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TMIY TRANSFORMS MEN

That Man is You! – Becoming a Man After God’s Own Heart.

Location: St Joseph the Worker Grade School Cafeteria.

Start Date: Sunday, September 15, 2019

Time: 6:00 AM to 7:15 AM

Registration – Opportunities coming soon!

Mass Times

WEEKEND MASSES
Saturday 4:00 pm (Vigil Mass)
Sunday 7:30 am, 11:00 am, and 5:00 pm

WEEKDAY MASSES
Monday-Friday 7:30 am

CONFESSION

Thursday 8-8:30 am
Saturday 12 pm-1pm at Sacred Heart of Mary Parish
Sunday 4-4:45 pm

 

Tuesdays Bible Study

The Friends of Faith Bible Study resumed on Tuesday, September 4th beginning with
Proverbs. The meetings are every Tuesday from 7:00 pm—8:00 pm in the rectory Hospitality Room. All are welcome to attend.

Tuesdays Rosary Group

You are invited to join the Rosary Group, which meets every
Tuesday evening 6-7 pm in St Joseph the Worker Church.

You are invited to come weekly, bimonthly, or whenever you can. The Rosary & Divine Mercy Chaplet are prayed, as well as reading a prayer for priests and the unborn, with special intentions to St. Anthony and a prayer of abandonment.

Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, Eucharistic Adoration in Chapel 8 AM to 8 PM

Eucharistic Adoration is available every Monday, Wednesday and Friday 8 AM to 8 PM at St Joseph the Worker Parish in the Communion of Saints Adoration Chapel. Take a moment from your day and pause for even a brief visit  with our Lord.

 

 

Guardians are needed to keep our adoration offering alive!! 

Here are answers to some common questions  concerning Eucharistic Adoration.

I already go to Mass every Sunday, pray privately at home, and
try to be a good person. Why should I go to adoration? Isn’t
Christ in each of us? God hears my prayers even at home already,
right?

Yes, Christ is in all these things, and all these things are good. The
reason we go to Adoration is similar to why we go to Church: to worship
as communion/community and to build our relationship with God
and others. We find our spiritual nourishment, and we encounter God.
The Eucharist at its pinnacle is the consecration and consumption,
becoming our spiritual food, but it also is so much more than that.
Because Christ is dually both God and man, one cannot separate the
divine nature from the physical. The consecrated host becomes truly
the body, blood, soul and divinity of Jesus. While many struggle with
this great mystery, both today and in the time of Jesus, it is part of the
foundation of the Catholic Church, and the basis for Eucharistic Adoration.

 

What is the difference in having Christ in the Tabernacle versus
Christ in the Monstrance?

The Monstrance allows for a more personal experience with Christ in
the Eucharist. God gives the Church the sacraments because he
seeks to interact with us physically as well as spiritually. In the same
way that a visit would be more personal than a phone call or email,
spending time with Him near the monstrance, gives us real personal
time that we just cannot experience in prayer alone or hidden by the
tabernacle. We exalt Christ and honor his sacrifice when we display
the Eucharist. We can see the elevated demand placed on protecting
the Eucharist when in exposition and that should give us a notion of
the intimacy that comes from that same vulnerability.

What is the time requirement of adoration?

Guardians make a commitment to the Lord to be with him for a
one-hour time frame on the same day each week. Guardians may
take as many of these one hour shifts as they like but need to
commit to that same hour every week.

What happens if our schedules change or we go on vacation?

While you should make every effort to spend your hour with the
Lord each week and try to be steady about it, we know your
schedule will change. If you are unable to find your own replacement
from among your friends or family members, (a great way to
evangelize!) please let someone on the management team know
that you need a substitute. For further assistance we are preparing
a list of all Guardians with phone numbers, who may be able
to trade or cover for you in the event of your absence. The Adoration
Coordinators will also be able to help you switch your times
or find a replacement. If you are going to have a scheduled absence
please let the Adoration Coordinators know in advance. If
you are sick, you may also call a coordinator to let them know as
soon as possible and they will be able to schedule a substitute.

Why is it so important that someone is always present?

In the Catholic Church, we have many sacramentals: the rosary,
holy water, the bible, a crucifix, statues of Angels and Saints, etc.
These are holy items that are given due respect for what they
represent. The Eucharist is not a sacramental, but a sacrament. It
is not just an item that reminds us of Christ, but it is the physical
body of Christ himself. The exposition in the monstrance leaves
Christ vulnerable and must be properly attended at ALL times.
Just as a Marine would never leave the body of another fallen
Marine behind, faithful Catholics would never leave Christ’s Body
unattended, EVER.

Remember in your prayers the mission work of Father Shinto Abraham

Remember in your prayers the mission work of Father Shinto Abraham of the Diocese of Satna who spoke to us in July on the dignity of the human person.

Diocese of Satna.
Mission Diocese of Satna is entrusted with the mission of evangelizing
seven districts in the State of Madhya Pradesh in the Northern part
of India. Even though the population of Satna is over ten million, only
3000 belong to the Catholic faith. Majority of the population belongs to
the Hindu religion. We extend our support to everyone irrespective of
their religious beliefs.
In the Diocese of Satna there are 37 schools, 6 dispensaries, 1 Hospital, 1
Orphanage, 2 Homes for the mentally challenged and one Home for
the physically challenged children and one home for the street girls.
There are some formation centers for the future missionaries. Together
with this we are working for the amelioration of women through different
programs. We are also giving AIDS awareness programs.
In the multi-religious and fundamentalist context of Madhya Pradesh
direct evangelization is a difficult task. The diocese of Satna has taken
up the mission of evangelization in the midst of challenging situations.
The Church involves herself more in the educational and charitable
activities to witness Christ than on direct evangelization since there is
political and religious pressure. But we are always attentive to provide
adequate pastoral care to our catholic faithful.
With the help of formal and non-formal schools we provide education
to the people so that they become liberated from the clutches of the
evil effects of the caste system, superstitions, untouchability etc.
Through the non-formal education the poor and the marginalized children
are brought into the world of letters and to the main stream of the
society.
In view of evangelization we are conducting retreats, family renewal
programs, small Christian Community gatherings, ecumenical meetings,
inter-religious meetings, prison ministry, training for Nursing Assistance,
education centers for school drop-out children, job oriented
training for children, assistance in farming and development of land for
cultivation for the poor villagers.
Health Care Centers such as hospitals and dispensaries run by the
Diocese help the poor people in the remote areas. Infant mortality and
malnutrition are very high in this State of Madhya Pradesh due to lack
of medical care. The diocese is initiating program to address these
issues.
Being a mission Diocese, we are in great need of financial support to
do our further missionary activities and humanitarian support for the
poor and the needy. Kindly make some generous contributions for the
Mission Diocese of Satna. We are grateful to you for helping us by
your generous contributions. Your prayers and support help us to
continue with our missionary activities. Thank you for your participation
in the mission of the universal Catholic Church.

Three Knives-Cup with Snake- Basket with a “T”

The three knives are the symbol of St. Bartholomew (also known as Nathaniel) In Hebrew, Bartholomew means “Son of Talmai” and Nathaniel means, “Gift of God”.  Three flaying knives were used for skinning animals, are his most common symbol.  Nathaniel was the “Israelite without guile” (John 1:47).  Nathaniel’s faith was constant; after the crucifixion he missioned in Jerusalem and later in Asia Minor and Southern Russia where he founded numerous churches.  He is said to have been flayed alive and then crucified.  He suffered martyrdom in Russia.

The cup with snake is the symbol for St. John the beloved Disciple (Hebrew; “God has mercy”) According to tradition, John drank from a cup of poison, but the poison disappeared in the form of a snake.  John and his brother James were men of zeal and ambition, desiring the highest seats beside Jesus in the Heavenly Kingdom.  They were taught humility instead.  John witnessed the trial and crucifixion of Jesus, faithfully standing at the foot of the cross. For his faith and love of Jesus, John was given, by our Lord, the care of the Blessed Virgin Mary, to receive her as his own mother.  He missioned in Samaria and Asia Minor and was a great pillar of the early church.  He wrote the Gospel of John and the Book of Revelation, and died peacefully of old age about 100 AD exiled on the Greek isle of Patmos.

The Basket with a “T”  (Tau Cross)  is the symbol for St. Philip (Greek; Lover of Horses)  usually Philip is pictured by a cross and loaves of bread which refers to the feeding of the 5,000.  He introduced his friend, Bartholomew/Nathaniel to Christ. While at various times, Philip expresses uncertainty of Jesus as the Son of god, he was a loyal friend to Jesus.  After Pentecost, Philip became a missionary in South Russia, Asia Minor, and possibly also France.   He was crucified in Hierapolis, Turkey. In 2011, his tomb was uncovered near the Turkish city of Denizli.

Spear and Carpenter’s Square-Two Crossed Keys-Fish resting on the Bible

Spear and carpenter’s square are symbolic of St. Thomas (Aramaic, Twin) Thomas is said to have built a church with his own hands in East India at Malipur. While there, he was shot with arrows and finally martyred by a pagan priest’s spear.  He was a simple fisherman from Galilee and followed Jesus, he would not believe that Jesus rose from the dead until he saw Jesus with his own eyes, and touched his wounds. (John 11: 14-16)   In the Early church, he was a zealous and fearless missionary, preaching in Babylon, Persia and India.  There he founded many churches, baptized countless people.

Two crossed Keys – Simon/Peter (Simon is Hebrew for “Obedient” Peter Greek for “Rock”) The two crossed keys are the symbol of St. Peter, who was given the keys to the kingdom of Heaven by Jesus.  (Matthew 16:13-19)  Peter was a Galilean fisherman, introduced to Jesus through the apostle Andrew, his brother.  Later, called from the seashore to follow Christ, Peter was impulsive and assertive.  Often he questions and misunderstands Jesus, although his loyalty is never questioned.  When the Gospels speak of Peter, it is usually first, as he was the natural leader of the apostles.  Although he publicly denied Christ three times (as Jesus predicted at the Last supper)  He was also the first to recognize Jesus as the Son of God, and so Jesus changed his name from Simon to Peter and declared “Upon this rock, I will build my Church”  at Pentecost, Peter boldly preaches the Gospel. He was imprisoned in Jerusalem by King Herod (AD 42-44) but was released by an angel. He preached the gospel throughout Palestine, Babylon, Greece and he was finally crucified by Nero Caesar in Rome.  Because he felt unworthy to be crucified as Jesus, he asked to be crucified upside down, a request that was honored.   In 1942, the tomb and bones of St Peter were found hidden in a tomb  that lies under the floor beneath St Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican.  The bones were tested and belonged to a robust man who died man in his 60’s.

Fish resting on the Bible – Simon the Zealot (Hebrew for Obedient); This symbol is given to Simon because he was a great fisher of men through the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ.  He is said to have been a companion of Jude on many of his missionary journeys.  When Jesus met Simon, he was a Zealot, a member of a group of revolutionaries carrying on guerrilla warfare against the Romans.  Simon hoped Jesus would become the next king of Israel and forcefully remove Roman rule from Israel.  He eventually became an apostle and a man of peace.  It is believed that in later years he preached the gospel in Russia, Africa Britain and was martyred in Persia.