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Message from the Pastor
October 2, 2016
My dear parishioners:
For the past three years I have served as the Parochial Administrator of this parish. Last Sunday the Official Avisos in the Umatuna Si Yu’os announced my appointment as Pastor of Santa Barbara Parish effective the 30th this month of September. I am deeply humbled by this appointment. I thank our Apostolic Administrator Savio Hon Tai Fai and the Archdiocesan Presbyteral Council for their trust and confidence in me. I am likewise grateful to you, my dear parishioners of Sta. Barbara, for the support you have given me in fulfilling my duties and responsibilities as parochial administrator. Now that I am your pastor, and mindful of the huge responsibility entrusted to me, and of my own limitations and frailties, the more I see the need to ask for your support and prayers.
As your pastor, it is my wish to reach out to you and share my thoughts and reflections, my vision and plans for the parish, the on-going events and activities, projects, etc. The Mass is one effective way of reaching out to you but because I cannot possibly celebrate all the Sunday Masses (including the Saturday vigil Masses), I have decided instead to regularly write this letter to be published in the parish bulletin and uploaded on our website. This will serve as my means of connecting with you. This will contain anything and everything relevant to our life as one parish community.
Let me begin by relating to you the Clergy Recollection held in our parish last Monday, Sept. 26. The entire Archdiocesan Clergy, led by the Apostolic Administrator Archbishop Savio Hon Tai Fai, gather every fourth Monday of the month for a day of recollection. Our priests and deacons spend time in prayer and reflection. There is also a time for confession. A meeting with the Archbishop usually ends the recollection.
Our parish hosted this month’s recollection. Several parish organizations and some families provided our priests and deacons with breakfast and lunch. Many thanks to them. May God bless you for your generosity. You made our day of recollection more meaningful and fruitful.
Lastly, allow me to mention our parish latest project. You may have noticed the small construction going on at the parking space near the lower parish hall. We are building a food pantry/soup kitchen which will serve the needs of our poor and less fortunate brothers and sisters. Kindly support this project. You may give your donations at the office. Thank you.
Oh Blessed Mother Mary, pray for us. Santa Barbara, pray for us.
Fr. Dan C. Bien
Sta. Barbara Parish
Santa Barbara Parish Prayer Ministry prays the Rosary and Divine Mercy Chaplet for prayer intentions.
From the General Instruction of the Roman Missal (GIRM)
(The observance of the liturgical norms and rubrics)
The General Instruction of the Roman Missal, from the Roman Missal, Third Edition, seeks to promote more conscious, active, and full participation of the faithful in the mystery of the Eucharist and provides specific detail about each element of the Order of Mass as well as other information related to the Mass.
Pope Benedict explains: “These texts contain riches which have preserved and expressed the faith and experience of the People of God over its two- thousand-year history. Equally important for a correct ars celebrandi is an attentiveness to the various kinds of language that the liturgy employs: words and music, gestures and silence, movement, the liturgical colors of the vestments. By its very nature the liturgy operates on different levels of communication which enable it to engage the whole human per- son.” (Sacramentum Caritatis, no. 40)
“May our study and observance of liturgical norms and rubrics continue to foster prayerful and fruitful celebration of the Eucharist, that this moment in the renewal of the Liturgy will strengthen us for the ongoing renewal of the Church.” - Rev. Richard B. Hilgartner (Executive Director, USCCB Secretariat of Divine Worship) (2011)
The Liturgy of the Word
p. 28, #65. The Homily is part of the Liturgy and is highly recommended, for it is necessary for the nurturing of the Christian life. It should be an explanation of some aspect of the readings from Sacred Scripture or of another text from the Ordinary of the Proper of the Mass of the day and should take into account both the mystery being celebrated and the particular needs of the listeners.
66. The Homily should ordinarily be given by the Priest Celebrant himself or be entrusted by him to a concelebrating Priest, or from time to time and, if appropriate, to the Deacon, but never to a lay person. In particular cases and for a just cause, the Homily may even be given by a Bishop or a Priest who is present at the celebration but cannot concelebrate.
On Sundays and Holydays of Obligation there is to be a Homily at every Mass that is celebrated with the people attending, and it may not be omitted without a grave reason. On other days it is recommended, especially on the weekdays of Advent, Lent, and Easter Time, as well as on other festive days and occasions when the people come to church in greater numbers. It is appropriate for a brief period of silence to be observed after the Homily.
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops www.USCCB.org
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