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Sunday, March 29, 2020
Fifth Sunday of Lent
Father Glenn Lopez and Father Josh Swallows
Domingo, 29 de marzo, 2020
V Domingo de Cuaresma
Padre Josh Swallows y Padre Glenn Lopez
Catholics can make an Act of Spiritual Communion It has long been a Catholic understanding that when circumstances prevent one from receiving Holy Communion, it is possible to make an Act of Spiritual Communion which is a source of grace. Spiritual Communion means uniting one’s self in prayer with Christ’s sacrifice and worshiping Him in His Body and Blood. The most common reason for making an Act of Spiritual Communion is when a person cannot attend Mass. Acts of Spiritual Communion increase our desire to receive sacramental Communion and help us avoid the sins that would make us unable to receive Holy Communion worthily.
An Act of Spiritual Communion
My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.
A message from our Parochial Administrator, Fr Josh:
Dear Most Precious Blood Family,
A note about Mass intentions…We take our commitment to offering Masses for a specific intention seriously. I thought I would take this as an opportunity to share with you all some information on how this works. This was all surprising to me when I learned about it in seminary. Canon Law has strict guidelines regarding Mass intentions. When someone makes a donation to have a Mass said for the intention of a loved one, the parish has to honor that commitment, even if the Mass had to be canceled. A Mass is still owed! During the prayer of the faithful, we can pray for all sorts of intentions (the sick, the hungry, those in need, etc.). But this is different than “the Mass intention”, that’s why there is a specific time during the Mass when we say, “this Mass was being offered for <intention>…”
Also, the Pastor or parochial administrator, by Canon Law, must offer one Mass for “The People of the Parish” on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation. That’s why every weekend one of our Masses is celebrated for all of you!
Why am I talking about this?
This actually came up as all of us priests are offering Masses for the community, even though we can’t gather together to celebrate Mass because the church is closed due to current Coronavirus. We still need to pray for those intentions. So I wanted to share how we are handling this for our weekend Masses, but I also thought you might appreciate learning about the importance we give Mass intentions.
As we record our Sunday Masses, we will record two Masses, one in English and one in Spanish, you will notice two intentions being named for the English Mass (that would have originally been the 5:00 PM Vigil, and the 8:00 AM Mass intention) and two intentions being named for the Spanish Mass (The 10:00 Mass intention, and the 12:00 Mass intention). Why are their two Mass intentions named and not just one? Good question! Because both Fr Glenn and I are celebrating those Masses, that is actually considered to be two Masses being said. The concelebrant is free to have their own Mass intention in addition to the celebrant. As for the 5:30 PM Mass Fr Glenn and I have decided to make sure we concelebrate Mass together for you every Wednesday, and one of us will offer that for the 5:30 PM Mass intention and the other for the intention of that Wednesday. For instance, the 5:30 Mass intention we would have prayed for this coming Sunday, one of us will pray for this coming Wednesday.
I hope that was not too confusing, but please know that you are always in our prayers and your intentions are important to us. Stay safe and God bless.
Resources are available to help the faithful remain in prayer and draw near to God during this holy season of Lent. These resources are posted below and this list will be updated as we learn more from our parishes.
• Faith Fit App: Tune into faith-filled podcasts by local Catholics plus special presentations featuring Catholic speakers, singers, musicians & more! Download the app at https://apps.apple.com/us/app/faith-fit-app/id1435157037
• Free Access to Give Us This Day: https://giveusthisday.org/Digital
o Prayer Resources: http://www.usccb.org/coronavirus
o Daily Readings: http://www.usccb.org/
• EWTN Television: https://www.ewtn.com/tv
• CCTN – the Catholic Community Television Network – is broadcast from a TV studio operated by Holy Family Parish in Orlando. CCTN televises the Sunday Mass and other spiritually enriching programs. The Mass is broadcast every Sunday from 2:00 pm. – 3:00 p.m. on WTGL-TV 45. This station is available on various channels, depending on your service provider. Please check with your service provider for details. CCTN also
utilizes online media avenues such as YouTube to showcase special productions, such as homilies from Holy Family Parish; short biographies of saints; and the reading of the Gospel, complete with images. Subscribe to the CCTN YouTube Channel by clicking here.
• Talk / Devotional English Adults – Divine Mercy Radio (WDMC 920 AM), an approved apostolate led by Bob Groppe, purchased a “fixer-upper” frequency and station in 2008. The majority of their programming is provided from EWTN and they also air locally produced programs. Their studio is located in Melbourne and their broadcast is heard in Brevard County and parts of Volusia and Orange counties (as well as two other counties outside of the Diocese of Orlando). They promote their apostolate as “Catholic Radio for Florida’s Space and Treasure Coast.” A priest of the diocese sits on the board of Divine Mercy Radio.
• Talk / Devotional English Adults – Relevant Radio
Eustis – 90.3 FM WIGW
Orlando – 1080 AM WHOO
Orlando – 1190 AM WAMT
Relevant Radio provides programming that speaks to the human condition, helping to bridge the gap between faith and everyday life. The network produces a variety of popular and exciting programs to help strengthen the family, solve everyday problems, and raise the heart and mind to God.
• Tell us who you are so that we might pray for you: firstname.lastname@example.org