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Why Do We Still Use Latin in the Liturgy?

12-15-2019Fr. Robert Seraph Aliunzi, AJ

Last weekend, I addressed briefly the questions surrounding the use of Latin in our Liturgy and promised to give you more detail in this article. I wish to fulfill that promise now.

As you might have already known, Vatican Council II introduced many significant reforms in the Church but many of these have been either misinterpreted or grossly misunderstood. Perhaps, one of those widely misunderstood reforms concern liturgy, which to me is the linchpin of our Catholic life. Regarding liturgy, it is important to note that one of the liturgical reforms called for by the Fathers of the Second Vatican Council was to give to local bishops the authority to allow the celebration of Mass in the "vernacular" language, meaning the spoken language of the people in their local territory. And, this was NOT intended to abolish use of Latin. But the fact that almost every Mass you attend today is in the vernacular has led many people to believe that it was the intention of the Council to eliminate the use of Latin altogether; and some have even developed a spirituality of the Mass which makes them believe that they cannot participate fully in the celebration unless it is in a language they can understand.

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Help Wanted: Nursery Volunteers

Sundays, during 9:00am & 11:00am Masses. Please consider volunteering one Sunday a month. Teenagers in need of service hours and adults welcomed. A volunteer sign-up sheet is available in the Parish Office.

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Honeybaked Hams for Sale

Dec 7, 2019 - Dec 8, 2019

Place your orders after all Masses Dec 7/8 or Dec 14/15.
Order Pickup is Sat, Dec 21 between 1:00-3:00pm

*HoneyBaked Ham Co. will donate a percentage of your purchase to the music ministry!

Have you been thinking about becoming Catholic?

Dec 15, 2019: 10:15am - 12:15pm (weekly)

RCIA Sessions meet on Sundays from 10:15am-12:15pm in the Adult Ed Center.

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Blessed is She

Dec 16, 2019: 7:00pm - 8:30pm (every third Monday of the month)

3rd Wednesday of the month, 7:00-8:30pm in the church

Women from all over the Valley come together for prayer and worship, dynamic teaching, and small group discussion. Open to all women, age 18+.

Through the Bible Class with Kevin Saunders

Dec 16, 2019: 9:30am (weekly)

Mondays 9:30-11:00am in Hennessy Hall, Sep 16 - Dec 16

Join us this fall as Kevin works his way through every chapter and verse of the Acts of the Apostles! Advanced registration is not required and it is never too late to begin. Each lecture is recorded and posted on our website for registered participants.

Advent Mission

Dec 17, 2019 (weekly)

Tuesdays in Hennessy Hall: 6:00pm Dinner, 6:45pm Talk

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Christmas Mass Schedule

Dec 24, 2019 - Dec 25, 2019

Christmas Eve: 4:00pm Children’s Mass in Church and in Hennessy Hall, 6:30pm Mass in Church and in Hennessy Hall, 8:30pm Life Teen Mass in the Church, 12:00am Midnight Mass in the Church with Prelude Music at 11:30pm

Christmas Day: 10:00am Mass in the Church with Prelude Music at 9:30am

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Catholic Training Academy: Romans

Jan 14, 2020: 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Tuesdays 6:30pm - 8:30pm in Hennessy Hall beginning Tue, Jan 14 (Dinner will not be served)

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Kairos XXIX Registration is now open

Jan 17, 2020 - Jan 20, 2020

Jan 17-20 at UCYC, Prescott, AZ

There is a Mandatory parent/teen info session for Kairos on Thu, Dec 5. Please email us for more info.

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Blessed is She

Jan 20, 2020: 7:00pm - 8:30pm (every third Monday of the month)

3rd Wednesday of the month, 7:00-8:30pm in the church

Women from all over the Valley come together for prayer and worship, dynamic teaching, and small group discussion. Open to all women, age 18+.