Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Liturgical Calendar Advisory :: Immaculate Conception, December 8

December 8, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, will fall on Monday this year. In accord with the USCCB decision of November 1991, confirmed by the Holy See in July 1992, the precept to attend Mass on this Solemnity is maintained, even when it falls on a Saturday or Monday. Therefore, Monday, December 8, 2014, will be a holy day of obligation for the faithful in the United States.

The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception begins with Morning Prayer on Monday, December 8, and concludes with the celebration of Evening Prayer II. Because an Advent Sunday takes precedence over a Solemnity in the Table of Liturgical Days, any Mass celebrated on the evening of Sunday, December 7 would be the Mass of the Second Sunday of Advent, not an anticipated Mass for the Immaculate Conception (emphasis added).

Newsletter, Committee on Divine Worship, Volume L, October 2014.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Pope Francis' Prayer Intentions for November 2014

Vatican City, 31 October 2014 (VIS) – Pope Francis' universal prayer intention for November is: “That all who suffer loneliness may experience the closeness of God and the support of others”.

His intention for evangelisation is: “That young seminarians and religious may have wise and well-formed mentors”.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Upcoming Optional Memorials

Pope Francis has decided that the feast days of Pope St. John XXIII (October 11) and Pope St. John Paul II (October 22) will be observed as optional memorials on the liturgical calendar, according to a decree of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.( The decree, dated May 29, was published in the September 12 edition of L’Osservatore Romano.) Mass prayers may be taken from the Common of Pastors: I. For a Pope or for a Bishop, and the readings may be those assigned for the day or texts taken from the Common of Pastors (Lectionary for Mass, 719–724). On whether or not to celebrate an optional memorial, consult the General Instruction of the Roman Missal, 355.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Pope Francis' prayer intentions for October

Vatican City, 2014 (VIS) – Pope Francis' universal prayer intention for October is: “That Lord may grant peace to those parts of the world most battered by war and violence”.

His intention for evangelisation is: “That World Mission Day may rekindle in every believer zeal for carrying the Gospel into all the world”.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Prayer of Pope Francis for the Synod on the Family

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On October 8, 2013, Pope Francis announced that in October 2014 there would be an Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on topics related to the family and evangelization. Pope Francis provided this prayer for the Synod of Bishops on the Family.

A worldwide Day of Prayer for the Synod of Bishops is planned for Sunday, September 28, 2014.
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Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
in you we contemplate
the splendor of true love,
to you we turn with trust.

Holy Family of Nazareth,
grant that our families too
may be places of communion and prayer,
authentic schools of the Gospel
and small domestic Churches.

Holy Family of Nazareth,
may families never again
experience violence, rejection and division:
may all who have been hurt or scandalized
find ready comfort and healing.

Holy Family of Nazareth,
may the approaching Synod of Bishops
make us once more mindful
of the sacredness and inviolability of the family,
and its beauty in God's plan.

Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
graciously hear our prayer.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Pope Francis' Prayer Intentions for September 2014

Vatican City, 1 September 2014 (VIS) – The Holy Father's universal prayer intention for September is: “That the mentally disabled may receive the love and help they need for a dignified life”.

His intention for evangelisation is: “That Christians, inspired by the Word of God, may serve the poor and suffering”.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Easter Vigil 2015 :: Not Before 8:00 PM

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Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist
The earliest that parishes can begin the Easter Vigil Mass on Saturday, April 4, 2015, is 8:00 p.m. Please note this start time in your 2015 liturgical and parish calendars. (It is also suggested that those responsible for preparation and implementing parish liturgies be informed, i.e. liturgists, musicians, liturgy committees, etc.) The Vigil, by its very nature, must take place at night. The Easter Vigil begins and ends in darkness. It is not begun before nightfall and should end before daybreak on Easter Sunday. It is a nocturnal vigil, retaining its ancient character of vigilance and expectation, as the Christian people await the Resurrection of the Lord during the night. Fire is blessed and the paschal candle is lighted to illumine the night so that all may hear the Easter proclamation and listen to the word of God proclaimed in the Scriptures.