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Here's a thought for Nov. 2

November 2, 2012
By the Rev. Paul Wolf , Marshall Independent

Holy Redeemer Catholic Church

Parish activities are numerous at Holy Redeemer, a few are mentioned below with a bit of a thought for why they are celebrated.

Year of Faith: Oct. 11, 2012-Nov. 24, 2013

The upcoming Year of Faith for the Catholic Church is an opportunity for every Catholic to turn toward Jesus Christ, encounter him in the sacraments, especially the Eucharist and rediscover the Faith and Church.

With his Apostolic Letter of Oct. 11, 2011, Porta Fidei, Pope Benedict XVI declared that a "Year of Faith" will begin Oct. 11, 2012, and conclude Nov. 24, 2013. Oct. 11, 2012, the first day of the Year of Faith, is the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council (Vatican II) and also the 20th anniversary of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. During the Year of Faith, Catholics are asked to study and reflect on the documents of Vatican II and the catechism so that they may deepen their knowledge of the faith.

The upcoming Year of Faith is an opportunity for Catholics to experience a conversion - to turn back to Jesus and enter into a deeper relationship with him. The "door of faith" is opened at one's baptism, but during this year Catholics are called to open it again, walk through it and rediscover and renew their relationship with Christ and his Church.

Holy Redeemer will have its Parish Mission Jan. 5-9 given by Deacon Ralph Poyo. This four-night series will focus on critical elements needed for an effective proclamation of the Gospel and response in today's current culture.

Elizabeth Ministry Rosebud program: "Blessing Bouquet"

This program helps identify, prays for and supports those who are pregnant, celebrating birth or adoption, grieving miscarriage, stillbirth, abortion, infant or child death, or wanting to become pregnant or adopt.

A display in the gathering space at Holy Redeemer instructs how to select the appropriate rose from the basket, fill out the attached card and place the rose in the vase. Church members make a promise to pray for all the families the rosebuds represent.

Pink Rosebud - honoring pregnancy and unborn babies

Red Rosebud - births and adoptions

White Rosebud - with families suffering a miscarriage, abortion, stillbirth, infant or child death

Yellow Rosebud - those wanting to conceive or adopt

(There are coordinating prayer cards available to take home for personal meditation.)

All Saints' Day is a feast day celebrated Nov. 1. It is an opportunity for believers to remember and ask intercessory prayers of all saints and martyrs, known and unknown, throughout Christian history. All Saints has been a Christian tradition since the 4th century A.D.

All Souls' Day is marked Nov. 2 directly following All Saints' Day and is an opportunity for churches and individuals to commemorate the faithful departed. Holy Redeemer invited families of those who had died the past year to a memorial Mass and reception. Candles were placed in honor of the departed and given to the family as a sign of the light of Christ overcoming the darkness of death.



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