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Saint Gabriel Church
November 10, 2019
Apocalyptic Style of Writing
As we approach the beginning of Advent, which always falls on the Sunday nearest the Feast of St. Andrew the Apostle (November 30th), our readings in the weeks prior to Advent deal primarily with the end times and are often written in a style called apocalyptic. Apocalyptic literature focuses precisely on the end times. It treats the power of evil making a concerted effort, which is always unsuccessful, to thwart God. Included in apocalyptic literature are such catastrophic events as earthquakes, wars, fire, angelic visions and hideous creatures. Such animals as dragons, sea monsters and lions are mentioned as well. Colors and numbers are also employed as symbols. For example, white symbolizes joy and scarlet luxury. Number 7 stands for perfection and 40 fora time of spiritual preparation. 666 is the number of the beast and represents evil. Two books in the Bible, Daniel in the Old Testament and Revelation in the New Testament are written in the apocalyptic style. There are isolated apocalyptic parts in other biblical books. Of all the Gospels, Luke contains the most passages composed in this style of writing. Next week, we will have such a passage from the Gospel of Luke. Apocalyptic literature is crisis literature which has to be seen in its historical context. Some biblical scholars, who are fundamentalists, errantly try to predict the end of the world from apocalyptic literature. Ultimately, they fail to grasp that apocalyptic literature is addressed to the people living in a specific historical period and facing challenges which might be unique to that period. Thus, it totally impossible to calculate the end of the world by analyzing apocalyptic literature.
Rev. Connell A. McHugh
INFANCY GOSPEL PRESENTATIONS
Fr. McHugh will offer two presentations on the Infancy Gospels at 10:00 AM, December 5th & 12th.
He will treat chapters 1 & 2 of both Matthew and Luke and illustrate the similarities and differences of the two gospels. The persons in the Infancy Gospels will be discussed and events such as the Annunciation about the births of Jesus and John the Baptist, the Canticles in Luke, the star and Magi in Matthew, the Holy Innocents of Matthew, etc. Luke’s Infancy concentrates on Mary while Matthew stresses Joseph.
All are welcome…free of charge. Bring a Friend!
ANNUNCIATION PARISH INCOME
Weekend of November 3rd
ALL ABOUT THE MASS (final)
THE LITURGY OF THE EUCHARIST: We continue looking at the this part of the mass as we look at the lead up to Communion and the conclusion of the Mass.
- The Communion Rite:The celebration of the Eucharist is the Paschal banquet, and so it is desirable that at the Lord's command His Body and Blood shoudl be received as spiritual food by those of the faithful who properly disposed.
- The Lords Prayer - is a petition for daily bread which means the Eucharistic Bread. The priest pronounces the invitation to the prayer and all the faithful say the prayer with him (in words not actions - in other words we say the words but do not imitate the priest with our raising of hands). At the end of the Lord's Prayer, the priest alone adds the embolism (Deliver us Lord, from every evil ....) and the faithful respond with the doxology (for the kingdom, the power ...) followed by the faithful responding with the doxology and the great Amen (which can be recited or sung).
- The Rite of Peace - following the Our Father is the Rite of Peace, in which the Church entreats peace for herself and for the whole human family. It is appropriate that each person, in a sober (that is without fanfare but in a calm and respectful way) manner, offer the sign of peace to those who are nearest.
- The Fraction of the Bread - the priest breaks the Eucharistic Bread as Jesus did at the last supper which signifies that the many faithful are made one body. The priest breaks the Bread and puts a piece of the host into the chalice to signify the unity of the Body and Blood of Jesus. The Agnus Dei (Lamb of God) is then recited or sung.
- Communion - the priest prepares himself quietly and the faithful should do the same quietly. He then holds the host are all prayers that the priest offers on behalf of all the people and by the means and actions that Jesus Himself instituted during the Last Supper and that He commanded to be perpetuated this same mystery. His passion, Resurrection and Ascension into heaven are recalled. Prayers are offered on behalf of the Church both living and deceased who are all called to participate in the redemption and salvation purchased by the Body and Blood of Christ.
- The Concluding Doxology - by which the glorification of God is expressed and in which is affirmed by the congregations acclamation of AMEN.
SAINT GABRIEL SCHOOL NEWS
Anyone who attended or graduated from Saint Gabriel Elementary or High School is cordially invited to…..
A REUNION OF ALL GRADES
APRIL 18, 2020
Mass will be celebrated by our native priests at 4:00 PM in Saint Gabriel Church
OUR SPIRITUAL HOME
Buffet dinner and cash bar
will follow at Genetti’s, Rt. 309 in Hazleton
Cost is $40.00 per person
Checks can be sent to:
c/o ST. GABRIEL RECTORY
122 SOUTH WYOMING STREET
HAZLETON PA 18201
We hope you will come and join old friends and make new acquaintances at this unique convocation.
Contact us with your information at:
The next CHARISMATIC AND HEALING SERVICE at St. John Bosco will be Thursday, November 14 at 7:00 PM. Fr. Naphthali will preside and Sue Shaw will begin her musicministry at 6:45 PM. Light refreshment will be served afterward in Room 3. Any questions, please call Arlene at 570-788-3643)
HOLY NAME OF JESUS NEWS
Pork and Sauerkraut Dinner
Holy Name of Jesus Parish in West Hazleton will hold a Pork and Sauerkraut Dinner on Sunday,November 17, 2019 in the Parish Center from 12 Noon to 4 pm. Menu includes: Pork, Sauerkraut, Gravy, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, Apple Sauce, Dessert and Beverage. Cost: $10.00/Adults and $5.00/ Children under age 10. Tickets are available after all the weekend Masses and also at the rectory during normal business hours. Take-outs are available. Walk-ins will also be available on a first come basis, first serve basis.
PIEROGIE PRE ORDER SALE
Daughters of Mary Group of Holy Name of Jesus Parish will be having a Pierogie Sale for Christmas. Cost is $ 6.50 per dozen. All Orders must be called into Anna Marie, (570-579-3405) by Monday, November 25th. Pick up date is Friday, December 13th, 6:00pm to 7:00 pm in the Parish Center.
Sunday, November 24, 2019 from 1-4 PM
Holy Family Academy, North Laurel Street
Call 570-455-9431 to register
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 11TH FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15th
7:00 AM Special Intention 7:00 AM Special Intention
12:10 PM Stephen M. Skapik… 12:10 PM Joanie Stish…PA for Human Life
Steve & Gloria SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16th
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12th8:00 AMDiane Levandoski…Family
7:00 AM Richard Zbysheski…Arlene 4:00 PM Frances Lester…Frances
12:10 PM Mary Jo Kress…Mom SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17th
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13th7:30 AM Ronald Kerrick..Mom/Dad
7:00 AMDeceased of Evans/Hagelgans 10:15 AM Stella Capparell…Family
Family 12:00 PM For the People
12:10 PM Joseph DeFluri…Peter & Ruth 5:30 PM Ryan Kerrick…Grandmom