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Sparta, Tennessee
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August 27, 2017


Deep-seated Changes: The spiritual uneasiness of today and the changing structure of life are part of a broader upheaval, whose symptoms are the increasing part played on the intellectual level by the mathematical, natural and human sciences and on the practical level by their repercussions on technology. The scientific mentality has brought about a change in the cultural sphere and on habits of thought, and the progress of technology is now reshaping the face of the earth and has its sights set on the conquest of space.

The human mind is, in a certain sense, increasing its mastery over time - over the past through the insights of history, over the future by foresight and planning. Advances in biology, psychology, and the social sciences not only lead humanity to greater self-awareness, but provide it with the technical means of molding the lives of whole societies as well. At the same time, the human race is giving more and more thought to the forecasting and control of its own population growth.

The accelerated pace of history is such that one can scarcely keep abreast of it. The destiny of the human race is viewed as a complete whole, no longer, as it were, in the particular histories of various peoples: now it merges into a complete whole. And so humankind substitutes a dynamic and more evolutionary concept of nature for a static one, and the result is an immense series of new problems calling for a new endeavor of analysis and synthesis.

August 13, 2017


Hope and Anguish: In every age, the church carries the responsibility of reading the signs of the times and of interpreting them in the light of the Gospel, if it is to carry out its task. In language intelligible to every generation, it should be able to answer the ever recurring questions which people ask about the meaning of this present life and of the life to come, and how one is related to the other. We must be aware of and understand the aspirations, the yearnings, and the often dramatic features of the world in which we live. An outline of one of the more important features of the modem world forms the subject of the following paragraphs.

Ours is a new age of history with profound and rapid changes spreading gradually to all comers of the earth. They are the products of people's intelligence and creative activity, but they recoil upon them, upon their judgments and desires, both individual and collective, upon their ways of thinking and acting in regard to people and things. We are entitled then to speak of a real social and cultural transformation whose repercussions are felt at the religious level also.
A transformation of this kind brings with it the serious problems associated with any crisis of growth.

Increase in power is not always accompanied by control of that power for the benefit of humanity. In probing the recesses of their own minds, people often seem more uncertain than ever of themselves: in the gradual and precise unfolding of the laws of social living, they are uncertain about how to plot its course.

In no other age has humanity enjoyed such an abundance of wealth, resources and economic wellbeing; and yet a huge proportion of the people of the world is plagued by hunger and extreme need while countless numbers are totally illiterate. At no time have people had such a keen sense of freedom, only to be faced by new forms of social and psychological slavery. The world is keenly aware of its unity and of mutual interdependence in essential solidarity, but at the same time it is split into bitterly opposing camps. We have not yet seen the last of bitter political, social, and economic hostility, and racial and ideological antagonism, nor are we free from the spectre of a war of total destruction. If there is a growing exchange of ideas, there is still widespread disagreement in competing ideologies about the meaning of the words which express our key concepts. There is lastly a painstaking search for a better material world, without a parallel spiritual advancement.

Small wonder then, that many of our contemporaries are prevented by this complex situation from recognizing permanent values and duly applying them to recent discoveries. As a result, they hover between hope and anxiety and wonder uneasily about the present course of events. It is a situation that challenges and even obliges people to respond.

August 6, 2017

Gaudium et Spes, 7 December 1965

Solidarity of the Church with the Whole Human Family: The joys and hopes, the grief and anguish of the people of our time, especially of those who are poor or afflicted, are the joys and hopes, the grief and anguish of the followers of Christ as well. Nothing that is genuinely human fails to find an echo in their hearts. For theirs is a community of people united in Christ and guided by the Holy Spirit in their pilgrimage towards the Father's kingdom, bearers of a message of salvation for all of humanity. That is why they cherish a feeling of deep solidarity with the human race and its history.

The Council Addresses All of Humanity: Now that the Second Vatican council has studied the mystery of the church more deeply, it addresses not only the daughters and sons of the church and all who call upon the name of Christ, but the whole of humanity as well, and it wishes to set down how it understands the presence and function of the church in the world of today.

The world which the council has in mind is the world of women and men, the entire human family seen in its total environment. It is the world as the theatre of human history, bearing the marks of its travail, its triumphs and failures. It is the world which Christians believe has been created and is sustained by the love of its maker, has fallen into the slavery of sin but has been freed by Christ, who was crucified and rose again in order to break the stranglehold of the evil one, so that it might be fashioned anew according to God's design and brought to its fulfillment.

An Offer of Service to Humankind: Though proud of its discoveries and its power, humanity is often concerned about current developments in the world, about humanity's place and role in the universe, about the meaning of individual and collective endeavor, and finally about the destiny of nature and of humanity. And so the council, as witness and guide to the faith of all of God's people, gathered together by Christ, can find no more eloquent expression of this people's solidarity, respect and love for the whole human family, of which it forms part, than to enter into dialogue with it about all these various problems, throwing the light of the Gospel on them and supplying humanity with the saving resources which the church has received from its founder under the promptings of the Holy Spirit. It is the human person that is to be saved, human society which must be renewed. It is the human person, therefore, which is the key to this discussion, each individual human person in her or his totality, body and soul, heart and conscience, mind and will. This is the reason why this holy synod, in proclaiming humanity's noble destiny and affirming that there exists in it a divine seed, offers the human race the sincere cooperation of the church in fostering a sense of sisterhood and brotherhood to correspond to their destiny. The church is not motivated by earthly ambition but is interested in one thing only - to carry on the work of Christ under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, who came into the world to bear witness to the truth, to save and not to judge, to serve and not be served.

July 30, 2017

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July 30, 2017


by Rev. Regis Scanlon, O.F.M. Cap.


When Jesus told his disciples that "my flesh is real food and my blood real drink" (Jn.

6:55), his disciples took Him <literally> and said: "This sort of talk is hard to endure!

How can anyone take it seriously?" Then St. John's Gospel reports: "Jesus was fully

aware that his disciples were murmuring in protest at what he had said". John then

states that "From this time on, many of his disciples broke away and would not remain

in his company any longer. Jesus then said to the Twelve, “Do you want to leave me

too?”. The Twelve (except for Judas) stayed with Jesus because they trusted his words.


Now, "Jesus was fully aware" that the departing disciples understood his teaching

literally. Obviously, if Jesus had only meant that they would eat his Body and drink his

Blood <figuratively> or <symbolically,> He would have said so before they walked

away. Since He did not, He meant his words literally and, of course, <not sensibly or

cannibalistically>, but miraculously!


Now, the fourth century Church Fathers understood that the Eucharist is really Jesus

Christ Himself. St. Cyril of Alexandria states: "He said <This is my body> and <this is

my blood> in a demonstrative fashion, so that you might <not> judge that what you see

<is a mere figure>." And St. Ambrose of Milan teaches about the Eucharist that

"<nature itself is changed through the blessing">. So, it is quite clear from the fourth

century Church Fathers that the Eucharistic consecration "changes" the "nature" of the

bread and wine into the "nature" of Jesus Christ and that the Eucharist is not just "a

mere figure" of Jesus Christ but "truly" Jesus Christ Himself. This is precisely why St.

Augustine states about the Eucharist: "no one eats of this flesh without having first

adored it . . . and not only do we not sin in thus adoring it, but we would be sinning if

we did not do so".

July 23, 2017

In Reparation for blasphemies against the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Those who foster indifference or even hatred in the hearts of children for this Immaculate Mother.

The angel Gabriel said to Mary, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High…and of his kingdom there will be no end."

An angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream saying, "Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit;she will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins."

All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: "Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and His Name shall be called Emmanuel," which means, God with us.

The Five First Saturdays, a Devotion to Mary. The first is August 5th, before Saturday Mass. Come at 4:30 pm for the Rosary and confession.


LENT 2017

Rising Up Together

Inter-Faith Services at 12:00pm Noon

March 2nd, First Presbyterian Church

March 9th, Christian Life 1st Assembly of God

March 16th, First Christian Church

March 23rd, First United Methodist Church

March 30th, Christpoint Church

April 6th, First Church of the Nazarene

April 14th, (Good Friday) St. Andrew Church

Haiti Shoe Box Program

 (Lent, 2017)


The Haiti Project at Riviere Mancelle


Empowering Haitians to make changes for their future!


It’s that time again!  It’s time to donate items for our sister parish in Haiti! If you would like to participate, you may find a list of items on the bulletin board in our Gathering Area and below.  Since overall, we only collect 1/3 of the number of boxes that there are children, Denise and Bob have suggested that we group our items for shipping.  Toys and treats will be distributed to all of the children.  The School will use school supplies as needed.  Personal Care/Hygiene items will be made available to those in most need.


Please do not include:  Money, your address, toy guns or knives, food, medication. Shampoos or liquids should be well-sealed with additional tape and placed inside a Ziploc bag!


We ask for your prayers for success for our Corporal Work of Mercy.  The cost of shipping is $7.00 per shoe box.  If you would like to help us with shipping, please place your donation in an envelope marked “Haiti Shipping!”


The Parish Council decided to try something new this year, donating different needed items each week!  Here is our schedule:


            January 29th/ February 5th                 School Supplies

            February 12th/ February 19th             Personal Care/ Hygiene

            February 26th/ March 5th                   Toys/Treats/Religious Items


You may pack in a shoebox, Amazon box, or any other box you may have.  We will also take your donations in your shopping bags, and we will pack it!  Our deadline is Sunday, March 12th.  Direct any questions to Cathy Randolph

in person or at

Suggestions for items to include in your shoe box: 


Toys and Treats


             Jump rope


            Deflated soccer balls

             Transistor radio

             Batteries with solar powered battery charger

             French bibles

             Religious items

             Decks of cards

             McDonald toys

             Small cars

             Wind-up alarm clock





             Stuffed animals

             Stamps and inkpad sets

             Coloring books



             Hard candy


             Mints and Gum


             Flashlights (with extra batteries)

             Ball caps


             Toy jewelry

             Hair clips

             Sewing kits


             Toy Trucks


             Pocket games


             Small picture books




School Supplies



              Writing pads



              Solar powered calculator






Personal Hygiene Supplies






             (Hotel size are great, ask your traveling friends to save them)




Please do not send the following items:


             Your address

             War-related items: toy guns, knives etc.

             Prescription medications

             Any foods or medications that is perishable or outdated.

             Please be careful of small parts that would cause choking in small children


All shampoo or liquids should be well sealed with additional tape and placed inside of a Ziploc bag.


In the October 25, 2015 Bulletin: 


October, 2015 

Dear Friends,


I invite you to join me in celebrating National Priesthood Sunday. Priesthood Sunday is a special day set aside to reflect upon and affirm the role of the priesthood in the life of the Church.


I am extremely thankful for our priests and grateful for their service, gifts, and talents.


Please take time to remember a priest who has made a positive impact in your life or the life of your family, and remember them in your prayers.


As in years past, we are having a special collection in support of the 27 seminarians preparing to serve the faithful of the Church in Middle Tennessee by continuing the legacy of our current priests and all those who came before them.


I extend my sincere thanks to all who have supported the education of our seminarians in the past. Your renewed support will continue to provide for the education and formation of our future priests.


I thank each one of you for considering the positive impact your gift will have on the future of our Diocese. No gift is too small, or too large.


For those wishing to make your first offering of support, you may wish to consider making an offering of support equal to one week of your regular gifts of support to the Church.


Thank you for your prayerful consideration of my request to honor our priests and to support our seminarians.


With gratitude for your support, I am Sincerely in Christ,  

Most Reverend David R. Choby, D.D., J.C.L.
Bishop of Nashville


In the October 18, 2015 Bulletin: 







In the October 4, 2015 Bulletin:






In the May 3, 2015 Bulletin: