The Bulletin | Nov 25

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YOUNG-AT-HEART CHRISTMAS DINNER – Thursday, December 6 after the Noon Mass. Tickets will be sold before the 9 and 11 am masses today and December 2. Tickets: Paid up Members: $ 20. Non Members: $ 25.

THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS will be celebrating their 105th anniversary on Dec. 1 with a dinner at St. Peter’s Church Hall. All parishioners are welcome. The multi course dinner is $35 per person. Contact Rod Giddens at 604-525- 3030 for tickets. The Knights will be serving Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, December 2. They will be collecting pennies for “Pennies for Heaven” (all proceeds go to vocations). Don’t forget to bring your pennies.

SOCIAL JUSTICE COMMITTEE: We will again be collecting items this year for Christmas gift bags to be delivered to the residents of Luke 15 House (adult men), December 2nd, December 9, 16. Some suggestions would be new socks, gloves, scarves, candy, toiletries, underwear, books, games, gift cards to Tim Horton’s McDonald’s or movies. No used items.

Vatican II: Sacraments of Reconciliation, Anointing of the Sick and Ordination.

1) Additional note on baptism. The Catholic Church recognizes baptism in all Christian Churches who baptize with water and in the name of the Trinity.
2) The Church recommends confessing venial sins although this is not strictly necessary. We usually celebrate communal celebrations of reconciliation with individual confession (the second rite), before Christmas and Easter. Venial sins are forgiven by receiving communion, through prayer and acts of charity.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church affirms:
“1393 Holy Communion separates us from sin. The body of Christ we receive in Holy Communion is ‘given up for us,’ and the blood we drink ‘shed for the many for the forgiveness of sins.’ For this reason the Eucharist cannot unite us to Christ without at the same time cleansing us from past sins and preserving us from future sins.
1394 As bodily nourishment restores lost strength, so the Eucharist strengthens our charity, which tends to be weakened in daily life; and this living charity wipes away venial sins. By giving himself to us Christ revives our love and enables us to break or disordered attachments to creatures and root ourselves in him.
1395 By the same charity that it enkindles in us, the Eucharist preserves us from future mortal sins. The more we share the life of Christ and progress in his friendship, the more difficult it is to break away from him by mortal sin. The Eucharist is not ordered to the forgiveness of mortal sins – that is proper to the sacrament of Reconciliation.” The prayer after communion in the Mass for the Third Sunday of Advent goes as follows: “We implore your mercy, Lord, that this divine sustenance may cleanse us of our faults and prepare us for the coming feasts.”
3) 73. ” ‘Extreme unction’, which may, more fittingly be called ‘Anointing of the Sick,’ is not a sacrament intended only for those who are at the point of death. As soon as a person begins to be in danger of death from sickness or old age, this is a suitable time to receive this sacrament.”
Before Vatican II this was the sacrament of the dying. Today it is primarily seen as the sacrament of the sick and those who are growing weaker through old age. The sacrament may be received several times during the same illness. A sick person may be anointed before surgery for a serious illness. Sick children may be anointed if they have received First Communion.
The ideal sacrament for the dying is viaticum, “food for the journey”, Holy Communion. The dying person may be also anointed. There is also a continuous rite confession, anointing of the sick and receiving Communion (Viaticum).
4) Ordination.
Before Vatican II a person became a member of the clergy by receiving what were called the minor orders: doorkeeper, reader, exorcist and acolyte. Then came the major orders: sub-diaconate, diaconate, priest. In 1973 Pope Paul VI abolished the minor orders of doorkeeper and exorcist as well as the sub-diaconate. The two remaining minor orders became lay ministries. Other lay ministries were encouraged, for example, catechists and extraordinary ministers of communion.
Since 1973, a person becomes a member of the clergy by being ordained to the diaconate. The permanent diaconate for both married and single men was, reintroduced in the Catholic Church; this had been the practice in the Church until about 700.
Today there are over 36,000 permanent deacons in the Church. About half of them are in the United States. There are over 1000 permanent deacons in Canada. About 20 men are preparing to be ordained permanent deacons in the Archdiocese of Vancouver. A second group will begin soon. There is an ongoing discussion in the Church today regarding the ordination of women to the diaconate. The role of deacons in the Church is to minister to the poor, (homeless, refugees, prisoners, street people), to preach, and to assist in the liturgy.
In the Latin Catholic Church, in general, celibacy, and the single state, is required to be ordained to the priesthood. There are some married priests, clergy from other Churches who joined the Catholic Church and were ordained to the priesthood.
The Eastern Catholic Churches, for example, the Ukrainian Catholic Church, have both married and celibate priests. There are 21 Eastern Catholic Churches in the world.