Why are you cleaning the communion vessels in the sanctuary after communion?

Why are you cleaning the communion vessels in the sanctuary after communion?
You may have noticed that we no longer bring the vessels (patens and chalices) directly
to the sacristy after Communion. Rather, all Ordinary Eucharistic ministers (Bishops,
priests and deacons) and Extraordinary Eucharistic ministers (installed acolytes or
others of the Faithful that are deputized by the pastor) bring their respective vessels to
the credence table that is behind the presider’s chair. From this credence table, the
vessels are purified, according to the Church’s norms and rituals.
PURIFYING VERSUS WASHING
Ritual purification of the vessels that contained the Blessed Sacrament is not the same
as the final washing and storing of the vessels in the sacristy. Purifying is a specific
ritual that involves rinsing the vessels with water and consuming, with the water, any
traces of the Blessed Sacrament that remain in the patens and chalices. The priest
does this with a silent prayer. Then the vessels are dried with a linen purificator. Later,
the purificators are themselves ritually rinsed and the rinse-water is poured into the
sacrarium and then they are laundered.
WHY ALL THE EXTRA FUSS?
The reason for all of this is to conform to the Church’s “Instruction on the Liturgy” (see
the General Instruction of the Roman Missal, No. 163) but also, and most importantly,
out of appropriate respect for the Lord Jesus, present in the Eucharist. Distinct from
washing the vessels (with soap and water) later in the sacristy by our Sacristy Ministers,
purification is done by the priest or deacon to ensure that not a single particle of Christ’s
Body nor a single drop of Precious Blood is treated with less than the respect and
veneration that is due to the Resurrected Lord Jesus, truly and always present in the
Eucharist (no less so in even of the smallest particles or drops of consecrated hosts or
wine).
IF I AM A EUCHARISTIC MINISTER, WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW?
Because we are a large community that needs to use many sacred vessels for
communion, I have asked all the Extraordinary Ministers of the Cup to consume the
remaining Precious Blood from their respective chalices at the credence table. All other
Extraordinary Ministers are to assist in the event that there is too much Precious Blood
left in a chalice for one person to consume. After, they simply leave their vessels at the
credence table, covered with purificators. Then the priest and deacon purify them.
SO WHAT ABOUT ALL THE EXTRA TIME THIS TAKES?
Well, it doesn’t much more than a few extra minutes immediately after everyone has
received the Eucharist. And, in any case, we are all expected to spend some quiet time
in silence and personal prayer after receiving the Eucharist. So it’s a terrific opportunity
for everyone to spend some time in a personal prayer of thanksgiving for Jesus in the
Eucharist before the final prayer and dismissal.
Some Helpful Terms
Purificator: a linen cloth used to wipe the chalice after celebration of the Eucharist
Corporal: a larger linen cloth on which the eucharistic elements are placed on the Altar
Sacristy: a room in a church where sacred vessels and vestments are kept and where
the clergy vests
Credence Table: a small side table in the sanctuary of a Christian church which is used
in the celebration of the Eucharist. (Latin credens, -entis, believer). After Communion,
when the ministers of the Eucharist consume the remaining elements in the patens and
chalices, they are rinsed out and wiped by the priest and deacon, then replaced on the
credence table and recovered.
Paten: (or diskos) a small plate, usually made of silver or gold, used to hold Eucharistic
bread which is to be consecrated. It is generally used during the service itself, while the
reserved sacrament are stored in the tabernacle in a ciborium.

Sacrarium: a bowl or sink used to dispose of water used sacramentally or to clean
sacred vessels by returning the water directly to the earth. For this reason, its drain is
connected to a pipe that leads directly to the ground (not the city’s sewage system).
Note that pouring consecrated wine, the Blood of Christ, or a consecrated Host down a
sacrarium is almost never permitted. Doing so knowingly is considered sacrilegious and
automatically incurs a very serious penalty (‘latae sententiae’ excommunication). Only
extremely rarely, if the Eucharistic species spoils or becomes contaminated such that it
cannot be consumed, the host is dissolved in water until it disappears (under the
supervision of the priest), then that water is poured down into the sacrarium.

Ordinary Minister (of the Eucharist): all clergy (bishops, priests, including deacons)
who are authorized to distribute the Eucharist to the Faithful by virtue of their office.

Extraordinary Minister (of the Eucharist): someone other than an ordinary minister
(when not enough or no clergy or instituted acolytes are available), that is temporarily
deputized by the pastor of a parish to distribute the Eucharist to the Faithful during the
Communion Procession and/or to bring the Eucharist to the sick or shut-ins.

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Our Stained Glass

Ever wonder about our Stained-Glass Window?

Designed by Gerald E. Tooke, the window at the west end of the worship space is an outstanding work of sacred art. It shows the manner of our approach to God, and the opportunity given us by Jesus Christ to obtain our salvation through the Church.
The triangular shape is emphasized by the symbols of the Blessed Trinity. At the top, the hands of God reaching from heaven. The symbols of the dove (the Holy Spirit) and the lion (Jesus Christ, Lord of Life) support the bottom corners. The theme of the window moves from right to left, Alpha to Omega, beginning to end. The symbols under the Alpha come from Genesis. They include creation, the earth with day and night, the fall of Adam and Eve, the tablets of the Mosaic law, the tower of Babel, and the burning bush. The symbols under Omega come from Revelations. These include the angel trumpeting Christ (the lamb) atop the New Jerusalem, the book of the seven seals of revealed truth (Word of God), the river of life, the tree of life with the twelve fruit, and the twelve stars (the apostles). The central section draws us to the crucified and risen Lord; the continuing present; and our way to the future.
The main part of the window shows Christ as the Redeemer, glorified but with his wounds. The cross symbolizes his transcendence of the agony of the crucifixion. The church is symbolized by Our Lady and by the twelve apostles, with parted tongues of fire from the Pentecost. Indirect de-scent from Christ and the cross are the seven candlesticks representing the seven sacraments of the Church.
(From artist’s description)

CATHOLICA 200 – All are Welcome.

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Catholica 200 Events and Projects

History

July 15 2018. On the grounds of St. Boniface Cathedral, the Archbishop’s residence and the University of St. Boniface

9:30 am Historical Re-enactment of the arrival of Bishop Provencher at Joseph-Royal Park, Taché Ave and Provencher Blvd Historical dress welcome

11:00 am Solemn Mass presided by Cardinal Gérald Cyprien Lacroix Bring a lawn chair; limited seating provided

1:00 pm Afternoon of multicultural and family activities Children’s entertainment, crafts and games, multicultural dance performances, bands, Manitoba Living History Society encampment, choirs, beer garden, food trucks, street performers,

FREE ADMISSION – DONATIONS WELCOME All sister Christian churches, friends of all faiths and spiritualities, and all members of the community are invited to join in the celebration on July 15th.

Mass and evening concert being live-streamed on Salt and Light Television and website.

Catholica 200 – This SUNDAY

 

NO SUNDAY MASSES ON JULY 15 AT THE PARISH OF ST BERNADETTE ALL ARE INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN CATHOLICA 200.

CELEBRATION OF THE LORD’S DAY MASSES WILL TAKE PLACE SATURDAY JULY 14 AT 4PM & 7PM.

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And the Desert Shall Blossom

Catholica 200 Events and Projects

History

July 15 2018. On the grounds of St. Boniface Cathedral, the Archbishop’s residence and the University of St. Boniface

9:30 am Historical Re-enactment of the arrival of Bishop Provencher at Joseph-Royal Park, Taché Ave and Provencher Blvd Historical dress welcome

11:00 am Solemn Mass presided by Cardinal Gérald Cyprien Lacroix Bring a lawnchair; limited seating provided

1:00 pm Afternoon of multicultural and family activities Children’s entertainment, crafts and games, multicultural dance performances, bands, Manitoba Living History Society encampment, choirs, beer garden, food trucks, street performers,

FREE ADMISSION – DONATIONS WELCOME All sister Christian churches, friends of all faiths and spiritualties, and all members of the community are invited to join in the celebration on July 15th.

Mass and evening concert being livestreamed on Salt and Light Television and website

Our Stained Glass

Ever wonder about our

Stained Glass Window?

Designed by Gerald E. Tooke, the window at the west end of the worship space is an outstanding work of sacred art. It shows the manner of our approach to God, and the opportunity given us by Jesus Christ to obtain our salvation through the Church.
The triangular shape is emphasized by the symbols of the Blessed Trinity. At the top, the hands of God reaching from heaven. The symbols of the dove (the Holy Spirit) and the lion (Jesus Christ, Lord of Life) support the bottom corners. The theme of the window moves from right to left, Alpha to Omega, beginning to end. The symbols under the Alpha come from Genesis. They include creation, the earth with day and night, the fall of Adam and Eve, the tablets of the Mosaic law, the tower of Babel, and the burning bush. The symbols under Omega come from Revelations. These include the angel trumpeting Christ (the lamb) atop the New Jerusalem, the book of the seven seals of revealed truth (Word of God), the river of life, the tree of life with the twelve fruit, and the twelve stars (the apostles). The central section draws us to the crucified and risen Lord; the continuing present; and our way to the future.
The main part of the window shows Christ as the Redeemer, glorified but with his wounds. The cross symbolizes his transcendence of the agony of the crucifixion. The church is symbolized by Our Lady and by the twelve apostles, with parted tongues of fire from the Pentecost. Indirect de-scent from Christ and the cross are the seven candlesticks representing the seven sacraments of the Church.
(From artist’s description)

Good Shepherd Campaign 

seminarians 2017The 2017 Good Shepherd Campaign is an initiative of Archbishop Albert LeGatt to support the costs of formation for our seminarians, of ongoing professional development of our clergy and the enculturation of our international priests. We are blessed to have six men studying towards the priesthood.

Father Vincent Lusty and Father Joshua Gundrum were ordained on July 3rd, 2017 and are now serving in parishes.

Please continue to pray for our seminarians and clergy.

CALL FOR CONSCIENCE CAMPAIGN, PROMOTING BILL 34

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Dear sisters and brothers in Christ,  have you ever thought about the importance of your conscience? That small little voice that, formed by the Church, speaks of right or wrong, Good or evil. We often don’t realize just what an amazing faculty of the spirit the conscience is. Vatican II, in the document Gaudium et Spes, argued that “[C]onscience is the most secret core and sanctuary of a man. There he is alone with God, whose voice echoes in his depths.”[1]

Sadly in our times, this secret core is under attack, and we are called to the defence of it. Specifically at the request of the Archdiocese of St. Boniface, in the  “Call for Conscience Campaign”, promoting Bill 34, put forward by the Government of Manitoba.  The bill aims to protect conscience rights for doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals who object to participating in medical aid in dying.

Throughout the province, this campaign is to run in Catholic parishes on 3 consecutive weekends: September 23rd, September 30thand October 7th.

For more information, please review the attached documents.

Letter for parishioners : A letter for parishioners letting them know how they can get involved in the campaign.

Letter for MLAA template letter to be printed, for parishioners to sign and send to your MLA; a copy should also be sent to the Archdiocese.

For any questions on the “Call for Conscience Campaign”, please contact Nadine Fetherston at the Service of Marriage, Family and Life:
204-594-0295 /mfl2@archsaintboniface.ca.

Catholic Camp for ages 5 to 17

Catholic School of Evangelization

Unforgettable Catholic Summer Camps! Don’t miss out! The Saint Malo Catholic Camps at the CSE (Catholic School of Evangelization) are an unforgettable experience for youth ages 5 to 17 years old. During their week at camps, campers have fun with archery, mountain biking, canoeing, beach time, sports, campfires, music, dramas, and still much more. Even more special are the lifelong friendships that are formed at camps, and the prayer time and spiritual formation offered to campers. REGISTER ONLINE TODAY

Parish Centre

Why are the parish center doors locked?

So here is why it became necessary to lock the west doors at the parish center:

Many months ago, I was tasked by the Archbishop to ensure that the parish of St. Bernadette is compliant with safe-environment policies that conform to our Diocesan Insurance provider. Our Insurance provider has warned the Archdiocese that, unless all parishes comply with a safe-environment policy as approved by them, they will cease to cover the parishes and the Archdiocese. They are currently conducting audits at the parish level to ensure that their requirements are being met.

Now when I arrived here a year and a half ago, of the many things I knew I had to quickly deal with was that the parish of St. Bernadette was nearly 10 years behind in conforming to this mandatory requirement. Eight years ago, I had led the parish of St. Timothy toward the development and completion of its safe-environment compliance. So I am familiar with what is needed to make that happen.

Early on, with the parish team, we determined that the entrance where the washrooms are located creates an extreme-danger for our children and vulnerable adults while the community is at worship. This area is completely unsupervised and isolated and it creates an easy opportunity for predators of the vulnerable who seek to use the parish washrooms.

Furthermore, this entrance is easy access for any person who may have nefarious intentions of harming members of the Assembly by entering the building unchallenged … perhaps with a weapon. It is unchallenged, easy and leisurely access for strangers to the working sacristy and to the parish halls.

This extreme vulnerability, most especially to our children and vulnerable people, has finally just been confirmed by an expert consultant who has advised us to shut down this access immediately to avert, insofar as humanly possible, the high potential for a tragedy.