On October 24th Holy Trinity Catholic Church held a Rosary Rally for Respect for Life Month.
God, our loving Father, we thank and praise you for the precious gift of human life. You breathed your love into each of us and we are created in your very image and likeness. You further affirmed the dignity of life when you sent your Eternal Son to become one with us in His Incarnation, and the Blessed Virgin Mary’s “yes” at the Annunciation advanced the plan of our salvation. May we dedicate ourselves to always hold life sacred from the moment of conception until natural death. Give us the courage to speak with truth, love and conviction in the defense of life for both the unborn and the born. Help us to extend the gentle hand of mercy and forgiveness to those who do not reverence this gift. May we be a people who always choose to honor life. All this we pray in the precious name of Jesus. Amen
Heavenly Father, We come to you in thanksgiving for the many wonderful blessings you have bestowed on each of us and on our Holy Trinity community. As we celebrate the 16th anniversary of our parish’s establishment this July, may our hearts and minds be in tune with the joys, as well as, the needs we have as faithful disciples. We ask that you guide us to be good stewards of this church, our sacred and holy place of worship, and our parish campus. May we cherish and tend to them in a responsible manner. May we also be ever mindful of the critical need to sacrifice within our means to address our debt obligations. Strengthen our resolve to move steadily forward to meet this significant challenge. As a people of faith and hope, and of love for you and one another, may we embrace our role as faithful stewards in the same spirit of sacrifice that Jesus taught us by his life and death for us. In his precious name we pray. Amen
Bishop Kevin Vann lifts dispensation for attending Mass during pandemic
By Monsignor Stephen Doktorczyk 6/11/2021
The word “dispensation”can have varied meanings. One definition of dispensation is “the relaxation of a merely ecclesiastical law in a particular case” according to canon 85 of the 1983 Code of Canon Law. The dispensation question is often raised when St. Patrick’s Day, which always takes place during Lent, falls on a Friday. Since abstinence from meat on Fridays (outside of when a solemnity falls on a Friday) (canon 1251) is an ecclesiastical (Church) and not a divine law, a bishop or another with executive authority may relax the law in such a case. He could add the contingency that if one decides to have corned beef on Friday, March 17, he is to refrain from meat on another day.
When the seriousness of the coronavirus became known, it seemed fitting to excuse certain people who could be at high risk of contracting COVID-19 from being physically present at Mass. But it is important to point out a distinction perhaps not evident to everyone. It is the Third Commandment of the Decalogue that requires us to keep holy the Lord’s Day. Canon 1247 states that “on Sundays and other holy days of obligation, the faithful are obliged to participate in Mass.” It is the Church, then, that tells us how to keep holy the Lord’s day (Sunday). I might add that the same canon states that the faithful “are to abstain from those works and affairs which hinder the worship to be rendered to God, the joy proper to the Lord’s day, or the suitable relaxation of mind and body.” Therefore, how to keep holy the day of the Lord is prescribed by the Church, and, as a result, competent ecclesiastical authority may dispense from the requirement in certain cases, according to the good judgment of the same authority. This is why the faithful were instructed that, if attending Mass in person was not advisable in their particular situation, they could pray the Rosary, read Scripture for 30 minutes, watch the Mass on television or via live-streaming, and the like.
With the subsiding of the coronavirus threat and high vaccination rates in Orange County, people should now feel safe returning to Holy Mass in person. The need for a general dispensation has come to an end, and, effective June 12, 2021, it will no longer be in effect. That being said, it is understood that no one is held to the impossible. Someone who is unable to get out of bed, for example, is not expected to be physically present at Mass. Such a one would in no way commit a sin by absenting him or herself from being present at Holy Mass. Likewise, someone who is sick might even have the obligation to stay away from Mass on a Sunday or Holy Day of Obligation.
What if someone has a significant fear or anxiety of becoming ill by being at Mass, for example, those who for good reason have not received the COVID vaccine? Such persons should speak to their pastor, who may grant a dispensation in individual cases per canon 1245 of the Code of Canon Law. Such a one is still held to keep holy the Lord’s day in other ways, of course.
“The Supreme Law is the salvation of souls,” according to canon 1752. The Church does not want to be too onerous in its approach nor too lax. May everything we do be directed towards our eternal salvation and that of others.
Our Ash Wednesday schedule for this year will be as follows (all services will be on the Church Plaza):
8:30 AM – Mass and distribution of ashes
12:00 Noon – Liturgy of the Word and distribution of ashes
4:00 PM – Children’s Liturgy of the Word and distribution of ashes
6:30 PM – Mass and distribution of ashes
In support of our Pro-life beliefs and in collaboration with the Holy Trinity Outreach Ministry, our Knights of Columbus will be hosting a Diaper Drive the first week of Lent. We will accept Diapers, cash donations or gift cards. If you want to donate children’s clothing or toys, we can only accept new clothes and toys that still have tags on them.
On Thursday, January 28th, we will be participating in the National Prayer Vigil for Life. Please join us on the plaza for a Rosary at 5pm followed by Mass at 5:30pm. Following Mass we will have adoration until 8pm. We hope to see you here.
A great prayer for life is urgently needed, a prayer which will rise up throughout the world. Through special initiatives and in daily prayer, may an impassioned plea rise to God, the Creator and lover of life, from every Christian community, from every group and association, from every family and from the heart of every believer. —Pope Saint John Paul II, Evangelium Vitae