Tuesday, October 28, 2014

CAMINOS DE FE (2014-2015) Northwest Deanery School of Ministry, Archdiocese of Santa Fe (NM, USA)

YOU are invited to participate in a pilgrimage of faith and growth in following Jesus Christ. As a person involved in ministry or interested in being more involved in your parish life, you will join others from parishes in the Northwest Deanery to JOURNEY AS ONE toward our baptismal call to be followers of Christ and ministers of his Church to all God's people.

The goal of the CAMINOS DE FE program is to help form Catholics who are:

+ well-grounded in the Gospel
+ Familiar with contemporary theology in the Catholic Tradition
+ Able to enter into mature relationships with God, others and cultures of the world in which we live
+ Able to make what they learn part of their own lives and ministries
+ Skilled, both in education and attitude, for effective ministry.

CAMINOS DE FE is designed to provide an opportunity for further development of the spiritual and educational foundations that are essential for a committed life of faith and effective ministry. The courses increase one's understanding of the Catholic faith; create an expression of a community of faith through prayer and learning; and teach skills to be utilized in serving others through a variety of ministries.

The program is open to all adult Catholics who desire to increase their knowledge and practice of the faith and are willing to commit themselves to the goals of the program.

The sessions are held on Saturdays, from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm and meet in various parishes throughout the deanery. The program is largely funded by the parishes of the deanery and subsidized by the Archdiocesan Annual Catholic Appeal. The participation cost per Saturday is $5.

Additional information may be obtained from your parish Pastor, Catechetical Leader, Office Staff or by contacting the program coordinator Joanne Dupont Sandoval, P.O. Box 429, Truchas, NM 87578; 505-689-2404; jdsand@windstream.net. Fuller descriptions of the sessions can also be requested from Dr. Sandoval.


Sept. 20, 2014: Retreat: Being a Person of Prayer.
                        Mary Ann Holland, MA
                        Our Lady of Guadalupe, Velarde

Oct. 11, 2014: Skills: Reflective Listening
                         Patricia McIntire, MTh
                         Our Lady of Guadalupe, Taos

Nov. 8, 2014: Scripture: Catholic Approaches to Scripture
                        Sr. Paula Gallagher, IHM
                        Taos Pueblo, CMS Building

Nov. 22, 2014: Hebrew Scriptures, Old Testament
                         Sr. Paula Gallagher, IHM
                         Holy Family, Chimayo

Dec. 13, 2015: Christian Scriptures: New Testament
                         Sr. Paula Gallagher, IHM
                         Santa Cruz de la Cañada, Santa Cruz

Jan. 10, 2015: Skills: Understanding Self and Others
                         Mary Ann Holland
                         St. John the Baptist, Okay Owingeh

Jan. 31, 2015: Church History: 1st to 6th Centuries
                        Presenter TBA
                        Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, Pojoaque

Feb. 14, 2015: Church History: 600 through Reformation
                        Presenter TBA
                        Sacred Heart, Española

Mar. 14, 2015: Church History: Post-Reformation On
                         Kathleen Holscher, PhD
                         San Antonio, Peñasco

April 11, 2015: Skills: Collaboration, Leading Groups
                          Michelle Montez, MTh
                          St. Francis of Assisi - Rachos de Taos

The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick (some questions and answers)

Must a person be dying to receive the sacrament of the anointing of the sick?

The anointing of the sick may be administered to the faithful who have the use of reason and whose health is seriously impaired by sickness or old age. (Can.1004 & Rite of Anointing 4)

Some examples would be: when serious illness is the reason for surgery; the elderly who have become noticeable weakened; sick children who have the use of reason.

Church law indicates that if there is doubt whether the person has the use of reason, is seriously sick or is dead, then the sacrament may be administered (Canon 1005; Rite of Anointing 8, 10,12)

May a person who is dead be anointed?

If the person is already dead, the priest does not administer the sacrament of the anointing of the sick. Instead he prays the prayers of the dead for that person. These prayers ask God’s forgiveness of his/her sins and that God receive him/her into the kingdom of heaven (Rite of Anointing, 15)

May a deacon or lay person anoint with the Oil of Sick?

The Oil of the sick is used only in the anointing associated with the sacrament of the anointing of the sick and only a priest may validly administer this sacrament. For this reason, deacons, communion ministers to the sick or others who come to pray with the sick are advised not to use any type of oil to anoint one who is ill so as not to give the impression of celebrating the sacrament of the anointing of the sick.

Sources: Rite of Anointing, Canon Law.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

28th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, year A (readings)

Isaiah 25:6-10a
Psalm 23: I shall live in the house of the Lord 
all the days of my life
Philippians 4:12-14, 19-20
Matthew 22:1-14 or 22:1-10 

Isaiah 25:6-10a

On this mountain the Lord of hosts will provide for all peoples a feast of rich food and choice wines, juicy, rich food and pure, choice wines. On this mountain he will destroy the veil that veils all peoples, the web that is woven over all nations; he will destroy death forever. The Lord God will wipe away the tears from every face; the reproach of his people he will remove from the whole earth; for the Lord has spoken. On that day it will be said: "Behold our God, to whom we looked to save us! This is the Lord for whom we looked; let us rejoice and be glad that he has saved us!" For the hand of the Lord will rest on this mountain.

Psalm 23:1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6
R. I shall live in the house of the Lord 
all the days of my life

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
In verdant pastures he gives me repose;
beside restful waters he leads me;
he refreshes my soul.
R. I shall live in the house of the Lord 
all the days of my life

He guides me in right paths
for his name's sake.
Even though I walk in the dark valley
I fear no evil; for you are at my side
with your rod and your staff
that give me courage.
R. I shall live in the house of the Lord 
all the days of my life

You spread the table before me
in the sight of my foes;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
R. I shall live in the house of the Lord 
all the days of my life

Only goodness and kindness follow me
all the days of my life;
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
for years to come.
R. I shall live in the house of the Lord 
all the days of my life 

Philippians 4:12-14, 19-20

Brothers and sisters: I know how to live in humble circumstances; I know also how to live with abundance. In every circumstance and in all things I have learned the secret of being well fed and of going hungry, of living in abundance and of being in need. I can do all things in him who strengthens me. Still, it was kind of you to share in my distress. My God will fully supply whatever you need, in accord with his glorious riches in Christ Jesus. To our God and Father, glory forever and ever. Amen.

Matthew 22:1-14

Jesus again in reply spoke to the chief priests and elders of the people in parables, saying, "The kingdom of heaven may be likened to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son. He dispatched his servants to summon the invited guests to the feast, but they refused to come. A second time he sent other servants, saying, ‘Tell those invited: “Behold, I have prepared my banquet, my calves and fattened cattle are killed, and everything is ready; come to the feast.”’ Some ignored the invitation and went away, one to his farm, another to his business. The rest laid hold of his servants, mistreated them, and killed them. The king was enraged and sent his troops, destroyed those murderers, and burned their city. Then he said to his servants, 'The feast is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy to come. Go out, therefore, into the main roads and invite to the feast whomever you find.’ The servants went out into the streets and gathered all they found, bad and good alike, and the hall was filled with guests. But when the king came in to meet the guests, he saw a man there not dressed in a wedding garment. The king said to him, 'My friend, how is it that you came in here without a wedding garment?' But he was reduced to silence. Then the king said to his attendants, 'Bind his hands and feet, and cast him into the darkness outside, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.’ Many are invited, but few are chosen."

29th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, year A (readings)

Isaiah 45:1,4-6
Psalm 96: Give the Lord glory and honor
1 Thessalonians 1:1-5b
Matthew 22:15-21

Isaiah 45:1, 4-6

Thus says the Lord to his anointed, Cyrus, whose right hand I grasp, subduing nations before him, and making kings run in his service, opening doors before him and leaving the gates unbarred: For the sake of Jacob, my servant, of Israel, my chosen one, I have called you by your name, giving you a title, though you knew me not. I am the Lord and there is no other, there is no God besides me. It is I who arm you, though you know me not, so that toward the rising and the setting of the sun people may know that there is none besides me. I am the Lord, there is no other.

Psalm 96:1, 3, 4-5, 7-8, 9-10
R. Give the Lord glory and honor

Sing to the Lord a new song;
sing to the Lord, all you lands.
Tell his glory among the nations;
among all peoples, his wondrous deeds.
R. Give the Lord glory and honor

For great is the Lord and highly to be praised;
awesome is he, beyond all gods.
For all the gods of the nations are things of nought,
but the Lord made the heavens.
R. Give the Lord glory and honor

Give to the Lord, you families of nations,
give to the Lord glory and praise;
give to the Lord the glory due his name!
Bring gifts, and enter his courts.
R. Give the Lord glory and honor

Worship the Lord, in holy attire;
tremble before him, all the earth;
say among the nations: The Lord is king,
he governs the peoples with equity.
R. Give the Lord glory and honor

1 Thessalonians 1:1-5b

Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy to the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: grace to you and peace. We give thanks to God always for all of you, remembering you in our prayers, unceasingly calling to mind your work of faith and labor of love and endurance in hope of our Lord Jesus Christ, before our God and Father, knowing, brothers and sisters loved by God, how you were chosen. For our gospel did not come to you in word alone, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with much conviction.

Matthew 22:15-21

The Pharisees went off and plotted how they might entrap Jesus in speech. They sent their disciples to him, with the Herodians, saying, "Teacher, we know that you are a truthful man and that you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. And you are not concerned with anyone's opinion, for you do not regard a person's status. Tell us, then, what is your opinion: Is it lawful to pay the census tax to Caesar or not?" Knowing their malice, Jesus said, "Why are you testing me, you hypocrites? Show me the coin that pays the census tax." Then they handed him the Roman coin. He said to them, "Whose image is this and whose inscription?"  They replied, "Caesar's." At that he said to them, "Then repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God."

Life in the Spirit Seminar

Sunday, October 5, 2014

27th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, year A (readings)

Isaiah 5:1-7
Psalm 80: The vineyard of the Lord is the house of Israel
Philippians 4:6-9
Matthew 21:33-43

Isaiah 5:1-7

Let me now sing of my friend, my friend's song concerning his vineyard. My friend had a vineyard on a fertile hillside; he spaded it, cleared it of stones, and planted the choicest vines; within it he built a watchtower, and hewed out a wine press. Then he looked for the crop of grapes, but what it yielded was wild grapes. Now, inhabitants of Jerusalem and people of Judah, judge between me and my vineyard: What more was there to do for my vineyard that I had not done? Why, when I looked for the crop of grapes, did it bring forth wild grapes? Now, I will let you know what I mean to do with my vineyard: take away its hedge, give it to grazing, break through its wall, let it be trampled! Yes, I will make it a ruin: it shall not be pruned or hoed, but overgrown with thorns and briers; I will command the clouds not to send rain upon it. The vineyard of the Lord of hosts is the house of Israel, and the people of Judah are his cherished plant; he looked for judgment, but see, bloodshed! for justice, but hark, the outcry!

Psalm 80:9, 12, 13-14, 15-16, 19-20
R. The vineyard of the Lord is the house of Israel

A vine from Egypt you transplanted;
you drove away the nations and planted it.
It put forth its foliage to the Sea,
its shoots as far as the River.
R. The vineyard of the Lord is the house of Israel

Why have you broken down its walls,
so that every passer-by plucks its fruit,
The boar from the forest lays it waste,
and the beasts of the field feed upon it?
R. The vineyard of the Lord is the house of Israel

Once again, O Lord of hosts,
look down from heaven, and see;
take care of this vine,
and protect what your right hand has planted
the son of man whom you yourself made strong.
R. The vineyard of the Lord is the house of Israel

Then we will no more withdraw from you;
give us new life, and we will call upon your name.
O Lord, God of hosts, restore us;
if your face shine upon us, then we shall be saved.
R. The vineyard of the Lord is the house of Israel

Philippians 4:6-9

Brothers and sisters: Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Keep on doing what you have learned and received and heard and seen in me. Then the God of peace will be with you.

Matthew 21:33-43

Jesus said to the chief priests and the elders of the people: "Hear another parable. There was a landowner who planted a vineyard, put a hedge around it, dug a wine press in it, and built a tower. Then he leased it to tenants and went on a journey. When vintage time drew near, he sent his servants to the tenants to obtain his produce. But the tenants seized the servants and one they beat, another they killed, and a third they stoned. Again he sent other servants, more numerous than the first ones, but they treated them in the same way. Finally, he sent his son to them, thinking, 'They will respect my son.' But when the tenants saw the son, they said to one another, 'This is the heir. Come, let us kill him and acquire his inheritance.’ They seized him, threw him out of the vineyard, and killed him. What will the owner of the vineyard do to those tenants when he comes?" They answered him, "He will put those wretched men to a wretched death and lease his vineyard to other tenants who will give him the produce at the proper times." Jesus said to them, "Did you never read in the Scriptures: The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; by the Lord has this been done, and it is wonderful in our eyes? Therefore, I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people that will produce its fruit."