July 1, 2018
Wichita Adore Ministries (WAM) is coming July 14 for Saturday Evening Mass with Adoration of the Eucharist following at 7:00. WAM is a group of young adults that provides special events featuring Adoration of the Eucharist and contemporary music. They will provide the music for our Saturday Mass on July 14th. Then we will have a simple dinner and that will be followed by Adoration in the Worship Space at 7:00 p.m. Come, experience and be led into prayer through the Eucharist and great music. No reservations are needed. Child care will be provided. Check it out at wichitaadore.com
The Anointing of the Sick is a sacrament for those suffering from any kind of life threatening or chronic disease of the mind or body. It also is for those undergoing any serious surgery and is frequently given to the elderly. Vatican II restored the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick to focus on healing and giving strength to those dealing with serious illness as well as provide forgiveness of sins. Prior to Vatican II it was known as extreme unction and only given to those immediately prior to death. Now, we encourage people to seek the sacrament early in an illness as we seek God’s healing and strength to deal with the difficulties of illness. There is no separate sacrament at the time of death.
Please let me know if you would like to receive the Sacrament of the Sick. I can give it to you after almost any Mass or by appointment either here at St. Vincent’s or in your home. Please call the office if you want an appointment or visit. We also will bring communion to your home if you cannot come to Church because of an illness.
July 4th is about more than fireworks. It especially is a time to give thanks for the blessings of living in the United States of America. We are blessed by a country filled with resources and by a government and civic community that provides the rule of law and the good of order to society. Even amidst the political divisions, I believe there is far more that unites us as Americans than divides us. We just do not often talk about our common ideals of opportunity, individual rights, good order in community and shared responsibility for governing ourselves. May we celebrate our country this week. May we remember our blessings and give thanks to God. May we commit ourselves to building up our country, our local communities and the basic civility that allows us to work and live together. Also please stay safe in your travels and fireworks.