St. Benedict Catholic Church

Letter from the Bishop

Bishop’s column – Feb. 19, 2021

 

Almost one year has elapsed since the COVID virus began to attack our world.  It has been a year of terrible sickness and death for many people.  It has been a year of living in isolation and fear.  Worst of all, it has been a year in which the celebration and reception of the Eucharist is but a memory for many Catholics.

Our churches have been open, and the sacraments have been available.  Many of the faithful have continued to fill (COVID style) their parish churches – some announcing that their fear of being deprived of the sacraments was greater than their fear of sickness, or even death.  Now, with vaccines available and virus numbers decreasing every day, it’s time for all those who are not likely victims of COVID to return to the full practice of the faith.

The general dispensation from the Sunday obligation remains in effect, but all those, except for the elderly, those with conditions that could make them more susceptible to COVID,  and those who must care for the sick and elderly, should now come home to Mass.  If you are unable to participate in Mass on Sunday, then come another day of the week.  Watching Mass on television, or worse, taking advantage of the dispensation as an excuse for not attending Mass must not become the “new normal.”

St. John Paul II wrote in Dies Domini that ”Sunday is a day which as at the very heart of the Christian life” (7).  Far from merely a rule, participation in Mass – especially Sunday Mass – is at the heart of our Catholic identity. In the Sunday Eucharistic celebration, the word of God is proclaimed in the readings and is explained in the homily.  This table of the word is followed by the table of the Body and Blood of Christ with which the Lord feeds his people..

This explains why participation at Sunday Mass is so important in the Christian life that, in time, it was recognized as a grave obligation, as witnessed by canon 1247 of the Code of Canon Law : “On Sundays and other holy days of obligation, the faithful are obliged to participate in the Mass.”  The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches us that “the Sunday Eucharist is the foundation and confirmation of all Christian practice.  For this reason the faithful are obliged to participate in the Eucharist on days of obligation, unless excused for a serious reason (for example, illness, the care of infants) or dispensed by their own pastor.  Those who deliberately fail in this obligation commit a grave sin” (2181).

Before COVID caused the changes in our lives as Catholics, we discovered that only about 35% of those who identified as Catholics attended Mass every Sunday.  Now the numbers are even lower. It was not always so. One of the most inspiring accounts of Catholics’ love for the Mass comes from the year 304 A.D.  When the emperor Diocletian forbade the practice of the Christian religion – especially the Mass – a group of 49 Christians in Proconsular Africa defied the emperor and continued to attend Mass.  When they were discovered and reported to the emperor and sentenced to death, they replied to their accusers: “Without fear of any kind we have celebrated the Lord’s Supper, because it cannot be missed; that is our law; we cannot live without the Eucharist.”

And neither can we live without the Eucharist.  There is no longer any excuse (except servile fear) for those who are not included among the most vulnerable to stay away from Mass.  Our parishes are providing the necessary number of Masses to accommodate all who will come.  Consider again the magnificent gifts of baptism and faith that you have been given.  There is no salvation apart from Christ and his Church, and the sacraments.  Let’s not celebrate another Lent without the Mass.

May the Most Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of Apostles, obtain for all of us the grace to grasp the message of the Lord’s Day and to live it with vigor.

 

 

 

 

 

Mass Times for Holy Week

Holy Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 7:00pm

 

Good Friday, April 2, 2021 at 7:00pm

 

Easter Vigil, April 3, 2021 at 8:00pm

 

Easter Masses, April 4, at 8:00am and 10:30am 

Sunday Mass Recording

Below you will find the link for the Mass for the First Sunday of Lent, February 21, 2021 

Mass Schedule

Weekend Mass Schedule

Saturday  5:00 pm

Sunday     8:00 am, 10:30 am

Daily Mass

7:00 am Tuesday through Friday 

5:00pm Wednesdays at St. Michael 

Divine Mercy Mass

8:00am Saturdays - Divine Mercy Mass with Adoration and Confessions following Mass 

Starting on February 20, 2021 the 8:00am Saturday Mass will be celebrated in the extraordinary form. See the bulletin for more details. 


A Review of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass Celebrated Ad Orientem

Reconciliaton

Reconciliation is available on Saturdays from 8:30 am - 9:30 am.

Reconciliation is also available 40 minutes before every weekend Mass.

Pastoral Center Hours

Monday through Friday 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
 
Fr. Michael is available by appointment during the week. 

 

Are You Registered?

If you are not registered at St. Benedict and would like to do so, please click here to find our registration form.

Print the form and bring it to the Pastoral Center or mail it to the office.

COVID Vaccine Information

Bishop Sheridan has put together Catholic resources to help parishioners make informed decisions regarding the morality of certain vaccinations, especially in regard to the pending COVID-19 vaccinations. 

https://www.stbenedictfalcon.org/covid-vaccine-information

myParish App

 

Text App to 88202 to download our parish app

1) Download myParish App

2) Select our parish after opening

myparishapp.com/appstore 

Weekly Soup Dinner and Stations of the Cross

Every Friday of Lent, St. Benedict will be hosting a lenten soup dinner at 6:00pm followed  by Stations of the Cross starting at 7:00pm.

The Extraordinary Form

Homeschool Handmade Stations of the Cross

Family Promise Virtual Luncheon

 

 

Bulletins


  • Sun, Feb 21st

  • Sun, Feb 14th

  • Sun, Feb 7th

  • Sun, Jan 31st

  • Sun, Jan 24th