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|Posted on October 31, 2013 at 8:35 AM||comments (2)|
Health Warning: this event will be detrimental to the health of those who are convinced the Catholic Church is either dead or in terminal decline in Scotland!
This Saturday sees the return of Nightfever to the city of Glasgow.
If you haven't yet experienced this uplifting event then you must take a little time out of your Saturday night to pop into St Aloysius Church on Rose Street (just off Sauchiehall Street ). (Click here for a map)
The Church will be plunged into darkness except for the runway of candles the length of the centre aisle leading all the way up to the altar where the main attraction, Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, waits for his children to approach.
There will be uplifting music tugging at your emotions and an opportunity for confession. Cushions will be neatly placed in front of the altar to allow people to sit or kneel comfortably in prayerful contemplation of the Eucharist and whatever else happens to come to mind.
And all the while the Nightfever volunteers will be out on the city streets inviting people into the Church. Those who accept the invitation are given a candle to take to the altar and light it, with an opportunity to pray for their own intentions before Jesus in the Sacrament. They can even write their intention down on a piece of paper and leave it in front of the altar. They come to the altar to open themselves up to receive the unconditional love of Jesus our Lord and Saviour, and to give as much as they can in return.
Having attended a number of these events it is quite incredible to see so many people, mostly youth, coming into the Church from the street, many of them dolled up for a night out. To say it is heartening is a massive understatement.
Everyone is welcome to pop into the Church. Everyone.
Nightfever is a phenomenon. It is beautiful. It is uplifting. It is awesome. It is inspiring. It is right here, in Glasgow.
Be warned….this event will change your life.
Mass starts at 5.45pm followed by Eucharistic Adoration, Confession and Music until 11pm.
|Posted on October 9, 2013 at 8:49 AM||comments (2)|
In today’s General Audience Pope Francis reflected on the meaning of the Church being ‘catholic’ and what this means for us.
The Pope said “We can understand this catholicity in three ways. First, the Church is Catholic because she proclaims the apostolic faith in its entirety; she is the place where we meet Christ in his sacraments and receive the spiritual gifts needed to grow in holiness together with our brothers and sisters. The Church is also catholic because her communion embraces the whole human race, and she is sent to bring to the entire world the joy of salvation and the truth of the Gospel. Finally, the Church is catholic because she reconciles the wonderful diversity of God’s gifts to build up His people in unity and harmony.”
He then encourages us to seek the Lord’s help in our journey of faith saying, “Let us ask the Lord to make us more catholic – to enable us, like a great family, to grow together in faith and love, to draw others to Jesus in communion with the Church, and to welcome the gifts and contributions of everyone, in order to create a joyful symphony of praise to God for his goodness, his grace, and his redemptive love.”
So the Pope is encouraging us to live out our faith and grow together in faith and love. He is also encouraging us to continue in the New Evangelisation and draw people to the Church, a ministry that is expected of all of us. And finally, the Pope wants us to be a welcoming Church, welcoming the contributions of all people so that we can create a ‘joyful symphony’ to praise God for all His goodness, grace and love.
|Posted on July 1, 2013 at 8:54 AM||comments (0)|
An interesting question has arisen in relation whether or not First Communicants should be able to receive the host on the tongue rather than in the hand. Catholic Answers blogger Peggy Frye in her article ‘Tradition Meets the Spirit of the Council’ has said that it is a common question from parents who have been told by teachers that receiving the host on the tongue is not an option.
However, the Church states that the communicant can choose whether to receive the host on the tongue or in the hand. It is a personal choice and it is certainly not for a teacher to decide that this choice is not available.
The General Instruction of the Roman Missal states that ‘The consecrated host may be received either on the tongue or in the hand, at the discretion of each communicant….The priest raises the host slightly and shows it to each, saying, Corpus Christi(the body of Christ). The communicant replies Amen and receives the sacrament either on the tongue or, where this is allowed and if the communicant so chooses, in the hand.’
That all seems pretty clear! What must also be rejected is the idea that receiving the host in the hand was an idea invented by Vatican II. No Vatican II document called for the reception of Communion in the hand and, according to Peggy Frye, this practice didn’t appear until several years after the close of the Council. Some dioceses started the practice and, in reaction to this, a special indult was granted to permit Communion in the hand; first to Bishops in France and then to Bishops in the United States.
The net result is that each communicant is entitled to decide whether or not they wish to receive the host on the tongue or in the hand, and this choice includes ALL communicants, even ones receiving the host for the very first time.
|Posted on June 19, 2013 at 7:17 AM||comments (1)|
The Pope, in his general audience on Wednesday morning before a packed St Peter’s Square, told the gathered that the Church is a living body and that the body has a head which is Jesus who guides, supports and nourishes it. He encouraged people to overcome personal interests and divisions in order to understand each other better. He said that divisions are often caused by conflicts and this is not good because it separates us from each other and separates us from God. We must overcome these to love God and the people close to us more.
The Pope spoke again about the damage done by gossiping. This is a repeat of previous talks and homilies and is clearly a point the Holy Father wants us to take on board. Today he said “never gossip about others, never!”
The Pope then encouraged us all to pray for Christian unity.
Pope Francis, in his 19 June general audience told the many thousands gathered that the Church was a living body that had Jesus as its head and that it is Jesus who guides, feeds and supports it. He lamented the divisions within Christianity which he says “wounds this Body” and suggested “the Body must be united to survive”.
He talked about St Paul’s conversion and how St Paul, in his first letter to the Corinthians, developed the idea that the image of the body helps us to understand the deep Christ-Church bond. The Pope said, “First, the body brings our attention to living reality. The Church is not a charitable, cultural or political association, but a living body that lives and acts in history. And this body has a head, Jesus, who guides, feeds and supports it. This is a point I want to emphasise: if the head is separated from the rest of the body, the whole person cannot survive. So it is in the Church, we must remain bound ever more deeply to Jesus. But not only that: just as the body needs the lifeblood to keep it alive, so we must allow Jesus to work in us, that His Word guide us, that His presence in the Eucharist nourish us, animate us, that His love gives strength to our love of neighbour.”
The Pope continued, “Dear brothers and sisters, let us remain united to Jesus, let us trust in Him, direct our life according to His Gospel, nourish ourselves with daily prayer, listening to the Word of God, participation in the Sacraments.”
The Pope then turned back to St Paul, saying “St Paul says that as members of the human body, although different and many, we form one body, as we were all baptised by one Spirit into one body. In the Church, therefore, there is a variety, a diversity of tasks and functions, there is no dull uniformity, but the richness of the gifts that the Holy Spirit distributes. But there is communion and unity: we are all in a relation to each other and we all come together to form one living body, deeply connected to Christ….it means remaining united to the Pope and the Bishops who are instruments of unity and communion, and also means overcoming personal interests and divisions, in order to understand each other better, to harmonise the variety and richness of each member; in a word, to love God and the people who are next to us more, in the family, in the parish, in the associations.”
The Pope then spoke about times when parts of the body separate: “Conflicts, when they don’t end well, separate us from each other, they separate us from God. Conflict can help us to grow but can also divide us. We must not travel the path of division, of conflict among us, no we must all be united – with our differences – united because that is the path of Jesus! Unity is beyond all conflict. Unity is a grace that we must ask of the Lord so he may save us from the temptations of the division, from internal struggles and selfishness, from gossip. How much damage gossip does! How much damage! Never gossip about others, never!”
The Pope then referred to specific divisions among Christians: “Divisions among us, but also divisions among the communities: evangelical Christians, orthodox Christians, Catholic Christians, but why divided? We must try to bring about unity. Let me tell you something, today, before leaving home, I spent 40 minutes more or less, half an hour, with an evangelical pastor. And we prayed together seeking unity. But we Catholic must pray with each other and other Christians. Pray that the Lord gifts us unity! Unity among ourselves!”
The Pope then suggested that Jesus sends us the Holy Spirit “to build unity”.