Occasion of Sin

An occasion of sin may be a person, place, or thing that offers one the opportunity, inducement, or enticement to sin.  Occasion also involves the internal or subjective inclination to sin.

The occasion may be proximate, that is, when it is such that it almost always results in sin.  This proximate occasion may be free, that is, easily avoidable; or necessary, that is, avoidable only with difficulty, if at all.

It is always, the “better part of valor” to avoid the occasions of sin, even when this means difficulty, for sin has not only a spiritual debilitating effect, but psychologically and physically it has a cumulative effect.

Everyone of common sense knows that to repeatedly be imprudent through, say, the use of drugs, will cause one to become psychologically and physiologically harmed.

Death is the result of sin, not only physical death but the spiritual death that separates the individual from God.  Thus, in the death of Christ and in His resurrection, our death, judgment and resurrection are included.

In Christ and through Him the spiritual death of humankind is done away with, and the person will have life everlasting in the love of God. (8:26)

Charism

Charism is the Greek word used in the New Testament for “favor” or “gratuitous gift.”

Charisms, or spiritual gifts, are special abilities given to all Christians by the Holy Spirit to give them power both to represent Christ and to be a channel of God’s goodness for people.  Whether extraordinary or ordinary, all charisms ought to be exercised in the service of God.

According to Catholic teaching, all the baptized possess one or more charisms (Catechism of the Catholic Church).

Charisms differ from natural talents in several important ways. Charisms are not “in-born;” that is, inherited from our parents; but are given to us by the Holy Spirit, whom we received through Baptism and Confirmation.

Secondly, charisms are supernaturally empowering. In other words, they enable us to have an effectiveness that surpasses our natural, human abilities.

One could use a natural talent for an evil purpose, or for our own enjoyment.  However, God will not allow himself to be used for evil, and charisms are always for the benefit of others, rather than ourselves.

Mass Intentions for May 20-26, 2019

Monday, May 20

8:00 am          Mass, In Memory of Mary Chiri

Tuesday, May 21

8:00 am          Mass, Deceased Members of Assumption Parish

Wednesday, May 22

8:00 am         Mass, In Memory of Margaret Hurley

Thursday, May 23

8:00 am          Mass, Deceased Members of Assumption Parish

Friday, May 24

8:00 am          Mass, In Memory of Doris Crnkovich

Saturday, May 25

5:00 pm          Mass, In Memory of Bob Bobowski

Sunday, May 26

8:00 am          Mass, In Memory of John Burke

10:00 am       Mass, Deceased Members of Assumption Parish

 

Announcements for May 18-19, 2019

  1. Assumption Bible School “ROAR” will be June 17-22nd. From 9am-11:30am. We are looking for volunteers of all ages.  If interested in signing up, please see the gathering space for more information.  You can also sign up online thru the parish website.

 

  1. If you were one that brought a dessert for our past Lenten Fish Fry’s and are still missing your cake pans, please take a moment and look on the coat rack in the gathering space to see if we may have it.

 

  1. Please join us Tuesday, May 21st for Adoration here at the Church.

 

  1. Diane Bowman will be in the gathering space after Mass to help answer any questions about being a Host family for the Woodward/Granger School district for foreign exchange students.

 

 

Stigmata

From the Greek, meaning “marks,” this refers in Church use to the visible wounds, scars, or skin abrasions that appear on the flesh of individuals.  They correspond to the wounds suffered by Christ in the crucifixion.

Stigmata are accompanied by pain.  Numerous instances are recorded of this charism having been bestowed on persons of unusual holiness, more than three hundred in all.

The majority of the stigmata are external, visible, and very painful.  There are other marks of Our Lord’s Passion which are not visible, for example, those of St. Catherine of Siena.

St. Catherine at first had visible stigmata but through humility she asked that they might be made invisible, and her prayer was heard. These are called invisible stigmata and are equally painful. (8:24)

Mass Intentions for May 13-19, 2019

Monday, May 13

8:00 am         Communion Service

Tuesday, May 14

8:00 am         Communion Service

Wednesday, May 15

8:00 am         Communion Service

Thursday, May 16

8:00 am         Communion Service

Friday, May 17

8:00 am         Mass, In Memory of Maurice Breen

Saturday, May 18

5:00 pm         Mass, In Memory of Dr. Nicholas Reid

Sunday, May 19

8:00 am         Mass, In Memory of Jim Nixon

10:00 am Mass, Deceased Members of Assumption Parish

 

Announcements for May 11-12, 2019

  1. Last chance to get a family photo for our upcoming Pictorial Directory. If you haven’t already booked your appointment please go out to the Church website and do so today!

 

  1. Assumption Bible School “ROAR” will be June 17-22nd. From 9am-11:30am. We are looking for volunteers of all ages.  If interested in signing up, please see the gathering space for more information.

 

  1. We will have a Memorial Day Mass celebrated at Beaver Catholic Cemetery on Monday, May 27th. Light refreshments served afterwards.

Vatican Council I

This council was summoned by Pope Pius IX June 29, 1868.  The first session was held in St Peter’s basilica on December 8, 1869, in the presence and under the direction of the pope.

The purpose of the council, besides the condemnation of contemporary errors, such as, the rising influence of rationalism, liberalism, and materialism, which the Church condemned, was to define the Catholic doctrine concerning the church of Christ.

There was discussion and approval of only two constitutions: “Dogmatic Constitution on the Catholic Faith” and “First Dogmatic Constitution on the Church of Christ,” the latter dealing with the primacy and infallibility of the bishop of Rome.

The doctrine of papal infallibility was not new and had been used by Pope Pius in defining as dogma, in 1854, the Immaculate Conception of Mary.

The discussion and approval of this latter constitution during the council gave rise, particularly in Germany, to serious controversies which led to the withdrawal from the Church of those known as “Old Catholics.”

The outbreak of the Franco-Prussian war led to the interruption and indefinite suspension of the council.  It was in fact never resumed, nor was it ever officially closed.  (8:23)

Announcements for May 4-5, 2019

  1. The Knights of Columbus scholarship paperwork is due Sunday, May 5th. Please see the bulletin for full details.

 

  1. If you have not yet signed up for your photos for our Parish Directory we ask that you please go out to the Church website and sign up today! Pictures start May 7th!

 

  1. Our next Baptismal Prep class is scheduled for May 19th. Please call the Parish office to register. 

 

 

SATURDAY NIGHT ONLY

  1. Please join us after Mass tonight for a Meet & Greet reception for the individuals who were received into the Church this past Easter Vigil and last year’s recipients. This is a wonderful opportunity to introduce yourselves and welcome them into our Assumption family.  Lite refreshments will be provided.

Mass Intentions for May 6-12, 2019

Monday, May 6

8:00 am          Mass, In Memory of Sheryl Kock

Tuesday, May 7

8:00 am          Mass, In Memory of Jan Hugeback

Wednesday, May 8

8:00 am         Mass, In Memory of Darlene Heithoff

Thursday, May 9

8:00 am          Mass, Deceased Members of Assumption Parish

Friday, May 10

8:00 am          Mass, In Memory of Kathy Cox

Saturday, May 11

5:00 pm          Mass, In Memory of Mary Alice Hansen

Sunday, May 12

8:00 am          Mass, Deceased Members of Assumption Parish

10:00 am        Mass, In Memory of Allyson Merry