Here is Bulletin_2015-09-06
Production problems seem to have beset the preparation of this week’s bulletin at the St. Peter office. There are alignment glitches and folding problems. The online edition at the St. Peter’s Website will probably be better than what we have posted here. The official version hasn’t been posted yet, but they do a good job of getting it right online.
Does anyone remember when parish bulletins were mimeographed?
Analysis and Commentary:
1. What no Myth #11?: Unhappy, unhappy, unhappy! We made it to Myth #10: Government housing programs strain budgets last week, but this week nothing. Well, I guess I can count it a spiritual benefit when I have to refrain from an extra helping of popcorn to celebrate the 11th and final myth – Myth #11: Fighting homelessness is expensive. Self-mortification, when offered up with a proper intention, is a sanctifying act. So, no Myth #11 popcorn party for me!
2. Stewardship Reflections: Page three of this week’s bulletin features a “Stewardship Reflection” on James 2:5. One could almost think that it is replacing our forsaken homelessness myths. The best we can determine is that this series of reflections has been used by dioceses throughout the country. Apparently, the reflections follow the cycle of readings. They last appeared in 2012.
3. Vacation Again?!: There will be Communion Services on 7, 9, 10, and 11 August. Normally, that indicates that our Pastor is on vacation or possibly retreat.
4. Our Modernist World or an Alternative Catholic Experience: Perhaps my wife and I have been too hard on Idaho. We certainly had reason to complain about the liturgical and doctrinal abuses we witnessed there. Yet, if we look at Virginia, we find a wide array of dissident “catholics” who want to use the name “catholic” but aren’t willing to abide by all the teachings of the Church. As a solution to their dilemma they have created an “Alternative Catholic Experience.” The try to act somewhat like real Catholics, but they describe their “churches” as being a:
“Lay-led Intentional Eucharistic Community celebrating over 40 years of commitment to living out the gospel emphasizing peace & social justice, lively liturgies, education, and care for one another.”
or as a “parish” that :
” … welcomes all, regardless of race, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, political beliefs, or economic status. Come and join us anytime.”
The reason we say we have been too hard on Idaho is because in a listing of organizations claiming the “Alternative Catholic Experience” there are four such entities in Virginia, but there are none listed for Idaho.
So, if you have the time to do some homework, go look into:
NOVA CATHOLIC COMMUNITY – Arlington
ST. ANDREW THE APOSTLE PARISH – Cassanova
ST. ANTHONY OF PADUA AMERICAN NATIONAL CATHOLIC CHURCH – Centreville
HOLY TRINITY PARISH – Herndon
Our preliminary research suggests that at least one of these may be of interest to us here at St. Peter’s. If the research pans out, we will have a separate post.