January 13, 2019
The Baptism of the Lord
January 13, 2019
TODAY’S LITURGY: The Baptism of the Lord
READINGS: RED HYMNAL # 787 (Gospel Year C)
Processional Hymn: CREDO # 155
Songs of Thankfulness and Praise
Gradual (Psalm104) O Bless the Lord my Soul
Offertory Hymn: RED BOOK # 412
When John Baptized by Jordan’s River
Communion Hymn: CREDO # 548
Be not afraid
Recessional Hymn: CREDO # 154
When Christ appearing was made known
SIGN OF PEACE AND
We are in the midst of another bad Flu Season, for everyone’s sake we will discontinue the Chalice at Holy Mass until the First Sunday of Lent.
Also the ‘Sign of Peace.’
If you are feeling a bit sick or are afraid of getting sick, a simple nod of the head with the greeting ‘Peace’ is quite sufficient. Please not to be offended if someone dose not want to shake hands. Its also Never appropriate to call out ‘God Bless You’ when someone sneezes in Church, if your right by them a quiet whisper is sufficient.
BAYSHORE CATHOLIC PARISHES
Will be sponsoring a Seminar at
St. Catherine's Church Hall
Tuesday January 22, 2019; 7:00—8:30 pm
Who should come?
*All parents of Children and adult children dealing with addiction.
*Any parent, grandparent concerned about this epidemic and the signs to watch for.
* All concerned members of the community.
Spread the word;
All invited. Young people under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
This event is free, sponsored by the Bayshore Cohort Parishes of St Agnes/OLPH; St. Mary;St. Catherine; St. Ann
BIBLE STUDY HAS RESUMED
WED. EVENING AFTER MASS IN CHURCH
Fr. Dan leads the Study, we are in the Epistle of James
O Worship the Lord in the Beauty of Holiness
The Sanctuary Lamp will burn this week in honor of Alexander Gibilisco, gift of Mom & Dad
Blessed Mother Votive Light this week will burn in Memory of MaryClare DiMaggio (anniv.) gift of Mom, Rosemary.
Sacred Heart Votive Light will burn this week in memory of John Finan, gift of wife and daughters.
St. Catherine’s Church
‘POT O’ GOLD’
TICKETS ON SALE AFTER ALL MASSES THIS WEEKEND
PLEASE HELP US REACH OUR GOAL OF 300 TICKETS SOLD!!
A limited number of tickets to be sold (300) with three ways to win BIG! Tickets sold only through the parish office are $100.00 per ticket.
Prizes will be drawn on Saturday, March 16th at our breakfast in the parish hall after morning Mass. You may also split a ticket. For more information or to reserve your lucky number call the parish office 732-787-1318.
First Prize: 70% of 50%
Second Prize: 20% of 50%
Third Prize: 10% of 50%
Winners need not be present. Split a ticket with family and friends!
ATLANTIC CITY BUS TRIP
SUNDAY, JANUARY 27TH
THE TROPICANA CASINO
THE PRICE IS $25.00 WITH $10.00 BACK.
For reservations or more information
call Rich 732-787-1953.
R. C. I. A. CLASS. DO YOU DESIRE THE SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION?
Classes began in the Fall, classes resume January 15, 6:30—8:00 pm in the School/ If You desire to make Confirmation at the Easter Vigil and need Classes call Mrs Callahan 732-495-7779 for more information.
BAYSHORE COHORT PARISHES NEED YOUR INPUT
HOW CAN THE COHORT PARISHES ASSIST?
Forms are available in the Narthex.
Fill one out and return it in the next few weeks.
LET US PRAY FOR ONE ANOTHER
In your charity please remember to pray for: Patrick Smith, Kristie Young, Monica Gilk, Paul Matyas, , Maria Lonseth, Marge Brand, Anthony DelaTacoma, Sr., Ruth Alaia, Jim Donnelly, Kathleen Toomey, Julia Fehlhaber, Rev. Josh Keeran, Susan Rick, Ryan Hansen, Bill Arangruen, Kerri Black, Ellie Julien, Sara Jane Mauer, Thomas D. Murphy, Ana Oliveira, Michael Brothers, Deborah Snyder, Theresa Marks, Sheila Buxton, Margaret Cascone, Rachel O’Brien, Taryn Hussey, Maureen Farrell, Rich Callahan, Josephine Dennis and for the faithful departed: Paul Friedman, Amanda Cokelet, Helen Callahan.
God, our loving Father, look with kindness on our brothers and sisters who seek Your care. In Your mercy grant health to the sick; comfort to the sorrowful, peace to the troubled, joy to the weary and eternal rest to those whose work on earth is done, and all for Jesus’ Amen
BANNS OF CHRISTIAN MARRIAGE
III David Frankovic & Judith Molina
If anyone knows of just cause why they may not be joined in Christian Matrimony, let them speak now or forever hold their peace.
Prayer for those serving in our military
Please remember to pray for our parishioners and friends serving this nation at home and abroad.
CDR Michael Dwan, U. S. N. ,Major Mark Paige, U. S. M. C. , Patrick Gallagher, S/Sgt. Matthew Santilli, Master S/Sgt Albert DiMaggio, Lieutenant Colonel Bayard Smith, Dallas Jamison & Sgt. Timothy Hayes.
Prayer: O God who art the lover of peace and concord. Grant to these thy servants who serve this nation, grace and strength. Preserve them we pray and shield them from all danger of body and soul; and hasten the day when thy shall return to their homes and loved ones, through Christ our Lord. Amen
PRAYER FOR OUR POLICEMEN
O Almighty God, Whose great power and eternal wisdom embraces the universe, Watch over all policemen and law enforcement officers everywhere. Protect them from harm. In the performance of their duty to stop crime, robbery, riots and violence. We pray, help them keep our streets and homes safe, day and night. We commend them to your loving care because their duty is dangerous. Grant them strength and courage in their daily assignments. Dear God, protect these brave men and women. Grant them your almighty protection. Unite them safely with their families after duty has ended. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. St. Michael the Archangel, Patron of police, pray for them.
Remember all these Intentions, as we offer our daily prayers.
The Baptism of Jesus Christ
In the New Testament, Christ is baptized by John the Baptist. Many have wondered why He chose to do this, since He had no sin to repent or be cleansed of; Christ Himself says that He submits to baptism to “fulfill all righteousness” (Matt. 3:15). There are several reasons why Jesus consented to a baptism that, as John the Baptist noted, He did not need:
It is a manifestation of His self-emptying and identification with humanity, which stands in need of God’s grace and forgiveness. Similarly, he was circumcised according to the precepts of the Mosaic Law, even though circumcision symbolized a cutting off of sin, which Jesus did not have.
It inaugurates His messianic mission, wherein He is anointed by the Spirit for His ministry (Luke 4:16-20).
In His baptism, Christ sacramentally sanctifies the waters for us, prefiguring the baptism He was to later inaugurate.
As St. Ambrose of Milan teaches, "The Lord was baptized, not to be cleansed himself but to cleanse the waters, so that those waters, cleansed by the flesh of Christ which knew no sin, might have the power of baptism. Whoever comes, therefore, to the washing of Christ lays aside his sins"
(Commentary on Luke 2:83, A.D. 389).
His baptism reveals what occurs spiritually every time a Christian is baptized. When we come to the Holy Font, the heavens are opened, the Spirit descends, and the Father pronounces, “You are my beloved son.”
St. Aphrahaat says, "From baptism we receive the Spirit of Christ. At that same moment in which the priests invoke the Spirit, heaven opens, and he descends and rests upon the waters, and those who are baptized are clothed in him” (Treatises 6:14:4, A.D. 340).
The baptism of Jesus begins His public ministry. Immediately after this, He goes into the wilderness to face the temptations of the devil
"Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God." -John 3:5
"In the birth by water and the Spirit, Jesus himself led the way in this birth, drawing down upon the water, by his own baptism, the Holy Spirit; so that in all things he became the firstborn of
those who are spiritually born again, and gave the name of brethren to those who partook in a birth like to his own by water and the Spirit" -St. Gregory of Nyssa, Against Eunomius 2:8 ,A.D. 382
Sacraments of Christian Initiation
Of the seven sacraments, Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist are referred to as the “sacraments of Christian initiation” because it is by reception of these three sacraments that a person is fully received into communion with the Church and is made a partaker in the divine life of Christ.
“The sharing in the divine nature given to men through the grace of Christ bears a certain likeness to the origin, development, and nourishing of natural life…by means of these sacraments of Christian initiation, they thus receive in increasing measure the treasures of divine life and advance toward the perfection of charity” (CCC 1212).
Of the three sacraments of initiation, Baptism and Confirmation are unrepeatable and give the recipient an indelible mark.
Baptism - Etymology
The word “baptize” means to plunge or immerse; the “plunge” into the water symbolizes the catechumen’s burial into Christ’s death, from which he rises up with Him as a “new creation” (2
Baptism was prefigured several places in the Old Testament. The Church Fathers saw it symbolized:
In creation, where water was overshadowed by the Holy Spirit (Gen.1:2)
In the Flood of Noah, where he and his family “were saved through water” (1 Pet. 3:20).
“The waters of the great flood you made a sign of the waters of Baptism, that make an end of sin and a new beginning of goodness.”
In the crossing of the Israelites through the Red Sea, where the people were set free from slavery and the Egyptians were washed away (Ex. 14).
In the crossing of the Jordan River by the Israelites, where the People of God entered into the Promised Land, an image of eternal life (Jos. 3).
The cleansing of Naaman the Syrian in the River Jordan (2 Kings 5:14).
“It was not for nothing that Naaman of old, when suffering from leprosy, was purified upon his being baptized, but [this served] as an indication to us. For as we are lepers in sin, we are made clean, by means of the sacred water and the invocation of the Lord, from our old transgressions, being spiritually regenerated as newborn babes (St. Irenaeus, Fragment 34, A.D. 190).
In all of these examples, the Church Fathers saw prefigurements of Holy Baptism, where sin is washed away and we are “born again” in Christ. In Baptism, we “put on the new man”, as St. Paul says
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