Saturday, November 27, 2010

Bulletin 26

Saint AGNES CATHEDRAL 533 South Jefferson Springfield, MO 65806 EXTRAORDINARY FORM OF THE MASS: Celebrant Rev. Jeffery A. Fasching

November 28, 2010-First Sunday of Advent

Epistle: Romans 13: 11-14
Gospel: Luke 21: 25-33

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Mass schedule November 29th through December 3rd

Monday—Feria of Advent—NO LATIN MASS
Tuesday—Saint Andrew, Apostle
Wednesday—Feria of Advent
Thursday—Saint Bibiana, Virgin and Martyr
Friday—Sacred Heart of Jesus

The Church gives us the Advent season to help us prepare for the coming of the Lord. Christ came into the world through His incarnation. He also comes to us through grace. At His second coming He will come as judge. Christ has brought light into the world formerly enveloped in darkness and sin. He continues to dispel whatever darkness remains in our souls whenever we allow Him to. He longs to be the King and Master of our hearts.

Souls who have been baptized into the Church are always in need of conversion. In fact, we must realize that conversion is a life-long process. An excellent way to help this conversion process is making frequent use of the Sacrament of Penance. We “put on” Christ at Baptism. We are constantly transformed into Him by frequently receiving the sacraments, particularly the Sacrament of Penance.

Our souls are at stake and we must keep constant guard over them. The sacrament of Penance also helps us to receive the Sacrament of the Eucharist in a more fruitful manner. The better condition our soul is in, the more fruit we will draw from receiving the Flesh and Blood of Christ.

“Induimini Donimum Iesum Christum.” Put on the Lord Jesus Christ, says Saint Paul to the Romans. It is in the Sacrament of Penance that we put on Jesus Christ and His merits.

In Christ,

Rev. Jeffery A. Fasching

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Bulletin 25

SAINT AGNES CATHEDRAL 533 South Jefferson Springfield, MO 65806 EXTRAORDINARY FORM OF THE MASS: Celebrant Rev. Jeffery A. Fasching

November 21st, 2010; 24th Sunday after Pentecost

Epistle: Col. I, 9-14
Gospel: Matth. 24, 15-35

Mass Schedule November 22nd through November 26th

Monday Saint Cecilia, Virgin & Martyr; NO LATIN MASS
Tuesday Saint Clement I, Pope & Martyr
Wednesday Saint John of the Cross, Confessor & Doctor
Thursday Saint Catherine of Alexandria, Virgin & Martyr
Friday Saint Sylvester, Abbot; NO LATIN MASS

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Note there will be NO LATIN MASS on Friday, November 26th, 2010.

Saint Paul was always thrilled when the brethren were advancing in the way of holiness. He encourages the Colossians to pray more fervently and to keep up their effort. The same holds true for us today. We must strive for holiness first and foremost through prayer. We need the Holy Spirit to enlighten us with the gifts of wisdom and understanding.

There is a “dominion of darkness” that exists for those who choose to be mastered by the devil and enslaved to the state of sin. On the other hand, “Light” is a symbol of the risen Christ and the graces He won for us through His Paschal Mystery. Light brings with it goodness, righteousness and truth.

The struggle between light and the power of darkness is found in many places in Sacred Scripture. Darkness refers to both evil and the power of Satan. We must constantly be aware of this reality and embrace the Light that is Jesus Christ. He has rescued us from the power of darkness and the tyranny of the Evil One.

We as Christians should always be grateful to God for His great mercy in freeing us from the power of darkness and Satan. God has forgiven us and made us worthy to “share in the inheritance of the saints.” This sharing enables us to draw upon the immense treasury of spiritual goods which the Church is continually applying to its members, namely prayers, sacrifices and various meritorious actions. God has brought us out of darkness into His own wonderful light!

Sincerely in Christ,

Rev. Jeffery A. Fasching

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Bulletin 24

SAINT AGNES CATHEDRAL 533 South Jefferson Springfield, MO 65806 EXTRAORDINARY FORM OF THE MASS: Celebrant Rev. Jeffery A. Fasching

November 14th, 2010; Resumed 6th Sunday after Epiphany

Epistle: I Thess. 1: 2-10

Gospel: Matth. 13, 31-35

Mass Schedule November 15th through November 19th

Monday Saint Albert the Great, Bishop, Confessor & Doctor; NO LATIN MASS
Tuesday Saint Gertrude the Great, Virgin
Wednesday Saint Gregory the Wonderworker, Bishop & Confessor
Thursday Dedication of the Basilicas of SS. Peter & Paul
Friday Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, Widow

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Saint Paul became a master of the spiritual life. He shows that the spiritual life of the Christian is based on the practice of the theological virtues of faith, hope and love. Saint James wrote that faith without works is dead. Faith thus needs to be reflected in our conduct and our entire lives.

The service of others for God’s sake is proof of our charity. Charity is part of our two-fold duty to God, along with our responsibility to pray. Finally, hope is a virtue which enables us to endure trials and adversity. Saint Paul says that we must rejoice in hope and be patient in all trials. Hope fills the soul with joy and gives it the strength to bear all difficulties for the love of God.

Joy is one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit. To fully experience joy one must unconditionally accept the Word of God. This is what helps a person to overcome any obstacle he or she may encounter. It is possible to be joyful despite lashes and blows, as Saint Paul shows us by his saintly example. A feature of the Holy Spirit is that it causes an experience of happiness to grow even in the midst of affliction and sorrow. Naturally, afflictions do not produce joy, but joy is experienced by those who accept their sufferings for the sake of Jesus Christ. This is one of the great things bestowed upon us by the Holy Spirit!

We must pray for a joyful disposition. We must also realize that true joy is only experienced when we accept suffering in our lives for the love of Christ.

Sincerely in Christ,

Rev. Jeffery A. Fasching

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Bulletin 23

SAINT AGNES CATHEDRAL 533 South Jefferson Springfield, MO 65806 EXTRAORDINARY FORM OF THE MASS: Celebrant Rev. Jeffery A. Fasching

November 7th, 2010

Resumed 5th Sunday after Epiphany

Epistle: Coloss. 3, 12-17

Gospel: Matth. 13, 24-30

Mass Schedule November 8th through November 12th

Monday Daily Mass for the Dead, No Latin Mass
Tuesday Dedication of the Archbasilica of Our Holy Savior
Wednesday Saint Andrew Avellino, Confessor
Thursday Saint Martin of Tours, Bishop & Confessor
Friday Saint Martin I, Pope & Martyr

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Pot Luck dinner following Mass on November 7th.

Putting on the “new man” is a transfiguration that involves the whole person—soul and body, mind and will. Our willingness to live a Christian life takes daily effort and struggle. Conversion is a life-long process.

The virtue of charity is a gift from God and must be nurtured. Saint Paul refers to other virtues which are in one way or another all expressions of charity. Meekness, patience, forgiveness and gratefulness are all a result of the virtue of all virtues—humility. Only if we are humble can we be forgiving and thankful.

If we want to achieve holiness we must make every effort to practice charity. Charity involves a real, concrete expression of one’s self-service to God and men. If we want to experience the true peace of Christ we must practice charity.

The Second Vatican Council states: “Lay people, while meeting their human obligations in the ordinary conditions of life, should not separate their union with Christ from their ordinary life; through the very performance of their tasks, which are God’s will for them, they actually promote the growth of their union with Him. This is the path along which lay people must advance, fervently, joyfully” (Apostolicam actuositatem, 4).

Sincerely in Christ,

Rev. Jeffery A. Fasching