Holy Innocents Catholic Church!

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"Whatever drew you here today, I hope that you will feel the presence of the Lord in this Church and in this community of faith." Father Johnson

Although we are only able to have limited parish activities now, we never stop being the Church and we all called to live our faith at home and in whatever circumstances we face.  We encourage you to check out the resources below to help nourish your faith during the current stay at home/stay healthy orders.  Archbishop Etienne’s suspension of the obligation to attend Sunday Mass continues.  Let us pray for one another and encourage one another in faith.

 

New Parish Office Hours : Monday - Thursday 9am - 4pm. Closed Fridays.

If you need anything, you can call the parish office and leave a message and one of us will get back to you.  If you have a sacramental or pastoral need, please email one of the staff or you may email me directly at frjohnson@stjude-redmond.org.

RESOURCES TO GROW IN FAITH

 

Watch Fr. Anh's October Presentation on the Virtue of Faith Here

 

 

  • Sunday Gospel Reflections by Bishop Mueggenborg:
  • Weekly Reflections
  • The Healing Power of Love in Action: Creation Care in a Time of Pandemic and Partisanship -- a virtual presentation this Wednesday October 21st at 7pm. Join with this zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83735493570  Please email  Kristen Federico kristen_federico@hotmail.com with questions before or du

Indoor Mass Reservations October 25, 2020

(Reservation site closes at midnight the night before mass)

8:00 am

10:30 am 

October 16, 2020

Dear friends in Christ,
 

Mass is an encounter with Christ
In this year of the Eucharist called for by Archbishop Etienne, each month I am offering a reflection on some aspect of the Mass and the Holy Eucharist:
 
Last week at Mass, the prophet Isaiah announced that atop God’s holy mountain, God would feed his people with a rich banquet.  In another place, Isaiah proclaims that all peoples shall stream to this mountain, the place of encounter with the Lord.  We are called to this encounter with the Lord at our Baptism.  And each week, when we celebrate the Mass, we stream to, we go up to, the altar, an earthly place of encounter with the Lord Jesus, which is a foretaste of the banquet of heaven.
 
The significance of the Entrance procession.
Vatican II taught that at the Mass,
 
“Christ is always present to his Church, especially in the actions of the liturgy. He is present in the sacrifice of the Mass, in the person of the minister (it is the same Christ who formerly offered himself on the cross that now offers by the ministry of priests) and preeminently in the eucharistic species. He is present in the sacraments by his power, in such a way that when someone baptizes, Christ himself baptizes. He is present in his word, for it is he himself who speaks when the holy Scriptures are read in the Church. Finally, he is present when the Church prays and sings, for he himself promised: Where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there in their midst.”
 
This passage reminds us that Mass is always an encounter with the living Christ in manifold ways.  This manifold presence of Christ is ritually revealed and enacted in the entrance procession:
 
You, as members of the Church, begin that procession when you leave home and “stream” to the “mountain of the Lord,” processing to the altar, raised up in the sanctuary of the church. 
Christ leads us to this altar through his crucifixion, and therefore the processional cross with the image of Christ crucified is placed at the head of the procession.
Then comes the word of God, held aloft in the Gospel book by the lector or the deacon, because it is “Christ himself who speaks when the holy Scriptures are read.”  When Christ was born, “the word became flesh,” and in another sense, the word becomes flesh in us and is reborn in us, when we listen to the readings and the homily being proclaimed.
Then the priest enters into the assembly, “…in the person of Christ, the head,” to lead the assembly in offering the sacrifice, offering their praise in thanks to God.  Through the ministry of the priest, Christ, comes to stand in the midst of the assembly of believers to join our sacrifices to that of Christ’s.  
Altogether, then we, “Go up to the altar of God, the God of our joy,” and, here in this place, Christ makes himself present, preeminently, most especially, in the Eucharist, Christ’s Body and Blood, given to us as a foretaste of the banquet of heaven.  Could there be any more profound gift than this, than Jesus, Himself, Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity given to us as food to sustain us on our pilgrimage to heaven?  Yet this is who we receive at the altar every time we come to Holy Communion! This is the One whom we encounter every time we enter into Mass.
Ways we can more fully enter into Mass
So, I want to encourage in us some practices to help us more fully realize whom we encounter at Mass, to help us enter fully into this encounter with the Lord Jesus.  A few suggestions:
 
1.  Take some time to pray before Mass begins, whether by live stream or in person.  Think of 5 things you are grateful for to God and tell God that you are offering the Mass in thanksgiving for these things. Think too of a grace that you need from God or of a person whom you want to offer the Mass for.
2.  The day before Mass, read through the scriptures for the Sunday Mass.  The readings can be found easily on this link from the US conference of Catholic Bishops: https://bible.usccb.org
3.  Pray a prayer of thanksgiving after Mass.  Here is one from St. Thomas Aquinas:
Lord, Father all-powerful and ever-living God, I thank You, for
even though I am a sinner, your unprofitable servant, not
because of my worth but in the kindness of your mercy,
You have fed me with the Precious Body & Blood of Your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.
I pray that this Holy Communion may not bring me
condemnation and punishment but forgiveness and salvation.
May it be a helmet of faith and a shield of good will.
May it purify me from evil ways and put an end to my evil passions.
May it bring me charity and patience, humility and obedience,
and growth in the power to do good.
May it be my strong defense against all my enemies, visible and invisible,
and the perfect calming of all my evil impulses, bodily and spiritual.
May it unite me more closely to you, the One true God, and lead me
safely through death to everlasting happiness with You.
And I pray that You will lead me, a sinner, to the banquet where you,
with Your Son and holy Spirit, are true and perfect light, total fulfillment, everlasting joy, gladness without end, and perfect happiness to your saints. grant this through Christ our Lord,
Amen.
 

Hopefully by doing these things we may become aware of the many ways Christ comes to us through the Mass and have a more profound experience of his loving presence. This week in particular, we are reminded by the readings that God has, “called you by name,” and the “The Lord is God, there is no other.”  It is this same God who we encounter at Mass each Sunday.  Let us hold on to Him as a rock, an anchor amid this passing world.
 
Blessings on your week!
 
Fr. Johnson

 

 

Daily Mass may now be attended in person

Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 9am

Wednesdays at 6pm

These Masses will also be livestreamed.

Perfect Contrition and Spiritual Communion Prayers

 

 

 

5pm Mass from St. Jude on Saturday October 17th

Perfect Contrition and Spiritual Communion Prayers

 

 

 

8am Mass from Holy Innocents --Sunday October 18th

Perfect Contrition and Spiritual Communion Prayers

 

 

10:30 mass from Holy Innocents on Sundays is streamed live on our Facebook page at this link: 

https://www.facebook.com/HolyInnocentsDuvall/

 

All our archived streamed events are available on Vimeo by searching for  "St. Jude and Holy Innocents" or by clicking here.

 

 

RESOURCES TO GROW IN FAITH

 

Sunday Gospel Reflections by Bishop Mueggenborg:

Weekly Reflections

 

First Reconciliation -First Communion Registration

 

All Parish Faith Formation Registration 

Teen Confirmation Registration


Ministry Schedule

Events Calendar

Maps & Directions


 

Catholic Essentials


Holy Innocents Staff


Parish History 

Sacraments

Living Stones 2020 Campaign

 

 


Contact Us!

 

 

 

Indoor Mass 8am Sunday (By Reservation only)

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Indoor Mass 10:30 am Sunday (By Reservation only)

Livestream Mass 10:30am Sunday

http://Oct25-1030am.rsvpify.com

Daily Mass 

  • In person at Holy Innocents Tue, Thur and Fri at 9am and Wed at 6pm
  • These Masses will be livestreamed

Church Open Hours for Private Prayer:

  • Tue: 9:30am - 11:30am
  • Thur: 9:30am - 11:30am
  • Fri: 6pm - 8pm

Drive-Up Confessions

  • Fridays 6-6:45pm in the upper parkinglot

A special THANK YOU to all who are sending in Sunday envelopes or giving online. Your support is especially needed at this time to support our parish and maintain our ministries! We are grateful for all you do for Holy Innocents.Click the image below to make a gift to the paish: 

 

Click here to make a pledge to the Annual Catholic Appeal

 

Catholic News & Perspective

 

 

Pantry Donations


Thank you for all the donations! Anything is helpful!

  • We are taking donations on Monday Mornings at the Church between 9am - 12noon 

Thank you

The Food Pantry will not accept any household items or clothing until further notice.