Apostles’ Creed, Pastoral Care, and Sharing Memories

//Apostles’ Creed, Pastoral Care, and Sharing Memories

Apostles’ Creed, Pastoral Care, and Sharing Memories

Dear Parishioners,

In all of our Sunday Masses, the Profession of Faith follows the homily, either the Nicene Creed or the Apostles’ Creed. The Nicene Creed is a statement of faith dating from the fourth century, while the Apostles’ Creed is the ancient baptismal creed of the Church in Rome (2nd century).  The purpose of the Creed or the Profession of Faith, is that the whole gathered   community may respond to the Word of God proclaimed in the readings.  These readings are taken from Sacred Scripture and explained in the Homily so that they may also honor and confess the great mysteries of the faith by pronouncing the rule of faith in a formula approved for liturgical use and before the celebration of these mysteries in the Eucharist begins.

During the seasons of Lent and Easter, we will recite the Apostle’s Creed which varies somewhat from the Nicene Creed (page 10 of the Music Issue.)

The Parish Liturgy Committee decided that there will be ONE Mass celebrated in the parish on the Feast of St. Dominic Savio, March 9th, and that Mass will take place at 7pm in Church.

We will have a Parish Mission March 8-10.  The mission will focus on our patronal feast day of St. Dominic Savio.  Joe Farris is a full-time missionary.  It is my intention to cancel all parish meetings those nights so we can gather together for prayer and self-reflection.  Please make plans to attend and bring a neighbor.  Confession will be available each evening and this will take the place of a Lenten penance service.

  • Sunday, March 8:  Vespers at 7:00 p.m. with Mission Talk.
  • Monday, March 9, the Feast of St. Dominic Savio:
  • Mostaccioli supper 5:45 pm to 6:45 pm (Eat early, if you want to receive Holy Communion.)
  • Mass at 7:00 p.m.
  • Mission Talk at 7:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 10: 7:00 p.m. Adoration, Mission Talk, Benediction


Rose Murphy organizes the clergy and people of St. Dominic Savio Parish who expend great energy in caring for our elderly, sick and dying parishioners.  When the end of life comes, we continue our pastoral care with family members by attending the wake at the funeral home, celebrating the funeral Mass in Church, and performing the committal service at the cemetery.

If one or more members of the family or friends would like to share memories of the departed loved one, three or four options are available.  This sharing of memories may take place during a Wake Service conducted by a priest or deacon at the funeral home (at a time chosen by the family) or it can take place at the cemetery during the committal rites.  A sharing of memories can also take place at a luncheon following the funeral rites or a biographical summary can be included in the funeral program prepared by the family.  The funeral Mass is not the  appropriate place for a eulogy, but rather the time and place for a person’s life to be connected to the Paschal Mystery, the dying and rising of Jesus Christ, during the homily.

“Neither theological knowledge nor social action alone is enough to keep us in love with Christ unless both are proceeded by a personal encounter with Him in Adoration.”  (Bishop Fulton Sheen, Servant of God)  “Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is the best time you will spend on earth!”  (Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta)

Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us,



Fr. Paul J. Rothschild