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November 16, 2014

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     The Letters of Paul to the Thessalonians are among his earliest writings, and are driven by his belief and the belief of the entire early Christian community that the return of Christ was imminent. Therefore, to devote time or attention to anything else was foolish.

     As time progressed, this fervor receded a bit. Today we may wonder, when we hear these readings about the coming end-times, if we should take them to heart. What should we do when we hear that the day of the Lord will come upon us “like a thief at night”? (1 Thessalonians 5:2) Does this mean we are to stop our long-range goal-setting, get rid of our yearly calendars and planners, or stop putting money in the college education fund? Of course not. What it does mean is that we need to change our lives, living like children of the light and illuminating the world around us with the light of the gospel. Then, on that day, when the details of our daily living become unimportant, we will be ready to find our peace and security in Christ Jesus.

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       Las cartas de Pablo a los tesalonicenses son de sus primeros escritos, y fueron motivadas por su creencia y la de toda la primera comunidad cristiana de que el regreso de Cristo era inminente, y por eso sería una tontería dar tiempo o atención a otras cosas.

   Con el pasar del tiempo, ese fervor comenzaba a disminuir un poco. Hoy día, cuando escuchamos estas lecturas sobre el fin del mundo, podemos preguntarnos si de veras creemos que Cristo va a venir entre nosotros como “un ladrón en la noche”       (1 Tesalonicenses 5:2). Si la respuesta es “Sí”, ¿debemos, o no, dejar nuestra planificación a largo plazo, deshacernos de nuestros calendarios y agendas, y suspender los ahorros para la educación universitaria de nuestros hijos? Seguro que no. Pero, lo que sí quiere decir es que deberíamos cambiar nuestra vida y vivir como hijos de la luz eiluminar el mundo a nuestro alrededor con la luz del Evangelio. Entonces, en aquel día, cuando los detalles de nuestra rutina diaria ya no importen, estaremos listos para encontrar nuestra paz y seguridad en Cristo Jesús.

Copyright © J. S. Paluch Co.

“Blessed are you who fear the Lord."   — Psalm 128:1a




  “Dichoso el que teme al Señor.”  — Salmo 128 (127):1a








  Dear Parishioners and Friends,


             As we remember our dearly beloved departed family and friends,  specially during the month of November, the next two issues of our bulletin will answer the common question on “What is the Catholic teaching concerning cremation.” 


            As the practice of cremation became more common, the Church’s attitude towards cremation changed.  In 1963 the Vatican lifted the prohibition against cremation.  In 1983 a new revision of the Canon Law replaced the 1917 Code. The new revision allowed cremation,     provided the body of the deceased Catholic is respected and honored.


            Today the Order of Christian Funerals developed by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops offers three options for funerals with cremated remains.  These are:


(1-and preferred) Cremation follows the funeral service, with a reverent disposition of the cremated remains through burial in a cemetery.  It is always encouraged by the Catholic church that funeral service (with the human body’s presence) comes first before the body is cremated.


(2) The bereaved family gather for the committal of the cremated remains at the cemetery first, followed by a funeral liturgy at the church.


(3) Direct or immediate cremation, followed by a funeral liturgy at the church and burial of the remains at an appropriate time.  The U.S. Bishops do not encourage the practice of scattering cremated remains on the sea or on the ground, or keeping them in the home of a relative or friend, although burial at sea in an urnis acceptable.


      Today, while burial remains the more typical practice, it is no longer uncommon for deceased Catholics to be cremated.  The Church continues to teach that the bodies of those who have died be treated with great respect and dignity, both as God’s creation and as former temples of the Holy Spirit, and as an expression of our hope in the risen life to come, which Catholics believe will once again unite the human person as body and spirit. 

         It is always encouraged by the Catholic church that funeral service — with the presence of the human body — comes first before the cremation.

      The cremated remains should be given a Christian burial, that is, it should not be scattered in the sea, nor in the air, nor in the ground, nor kept in the home or placed in your altar forever.


       These are the reasons why you need to put a Christian closure to your loved ones:


(1) To avoid desecration of the cremated remains.  You will not live forever.  What will happen to your loved ones in the urn, say 50 years or 100 years from now?  “There was a story reported to us about a grandmother whose body was cremated.  The urn containing her remains was given to the daughter.  Down the road, the daughter died too.  The remains of her mother was given to the grandson.  On the later years, the grandson became an atheist; he did not believe in God anymore, and did not believe in the eternal life.  He threw away the urn with the cremated remains of his grandmother.

(2) To put your loved one’s cremated remains on the altar of the house is not healthy.  Even psychiatrists do not recommend it for every time you see your loved one on the altar, you feel sad.  This is not good for your health.

(3) Christian burial means you let your beloved dead go to his/her final destination, give your beloved a resting place, and move on with your life.  Do not hold on to it...but, move on!  Treasure the good   memories in your heart.


          Thank you for being a parishioner of St. Michael.


                                                                                                 Fr. Manny Ediza





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