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Mass – Solemnity of Pentecost

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Solemnity of Pentecost

“All of them where filled with the Holy Spirit”

May 24, 2015

Presider:  Rev. Barry J. Anwender

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Easter Vigil with RCIA

Resurrection of the Lord – April 4, 2015

Presider:   Rev. Barry J. Anwender

Mary at Tomb

The Easter Vigil celebration is the most important of all celebrations because on this night, the world was redeemed.  It is the Lord’s vigil, celebrated in honour of his resurrection. It is known as the “mother of all vigils.”  There are four parts to the liturgy.  The vigil this year is abundantly special at Blessed Sacrament Parish because Loretta, Hansini & Lief are celebrating the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) to enter into full communion with the Catholic Church.

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The Gathering

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Part I – Rite of Light

The first part, the Rite of Light, reminds us in several ways that Christ is the light of the cosmos.  We begin with the blessing of the new fire and the lighting of the paschal candle. During the procession with this candle, we are called to respond by singing, “Thanks be to God”, when we hear the words, “Christ Our Light.”  Our own candles are lit from this one candle.  Then comes the singing of the Easter Proclamation, which points out how great the Messiah is who has redeemed us from our sin.

Part II – Liturgy of The Word

The second part, the Liturgy of the Word, is the telling of the story of our salvation history.  We begin with the story of the creation, the first reading from Genesis.  We continue with the reading from Exodus, next we hear the reading of the Prophet Isaiah.  A responsorial Psalm and a prayer will follow each of these readings.  Before we hear the first New Testament reading, from Paul to the Romans, we sing the Glory to God.  Before the Gospel we sing the solemn alleluia, a word, which we have not heard since Ash Wednesday.  We then hear the story of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead.

Part III – Rite of Christian Initiation (RCIA)

The third part of the liturgy is devoted to the blessing of new water and baptism, reminding us of our own baptism.  Adult catechumens are baptized and candidates are welcomed into the parish community.  After their profession of faith with the assembly and their confirmation, we renew our own baptismal promises, since in baptism each one of us shared in the dying and rising of Jesus through our own dying to sin and rising to new life. The sprinkling is a reminder of the water of our baptism.

Part IV – Liturgy of The Eucharist

The fourth part is the Liturgy of the Eucharist and we now move from fasting to seven weeks of Easter feasting.  The new neophytes, who were just baptised and received into full communion with the Church, will share for the first time in the sacred banquet of the Eucharist, and we all go forth singing alleluias.

Holy Saturday – Preparations

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RCIA – Rite of Election

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

RCIA – The Rite of Election

Loretta, Hansini & Lief

 1st Sunday Lent – February 22, 2015

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The Rite of Election celebration coincides with the opening of Lent, and marks the beginning of the period of final, more intense, preparation for the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist) when the elect will be encouraged to follow Christ with greater generosity.

This second step in Christian initiation closes the period of the catechumenate proper (the lengthy period of formation of the catechumens’ minds and hearts).  Based on testimony of godparents and catechists and of the catechumens’ reaffirmation of their intention, the Church makes its “election”, that is, the choice and admission of catechumens who have dispositions making them fit to take part in the next major celebration, the Sacraments of Initiation.

The Rite of Election begins in the home parish of Blessed Sacrament where the catechumens ask that they be recognized for the progress they have made in their spiritual formation. They also ask to receive affirmation by the congregation’s blessings and prayers before they are sent forth to celebrate their election in Christ at Holy Rosary Cathedral by Archbishop Daniel J. Bohan.

Presider: Rev. Barry J. Anwender

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The Rite of Election occurs at Holy Rosary Cathedral by Archbishop Bohan because the acceptance made by the Local Church is founded on the election by God, in whose name the Church acts.  The catechumens inscribe their names in the Book of the Elect which lists those who have been chosen by Christ for initiation into full communion with the Roman Catholic Church at the forth coming Easter Vigil celebration in their home parish.

Presider: Most Rev. Daniel J. Bohan

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Book of Elect BSP-2015

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RCIA – Rite of Acceptance

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

RCIA – The Rite of Acceptance

Loretta, Hansini & Lief

 1st Sunday Advent – November 30, 2014

Presider: Rev. Barry J. Anwender

The rite of acceptance follows a stage of inquiry and introduction into the Christian faith for adults discerning and preparing to enter into full communion with the Catholic Church.   At this liturgical rite the candidates express their desire to enter the beginning of the catechumenate stage.   The parish of Blessed Sacrament accepts their intention to respond to God’s call to follow the way of Christ.

The period of the catechumenate is a time for nurturing and growth of the catechumen’s faith, their relationship with Christ and conversion to God.   Those who are not yet Christians, with the help of the Holy Spirit open their hearts so they can be freely converted to Jesus and commit themselves sincerely to him.   For he who is the way, the truth and the life fulfills all their spiritual expecations, indeed infinitely surpasses them.

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