Liturgy News & Notes

 
Incense
 

Please note that incense are part of the liturgical celebrations on Holy Thursday and the Easter Vigil.

 
Rite of Anointing
 
The sacrament of anointing has been restored after the second Vatican Council to the place it held in the early community. The Rite of Anointing is a sacrament of the sick. The communion for the dying is called “Viaticum,” or food for the final journey.
St. James asks us in his fifth chapter, “Is there anyone sick among you? He should ask for the priests of the church. They in turn are to pray over him, anointing him in the Name of the Lord. This prayer uttered in faith will reclaim the one who is ill, and the Lord will restore him to health. If he has committed any sins, forgiveness will be his. (14-15)
 
Who should receive the Sacrament of Anointing?... Persons with chronic illness… Persons with handicaps and disabilities… Persons suffering from the pain brought on by advancing age… Persons with serious illness… Persons about to undergo serious surgery.
How often should one be anointed? As often as necessary and convenient particularly in the situation of lengthy illness or handicap.
 
What happens exactly? The ministers of the sacrament are priests, who call the Holy Spirit upon the recipient by the laying of hands on the head and then anoint the person on the hands and on the forehead with the Sign of the Cross.
 
Our next opportunity will be in the Fall.  All are welcome.
 

Gift Bearers at Mass

The ministry of Gift Bearer is a very important one. In fact, it is one of the most ancient customs of the Church to have the people provide the bread and wine for the Eucharist and gifts for the poor...  ...
 

You make a great bit of difference when you accept this invitation to participate in this very important ministry!...

We invite you wholeheartedly to accept this invitation! Whether singly or with family, friends or neighbors.  Please take this invitation seriously as an honor and take pride in what you do!  You become a symbol for all of us in the gathered assembly, as we participate through your action in the Eucharist.   Thank you!

 

Loop Hearing System

Saint Gilbert Church had a Loop Hearing System installed in the main seating area of the church in May, 2012 (through the advocacy of Dr. Linda S. Remensnyder, President of Hearing Associates, P.C.).  This system enables people who have difficulty hearing to have far better reception than was previously possible.  The loop provides enhanced hearing in two ways.  One can either listen in via accessing their hearing aid’s T-coil (which serves as an antenna that links the listener directly to the sound system) or, for those members who do not wear hearing aids, a loop listening device is available.

Since not all hearing aids have a “T-coil” switch; users may not know if their hearing aid is so equipped.  The “T-coil” must be activated by an audiologist and that may not have been done.  Given the above, if you use a hearing aid, please contact your audiologist and ask two questions: “Is my hearing aid equipped with a “T-coil”?  If the response is, “yes,” then the second question to ask is: “Is the T-coil” active?”  If that answer is, “No,” then you may want to consider making an appointment with your audiologist to get it activated.

The Loop Hearing System can be used in one of two ways: 1) switch the hearing aid “T-coil” to “ON” and adjust the volume control if you have one; 2) use one of the two black headsets provided by contacting an usher.  To use the black-loop-headsets: 1) hang the device around your neck with the white label closest to your body;  2) turn the switch to “ON” and adjust the volume by continuing to twist the switch; you will see a red light flash when the device is turned on but the light does not stay lit; 3) ENJOY hearing the service with an improvement in clarity that you may not have experienced previously!  When you are finished using the set, please remember to turn OFF the switch before you return the headset as instructed.  

Please note that reception is best closest to the loop itself.