The New Gasparian
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A journal dedicated to the life and mission of St. Gaspar del Bufalo, and to a life lived in response to the call and the cry of the Most Precious Blood of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Our on-going mission is to share good news of hope and communion.

Friday, October 18, 2002

Catholic World News has posted a story on that new document on the Priesthood.

Here is the document.

posted by Fr. Jeffrey Keyes, C.PP.S. on 11:06 PM link
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Normally Blog traffic slows down toward the weekend. Not this week. Yesterday and today the traffic went through the roof. It seems that any one who went looking for "Luminous Mysteries" on Google found The New Gasparian on the first page of links. Today we slipped to page three on Google, but then Disputations posted a link to my article on the Rosary (see side bar) and a whole bunch of people came over to read. There were a bunch of vistors from Flos Carmeli too. Welcome to all. Join in the conversation. Join in the feast.

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Texts for the Feast

Gaspar del Bufalo, born in Rome, January 6, 1786, displayed even in his youth a predilection for catechizing the ignorant and the illiterate, as well as practicing works of charity towards the sick in hospitals. During the political upheavals in the Papal States he remained loyal to the Holy Father, and as a result was forced into exile and held in prison for almost two years. Imbued with a deep devotion to the Blood of Christ and a great missionary zeal , he founded a Society of Missionaries under the title of the Most Precious Blood in 1815, and advised Blessed Maria De Mattias in the founding of the Sisters Adorers of the Blood of Christ. He was highly successful in his ardent missionary activity, which he pursued right up to the time of his death, especially in bandit-infested areas. He died in Rome, December 28, 1837.

October 21
Gaspar del Bufalo
Priest, Founder of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood


Introductory Rites

It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praise to your name, Most High, to proclaim your kindness at dawn and your faithfulness throughout the night. (Psalm 92:2-3)

Opening Prayer

O God, our Father
you made Gaspar del Bufalo a priest
and outstanding apostle of the Precious Blood of your Son.
Through his intercession
grant that we may experience the abundant fruits
of the price of our redemption.
We ask this through our Lord, Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever.

Reading One

Jeremiah 1:4-9
The word of the LORD came to me thus: Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I dedicated you, a prophet to the nations I appointed you. "Ah, Lord GOD!" I said, "I know not how to speak; I am too young." But the LORD answered me, Say not, "I am too young." To whomever I send you, you shall go; whatever I command you, you shall speak. Have no fear before them, because I am with you to deliver you, says the LORD. Then the LORD extended his hand and touched my mouth, saying, See, I place my words in your mouth!

Responsorial Psalm Ps 98:1,2-3,3-4

R/. Go into the whole world and proclaim the good news.

Sing to the Lord a new song
for he has done wondrous deeds
his right right hand has won victory for him
his Holy arm. R/.

The LORD has made his salvation known;
in the sight of the nations he has revealed his justice.
He has remembered his kindness and faithfulness
toward the house of Israel. R/.

All the ends of the earth have seen
the salvation of our God.
Sing joyfully to the LORD, all you lands;
break into song; sing praise. R/.

Second Reading

Romans 5:5-11
Brothers and Sisters, hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts through the holy Spirit that has been given to us. For Christ, while we were still helpless, yet died at the appointed time for the ungodly. Indeed, only with difficulty does one die for a just person, though perhaps for a good person one might even find courage to die. But God proves his love for us in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us. How much more then, since we are now justified by his blood, will we be saved through him from the wrath. Indeed, if, while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son, how much more, once reconciled, will we be saved by his life. Not only that, but we also boast of God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.


R/. Alleluia
V/. The Lord has sent me to bring glad tidings to the poor, to proclaim liberty to captives.
R/. Alleluia

Mark 16:15-18
Jesus appeared to the eleven and said to them, "Go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved; whoever does not believe will be condemned. These signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will drive out demons, they will speak new languages. They will pick up serpents (with their hands), and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not harm them. They will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover."

Prayer over the Gifts

give to us who offer these gifts at your altar
the same spirit of love that filled St. Gaspar.
By celebrating this mystery with pure minds and loving hearts
may we offer a sacrifice that pleases you,
and brings salvation to us.
Grant this through Christ our Lord.

Preface: (Common of Pastors)

Communion Rite

Go into the whole world and proclaim the good news: I am with you always , says the Lord. (Mt 16:15; Mk 28:20)

Prayer after Communion

may the sacrament we receive
on this celebration in honor of St. Gaspar del Bufalo
give us holiness of mind and Body
and bring us into your divine life.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.

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Preparing the Feast

This Sunday we celebrate the Solemnity of St. Gaspar del Bufalo, the great apostle and missionary of the Most Precious Blood. His feast is October 21, but religious orders are given permission in their local houses to transfer the feast to a Suinday so that it may be celebrated with greater solemnity. This small mission house will be overflowing with guests this Sunday as we celebrate his feast and mark the 10th anniversary of the Martyrs of Charity in Liberia, Adorers of the Blood of Christ from the Province of Ruma, Illinois.

Sister Joél Kollmer, aged 58, taught Christian doctrine at St. Michael's School, and was in charge of training the young Liberian women aspiring to become Adorers of the Blood of Christ. She had worked in Liberia for ten years.

Joél's cousin, Sister Shirley Kollmer, 61, was principal of St. Patrick's High School in Monrovia and coordinated the initial formation of the young Liberian women studying to become Adorers of the Blood of Christ. She was also the overall coordinator for the ASC mission in Gardnersville. Shirley had been missioned to Liberia for nine years.

Sister Agnes Mueller, 62, in Liberia for five years, had worked in Kle in Bomi Country before she came to Gardnersville. She was the manager of the Ave Maria Clinic in Gardnersville and ran literacy classes for the women in the area.

Sister Kathleen McGuire, the youngest at age 54, had just completed her first year in Liberia and was manager of St. Michael's School in Gardnersville. Kathleen and Agnes worked with the students at St. Michael's School and St. Patrick's School in Monrovia who were trying to recover their lives from the chaos of the previous outbreak of the civil war in 1990.

A 21 year veteran of the Liberian mission, Sister Barbara Ann Muttra was the Assistant Health Director at the Secretariat of the Archdiocese of Monrovia. She also collected and ran food, clothing, and medical supplies to the villages in the interior that had been hard hit by the war. She was especially moved by the plight of the people of Bomi County where she had been missioned for seven years and made frequent trips to Kle.

These five women lived out their vocation by doing the ordinary things of life with an extraordinary spirit of love, dedication, and faithfulness. This message is one that our wounded world needs today. The stories of these women, of their lives and finally of the work and dedication that led to their deaths, can bring much-needed hope to those who see in their lives little or nothing to hope in, and can bring encouragement and support to those of us who have hope but find it dulled by the concerns of everyday living.

Barbara Ann Muttra, Shirley Kolmer, Mary Joél Kollmer, Agnes Mueller, and Kathleen McGuire were heroic both in their dedication and their commonplaceness. Through pondering their lives and work, we Christians can rediscover the fact that it is precisely in going about our ordinary business with an extraordinary spirit that we become saints.

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The Congregation for the Clergy released today a new Instruction entitled "The Priest, Pastor and Leader of the Parish Community." I have not found a link to it on their
website. They sent it to me directly. It looks pretty good. If someone would like a copy of it, email me and I will forward it to you.

Cardinal Castrillon said "The main objective of this Instruction, is to define for the community and the clergy the role of pastor and sacramental leader, who from the parish encourages and leads the people to Christ, the Way to the Father."

This document comes at a good time for the church in the current situation, and it is a great time for me this month as I prepare to celebrate the anniversary of my ordination.

"This document," the Cardinal concluded, "is also a tribute to the many parish priests in the whole world who carry out their ministry faithfully and silently, despite difficulties, misunderstandings and humiliation."

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Huh? Rejection?

It is always better to get your information from the Church itself than to rely on the News Media (even sometimes Catholic media) to faithfully relay what the Church is doing. I have often said that if a sports reporter was as ignorant of the football team as the religion reporter is allowed to be ignorant of the church, the sports writer would be fired.

Reading the letters of Cardinal Re and Bishop Gregory you realize that the Church has great compassion for victims of abuse, and that the Vatican clearly supports what the Bishops are doing to correct the situation. Yes, there needs to be further reflection and some revision before the recognitio is granted, but in no way did the Vatican completely reject the Bishops' policies. So why is it in
this story the headline and the lead line all use the word "reject?" The Newspaper clearly gives the opposite impression from what actually happened. The Norms are still on the table, still in force, there was not any indication that bishops were to stop enforcing it, in fact they were clearly encouraged to still enforce it while the mixed commission prepares to meet.

To be fair, if you read the full article you get a fuller sense of the nuance of the situation. But if all you see is the headline, and are disposed to dismiss the church as uncaring and out of touch, you will have plenty of false evidence to support your opinion and judgment.

When it come to news, it is better to reflect on the real thing.

Here is Cardinal Re's letter

Here is Bishop Gregory's response.

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