Bulletin for the week of April 27, 2014
Regular Mass and Confession Schedule
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This week's readings
- 27 Sun: Sunday in the Octave of Easter—Acts 2:42-47/1 Pt 1:3-9/Jn 20:19-31.
- 28 Mon: Easter Weekday or St. Peter Chanel, Priest & Martyr or St. Louis Marie Grignon de Montfort, Priest (TOR: Memorial) Bl. Luchesius, III Order—Acts 4:23-31/Jn 3:1-8.
- 29 Tues: St. Catherine of Siena, Virgin and Doctor of the Church—Acts 4:32-37/Jn 3:7b-15.
- 30 Wed: Easter Weekday or St. Pius V, Pope—Acts 5:17-26/Jn 3:16-21.
- 1 Thurs: Easter Weekday or St. Joseph the Worker—Acts 5:27-33/Jn 3:31-36 or 559 (Gn 1:26 – 2:3 or Col 3:14-15, 17, 23-24/Mt 13:54-58.
- 2 Fri: St. Athanasius, Bishop & Doctor of the Church—Acts 5:34-42/Jn 6:1-15.
- 3 Sat: Ss. Philip & James, Apostles—1 Cor 15:1-8/Jn 14:6-14.
- 4 Sun: Third Sunday of Easter—Acts 2:14, 22-23/1 Pt 1:17-21/Lk 24:13-35.
Evangelistic Outreach Event
- Weekly Praise and Worship will held on Tuesday, April 29 at 9:00 p.m. in Christ the King Chapel.
- Festival of Praise will be held on Saturday, May 3 at 7:00 p.m. in the Finnegan Fieldhouse.
Solemn Vespers & Benediction
The final Solemn Vespers and Benediction of the Spring Semester will be held on Sunday, May 4 at 7:00 p.m. in Christ the King Chapel.
Austria Send-Off Mass
The Austria Send-Off Mass will be held on Tuesday, April 29 at 4:45 p.m. in the Christ the King Chapel.
Reading Day – Thursday, May 1
The Regular Mass Schedule will be held on Thursday, May 1 at 6:30 a.m., 12:05 p.m. and 4:45 p.m. and Confessions will be held 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. in Christ the King Chapel.
Adoration in the Portiuncula
Adoration in the Portiuncula will close for Spring Semester on Wednesday, April 30 at 12 Noon. The Blessed Sacrament will remain reserved in the Port from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. for those who wish to pray.
Finals Week & Graduation Mass & Confession Schedule
- Saturday, May 3 — due to finals the Mass has been changed to 9:00 a.m. instead of 10:00 a.m. in CTK Chapel.
- Sunday, May 4 — Graduate Farewell Mass at 10:30 a.m. in the Finnegan Fieldhouse. (only Mass of day)
- Monday, May 5 — Masses at 6:30 a.m., 12:05 p.m., & 4:45 p.m. in CTK Chapel. Confessions 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.
- Tuesday, May 6 — Masses at 6:30 a.m., 12:05 p.m. and 4:45 p.m. in CTK Chapel. 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. LAST DAY FOR REGULARLY SCHEDULED CONFESSIONS.
- Wednesday, May 7 — Masses at 6:30 a.m. and 12:05 p.m. in CTK Chapel.
- Thursday, May 8 — Mass at 12:05 p.m. in CTK Chapel. (only Mass of the day)
- Friday, May 9 — 6:00 p.m. Baccalaureate Mass in Finnegan Fieldhouse (ONLY MASS OF THE DAY)
- Saturday, May 10 — No daily Mass due to Commencement. Sunday Vigil Mass at 4:00 p.m. in CTK Chapel.
- Sunday, May 11 — Masses only at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. in CTK Chapel.
Easter Season: April 20 – June 8, 2014
The fifty days from Easter Sunday to Pentecost are celebrated in joyful exultation as one feast day, or better, as one “great Sunday” (Athanasius, Epist. fest.). These above all others are the days for the singing of the Alleluia (General Norms, 22). The first eight days of the Easter season make up the octave of Easter and are celebrated as Solemnities of the Lord. The days of the Easter octave form the “early hours” of this “great Sunday,” with accounts of the Lord who rose early in the morning, and the early preaching of the disciples who were witnesses to his resurrection.The paschal candle, a symbol of the presence of the risen Christ among the people of God, remains in the sanctuary near the altar or ambo through Vespers on Pentecost Sunday. Its use is encouraged at all liturgical celebrations, especially Mass and the liturgy of the Hours.(Taken from “The Order of Prayer in the Liturgy of the Hours and Celebration of the Eucharist 2014” Paulist Press.)
From The Chaplain's Desk…
The Second Sunday of Easter concludes the octave. In the early church, the first week of Easter was dedicated to teaching the newly baptized, concluding with a special gathering on the Sunday. In the seventh century, this Sunday was set apart to celebrate the anniversary of baptism. Given this history, it is certainly appropriate that we pray for and honor the newly baptized this Sunday.
The Gospels for this Sunday and the next continue to relate the appearances of Jesus after his resurrection. Today’s Gospel can be seen as divided into three separate sections.
Firstly, Jesus concludes his hour of glorification by appearing to his disciples on Easter Sunday evening, and formally imparting to them the Spirit that he gave up on the cross. “Receive the Holy Spirit. Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained.” Once the disciples had seen the risen Lord, they were able to receive the Spirit as the power behind their new divine mission. Filled with the Spirit of Jesus, they now are able to mediate the word of Jesus to the world. It will be a word of forgiveness and conversion to those who accept it and a word of condemnation for those who do not.
Secondly, Thomas, after having doubted, now one week later makes the most explicit profession of faith in the risen Lord - “My Lord and my God.” This is what Jesus is for the successive generations of Christians, expressed with the solemnity that describes the one true God in the Old Testament.
Thirdly, John can now conclude his Gospel confident that his purpose has been achieved.
The resurrection of Christ was his personal victory over sin and death and their consequences. But Jesus’ victory was not only a personal one. He won over sin and death for us also. Therefore we know that we are blessed since we are they the Lord referred to as having not seen and yet have believed. However, because our victory is not yet a perfect one, this should not be a reason for disbelief. Through our baptism we have died with Christ and have been given a new birth. So Paul refers to us after baptism as being new creatures. He does not mean that we have been changed materially, but that we now have capabilities that were not ours before, namely, faith, hope, and love. The fact that those who were baptized did not live up fully to their capabilities disturbed St. Paul, even as it disturbs us in the Church today. However, the main point here is that Christ, through his resurrection, has obtained for us the possibility of becoming mature Christians. We have every opportunity to ratify Christ’s victory into our own lives and many of us, thank God, are on our way.
Sincerely in Christ,
Fr. Dominic Scotto, T.O.R.