Preaching

The essential function of presenting knowledge of the Word of God, the message of Jesus Christ, is attained through orally instructing, explaining, and admonishing the people by means of preaching.

Preaching is the oral communication or instruction on the meaning of the Scriptures and other aspects of the Faith.

The office of preaching has always been considered a preeminent ministry in the Church.  According to present legislation of the Church, the Pope and bishops are allowed to preach anywhere.

Priests and deacons possess the faculty to also preach, but not the inherent right to preach anywhere without the presumed permission of the pastor or rector of another place.

The homily is the most important form of preaching.  It is the address given after the Gospel during the celebration of Mass.

Current custom is to limit the homily to ten to fifteen minutes.  However, the solemnity of the occasion may require one of greater length.

A homily is recommended at all Masses and is required at Masses celebrated on Sundays and holy days of obligation.  It is forbidden for anyone but a bishop, priest or deacon to give the homily. (8:16)

Announcements for March 16-17, 2019

  1. As you know our Famous Knights of Columbus Fish Fries have begun, but we need your help in the dessert category. There are sign-up sheets in the gathering space for all Friday’s sign up where you can!

 

  1. In the gathering space are the sign-up sheets for our upcoming Photo shoot for our Parish Directory. Please look your calendars over and get signed up today.  Monday-Thursday you will be able to go out onto the website and sign up, weekend sign-ups here at the Church.  It won’t be complete until you sign up!

 

  1. We will have new Eucharistic Minister training on March 24th starting at 1pm. This is a great way to participate in weekend liturgy.  Call the Parish office if you are interested.  Also anyone interested in becoming a Sacristan please call the Parish office.  Thank you!

 

  1. Our next Baptismal Prep class will be held next Sunday, March 24th at 1pm. This class is intended for new parents and those who have not taken this class within the last 3 year.  Call the Parish office to register.

Mass Intentions for March 18-24, 2019

Monday, March 18

8:00 am       Mass, In Memory of Dan Catalfo Sr.

Tuesday, March 19

8:00 am       Mass, Deceased Members of Assumption Parish

Wednesday, March 20

8:00 am       In Memory of Doris Crnkovich

Thursday, March 21

8:00 am       Mass, Deceased Members of Assumption Parish

Friday, March 22

5:30 pm       Mass, In Memory of Phyllis Byrnes

Saturday, March 23

5:00 pm       Mass, In Memory of Bob Bobowski

Sunday, March 24

8:00 am       Mass, In Memory of Marcella Klocke

10:00 am     Mass, Deceased Members of Assumption Parish

Precepts of the Church continued

The precepts of the Church are duties that the Catholic Church requires of all the faithful and are found listed in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (2041-2043).  Last week the first three were detailed.

The fourth precept of the Church is “You shall observe the days of fasting and abstinence established by the Church.”  Fasting and abstinence, along with prayer and almsgiving, are powerful tools in developing our spiritual life.  Today, the Church requires Catholics to fast only on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, and to abstain from meat on the Fridays during Lent.  On all other Fridays of the year, we may perform some other penance in place of abstinence.

The fifth precept of the Church is “You shall help to provide for the needs of the Church.”  The Catechism notes that this “means that the faithful are obliged to assist with the material needs of the Church, each according to his own ability.”  In other words, we don’t necessarily have to tithe (give ten percent of our income), if we can’t afford it; but we should also be willing to give more if we can.  Our support of the Church can also be through donations of our time, and the point of both is not simply to maintain the Church but to spread the Gospel and bring others into the Church, the Body of Christ.

And for those who thought traditionally the precepts of the Church numbered seven instead of five, here are the other two precepts: To obey the laws of the Church concerning Matrimony; and to participate in the Church’s mission of Evangelization of Souls.  Both are still required of Catholics, but they are no longer included in the Catechism’s official listing of the precepts of the Church. (8:15)

Announcements for March 9-10, 2019

 

  1. Lenten Rice Bowls are on the Bulletin tables please take one for your family and prayerfully drop your donations in them and then return them on Holy Thursday!

 

  1. Grab a bulletin today for the many Lenten Devotions/Events that we will have available to you. A limited number of Lenten prayer booklets are available in the gathering space, get yours today!  This week’s Happy Hours on Sunday will be located in the Adult Faith room instead of the gym.

 

  1. As you know our Famous Knights of Columbus Fish Fries have begun, but we need your help in the dessert category. There are sign-up sheets in the gathering space for all Friday’s sign up where you can!

 

  1. The Assumption Knights are once again challenging each family in the parish to participate in 40 cans for Lent. A program where you collect one item for each day of Lent – 40 in total, or donate $40 to be used for the purchase of needed items be sure to put 40 cans for Lent in the memo line of your check.  This is a simple way to be generous during Lent and help those in need in our area.  See the flyers at the back of the church for more details.”

 

  1. In the gathering space are the sign-up sheets for our upcoming Photo shoot for our Parish Directory. Please look your calendars over and get signed up today.  Monday-Friday you will be able to go out onto the website and sign up, weekend sign-ups here at the Church.  It won’t be complete until you sign up!

Mass Intentions for March 11-17, 2019

 

Monday, March 11

8:00 am          Mass, Deceased Members of Assumption Parish

Tuesday, March 12

8:00 am          Mass, In Memory of F.E. McElmuray

Wednesday, March 13

8:00 am         Mass, Deceased Members of Assumption Parish

Thursday, March 14

8:00 am          Mass, Special Intentions for an Individual

Friday, March 15

5:30 pm          Mass, In Memory of Doris Crnkovich

Saturday, March 16

5:00 pm          Mass, In Memory of Kathy Cox

Sunday, March 17

8:00 am Mass, Deceased Members of Assumption Parish

10:00 am Mass, In Memory of Frank Nixon

 

Precepts of the Church

The precepts of the Church are duties that the Catholic Church requires of all the faithful.  Also called the commandments of the Church, they are binding under the pain of mortal sin, but the point is not to punish.

As the Catechism of the Catholic Church explains, the binding nature “is meant to guarantee to the faithful the indispensable minimum in the spirit of prayer and moral effort, in the growth of love of God and neighbor.”

The list of five precepts is found in the Catechism of the Catholic Church.  Some may remember that there were seven precepts of the Church; the other two may be found at the end of next week’s column.

The first precept of the Church is “You shall attend Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation and rest from servile labor.”

The second precept of the Church is “You shall confess your sins at least once a year.”  Strictly speaking, we only need to take part in the Sacrament of Confession if we have committed a mortal sin, but the Church urges us to make frequent use of the sacrament and, at a minimum, to receive it once each year in preparation for fulfilling our Easter Duty.

The third precept of the Church is “You shall receive the sacrament of the Eucharist at least during the Easter season.”  Today, most Catholics receive the Eucharist at every Mass they attend, but it wasn’t always so.

Since the Sacrament of Holy Communion binds us to Christ and to our fellow Christians, the Church requires us to receive it at least once each year, sometime between Palm Sunday and Trinity Sunday (the Sunday after Pentecost Sunday). (8:14)

Announcements for March 2-3, 2019

  1. Our 3rd Annual Lenten Happy Hours will begin THIS Sunday, March 3rd at 5pm. Come on a virtual pilgrimage as we explore the movie “The Way” starring Martin Sheen.

 

  1. In the gathering space is a box with some items in it. A High School student is doing a project for Domestic Abuse.  During this upcoming Lenten Season search your hearts to respond to her project. Place items in the box’s that will be provided.  Thank you!

 

  1. A fundraising event by the NCYC Group is in the Gathering space with brownies and breakfast burritos. Stop by today and stock up!

 

  1. Grab a bulletin today for the many Lenten Devotions/Events that we will have available to you. Starting with 8am or 7pm Mass on Ash Wednesday.

Mass Intentions for March 4-10, 2019

Monday, March 4

8:00 am       Mass, Special Intentions for an Individual

Tuesday, March 5

8:00 am       Mass, Deceased Members of Assumption Parish

Wednesday, March 6

8:00 am       Mass, In Memory of Maury Breen

7:00 pm       Mass, Deceased Members of Assumption Parish

Thursday, March 7

8:00 am       Mass, In Memory of Mary Chiri

Friday, March 8

5:30 am       Mass, In Memory of Phyllis Byrnes

Saturday, March 9

5:00 pm       Mass, Deceased Members of Assumption Parish

Sunday, March 10

8:00 am       Mass, In Memory of Sherry Kock

10:00 am     Mass, In Memory of Doris Crnkovich

Ten Commandments

The Ten Commandments, or the Commandments of God, also called the Decalogue, are the moral commands or laws given by God to Moses (Ex. 20:1–21) on Mount Sinai.

It is certain that the Decalogue (which the Greek root deca, meaning ten, is combined with logos, which means Word) was made up of ten distinct commandments (Deut. 5:2–33), no matter how they may be grouped.

These commands are interpreted by Christ in His Sermon on the Mount in Matthew chapter 5.  The first three are concerned with the love and true worship of God, and the other seven are directed to the love and justice due our neighbor.

The wording varies in either the original or translation, but the substance of the law remains.  The order traditional in the Church is that found in several common translations.

While the entire Judeo-Christian tradition uses the same Scriptural content for the Ten Commandments, their exact division and numbering varies.  The Catholic tradition uses the division of the Commandments established by St. Augustine.  (The Lutheran confessions also use this numbering, while some other confessions & traditions use slightly different numberings.)

Here are the Ten Commandments:

  1. I am the Lord your God: you shall not have strange gods before me.
  2. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.
  3. Remember to keep holy the Lord’s Day.
  4. Honor your father and your mother.
  5. You shall not kill.
  6. You shall not commit adultery.
  7. You shall not steal.
  8. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
  9. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife.

You shall not covet your neighbor’s goods.  (8:13)