A pregnant woman was walking in the store and met an old friend. Her friend exclaimed, “You are absolutely beaming!” The new life God placed in her womb radiated throughout her body. It was brightly visible on her face and in her eyes. Transformation and change usually happen from the inside out. It is very rare that simply imposing structure from the outside does any good. Yes, it is true that routines and habits can change when things are done differently. But, for this change to last there has to be an interior renewal and metamorphosis as well. Simply regulating behavior and bringing someone into conformity with accepted protocols doesn’t mean their heart and soul come with them.READ MORE
With the exception of the Monstrance, you can see all the following items at a Sunday Mass. If you already know their names and what they are used for, you know more than many other Catholics!
The Tabernacle The shrine or receptacle either round or rectangular that serves as a place for the exclusive reservation of the Blessed Sacrament. It should be of solid material, opaque, secure and inviolable, fitting the architecture of the church in a preeminent place.READ MORE
St. Oscar Romero said, “Aspire not to have more, but to be more.” These powerful words provide the perfect framework for a conversion oriented Lenten experience. God is giving us this Lenten sign to stop being concerned about what you have and focus on who you are. This requires that we create a desert space and listen more attentively for God to reveal His presence. It is all so wonderfully simple on the one hand and so incredibly challenging on the other. The message is simple: love God, neighbor, and self. Those simple words make great sense, but we struggle translating them into reality. Our attachments, compulsions, obsessions, addictions, routines, and busyness all anchor us to the “idol of the self,” keeping us mired in our compulsive need for self-aggrandizement. It’s not about us!READ MORE
Today we take a look at the books used at Mass, along with a short description of each and what it is used for.
The Roman Missal contains the prescribed prayers, chants, and instructions for the celebration of Mass in the Roman Catholic Church
Lectionary contains the scripture readings for Mass. Typically published in three volumes, one for Sunday Masses and two volumes for Weekday Masses.READ MORE
The Church, as a voice of the Gospel, proclaims the sacredness of all human life. Everyone created by God is fashioned in God’s image and has Divine DNA at the center of their soul. God never leaves what God creates but always remains intimately bound to what he has given form. Everyone has a place and because they have received the gift of Divine Blessing, nobody deserves to feel inferior, unworthy, unwanted, unclean or marginalized. Even the most broken of souls has a place. We, the Body of Christ, have the privilege and responsibility to give voice to the voiceless. The cries of the little one in his or her mother’s womb are just as sacred as the cries of one who is homeless and hungry. The migrant deserves our attention as much as the forgotten elderly and even the prisoner, with a heart hardened by anger and resentment, deserves respect and dignity.READ MORE
We continue with articles used at Mass, along with a short description of each and what it is used for.
The Lavabo and Pitcher Used for washing the priest's hands as he asks for God’s cleansing from sin.
Burse and Veil The burse holds the corporal - a square white linen cloth - that is used during the celebration of Mass. The veil is set on top of the chalice and the burse is then set on top of the chalice.READ MORE
Here are some more items used at Mass, along with a short description of each and what it is used for.
Cruets The vessels used to hold the water and wine before they are poured into the chalice.
Purificator A small piece of white linen, marked with a cross in the center, used by the priest in the celebration of Mass. It is folded in three layers and used by the priest to purify his fingers and the chalice and paten after Holy Communion.READ MORE
Rejoice with us because miracles exist! I would like to thank you for your prayers, sacrifices and financial support towards us. Your sacrifices and generosity in giving your time and talent continues to bless us abundantly. You will be amazed that in the middle of this crisis, Our Lady of Perpetual Help continues to intercede for us and our beloved Lord wants to let us know that He is walking at our side.
We have the greatest news to share with you. It is our pleasure to announce that we have been selected by the Shea Homes Company to build a new 10,000 sq.ft. classroom building for STREAM, art & music. The cost of the new building is $2.5M. The generous donation received by Shea Homes will cover 80% which is $2M of the total cost and we, you and me, will need to raise the rest 20% of that cost which is $500,000. This will become one of our biggest projects since the parish was created.READ MORE