Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Bulletin 120

SAINT AGNES CATHEDRAL 533 South Jefferson Springfield, MO 65806


CELEBRANT Rev. Jeffery A. Fasching

September 30th, 2012; 18th Sunday after Pentecost

Epistle: I Cor. 1:4-8; Gospel: Mt. 9:1-8

Mass Schedule October 1st through October 5th

Monday –Feria-- NO LATIN MASS

Tuesday-Holy Guardian Angels

Wednesday-Saint Theresa of the Infant Jesus

Thursday-Requiem Mass + Carmelina Machado

Friday-Sacred Heart of Jesus

There will be a potluck dinner on Sunday, October 7 immediately following the 2:30pm Mass in the school cafeteria. All are invited.

Jesus Christ emphasizes His power to forgive sins in today’s Gospel. However, we must remember that God does in fact inflict punishment upon those who remain obstinate. The Scriptures do not mention any sin so severely chastised as the sin of impurity. There are many examples, but perhaps the most popular is the great deluge. It was because of sins of impurity that God sent upon the earth the great flood, when it rained for forty days and forty nights. With the exception of eight people along with Noah and the ark, all were destroyed. Saint Isidore writes: “There is no vice which so much enslaves men to the Devil as impurity.” It isn’t enough to simply fight impurity; we must win the victory and root the sin out of our lives permanently!

We must pray and flee from all occasions to sin in order to be successful in our efforts. It is impossible to conquer this vice without God’s assistance. If we are tempted to sin against chastity, we must immediately turn to God for help. We should pray the Hail Mary and repeat the Holy name of Jesus Christ. We must rid ourselves of the thoughts instantly; otherwise Satan will redouble his efforts to attack.

Sincerely in Christ,

Fr. Jeff Fasching

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Bulletin 119

SAINT AGNES CATHEDRAL 533 South Jefferson Springfield, MO 65806


CELEBRANT Rev. Jeffery A. Fasching

September 16th, 2012; 16th Sunday after Pentecost

Epistle: Eph. 3:13-21; Gospel: Lk. 14:1-11

Mass Schedule September 17th through September 28th

Monday –Feria-- NO LATIN MASS

Tuesday-Requiem Mass + Arturo Ricardo Echevarria Alcover

Wednesday-Ember Wednesday

Thursday-Feria-NO LATIN MASS

Friday-Saint Matthew, Apostle & Evangelist-NO LATIN MASS

September 23rd, 2012; 17th Sunday after Pentecost (Celebrant-Father William M. Hodgson)

Epistle: Eph. 4:1-6; Gospel: Mt. 22:34-46

Monday-Feria-NO LATIN MASS

Tuesday-Feria-NO LATIN MASS

Wednesday-Feria-NO LATIN MASS

Thursday-SS. Cosmas & Damian, Martyrs

Friday-Saint Wenceslaus, Duke & Martyr

There will be no Latin Mass from Thursday, September 20th through Wednesday, September 26th, with the exception of Sunday, September 23rd. The Celebrant for the Sunday Mass on the 23rd will be Father William Hogdson.

When the Lord spoke to Moses on Mt. Sinai, Moses asked that he might see the divine glory. The Lord responded: “I will make all my beauty pass before you…but my face you cannot see, for no man sees me and still lives…” (Ex 33. 18-23). The infinite God, the God of ineffable glory, is so far above all creatures, that the human creature, by its natural powers, can never behold Him as He is. In the New Testament, the Epistle of Blessed Saint Paul to Timothy reiterates this teaching: “(God) is King of kings and Lord of lords. He alone possesses immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light. No one has ever seen or ever can see Him. To Him be honor and might forever! Amen” (1 Tim 6.15f). John 1.18 speaks in the same vain.

Yet Jesus promises, “Blest are the single-hearted, for they shall see God” (Mt 5.8); and Paul, in enumerating the gifts that God bestows upon His beloved, speaks of the immediate vision of God as His ultimate gift: “Now we see indistinctly, as in a (dark) mirror; then we shall see face to face. My knowledge is imperfect now; then I shall know even as I am known” (1 Cor 13.12).

John tells us that we cannot imagine what God has in store for us who are His children, but this we know, that we shall see Him as He is: “Dearly beloved, we are God’s children now; what we shall later be has not yet come to light. We know that when it comes to light we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is” (1 Jn 3.2). Notice that John says, “We shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.” It is because we are made like God, sharing in His divine nature (cf. 2 Pet 1.4), that we shall be able to see God as He sees Himself!

Sincerely in Christ,

Fr. Jeff Fasching

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Bulletin 118

SAINT AGNES CATHEDRAL 533 South Jefferson Springfield, MO 65806


CELEBRANT Rev. Jeffery A. Fasching

September 9th, 2012; 15th Sunday after Pentecost

Epistle: Gal. 5:25,26; 6:1-10 Gospel: Lk. 7:11-16

Mass Schedule September 10th through September 14th

Monday –Saint Nicholas of Tolentino, Confessor-- NO LATIN MASS

Tuesday-Requiem Mass +Rose Xavier

Wednesday-Most Holy Name of Mary


Friday-Exaltation of the Holy Cross

There will be a Potluck dinner Sunday, September 9th immediately following the 2:30pm Mass in the Saint Agnes school cafeteria. All are invited.

John the Baptist said the Lord will burn the chaff with unquenchable fire (Matt. 3:12; Luke 3:17). This unquenchable fire is the state of eternal separation from God, which the Church has called “hell” for 2,000 years.

Jesus says: “Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels” (Matt. 25:41). “They will go away into eternal punishment” (Matt. 25:46). This is in reference to eternal fire.

Purgatory occupies an important place in our holy religion. It forms one of the principal parts of the work of Jesus Christ, and plays an essential role in the economy of the salvation of man. We must pray for the dead and foster a devotion to the souls in Purgatory.

The Book of Maccabees reminds us that: “It is a holy and wholesome thought, to pray for the dead, that they may loosed from sins.” Prayer for the dead, sacrifices, and suffrages all form a part of Christian worship and devotion towards the souls in Purgatory which the Holy Ghost Himself infuses with charity into the hearts of the faithful.

One of the best means of avoiding Purgatory is to foster a tender devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Charity and works of mercy of every kind are also a powerful means to avoid Purgatory. Blessed are the merciful; for they shall obtain mercy. Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you shall be forgiven. If you forgive men their offenses, your Heavenly Father will forgive you also your offenses. Give to everyone that asks of you, and it shall be given to you; for with the same measure that you shall give, it shall be measured to you again.

Sincerely in Christ,

Father Jeff Fasching