Thursday, May 29, 2014

Summer SPOONFULS!

 Saint Paul’s Ecumenical Food Pantry Shopping List 
Pasta Sauce, Canned tuna, Jelly & jam, Soup, Canned fruit-
Clip this list and bring it with you when you go shopping.
Drop off your items in the food chests in the front vestibule
of the church.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

The Externals Count! The Eucharist: Do’s & Don’ts to Follow

Last weekend we gathered to celebrate the Solemnity of
the Body and Blood of Christ, a beautiful occasion to reflect
on the precious gift of the Eucharist. It is also an opportunity
to examine how we worship in practical terms. The externals do 
have an impact and make a difference for us and other members 
of our faith community. With this is mind, let us prayerfully
reflect and commit ourselves to putting into practice the following: 
REVERENCE
- Some have been confused on the mandate to bow before receiving 
the Eucharist. The General Instruction on the Roman Missal has 
suggested a slight bow of the head as (or before) one receives. 
(It may be most appropriate to make a bow of the head just as the
 person in front of you is receiving the Eucharist). A profound bow 
(from the waist) is not recommended and does NOT need to be made. 
A genuflection should NOT be made as that gesture is specially indicated
toward the reserved presence of the Eucharist in the tabernacle.
The Eucharist can be received either in the hand or on the tongue. 
To receive the Eucharist by hand, you may place your
right hand under your left “making an altar,” palms
facing upward, and extend them toward the priest, deacon or
Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion. When they
say, “the Body of Christ,” you should respond in a normal tone of
voice, “Amen.” If you are holding a baby, a cane or
something (or someone else), even a pair of Rosary beads in your
hands, it would be preferable (with few exceptions)
to receive the Eucharist on the tongue. Under no circumstances should
the Eucharist be “grabbed, snatched” or taken by fingertips out of 
the hands of the person distributing Communion as respect for the 
Eucharist must be exercised at all times by all parties.
Let us also remember to keep reverence for the Eucharist by either 
praying silently to the Lord or by joining in the singing of
the Communion hymn. Communion time is also a wonderful opportunity 
to offer thanks to God for all our blessings, to pray for others and to 
be conscious of our oneness and unity in the Body of Christ. 
DRESS -
Do I make a conscious effort to wear modest clothing when attending 
Mass or other liturgical functions? Is my clothing distinctly different than 
what I would wear for the beach, gardening, sports or other recreational activities? 
PARTICIPATION -
Do I make a concerted effort to make the verbal responses, join 
in the singing, be attentive to the homilist, acknowledge other worshippers 
and exhibit an overall awareness and interest in what is taking place? Do I limit
conversation, appreciate the place of silence before and during the Mass? 
PUNCTUALITY -
Do I arrive before Mass begins and allow a few moments to achieve 
some inner calm and properly dispose myself to the sacredness of the occasion? 
Do I refrain from getting up from my seat during Mass, especially during
the time when the bread & wine is being consecrated into the Body & Blood of 
Jesus Christ? Do I refrain from leaving Mass early, join in the final hymn and wait 
for the priest to leave the church? 
FIDELITY -
Do I try to make Sunday Mass the number one priority of my week and not 
let sports and other activities take precedence? Do I recognize that 
when I miss weekend Mass, I should not receive the Eucharist again until
I have confessed this sin of missing Mass? 
The Externals Do Count! May our appearance and actions always
 represent our true devotion and love of the Most Holy Eucharist.