Thursday, July 1, 2010

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SAINT AGNES CATHEDRAL 533 South Jefferson Springfield, MO 65806
EXTRAORDINARY FORM OF THE MASS: Celebrant Rev. Jeffery A. Fasching
July 4th, 2010 External Solemnity of Saint Peter and Saint Paul
Epistle: Act. 12, 1-11--Gospel: Matth. 16, 13-19

Mass Schedule July 5th through July 9th

Monday: Saint Anthony Mary Zaccaria Confessor, No Latin Mass
Tuesday: Feria
Wednesday: Saints Cyril & Methodius Bishops & Confessors
Thursday: Saint Elizabeth of Portugal Queen and Widow
Friday: Feria

Jeremiah Lowrance will be baptized on July 11, 2010 at 1:00pm at Saint Agnes Cathedral. Confessions will be heard immediately following the baptism as time permits. However, due to our Pot-Luck dinner immediately following Mass, I will not be available to hear confessions after Mass. I will be blessing water and religious articles after the dinner.

From Father Fasching: The Apostles Peter and Paul are the two Princes of the Apostles. Our focus is more on Saint Peter, the Bishop of Rome. Christ firmly established the Catholic Church upon Saint Peter as on a rock. After Pentecost Saint Peter preached the Gospel in Judea and was subsequently imprisoned by Herod Agrippa. An Angel of the Lord freed Peter and he established his see first at Antioch, then in Rome. Peter exercised the first Papacy for twenty-five years by the Supreme Authority vested in him by Christ Himself. Peter was eventually arrested and suffered martyrdom along with Saint Paul in the year 65.

The solemn Magisterium of the Church, in the First Vatican Council, defined the doctrine of the primacy of Peter and his successors in these terms: “We teach and declare, therefore, according to the testimony of the Gospel that the primacy of jurisdiction over the whole Church was immediately and directly promised to and conferred upon the blessed Apostle Peter by Christ the Lord. For to Simon, Christ had said, ’You shall be called Cephas’ (Jn 1:42). Then, after Simon had acknowledged Christ with the confession, ’You are the Christ, the Son of the living God’ (Mt 16:16), it was to Simon alone that the solemn words were spoken by the Lord: ’Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jona. For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my Church, and the powers of hell shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and what you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven’ (Mt 16:17-19).

Sincerely in Christ,

Rev. Jeffery A. Fasching