Anointing Mass

Saturday, October, 14 at 10:30 am

One of the most debilitating things about sickness is not the pain, or the fatigue, or the fear (each of these are, of course, part of the cross sickness brings). No. One of the biggest sufferings is how illness separates us from those around us, our families, friends and community at large.

It may mean being confined to home or quarantined from those closest to us. It may mean being unable to participate in everyday activities that bring us together with others. Perhaps most upsetting is the feeling of being “set apart”, different from others. (The thought, “I’m sick.” Everybody else is “ok”.)

Holy Trinity Church has scheduled a Eucharistic Celebration with the Anointing of the Sick. This is the chance to bring some of your health concerns to the Lord in the context of mass and this faith community.

You are not alone! The Lord and Holy Trinity hold you dear to our hearts in prayer.

There will be special seating for those who wish to be anointed that morning. Likewise, transportation will be provided for those who contact the Parish Office beforehand.

WHO SHOULD BE ANOINTED? The guidelines for the sacrament say “any persistent and serious concern for one’s health …..”is reason for someone to request the anointing.” Health concerns such as depression, anxiety, addiction, spiritual doubt and chronic pain are all sufficient to receive the anointing. There will be no questions asked. Simply indicate your wish to be anointed.

Come by yourself or better . . . bring a friend. Experience the healing and comforting Hand of God working through the Sacrament of the Sick and the care of this parish.

God bless you.

Fr. Tim

Year of the Eucharist

You may or may not know that Bishop Matano has declared this to be the Year of the Eucharist. It began in June on the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi Sunday).

In his Pastoral Letter inaugurating this special year of prayer and study, the bishop hopes it will “be an occasion for a renewed love of Jesus present in the Blessed Sacra- ment, and that those not regularly participating in the Life of the Church will return home to the Father’s House.”

Here at Holy Trinity the Parish Council has begun a plan that will provide opportunities to deepen our knowledge and love for the Eucharist. Among these are: increased times for Eucharistic Adoration, a Winter Lecture Series on the Eucharist by three priest presenters, opportunities for parishioners to be witness to the power of Holy Communion in their lives, and occasional “teaching moments” within the Mass from Fr. Tim and Fr. John.

It is my hope that you hear God’s call to you in these activities to “come and see”. The Eucharist is the rock bed of our Catholic Faith and solid food for the sometimes rocky journey of life. So much of our knowledge of the Eucharist and Mass has come to us in grade school and Jr. High. Let’s let this Year of the Eucharist deepen our adult knowledge and inform our love of Christ really present in the Holy Eucharist.