Since Vatican II the Sacrament of Anointing is no longer referred to as the Last Rites. This important Sacrament is now called the Sacrament of the Sick. A person may receive this Sacrament whenever they are ill or preparing for a hospital stay, for whatever reason.
Reception of this Sacrament is no longer connected to death, but rather is meant to strengthen us in our moments of illness.
The dictionary defines the word ordinary as something that is customary, usual or familiar. What is familiar or common to Christians is the weekly celebration of the paschal mystery. This mystery recalls the life, death and most importantly the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The first day of the week becomes for the believer a day of play and worship. Through play and worship Sunday is in itself a sacrament of the redeemed.
Congratulations to our First Communion and Confirmation students and their families as we the close another grace-filled year in our Autism Program. Thank You, Margaret Andreozzi, Father Gagne, and the many teachers for their hard work and devotion.
The accounts of the resurrection talk about seeing and believing, and not seeing Jesus. The garden account tells us that Mary did not recognize Jesus; she thought he was the gardener. Thomas could not bring himself to believe that he was alive, and had appeared to the others. A week later, he saw and believed. The disciples on the road to Emmaus did not recognize the stranger that walked along with them and entered their conversation. And the gospel tells us; they recognized him in the breaking of the bread.
The Sister Mary Angelus Permanent Endowment Fund has now been established. This agreement is between St. Peter Parish and the Catholic Foundation of Rhode Island. The Catholic Foundation will manage the Endowment. Interest generated from this endowment will be sent to the parish and used to provide scholarship assistance for deserving students.
Although we were taught as Christians, to believe in one God in three divine persons, the actual practice of our faith sometimes suggests that for many, God is an old man in a white beard, who judges, punishes, and keeps a record of every mistake we make. This God is to be feared, appeased, and at best approached with great caution.
During this past year several deceased parishioners included St. Peter Parish and School in their estate plans prior to their passing. To date, we have received almost $30,000 from people who made provisions for their parish in their last will and testaments.
During the past 2000 years there have been so many advances in science, medicine, language, and technology. And yet, when I heard the cheers and applause for passing late term abortion legislation at the state capital, I thought of the crowds of people who cheered for those who died in the arenas of the Roman Empire, simply to provide entertainment. Some also died because of their refusal to worship the pagan god’s of the empire.
When the devil left Jesus in the desert, after his third temptation, the gospel writer writes, “when the devil had finished every temptation, he departed from him for a time.” (Luke 4:12) There is implied here that the devil wasn’t finished with Jesus, and that he would come back to tempt him again. It was only after the resurrection that Jesus defeated the devil. The devil, however, has never given up tempting the followers of Jesus.