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April 19, 2011

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What do you stand for?

Have you ever thought about the power of having a purpose? Everyone needs something that gets them moving in the morning, keeps them going through the day, and makes them continue to work toward a goal. Take some time to think about the activities you are involved in and how they relate to your personal purpose. For the activities that don't serve your purpose, ask yourself why you continue with them. Perhaps you need to reevaluate your commitments and renew your conviction toward your purpose.



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The purpose of our website is three-fold:  inspiration, information and evangelizations-speading the Word of God beyond our boundaries to the whole world.

Parish Mission Statement

We, the faithful of Saint Monica Parish, joyfully celebrating the 100th anniversary of our parish, proclaim our faith in God our Father and we pledge to continue the mission of His Son in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Looking forward to the year 2000 marking the birth of Jesus Christ we recognize that as members of His body we are called to minister to one another in the parish community, as well as to those around us. We therefore commit ourselves to be:

  • A community that worships God by encouraging the faithful to attend daily mass as well as Sunday Mass and to actively participate in all parish liturgies.

  • A community that nourishes Christian life by encouraging frequent reception of the sacraments, fostering parish spirit, and the working together of all parish societies and organizations.

  • A community that seeks to strengthen family life as a privileged locale for encountering God, and encouraging parents to continue that encounter through the parochial school and a Catholic secondary school.

  • A community that teaches the message of Christ by reaching out to all within the parish community:   young and old, Catholic and non-Catholic, churched and non-churched, through example and through the efforts of the Evangelization Committee already active in the parish.

  • A community that serves those in need by visiting the home-bound on a bi-monthly basis, by affording the sick the opportunity to receive the Eucharist more often, and by the St. Vincent de Paul Society ministering to the temporal needs of those in want.

We implore the blessing of God, through the intercession of Mary Immaculate, our Mother, and through Saint Monica, our patroness. May God strengthen our resolve to leave a legacy of faith and a spirit of mission to our children.



Liturgical changes

For many people, change does not come easy.
Change requires us to stop doing things a certain
way in order to do something else. Many people
nd comfort in familiar routines and known ways of
acting. Change interrupts those familiar routines. But
change is also an opportunity to stop and re ect on
what we are doing and to come to a better understanding
of God, who does not change.

Will these changes be noticeable?

In the third edition of the Roman Missal, almost every prayer
in the Mass—those spoken by the priest and those spoken
by the people—has been retranslated from the Latin to English.
Some prayers now recited by memory will need to be
relearned, and the familiar language of many prayers recited
by the priest will change.
In preparing the new translation, the translators were
asked to make the English texts conform more closely to the
Latin originals and to retain traditional theological vocabulary
that communicates important concepts of the faith. Th e
language that the faithful will hear and pray is more formal
and somewhat more complex than the language of ordinary
conversation. It conveys rich theological concepts and retains
biblical language and images.

Why does the Church change the LIturgy?

In its Liturgy, the Church always attempts to follow the “norm
of the holy Fathers.” Th is eff ort “requires not only the preservation
of what our immediate forebears have handed on to us,
but also an understanding and a more profound pondering of
the Church’s entire past. . . . this broader view allows us to see
how the Holy Spirit endows the People of God with a marvelous
fi delity in preserving the unalterable deposit of faith, even
though there is a very great variety of prayers and rites” (General
Instruction of the Roman Missal, no. 9).
Th e Liturgy must, therefore, always celebrate and make
present the Paschal Sacrifi ce of Christ—his saving Passion,
death, Resurrection, and Ascension. However, over time,
it may become necessary to make certain changes, such as
adding prayers for recently canonized saints and adding texts
that refl ect the needs that the People of God wish to bring to
God in prayer. Th e third edition of the Roman Missal makes
such additions and provides a fresh translation of the Latin
texts of the existing content of the Missal.


What exactly is changing?

Th e structure of the Mass (the order of the elements,
the actions of the priest celebrant, and so forth) remains
unchanged in the new edition of the Roman Missal. However,
the translation of the prayer texts will change to more
closely refl ect the original Latin texts. In some cases, new
options for prayers may be available, and some old options
may no longer be present.


How can I prepare?

Th ere are many ways in which you can prepare for the
changes in the Mass:
✠ Make a conscious eff ort to participate more fully in the
Mass each Sunday and holy day.
✠ Take advantage of any special catechetical sessions off ered
by your parish or diocese.
✠ Visit the Roman Missal Web site (www.usccb.org/romanmissal)
to study the new texts and to learn more about the changes.
✠ Read the new texts of the people’s parts at Mass. Begin to
study them so that you will be able to pray them well when
the new Roman Missal is implemented.
✠ Pray for a renewal of love for the Liturgy in your parish
and in the Church.

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