Mass Schedule

We welcome ALL to join us in the celebration of Mass!

Saturday: 5 p.m.
Sunday: 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Thursday Friday:  8:15 a.m.
Holy Days: Variable

Annunciation Awakening Retreat Oct. 5-7, 2018

Come away with us to be with Jesus and experience God’s abiding love for you.

From Bulletin, Sunday, August 19

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “Jesus has made Himself the Bread of Life to give us life. Night and day, He is there. If you really want to grow in love, come back to the Eucharist, come back to that Adoration.”

—St. Teresa of Calcutta

SCRIPTURE FOCUS: “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink.”

The Doctrine of Transubstantiation is a teaching of the Church that developed in the Middle Ages as a way of explaining how the bread and wine that we receive at Mass are no longer bread and wine but the real Body and Blood of Christ. No one used the term “transubstantiation” before the tenth century but the belief that Christ is truly present in the Eucharist goes back to the earliest days of the Church. Christians experienced this “real presence” but didn’t know how to explain it clearly. The bread and wine they received at Mass still looked like bread and wine, but Christians believed them to become the Body and Blood of Christ which brought them life and spiritual growth in a special way.

The rediscovery of the philosophy of Aristotle gave medieval Christians a language in which to explore their understanding that the bread and wine of the Eucharist were not “just” signs of Jesus presence but were the real presence indeed. They combined two Latin words, “trans” meaning “across” and “substantia” meaning substance or essence.

In Aristotle’s philosophy, things can share the same nature even when they differ in some specifics. For example, a brown wooden rocking chair and a red overstuffed sofa are both recognizable as chairs, even though they look very different from one another. What makes them both “a chair” is their substance, while the size, color, shape, texture and other things that differentiate them are called “accidents.”

The teaching of transubstantiation, as summarized by St. Thomas Aquinas, the great theologian of the thirteenth century, was that “the whole substance of the bread is changed into the whole substance of Christ’s Body, and the whole substance of the wine into the whole substance of Christ’s Blood.” The accidents–color, texture, shape, and so on–remain those of bread and wine. When you eat and drink, for example, the host does not bleed. You taste bread and wine. But the substance, the very nature of this reality is now Christ’s Body and Blood.

This way of describing the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist worked very well for Christians in the Middle Ages, and for many years thereafter. The teaching of Christ’s real presence in the Eucharist is, like many Catholic teachings, fundamentally a way of encountering a mystery. It attempts to provide a hint of an understanding about what is, in human terms, truly beyond understanding. We can’t wrap our minds around a mystery, but we can experience it through the eyes of faith.

NET MINISTRIES FALL TRAINING: As many of you know, I did not grow up in Minnesota, but in the great state of Texas. After I graduated from Texas A&M in May of 2003, I came to Minnesota and spent four years volunteering and serving with NET Ministries. If you are not familiar with NET check out their website: www.netusa.org.

Each year NET Ministries recruits about 180 Catholic young adults to volunteer for a school year (August - May) to travel all over the country in teams of 10-12 and share the good news of Jesus Christ with thousands of Catholic teenagers. I served on a NET Team in 2003-2004 and then took a full-time job working at NET’s headquarters in West Saint Paul from 2004-2007. I cannot even begin to tell you how much serving with NET those four years impacted my life and really helped to form me into the priest I am today. I learned things while serving with NET that no seminary in the world could teach me. In fact, I never would have ended up as a priest in the Twin Cities if NET had not brought me here after college.

Over the next two weeks (August 19—September 1) this year’s crop of NET missionaries will be undergoing an intense training program at a camp in Amery, Wisconsin. As the Chaplain for NET Ministries (an assignment I was given by Archbishop Hebda) I will be helping out with this training by celebrating a few Masses, hearing confessions, and giving some talks. So, over the course of the next two weeks I will be in-and-out, making a few trips to Wisconsin. We will still have our usual daily Mass schedule.

PRAY FOR OUR SCHOOL TEACHERS & STAFF! They will all be back this week getting ready for the first day of school on Monday, August 27!

CHANGE IN WEEKEND CONFESSION TIME:Starting on Sunday, September 2 the Sacrament of Reconciliation will be offered from 4:30pm to 5:15pm every Sunday afternoon. There will no longer be confessions available on Saturdays from 9:30am to 10:30am.

ANNUNCIATION AWAKENING RETREAT: For those who have not been before, I invite you to come on our biannual retreat called the “Annunciation Awakening Retreat” on the weekend of October 5—7. The retreat will be held at Dunrovin Retreat Center, which is located on 50 secluded acres of national park in Marine on St. Croix, MN. At the retreat you will learn more about God the Father’s tremendous love for you and have the opportunity to establish and deepen your personal relationship with Christ.

The Retreat will include: Mass, Confession opportunities, Eucharistic Adoration, Communal Prayer Times, Music, Talks by Father Park, Small Groups/Fellowship, and time for silence & rest. You can sign up for the Awakening Retreat through our parish website: www.annunciationmsp.org/church/