Rite of Acceptance
The participants in the RCIA to date have been persons who are “question askers” or “inquirers.” On the First Sunday of Advent they are given the opportunity to become “official students learning about the Catholic Faith.” Thus they become Catechumens or Candidates for Full Communion. There is a brief prayer to mark this transition.
As I will be celebrant at St. Ann on the First Sunday of Advent, as many as possible of the St. Ann/Sacred Heart RCIA will attend the 11:00 a.m. Mass at St. Ann so we as a community of faith can pray for them as they take this next step.
Sacred Heart has a tradition of having Mass for Thanksgiving on the Wednesday night before Thanksgiving at 7:00 p.m. St. Ann has a tradition of having Mass on Thanksgiving Day at 9:00 a.m. Sacred Heart will also have the regular weekday Mass at 7:30 a.m. for the early risers, but we will NOT have the 6:30 a.m. at St. Ann! St. Ann Mass will be 9:00 a.m.
If you wish to bring a non-perishable can-good item for the poor, these will be presented at the offertory at each Thanksgiving Mass.
Remember that Thanksgiving IS NOT a Holiday of Obligation. It is a national holiday. You are NOT obligated to attend Mass on Thanksgiving.
Reflection on Scripture
Christus Rex! The Feast of Christ the King was established by Pius XI in 1925. As Americans, we have a certain aversion to the very concept of a “king.” After all, we declared our independence from the King of England in 1776. But the “kingship” of Christ is never oppressive. It is “inviting.” Jesus is the Son of God, the Savior of the World. He invites us into his royal family in Baptism. When an infant is baptized, Sacred Chrism is used to make the sign of the cross on the top of his or her head. This means that the child is now part of the royal family of Jesus Christ. The word “Christ” means “the anointed one.”
In the secular world, “living like royalty” means you are wealthy and can afford the finer things. In a person of faith, living like royalty means allowing Christ to be the “king” of your life. You live in your family traditions of charity and piety. You seek peace by allowing the “Prince of Peace” to live in you through the mystery of the Eucharist. In fact, the Feast of Christ the King is a validation of our family relationship in the Kingdom of God.
Readings for the First Sunday of Advent
Theme: Stay alert!
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