Dear Father Cusick, My name is Anders Jonsson and I am a convert to the
Catholic Church from a Protestant church here in Sweden. Thanks for your
work for the Catholic faith. I live in a small town named Hudiksvall and
not far from here in a little village named Sörforsa we have a convent with
Missionary of Charity contemplative sisters. May God bless you and your
work for the Church.
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From the document: "The Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion.
... The ordinary minister of Holy Communion is the Bishop, the Priest and the Deacon. ...
Extraordinary ministers may distribute Holy Communion at Eucharistic
celebrations only when there are no ordained ministers present, or when those
ordained ministers present at a liturgical celebration are truly unable to
distribute Holy Communion. ... Certain practices are to be avoided and
eliminated: ... - Extraordinary ministers receiving Holy Communion apart from
the other faithful as though concelebrants; ... - the habitual use of
extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion at Mass, thus arbitrarily extending
the concept of 'a great number of faithful'."
MORE CHRISTIANS HAVE DIED FOR THE FAITH IN THE 20TH CENTURY THAN IN THE PRECEDING 19 CENTURIES COMBINED
Dear Father Cusick,
You may not recall, but I wrote to you some eight months ago (and again
about a month later), to thank you for your MCITL web site. At that
time, my son had just been accepted into a Catholic high school and,
although not Catholic myself, I had started to study about the Church to
be better informed about what my son would be learning. I found your web
site to be an invaluable resource - and I also found my perspective on
Catholicism changing in highly unexpected ways.
Well, I wanted to let you know where the changes have led. In September
I began attending the Rite of Christian Initiation program, and
yesterday, November 23, I went through the Rite of Acceptance and
Welcome as a catechumen in my local Catholic church. I hope to be
baptized in the Church next Easter - and my wife, who is not yet going
through the same changes I am, has nevertheless suggested that our
marriage be convalidated in the Church, on our thirtieth wedding
anniversary next June. A year ago I could never have imagined any of
this happening...but when the Lord decides it's time for something to
happen, it happens!
To say I'm excited and happy would be a hopeless understatement. I'm on
a wonderful journey of faith, and I wanted to thank you once again for
the information and support I've gained from the MCITL web site and
those linked to it. I look forward to its help as I continue to grow.
"The use of the terms 'gay' and 'lesbian' give the public the impression that the homosexual condition is fixed and permanent. There is much scientific and empirical evidence to the contrary. Men and women who sincerely desire to develop their heterosexual potential should not be in ignorance of the opportunities for help to move toward their God-given masculinity or femininity."
To read more visit the Courage website and read OBSERVATIONS ON THE PASTORAL LETTER FROM THE BISHOPS' COMMITTEE ON MARRIAGE AND FAMILY: "ALWAYS OUR CHILDREN"
DEFINITIVE LATIN EDITION OF CATECHISM PUBLISHED
The definitive edition of the Catechism of the Catholic Church has been published with a number of changes to the text. Click here to read the changes you will need to make to your copy of the CCC to bring it up to date.
"Regulation of the sacred liturgy depends solely on the authority of the Church, that is, on the Apostolic See and, as laws may determine, on the bishop. Therefore no other person, even if he be a priest, may add, remove, or change anything in the liturgy on his own authority." (Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, No. 22)
For more "Facts on the Liturgy" visit the MCITL Library.
Come, Spirit of love and peace!
COME, SPIRIT OF LOVE AND PEACE!
Prayer of his Holiness Pope John Paul II for the second
year of preparation for the Great Jubilee of the year 2000
Holy Spirit, most welcome guest of our hearts,
reveal to us the profound
meaning of the Great Jubilee
and prepare our hearts to celebrate it with
in the hope which does not disappoint,
in the love which seeks
nothing in return.
Spirit of truth, you who search the depths of God,
and prophecy in the Church,
lead mankind to recognize in Jesus of Nazareth
Lord of glory, the Saviour of the world,
the supreme fulfilment of history.
Spirit of love and peace!
Creator Spirit, hidden builder of the
by the power of your saints guide the Church
to cross with
courage the threshold of the new millennium
and to carry to the coming
the light of the Word who brings salvation.
holiness, divine breath which moves the universe,
come and renew the face of
Awaken in Christians a desire for full unity,
that they may
be for the world an effective sign and instrument
of intimate union with God
and of the unity of the whole human race.
Come, Spirit of love and
Spirit of communion, soul and strength of the Church,
that wealth of charisms and ministries
may contribute to the unity of the
Body of Christ;
grant that laity, consecrated persons and ordained ministers
work together in harmony to build the one Kingdom of God.
consolation, unfailing source of joy and peace,
inspire solidarity with the
grant the sick the strength they need,
pour our trust and hope upon
those experiencing trials,
awaken in all hearts a commitment to a better
Come, Spirit of love and peace!
wisdom, inspiration of minds and hearts,
direct science and technology
the service of life, justice and peace.
Render fruitful our dialogue with
the followers of other religions,
lead the different cultures to appreciate
the values of the Gospel.
Spirit of life, by whose power the Word was
in the womb of the Virgin Mary, the woman of attentive silence,
us docile to the promptings of your love
and ever ready to accept the signs
of the times
which you place along the paths of history.
Spirit of love and peace!
To you, Spirit of love,
Almighty Father and the Only-Begotten Son,
be praise, honour and glory
ever and ever. Amen
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