Thursday, March 31, 2011

Bulletin 44

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

April 3, 2011 Fourth Sunday of Lent (Laetare Sunday)

Epistle: Gal. 4: 22-31
Gospel: Jn. 6:1-15

Mass schedule April 4 through April 8

Monday-Feria of Lent-NO LATIN MASS
Tuesday-Feria of Lent
Wednesday-Feria of Lent
Thursday-Feria of Lent
Friday-Feria of Lent

Pot Luck Dinner Sunday, April 10 immediately following Mass in the cafeteria.

The Church teaches that the Blessed Virgin Mary is the Mother of all Christians. She is an example we should all follow. If we become identified with Mary and imitate her virtues, we will be able to bring Christ to life, through grace, in the souls of others. From the dogmatic constitution on the Church of the Second Vatican Council:

Mary, because she has entered intimately into the history of salvation, in a certain sense gathers up in her own person the great truths of the faith and awakens their resonance when she is the object of preaching and veneration; she summons the faithful to her Son, to His sacrifice and to the Father’s love. In seeking to further the glory of Christ, the Church becomes more and more like Mary, its exalted type, as it continues its progress in faith, hope and charity, seeking and fulfilling the divine will in all things.

So also in its apostolic task the Church rightly looks to the one who bore Christ, Christ who was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin in order that He might also be born and grow in the hearts of the faithful. In her whole life this virgin mother showed herself as an example of that motherly love that must animate all who share in the apostolic mission of the Church for the regeneration of mankind. (Lumen gentium, nn. 63-65)

Saint Cyril of Alexandria writes: “Mary, Mother of God, we salute you. Precious vessel, worthy of the whole world’s reverence, you are an ever shining light, the crown of virginity, the symbol of orthodoxy, and indestructible temple, the place that held Him whom no place can contain, mother and virgin. Because of you the holy gospels could say: Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.”

Sincerely in Christ,

Rev. Jeffery A. Fasching