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Our Lady of Fatima
Weekend Mass Times
SATURDAY 3:15 to 4:15 p.m.
SUNDAY 7:15-7:45 a.m.
TUESDAY 11:30-11:50 a.m.
**1st Friday 8:15-8:55 a.m. and 9:30-10:15 a.m. Crosby
Or by appointment
Weekday Mass Times
Monday 8 a.m. Crosby (Adoration Chapel)
Tuesday Noon Crosby (Adoration Chapel)
Wednesday 8 a.m. Crosby (Adoration Chapel)
Thursday 8 a.m. Crosby (Adoration Chapel)
Friday 8 a.m. Crosby (Adoration Chapel) **except 1st Fridays 9 a.m. (in Church)
1st Fri. 8 a.m. Garrison Our Lady of Fatima
*1st Saturday 8:30 a.m. Crosby (Adoration Chapel)
Tuesday through Friday
9 AM to Noon
Office Located Here
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
7 a.m. Monday through 8 a.m Friday
The Adoration Chapel is in the old St. Joseph school
building in Crosby. Enter through the side door.
From the Pastor's Desk
I wish to touch upon the liturgy (the Mass). I realize that for many people, discussions on the liturgy are not very interesting. However, we do profess that the Eucharist is the source and summit of our lives (in other words, it is the heart of who we are). Perhaps you are aware, (or perhaps not), there has been an on-going heated debate on how the liturgy should be celebrated. Some people are in favor of restoring the extraordinary form of the Mass as it was prior to the 2nd Vatican Council, others are for making the liturgy more contemporary in its feel and expression. Much effort has been made to convince people of how the 2nd Vatican Council meant to reform the liturgy.
If one reads the council document on the liturgy Sacrosanctum Concilium (translated “this sacred council”) we understand that real change was intended. However, it is also very clear the council fathers intended for there to be a continuity between the liturgy before and after the council. The Tridentine Mass (aka the extraordinary form of the Mass today) of Pius V which was given to the Church after the Council of Trent had been the rite of the Mass used in most places up until the Mass of Paul VI came about during the 2nd Vatican Council.
In many countries the implementation of the Mass was not done well, it was rushed and there was not a lot of instruction given. The translation of the texts was rushed too, that is why we had the new addition of the Roman missal with the new translation back in 2011. Why do I bring all this up? To show that what was intended by the council fathers was a blending of the old and new. Neither the creation of something totally new, nor a few updates. An example that might be helpful: what actually happened was a bit like going from telegrams to cell phones, what was meant to happen was more like going from a flip phone to a smart phone. Indeed, the reform of the Mass was meant to make the Mass more accessible, but not a total break from the past.
Because of the way the implementation was rolled out, and the sudden rush to change things, there was confusion, and many abuses were introduced into the liturgy that affected the way people experienced the Mass. To this day, I would say there remains more work to do to recover the liturgy and restore the sacredness and reverence that in many ways have been seriously missing.
It’s not that all the changes were bad, and its not that the reform was ever going to go perfectly and smoothly. However, true reform of the liturgy should be organic and a continuation with the past not a break from it. Therefore, the Church is still working to find the right balance between old and new.
Sacred Music, the décor and layout of a Church, the way the ministers are trained as well as the way the people participate are all elements of the liturgical expression in the Mass. These are important questions for us to consider (especially for those who are building a new church).
Some people have the mistaken view of thinking if we ‘fix’ the liturgy all our problems will be solved… We know there will always be problems and issues in the Church as well as outside of her. There will be things we personally struggle with as well as people we have a hard time getting along with. But neither is it true to say that the celebration of the liturgy has nothing to do with the rest of our lives. To celebrate Mass in a Christ centered way, with reverence and real devotion, will have a great impact on our lives. Especially, if we do this regularly. If you are accustomed to ‘good’ liturgy (by that I mean liturgy that is true worship of God not a production or simply a community centered event devoid of transcendence), you will find it jarring to be at a Mass or another Church were the sacredness and reverence are missing. The environment we live in makes a difference even if we don’t notice it over time.
I love good liturgy, because I know that it forms us and helps us focus on God and that in-turn strengthens our community. As we celebrate the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi), it seems a fitting thing to ponder and consider how we can best honor the Lord by our Worship. To do so in a way that honors ourselves and our preferences over those of God makes a mockery of liturgy. To truly express God’s centrality, mystery and majesty is to help balance our earthly lives as we walk this road towards eternity.
Pax Christi (Peace of Christ),
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Holy Family Updates
Monthly Parish Meetings happen on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 5:30 PM in the Church Basement
Adoration will continue on Wednesdays (until further notice)
Documents made available to Holy Family Parishioners:
Introduction and entry into Transition 6-23-18
Overview of the Merger Process 7-14-18
Clarification on some aspects of the Merger Process and Parish structure 7-28-18
Dealing with the challenge of loosing our parish 8-11-18
Factors at play in decision making and recognizing we aren't alone 8-18-18
Clarification on questions raised by parishioners 8-25-18
Staying in Touch with events at Holy Family 9-1-18
Letter to Holy Family Parishioners from Bishop Sirba September 2018
Email update sent out 10-10-18
Email update sent 11-13-18
Letter from Holy See
Email update sent 12-14-18
Email update sent 1-10-19
Draft of Agreement between Holy Family and Ecclesia Domestica
Email update sent 2-19-19
Email update sent 3-13-19
Email update sent 4-2-19
Magnificat Youth Choir - For children in 2nd/3rd grade and up, depending upon their ability to read and be attentive for one hour period of time. We practice each Wednesday from 3:30-4:30 in the Crosby church choir loft. Contact Collette with questions: 546-2781.
Schola Cantorum - An all girls choir open to grades 7 & up. We practice each Monday at 6:00pm in the Crosby church choir loft. Contact Kristin 218-831-7067.
Faith Formation - Contact our Director of Religious Education, Tammy Ringhand for Information regarding our Faith Formation Program: [email protected]