Holy Vestments:The word "vestment" comes from the Latin word meaning clothing. It is generally used to represent the garments that are worn by the minister in the performance of their sacred duties. For the celebration of Mass, a priest wears an Alb, Cincture, Stole, and Chasuble. The Alb reminds the priest of his baptism, when he was clothed in white to signify his freedom from sin, purity of new life, and Christian dignity. The Cincture is a long, thick cord with tassels at the ends which secures the alb around the waist. It reminds the priest to become holy yourselves in every aspect of your conduct, after the likeness of the holy One who called you” (I Peter 1:13-15). The Stole reminds the priest not only of his authority and dignity as a priest, but also of his duty to preach the Word of God with courage and conviction and to serve the needs of the faithful. Finally, the Chasuble reminds the priest of the charity of Christ. We use different colors at different times. The colors (red, violet, white and green) have special symbolic significance. Red vestments, representing blood, are worn when celebrating the events of Jesus' Passion, and feasts for the martyrs of the Church. Violet, signifying preparation and anticipation, is worn during the time of Advent and Easter; the weeks leading to Christmas and Easter respectively. White, the symbol of purity, is worn for happy celebrations such as Christmas, Easter, and feasts recognizing saints who were not martyrs. Green, the color of life and growth, is worn at all other times. With the help of many generous people from our parish we bought two sets of Vestments. Thanks for your generosity, for your love for the parish and liturgy. May God bless you for your generous heart.
Uncle, Mentor and Friend:Fr. Philip Thomas, my dad’s youngest brother, is a priest of my congregation, Heralds of Good News. He is the Assistant Superior of my Order. He works in India. He is also the Director of a large Catholic School in the State of Andhra, India. He is my mentor and inspiration. He is my uncle, also my closest friend. Fr. Philip will be visiting me from the 27th of this month and will be with me for the next two weeks. He will be presiding and preaching at the 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Masses on October 2nd . Welcome Fr. Philip to the family of Precious Blood.
Don’t Worry, I Am Safe: There is this story of a couple who decided to go somewhere sunny during a particularly cold winter. They planned to stay at the same hotel where they spent their honeymoon 20 years earlier. Because of hectic schedules, it was difficult to coordinate their travel schedules. So, the husband flew off first with his wife flying down to join him the following day. The husband checked into the hotel. There was a computer in his room, so he decided to send an email to his wife. However, he accidentally left out one letter in her email address, and without realizing his error, sent the email. Meanwhile, in another part of the world, a widow had just returned home from her husband's funeral. The widow decided to check her email expecting messages from relatives and friends. After reading the first message, she screamed and fainted. The widow's son rushed into the room, found his mother on the floor, and saw the computer screen which read: To My Loving Wife: Subject: I've arrived. I know you're surprised to hear from me. They have computers here now and you are allowed to send emails to your loved ones. I've just arrived and have checked in. I've seen that everything has been prepared for your arrival tomorrow. Looking forward to seeing you then.
Fr. Suneesh Mathew
THANK YOU FROM THE URSULINE SISTERS
Thank you to the many volunteers who helped in any way to make our 46th Annual Picnic on September 11th a resounding success! This is truly an event that brings the entire diocese together. We appreciate all who attended, and we hope you enjoyed your visit to Mount St. Joseph. All proceeds go to the Ursuline Sisters’ Retirement Fund. Thanks for supporting the Mount Picnic through all the years. The Ursuline Sisters look forward to your help wherever the future takes us. May God bless each of you for your kindness and generosity.
MEDITATIONS ON THE SAINTS
In 2004 Precious Blood Church undertook a major renovation to its worship space. It was decided that we would honor our ancestral brothers and sisters by engraving their names on the floor of this space. The entries in the “Meditations on the Saints” book were prepared by individual parishioners and coordinated by Joyce Riney. They are available at $50 each. If you would like to order a copy please contact Penny at the Parish Office at 270-684-6888.
DISCIPLES RESPONSE FUND
As you know, we are implementing a new way to increase support of the Disciples Response Fund and to assist our parish by returning to us 50% of all funds raised over our target. Support of the work of our Diocese in important. There are many things that even the largest parishes cannot do on their own. For example, The Disciples Response Fund puts money into an endowment for the care of retired priests. Also, the fund assists with the expenses for the education of our seminarians. Pope Francis has designated 2016 as a “Year of Mercy”. He instructs us to open our hearts. The Diocese helps to make God’s mercy present throughout Western Kentucky. If you received a letter from Bishop Medley asking for your support of the DRF, please make a generous gift today.
OCHS SOPHOMORE COMMUNITY PROJECT
Owensboro Catholic High School’s Sophomore class has been challenged by their class sponsors to “Be Classy” this school year. In order to do this, they have decided to host a community service project. They have partnered with St. Alphonsus, a K-8 Catholic school in Baton Rouge that sustained much damage from the flooding. The school and parish received over a foot of water in many places, and many of the families have been displaced because they did not have flood insurance since they were NOT in a flood zone. One family the teacher spoke about was that of a 6th grader. Her dad is Bruce Simmons who was one of the Baton Rouge sheriff’s deputies who was shot in the ambush shooting July 17. His home was a total loss. After speaking with staff there, the sophomore class is asking for help in collecting supplies, specifically K-8 appropriate books (classroom libraries & the school library were total losses), art supplies, and gift cards that will be given out to the families. The school has requested that only these items be donated as many families do not have a place to store items as they rebuild. We will collect now until October 7 with the plan of shipping items over Fall Break.
What we need: Books (PreK-8), Art supplies (markers, paints, paint brushes, glue, scissors, construction paper, crayons, colored pencils), Gift cards (Restaurants, Stores, Pharmacies, etc). All of the gift cards can be purchased in the SCRIP Office at OCS. Drop points are: OCS Central Office, Immaculate Parish, Independence Bank (main branch). The school is appreciative of anything we can send them.
STEWARDSHIP THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
The sin of the rich man in today’s parable was not that he was rich, but that he failed to share his wealth with the beggar at his gate. He knew Lazarus, perhaps walked by him every time he came in or out, but did nothing to relieve his suffering. Is there a Lazarus in my life? What am I doing to help?
Readings for next weekend will be
Hebrews 1:2-3 2 Timothy 1:6-8 Luke 17:5-10
We invite you to read and study these passages for your own reflection as we prepare for the liturgy we will celebrate as a parish community.