What Happens at Mass, Revised Edition
Jeremy Driscoll, OSB
What Happens at Mass draws the reader to a deeper understanding of the Mystery of Faith. The Mass is the Gift of and Encounter with Jesus Christ. What Happens at Mass is about God acting in our lives through tangible human actions and words. This book will bring the reader closer to the ritual form of the Mass that is nothing less than an encounter with God through Jesus.
In clear accessible language Jeremy Driscoll, OSB guides the reader through the ritual shape of the mass. This revised edition incorporates the language of the Revised Roman Missal.
On Wednesday, April 15th, 6 of our 8 elementary schools had the honour and privilege of having two Sisters of Life share with the students their journeys through which the Lord called them to religious life. Sister Maria Regina and Sister Cecilia Rose gave excellent testimonies of God's personal love for them and each one of us. Both are university educated and outgoing women who discerned that the Lord was calling them to be set apart to love Him exclusively through the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. These 3 gifts given to them by the Lord helps them to forsake a natural family so that they can embrace and even larger spiritual family which includes each and everyone of us. Their unique charism includes a fourth vow; reverence. They live out their vocation by reaching out to women who are in crisis pregnancies. By "loving them back to life", these and all Sisters of Life spend their time listening to and encouraging women considering abortion to keep their unborn children.
These sisters devote several hours of their day to prayer and active apostolic work. Many of the youth and staff from our schools were fascinated by the joy that these sisters demonstrate. While many were afraid to ask serious questions about religious life during the question period, many ran up to the sisters afterwards and asked them rather deep questions regarding vocation discernment. One student asked a sister if they always "had to wear their habit". The sister replied that she was overjoyed that she always "gets to wear it". It was an honour and not a burden because the habit is an outward manifestation of an inward consecration to Almighty God.
May God continue to bless these sisters with an abundance of heavenly graces. Their love for the Lord Jesus Christ and His One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church shines through their words and presence.
This weekend, our parish will have a diaper drive for the babies of mothers helped by the Sisters of Life Outreach Centre. Please be generous!
Today is Divine Mercy Sunday. In His goodness, Our Lord Jesus Christ never ceases to call us to Himself. His mercy lasts forever. This app, which can be downloaded free of charge for both iPhone or Android, explains the history of the devotion and how it should be prayed. Pray it for yourselves and for the whole world. Now more than ever our world needs Divine Mercy as it sinks further and further into the darkness.
Hundreds of of our Polish parishioners came to our church this morning at 10am carrying Easter baskets filled with special breads, cured meats, coloured eggs, salt, horseradish and other items in order to prepare for Easter celebrations. Father John blessed the families and their baskets after explaining the symbolic significance of each of the items. We pray that all of them, and each of you, will have a blessed Easter!