Community Mass – 1st Sunday of Advent

On Sunday, November 27, 2022, join us in person or online to begin our preparations for Advent.

Our current Sunday Mass times are:

As the new liturgical year begins, the readings will be from Cycle A.

Entrance: The King Shall Come When Morning Dawns – 414

Readings/Responsorial Psalm – 991

Offertory: Creator of the Stars of Night – 420

Communion: Taste and See – 930

Closing: City of God – 766

The Gather 3rd Edition Hymnal/Missals are available for use in the church – pick one up as you enter and return it after Mass. Instructions on how to use the hymnal missal are available here: https://www.stcharlesbklyn.org/hymnal-missal/ .

Today’s readings are also available to read online at the USCCB website https://bible.usccb.org .

1st Sunday of Advent – Entering the Light

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In days to come,
the mountain of the LORD’s house
shall be established as the highest mountain
and raised above the hills.
All nations shall stream toward it;
many peoples shall come and say:
“Come, let us climb the LORD’s mountain,
to the house of the God of Jacob,
that he may instruct us in his ways,
and we may walk in his paths.”
(Isaiah 2:2–3)

Fr. Smith’s Commentary on the Second Reading
First Sunday of Advent
Romans 13:11–14
November 27, 2022

For three of the four Sundays of Advent, our second reading will be from St. Paul’s “Letter to the Romans.” We have read this letter together many times and indeed spent an entire summer on one section. You may find our introduction to the Letter to the Romans helpful. We need only note now that Paul as a Roman citizen could not be executed as cavalierly as a non-citizen. He was being sent to Rome as a prisoner to be tried by the Emperor. The Roman prison system was somewhat haphazard, and a well-connected detainee could arrange for what would amount to house arrest. Paul needed the help of the Roman Church to do this, but he had become very controversial. This letter was at least in part his attempt to show that he was, in our terms, an orthodox believer and a stable person. It is a great gift to us because it provides Paul’s clearest attempt to present his teachings in an orderly manner.

The passages that we will read for the next two weeks are Paul’s comments on the return of Jesus and the establishment of the kingdom. This is fitting for the Advent season. Advent means “arrival or coming” We immediately think of Christmas, but the liturgy of the church focuses on this for only the last week of Advent. Until December 16, the readings and prayers look at the consequences of the return of the Lord.

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Homily – Christ the King (Fr. Smith)

Let’s take a quiz, who said:

It is obvious that in our days not only is wealth accumulated, but immense power and despotic economic domination are concentrated in the hands of a few, and that those few are frequently not the owners, but only the trustees and directors of invested funds, who administer them at their good pleasure

(Quadragesimo anno 105)

Obviously, no one who wished to be elected to any office in America would allow this to be published under his or her own name. It seems written by Karl Marx, another Communist, or some species of socialist. It was in fact Pope Pius XI in 1931. It was not an isolated statement. He wrote in the same letter (encyclical): Continue reading “Homily – Christ the King (Fr. Smith)”

Thanksgiving Schedule

Tuesday 11/22: Food Pantry Packing 8 am -12 noon; Mass at 12:10 pm,

Wednesday 11/23: Food Pantry Distribution 8:30 am – 2:30 pm; Mass at 12:10 pm, Zoom Rosary at 5 pm

Thursday 11/24: Thanksgiving Mass at 9 am (no 12:10 pm Mass; no Brownstone Book Club)

Friday 11/25: Communion Service with Liturgy of the Word at 12:10 pm; Zoom Vespers at 5 pm

Community Mass – Christ the King

On Sunday, November 20, 2022, join us in person or online to honor Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, and celebrate the end of the liturgical year.

Our current Sunday Mass times are:

The readings will be from Cycle C.

Entrance: The King of Glory – 572

Readings/Psalm – 1193

Offertory: Jesus, Remember Me – 510

Communion: I Am the Bread of Life – 945

Closing: To Jesus Christ, Our Sovereign King  – 573

The Gather 3rd Edition Hymnal/Missals are available for use in the church – pick one up as you enter and return it after Mass. Instructions on how to use the hymnal missal are available here: https://www.stcharlesbklyn.org/hymnal-missal/ .

Today’s readings are also available to read online at the USCCB website https://bible.usccb.org .

Christ the King – Accepting No Substitutes

Cristo Rey (Christ the King), 1953, Cali, Colombia
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Then he said,
“Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”
He replied to him,
“Amen, I say to you,
today you will be with me in Paradise.”
(Luke 23:42–43)

Fr. Smith’s Commentary on the Second Reading
Solemnity of Christ the King
Colossians 1:12–20
November 20, 2022

We examined selections from the Letter to the Colossians earlier this year. Indeed, we read Colossians 1:15–20. Today we add verses 12–14 and do so on the Solemnity of Christ the King. Our emphasis previously was on the healing of the cosmos with ecological considerations. Today it will how and where Jesus leads us.
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