November 4, 2018

31st Sunday in Ordinary Time

SING A NEW CHURCH

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Singing Circles of Color
The Singing Circles of Color symbol above represents our Theme. Notice (color version at www.stphilip.org and Church Banner) the dynamic relationships that each individual circle and a variety of combinations of circles share. Through relationships there is a plethora of creation – new colors and diverse sounds. We SING A NEW CHURCH in the Key of Faith as Love in Action.

75th Jubilee Parish Theme: Sing A New Church
We sing the good news of God’s love. Our song begins as a single note of love whispered to us by God at the very moment of our creation. In every breath through the years we draw notes and melodies together in our relationship with our self, others and God. Our song crescendos in the joyous eternal choir which is the hymn of heaven, a song of never ending praise and thanksgiving.

God’s song of love is gently played in every heart and heard as we share our unique song as Love in Action. Every time a gift or talent is given for another, our church community sings a new song and a new church into being. Faith is our key which gives voice to our collective mission which is to do Christ’s Work, Opus Christi.

During the next weeks we will explore the living relationships represented in the symbols above:

Father Son Spirit, God Self Others, Creation Redemption Sanctification, Body Mind Spirit, Gift Gratitude Action, Awakening Interpreting Responding.

WEEK IX

What Shape is your Milagro?
“When we come close to the things that break us down, we touch those things that break us open.” Wayne Muller

In the tiny village of Chimayo, New Mexico, there stands a church filled with symbols of healing called Milagros. The local people are tin crafters who shape symbols from tin that represent a prayer request for healing. Pilgrims take the tin symbols to church along with their prayer. For example, a leg shaped Milagro could represent a broken leg or paralysis. There are hundreds of these Milagros placed as devotional pieces around the sanctuary. Milagros may represent emotional or psychological needs such as one Milagro that depicts four people holding hands – a request for healing of family relationships.

This weekend we pray for our healing and some of our congregation will receive the Sacrament of the Sick. We are in need of healing. We all experience incompleteness or broken circles in our lives in body, mind, heart or spirit.

Good News? God invites us to experience healing or salvation. The Latin word Salvus means, ‘to heal.’ God desires our wholeness which is the basis of the word holiness. Sometimes we focus on God’s interest in our spiritual lives only and forget that God is interested in all of our humanity and every aspect of our lives. When we pray for healing we may think of physical healing and miracles. God heals in many ways, sometimes changing our perception about unchanging situations is the greatest healing miracle of all!

In our readings this weekend we learn about our invitation to love God with all our hearts, souls, minds, strength and to love our neighbor as ourselves. This type of love is only possible with God’s healing embrace.

Our Prayer for Healing – a Milagro Shape
1. What are the areas of your life that need healing?
2. What shape or Milagro would you ask to have fashioned to represent your need for healing?
3. Take a moment to pray about your Milagro shape. While we need healing in every aspect of our lives —-choose just one.
4. What do you ask the Lord to heal? Ask God for healing.
5. Once you have made your request thank God. God is always working. How is God working to heal you?
6. Look for changes in the circle of yourself, in your attitude, perception or outlook.
7. In the circle of others, have you received a kindness, assistance or a compassionate act?
8. Perhaps God’s circle of Providence is touching you through a feeling of peace, greater strength, courage or hope?
These are areas where God heals. May you recognize God at work in you and be open to the healing circle of God’s salvation.

A SACRAMENT OF HEALING
THE ANOINTING OF THE SICK
NOVEMBER 3 & 4, 2018

“Is anyone sick among you? Let them send for the priests of the church, and let them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord; and the Lord will raise them up; and if they have committed any sins, their sins will be forgiven them.” James 5:14-15

On the weekend of November 3 & 4 we will celebrate the Sacrament of The Anointing of the Sick at all Masses. The Sacrament of the Sick is one of the healing sacraments. It is a balm for physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual ills.

The Ritual
• The Sacrament may be administered individually or in a communal setting.

• After an appropriate Scripture reading, the priest prays over the sick person by the laying on of hands on the head of the sick person.

• The forehead is anointed with the Oil of the Sick. The prayer:
“Through this holy anointing may the Lord in his love and mercy help you with the grace of the Holy Spirit.” R. Amen.

• The palms of the hands are anointed:
“May the Lord who frees you from sin save you and raise you up.” R. Amen.

• The following prayer is said after the anointing at all Masses:
“Father in heaven, through this holy anointing grant your people comfort in suffering. When they are afraid give them courage, when afflicted give them patience, when dejected, afford them hope, and when alone, assure them of the support of your holy people. We ask this through Christ our Lord.” R. Amen.

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