other graces that fortify our spiritual life. With going to confession, therefore, we receive the grace of courage to do good and avoid evil, the grace to persevere in virtuous living, to ultimately ourselves becoming God’s masterpiece. Go to confession regularly.
FATHERS & DOCTORS OF THE CHURCH
Thomas Aquinas here examines the final article of the Apostle’s Creed reflecting on what eternal life in heaven will be like – the beatific vision, the satisfaction of every desire and the fullness of everlasting joy in a community of supreme delight.
It is fitting that the end of all our desires, namely eternal life coincides with the words at the end of the creed, “Life everlasting. Amen.”
ETERNAL LIFE: VISION & PRAISE
The first point about eternal life is that man is united with God. For God himself is the reward and end of all our labors: I am your protector and your supreme reward. This union consists in seeing perfectly: At present we see through a glass, darkly; but then we shall see face to face.
Next it consists in perfect praise, according to the words of the prophet: Joy and happiness will be found in it, thanksgiving and words of praise.
SATISFACTION OF DESIRE
It also consists in the complete satisfaction of desire, for there the blessed will be given more than they wanted or hoped for. The reason is that in this life no one can fulfill his longing, nor can any creature satisfy man’s desire. Only God satisfies, he infinitely exceeds all other pleasures. That is why man can rest in nothing but God. As Augustine says: You have made us for yourself, Lord, and our heart can find no rest until it rests in you.
FULLNESS OF JOY
Since in their heavenly home the saints will possess God completely, obviously their longing will be satisfied, and their glory will be even greater. That is why the Lord says: Enter into the joy of your Lord. Augustine adds: The fullness of joy will not enter into those who rejoice, but those who rejoice will enter into joy. I shall be satisfied when your glory is seen, and again: He who satisfies your desire with good things.
COMMUNITY OF SUPREME DELIGHT
Whatever is delightful is there in superabundance. If delights are sought, there is supreme and most perfect delight. It is said of God, the supreme good: Boundless delights are in your right hand.
Again, eternal life consists of the joyous community of all the blessed, a community of supreme delight, since everyone will share all that is good with all the blessed. Everyone will love everyone else as himself, and therefore will rejoice in another’s good as in his own. So it follows that the happiness and joy of each grows in proportion to the joy of all.
The calendar is based upon the General Roman Calendar, promulgated by Pope Saint Paul VI on February 14, 1969, subsequently amended by the Holy See, and the Proper Calendar for the Dioceses of the United States of America, approved by the USCCB and confirmed in 2010 by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.
ARE YOU AN ACTIVE PARISHIONER?
A Parish is not simply a “branch office” of the Church, nor a periodic audience of people, nor an occasional public; but it is a formally organized social group. It is a portion of a Diocese under the authority of a Priest legitimately appointed to secure in virtue of his office for the faithful dwelling therein, the helps of religion.
The faithful are called parishioners, and they become parishioners by acquiring a domicile or a quasi-domicile within the geographical boundaries or territory of the Parish.
Parishioners could be active parishioners or non-active parishioners, and the question of parishioner status is important because parishioners look to their Parish for many services such as:
- Parishioner tuition rates in our Catholic schools;
- The use of our facilities for liturgical services such as baptisms, weddings and funerals;
- And certification as eligible sponsors at Sacramental celebrations.
These rights and services within the church bring with them certain obligations, as in any form of community.
To be considered “active,” a parishioners must be:
- Registered in the parish;
- Attend Mass faithfully;
- Support the life of the parish by sharing time and talents in service;
- And sharing treasure (tithing) to build up the community.
Active participation in Christian Stewardship makes you an ACTIVE parishioner.