Week of November 10, 2013

This weekend, after the 8:30 & 10:30 a.m. masses, everyone is invited to go to the multipurpose room (gym) for some Chris Cakes (pancakes) and to hear about the Diocesan Forward in Faith Campaign. The primary purpose for this capital campaign is to raise funds for Catholic education. The campaign will provide financial support for:

  • Construction of a new Catholic High School to be named St. Michael the Archangel. This high school will be located in Lee’s Summit on the corner of Lee’s Summit Rd. and Stroud Rd.
  • Local parish ministry programs and needs.
  • Grants to support Parish Schools of Religion and Youth Ministries
  • The other two Catholic High Schools in our diocese.
  • Educational assistance to families in need through the Bright Futures Fund.

Please come to the multipurpose room for some Chris Cakes and to hear some more about the Forward in Faith Campaign.

At the Second Vatican Council the bishops of the world looked at the liturgy of our church and how we could celebrate it in a deeper way. The phrase they used was that when we come to celebrate the Eucharist we should have full, conscious, and active participation. Next weekend we are going to do something a little different to help us be more conscious and active in our participation. On the front of the bulletin you hear this effort described as “Name Tag Sunday.” Next Sunday we are asking you to come a little earlier and make a tag for yourself and everyone in your family. Often times when people come to church they sit by the same people, but they don’t know their names. This is a way to help you begin to know the people you come to pray with.

Sometimes I hear from people that they come to pray, not to socialize. What does this have to do with celebrating the Eucharist? The answer is everything. Our Church teaches that when we come to celebrate the Eucharist Christ is present. This presence is experienced in especially four ways:

Christ is present in the bread and wine that has been consecrated.
Christ is also present in the Scripture that is proclaimed.
Christ is present in the celebrant who leads us in prayer.
Christ is present in the people who gather to celebrate the Eucharist.

It is important that we are conscious of the many ways Christ is present to us. It is good for us to get to know our parish family a little more. Name tags will be available next weekend as you enter church. Fill one out and get to know someone new. Then, if you are at the Sunday morning masses, come and enjoy the Knights of Columbus breakfast.

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