Thoughts and reflections from Fr. Dave
Feast Day of St. Gertrude of Nivelle
While today is celebrated by virtually the whole world as St. Patrick's Day, today is also the Feast of St. Gertrude, Abbess of Nivelle, (not to be confused with St. Gertrude the Great) who died in 659 CE, due to probably a severely ascetic life in the monastery at about 30 years old. She is considered as the Patron Saint of Cats (and Cat people!) but this is really pretty new.... staring in the 1980's! Yeah, just a couple of decades ago. Her traditional iconography shows her holding a crosier as an abbess, and with rats and mice climbing her dress and her crosier (see the picture of her and St. John the Evangelist at the upper right... mice are crawling up her crosier). It seems that Gertrude had visions of souls in Purgatory and in medieval art these souls were often pictured as mice or rats. Why? Who knows, but that was the image at the time. Anyway...since she is always shown with rodents it is a natural procession to move to cats to deal with rodents infestation. So St. Gertrude of Nivelle moved from a mystic who prays for the Poor Souls in Purgatory (pictured around her as mice or rats) to the Patron Saint of Cats who deals with mice and rats, and is now pictured almost completely with a cat (see the upper left picture of her with a crosier and a cat). It just kinda makes you wanna go "Huh?"
Mass of Healing and Anointing tomorrow at 11am
Tomorrow at 11am Mass Christ the King OCC is celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation with a Communal Reconciliation during the Penitential Rite and after the Gospel we will celebrate the Sacrament of the Sick with Laying on of Hands and Anointing with Holy Oil and prayer. We do this every 3rd Sunday of each month.
Tomorrow is St. Patrick's Day, or March 17. I am commenting on this partly because I am American Irish, and can trace both sides of my family to Ireland...particularly Counties Cavan and Roscommon. But the parties that happen tomorrow tend to be parties for fun and frolic and the truth of St. Patrick or his story is pretty much all but forgotten in the wake of a good beer. St. Patrick was stolen while young from a fairly privileged family and put into slavery in Ireland...tending sheep for years. He broke away and fled back to his family but was called...by angel?... to the very Island on which he was enslaved. He studied and became a priest and was assigned to be a missionary to Ireland. For this he has been known as the Apostle to the Irish, Equal to the Apostles, Patrick the Evangelizer, and so on. Patrick was not the first to be Christianity to Ireland but certainly the most famous. The first missionary was St. Palladius. Both Palladius and Patrick used the strategy: evangelize the king's family and Christianize their wives, sons, and daughters. But Patrick's life was not one of fun and games, he was arrested at least twice and in fear of his life more than once. Not everybody like the new religion. Patrick was a strong person with an evidently strong personality, and he knew he had God on his side. His life is an example of determination, sacrifice, and love of the people of Ireland even his former masters. St. Patrick was taken as a token of the new Irish immigrants in the United States when they were hated and reviled. Patrick was taken as a symbol of pride in their former country of Ireland that no one in this new country could take from them. These are only some of the images and ideas we should remember on this Feast of St. Patrick, the source of a good party and pride in Patrick...when it seems on this day that EVERYBODY wants to be Irish.
Thank you to all veterans in serving our country. Without you and your service, this country would not be as great as it is. Let us always pray for our veterans for their service, but for current military personnel stationed within..and outside..our borders. You are in our thoughts, prayers, and Masses always.
Sunday Mass was the celebration of All Saints Day, moved to the following Sunday. The altar at Christ the King OCC was covered with Relics of the Church in her saints and martyrs, reminding us of their example in following Christ. The saints present include but are not limited to the 12 Apostles (the big round one), Saints Peter, Paul & Andrew the First Called (the angular suspended reliquary), St. Francis Xavier, Saints Francis & Clare, St. Mary Magdalen, St. John the Baptist, St. Aloysius Gonzaga, and St. Blase. "God our creator, the work of your hands is manifest in your saints, the beauty of your truth is reflected in their faith. Pray for us. Amen."
November 5, 2017
31st Sunday of Ordinary Time
11am Sunday Mass
CHRIST THE KING OLD CATHOLIC CHURCH
+A Mission of the North American Catholic Ecumenical Church/NACEC+
Rev. Bishop David J. Doyle, Pastor + Rev. Fr. Mark Schwarz, Priest-In-Residence
Christ the King OCC is a "different kind of Catholic!"
Lovelace Women's Hospital Volunteer Chaplain
& Chapel Ministry
4701 Montgomery Blvd, NE
Albuquerque, New Mexico
You are invited to
11am SUNDAY MASS
Lector: Mary Ann E.
Acolyte: Chris V.
Spanish Gospel: Rosario F.
Celebrant & Homily: Fr. Dave; Gospel: Fr. Mark
Also... today is the 1st Sunday of the Month:
DIGNITY Sunday (1ST Sunday of the Month)
e welcome DIGNITY, NM and all members of the New Mexico lgbtq community to our Sunday Mass. Lunch after Mass is at Mimi's Cafe, Jefferson & I-25.
Please note: We will have BOTTLES TO TAKE HOME HOLY WATER for your use.
feel free to forward this to anyone you may think will like coming to Christ the King OCC, and invite anyone who may be on their spiritual path looking for a worship community. We welcome all who wish to serve the Lord, and we are all servants of God.
November is the MONTH OF REMEMBRANCE when we remember in Mass and prayers those loved ones, and others, who have died. Christ the King OCC has a Book of Life where all are invited to write the names of those passed to be remembered at each November Mass, then placed on our parish's web page In Memoriam.
At Christ the King Old Catholic Church we keep the entire month of November as a Memorial Month with special focus at each Sunday Mass.
The 1st Sunday of November, 11-05, is All Saints Day,
the 2nd Sunday of November, 11-12, is All Souls Day,
the 3rd Sunday of November, 11-19, is Modern Martyrs, and
the 4th and last Sunday of November, 11-26, is Christ the King Sunday, our Patronal Feast Day.
NEXT SUNDAY: ADORATION Sunday (2ND Sunday of the Month)
You are invited to spend an hour before Mass with our Lord in Eucharistic Adoration of the Real Presence
Church Celebrations and Feasts this coming week....
Sunday, November 5: DIGNITY Sunday; Feast of the Holy Relics of the Church; Sts. Zachary & Elizabeth, Parents of St. John the Baptist
Monday, November 6: St. Leonard of Limoges, C; St. Leonard of Noblac, Hermit
Tuesday, Novmeber 7: St. Willibrord, B; St. Engelbert, B & M; Sts. Carina & Companions, MM
Wednesday, November 8: Four Crowned Martyers, MM; St. Godfrey "Geoffrey", B
Thursday, November 9: St.Theodore the Recruit, M
Friday, November 10: St. Leo the Great, P & D; St. Andrew Avellino, Pr;
Saturday, Novmeber 11: St. Martin of Tours, B; St. Mennas, M
Sunday, November 12: 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time ADORATION Sunday; St. Josaphat, B & M; St. Martin I, P & M
Notes for Feasts & Observances: OL= Our Lady, BVM= Blessed Virgin Mary; P=Pope, W=Widow, V=Virgin, M(M)=Martyr(s), B(B)=Bishop(s), D=Doctor, Dcn=Deacon, Pr=Priest, St=Saint, R=Religious, Ab=Abbot/Abbess; F=Founder; C=Confessor (Witness to the Faith); Ap=Apostle, Mystic; R=Rex/Regina,
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