32nd Week in Ordinary Time
RCIA Session, November 12& 16
Psalm 63:2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
"The kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise. The foolish ones, when taking their lamps, brought no oil with them, but the wise brought flasks of oil with their lamps. ...While they (the foolish virgins) went off to buy the oil, the bridegroom came and those who were ready went into the wedding feast with him. The the door was locked. Afterwards the other virgins came and said 'Lord, Lord, open the door for us!' But he said in reply, 'Amen, I say to you, I do not know you.' Therefore, stay awake, for you know neither the day nor the hour.'" -cf. Matthew 25:1-13
ANNOUNCEMENTS: DISCERNMENT & SIGN-UP FOR FIRST RITE of RCIA
- This week RCIA meets in the normal rooms. Youth will explore the rest of the Ten Commandments. The adults will take a look at the Commandments and also at the Liturgical year.
- The Rite of Acceptance & the Rite of Welcome will take place at the weekend Masses on December 2 & 3: adult candidates OR parents of young candidates may sign up for a Mass time (for the Rite) this week at RCIA.
PRACTICE THE FAITH: LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF
- See Chapters 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34 in the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults
- If you have children at home, use the blessing on page 385 of the USCCA. Be sure to read Chapter 28 of the USCCA and talk about it with your children.
- If you do not have children, which of these Catechism Chapters seems to offer you "timely advice"?
CONNECTIONS: The Hour of Death
"The Church encourages us to prepare ourselves for the hour of our death.
'Every action of yours, every thought, should be those of one who expects to die before the day is out. Death would have not great terrors for you if you had a quiet conscience...Then why not keep clear of sin instead of running away from death? If you aren't fit to face death today, it's very unlikely you will be tomorrow..." -cf. CCC #1014
How do you feel about death? How do you feel about your own death?
How is "living in God" related to living morally? What would it take to "live in God"? What would it take to live a "morally good life"?
How do you feel when you read in the Gospel that the door was locked against the foolish virgins? Which are you more like right now - the wise or the foolish?
What would you need to do today to be ready for death tonight?
What is your favorite time of the Church year?