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December 7, 2014 – In, Around and Near the Diocese of Columbus

~ In, Around and Near the Diocese of Columbus ~

Columbus Theology On Tap – Thursday, December 11th at the El Vaquero Restaurant, 3230 Olentangy River Road. Are faith and science enemies?  When we become a Catholic Christian are we supposed to “check our brain at the door?”  Can a person who has strong faith be a scientist, or scientific?  Fr. Thomas Blau, O.P. [a Dominican priest with degree in Microbiology] will look at some of the latest findings from science and see if they negate a belief in the Divine Creator to whom Christians attribute the origins of the Universe. “Theology on Tap is an invitation for young adults to learn more about their faith and to share in the Catholic community.”

BETHESDA HEALING MINISTRY: Will I always feel this way? Will I always ask myself the “what if’s” and “if onlys?” Bring these questions with you to Bethesda Healing ministry where it is safe to talk about the pain in your hear and find comfort in the sharing. Or sit in quiet as others witness the healing and hope you so desire. Confidential lines: 614-309-0157 or 614-309-2651. For more information visit our web site: www.bethesdahealing.org.

The Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation welcomes you. The basilica is open for prayer at any time of day or night.  Come and experience the consolation of our Blessed Mother’s intercession.

 

Monthly Healing Masses: During these Masses, special prayers are offered for God’s healing to be upon those assembled.  The Blessed Sacrament is exposed at the altar as those present are invited to come forward for the laying on of hands and prayers for healing by the Priest.  For those who are significantly ill or chronically ill in body, mind or spirit, the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is also available.     Following is the schedule of Healing Masses, which begin at 7:00 p.m. (except where noted otherwise): Friday, December 19. In year 2015: Friday, January 2; Friday, February 6;     Friday, March 6 (7:30 pm); Friday, April 10; Friday, May 8; Friday, June 5; Friday, July 10; Friday, August 21; Friday, September 11; Friday, October 16; Friday, November 20; Friday, December 4.

 

Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation

Conventual Franciscan Friars

315 Clay Street + Carey, Ohio 43316
(419) 396-7107

www.olcshrine.com

 PLEASE KEEP THESE PARISHIONERS IN YOUR PRAYERS: Jack Beckman, Jennifer Bogdziewicz, Charles & Nancy Brant, Ana Buk, Christopher Clark, Jodi Elgin, Ann Marie Elkins, Max Flores, Don Fortner, Mary Gall, Robert Hackett, Ruth Harper, Bernie Hause, Gloria Jefferson, Col. Paul Johnston (Ret.), Pam Jurgens, Susan Luck, Fr. Mike Lumpe, Richard Masek, Ellen McMillen, Mary McNellis, Maria Paras, Linda Pauley, Marilyn Scott, David Simmons, Patty Stover, Sandra Valencia, Elizabeth Wanamaker, and Bill, Dora Zweydorff.

 

DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THE CATHEDRAL AND HOLY CROSS ALMS FOR THE POOR BOXES? At the Cathedral it is located in the wall inside the Cathedral near the Broad Street entrance; at Holy Cross it is located in the rear of the Church by the Fifth Street entrance. These boxes and the funds you provide are important:

  • At the Cathedral these Alms for the Poor go to pay for the food that is distributed daily at the Cathedral to the poor and needy – up to 150 food bags (usually containing a sandwich, fruit, chips & cookie, bottled water), and on many winter days hot coffee and hot cocoa. Help us provide this most basic necessity – food – to those in need by donating to our poor box.
  • At Holy Cross these Alms for the Poor go to help needy persons with bus passes, in addition to helping the poor and needy with particular needs.

THANK YOU for helping us help those in need!

December 7, 2014 – Taking Place in Our Parishes

~ Taking Place in our Parishes ~                                                                                        

‘THIS WEEK IS FELLOWSHIP SUNDAY’ IN THE UNDERCROFT AT 11:30 AM: The Vocations Committee will serve refreshments next Sunday between the 10:30a.m. and the 12:30p.m Masses in the Undercroft (use elevator at the back of the church by the Reconciliation Room). All new Parishioners are cordially invited to attend and meet other parishioners, Priests, Deacons, Liturgical Ministers, Pastoral Council Members & visitors. Everyone is encouraged to come enjoy the refreshments, fellowship with others & learn more about the Cathedral Events Committee.

Advent is a time of waiting and preparing:  It’s time for preparing the Cathedral for Christmas by cleaning it. Please join us and other parishioners in preparing the Cathedral for the Christmas celebration. A sign-up binder is located on the table at the Broad St. entrance, or  by emailing me as to your willingness to help with the Cathedral  Christmas Cleaning on Monday, December 15, 6-9 pm. A pizza, pop and sandwich supper will be  ready for you at 6 pm in the Undercroft. Please sign-up so we can get an accurate count for the amount of food we order. Call or email Deacon Tom  at 267-1903 or thomjohnst@aol.com if you need more informaton. You will enter from the alley at the door to the Undercroft.

THIS SUNDAY~ CATHEDRAL CHOIR ~ THE OFFICE OF COMPLINE: On the first Sunday of the month, the men of the Cathedral Choir chant the Office of Compline. The Office lasts about 30 minutes and consists of psalms, short passages from scripture, an office hymn, a canticle (Nunc Dimittis), a responsory, collect and additional prayers. In keeping with the earliest practices of the monastic communities, Compline is offered when the work of the day is completed, and the quietness of evening settles over the hearts and minds of those who have come together in thankfulness for the blessings of the day which has passed and in anticipation of God’s gift of a new day. The Office begins at 9:00 p.m. on the First Sunday of the month. We hope you will join us for this unique spiritual experience.

Simbang Gabi! Come and join us at Holy Cross Church in celebrating the Filipino Nine Day Novena in preparation for Christmas! The Nine Day Novena will start on Monday, December 15, 2014 at 7:30 and will end on Tuesday, December 23 concluding with Mass at 7:00 p.m. at Holy Cross. Our presider is Fr. Ramon Owera, CFIC. A reception at St. Patrick Church will follow the Mass on December 23rd.

The Columbus League of St. DYMPHNA St. Dymphna is the Roman Catholic patron saint for Mental and Nervous Disorders, including depression. The only shrine in North America is located in Massillon, OH. A devotional prayer group will meet immediately after the 12:30 Mass on the second Sunday of each month at St. Joseph Cathedral. For more information about this Columbus League of St. Dymphna, contact Josephine at 614-209-3337.

Support the Giving Trees to Spread Christmas Cheer

GivingTree

The Holy Cross Church and Saint Joseph Cathedral Christmas “Giving Trees” are located in the Narthex (Broad Street entrance) and by the Fifth Street side entrance of the Cathedral. The trees will be decorated with scrolls for residents of Bryden Place and Christmas, ornaments for the Joint Office for Inner-city Needs – J.O.I.N. – and tags for some of our parishioner families who are having a difficult time. The scrolls request participants to purchase a Christmas gift for a resident living at Bryden Place. The gifts will be collected each week to be delivered to residents on Monday, December 21st. Ornaments for J.O.I.N. will offer a suggestion for a gift card on the back. The gift card and ornament should be placed in an envelope marked J.O.I.N. and dropped in the Offertory basket. The gift cards will be delivered to J.O.I.N. to help those in need during and after the Christmas season. If you have registered your Kroger card to benefit Saint Joseph Cathedral, why not buy the gift card there so the Cathedral will receive a percentage back? A 2-for-1 blessing!

 

Thank you for caring for the needs of others and for your generosity during this season of giving!

An Examination of Conscience for Young Men and Women

An Examination of Conscience for Young Men and Women

“What God commands He makes possible by grace,” states paragraph 2083 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. “Jesus says, ‘I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in me, and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.’ The fruit referred to in this saying is the holiness of a life made fruitful by union with Christ. When we believe in Jesus Christ, partake of His mysteries, and keep His commandments, the Savior Himself…becomes, through the Spirit, the living and interior rule of our activity” (CCC #2074).

In other words, it is only when we have a growing relationship with Jesus Christ that we are empowered to live more and more the way that God commands us to – to do God’s will. Jesus gives us His Holy Spirit to help us understand and obey the Father’s commands.

God’s laws and teachings are for our benefit! Our obedience opens us to receive more of God: more of His love, His help, His comfort, His healing, etc. “The gift of the Commandments is the gift of God Himself” (CCC #2059). Any time we disobey God, we make our lives more difficult because we are turning away from love: “Sin sets itself against God’s love for us and turns our hearts away from it” (CCC #1850).

This is why it’s important to make a good examination of conscience. Use this Examination of Conscience prayerfully. Make note of the sins you’ve committed as they come to mind. Then reflect on how these sins have opposed love. Remember that God is a God of mercy. His mercy doesn’t give us permission to do anything we feel like doing. Rather, it gives us love even when we don’t deserve it. 

Once you’ve confessed your sins and received absolution from a priest, you’re set free from these sins (even though you might still need to undo the damage you’ve caused) and you never need to confess these sins again unless you recommit them. Examine your conscience…

  • For the times I have forgotten you and turned my back on you, Lord…
  • For the times I have failed to praise You and to recognize Your greatness in creation…
  • For the times I have failed to love You with all my heart…
  • For the times I have idolized myself instead of worshipping You…
  • For the times I slept in, went to sports practice, and placed other things above going to Sunday Mass…
  • For the times I thought “do I have to go to Mass” versus “I want to go to Mass to praise You”…
  • For making things, money, or people more important than You…
  • For not making time to try to understand Scriptures better and live according to them…
  • For not accepting Church teaching, tradition and Church authority…
  • For not obeying the commandments because I didn’t agree with Your laws…
  • For not accepting the truths of the Gospel because I didn’t agree with them…
  • For sinning, and blaming others (friends, family, others) for my sinful behavior…
  • For not loving the Church while I criticize her…
  • For presuming so often on Your mercy while ignoring Your justice…
  • For picking and choosing only the convenient parts of Your message in Scripture…
  • For closing my heart to the guidance of Your Spirit…
  • For the times I have been ashamed to show my religious convictions…
  • For being ignorant and uninformed in my religion because of laziness or lack or interest…
  • For believing in superstition and astrology…
  • For the times I have cursed…
  • For using Your name in vain, Lord…
  • For times I have used Your name lightly, without respect…
  • For the times I have hurt You and others with foul language or harsh words…
  • For my unwillingness to dedicate time to pray…
  • For praying “mechanically” and without conviction…
  • For all the times I was not giving praise and worship to God at Mass…
  • For the times I have not taken part in the Eucharist because of laziness…
  • For making excuses claiming that other things are more important than going to Mass…
  • For lack of respect for the Sacraments, especially Penance and Eucharist…
  • For not trying to understand my parents, and not being thankful for my parents…
  • For disobeying my parents and not being respectful of them…
  • For disrespecting my parents and others in authority (teachers, principal, supervisors, etc.)…
  • For not showing love toward my parents and for taking them for granted…
  • For being negligent and sluggish in fulfilling my duties as a student and family member…
  • For my moments of impatience at home, school, at work, with friends…
  • For being uncharitable toward my brothers and sisters, and all persons…
  • For the times that I have not been grateful toward those who have helped me grow…
  • For all the times I have wished evil upon someone…
  • For putting people on my “black list”, giving them the cold shoulder, and not forgiving them…
  • For the moments that I have hurt others’ feelings with my words or actions…
  • For the times I have ignored the needs of others or refused to help those in need…
  • For refusing to forgive myself and others…
  • For not challenging myself and being lazy at home or work…
  • For the gifts and talents I have failed to cultivate…
  • For looking at pornography and engaging in immoral conversations…
  • For flirting too much at school or work…
  • For being unfaithful to those who love me…
  • For having neglected my human dignity and that of others…
  • For the times I have misused God’s gift of my sexuality by myself or with others…
  • For the times I have cheated…
  • For the times I have stolen, or taken things without permission…
  • For the times I thought I was entitled to something, or owed something…
  • For wasting Your gifts of food and natural resources…
  • For the times I have been jealous of others’ looks, friends or possessions…
  • For forgetting the poor, the lonely, the ill, the aged, and those who are in need…
  • For not trying to become more competent with my gifts and talents…
  • For the greed that makes me want so many useless things (wasting time)…
  • For the times I have spread rumors and gossiped and hurt others, especially through social media…
  • For ridiculing others in front to them or behind their back…
  • For lying or not telling the whole truth…
  • For playing games with the truth in order to be accepted…
  • For not living according to or standing up for my Catholic faith in order to be accepted…
  • For hypocrisy in my words and actions…
  • For the times I have been too proud to admit I was wrong…
  • For the times I have been prejudiced and/or biased toward others…
  • For the times I have judged people…
  • For taking advantage of others, using them for my own good…
  • For not keeping my promises…
  • For the times I have been sarcastic at the expense of others…
  • For the times I was unjust toward my neighbors…

Examination of Conscience for Adults Based on the Ten Commandments

Examination of Conscience for Adults Based on the Ten Commandments

“O God, be merciful to me, a sinner.” (Luke 18:13)

 

If possible, prepare yourself for confession with regularity, not allowing too much time to pass. Always go to confession when you are in state of mortal sin. Prepare your confession in a climate of prayer, responding to these questions under the gaze of God, seeing Him as the one you can go to for help to progress more quickly along the path of the Lord.

 

  1. “I am the Lord your God. You shall not have strange gods before Me.” (Exodus 20:2,3) “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind” (Matthew 22:37).
  • Do I love God like this? With my whole heart, soul and mind?
  • Do I give him the first place in my life?
  • Do I listen with faith to the Word of God and His Son, Jesus Christ?
  • Do I persevere in prayer?
  • Do I doubt or deny that God exists?
  • Do I refuse to believe what God as revealed to us?
  • Do I believe in fortune telling, horoscopes, dreams, the occult, good-luck charms, tarot cards, palmistry, Ouija boards, séances, reincarnation?
  • Did I deny that I was Catholic because I was embarrassed about my faith?
  • Do I give time to God each day in prayer?
  • Did I despair of or presume on God’s mercy?
  • Did I have false gods in my life that I give greater attention to than God, like money, profession,  drugs and/or alcohol, TV, internet, social media, fame, pleasure, property, etc.?
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  1. “You shall not take the name of the Lord, your God, in vain.” (Exodus 20:7)
  • Did I blaspheme or insult God?
  • Do I take God’s name carelessly or uselessly?
  • Do I curse, or have I broken an oath or vow?
  • Do I get angry with God? Do I respect the holy name of God?
  • Do I abuse him in my references to him, offending him, using of him, instead of serving him?
  • Do I bless God in each one of my actions?
  • Do I surrender myself without reserve to his will for me, trusting entirely in him?
  • Do I entrust myself with humility and confidence to the guidance and teaching of the pastors which the Lord has given to his Church?
  • Do I make an effort to go deeper in and strengthen my life of faith?
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  1. “Remember to keep holy the Sabbath Day.” (Exodus 20:8)
  • Did I miss Mass Sunday or a Holy Day of Obligation through my own fault?
  • Do I come to Mass on time? Leave early?
  • Do I perform work on Sunday that is not necessary?
  • Do I set aside Sunday as a day of rest and a family day?
  • Do I show reverence in the presence of Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament?
  • Do I make Sunday the center of my week, beginning with the most important moment, the celebration of the Eucharist?
  • Do I use it, and the other days consecrated to the Lord, to praise and give thanks to God, to entrust myself to him and take rest in him?
  • Do I participate faithfully and actively in the liturgy, preparing myself beforehand with prayer and making the effort to obtain its fruits during the entire week?
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  1. “Honor your father and your mother.” (Exodus 20:12)
  • Did I disobey or disrespect my parents or legitimate superiors?
  • Did I fail to love and respect those who have given me life?
  • Did I make every effort to understand and help them, above all in their weaknesses and limits, in their time of need?
  • Did I neglect my duties to my husband, wife, children or parents?
  • Did I neglect to give good religious example to my family?
  • Did I fail to actively take an interest in the religious education and formation of my children?
  • Did I fail to educate myself on the true teachings of the Church?
  • Did I give scandal by what I said or did, especially to the young?
  • Have I caused anyone to doubt the faith or leave the faith?
  • Do I cause tension and fights in my family?
  • Do I care for my aged and infirmed relatives?
  • Do I give a full day’s work for a full day’s pay?
  • Do I give a fair wage to my employees?
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  1. “Thou shalt not kill.” (Exodus 20:13)
  • Did I kill or physically injure anyone?
  • Did I have an abortion, or advise someone else or support someone in having an abortion?
  • Did I use or cause my spouse to use birth control?
  • Did I attempt suicide?
  • Did I take part in or approve of “mercy killing” (euthanasia)?
  • Did I get angry, impatient, envious, unkind, proud, revengeful, jealous, hateful toward another?
  • Did I give bad example by drug abuse, drinking alcohol to excess, fighting, quarreling?
  • Have I abused my children?
  • Do I make the effort to respect and promote life in all of its stages and aspects?
  • Do I do everything in my power to promote the good of the others?
  • Have I done evil to someone with the explicit intention of doing it?

6 and 9. “You shall not commit adultery.” (Exodus 20:14) “You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife.” (Exodus 20:17)

  • Did I willfully entertain impure thoughts or desires?
  • Did I use impure or suggestive words? Tell impure stories? Listen to them?
  • Did I deliberately look at impure TV, videos, plays, pictures or movies, internet, etc.?
  • Did I commit impure acts by myself – self-gratification?
  • Did I commit impure acts with another – fornication (premarital sex, sex outside of marriage)  or adultery (sex with a married person)?
  • Do I practice artificial birth control (by pills, devices, etc.)?
  • Did I avoid the occasions of impurity?
  • Given my state in life, have I been chaste in my thoughts and actions?
  • Have I engaged in sexual activity with persons of the same sex?
  • Did I respect all members of the opposite sex, or have I thought of other people as objects?
  • Did I or my spouse have sterilization done?
  • Did I abuse my marriage rights?
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7 and 10. “You shall not steal.” (Exodus 20:15) “You shall not covet your neighbor’s goods.” (Exodus 20:17).

  • Did I steal, cheat, help or encourage others to steal or keep stolen goods?
  • Have I made restitution for stolen goods?
  • Did I fulfill my contracts; give or accept bribes; pay my bills; rashly gamble or speculate; deprive my family of the necessities of life?
  • Did I waste time at work, school or at home?
  • Did I envy other people’s relationships or possessions?
  • Do I make material possessions the purpose of my life?
  • Do I respect the goods of creation?
  • Am I honest in my work and in my relations with my neighbor?
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  1. “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.” (Exodus 20:16)
  • Have I lied? Is lying a habit for me?
  • Did I deliberately deceive others, or injure others by lies?
  • Did I commit perjury?
  • Do I gossip or reveal others’ faults or sins?
  • Have I failed to keep secret what should be confidential?
  • Am I sincere and loyal in each word and action?
  • Do I always speak the truth?
  • Do I mislead others?
  • Do I try to give confidence and act in a way that inspires confidence in the others?

OTHER SINS

  • Did I fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday?
  • Did I eat meat on the Fridays of Lent or Ash Wednesday?
  • Did I receive Holy Communion in a state of mortal sin?
  • Did I make a bad confession?
  • Did I fail to contribute financially to support of the Church according to my means?

NINE WAYS OF AIDING ANOTHER IN SIN

  • (1) Counseling or advising another to sin;
  • (2) Commanding another to sin;
  • (3) Provoking another to sin;
  • (4) Consenting to another’s sin;
  • (5) Showing another how to sin;
  • (6) Praising another’s sin;
  • (7) Concealing, remaining silent about, doing nothing to prevent another’s sin;
  • (8) Taking part in, or enjoying the results of another’s sin;
  • (9) Defending another’s sin.

Make A Good Confession this Advent

This Advent, Invest the Time and Effort to Make a Good Confession

by Fr. William Saunders

 

QUESTION: I have heard the priests of my parish encouraging us to go to confession during Advent. I admit I have not been to confession in years because I am not sure I know how to go to confession. Would you please review how to go to confession?

 

The Lord does not delay his promise, as some regard “delay,”
but he is patient with you,
not wishing that any should perish
but that all should come to repentance.

Second Sunday of Advent ~ 2 Peter 3:9

 

The Second Vatican Council did decree that “the rite and formulas of penance are to be revised in such a way that they may more clearly express the nature and effects of this sacrament” (Sacrosanctum Concilium No. 72). Accordingly the Sacred Congregation for Divine Worship issued The Rite of Penance in 1973. The new rite did add options for prayers, provide for a reading of Sacred Scripture, and introduce “penance services” with private confessions. Nevertheless, the norms stipulated, “It is for priests, and especially parish priests in reconciling individuals or the community, to adapt the rite to the concrete circumstances of the penitents” (No. 40). Therefore, on a Saturday afternoon with a line of penitents waiting for confession, the parish priest may follow a more “streamlined” version of the Rite, which would include by custom the traditional format for confession.

With that in mind, a person begins with a good examination of conscience. We need to hold up our life to the pattern of life God has revealed for us to live. For instance, we take time to reflect on the 10 Commandments, the Beatitudes, the precepts of the Church, and the virtues of prudence, fortitude, temperance, and justice. (Several clear, simple pamphlets with an examination of conscience may be found on line; an examination of conscience is also included in this bulletin.)

The examination of our conscience is like stepping back and looking at the picture of our life in comparison to the masterpiece of life revealed by God. Remember when we were children, we used to trace pictures. Tracing helped us learn to draw. We would take a piece of plain paper, hold it over the original picture, and then put it up to the window. The light would enable us to trace the original picture onto our blank sheet of paper. Periodically, we had to stop and step back to see if our paper had slipped and was out of kilter with the original or if we had deviated from the lines.

In a similar way, as we live our lives, we are tracing them in accord with God’s pattern of life. In examining our consciences, we step back and honestly assess how well we fit God’s pattern and have stayed within His boundaries. At this time, we reflect on the progress we have made since our last confession in dealing with weaknesses, faults, temptations, and past sins. Hopefully, we see improvement in our spiritual well-being. However, when we have gone out of kilter or gone out of bounds with God’s masterpiece, we have sinned. We must recognize the venial sins — those lighter sins which weaken our relationship with the Lord — from the mortal sins — those sins which sever our relationship with the Lord and “kill” the presence of sanctifying grace in our souls. Here we remember the words of Jesus, “Everyone who practices evil hates the light; he does not come near it for fear his deeds will be exposed. But he who acts in truth comes into the light, to make clear that his deeds are done in God” (Jn 3:20-21).

Given this examination of conscience, we have contrition for our sins. While we are sorry for sin because we do fear the fires of Hell and the loss of Heaven, and the just punishments of God, we are sorry most of all because our sins offend God whom we should love above all things. The love for God moves us to repent of sin and seek reconciliation. All of the great saints regularly examined their consciences and made frequent use of the Sacrament of Penance. (Even Pope Saint John Paul II confessed his sins weekly, as did Mother Teresa.) One must ask, “Why? What sins did these saints possibly commit?” They loved the Lord so much that even the slightest omission or commission moves them to confession. They do not want even the slightest sin to separate them from the love of God. For love of God, we too are sorry for our sins.

Sorrow for sin moves us to have a firm amendment not to sin again. We probably will sin again, but we try in earnest not to do so. We do not plan on leaving the confessional and committing the same sins again.

We then confess our sins. When we enter the confessional in most Churches, we have the option of remaining anonymous or facing the priest. Whichever option a person chooses, always remember that whatever is said during the confession is held in secret by the priest.

Remember also that we confess to the priest for three reasons.

First, the priest has the authority of the Apostles by virtue of his ordination. On the night of the resurrection, Jesus said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive men’s sins, they are forgiven them; if you hold them bound, they are held bound” (Jn 20:22-23). The priest is the minister of the sacrament acting in the person of Christ.

Second, he is our spiritual father. Just as we see a doctor for healing when we are physically sick, we see a priest when our soul is sick and needs healing.

Third, the priest represents the Church and the people we have sinned against. In the early days of the Church, people publicly confessed sin at the beginning of Mass and were absolved. Much to our relief, for centuries now we have had private confession.

We proceed by making the sign of the cross and saying, “Bless me father for I have sinned.” One could also simply begin, “In the name of the Father….” We should then state when we made our last confession: “It has been (so long) since my last confession.”

We then confess our sins. We must be specific. Sometimes people say, “I broke the sixth commandment,” which covers everything from a lustful thought to rape and adultery. We do not need to provide the full-blown story, just the basics to enable the priest to help. We need to give some quantification — missing Mass once is different from several times which is different from all the time. When we are finished confessing our sins, we state, “I am sorry for these and all of my sins.” With this information, the priest may counsel us. He also assigns a penance for the healing of the hurt caused by sin and the strengthening of our soul against future temptation. He then asks us to say an act of contrition, which is generally the traditional prayer: “Oh my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee. I detest all of my sins because of Thy just punishments, but most of all because they offend Thee, my God, who are all good and deserving of all of my love. I firmly resolve with the help of Thy grace to sin no more and to avoid the near occasions of sin. Amen.”

Finally, the priest imparts absolution. Ponder these beautiful words: “God the Father of mercies, through the death and resurrection of His son, has reconciled the world to Himself and sent the Holy Spirit among us for the forgiveness of sins; through the ministry of the Church may God give you pardon and peace, and I absolve you from your sins, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” This formula emphasizes our merciful Heavenly Father, the saving mystery of our Lord’s passion, death, and resurrection, and the healing ministry of the Holy Spirit through the Church.

The priest then dismisses us, saying, “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good,” to which we respond, “His mercy endures forever.” (Many priests may simply say, “May God bless you.” ) We then leave the confessional to do the assigned penance.

The Sacrament of Penance is a beautiful sacrament through which we are reconciled to God, ourselves, and our neighbors. Remember the words of St. Paul, “God is rich in mercy; because of His great love for us, He brought us to life with Christ when we were dead in sin” (Eph 2:4). As we draw closer to Christmas, make the time to give a good confession.

 

Fr. Saunders is a professor of catechetics and theology at Notre Dame Graduate School in Alexandria, Virginia. His book Straight Answers is available in many Catholic bookstores, or on-line. This article is reprinted courtesy of The Catholic Herald, the newspaper of the Diocese of Arlington.

Christmas Mass Schedule 2014

Plan ahead to celebrate the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ with family and friends at Holy Cross Church and Saint Joseph Cathedral

December 24, Christmas Eve Mass Schedule

4:00 p.m. ~ Holy Cross Church
4:00 p.m. ~ Saint Joseph Cathedral
6:00 p.m. ~ Saint Joseph Cathedral
11:00 p.m. ~ Cathedral Choir Concert
12:00 Midnight Mass ~ Cathedral

December 25, Christmas Day Mass Schedule

10:00 a.m. ~ Holy Cross Church
10:00 a.m. ~ Saint Joseph Cathedral

November 30, 2014 – In, Around and Near the Diocese

~ In, Around and Near the Diocese of Columbus ~

CONNECT WITH BISHOP CAMPBELL TUESDAY, DECEMBER 2ND ON AM 820: 6th Annual Student Forum hosted by Bishop Hartley High School. From the Chair, on St. Gabriel Catholic Radio begins at 5:00 p.m. Call (614) 459-4820.

CYSC DINNER THEATER: Matthew 16 , Who do you say that I am? Join us on Sunday, December 7, at Villa Milano located at 1630 Schrock Road, from 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. for a one of a kind event! Gather your family, parishioners, and friends to fill a table to enjoy a gourmet dinner, theater and music. This fundraiser supports the ministry of CYSC and provides scholarships to campers. Visit us at www.cysc.com to register, or e-mail julie@cysc.com with questions.

STS. PETER AND PAUL RETREAT CENTER is now accepting bookings for your personal or business CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY PARTIES AND LUNCHEONS. Allow us to make this holiday season more joyous by hosting your event. Enjoy a custom meal designed by our Chef specifically for you! Call today for availability! Sts. Peter and Paul Retreat Center is located at 2734 Seminary Road, Newark, Ohio, 43056. For more information, please call the retreat center at (740) 928-4246 or send an e-mail to: info@ stspeterandpaulretreatcenter.org.

CATHOLIC MEN’S LUNCHEON CLUB FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2014:The December session of the Catholic Men’s Luncheon Club will feature a presentation by young priest Fr. Cyrus Haddad, who was ordained in May 2014 and who is now serving his first assignment at St. Brendan the Navigator parish in Hilliard, Ohio. Fr. Haddad will present his inspirational vocation story at the men’s luncheon on Friday, December 5th! Join us at St. Patrick Church in downtown Columbus! Holy Mass begins at 11:45 am followed by lunch and Father Haddad’s talk until 1:00 p.m. No reservations necessary. $10 covers the lunch and meeting. Bring a friend! For information, visit www.ColumbusCatholicMen.com or contact John Schechter, CMLC President at jschechter@ sbcglobal.net.

Discerning a vocation to the priesthood or religious life?

Contact Fr. Paul Noble, Director of Vocations, at (614) 221-5565, or noble@seekholiness.com.

PLEASE KEEP THESE PARISHIONERS IN YOUR PRAYERS: Jack Beckman, Jennifer Bogdziewicz, Charles & Nancy Brant, Ana Buk, Christopher Clark, Jodi Elgin, Ann Marie Elkins, Max Flores, Don Fortner, Mary Gall, Robert Hackett, Ruth Harper, Bernie Hause, Pam Jurgens, Susan Luck, Fr. Mike Lumpe, Richard Masek, Ellen McMillen, Mary McNellis, Maria Paras, Linda Pauley, Marilyn Scott, David Simmons, Patty Stover, Sandra Valencia, Elizabeth Wanamaker, and Bill, Dora Zweydorff, Col. Paul Johnston, Ret., and Gloria Jefferson.

DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THE CATHEDRAL AND HOLY CROSS ALMS FOR THE POOR BOXES? At the Cathedral it is located in the wall inside the Cathedral near the Broad Street entrance; at Holy Cross it is located in the rear of the Church by the Fifth Street entrance. These boxes and the funds you provide are important:

  • At the Cathedral these Alms for the Poor go to pay for the food that is distributed daily at the Cathedral to the poor and needy – up to 150 food bags (usually containing a sandwich, fruit, chips & cookie, bottled water), and on many winter days hot coffee and hot cocoa. Help us provide this most basic necessity – food– to those in need by donating to our poor box.
  • At Holy Cross these Alms for the Poor go to help needy persons with bus passes, in addition to helping the poor and needy with particular needs.

THANK YOU for helping us help those in need!

November 30, 2014 – Taking Place in Our Parishes

~ TakIng Place In our Parishes ~

NEXT WEEK IS “FELLOWSHIP SUNDAY” IN THE UNDERCROFT AT 11:30 A.M.: The Vocations Committee will serve refreshments next Sunday between the 10:30 a.m. and the 12:30 p.m. Masses in the Undercroft (use elevator at the back of the church by the Reconciliation Room). All new Parishioners are cordially invited to attend and meet other parishioners, Priests, Deacons, Liturgical Ministers, Pastoral Council Members & visitors. Everyone is encouraged to come enjoy the refreshments, fellowship with others & learn more about the Cathedral Events Committee.

FIRST FRIDAY MASS AND ALL-NIGHT EUCHARISTIC ADORATION – DECEMBER 5: For years Holy Cross Parish has held an All-Night First Friday Eucharistic Adoration, beginning with Mass at 7:30 p.m., followed by Confessions, Devotional Prayers, and concluding with Benediction at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday. This will continue, but with Holy Cross Church completing interior renovations the upcoming First Friday Mass, Confessions and Adoration will take place at the Cathedral on Friday, December 5th. Fr. Lumpe will be the Mass celebrant, will hear confessions, and will do Benediction on Saturday morning. Spread the word, as we need people to pray before the Blessed Sacrament throughout the night. As Jesus asked Peter, “Could you not spend one hour with me?” Jesus also asks us this same question. Please contact Carol in the Cathedral Office to sign up for one of the hours of Adoration by calling (614) 224-1295 during regular business hours, or via e-mail: cathedral@columbus. rr.com. Following Mass, access to the Cathedral for Adoration will be available through the North Fifth Street side entrance only; park on the Cathedral lot. The Columbus Police will be providing all-night security.

FIRST SATURDAY MASS – FILIPINO COMMUNITY, DECEMBER 6: For a number of years the Catholic Filipino Community has gathered for a First Saturday Mass at Holy Cross Church. This will continue, but with Holy Cross Church completing interior renovations the upcoming First Saturday Mass will take place at the Cathedral on Saturday, December 6, 7:30 p.m., which is a Vigil Mass for the Second Sunday in the Season in Advent. Fr. Ramon will be the Mass celebrant.

CATHEDRAL CHOIR ~ THE OFFICE OF COMPLINE: On the first Sunday of the month, the men of the Cathedral Choir chant the Office of Compline. The Office lasts about 30 minutes and consists of psalms, short passages from scripture, an office hymn, a canticle (Nunc Dimittis), a responsory, collect and additional prayers. In keeping with the earliest practices of the monastic communities, Compline is offered when the work of the day is completed, and the quietness of evening settles over the hearts and minds of those who have come together in thankfulness for the blessings of the day which has passed and in anticipation of God’s gift of a new day. The Office begins at 9:00 p.m. on the First Sunday of the month. We hope you will join us for this unique spiritual experience.

THE COLUMBUS LEAGUE OF ST. DYMPHNA: St. Dymphna is the Roman Catholic patron saint for Mental and Nervous Disorders, including depression. The only shrine in North America is located in Massillon, OH. A devotional prayer group will meet immediately after the 12:30 Mass on the second Sunday of each month at St. Joseph Cathedral. For more information about this Columbus League of St. Dymphna, contact Josephine at 614-209-3337.

Anointing of the Sick

Anointing of the Sick

By Fr. William Saunders

QUESTION: Recently, when I was in the hospital, a lady came to give me the Anointing of the Sick. She said she was sanctioned by the “Healing Ministry” of my parish to do this. When a priest came to anoint me, I told him that I had been anointed by a lady from my parish. He said that lay people cannot anoint, nor can deacons, so I did not receive the Sacrament. If my first anointing was not a sacrament, why does my parish have “healing ministers”?

The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick (formerly known as Extreme Unction) is administered only by a priest, or, of course, a bishop. A deacon, religious sister or lay person cannot administer this sacrament. The Catechism of the Catholic Church specifies, “Only priests (bishops and presbyters) are ministers of the Anointing of the Sick” (No. 1516). The Code of Canon Law likewise asserts, “Every priest, and only a priest, validly administers the Anointing of the Sick” (Canon 1003).

The reason for the restriction to priests is because the “anointing of the sick” and the effects of the sacrament are inherently related to the Priesthood of Christ. During His public ministry, Jesus healed people — the blind, the lame, the lepers, the deaf and mute, the hemorrhaging and the dying. His healing touched both body and soul. In most of the accounts of the healing miracles, the ill person comes to a deeper conviction of faith, and the witnesses know that “God has visited His people” (Luke 7:16). These healings, however, foreshadow the triumphant victory of our Lord over sin and death through his own Passion, death and Resurrection.

Our Lord entrusted His healing ministry to His apostles. He instructed the Apostles and sent them out on mission: “With that, they went off, preaching the need of repentance. They expelled many demons, anointed the sick with oil, and worked many cures” (Mk 6:12-13). At the Ascension, Jesus echoed this instruction to the apostles and declared that “the sick upon whom they lay their hands will recover” (Mk 16:18). At Pentecost, the Holy Spirit conferred great gifts upon the Church, including healing; St. Paul recognized, “Through the Spirit one receives faith; by

the same Spirit another is given the gift of healing, and still another miraculous powers” (1 Cor 12:9-10). The apostle St. James provided a clear teaching regarding the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick: “Is there anyone sick among you? He should ask for the priests of the Church. They in turn are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. This prayer uttered in faith will reclaim the one who is ill, and the Lord will restore him to health. If he has committed any sins, forgiveness will be his” (James 5:14-15). In all, the Church has been continually mindful of our Lord’s command, “Heal the sick” (Mattthew 10:8). (The Council of Trent cited these passages to refute the charges of the Protestant leaders that Christ had not instituted this sacrament and had not conferred His healing ministry to priests.)

The administration of the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick is also restricted to a priest because the major effect is tied to the ministry of priests, namely, the forgiveness of sins. The sacrament not only provides the sick person with the forgiveness of sins but also the completion of Christian penance (Council of Trent,

“Doctrine on the Sacrament of Extreme Unction.”

Given this basis, a deacon or lay person who acts as “healing minister” or “hospital chaplain” should never give the impression that he or she is administering the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick. They should never anoint a person with an oil, blessed or otherwise, that would suggest that he or she is anointing the person with the Oil of the Infirm, which is used in the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick. We must never mislead a person, albeit unintentionally, into thinking that he or she has received the graces of this most important sacrament of healing, when in fact they have not. A person’s soul could be in jeopardy because of some symbolic anointing that does nothing.

We must be very careful never to do anything that simulates a sacrament. When a loved one is seriously ill or near death, please call for a Catholic priest who alone can administer the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, which provides great graces for healing both body and soul.

 

Father William P. Saunders is pastor of Our Lady of Hope Parish in Potomac Falls and former dean of the Notre Dame Graduate School of Christendom College. Father Saunders has been writing his weekly “Straight Answers” column for THE ARLINGTON CATHOLIC HERALD since 1993. The above article is one of those “Straight Answers” columns, and is made available courtesy of THE ARLINGTON CATHOLIC HERALD.