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OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, KING OF THE UNIVERSE
November 23, 2014

Thanksgiving Day Mass
ST. MARY MAGDALEN COUNCIL OF CATHOLIC WOMEN

CHRISTMAS BAZAAR
$1.00 Sale
Sunday December, 7th
From 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM Parish Hall

Everything must go!

The Campaign For Human Development
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2014

Our Second Collection Is To Help The Campaign For Human Development

This Collection supports works of Charity and justice by funding community groups whose goals are to solve problems and change policies that keep low-income residents in poverty.

TREASURES FROM OUR TRADITION

Coming to the end of the Church year, we can wonder how we got “extreme unction” out of “anointing of the sick.” “Extreme” comes from a Latin phrase, in extremis, which in English refers to the last struggle of a dying person. “Last rites” is a phrase in common usage, and refers to the fact that years ago everyone waited until the last crisis of illness to summon the priest. The goal of anointing had always been healing and forgiveness, but in time it began to be seen as a preparation for death.

In a hard world, almost anything from a hangnail to a sneeze could be life‑threatening, so perhaps the change was inevitable. The emphasis on the penitential aspects was heightened, even to the odd practice of Rome in the twelfth century, when the sick person was sprinkled with ashes mixed with holy water and given a hair shirt as a sign of penance.

The reformers thankfully overlooked some of these oddities of history, and today the sacrament of the sick is much more generously applied to persons in a wide range of situations. Still, it is a sacrament of reconciliation, and for that reason is not celebrated for an infant or toddler, although there is a rite for a visit to a sick child not including anointing or Communion.

ARCHDIOCESE OF MIAMI DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION PLANNED GIVING

As we approach Thanksgiving Day, let us take a moment to consider all the blessings we receive from God and how we in turn thank God for his blessings.

For information on planned giving, contact the rectory or call the Office of Planned Giving at (305) 762-1110.

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