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Volume 12 Issue 1

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Jan - Feb 2010

NEWS BULLETIN OF THE DIOCESE OF RATNAPURA Our Bishop writes to the Clergy & Religious My dear Fathers, Brothers and Sisters, Peace, love and joy in Christ. First of all, let me wish you the Blessings of God the Father, the Guidance of Jesus the Good Shepherd and the Inspiration of the Holy Spirit for your vocation and ministry during the year 2010. This year, the month of January is very special for us with the crucial event of the Presidential Election. We all have to take it seriously and exercise our franchise with responsibility and elect a suitable leader for our dear motherland; a leader who will be fully dedicated to the wellbeing of the people and not of himself; a leader who is ready to make sacrifices for the country. Let us also remember that we have to take the responsibility before God for the type of leader we elect. Therefore we have the bounden duty to pray, reflect, and exercise our franchise intelligently for the good of our Motherland which we love dearly. We cannot rejoice when our Motherland suffers. Let us also pray ardently for a free and fair election. The month of January is special for us for another reason, namely this month, we declare the Jubilee Year in view of the Third Centenary of the Death of Blessed Joseph Vaz, the Apostle of Sri Lanka. I will be declaring the Jubilee Year on the 10th January at our Cathedral of Sts. Peter & Paul, Ratnapura. There are a number of preparatory activities, organized by the National Commission and our Diocesan Commission for the Cause of Blessed Joseph Vaz. I kindly solicit your goodwill and generous cooperation for the success of these activities, when they are made known to you. We will be beginning the Holy Season of Lent on Ash Wednesday the 17th February 2010’ let us also try our best to spend this Holy Season with penance and prayer proper to it.

Inside this issue: Bishop’s Assignments

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Leaving before Mass ends

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The Priesthood and the Mass

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Events & Celebrations

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Pope orders changes to Canon Law

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Deacons at the Eucharist

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Mentioning Bishops in the Eucharistic Prayers

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Anniversaries

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Finally let me thank you, one and all, for the good work you have done during the past year in your parishes and institutions and encourage you to continue it with greater zeal, vigour and commitment during the New Year. May God bless you all. With the assurance of my prayers,

Yours fraternally,

+ Bishop Cletus C. Perera O. S. B. Bishop of Ratnapura.

NEW APPOINTMENTS Rev. Fr. Damian Fernando

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Procurator General

Rev. Fr. Roland Rodrigo

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Parish Priest, St. Lazarus’ Church, Utuwankanda Mawanella.

Rev. Fr. K. Devaraja

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Parish Priest, St. Mary’s Church, Yatiyantota.

Rev. Fr. Piyal Fernando

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Parish Priest, St. Theresa’s Church, Dehigahapitiya, Avissawella

Rev. Fr. Sanjeewa Peiris

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Chancellor, Administrative Secretary, a member of the Episcopal Council and Assistant Procurator - Bishop’s House

Rev. Fr. Santiagu C. M. F.

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Assistant Parish Priest, Kahawatta

Rev. Fr. K. D. Joseph

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Appointed as a New member of the Episcopal Council

Rev. Fr. Sathes Savarimuttu C. M. F.

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Diocesan Coordinator - Youth Apostolate

Rev. Fr. Emil Fernando

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Diocesan Youth Coordinator - Kegalle Deanery

Rev. Fr. Jeewantha Peiris

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Diocesan Youth Coordinator - Ratnapura Deanery


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January 01

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New Year Mass at Dehigahapitiya

January 09

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Visit to proposed Girls’ Home at Hewadiwela & Estate at Aranayake

January 10

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Declaration of Blessed Joseph Vaz Tercentenary Jubilee at Sts. Peter & Paul’s cathedral, Ratnapura.

January 11

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Opening of the Pre School at Hewadiwela at 08. 30 a.m.

January 11 & 12

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Presbyteral Meeting and Clergy Recollection at Bishop’s House

January 13

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Meeting with the Kolping Society Officers at the Bishop’s House

January 17

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Ecumenical Unity Service at St. Francis de Sales’ Church, Dalugama

January 21

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80th Anniversary Mass and Prize-giving at St .Agnes Convent, Balangoda

January 23

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Diaconate of Rev. Bros. Amila Jude Fernando and Ignatius Niroshan Vas at St. Theresa’s Church, Dehigahapitiya

January 24

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Centenary Celebration of St. Francis de Sales’ Church ,Amandoluwa, Seeduwa Parish

January 26

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Silver Jubilee Celebration of the priesthood of Revd. Fr. valentine Ekanayake O. S. B. at Wahakotte

January 31

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Pastoral Visitation, Bulathkohupitiya

February 02

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Franciscan T. O. R. Priestly Ordinations

February 06 & 07

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Pastoral Visitation, Balangoda

February 13 & 14

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Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine, Nattandiya

February 17

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Ash Wednesday Mass at St. Mary’s Church, Kegalle

February 20 & 21

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Pastoral Visitation, Kahawatta

February 27 & 28

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Pastoral Visitation, Rakwana

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Leaving Before Mass Ends Catholics have lots of bad habits that are just in plain-old bad taste. One that bothers me is their tendency to walk out during the organ postlude. Here we have a organist performing a serious piece of music following Mass, an offering of talent to God and the community, but instead of listening and reflecting, regarding it as a special time of the week, many people just grab their stuff and fly out. This practice really must change. It reflects poorly on our communities. It is also an insult to the organist. It says: I don't care what you are playing. Your music and your efforts mean nothing to do me as compared with my own selfish desires to get the heck out of this place. It is even worse when people have loud conversations during the organ postlude, sometimes shouting over the organ so that they can hear each other. When a quiet spot in the music appears, you can suddenly hear a roar of conversation. But as you read this, I know what you are thinking: this is only the beginning of the trouble we face at the end of Mass. Catholics have also developed the habit of leaving Mass even before the celebrant says "The Mass is ended." They receive and skedaddle, like consumers at a take-out buffet. This offends the celebrant and the entire community gathered. It is dismissive of everyone's efforts, and, especially, disrespectful toward the mystery of the Eucharist and the astonishing privilege of receiving. The result is that during the post communion period of reflection, when the entire nave is quiet and contemplative, knelling in prayer, you can hear the door to the outside the Church slamming and slamming and slamming, as people bolt for the cars and race out of the parking lots while others are still inside praying. Ouch. The person is long gone but the sting for everyone else remains. For the person who does this, it usually begins with a small decision on the margin. One particularly busy Sunday, there are relatives coming into town or a pot-roast in the oven and the person is a bit panicked to get out of there. The person leaves early with reluctance. But then the upside appears: the person gains a new appreciation for what it means not to have to fight traffic. There seems to be no great downside. A couple of weeks later, following communion, the same person is faced with the decision to go back to the pew or head for the exit. The exit door suddenly beckons. It is easy and there is an immediate time payoff. Maybe no one will notice. And what if they do notice? You will already be gone and won't have to explain yourself anyway. So you do it again. And again. And again. Then others catch on. And pretty soon it becomes quite the thing, sweeping through the whole community. After a time, only two-thirds of the parishioners remain even to watch the recession take place. By the


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About Us time the organ postlude is finished, the whole place is a ghost town. Everyone who has worked so hard to make the liturgy beautiful has some sense that their efforts are not appreciated in the slightest. The entire spiritual dimension of the liturgy in which time is suspended is offended. Now, contrast this with what one most likely would have experienced several decades ago. Following communion, everyone would return to the pew. They would stay kneeling in prayer. They would hear "The Mass is ended" is Latin. The recession of the celebrant and servers would take place, accompanied by a hymn, an organ piece, or a hymn. Then people would kneel again. They would stay for 5 to

10 minutes in prayer and silence. To be sure, I wasn't around back then. But one gains a sense of the practice by attending parishes where there has been an uninterrupted tradition from preconciliar times. In every one I've attended, this is the tendency and it is fairly uniform, and very impressive. People stagger their leaving long after silence is regained. It strikes me that this is the Catholic way. How to revive it? Start doing this yourself. Suggest it to others. Suggest it even to the pastor. It would only take one or two announcements in the homily to make the difference. The bottom line is that Mass is no time for impiety and rudeness. And rude and impious is exactly how I would describe the practice of bolting before Mass is over or before the postlude has finished. If you have finished praying, there is no downside to just sitting in the pew for a few minutes in silence. It is only 5 extra minutes every week. Surely we owe it to the liturgy and the efforts of everyone involved, and surely our faith is important enough in our lives, to offer this one small thing. We welcome you dear Fr. Santiago C. M. F. into our Presbyterium of the Diocese of Ratnapura and wish you a successful mission. We also thank very sincerely to Rev. Fr. Rohan Dominic C. M. F., Regional Superior of the Claratian Congregation for coming to our rescue at a needy time. The two parishes of Kahawatta and Doloswala have been temporarily amalgamated. Rev. Fr. Rosairi S. J. has been appointed as the Parish Priest and Fr. Santiago C. M. F. will act as the assistant to Fr. Rosairo. Fr. Santiago will be in our diocese for a few months. Rev. Fr. Santiago C. M. F.


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THE PRIESTHOOD AND THE MASS By Father Mauro Gagliardi Pope Benedict XVI proclaimed, as everyone knows, the Year for Priests (June 2009-June 2010), on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the "dies natalis" of the holy Curé d'Ars. The purpose is "to deepen the commitment of all priests to interior renewal for the sake of a stronger and more incisive witness to the Gospel in today’s world"[1]. St. John Mary Vianney, besides concretely representing a supreme model of the priesthood, always proclaimed with clarity and incomparable emphasis the dignity of the priesthood and the centrality of the ordained ministry in the heart of the Church. Drawing from his teachings, the Holy Father reproposed these words of the saint: "O, how great is the priest! … If he realized what he is, he would die. […] God obeys him: He utters a few words and the Lord descends from heaven at his voice, to be contained within a small host." And again: "Without the Sacrament of Holy Orders, we would not have the Lord. Who put him there in that tabernacle? The priest. Who welcomed your soul at the beginning of your life? The priest. Who feeds your soul and gives it strength for its journey? The priest. Who will prepare it to appear before God, bathing it one last time in the blood of Jesus Christ? The priest, always the priest. And if this soul should happen to die [as a result of sin], who will raise it up, who will restore its calm and peace? Again, the priest… After God, the priest is everything! […] Only in heaven will he fully realize what he is."[2] As we see, St. John Mary points to the greatness of the priest with the privileged reference to the power that he exercises in the sacraments in the name of the Person of Christ. Benedict XVI brought this light, citing still other words of the Curé d'Ars, which refer in particular to the office of celebrating the Holy Eucharist. The Pope writes that the saint "was convinced that the fervor of a priest's life depended entirely upon the Mass: 'The reason why a priest is lax is that he does not pay attention to the Mass! My God, how we ought to pity a priest who celebrates as if he were engaged in something routine!'"[3]. The Year for Priests proposes for our reflection the figure of the priest and, in a special way, his dignity of ordained minister who celebrates the sacraments, for the benefit of the whole Church, in the Person of Christ, high and eternal priest. [4] In this Year for Priests, which will be celebrated between 2009 and 2010, there are nevertheless also other recurrences that merit attention because they are intimately connected with the Eucharistic nature of the priestly dignity. In 1969, Pope Paul VI proclaimed, with the apostolic constitution "Missale Romanum," the new missal prepared after the Second Vatican Council. In the present year, 2009, then, we celebrate 40 years since this promulgation. Next year, 2010, we will celebrate two other anniversaries that are also directly linked to the celebration of the Eucharist. The first is the 40th anniversary (1970-2010) of the promulgation of the definitive "editio typica" (first) of the "Institutio Generalis Missalis Romani." The second is the 440th anniversary of the promulgation of the mis-


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sal that we currently call "Vetus Ordo" or "Usus antiquor," promulgated by St. Pius V with the apostolic constitution "Quo primum" of July 14, 1570. This constitution is recalled, together with Pius V's missal, from the very first words of Paul VI's above-mentioned apostolic constitution "Missale Romanum."[5] The two missals, also united in the celebrations of the respective anniversaries, are two forms of the one "lex orandi" (law of prayer) of the Church of the Latin Rite. Benedict XVI has expressed himself in this manner, teaching that, in relation to the missal of Paul VI, "the Roman Missal promulgated by St. Pius V and reissued by Blessed John XXIII is to be considered as an extraordinary expression of that same 'lex orandi,' and must be given due honor for its venerable and ancient usage. These two expressions of the Church’s 'lex orandi' will in no any way lead to a division in the Church's 'lex credendi' (law of belief). They are, in fact, two usages of the one Roman rite. It is, therefore, permissible to celebrate the Sacrifice of the Mass following the typical edition of the Roman Missal promulgated by Bl. John XXIII in 1962 and never abrogated, as an extraordinary form of the Liturgy of the Church."[6] The possibility of a serene and harmonious coexistence of the two forms of the one Roman Rite also has been indirectly affirmed by the presence of both "Ordines Missae" (of Bl. John XXIII and Paul VI) within the very recent "Compendium Eucharisticum," published by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.[7] The concurrence of these different anniversaries has likewise determined the theme that the Spirit of the Liturgy column proposes to explore this year: The Priest in the Eucharistic Celebration. Through these periodic articles by expert theologians, liturgists and canonists, we will try to present the role and the task of the priest in the various parts of the Mass in a clear and accessible way, with respect to both missals. The hope is that these articles will help priests take advantage of the opportunity for reflection and conversion offered by the Year for Priests and move them to a care that is always more attentive to the "ars celebrandi" (art of celebrating). We hope, moreover, that the contributions will also help the other readers -- men and women religious, seminarians, faithful lay people -- to reconsider with greater attention, and venerate with profound religious respect, the grandeur of the Eucharistic mystery and the dignity of the sacerdotal office, and rediscover their centrality in the life and mission of the Church.

Welcome to the Diocese

Rev. Fr. Damian Fernando who served as the National Director for Caritas - Sedec for 9 years is back again in the Diocese of Ratnapura, and he has been appointed as the Procurator General of the Diocese. We are very happy to welcome you and wish you a successful apostolate in the Diocese.


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EVENTS AND CELEBRATIONS

Christmas Get-together of the Religious Sisters took place on Monday the 14th December at the Bishop’s House. Rev. Frs. Emil Fernando, Hari Haran, Jewantha and Sri Lal Fernando organized the programmes of the Day

Newly constructed Chapel at the Vianney House Retreat Centre at Kadamuduna, Bulutota. This chapel was dedicated to St. John Mary Vianney.

His Lordship Bishop Cletus Perera O. S. B. addressing the gathering


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Christmas Get-together of the Priests working in the Diocese took place on Monday the 15th December at the Bishop’s House. Rev. Frs. Emil Fernando, Hari Haran, Jewantha and Sri Lal Fernando organized the programmes of the Day

The United Christmas Services of Worship organized by the Sabaragamuwa Christian Clergy Fraternal was held on 21st and 28th at Ss. Peter & Paul Cathedral at Ratnapura & St. Mary’s Church, respectively.

A programme of Christmas Carols was held at St. Mary’s College, Kegalle on the 2nd December 2009. This was an initiative taken by the Advanced Level students of the Minor Seminary, Kegalle. His Lordship Bishop Cletus Perera O. S. B. was the chief Guest for the occasion. The Principal, Mr. N. A. D. R. Hemantha, the staff and the Buddhist students extended their cooperation to make the event a success.


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Pope Orders Changes to Clarify Canon Law VATICAN CITY : Pope Benedict XVI has made changes in church law to clarify the role of deacons and to remove an ambiguity about the marriage status of some Catholics. The modifications were ordered by the pope in a document, Omnium in Mente, ("In the Mind of All") published Dec. 15 in Latin and Italian by the Vatican. Two rewritten canons in the Code of Canon Law reinforced the distinction between the role of governance belonging to bishops and priests and the role of service belonging to deacons. Changes to three other canons removed an exemption from some rules on marriage for Catholics who have formally declared they are no longer part of the church. Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, the Vatican spokesman, said the changed language on deacons more clearly reflects the doctrinal position of the church, especially the teaching of the Second Vatican Council regarding the permanent diaconate. The current Code of Canon Law, promulgated by Pope John Paul II in 1984, spoke of three grades of the sacrament of orders - the episcopate, the presbyterate and the diaconate—by which ministers fulfill "the functions of teaching, sanctifying and governing," each according to his grade. The new wording introduced by Pope Benedict mirrors the explanation of the roles of the church's ordained ministers presented in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, which says that the task of governing on behalf of Christ, the head of the church, is proper only to bishops and priests. The new version adds the phrase: "Those who are constituted in the order of the episcopate or the presbyterate receive the mission and faculty to act in the person of Christ the head, while deacons are enabled to serve the people of God in the diaconate of the liturgy, the word and charity." In a commentary published with the pope's document, Archbishop Francesco Coccopalmerio, president of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, said the changes to the three canons involving marriage simply remove the mention of Catholics who have made a formal declaration of leaving the church. The 1984 Code of Canon Law automatically exempted such Catholics from some requirements, such as seeking formal permission from a bishop to marry a non-Catholic or a non-Christian. The exemptions were seen as a way to protect the validity of the marriages of people the Catholic Church considers members of the church, but who obviously would not follow all church procedures because they don't consider themselves Catholics anymore, Archbishop Coccopalmerio said. But the exemptions gave rise to a variety of different interpretations and created enormous confusion, the archbishop said. The council for legislative texts began studying the issue formally in 1997 and even then most people consulted recommended the exemptions simply be erased, the archbishop said. Source: Catholic News Service Published: Thursday, December 17, 2009


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Deacons at the Eucharist (GIRM) 127. When there is a deacon present to exercise his ministry, the norms in the preceding section apply, with the following exceptions. In general the deacon: a. assists the priest and walks at his side; b. at the altar, assists with the chalice or the book; c. if there is no other minister present, carries out other ministerial functions as required.

Introductory Rites 128. Vested and carrying the Book of Gospels, the deacon precedes the priest on the way to the altar or else walks at the priest's side. 129. With the priest he makes the proper reverence and goes up to the altar. After placing the Book of the Gospels on it, along with the priest he kisses the altar. If incense is used, he assists the priest in putting some in the censer and in incensing the altar. 130. After the incensing, he goes to the chair with the priest, sits next to him, and assists him as required.

Liturgy of the Word 131. If incense is used, the deacon assists the priest when he puts incense in the censer during the singing of the Alleluia or other chant. Then he bows before the priest and asks for the blessing, saying in a low voice: Father, give me your blessing. The priest blesses him: The Lord be in your heart. The deacon answers: Amen. If the Book of the Gospels is on the altar, he takes it and goes to the lectern; the servers, if there are any, precede, carrying candles and the censer when used. At the lectern the deacon greets the people, incenses the book, and proclaims the gospel. After the reading, he kisses the book, saying inaudibly: May the words of the gospel wipe away our sins, and returns to the priest. If there is no homily or profession of faith, he may remain at the lectern for the general intercessions, but the servers leave. 132. After the priest introduces the general intercessions, the deacon announces the intentions at the lectern or other suitable place.

Liturgy of the Eucharist 133. At the presentation of the gifts, while the priest remains at the chair, the deacon prepares the altar, assisted by other ministers, but the care of the sacred vessels belongs to the deacon. He assists the priest in receiving the people's gifts. Next, he hands the priest the paten with the bread to be conscrated,

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pours wine and a little water into the chalice, saying inaudibly the prayer, Through the mystery of this water and wine, then passes the chalice to the priest. (He may also prepare the chalice and pour the wine and water at the side table). If incense is used, the deacon assists the priest with the incensing of the gifts and the altar; afterward he, or another minister, incenses the priest and the people.

134. During the Eucharistic prayer, the deacon stands near but slightly behind the priest, so that when necessary he may assist the priest with the chalice or the missal. 135. At the final doxology of the Eucharistic prayer, the deacon stands next to the priest, holding up the chalice as the priest raises the paten with the Eucharistic bread, until the people have said the acclamation: Amen. 136. After the priest has said the prayer for peace and the greeting: The peace of the Lord be with you always, and the people have made the response: And also with you, the deacon may invite all to exchange the sign of peace, saying: Let us offer each other the sign of peace. He himself receives the sign of peace from the priest and may offer it to other ministers near him.

137. After the priest's communion, the deacon receives under both kinds and then assists the priest in giving communion to the people. But if communion is given under both kinds, the deacon ministers the chalice to the communicants and is the last to drink from it. 138. After communion, the deacon returns to the altar with the priest and collects any remaining fragments. He then takes the chalice and other vessels to the side table, where he purifies them and arranges them in the usual way; the priest returns to the chair. But it is permissible to leave the vessels to be purified, properly covered and on a corporal, at a side table and to purify them after Mass, when the people have left.

Concluding Rite 139. Following the prayer after communion, if there are any brief announcements, the deacon may make them, unless the priest prefers to do so himself. 140. After the priest's blessing, the deacon dismisses the people, saying: Go in the peace of Christ, or: Go in peace to love and serve the Lord, or: The Mass is ended, go in peace. 141. Along with the priest, the deacon kisses the altar, makes the proper reverence, and leaves in the manner followed for the entrance procession.


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MENTIONING BISHOPS IN THE EUCHARISTIC PRAYERS Q: During Mass, at the moment of mentioning the local bishop, our parish priest has a habit of mentioning: "Our bishops N.N., N.N., N.N." -- and mentions the local archbishop and another two bishops. Thus, he does not make any distinction between the local bishop and other bishops. I wish to know whether there is a directive about this matter. -- P.G., Qormi, Malta A: An article on precisely this theme was published in Notitiae, the official organ of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments. The title of the Italian-language article, written by Ivan Grigis, is translated as "Regarding the Mention of the Bishop in the Eucharistic Prayer" (Notitiae 45 (2009) 308-320). Although it is a study and not an official decree, the work gathers all the relevant official documentation on the subject. The article begins from an observation of a subtle change in the rubrics in the 2008 reprinting of the official 2002 Latin Missal. In the new version, No. 149 of the General Introduction to the Roman Missal (GIRM) is modified so that a bishop celebrating outside of his own diocese should first mention the diocesan bishop and then refer to himself as "your unworthy servant." Formerly, he had first referred to himself and then the local bishop. The author adduces that this apparently minor change is actually based on an ecclesiological principle insofar as, after the pope, ecclesial communion is established through the diocesan bishop who as shepherd of that portion of God's people convokes them to the Eucharist. Therefore, whosoever legitimately presides at the Eucharist always does so in the name of the local shepherd and in communion with him. Another change in the reprinted missal is the footnote at the corresponding part of each Eucharistic Prayer explaining the optional mention of other bishops. The 2002 footnote says that the coadjutor auxiliary or another bishop can be mentioned as described in GIRM No. 149. The 2008 version eliminates the clause "or another bishop." This is consistent with GIRM No. 149, which only foresees the mention of the coadjutor or auxiliary and excludes that of other bishops, even if present at the assembly. In order to summarize the various rules, we can say the following: The diocesan bishop or his equivalent must always be mentioned by name in every celebration. If there is just one coadjutor or auxiliary, he may be mentioned by name if the celebrant wishes. If there is more than one auxiliary, they may be mentioned collectively, that is, "N., our bishop and his assistant bishops." They are not named separately. Contd. on P 14

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Since only those bishops who actually possess pastoral authority in the diocese are named, it follows that no other bishops are mentioned in the Eucharistic Prayer even if they happen to be present and are presiding at the celebration. In this latter case, the presiding bishop refers to himself in the first Eucharistic Prayer and the other prayers if celebrating alone. Concelebrating priests however, do not mention this bishop's name in the corresponding part of the other Eucharistic Prayers. In such cases, a petition for the presiding bishop should be included in the prayer of the faithful. Apart from the aforementioned article, we could mention a couple of special cases. Priests celebrating in Rome can say simply, "N., our Pope," and omit any reference to the diocesan bishop. Some say "N., our Pope and Bishop," but this is not strictly necessary, since being Pope and being Bishop of Rome are one and the same. During a time of vacancy of the Episcopal see, the clause "N., our Bishop" is simply omitted. The same criterion is observed for the mention of the pope during a sede vacante. The name of a temporary diocesan administrator is not mentioned.

IMPORTANT LITURGICAL DAYS OF THE MONTHS OF JANUARY & FEBRUARY January 03

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Epiphany of the Lord (Solemnity)

January 10

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Baptism of the Lord

January 11

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Ordinary Time begins (Before Lent)

January 16

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Blessed Joseph Vaz - Apostle of Sri Lanka (Feast) (According to the a directive of the CBCSL the feast may also be celebrated on the Sunday following 16th January

January 31

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Holy Childhood Sunday

February 02

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Presentation of the Lord (Feast)

February 04

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Our Lady of Lanka (Solemnity) National Independence Commemoration Day

February 17

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Ash Wednesday (A Day of fast & Abstinence)

February 22

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Chair of St. Peter, the Apostle (Feast)


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The Centenary Celebration of St. Joseph’s Convent, Kegalle was held on the 19th December 2009, with the participation of Rev. Fathers,, Religious Sisters, Brothers and Lay Faithful. His Lordship Bishop Cletus Chandrasiri Perera O. S. B. was the Chief Guest and he was welcomed very warmly at the main entrance. Holy Mass was offered in the convent chapel and His Lordship pointed out the yeomen services the Nuns of the Congregation of the Charity of Jesus and Mary has rendered to the Sri Lankan Church. He also said what we need today for our country is dedicated young men and women who will respond the call of Jesus our Master and Redeemer. Rev. Sr. Anastasia Perera, the Provincial of the Congregation of Jesus and Mary thanked all those who participated and those who extended their cooperation to make the event success.

We

are very happy to announce

that Rev. Bros. Jude Amila Fernando and Ignatius Niroshan Vas will be ordained Deacons on 23rd January 2010 at St. Theresa’s Church,

Dehigahapitiya,

Avis-

sawella at 10. 00 a.m. We wish and congratulate you,

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Fr. Sherwin Fernando

January

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Fr. Ranjamal Moraes

January

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Fr. Christoper Kurera

January

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Sr. Benedict Mary S C J m

January

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Sr. Swarna Fernando S C J M

January

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Sr. Maurine S C J M

January

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Sr. Esther S C J M

February

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CONGRATULATIONS Rev. Sr. Mary Patricia of the Sacred Heart of Jesus of the Daughters Providence of Deaf & Dumb who hails from a good Catholic family from the Parish of Keerapathdeniya, Pinnawala celebrated her Final Religious Profession at St. Anne’s Church, Palangature, Kochichikade on the 07th January 2010. The Holy Mass was officiated by His Grace Archbishop Malcolm Ranjith. Rev. Mother Mary Claudia Libbra - the Vicar General of the Congregation of the Daughters of Providence for the Deaf and Dumb was present for the celebration. Several Priests and Religious Nuns were also present for the occasion.

Fr. Sidath Wilegoda, Seminary of Immaculate Heart of Mary, Kegalle 71000 Tel & Fax : 035 - 2223308 & 071 - 295 1612, 035 - 395 1612 Email: wilegodadsp@sltnet.lk / wilegodadsp@gmail.com

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