Monday Mass: November 29
This morning in St. Margaret Church in Madison, Ct, I celebrated Mass and afterwards gave a short morning catechesis on the Holy Eucharist, our great common prayer. Here are some simple suggestions I made about praying at Mass.
Tonight at 7 PM our mission continues. Here’s the lineup.
Monday: Searching for God: St. Elizabeth Ann
Announcements and opening prayer
Catechesis (10 minutes): Growing in faith: The US Catholic Catechism for Adults
Praying today: Prayers and prayerbooks
Sermon: (35 minutes) The Saint of Wall Street: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
Benediction hymns, short prayer, closing hymn) (15 minutes)
The way we’re learning about our faith is changing. One example is the new US Catholic Catechism for Adults. It’s a catechism for adults, instead of a catechism for children. It’s for adult Catholics, and not just for priests or special catechetical teachers. All of us are invited to learn and keeping learning about our faith, and then live what we know and believe.
The new Catholic Catechism for Adults, besides definitions and explanations, uses the lives of saints and holy people, many of them American, as examples and guides of faith. Faith doesn’t exist in a book, it’s lived by people.
St. Elizabeth Seton is the first saint the catechism offers. She a wonderful example of what’s meant when we say we are searching for God. All of us are searching for God. Her life took an extraordinary number of twists and turns, from childhood, to married life, to prosperity and then to adversity, to her conversion to Catholicism and her life as a dedicated religious involved in the ministry of the church.Through it all she kept searching for God who made her and mysteriously called her.
Another way we use to learn about our faith today is the scriptures. Tuesday night and Wednesday night we’re going to look at Jesus as he is presented in the Gospel of Matthew, which is often called the first Christian catechism.
I’ll give a summary of these presentations afterwards in blogs at Victor’s Place