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Protestant attacks on the Catholic Church often focus on the Eucharist. This demonstrates that opponents of the Church—mainly Evangelicals and Fundamentalists—recognize one of Catholicism’s core doctrines. What’s more, the attacks show that Fundamentalists are not always literalists. This is seen in their interpretation of the key biblical passage, chapter six of John’s Gospel, in which Christ speaks about the sacrament that will be instituted at the LastSupper. This tract examines the last half of that chapter.

This weekend we welcome Fr. Gerard MacAulay!

  

 

Our deepest thanks to Fr. John Peter Swaminathan for his four years of service to our parish.

On Sunday, May 20th, the parish joined together to celebrate our Feast Day and the annual harvest.

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On Saturday, May 19th, our altar servers enjoyed a trip to Frontier City.  This was a gift to thank all those altar servers who faithfully serve year round.  Thank you altar servers!

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You are cordially invited

to attend the

 

The First Annual Feast Day Mass of

Blessed Stanley Rother

 

Saturday, July 28th

The date of his Martyrdom

Holy Trinity Catholic Church

5:00 p.m.

 

Celebrants:  Archbishop Paul S. Coakley

Archbishop Emeritus Eusebius J. Beltran

Fellow Clergy of the Oklahoma City Diocese

 

was installed in the sanctuary of Holy Trinity Church. The statue was carved by Mussner Gregor. Vincenzo Ars Sacra, Italy, and is based on the photo image of Blessed Stanley Rother used at the Beatification Ceremony. It blends with the  wooden statues we have in the Church. It will be blessed by Archbishop Emeritus Beltran on Saturday, May 12th at the 5:00 p.m. Mass. We are grateful to a few generous donors who helped to pay for the statue. What a beautiful addition to our Church! Welcome Blessed Stanley Rother and pray for us.

 

 

Historic beatification held in Oklahoma 

On Friday, May 4th, four Catholic schools visited Holy Trinity to participate with us in the annual track meet:
Sacred Heart (El Reno), St. John Nepomuk (Yukon), Sts. Peter & Paul (Kingfisher) and St. Mary (Guthrie) 

Our thanks to all those who made this a wonderful event.  A special thanks to the Holy Trinity Parent Association, Vince & Stephanie Mueggenborg, Kevin Woolley, and all the parents who worked tirelessly to coordinate this day. 

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On Good Friday, our upper class grades traveled to Regional Food Bank in Oklahoma City to do volunteer work for the hungry.  For more information on this organization, please see their home page:
https://www.regionalfoodbank.org/

 

In a culture that idolizes the individual and reflexively mistrusts authority, Catholics often hear the challenge: "I have a personal relationship with God; why do I need the Church?"

“In a series of reflections on the relationship between Christ and the Church made during his Wednesday general audiences in St. Peter's Square in 2006, Pope Benedict XVI addressed that challenge.”

The Pope noted a slogan that was once popular in some religious circles: "Jesus, yes; Church, no." But such an approach, He declared, given the express intention of Christ, is "totally inconceivable" (reflection presented March 15, 2006).

"This individualistically chosen Jesus is an imaginary Jesus," the Pope insisted. "We cannot have Jesus without the reality He created and in which He communicates himself. Between the Son of God made flesh and His Church there is a profound, unbreakable and mysterious continuity by which Christ is present today in His people."

What in particular are the aspects of "the reality [Christ] created" -- that is, the Church -- that makes Christ in His fullness inseparable from it? How, specifically, does He "communicate himself" through it? According to the Pope, it all begins with the foundation for the Church established by Christ himself: the Twelve Apostles.

Apostolic Foundations

"Through the apostles," says Pope Benedict, "we come to Jesus himself." Their mediation takes place in several ways.

First, "it is from the apostles, through their word and witness, that we receive the truth of Christ." They were eyewitnesses to His life and message, given the commission to preach the kingdom of God, and they appointed successors so that "the mission entrusted to them would be continued after their death" (March 29, 2006).

"The Church is wholly of the Spirit but has a structure, the apostolic succession, which is responsible for guaranteeing that the Church endures in the truth given by Christ" (April 5, 2006).

To know Jesus, then, we need the Church, because it is the Church that authoritatively and reliably preserves and proclaims the truth about who Jesus is.

Second, Christ gave His authority and power to the apostles and their successors to offer the sacraments, which we need to be fully joined to Christ. The Pope notes in particular holy orders, through which the apostolic succession is continued; the Sacrament of Reconciliation, which reconciles us to God; and the Eucharist, in which "Jesus nourishes us, He unites us with himself, with His Father, with the Holy Spirit and with one an-other" (March 29, 2006).

Communion With Christ

Third, through the apostles Christ gathered a community that, despite the failings of its members, is a communion with himself, filled with love by the power of the Spirit: "The Holy Spirit builds the Church and gives her the truth; He pours out love, as St. Paul says, into the hearts of believers (see Rom 5:5)."

This "Communion is born from faith inspired by apostolic preaching, it is nourished by the Breaking of Bread and prayer, and is expressed in brotherly love and service" (April 5, 2006).

In all these ways, then, "through apostolic succession it is Christ who reaches us: in the words of the apostles and of their successors, it is He who speaks to us; through their hands it is He who acts in the sacraments; in their gaze it is His gaze that embraces us and makes us feel loved and welcomed into the Heart of God" (May 10, 2006).

To know Jesus Christ in His fullness, we need the Church.

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This is taken from Bishop Barron's daily Gospel Reflection - visit Word on Fire

THE SOLEMNITY OF THE MOST HOLY BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST

MARK 14:12-16, 22-26

Friends, today’s Gospel focuses on the spiritual power of the Eucharist. The central claim of the Catholic Church is that Jesus is substantially present under the forms of bread and wine. His presence is not simply evocative and symbolic, but rather real, true, and substantial.

To verify this scripturally, look at the accounts of the Last Supper in Matthew, Mark, and Luke—and also in Paul. But look especially at the sixth chapter of John’s Gospel. Jesus says, “Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you.” But when they object, Jesus does not soften his language; he intensifies it. 

This is the ground for the Church’s defense of the Real Presence. How can we make sense of it? It has everything to do with who Jesus is. If he were simply an ordinary human being, his words would have, at best, a symbolic resonance. But Jesus is God, and what God says, is. 

Thus, when Jesus’ words over the bread and wine are spoken, they change into what the words signify. They become really, truly, and substantially the Body and Blood of the Lord.

This is a beautiful article explaining why we love Mary and her role in history and the Catholic faith.

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novena is a nine day period of prayer (either private or public) to obtain special graces.  The word novena is derived from the Latin word novem or nine.  The biblical basis for this extended prayer comes from Acts 1:12-14 where the disciples "devoted themselves to prayer."

It is important during this time of the liturgical year because the Feast of Pentecost will be celebrated on Sunday, May 20, 2018.
The "first novena of the Church" is the Novena to the Holy Spirit.
Annual Pentecost Novena Begins May 11, 2018

Video of a Prayer to the Holy Spirit

 

Liturgical Notes for Easter

From Universal Norms on the Liturgical Year and the Calendar:

The fifty days from the Sunday of the Resurrection to Pentecost Sunday are celebrated in joy and exultation as one feast day, indeed as one "great Sunday."  These are the days above all others in which the Alleluia is sung.  The Sundays of this time of year are considered to Sundays of Easter and are called, after Easter Sunday itself, the Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, and Seventh Sundays of Easter.  This sacred period of fifty days concludes with Pentecost Sunday.

The first eight days of Easter Time constitute the Octave of Easter and are celebrated as Solemnities of the Lord.

On the fortieth day after Easter the Ascension of the Lord is celebrated, except where, not being observed as a Holyday of Obligation, it has been assigned to the Seventh Sunday of Easter (cf. no. 7).

The weekdays from the Ascension up to and including the Saturday before Pentecost prepare for the coming of the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete.

The liturgical color for Easter is white.  The General Instruction of the Roman Missal (no. 346) also states: "On more solemn days, festive, that is, more precious, sacred vestments may be used even if not of the color of the day. The colors gold or silver may be worn on more solemn occasions in the Dioceses of the United States of America."

Especially during Easter Time, instead of the customary Penitential Act, the blessing and sprinkling of water may take place as a reminder of Baptism.

There are six metropolitan sees and their suffragan Dioceses which maintain the Solemnity of the Ascension on Thursday:Boston, Hartford, Newark, New York, Omaha, and Philadelphia.Every other region of the United States has opted to transfer the Solemnity to the following Sunday (the Seventh Sunday of Easter).

 

This was taken from the US Conference of Catholic Bishops website - USCCB

This is a commonly asked question by many non-Catholics, but also by many children and those who may be entertaining the idea of becoming a member of the Catholic Church. They have heard of this practice of giving up food or sacrificing something that gives one pleasure, however, they have never fully understood what purpose it serves in one’s spiritual journey.

The three traditional pillars of Lenten observance are prayer, fasting and almsgiving. The Catechism of the Catholic Church says that fasting is meant to prepare us for the liturgical feast. One of the great benefits of fasting is it allows us to feel our hunger. So, getting in touch with our physical hunger is meant to get us in touch with our spiritual hunger for a more intimate relationship with God.

Bishop Robert Barron teaches the pleasures of the body have a way of becoming too domineering, so we fast from them purposely to allow the deeper hungers to arise. When you suppress certain desires, other deeper ones can emerge. Archbishop Coakley says, “Acts of fasting and self-denial help us to be less focused upon ourselves and more available to be attentive to the needs of those around us. Prayer and fasting open us up to the awareness of the needs of our brothers and sisters around us, which can be expressed beautifully in works of charity or the works of almsgiving.

During Lent, one does not only have to focus on giving up something pleasurable. Instead, or in addition to, consider giving up some bad habit, meaning, fast from being judgmental, fast from your ego, or fast from finding more meaning in material things and find more meaning in building up your relationship with God. It is the hope of the church that in doing this, we will arrive at a deeper understanding of our own baptism and be lead to live it with a deeper commitment. The goal of Lent is not to arrive at the altar 20 pounds lighter, the goal of Lent for Christians to emerge at Easter resembling Jesus more profoundly.

Another word for this practice is abstinence.
"Catholics from time immemorial have set apart Friday for special penitential observance by which they gladly suffer with Christ that they may one day be glorified with Him.  This is the heart of the tradition of abstinence from meat on Friday where that tradition has been observed in the holy Catholic Church."     --USCCB (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops)

Abstinence is reserved for ages 14 and older.  Catholics are permitted to eat fish and seafood on days of abstinence. 
All Fridays (even outside of Lent) are considered days of penance whereby a person is encouraged to make a sacrificial act of some kind.