Your Sunday Sermon Notes – 15th Sunday after Pentecost (N.O.: 23rd) 2023

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It’s the 15th Sunday after Pentecost in the Vetus Ordo and the 23rd Sunday of the Novus 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 Epistle reading posted at One Peter Five.

A taste:

Paul wrote to a community that was being divided by false teachers introducing error and “backwardist” practices. Do we not now see a Church being torn at by those who would return us to the flesh-embracing years of the 60’s and 70’s? Some throw the epithet “backwardist” around concerning those who desire continuity across generations and geography. True “backwardists” are those who seem to be focused only so far back and so far away as their own backsides. In proposing that everything that was done before the Second Vatican Council needs to be reinterpreted and even replaced with some manifestly inorganic “development,” the true “backwardists” are wont to invoke the Holy Spirit. I tremble for some of them, who really ought to know better. Because:

Do not be deceived; God is not mocked, for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap (v. 7).


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  1. Lurker 59 says:

    At my good friend’s NO parish, the pastor gave an excellent homily on the need for courage in proclaiming the Gospel, especially with regard to admonishing the sinner in charity. He spoke on the need to reject tolerance and vengeance in regard to sin, and truly will the good of the other. He then pivoted to talk about how Christ calls each of us to repentance and reconciliation and pointed toward the sacrament of Confession.

    Here is the homily from the Sat. 4:30pm Mass (the YouTube video is labeled wrong).

  2. iPadre says:

    The mother of Naim was in a very hopeless situation. Her only son died, she was a widow and the reality that she was alone. But in the most unsuspecting moment Jesus changed it all. The Word made flesh spoke a word and the man was restored to life. We are not alone in the hopeless situations of life. He the Word made flesh changes bread into His body and he enters our hopeless situations. We are not alone. We are not without hope. God is with us.

  3. Gregg the Obscure says:

    My first Mass from the choir loft. Homily by the parochial vicar who is a Scripture prof at the sem.

    Immediately after our baptism, we are anointed with Sacred Chrism. This signifies our participation in the ongoing mission of Christ, particularly in His offices as Prophet, Priest, and King. Now the baptismal priesthood is not the same as the ordained priesthood. As an ordained priest, i am privileged to bridge the gap between the Church in Heaven and the Church on Earth through the Sacraments. It’s both a great privilege and very humbling. Your baptismal priesthood is you being a bridge between the Church and the people in your lives – family members, neighbors, friends, work colleagues – who need what only the Church can offer. Good kings look out for those in need: the poor, the ill, those who are estranged from their families.

    That gets us to prophets. Sometimes the prophet is intimidating, although that image does tend to be overused. Prophets correct people who are doing wicked things. Important distinction between guilt and shame. Guilt can be a very good thing. Guilt is recognizing that i have done something wrong and i need to change it. Shame, on the other hand, is characterizing the person as bad and implying that they’ll never amount to more than their sins. When acting as a prophet in correcting someone, it’s important to remember the golden rule and so not to be harsh.

    Choir program:
    * the entrance antiphon and communion antiphon in unison vernacular chant;
    * the responsorial Psalm and Alleluia before the Gospel in harmonized vernacular chant;
    * the Kyrie, Agnus Dei, Sanctus, and Mysterium Fidei in harmonized non-vernacular chant;
    * the Gloria alternating by section between unison Latin chant and Latin polyphony;
    * offertory anthem
    * Communion anthem
    * conclude with Salve Regina.

  4. Liz says:

    Father’s sermons are always encouraging which I find very helpful.

    Lately I’ve noticed that it’s not just the people moving in and locals coming that is causing our huge increase in the TLM, but now I’m noticing many converts popping up here and there. One young man just read something that somebody else posted on social media and became curious and started asking questions. Another young man is bringing back his mother to the faith, and bringing in other family members. Another young man is bringing in co-workers, and I heard that a couple of serious protestants are now converting.

  5. Littlemore says:

    Liz 13.09.23 @ 6.58 PM
    As I read your comment, immediately I was struck by something that has been mentioned on here many times before. Young Men are evangelising, bringing to the TLM, relatives and friends, this is not happening to the same degree with the NO, and as Fr Z has said, this is what the hierarchy is becoming increasingly concerned about. May the Vatican soon see that this is not going to go away.

  6. Littlemore says:

    Fr. I know the above comment is not a Sunday Sermon Note, but I felt I had to say that Tradition is not just for the old, in fact it is becoming more so for the young.

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