Your Sunday Sermon notes – 4th Sunday after Easter (N.O. 5th of Easter) 2021

Was there a GOOD point made in the sermon you heard at the Mass for your Sunday (obligation or none), either live or on the internet? Let us know what it was.

Too many people today are without good, strong preaching, to the detriment of all. Share the good stuff.

Also, are your churches opening up? What was attendance like?

Mine.

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8 Comments

  1. The Astronomer says:

    Local NO parish in Central/Northern NJ (Tobin-ville) 1030AM Mass usually had @400 people pre-C19. Today it was barely 35-40 and not many families.

    They did play “On Eagles’ Wings,” though and the operatic lady who was the cantor was really trying to get us to sing. She had her arms wide in what I call the “Catch The Baby” pose, leaning forward at the lectern. If ‘yearning’ and ‘beseeching’ of her body language and gestures could compel us to go along with the Haugen/Haas, we’d have rocked the rafters. She seemed a bit bummed we weren’t all that into singing a new church into being.

  2. abralston says:

    7:30 am NO low mass. Rural Farming community. This mass time has the highest attendance because farmers like to get their obligation done because the day is wasting. They took the lace marking off the aisles down before Palm Sunday. Easter was standing room only. There were less today but also there are at least 20 masses to chose from within a 30 minute drive. Fr. talked about how we are “pruned” and that we must watch, listen, and allow it to help us grow in faith. Regular attendance really upticked 2 weeks before Easter and stayed up.

  3. abralston says:

    7:30 am NO low mass. Southeast Ohio farming community. This mass time has the highest attendance because farmers like to get their obligation done because the day is wasting. They took the lace marking off the aisles down before Palm Sunday. Easter was standing room only. There were less today but also there are at least 20 masses to chose from within a 30 minute drive. Fr. talked about how we are “pruned” and that we must watch, listen, and allow it to help us grow in faith. Regular attendance really upticked 2 weeks before Easter and stayed up.

  4. Clare says:

    My daughter was confirmed today. I thought it was going to be part of a Mass, but no. The sacrament was administered by a priest, and his homily was about how Jesus loves you just the way you are, but also wants you to be your best. Use your talents to help the world. Anyway, she smells very nice and incensey. As for Mass, which still isn’t obligatory to attend, we can go to the late evening one after we go out to dinner.

  5. albinus1 says:

    NO at Jesus Our Risen Savior in Duncan, SC, where we were visiting family. Quite a few people; it seemed mostly full. Since we’ve never been there before, we can’t say how typical that is.

    Aside from the band accompanying songs of the St L SJs and Marty Haugen, and the clapping at the end for people celebrating birthdays, etc., it wasn’t bad. The celebrant preached on “love one another as I have loved you;” gesturing to the crucifix he remarked that Jesus set us a very high standard.

    Astronomer: Thomas Day, in “Why Catholics Can’t Sing,” remarks that almost nothing is more calculated to discourage congregational participation in singing than having a single amplified voice drowning everyone out. He dismissively refers to such song leaders as “Mr. Caruso.”

  6. Gregg the Obscure says:

    at last the stars aligned and i had the privilege of attending the new diocesan TLM at Assumption parish in an inner-ring north Denver suburb.

    about 40 people present no more than 6 of whom were over 50 years old. three families with multiple young children and two more who look to be welcoming their firstborn before the first of June.

    Homily was hot fire.

    1 from the Epistle: “every gift comes from above” – we deserve NOTHING. every good thing that we receive is due to the Lord’s unfathomable grace. even were you to become the most talented scientist ever, it isn’t your own doing.

    2 St Augustine said that people are like clay vessels that can be stretched to become bigger to contain more divine grace (to the extent we cooperate with divine grace), but that at our death the process ends and we are no longer able to respond to our Lord

    3 at the judgment our orientation to our Lord will determine where we go – toward Him or away from Him

    4 the degree to which people cooperate with grace determines the greatness of their places in Heaven. but all other saints combined still are insignificant compared to the Blessed Mother

    oh yeah, he also gave brief takedowns on monophysitism and monotheletism

    it it weren’t for a couple of personal distractions, i’m sure i would have caught more. seems to me that the lovely young lady who sat immediately in front of me at the start of the homily had charms that could have derailed the angelic doctor’s vocation.

  7. Patrick71 says:

    I couldn’t hear the sermon from the driveway, but that means the parking lot tent was full and that’s a good thing. (We are permanently in the tent until we can buy a bigger church. I think the parish has doubled in size this past year and the little church is too small for us.)

  8. JonPatrick says:

    I attended both a Saturday morning Mass for St. Joseph the Worker and an evening vigil Mass so it is hard to remember which point went with which mass. One thing does stick in my mind, which may have been mentioned both times: we often identify ourselves with our jobs i.e. I am a doctor, a carpenter, a software engineer, etc. However our true identity is not our work but our vocation i.e. a married man or woman with a family, a priest or religious, etc. Everything we do we should be doing for God. If we work it is to support this family that is our vocation for which we are responsible for helping them grow in the faith and getting them to heaven.

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