Bulletin (June 22, 2003)

One of the questions which came up in the Archdiocesan Review was Mass Stipends. Perhaps you have noticed that most of the Masses listed in our Sunday bulletin have an assigned intention. That means someone has requested the Mass be offered for a deceased loved one or for the intention a living person (usually for someone’s health or in thanksgiving for some blessing). Although it is not strictly required, the one who requests the Mass usually makes some offering. The Code of Canon Law states:

The Christian faithful who make an offering so that the Mass may be applied for their intention contribute to the good of the Church and by their offering take part in the concern of the Church for the support of its minister and works. (canon 946)

All donations for Masses listed in our bulletin go for the needs of the parish. During this past fiscal year, the parish received around $3000 in Mass stipends. The normal donation is from five to twenty dollars, but as I indicated, the donation is not the principal concern.

It is a long-standing tradition for the pastor to offer at least one Sunday Mass “for the people,” but otherwise the following Masses are normally available for an intention:

Monday, 8:30 a.m.; Tues, 8:30 a.m. & 8:30 p.m. (Latin); Wed, 6 & 7 p.m. (Spanish); Thurs 8:30 a.m.; Fri, 8:30 a.m.; Sat, 8 a.m., 5 p.m., 6:30 p.m. (Span); Sun 8, 9:30 (Span), 11 & 12:30 (Span), 6 p.m. (Filipino).

To schedule a Mass for a specific intention, please call Monica, 206-767-6220 or stop by the parish office. We also have Mass cards which may be the sent to the person prayed for or, in the case of a Massed for the deceased, to a family member.

This coming week, from Monday through Wednesday, Fr. Ramon and I will be down at Ocean Shores for the annual Priests Days gathering. Please remember us and all the priests of the Archdiocese in your prayers.

This Friday is the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. There will be Mass at 8:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. (Spanish).

Next Sunday we celebrate the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul. Here is what a third century author had to say about St. Peter:

"The Lord says to Peter: ‘I say to you,’ he says, ‘that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of hell will not overcome it. And to you I will give the keys of the kingdom of heaven . . . ’ [Matt. 16:18–19]. On him [Peter] he builds the Church, and to him he gives the command to feed the sheep [John 21:17], and although he assigns a like power to all the apostles, yet he founded a single chair [cathedra], and he established by his own authority a source and an intrinsic reason for that unity. Indeed, the others were that also which Peter was [i.e., apostles], but a primacy is given to Peter, whereby it is made clear that there is but one Church and one chair. . . . If someone does not hold fast to this unity of Peter, can he imagine that he still holds the faith? If he [should] desert the chair of Peter upon whom the Church was built, can he still be confident that he is in the Church?" (Cyprian of Carthage, The Unity of the Catholic Church 4; 1st edition [A.D. 251]).

Algunos me han preguntado sobre intenciones para misas. Quizás Ud. ha notado que la mayoría de las misas tienen una intención asignada. Significa que alguien ha pedido que la misa sea ofrecida por un difunto o la intención de una persona viva (generalmente su salud o en gratitud por una bendición recibida). A pesar ser estrictamente requerido, la persona que pide la misa generalmente hace una ofrenda. El Código de Ley Canónica dice:

El fiel cristiano que hace una ofrenda para que la misa sea aplicada para su intención contribuya al bien de la Iglesia y por su ofrenda participa en la preocupación de la Iglesia para apoyar a su ministro y sus obras. (946)

Toda donación para misas mencionadas en el boletín va para las necesidades de la parroquia. Durante este año fiscal, la parroquia recibió unos $3000 en estipendios. La donación normal es entre cinco y veinte dólares, pero como indique, la donación no es la preocupación principal.

Como párroco ofrezco una de las misas dominicales “por los feligreses,” pero, aparte de ella, las misas siguientes normalmente están dispuestas para una intención:

Lunes, 8:30 a.m.; martes, 8:30 a.m. & 8:30 p.m. (Latín); miércoles, 6 & 7 p.m. (Español); jueves 8:30 a.m.; viernes, 8:30 a.m.; sabado, 8 a.m., 5 p.m., 6:30 p.m. (Espanol); domingo 8, 9:30 (E), 11 & 12:30 (E), 6 p.m. (Filipino).

Para anotar una intención especifica, favor de llamar a Mónica, 206-767-6220 o pasar por la oficina parroquial. Tenemos tarjetas que se puede enviar a la persona recordada o en el caso de un difunto, a un miembro de su familia.

Esta semana que viene, de Lunes a miércoles, el Padre Ramón y yo estaremos en Ocean Shores para la reunión anual de sacerdotes. Favor rezar por nosotros y todos los sacerdotes de la Arquidiócesis.

Este viernes es la Fiesta del Sagrado Corazón de Jesús. Habrá misa en ingles a las 8:30 a.m. y en español a las 7 p.m.

El próximo domingo celebramos la Solemnidad de Santos Pedro y Pablo. Aquí es lo que un autor del tercer siglo dijo sobre Pedro:

“El Señor le dijo a Pedro, ‘Tu eres Pedro y sobre esta piedra edificará mi Iglesia…’ Si alguien no mantiene esta unidad con Pedro, ¿se puede imaginar que mantiene la fe? Si él abandona la silla de Pedro sobre la cual la Iglesia fue construida, ¿puede tener confianza que todavía esta en la Iglesia? (San Cipriano, La Unidad de la Iglesia Católica 4; 1st edition [A.D. 251]).