Tuesday, October 19, 2010

we built this city

"we built this city
we built this city on rock 'n' roll" (Starship - We Built This City, 1985)
listening to the Big 80's on XM radio always brings back good memories. yes, this too is one. why?

anywho, a quick read of the name of the above band reminds me of the Social Network - friends suing friends. not always fun and games. but the movie was great. it's a good movie for a few reasons. i'll comment on them later.

but now, the reason for this post! this weekend we - Annunciation of the Lord parish community - are celebrating our 30th Anniversary. we didn't build this church on rock and roll, but more importantly, on people like you and me!
"For no one can lay any foundation other than the one that has been laid; that foundation is Jesus Christ. ... For God's temple is holy, and you are that temple." (1 Cor 3:11)
this will be a big celebration for us, indeed. it also will coincide with our Archbishop's canonical pastoral visit. since we wanted to continue to kick it up a notch - not only is the ABp visiting us, not only is it our 30th Anniversary, but how about we consecrate the church - as in the Rite of Consecration! booyah!!!

it gets better! part of the Rite of Consecration includes placing relics in the altar. we've never had relics in the past 30 years, and the People of God urged our pastor to look into it. therefore, not only do we have one relic, but two:
  1. Saint Marguerite d'Youville - foundress of the Sisters of Charity (Grey Nuns)
  2. Saint Brother André of Montreal - founder of St-Joseph Oratory
did you do a double-take? me too. a relic of the newest Saint of the Universal Church will have a permanent place at our parish. beautiful. let's continue to kick it up a notch, shall we? we now have, in our possession, two relics of the only two Canadian born Saints of the Universal Church - and as of this weekend, they will be inserted into the altar for eternity! holy bananas, batman! you don't want to miss any of this! come one, come all, come early, indeed!

i'm a bit excited, as you can tell. i'm helping iron out all liturgical details, so hopefully everything goes smoothly - did i mention that there would be a fire on the altar? this is too much, eh? i know. i'm loving it, too! the above scripture quote is from 1 Cor 3:9b-11, 16-17, which happens to be the Second reading for our celebration Saturday, October 23, @ 5pm. it definitely will be a beautiful and powerful celebration. plus, our Archbishop will be with us all weekend, presiding and preaching.

more to come on this, and hopefully a few pictures as well. see you soon. peace out.

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