From Father Carl
The seasons reveal the power of cycles. Liturgical life draws upon the natural order and is cyclical. Every rhythm of our day to day life has a cyclical nature to it. The Church prepares to end its current liturgical year and begin a new liturgical year on the First Sunday of Advent, November 29. Since we won’t have missals in the pews for the foreseeable future, I want to provide some personal missal options, all of which I have used and/or given as gifts. I present these as options for you based on experience. I encourage you to visit the various websites, view the samples, promotions, and determine which missal would be a good option for you. This is not an endorsement of one over another.
Three yearly Sunday Missals:
St. Joseph Sunday Missal Prayerbook and Hymnal for 2021: https://catholicbookpublishing.com/product/1507
2020-2021 Living with Christ Sunday Missal:
2020-2021 Living with Christ Sunday Missal for Young Catholics:
The Word Among Us: https://wau.org/subscribe/
Living with Christ: https://bayardfaithresources.com/products/living-with-christ
Some of these missals are included along with many other liturgical resources available through the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions: https://fdlc.org/covid
If you have questions about these various resources, do not hesitate to ask me.
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Be assured of my continued prayers and support for you and your loved ones.
St. Genevieve pray for us
(Rev. Carl Janicki)
A Glance at the Daily Mass Readings
Reflecting on St. Paul’s letter to Titus, which we hear this week, Bishop Richard Sklba offers this note, “the general acceptance of Christianity was largely dependent upon their [Christians] good example, and their ability to reflect the best human behavior.” This is a beautiful example of how the lessons we learn from the early Church can still apply today, right now.
Fire Starters: Igniting the Holy in the Weekday Homily. Richard J. Sklba, 2013, pg. 545.
~ Prayer after an Election ~
God of all nations,
Father of the human family,
we give you thanks for the freedom we exercise
and the many blessings of democracy we enjoy
in these United States of America.
We ask for your protection and guidance
for all who devote themselves to the common good,
working for justice and peace at home and around the world.
We lift up all our duly elected leaders and public servants,
those who will serve us as president, as legislators and judges,
those in the military and law enforcement.
Heal us from our differences and unite us, O Lord,
with a common purpose, dedication, and commitment to achieve liberty and justice
in the years ahead for all people,
and especially those who are most vulnerable in our midst.
Catholic Household Blessings and Prayers, revised edition (Washington, DC: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, 2007). The “Prayer After an Election” by Cardinal Adam Maida, Archbishop of Detroit, is used with permission.