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8 Day of Eucharistic Joy-June 1-8

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I am pleased to announce that during the first week of June our diocese will celebrate 8 Days of Eucharistic Joy in hopeful anticipation of the National Eucharistic Congress in July. I encourage you to participate in this week of revival, drawing closer to Christ and the members of your parish and diocesan community through our many opportunities for prayer, adoration, fellowship, and the celebration of the Holy Eucharist.

Our Holy Father Pope Francis reminds us that the Eucharist “is more than a symbol; it is the real and loving presence of the Lord.”

During these eight days, I ask that you and your parish community commit to a renewed sense of seeking this real and loving presence of Our Lord in the various activities planned throughout our diocesan communities. The full schedule is attached and may be found at www.hbgdiocese.org/events/8days.

Please be assured of my prayers for you, your families, and your community as come together to be revived in the joy of the Holy Eucharist during for these coming days.

Sincerely in Christ,

Most Reverend Timothy C. Senior

Sunday, May 26

Dear Friends,

This weekend, we celebrate the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity. While it might seem somewhat random to have this feast just placed on a Sunday, there is a liturgical reason for it. Prior to the liturgical changes after the 2nd Vatican Council, the Feast of Pentecost had its own octave. Like Christmas and Easter, it would be celebrated for 8 days straight. The 8th day of the Octave would fall on the Sunday after Pentecost. After having celebrated Our Blessed Lord’s Incarnation, Nativity, Passion, Death, Resurrection and Ascension and then the coming of the Holy Spirit, the union between Heaven and Earth was established. Now a way forward to God was available for humanity. The heart of Heaven, what make Heaven to be Heaven, is God Himself. This one True God is an eternal trinity of love. So logically, after celebrating Pentecost for 8 days, the Church looks to the source of all these blessings which is God Himself.

The Mystery of the Holy Trinity is a core belief of our faith. Remember that when the Church uses the word “mystery” it doesn’t mean something to be solved and intellectually overcome. Rather a mystery is something to be pondered and entered into. The end result isn’t solving and conquering the mystery but allowing oneself to be changed and learn important truths that come from experiential knowledge rather than academic knowledge. We come to know God rather than simply know about Him. So when the Church ponders the mystery of the Most Holy Trinity, she invites her children to grow closer to and become more like her Lord and King.

Being able to accept something as true without quite understanding it completely is precisely what the gift of faith is all about. It’s not that we blindly accept whatever is told us, but that through our experience of God, we come to trust Him. So when He reveals to us truths that are beyond our comprehension, we take Him at His word. We trust Him, we have faith in Him. The various mysteries of our faith all require the same attitude on our part: trust and faith. Next weekend, we will celebrate the Feast of Corpus Christi which relates to us the mystery of the Eucharist. This, again, is another core belief of our faith and requires us accept a truth that might not make perfect sense to our finite minds.

This is the beauty of faith. It enables us to learn truths that we would otherwise never know if we relied solely on human understanding. We are part of Creation, not greater than it. Thus we are necessarily limited to our capacity to know all truths. But thanks be to God for the gift of Divine Revelation given to us through the double font of Scripture and Tradition that allows us to know such beautiful truths.

Please know of my daily prayers for each and every one of you and kindly remember me in yours. Fr. Arena.

Blessed Virgin Mary

As we enter the month of May, we are reminded of the beautiful tradition in our Catholic faith of honoring the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is a time when we reflect on her virtues, seek her intercession, and deepen our devotion to her as our spiritual mother. It is a time to reflect on her desire for us to know and follow her Son. It is the time when the earth bursts forth into its fresh foliage and its green grass after the stern frost and snow of winter. It is because the blossoms are upon the trees, for such gladness and joyousness of external nature is a fit attendant on our devotion to her who is the Mystical Rose and the House of Gold.

May is a month of uninterrupted liturgically joy usually encompassing part of the Easter season as well as Pentecost and several other feasts. Some feasts have changed but the principle remains true. In fact, May now begins with the feast of Saint Joseph, whose devoted labor sustained Mary in her vocation as the Mother of God.

May is also the month that Eucharistic pilgrimages take place from four points in the United States creating a cruciform path to Indianapolis, where the US Church leaders will celebrate the Eucharistic Congress. These pilgrimages provide an inspiring, visible example to all people as the flame is lit in each city along the path. Come Holy Spirit!

What Does It Mean to Be Catholic?

What Does It Mean To Be Catholic? 

The Catholic Church was founded by Christ and his Apostles.  There are four marks or characteristics of the Church, and we are reminded of them each time we pray the Nicene Creed at Mass.

One:  Means all members are united as the Body of Christ, given life by the one Spirit.  We acknowledge one Lord, one faith, one Baptism.

Holy: Means the Church is centered on God.  It is Christ who, by his sacrifice, makes the Church holy.

Catholic:  Means universal.  The Church is for all times and all people.  The Church is “the fullness” of the means of salvation”. (CCC830)

Apostolic:  Means the Church is built on the foundation of the Apostles.  We teach the doctrine of Jesus as it has been handed down through the apostles and their successors, the pope and bishops.

Each Catholic is called to full and active participation in the life of the Church and has the right and responsibility to:

1.) Attend Mass on Sundays and on Holy Days of Obligation.

2.  Confess your sins, through the Sacrament of Reconciliation, a least once a year.

3.  Receive the Eucharist.

4. Observe the days of fasting Ash Wednesday and Good Friday and abstinence on Ash Wednesday in Lent established by the Church.

5. Help to provide for the needs of the Church

Encountering Christ and being a witness to his love means we are called to live like Jesus and work for justice and peace in this world by living the 10 commandments, the Beatitudes, the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy and the principles of Catholic Social Teaching.

We are called to stand for the: Life and dignity of the Human Person, Call to Family, Community and Participation, Rights and Responsibilities of the Human Person, Option for the Poor and Vulnerable, Dignity of Work and Rights of workers, Solidarity of the Human Family, Care for God’s Creatures.

 

Infant of Prague

It was a little painted statue and stood a foot and a half high, was dressed in exquisite court dress, and cherished as an heirloom wedding gift. It came from Spain during an early spread of devotion to the Christ Child.

In the 17th century, a Spanish noblewoman named Isabel Manrique gave this little statue to her daughter Marie when Marie married a Czech noble. Marie gave it, in turn, to her own daughter Polyxena when the later married.

Polyxena treasured it for many years, but at last gifted it to the Carmelite monastery of Our Lady of Victory.

Shortly afterward the Czech kingdom was invaded by the Saxons, forcing the Carmelites to flee their monastery. The statue of the Christ Child, damaged and tattered was left behind in the ruins of the church.

Ten years later in 1638, a Carmelite priest found it. He took it to his church in Prague and displayed it by the altar.

Suddenly, as he knelt in prayer before it, the statue spoke, saying: “Have mercy on me and I will have mercy on you. Give Me My hands and I will give you peace. The more you honor Me the more I will bless you.”

After this, many miracles were reported to have been wrought through the statue and devotion to the Christ Child increased all the more.

Many saints, such as Therese of Lisieux and Francis of Assisi, were greatly devoted to the Infant Jesus. Nurture love for the Child Jesus in your own home.

The Catholic Company: Bite-Sized Faith

SPIRITUAL COMMUNION

Spiritual Communion:

     My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.  I love You above all things and I desire to receive You into my soul.  Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart.

    I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You.

     Never permit me to be separated from You.  Amen.

Blessed Virgin Mary Grotto

Dear Friends

Visit our Grotto at Prince of Peace Parish-Assumption of the BVM Church. Pray to our Blessed  Mother for peace in our country and the world and ask her assistance to bring friends and families who are not practicing their faith to return to her son, Our Lord Jesus.

Our Blessed Virgin Mary Grotto is the Queen of Peace.

Sacrifice of the Mass

The Sign of the Cross and the Greeting tells us who we are as we gather to enter into the Mystery of Our Lord’s Death and Resurrection.

The Penitential Rite  gives us the opportunity to acknowledge our sinfulness as we approach the Sacrifice of Christ that destroys sin and bring us back into a relationship with God.

The Gloria is a hymn that leads us to praise glorify, adore, thank and ask our Triune God for all we, His sons and daughter, need as we beg His mercy.

The Opening Prayer or “Collect” collects the intentions of the people assembled and presents them to God by the priest who stands in persona Christi (in the person of Christ).

In the Reading of the Old Testament we hear the story of God’s covenant with His chosen people Israel and the revelation of Himself that speaks of His mercy and desire for their salvation.

The Responsorial Psalm is the faithful’s response of praise and thanksgiving to God’s Word in the First Reading . It reminds us that we are not passive listeners to the Word; we are in a relationship of love with the Word of God.

The Second Reading from the New Testament tells us of God’s New and Eternal Covenant forged in the Blood of His Son who is the Word Made Flesh.

The Gospel is a proclamation of an event from the life of Our Savior.  In the readings from Holy Scripture that are not taken from the Gospel, it is God who speaks to His people.  But when the Gospel is proclaimed, it is specifically Christ Jesus, true God and true man, who speaks to us.

The Homily is a vital part of the liturgy of the Mass that explains the Holy Scriptures and instructs us in the Faith.

The Profession of Faith (the Nicene Creed) is the ancient formula of beliefs that unites the people assembled with the Universal Church of all ages in their expression of their Faith in Christ.

General Intercessions or Prayer of the Faithful offers prayers to God for the Church the world, and the need of people both living and dead.

The Preparation Rite is the offering of the bread and wine brought to His altar by the priest on behalf of the people of God assembled.  The people participate in the offering by virtue of their baptism into the priestly people of God.

The Eucharistic Prayer makes present the Mystery of Our Lord’s Passion, Death and Resurrection.  Christ’s Sacrifice of the Cross, His offering to the Faith of Himself for the salvation of the world is represented on the altar.  At the words of consecration the bread and wine brought to the altar become the Body Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ.  The baptized are called to participate in the sacrifice of Christ that is made present through the ministry of the ordained priest.

The Our Father begins the Rite of Communion.  We are faithful to Jesus’ command to pray in the words He taught us.  The priest prays for deliverance from evil, peace, and freedom from anxiety as we wait for the coming of Christ Our Savior in glory.  The priest extends a greeting of Christ’s peace to all present in the assembly.  The faithful share a sign of peace with one another.  The priest comingles a portion of the Sacred Host that he has broken in the chalice of the Precious Blood. The faithful sing the Agnus Dei. “Lamb of God You take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us, grant us peace.”

Communion has arrived.  The faithful go forward to receive His Sacred Body.  This reception of the Holy Eucharist effects communion between the individual and God and among the individual members of the Body of Christ.

The priest then blesses the people in the name of the Holy Trinity and dismisses all to go forth to witness to Christ in the world.

No One is a mere spectator at Mass.  All of the baptized are invited to participate in the sacred Mysteries by full, conscious and active participation.  This participation is not limited to eternal expression.  It must also be an external expression of faith and devotion.  The mass is an awesome treasure! It is Christ’s work of salvation active in our midst!

Eucharistic Revival

  June 2023

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

“Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day.  For my flesh is true food and my blood is true drink.” John 6: 54-55

On June 19th. of last year, a multiyear National Eucharistic Revival began in the dioceses across the United States.  This revival is not another new program, but rather an intense, purposeful focus on the Real Presence of Christ in the Holy Eucharist.

Recent studies have indicated an alarming trend that a small percentage of Catholics, possibly as low as 30%, truly believe that the Holy Eucharist is the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ.  This is a fundamental teaching of our faith.  Without the Eucharist, the real Body of Christ, we cannot be the People, the Catholics, nor the Church that we are called to be.

We believe that “the Eucharistic is the source and summit of the Christian life.  The other Sacraments and, indeed, all ecclesiastical ministries and works of the apostolate, are bound up with the Eucharist an are oriented toward it.  For in the Blessed Eucharist is contained the whole spiritual good of the Church, namely Christ himself, our Pasch” (CCC, 1324)

Today, our society is plagued with fear, doubt, war, hatred, and an overall indifference to the sanctity of human life.  There is desperate need to experience the love and truth of Christ.  Now, more than ever before, we need this belief of the Eucharist celebrated with renewed vigor in our parishes, Catholic schools, apostolates, ministries and programs.  The Revival aims to do just that.  Clergy, religious, laity, apostolates, movements, parishes and Diocesan leadership will work together with one common goal – to celebrate our faith in the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist that all might come to believe.

Throughout the Diocese of Harrisburg we are grateful to the many faithful who already commit themselves to Holy Mass and to Eucharistic Adoration.  In a special way, I see the real love for our Eucharistic Lord alive in so many and invite you to join me in praying fervently for that love to fill the hearts of all Catholics.

As we continue the Diocesan phase of this Revival, we encourage you to frequent our website, www.hbgdiocese.org/eucharist, and visit our app (MyParishApp -Diocese of Harrisburg) for the latest information on our Revival activities.  We will be updating these platforms throughout the year, including ways you can be involved in this important work.

Together, let us respond to Christ’s invitation and open our hearts to Him, present in the Most Holy Eucharist.  United in faith and invoking the intercession of Mary, the Mother of the Eucharist, let us pray this Eucharistic Revival bears fruit for the glory of God.

Sincerely In Christ,

                                            

www.hbgdiocese.org

Upcoming Parish Liturgical & Social Events

 Confessions are scheduled every Saturday in our Parish Church from 3 pm to 3:30 pm.  Our Saturday Vigil  Mass at 4:00 pm  and  Sunday Mass at 8:30 am  and 10:30 am will be celebrated in our Parish Church and the doors will open 1/2 hour prior to the start of Mass.

Mass will be live streamed every Sunday morning at  10:30 am on our Facebook page, MyParish App and on our webpage (popsteelton.org).  For those of you who do not have a computer, you may listen to the Mass on your phone by calling the below toll free number:       1-855-635-1965

    You may tune your radio station to 90.7 FM and listen to the Mass in your car in the back parking lot. You would need to come into our Parish Church to receive the Holy Eucharist.

   Blessing and glory, wisdom and thanksgiving, honor, power and might be to our God forever and ever.  Amen. Alleluia!

LITURGICAL SERVICES AND PARISH ACTIVITIES 2024:

The Rosary to Honor our Blessed Virgin Mary will be prayed prior to all Morning Masses and Weekend Masses

May 29:  St. Paul Vi, Pope

May 29:  Morning Mass at 7:00 am

May 30:  Morning Mass at 7:00 am

May 31:  The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

May 31:  Morning Mass at 7:00 am

June 1 thru June 8:  8 Days of Eucharistic Joy…Diocese of Harrisburg

June 1: Vigil Mass for Corpus Christi, The Body & Blood of Christ at 4:00 pm

June 2: Morning Mass at 8:30 am

June 2: Morning Mass at 10:30 am followed by our Corpus Christi procession beginning in Church then to the Grotto, altar in front of rectory and ending at the Parish Center. We are planning a “pot luck/covered dish” reception in the Parish Center for our parishioners, families and those in attendance at the Mass.

June 3: St. Charles Lwanga and Companions

June 4: Morning Mass at 7:00 am

June 4: 1:00 pm..50+ Club Meeting and Luncheon

June 5: St. Boniface, Bishop and Martyr

June 5: Knights of Columbus Meeting at 7:00 pm in Knights Room of PC

June 5: Morning Mass at 7:00 am

June 6: St. Norbert, Bishop

June 6: Morning Mass at 7:00 am

June 6: Pastoral Council Meeting at 6:00 pm in Parish Office

June 7: Feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

June 7: Morning Mass at 7:00 am

June 8: Vigil Mass at 4:00 pm 10th Sunday in Ordinary Time

June 9: Mass at 8:30 am and 10:30 am

June 11: St. Barnabas, Apostle

June 11: Morning Mass at 7:00 am

June 12: Morning Mass at 7:00 am

June 13: St. Anthony of Padua, Priest and Doctor of the Church

June 13: Morning Mass at 7:00 am

June 14: Flag Day

June 14: Morning Mass at 7:00 am

June 15: Vigil Mass at 4:00 pm 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time

June 16: Happy Father’s Day

June 16: Mass at 8:30 am and 10:30 am..11th Sunday in Ordinary Time

June 18: Morning Mass at 7:00 am

June 19: St. Romuald, Abbott

June 19: Morning Mass at 7:00 am

June 20: Morning Mass at 7:00 am

June 21: St. Aloysius Gonzaga

June 21: Morning Mass at 7:00 am

June 21: Faith Night at Senator’s Baseball Game. Tickets are available.

June 22: Vigil Mass 12th Sunday of Ordinary Time at 4:00 pm

June 23: 12 Sunday in Ordinary Time: Mass at 8:30 and 10:30 am

June 23 /June 27th: Quo Vadis Days

June 24: The Nativity of John the Baptist

June 25: Morning Mass at 7:00 am

June 26: Morning Mass at 7:00 am

June 26: Picnic Meeting at 6 pm in Parish Center…Last meeting prior picnic

June 27: St. Cyril of Alexandria, Bishop and Doctor of the Church

June 27: Morning Mass at 7:00 am

June 28: St. Irenaeus, Bishop & Martyr

June 28: Morning Mass at 7:00 am

June 29: Vigil Mass at 4:00 pm 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time

June 30: 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time. Mass at 8:30 and 10:30 am

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