December 12-14, 1997 vol 8,
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Rejoice in the clarity passed down by the Holy See
Curbing abuses by liturgical commissions, some of the laity and priests is why the Vatican handed down a specific set of instructions exactly a month ago and it is our purpose to bring you the entire document in daily installments. Today we bring you the sixteenth installment on Article 7 of Practical Provisions: "Sunday Celebrations in the Absence of a Priest." Click on THE VICAR OF CHRIST SPEAKS
INSTRUCTION on Certain Questions regarding the Collaboration of the Non-ordained Faithful in the Sacred Ministry of Priest
Sixteenth installment: PRACTICAL PROVISIONS - Article 7
Sunday Celebrations in the Absence of a Priest
§ 1. In some places in the absence of priests or deacons, (90) non-ordained members of the faithful lead Sunday celebrations. In many instances, much good derives for the local community from this useful and delicate service when it is discharged in accordance
with the spirit and the specific norms issued by the competent ecclesiastical
authority. (91) A special mandate of the Bishop is necessary for the non-ordained members of the faithful to lead such celebrations. This mandate should contain specific instructions with regard to the term of applicability, the place and conditions in which it is operative, as well as indicate the priest responsible for overseeing these celebrations.
§ 2. It must be clearly understood that such celebrations are temporary solutions and the
text used at them must be approved by the competent ecclesiastical authority. (92) The practice of inserting into such celebrations elements proper to the Holy Mass is prohibited. So as to avoid causing error in the minds of the faithful, (93) the use of the eucharistic prayers, even in narrative form, at such celebrations is forbidden. For the same reasons, it should be emphasised for the benefit of those participating, that such celebrations cannot substitute for the eucharistic Sacrifice and that the obligation to attend mass on Sunday and Holy days y obligation is satisfied only by attendance at Holy Mass. (94) In cases where distance or physical conditions are not an obstacle, every effort should be made to encourage and assist the faithful to fulfil this precept.
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PRAYERS & DEVOTION
THIS WEEKEND's ADVENT PRAYERS
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December 12, 1997
Dear Mother, today we celebrate your feast as Our Lady of Guadalupe. We especially on this day make intercession to you as Mother of God, that in our land and throughout the world the people might make ready their hearts to receive Jesus, by ending the hideous sin of abortion. We raise our voices with all of the Heavenly Hosts, and beg of God to end this sin. We do remember and pray for all babies who will be aborted throughout the Christmas season, and it is our desire to name them (select two names) and to baptize them "In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen."
December 13, 1997
St. Joseph, we are coming to the end of another week of Advent, and there is still so much work to be done inside ourselves. Our distractions are more frequent, more oppressive. We are worried about presents unbought. Christmas cards unaddressed, and the many obligations we take upon ourselves in order to belong more fully to society. We rely upon your help, St. Joseph, to help us shake off the shackles of the world, and realize that the only society to which we are called is the Heavenly Kingdom of your Divine Son Whom you were foster-father to.
December 14, 1997
Today begins the third week of Advent and the birth of your Divine Son grows more imminent. Mary, our Mother, we ask you to intercede for us this day, that we might obtain from your Son the graces necessary to walk in faith here in our earthly exile, that we might one day behold Him, our God and Savior, as you were able to do when you held Him in your arms in Bethlehem. Let us rejoice with you.
NEWS & VIEWS with a Catholic slant
Irish Bishops mum on Lady Pres' actions in Anglican church
The buzz throughout the Emerald Isle is that Ireland's recently-elected Catholic president Mary McAleese went too far by receiving communion in Dublin's Anglican Cathedral. Though it seems like a political ploy, the bishops had no comment on her actions. We bet this would never have happened had the Irish had their heads on straight and elected Irish singer and staunch Catholic Dana when they had the opportunity. Click on Dublin to read more.
CATHOLIC IRISH PRESIDENT RECEIVES COMMUNION IN ANGLICAN CHURCH
DUBLIN (CWN) - Ireland's newly-elected Catholic President caused an uproar this week after she received communion at an Anglican Church, but without any comment from the Irish Bishops' Conference or the Archdiocese of Dublin.
Mary McAleese received communion at Christ Church Cathedral
in Dublin, saying it was part of her campaign to promote
better relations between Catholics and Protestants. Many
Catholics criticized her for flouting the demands of her
faith which say that a Catholic cannot receive communion in
a non-Catholic church because it implies a unity between
religions that does not exist because of schism. However,
when asked to comment, spokesmen for the Irish Bishops'
Conference and the Archdiocese of Dublin refused to comment
on the matter.
Some critics suggest that Ireland's bishops refuse to speak
out because she is the only public official who speaks
openly about her faith and still opposes abortion,
contraception, and divorce. Nevertheless, her critics say,
she also opposes other church teachings by promoting
homosexual rights and the ordination of women.
Christians take on atheists all the way to the steps of Washington
With all the legal shenanigans going on by the ACLU and atheist agitators, Christian family groups have had enough. It's time to fight back and they sent the first salvo yesterday in addressing Congress, presenting a long list of unfair rulings that have downgraded the Constitution and the fact that we are "One nation under GOD." Click on Pro-God to read more.
CHRISTIAN GROUPS CALL FOR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM LAWS
WASHINGTON, DC (CWN) - A coalition of pro-family groups and legal experts asked congressional leaders on Thursday to reassert the right to religious expression in the public square, in the face of recent court decisions limiting that right.
Gary Bauer of the Family Research Council cited the case of
an Alabama judge ordered by another judge to remove a plaque
of the Ten Commandments from his courtroom and another
judicial ruling that a school district must end many forms
of religious expression. "Congress must act now to assert
its rights, as a co-equal branch of government, to protect
religious expression in Alabama and across the nation," he
The group released a statement that called for federal
legislation to protect the authority of state institutions
to acknowledge God and the rights of individuals to freely
express their faith in public forums, as long as they don't
interfere with the legitimate rights of others. Other
signers to the statement include Dr. James Dobson of Focus
on the Family, Don Hodel of the Christian Coalition, Chuck
Colson of the Prison Fellowship, Gov. Robert Casey of
Campaign for the American Family, Keith Fournier of the
Catholic Alliance, Dr. William Donohue of the Catholic
League for Religious and Civil Rights, and others.
Colombian Bishop reaches out in forgiveness and sensibility
The Colombian bishop who was released earlier this week by Marxist rebels used the public forum to speak directly to his former captors, entreating them to think twice on the violence they promote in the threatened "Black December" and to come forward in reconciliation and understanding. Click on Columbia to read more.
RELEASED COLOMBIAN BISHOP FORGIVES GUERRILLA GROUP
BOGOTA (CWN) - Bishop Jose Quintero Diaz of Tibu recently kidnapped and released by the Colombian Marxist rebel group National Liberation Army (ELN) made an appeal to his former kidnappers on Wednesday calling on them to avoid a wave of violence.
"I don't fear for my life, but for the life of those that
could be affected by the irrational wave of violence they
(the ELN) have promised," said Bishop Quintero during an
impromptu press conference held at Tibu, where more than
4,000 people were celebrating his release. Bishop Quintero,
released along with two local politicians after the
Colombian government agreed to stop all military operations
in the area, said that during his captivity he was "fed well
and given fair time for rest," but he was forced to walk
long distances and was frequently menaced with a "people's
trial," thus implying his potential death. "Nevertheless,
what I missed most was celebrating the Eucharist," he said.
"As a Christian I hold no hard feelings against them. I
forgive them," the bishop said. "But I ask them, in the
name of God, to renounce their plans to unleash a wave of
killing in the area." Bishop Quintero said Nicolas
Rodriguez Bautista, the second-in-command of the rebel
movement after the Spanish former priest Manuel Perez --
the founder of ELN -- repeatedly told him a violent
campaign would be unleashed before Christmas under the name
of "Black December."
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PROVERB OF THE DAY
"When the just prevail, the people rejoice; but when the wicked rule, the people groan."
Proverbs 29: 2
Medjugorje Monthly Message
November 25th Message
Dear children: Today I invite you to comprehend your Christian vocation. Little children, I led and am leading you through this time of grace, that you may become conscious of your Christian vocation. Holy martyrs died witnessing: I am a Christian and love God over everything. Little children, today also I invite you to rejoice and be joyful Christians, responsible and conscious that God called you in a special way to be joyfully extended hands toward those who do not believe, and that through the example of your life, they may receive faith and love for God. Therefore, pray, pray, pray that your heart may open and be sensitive for the Word of God. Thank you for having responded to my call!
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