Jottings from Fr. J.J.

Open Wide and Say “Ahhhhh”
We have a huge variety of ministries here at St. Anastasia. We try to serve parishioners in regards to every aspect of their person. We try to do this spiritually through our liturgies, prayer opportunities, reconciliation, etc. We do this intellectually through all of the educational opportunities like our library, speakers who come in, Bible  studies, book clubs, etc. We even do it socially through our many fun activities like the square dances and St. Patrick day parties. 

We also try to help folks physically through our food pantry, athletic teams, and senior fitness. This weekend you can positively benefit physically by joining in on our St. Anastasia Health Fair. Our amazing Parish Nurse team has put together wonderful opportunities for you to  do glucose, blood pressure, and cholesterol screenings, body mass index tests, flu shots, and even nutritional  assessments with a dietitian.

We need to be good stewards of our gifts. Our health is one of those gifts. Come and join us in the Social Hall today (Sunday) between 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. FYI—it might be smart to grab any donuts you want to scarf down before you talk to the dietitian!

It’s a Mass Thanksgiving 
My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving. I love all the stuff that happens around its events. Just a little reminder that in this week we have opportunities to get together with family, go to parades, watch football, eat till our hearts content, and, if you are crazy enough, go shopping on Friday. I want to remind you that you can truly give thanks to the one who is the giver of all gifts and attend the Eucharist (which literally means “thanksgiving”). We have a Thanksgiving Family Mass on Tuesday night which  begins with a Praise and Worship Service at 6pm, followed by Mass at 7pm. You are welcome to bring a non-perishable food item to the liturgy. Donations will be   delivered to St. Clements Food Pantry who serves 2800 families a year. On Thanksgiving morning, we celebrate Mass at 9:30am.

Revised Roman Missal
Cardinal Bertone, the Vatican Secretary of State, wrote a letter entitled The Liturgy, Inexhaustible Source of Catechesis. He states: ‘The liturgy manifests its being “God with us,” since “being Christian is not the result of an ethical choice or lofty idea, but the encounter with an event, a person, which gives life a new horizon and a  decisive direction” (Pope Benedict XVI, Deus Caritas Est, 1). In this connection, God is the great educator of his people, the loving, wise, tireless guide in and through the liturgy, the action of God in the today of the Church.’ 

This is the last weekend that we will celebrate the liturgy in the way that we have become accustomed to.  Next weekend we will begin using the third edition of The Roman Missal. We have published educational articles, have had evenings where we went over the changes, and we have provided many materials to help prepare you for the changes. Next week we will provide pew cards to help you follow and participate.

If you have not educated yourself as well as you would like, I invite you to go to the Archdiocese website ( and do some “pre-work” so that you can better prepare. Information can also be found on our website under Worship/New Roman Missal. Our job is to utilize the gift of the liturgy and understand it as best we can so that we can do as the Pope says and allow the Eucharist to give our life “a new horizon and a decisive direction.”

God bless,
 Fr. J.J.