Thursday, December 1, 2016

Memorial Mass for the Departed: Wednesday, November 30th, 2016 (St. Andrew)

Listen to the homily here.


As we welcome at Mass this evening, we do so in a couple of ways
This is the last day of this month
·      The last day in the month of those who have died
o   Our book of life
o   We actually pray for those who have died every day in the year at Mass
·      “Remember also our brothers and sisters who have fallen asleep in the hope of the resurrection, and all who have died in your mercy: welcome them into the light of your face.”
·      We gather tonight to welcome those who continue to grieve and pray for loved ones
Second, this is a feast for St. Andrew
·      Matthew 4: “As Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon who is called Peter, and his brother Andrew, casting a net into the sea; they were fishermen.  He said to them, ‘Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.’”
·      Peter and Andrew, brothers
·      Fishermen
·      Disciples and apostles of Jesus Christ
·      Andrew gave his life—he died too—a martyr on a cross
o   St. Andrew Cross on the chasuble
Jesus Christ died himself
·      Out of the twelve apostles, 10 of them died after Jesus began his Church
Finally, each of us is to follow Jesus Christ:
·      Roman 10:9: “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”
·      Grow in relationship with Jesus Christ
·      Mass, like this evening, each Sunday…Monday-Thursday
·      Mission next week
·      Books for free
Please continue with the process of grieving for loved ones…and move forward with our savior

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