Your Sunday Sermon Notes – 4th Sunday of Lent – “Laetare!” – 2023 and a POLL about color of vestments

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

It was the 3rd Sunday of Lent in the Novus Ordo and in the Vetus Ordo.

Was there a GOOD point made in the sermon you heard at your Sunday Mass of obligation?

Tell about attendance especially for the Traditional Latin Mass. I hear that it is growing. Of COURSE.

Any local changes or (hopefully good) news?

I have some thoughts about the Sunday reading HERE.

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  1. Cornelius says:

    Good point: the German Catholic Church is formally in schism now.

  2. maternalView says:

    So today’s Gospel was about feeding the 5000. Father began by saying that this miracle is often now dismissed as not a miracle but a sharing of food among the people. He said these people are ones who see themselves as a revolution, people who are going to sing a new church into being. They think they will feed people by talking nice about Jesus. (Father is pretty low key so that was pretty bold of him. It was so quiet you could “hear” people’s reactions in their heads. Lol. I know I was smiling.) He then continued by explaining this miracle of Jesus and what giving us the Eucharist means.

  3. I talked about the man in the Gospel who was born blind: he was the only one of many who were blind, who did not analyze, argue or deny. He alone simply did as the Lord commanded; and he alone was healed.

    I analogized this to the sacrament of confession.

  4. Gregg the Obscure says:

    Celebrant wore rose. Deacon wore a sickly pink collared dalmatic of a mid-seventies vintage (i wonder if he lost some kind of a bet). Altar frontals were violet.

    Very good homily and i won’t be able to do justice to it in a precis.

    Both the OT, Psalm and Gospel feature anointing. Father described the three holy oils and their uses, particularly in the context of sacraments. These oils have multiple purposes, but particularly to bless, to heal, and to strengthen. He discussed both confirmation and anointing of the sick at some length and exhorted us to ask for the priest without delay when illness or injury is serious, whether our own or that of a loved one. He mentioned that he knows several priests who have witnessed miraculous healings connected with anointing of the sick.

    side note: there was a blessing before the offertory for those anticipating baptism at the Easter Vigil: about 30 people ranging from teens to sixtyish. a sight for sore eyes.

  5. sevensixtwo187 says:

    450 or so in attendance at High Mass. Lots of younger families with plenty of children!

  6. Rob83 says:

    Locally the situation remains stable. Our biggest problem at the moment is that if the principal Sunday Mass attendance gets much larger, it will spill onto the sidewalk. It will eventually in a few years anyway when all the youngsters reach child-bearing age.

  7. Carolyn108 says:

    At our reverent Novus Ordo mass today, Father preached on the importance of the liturgy. It struck me that his entire homily could have been applied to the TLM, although the diocesan TLM takes place at a nearby parish. He even made reference to “lex orandi” and “lex credendi.” He has recently implemented the option for parishioners to receive communion while kneeling. Our parish is filling up with young families, many who home school, and I see more and more veils each Sunday. I loved his homily today, and I was honestly a bit shocked that he simply began by making a reference to the blind man’s healing and then spent the rest of it teaching us about proper liturgy.

  8. andromedaregina says:

    Homily: On the burning love of God, who was not satisfied in lowering himself to share the nature of his own creature, but then willed to become our food. The miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and fish to feed the multitude foreshadows the way in which Christ would dwell with his flock until the end of time – which is our reason to rejoice! Laetare, Jerusalem!

    NB: Spectacular High Mass Rose vestments, seating went into overflow room (pews fit 500) so approx. 650 at Sung Mass. There are four additional low Masses on Sunday’s, that are all full. Our parish is bursting at the seams. Only three priests. Pray for them.

  9. NancyP says:

    Novus Ordo Mass.

    Our pastor talked about the parallel with baptism in today’s Old Testament reading (we are anointed with chrism at baptism, just as Samuel anointed David at God’s direction). The man born blind encounters Jesus and receives his sight, despite the Jewish teachings of the time on disabilities and sin. The man born blind is healed…therefore, he was not sinful, nor were his parents.

    Jesus is showing us that He is God, the Second Person of the Trinity. He has the authority and power to heal. He shows us throughout the Gospels that He is the Son of God.

    Our state’s legislative session reaches its halfway point (“Crossover Day”) this week, so lobbying state legislators is at fever pitch. Father encouraged us to contact our legislators to express support for pro-life bills.

  10. JonPatrick says:

    NO mass, the Gospel of the man born blind. We are often blind to what is going on around us as we are preoccupied with other things. Especially during Lent we need to get rid of distractions and focus on God. A way to achieve this is through silence, such as spending time in front of the blessed sacrament. This sometimes requires us to close our eyes so that we are not distracted by the world around us and we can listen to what the Lord is telling us.

  11. JGavin says:

    To my surprise, Rose coloured vestments. This was the second time in 24 years at the parish I have seen them used. The point in the homily, made which has been a recurring theme this Lent, was GO TO CONFESSION! His best line two weeks ago was “The lines for communion are long. The lines for confession are short.” He has been hitting them out of the park lately.

  12. aegsemje says:

    Novus Ordo Mass in a very liberal college town, not my normal parish. The priest wore purple vestments. There were about 160 in attendance, less than half full, with at least half of the people over age 65. Very few children. The homily was based on the Gospel reading about the man born blind, emphasizing that God loves us as we are and that handicaps are not due to sin.

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