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Ordinary Time

Christmas Time and Easter Time highlight the central mysteries of the Paschal Mystery, namely, the incarnation, death on the cross, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ, and the descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. The Sundays and weeks of Ordinary Time, on the other hand, take us through the life of Christ. This is the time of conversion. This is living the life of Christ.

Ordinary Time is a time for growth and maturation, a time in which the mystery of Christ is called to penetrate ever more deeply into history until all things are finally caught up in Christ. The goal, toward which all of history is directed, is represented by the final Sunday in Ordinary Time, the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe.

-http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/liturgical-year/ordinary-time.cfm

 

Educational: SS. Marcellinus and Peter, MM. (c 4th Century AD)

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On June 2, the Catholic Church remembers two fourth­-century martyrs, Saints Marcellinus and Peter, who were highly venerated after the discovery of their tomb and the conversion of their executioner.

Though we know very little about these two martyrs under Diocletian, there is no question that the early church venerated them. Evidence of the respect in which they were held are the basilica Constantine built over their tombs and the presence of their names in the first eucharistic prayer. 

Pope St. Damasus I, who was himself a great devotee of the Church's saints during his life, 
composed an epitaph to mark the tombs of the two martyrs. The source of his knowledge, he
said, was the executioner himself, who had subsequently repented and joined the Catholic Church. Marcellinus, a priest, and Peter, an exorcist, died in the year 304. According to a legendary account of their martyrdom, the two Romans saw their imprisonment as just one more opportunity to evangelize and managed to convert their jailer and his family. The legend also says that they were beheaded in the forest so that other Christians wouldn't have a chance to bury and venerate their bodies. Two women found the bodies, however, and had them properly buried.

The feast of these two martyrs was included in the Roman calendar of saints by Pope Vigilius in 555.

-taken from: www.catholicnewsagency.com & www.holyspiritinteractive.net

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Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church

On February 11, 2018, the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments inscribed a new obligatory Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church, into the General Roman Calendar. This memorial is celebrated every year on the Monday after Pentecost.

Pope Francis declared that on Saturday, March 3, 2018, that this memorial will be celebrated beginning this year. The Memorial will be observed annually and has been added to the General Roman Calendar, the Roman Missal, and the Liturgy of the Hours. This memorial invites us to the deep and profound relationship of the Blessed Virgin Mary with the Holy Spirit and the Church through her motherhood.

Here at Holy Rosary we will celebrate this memorial on Monday, May 21, 2018 in a special way at the 5:15 Mass. Please, join us!

For more information about this memorial, please visit:

-http://www.usccb.org/about/divine-worship/liturgical-calendar/mother-of-the-church.cfm

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The Sacraments and the Sacramentals

The purpose of the sacraments is to sanctify men, to build up the body of Christ, and, finally, to give worship to God; because they are signs they also instruct. They not only presuppose faith, but by words and objects they also nourish, strengthen, and ex­press it; that is why they are called "sacraments of faith." They do indeed impart grace, but, in addition, the very act of celebrating them most effectively disposes the faithful to receive this grace in a fruitful manner, to worship God duly, and to practice charity.

It is therefore of the highest importance that the faithful should easily understand the sacramental signs, and should frequent with great eagerness those sacraments which were instituted to nourish the Christian life.

Holy Mother Church has, moreover, instituted sacramentals. These are sacred signs which bear a resemblance to the sacraments: they signify effects, particularly of a spiri­tual kind, which are obtained through the Church's intercession. By them men are dis­posed to receive the chief effect of the sacraments, and various occasions in life are ren­dered holy.

-Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, Sacrosanctum Concilium #59-60

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Sacred Art

Very rightly the fine arts are considered to rank among the noblest activities of man's genius, and this applies especially to religious art and to its highest achievement, which is sacred art. These arts, by their very nature, are oriented toward the infinite beauty of God which they attempt in some way to portray by the work of human hands; they achieve their purpose of redounding to God's praise and glory in proportion as they are directed the more exclusively to the single aim of tun1-ing men's minds devoutly toward God.

Holy Mother Church has therefore always been the friend of the fine arts and has ever sought their noble help, with the special aim that all things set apart for use in divine worship should be truly worthy, becoming, and beautiful, signs and symbols of the supernatural world, and for this purpose she has trained artists. In fact, the Church has, with good reason, always reserved to herself the right to pass judgment upon the arts, deciding which of the works of artists are in accordance with faith, piety, and cherished traditional laws, and thereby fitted for sacred use.

-Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, Sacrosanctum Concilium # 122

Religious' Corner

Dear Parishioners,

I will never forget the love, hospitality, and encouragement that "all y'all" offered me! From preaching Advent and Lenten missions, revitalizing the Young Adult ministry, joining you for prayers and Masses. I leave Houston but take all of you with me in my prayers back to St. Louis. I return to studies with a new-found zeal to study for the people of God. There is a new strength and conviction in my voice for preaching the Gospel for the salvation of souls. Therefore, I thank you all, especially my Dominican brothers, for a great year. May God bless you, your families, and your intentions! For I am ... 

Your brother in Christ,

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Br. James Martin Nobles, OP

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Divine Mercy Sunday

And so with provident pastoral sensitivity and in order to impress deeply on the souls of the faithful these precepts and teachings of the Christian faith, the Supreme Pontiff, John Paul 11, moved by the consideration of the Father of Mercy, has willed that the Second Sunday of Easter be dedicated to recalling with special devotion these gifts of grace and gave this Sunday the name, "Divine Mercy Sunday" (Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, Decree Misericors et miserator, 5 May 2000).

The Gospel of the Second Sunday of Easter narrates the wonderful things Christ the Lord accomplished on the day of the Resurrection during his first public appear­ance: "On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being shut where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, "Peace be with you''. When he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad to see the Lord. Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you''. And then he breathed on them, and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit. if you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained'" (Jn 20,19-23).

www.vatican.va/roman_curia/tn1iunals/apost_penit/documents/rc_trib_appen_doc_20020629_decree-ii_en.html

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Easter Season

The Easter Vigil is the "Mother of All Vigils". Easter Sunday, then, is the greatest of all Sundays, and Easter Time is the most important of all liturgical times. Easter is the celebration of the Lord's resurrection from the dead, culminating in his Ascension to the Father and sending of the Holy Spirit upon the Church. There are 50 days of Easter from the first Sunday to Pentecost. It is characterized, above all, by the joy of glorified life and the victory over death, expressed most fully in the great resounding cry of the Christian: Alleluia! All faith flows from faith in the resurrection: "If Christ has not been raised, then empty is our preaching; empty, too, is your faith." (1 Cor 15:14)

The octave of Easter comprises the eight days which stretch from the first to the second Sunday. It is a way of prolonging the joy of the initial day.

The word "Easter" comes from Old English, meaning simply the "East." The sun which rises in the East, bringing light, warmth and hope, is a symbol for the Christian of the rising Christ, who is the true Light of the world. The Paschal Candle is a central symbol of this divine light, which is Christ. It is kept near the ambo throughout Easter Time, and lit for all liturgical celebrations.

www. usccb. org/prayer-and-worship/liturgical-year/easter/index.cfm

Religious' Corner

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Going to the Houston Rodeo for the first time was an experience that I will never forget. The excitement of the rodeo and the decadence of the food items made this Mississippi brother a very happy man. Above the wonderful music and great Houstonian spirit, I enjoyed most of all the Mutton Bustin' event. Seeing a child clinch onto a sheep was not only hilarious, but also very moving for me. Parents and rodeo organizers put these children on the back of the sheep while whispering words of encouragement into the children's ears. Then the bell rang, and the 50,000 plus revelers cheered on these kids holding onto the sheep for dear life. Then, as if this was not enough, the children were expected to do an interview in front of the entire crowd.

Seeing this entire process for the first time filled me with a spirit of joy and appreciation for the imagery. You see, the Christian life is nothing but one Mutton Bustin' aiter another! How often have you and I held onto the Lamb during our lives? As moments get scarier, we clenched even tighter to the Lamb of God. Yet, our experiences as Christians do not stop there. It is not enough for us to hold onto the Lamb. No. You and I are called to let the Lamb of God run on as we clinch onto him. Surrounded by the Christian faithful cheering us on, we are also called to testify joyfully with the same courage those 5 and 6-year-old children had at the rodeo. Indeed, we may not know where the Lamb will take us nor how difficult the whole process will be. Yet, as a resurrection people, we are called to trust that the stone will be rolled back, and the Lamb will run on. So, hold on for the ride of your lives and be prepared to preach with joy and courage, "Alleluia to the Risen Christ, the Lamb who takes us were we need to go!"

-br. James Martin Nobles, O.P.