Bulletin for the week of November 14th - November 20th, 2004.
St. Malachy - Saturday 7:00 P.M.
Welcome to new parishioners:
THIRTY THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (C) NOVEMBER 14, 2004
LITURGICAL MINISTERS APPRECIATION DAY, SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.:
We'll start at 11:00 a.m. with the sharing of experiences and the expressing of needs and/or concerns. Around noon we'll have a light lunch to strengthen our fellowship. It is a great idea to have all who "make the Sunday Eucharist work" get together to make sure we are all on the same wave length.
DID ANYTHING COME FROM LOOKING AT THE BIBLE?
What we came up with was the proposal to get together every 2nd or 3rd Monday evening. The first 20 minutes will be spent on sharing what we have heard in the previous Sunday homily because the homily is supposed to be based on that Sunday's Scripture readings. The preacher will be there to listen; he is not to explain what he meant to say; he must hear what the hearers have heard. This can be immensely helpful to the preacher.
Then we'll spend an hour or so on the Scripture readings of the following Sunday. The idea is that this gives us an opportunity to explain from what Book of the Bible the particular readings are taken, etc.
That looks like an interesting exercise which we hope will be helpful to all participants.
THE NEW "LIVING WITH CHRIST" SUNDAY MISSALS HAVE ARRIVED - SHOULD THEY BE USED? CLEARLY, THE ANSWER IS YES. THE REAL QUESTION IS HOW?
As a general rule, their use during Mass should be very limited. It is not a good practice to follow the presider and the reader in their prayers and readings. Imagine, going to a play where everybody brought a copy of the play and followed the actors.
Of course, that presupposes that the presider and the reader speak their texts clearly and audibly. Let us work on that instead of bringing out the Missals. Naturally, for those who have difficulty hearing it is entirely appropriate that they use the missals. But for the rest of us, leave the missals aside and listen attentively. That makes for better participation. And that is what we are aiming for.</p>
So why have the Missals at all? Precisely for the purposes that Bishop Lahey suggests. We encourage that you buy one (for $5.00; that is a steal!) and that you use it at home, especially in light of the Question of the Week initiative about which more will be said below.
"WHAT PRAYER IS HE SAYING NOW? I CANNOT FIND IT IN MY MISSAL."
The Living with Christ Missal has its limitations. It does not contain all the officially approved Eucharistic Prayers in our Church. Hence, if it restricts the legitimate choice of the presider to choose a Eucharistic Prayer that happens to be more in line with the Scripture readings and the homily of that particular Sunday, then we give the Living with Christ Missal more authority that it can claim. With all due respect for the Missal it does not have the right to limit the legitimate choice of the presider.
The above mentioned observation points to another problem as well. The Eucharistic Prayer is the kind of prayer that ideally the congregation listens to and consents to with its acclamations (Holy...; Christ has died,..., Amen) when the presider proclaims it in its name. In other words, the Eucharist Prayer is not to be followed in a book. Of course that puts the burden on the presider: he is expected to proclaim it slowly, deliberately, and with conviction. That is to say, he must not rush or mumble through it. I do my best, but if I can improve on that, please let me know.
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