With warmer weather upon us (hard to believe), for the honor of God and His house, and for the edification of our neighbor, kindly remember to be thoughtful in one’s attire for Holy Mass. Using the Vatican dress code as a reliable guide, while casual dress is acceptable, please be sure that all clothing has sleeves that cover the shoulders, dresses reach the knee, and shorts and accentuating attire are altogether avoided. God reward you for your attention in these regards!
With the side chapel completed in her honor, the women of the parish are invited to attend devotions to our Lady of Perpetual Help on the third Monday of each month at 6:00 PM, beginning September 16. The devotions will generally include a short sermon on a spiritual topic with simple exposition of the Blessed Sacrament (open Tabernacle door), followed by the usual daily Mass at 7:00 PM.
With the increase of parish attendance, we are blessed with an increasing interest in serving at the altar for Mass. To this end, there will be an organizational meeting on Wednesday, September 4, from 6:30-8:00, for both current servers and those interested in joining (dads are encouraged to be at the meeting). Minimum requirements are that a boy has made his First Communion, is motivated, can follow directions, has an ability to memorize Latin, and work in a team. Please contact Fr. Saguto if there are any questions.
Having reviewed the input from the survey, a significant majority (91%) was disposed to the move of the 8:30 Sunday Mass to 8:00 AM to accommodate transition between Masses and sacramental preparation classes. A comparable percentage was favorable to the change of the weekday evening Mass from 7:30 to 7:00. The addition of a 5:00 PM Mass on Sundays was considered more of a convenience by most than a necessity.
With this in mind, please note that, effective Sunday, September 8, the 8:30 AM Mass will be moved up a half hour to 8:00 AM (confessions begin at 7:15). In that same week, the Masses on Monday and Friday evenings will begin at 7:00 PM (Exposition on Fridays will now begin at 5:30 with Benediction at 6:45). The addition of a 5:00 PM Mass on Sundays is under consideration. Thank you to all who participated in the survey.
There has recently been a number of inquiries in regards to ceremonies contained within the older rite of Baptism that are not present in the modern rites (i.e., exorcisms, anointings, and extra blessings), and whether these ceremonies can be “supplied” to those baptized with the modern rite.
The modern rite of Baptism is a promulgated ritual complete in itself (just as the older rite). But in regards to the older rite of Baptism (which we utilize exclusively here at All Saints), the Church only authorizes the use of the ceremonies within the context of either a Baptism or the reception of a convert who is already validly baptized; this especially applies to the exorcisms. Therefore, these ceremonies are not intended to be supplied to already validly baptized Catholics. If there are further questions on this matter, please see one of the priests.
As last year, All Saints has the privilege to use the rites of Holy Week prior to the reforms in 1955, granted by a limited indult to the Fraternity of St. Peter. Some noticeable changes will be in the increased length of the Passion narratives, which begin with the Last Supper, thus tying together the institution of the Holy Eucharist and the Crucifixion as one and the same sacrifice. On Good Friday, Holy Communion is only received by the celebrating priest, who alone stands at that liturgy in persona Christi; as it is the day our Lord died, the Church bids the attending faithful to fast from reception of Holy Communion, which in striking fashion brings out the absence of Christ. And the Holy Saturday liturgy is conducted during the day.
Further information and some excellent catechesis can be found online at www.pre1955holyweek.com.
As was announced, along with solemn Masses throughout the week, we will be blessed to have Bishop Cozzens celebrate the Mass for Holy Thursday; Bishop Joseph Perry, an auxiliary of Chicago and good friend to the Fraternity, will celebrate the liturgies on Good Friday and Holy Saturday. The 10:30 morning Mass on Easter Sunday will include an small orchestra, as was done at Christmas.
Please note that the seat belt sign is on.