Old Testament

Testament comes from the Latin testamentum which means an agreement or last will.  When translated into the Greek diatheke and used in the Bible, it is often a synonym for “covenant.”  This is the sense in which the Old Testament (and the New Testament) are to be understood.

The books of the Old Testament (the Torah, the Prophets and the Writings, according to their Jewish designation) give testimony to the covenant between God and Israel.  The Old Testament and New Testament make up the Bible, often referred to as Holy or Sacred Scripture.  The Jewish faith would refer to the books of our Old Testament as Hebrew Scripture.

There are 46 books in the Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Old Testaments, (73 in total including the New Testament) while the Protestant Bible contains only 39 Old Testament books.  At the Protestant Revolution, seven books of the Old Testament were removed . . . seven books that have been included since the Bible was first collected together as acknowledged to be inspired by the Holy Spirit.

The seven Old Testament books missing in the Protestant Bible, but still found in the Catholic Bible, are the Books of Tobit, Judith, the Wisdom of Solomon, Sirach, Baruch, First Maccabees and Second Maccabees, plus portions of Esther and Daniel.  The Protestant and Catholic New Testament books number the same.

The Old Testament was written by many different authors, mostly Hebrews, some unknown.  These books of the Old Testament were written at different times over about 1,000 years; written at different places; and written for different purposes.  (8:42)

Announcements for September 15, 2019

  1. Our Adult Faith Bible study has begun, but it’s not too late to join us. “The Great Adventure” meets on Monday’s right after morning Mass and on Wednesday evenings at 5 & 7pm.

 

  1. Our Auction Committee is looking for donations for both the Silent and Live Auction. Please see the bulletin for more details.

 

  1. Those wishing to be a part of our RCIA program will meet right after the 10am Mass. This is your invitation to learn more about your Catholic faith and to receive the sacraments of Initiation. 

 

  1. A Baptismal Prep Class is scheduled for NEXT Sunday. This class is intended for new parents and those who have not taken the class within the last 3 years.  Call the Parish office to register.

 

  1. The Knights of Columbus will be serving a delicious Breakfast Burrito after both Sunday Masses with the NCYC kids. All proceeds will go to help their mission.  Please plan to attend!

Mass Intentions for September 16-22, 2019

Monday, September 16

8:00 am       Communion Service

Tuesday, September 17

8:00 am       Communion Service

Wednesday, September 18

8:00 am       Communion Service

Thursday, September 19

8:00 am       Communion Service

Friday, September 20

8:00 am       Communion Service

Saturday, September 21

5:00 pm       Mass, In Memory of Bob Bobowski

Sunday, September 22

8:00 am       Mass, In Memory of Dan Meyer

10:00 am     Mass, Deceased Member of Assumption Parish

RCIA

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is the communal process of spiritual and educational formation through which adults explore the Catholic Faith and become fully initiated members of the Roman Catholic Church.

The process is all about conversion, communion and discipleship.  It is about growth and change taking place in our hearts and minds so that we can more fully live in relationship with God and each other.  It is about living our faith, and exploring what belief in God means for our lives.

The RCIA process is not a class or a bunch of hoops that one must jump through to join the Catholic Church.  Rather RCIA assists you in becoming a living, breathing, active disciple of Christ, and a participant in the life of God.

The program is primarily intended for un-baptized adults, who, upon hearing the Gospel message and receiving formation in the Christian way of life, choose to become followers of Christ by receiving the Sacraments of Initiation:  Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist.

The RCIA process also serves adults baptized in another Christian denomination or community who are now interested in exploring the Catholic Faith and perhaps living out their Christian life in the Catholic Church.

We do not baptize again anyone whose baptism was performed with water and the Trinitarian formula (invoking the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit).  These men and women are welcomed into full communion with the Catholic Church. (8:41)

Mass Intentions for September 9-15, 2019

Monday, September 9

8:00 am          Mass, In Memory of Dan Meyer

Tuesday, September 10

8:00 am          Mass, In Memory of Charlotte Miner

Wednesday, September 11

8:00 am         Mass, Special Intention for a parishioner

Thursday, September 12

8:00 am         Mass, In Memory of Jane Fuson

Friday, September 13

8:00 am         Mass, In Memory of Dan Meyer

Saturday, September 14

5:00 pm         Mass, In Memory of Joan Henkels

Sunday, September 15

8:00 am        Mass, In Memory of Dan Meyer

10:00 am        Mass, Deceased Members of Assumption Parish

 

Announcements for September 8, 2019

  1. Sunday RE classes begin THIS Sunday, September 8th if you have not signed up-please see Cathy Davidson. 2nd year Confirmation classes also begin THIS Sunday, with a mandatory parent meeting at 5pm in the Church.  If you cannot attend please contact Cathy Davidson. 

 

  1. For the protection for all attending classes we have established a one entrance system. We are in need of people willing to be our first line of defense for the students.  Please contact Paul Hauser if you would be willing to offer 1 hour and 15 minutes to protect our parish young people.

 

  1. Join the Adult Faith Bible study “The Great Adventure” starting this Monday, September 9th or Wednesday, September 11th. See the bulletin for more details.

 

  1. The Adult Book Club will be meeting on September 15th see the bulletin for more details on that as well!

 

  1. The Knights of Columbus will be serving Breakfast Burritos next Sunday after both Masses with the NCYC kids. All proceeds will go to help their mission.  Please plan to attend!

Eucharist

What does it mean that Jesus Christ is present in the Eucharist under the appearances of bread and wine?  How does this happen?

The real presence of the risen Christ in the Eucharist is an inexhaustible mystery that the Church can never fully explain in words.  We must remember that the triune God is the creator of all that exists.

As St. Ambrose said: “If the word of the Lord Jesus is so powerful as to bring into existence things which were not, then all the more so those things which already exist can be changed into something else.”

In chapter 6 of the Gospel taken from John, we read things such as, “I am the living bread that came down from heaven . . . for my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink.”

The whole Christ is truly present, body, blood, soul, and divinity, under the appearances of bread and wine—the glorified Christ who rose from the dead after dying for our sins.  This presence of Christ in the Eucharist is called “real” not to exclude other types of his presence as if they could not be understood as real.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church tells us that the Eucharist is the source and summit of our faith.  The risen Christ is present to his Church in many ways, but most especially through the sacrament of his Body and Blood.

We celebrate the Mass . . . the Eucharist . . . the Lord’s Supper . . . the Blessed Sacrament . . . Holy Communion . . . transubstantiation . . . by whatever name it is called, Catholics have believed and taught about this awesome reality from the very beginnings of the Church instituted by Christ. (8:40)

Mass Intentions September 2-8, 2019

Monday, September 2 (Labor Day)

9:00 am       Mass, In Memory of Charlotte Miner

Tuesday, September 3

8:00 am       Mass, In Memory of Mary Ladurini

Wednesday, September 4

8:00 am       Mass, In Memory of Dan Meyer

Thursday, September 5

8:00 am       Mass, In Memory of Brenda Schram

Friday, September 6

8:00 am       Mass, Special Intention for a parishioner

Saturday, September 7

5:00 pm       Mass, Deceased Member of Assumption Parish

Sunday, September 8

8:00 am       Mass, In Memory of Vern Meyer

10:00 am     Mass, Leon & Vivian Hosch

 

Announcements for August 31-September 1, 2019

 

  1. Religious Education classes start Wednesday, September 4th if you have not yet registered please do so NOW! Registration forms on are the Church website.  Class lists are being prepared so please get them in promptly.

 

  1. The Adult Faith Bible study “The Great Adventure” will begin September 9th. Pick up a bulletin to see further details.

 

  1. The Diocese has provided our Parish with 10 tickets to attend Bishop-elect Joensen’s ordination as Bishop and installation to the Des Moines Diocese on Friday, September 27 @ 2pm at St. Francis. We will be having a lottery drawing for those 10 tickets, please write your name and phone number on a piece of paper and drop in the lockbox located in the Gather space next to the pamphlet rack before September 3rd!  Father will be drawing those names on Wednesday, September 4th!

 

  1. The Parish Offices will be CLOSED on Monday in observance of Labor Day.

Ritual

The Mass is a ritual.  When we attend Mass, we are participants, not spectators.  The Mass was never intended as entertainment but rather a means that through the repetition of prayers, movements, and the changing of bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ, we are spiritually formed, inspired and consoled.

The Mass does not try to induce a particular feeling in participants.  It allows each person to bring his or her own feelings and incorporate them into the liturgy.  That’s why it is possible for two people to attend Mass, one grieving a death and the other celebrating a birth, yet both feel connected.

The whole point during Mass is to offer ourselves and all that we may be feeling to God in Jesus Christ. (8:39)