Feb 21 Day of Prayer

All are invited and encouraged to sit in Adoration on Thursday, February 21st during the hours of 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM at Sacred Heart Cathedral. This day of Adoration will take place during “The protection of minors in the Church” Meeting, to be held in the Vatican from 21 to 24 February 2019 and our extended Adoration will be held only on the first day.

The February Meeting will see Presidents of Bishops’ Conference from all over the world coming together. The Meeting will include plenary sessions, working groups, moments of common prayer, listening to testimonies, a penitential liturgy, and a final Eucharistic celebration. Pope Francis will be present for the entire duration of the Meeting.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Family Corner: Forgiveness

The demise of the family begins with the defeat of forgiveness.

Our world concretizes independence and self-definition. We see this as individuals demand their rights and freedoms from institutions and organizations.

The self-righteous battle cry states, it’s my body; it’s my life! This self-absorption conflicts and opposes family values.

Families are by their very nature all about the other. Family values are all about the group and how each person within the family has their role and place.

Families teach each individual that the good of the family comes first and that each person in the family contributes.

Family values are based upon agape love, love to sacrifice for the good of the other. True love seeks the good of the other person, and seeking the good of the other has two critical lessons.

Family values correct selfish behavior.

Family values teach forgiveness when mistakes are made.

Repentance is more than just feeling guilty for mistakes.

Repentance expects correction.

Jesus exposes Peter’s sinfulness which leads him to repent. If we are going to be like Jesus we need these two traits:

To expose the faults of others To be exposed by others of our faults.

This is the heart of family life: forgiveness, done out of love to create goodness in the other person.

Family Corner: Storge Love

The contemporary culture changed dramatically over the course of 50 years and many ask why and how.  The answer is simple. No longer does society uphold and protect Storge Love.  Storge Love is the unconditional love of the mother and father for their son or daughter. The unconditional love of parents is rooted in spousal love, which is not merely romantic love, but Agape Love.

Parents are asked to sacrifice everything for their beloved, and that means sacrificing their faults and failures so that they can have a healthy, happy, and holy marriage.

Mature and secure persons make a successful marriage, and only mature and secure parents raise children who will seek and experience mature and secure love.

This mature and secure love comes from Storge Love, that is unconditional love of mother and father for their children.

It is rooted in the Father’s love for his Son Jesus in which the Father was well pleased with Him. The Father is well pleased with us, not because of what we do but whose we are: God’s sons and daughters.

When we see ourselves as beloved sons and daughter of our heavenly Father, then we too will have a mature and secure love.

Liturgical Day

Things to Think About

The Sacraments are Jesus Christ's presence in us. So it is important for us to go to Confession and receive Holy Communion.
~ Pope Francis

CD of the Week

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CD of the Week: Drawing Strength from Our Lady of Sorrows: Kimberly Hahn, a convert to the Catholic faith, found honoring Mary difficult to initially understand. In this presentation, she reflects on the joys and sorrows that Mary prayerfully experienced during her time on Earth, and shares how her example leads us closer to Christ.
   Preview the CD of the Week and more at Lighthouse Catholic Media

Parish Council 1-30-2019

We thank Bishop Chad for coming to our parish and celebrating Mass with us and also praying the Holy Hour.

The meeting following the Holy Hour was productive. Wil Courtney gave a brief summary of the financial report which was printed in the bulletin last week.

Rich Meyer gave a synopsis of the ALICE Training we had Jan 19, and also of the Safe and Sacred meeting we had Jan 26 developing our emergency action plan.

Fr. Tom will write up the plan so that is it easy to follow with clear instructions as to what to do in case of an emergency.

Also brought up was our Zero Tolerance Policy of drugs, alcohol, and cigarettes on the premise.

During the question and answer session with the Bishop, he clarified that if we do not do background checks and we have an incident at the parish or anywhere in the diocese, lawsuits would ensue which would cripple the diocese, and possible arrests and prison for the priest and bishop involved.

The Safe Environment Policies are non-negotiable; everyone who works or volunteers in the diocese must follow the policies of the diocese which come from the Dallas Charter.

The Dallas Charter was in 2002, in which the United States Conference of Bishops instituted protocols and policies for the United States clergy and employees.

Since this charter, we have eliminated most of the incidents of abuse from both laity and clergy, as the background checks and trainings train and empower the staff and volunteers to look at problems first and to act immediately.

The Bishop is hopeful that the universal meeting in Rome this February 21 – 24 will make important decisions so that these policies will put a stop to future scandals and abuse.

He also mentioned that our diocese will have a team come and evaluate our records to see if anything was missed during the lawsuit which ended in 2011.

Barb Tolliver does the background checks and will start training all the clergy, staff, and volunteers.

The Legion of Mary, Jodi Stack, gave a report of their activities in the parish to evangelize and help the parish and region grow. They will have their renewal of commitment, called ACIES, on Sunday afternoon March 24, and invited anyone interested in joining the Legion of Mary to contact any of the Legion members.

Fr. Tom gave a report on the Knights of Columbus stating that we will have a corporate communion honoring the Knights Feb 9 and a meal for those who are 4th degree Knights.

Fr. Tom also brought up the need for volunteers for the hospitality committee and also the need for ushers.

Volunteers are an essential part of the parish and we encourage parishioners from the parish and the region to give of their time and talent.

As Matthew Kelly pointed out, if every parish would increase their stewardship by just 1% it would make a dramatic difference.

I want to thank all the members of the pastoral council and all those who came to the Mass, Holy Hour, and meeting. Thank you for your Yes to Jesus!

Understanding the Liturgy

Reciting the Creed

The Creed comes from the beginning phrase, I Believe (Credo in Latin).

The Creed is a summary statement of our Faith and Beliefs handed down from the early Church.

The Creed serves as a summary of doctrine to teach the Catechumenates (people preparing to become Christian) and also to curb wrong teaching and heresy.

It was recited at a person’s Baptism as Jesus tells his disciples (Mt 2918):

“All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go, make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.”

Ultimately the Creed summarizes the story of Scripture, moving from the Essence of God, being a Father and the Trinity, to the Creation Narrative in which God freely shares his goodness, to the incarnation of his Son to save us from the evil one.

The Creed renews our baptismal promises in which the Spirit of the Lord comes down upon us so we can give blessings to the poor, sight to the blind, liberty to captives, and for ourselves holiness!

Liturgical Day

Things to Think About

The Sacraments are Jesus Christ's presence in us. So it is important for us to go to Confession and receive Holy Communion.
~ Pope Francis

CD of the Week

cd-disc

CD of the Week: Drawing Strength from Our Lady of Sorrows: Kimberly Hahn, a convert to the Catholic faith, found honoring Mary difficult to initially understand. In this presentation, she reflects on the joys and sorrows that Mary prayerfully experienced during her time on Earth, and shares how her example leads us closer to Christ.
   Preview the CD of the Week and more at Lighthouse Catholic Media