October Men’s Night Summary – The Holy Eucharist

Thank you to everyone who came out last Thursday for Adoration, Mass and Father Nathan Siray’s talk on the Holy Eucharist.  I hope I speak for everyone when I say it was awesome!

I just wanted to direct your attention to a few things:

  1. In case you missed it or wanted to check a detail, Father Siray’s presentation will be available on our website under the link, “Previous Events”.
  2. During the presentation, Father Siray referred several times to Bishop Athanasius Scheider’s book. This book is called “Dominus Est ? It Is the Lord: Reflections of a Bishop of Central Asia on Holy Communion”.
  1. Also, Father Siray made reference to Pope Paul VI’s very beautiful encyclical from 1965 called, “Mysterium Fidei”. It reflects on the centrality of the Most Holy Sacrament in the Church and should be in the lives of all the faithful.  It can be read here: http://w2.vatican.va/content/paul-vi/en/encyclicals/documents/hf_p-vi_enc_03091965_mysterium.html
  1. In addition, it is worth reading “Memoriale Domini”, 1969. Many Catholics today think that the practice of receiving Holy Communion on the tongue while kneeling changed with Vatican II.  This document, which was issued by the Congregation for Divine Worship and approved by Pope Paul VI, on May 29, 1969 emphatically confirms that the practice was not to change.  According to Memoriale Domini:

    “… it is thus clear that by far the greater number of bishops feel that the present discipline should not be changed at all, indeed that if it were changed, this would be offensive to the sensibilities and spiritual appreciation of these bishops and of most of the faithful.

    “…The Apostolic See therefore strongly urges bishops, priests, and people to observe zealously this law, valid and again confirmed, according to the judgment of the majority of the Catholic episcopate, in the form which the present rite of the sacred liturgy employs, and out of concern for the common good of the Church.”

    The entire document can be read at http://www.catholictradition.org/Eucharist/memoriale.htm)

Our next event will be on Thursday, November 19th and our speaker will be Father Antony Sumich F.S.S.P.  The invitations will be going out shortly.  If you are not on our mailing to receive the invitation, please contact us at FatherLacombeGuild@gmail.com.

Thank you and may God bless you.
Brent W.

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October Event Update

We will be having our third Catholic Men’s Night this month on Thursday the 22nd. Details can be found below.  All men on the mailing list should have received an email in the past day or so, with a formal invitation and poster.  Please respond to the email ASAP so that food preparations can be made.  If you would like to sign up to come, or to join our email list, please email the Guild at: fatherlacombeguild@gmail.com .

Details:

When and Where: Thursday, October 22, 2015
At Our Lady of the Assumption Parish (7624 – 39th Ave. NW)
— Holy Hour (Adoration and Confession) – 6:00 PM
— Holy Mass – 7:00 PM
— Dinner (Catered by Joe Rathwell) – following Mass in Parish Hall
— Talk Presented by Fr. Nathan Siray – after supper

Cost: $20 per person, which includes dinner and an honorarium for the speaker.

Contact: To sign up for this month’s event, please send an email with your name and the number of guests to our email:  fatherlacombeguild@gmail.com .

October 1st Updates

Item #1 – September Meeting, Etc.

Thank you to all the gentlemen who attended our third Catholic Men’s Night.  We had our largest turn out ever, with 41 men coming out to hear Fr. Geddes.  Unfortunately, priestly duties called Fr. Geddes away to provide the Sacrament of Extreme Unction (Last Rites), so we were not able to listen to his talk.  Instead we had a wonderful meal and discussion about the purposes of the Guild and why we as Catholic men need opportunities to become bands of brothers in this increasingly secular society.  We apologize for any disappointment due to the last minute cancellation of the talk, but hope that all understand that the priests sacramental duties, especially in cases of emergency, take precedence.

Item #2 – Into the Breach… A Bishop’s Exhortation to Catholic Men (A MUST READ!)

Just released two days ago (On September 29 – Michaelmas or Feast of St. Michael), Bishop Thomas Olmsted has written a beautiful  and rich exhortation to Catholic men.  I would invite all Catholic gentlemen to read and reflect on the words of Bishop Olmsted, as they go right to the heart of what it means to be a Catholic man in 21st century North America.  His Excellency pulls no punches about our current situation, yet offers a hopeful and inspiring message, demanding that we take up our God-given duties as Catholic men.  May God bless His Church with many more Good Shepherds like Bishop Olmsted, Bishop Henry and Cardinal Burke.

The Apostolic Exhortation can be found here online, or here in .pdf format.