September 1st, 2019
22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
“For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”
Anniversary of the Dedication of Our Church
Seventy-eight years ago, this weekend, our current church building was dedicated. As many of you know, the current church is actually the second Immaculate Conception church building. The first church was completed in 1904 and was located on the West side of our property (across the parking lot from where the current church stands). Construction on the current church building began in 1940, it was completed a year later, and the church was dedicated on September 1st, 1941.
The dedication of a church is actually a very important event. And the anniversary of the dedication is to be remembered and celebrated. Here are some quotes from the Rite of the Dedication of a Church.
Since sacred edifices, that is, churches, are permanently set aside for the celebration of the divine mysteries, it is right for them to receive a dedication to God.
The day on which a church is dedicated is kept as a solemnity in that church.
The rite for the dedication of a church and an altar is rightly considered among the most solemn liturgical services. A church is the place where the Christian community is gathered to hear the word of God, to offer intercession and praise to him, and above all to celebrate the holy mysteries, and it is the place where the holy sacrament of the Eucharist is kept. Thus, it stands as a special kind of image of the Church itself, which is God’s temple built from living stones.
The structure [of the church] built of stone will be a visible sign of the living Church.
The celebration of the Eucharist is inseparably bound up with the rite of dedication of a church.
The celebration of the Eucharist is the most important and the one necessary rite for the dedication of a church…. For the celebration of the Eucharistic sacrifice achieves the end for which the church was built and the altar erected… Furthermore, the Eucharist, which sanctifies the hearts of those who receive it, in a sense consecrates the altar and the place of celebration, as the ancient Fathers of the Church often assert: “This altar should be an object of awe: by nature it is stone, but it is made holy when it receives the body of Christ.”
First Friday Masses
I am also happy to announce that I’ve decided to try offering a 5:30pm evening Mass on First Fridays of the month. I’ve been wanting to offer an evening Mass for working families to be able to attend, so, beginning next week, I will have Mass on Friday, September 6th at the usual 8am time, and also at the new 5:30pm time.
(Unfortunately, the following month I will be gone over the first Friday (October 4th), so there will be no Masses that day. And then November 1st is a Holy Day of Obligation, so Mass will be at 7pm that night. Then, finally, December 6th I’ll plan to have another Friday Mass at 5:30pm.)
You are in my daily prayers.
God bless you,