tom schliessman

March 5, 2023

Dear Saint Lawrence Family,
In line with the intention behind the National Eucharistic Revival and upcoming Eucharistic Congress (hosted here in Indianapolis in 2024 by the way), our faith always calls us toward constant conversion toward Christ. We can only do this when we let Jesus be as He is - at the center of all things. The last several popes including Pope Francis and our own Archbishop Thompson frequently remind us of this. In fact, Archbishop Thompson's official motto is 'Christ the Cornerstone.'
In the United States, for a lot of complicated reasons, this message from the Second Vatican Council has not always come through clearly. There have been a number of measures, for instance, that were done at many parishes and dioceses supposedly 'in the spirit of Vatican II' that were actually not intended by Vatican II at all and are not supposed by the Vatican II documents. Thankfully, the last few decades have led to greater opportunities to unveil the true gifts of Vatican II in ways that are completely true to the documents our Church Magisterium produced through the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
Now, we at Saint Lawrence have an opportunity to unveil one of those true gifts: some of you may have heard that I am considering moving the tabernacle to the center of the church Sanctuary, directly behind the altar. That is true. And I would like to make that move at a very liturgically appropriate time. This Easter, starting with the Easter Vigil, we will begin to experience Jesus at the center of our lives in a deeper way, a way true to the core of the Church's existence ever since that first Holy Thursday in about 30 AD: Jesus will be at the center of the Sanctuary.
I will use the duration of Lent as a kind of preaching series to help prepare everyone theologically for this. Meanwhile,
I am happy to help with any questions you may have, theological, practical, and otherwise.
In Christ,
Fr.Vinny Signature for Pastors Corner

Marzo 5, 2023

Querida familia de San Lorenzo,

De acuerdo con la intención detrás del Avivamiento Eucarístico Nacional y el próximo Congreso Eucarístico (que, por cierto, se realizará aquí en Indianápolis en 2024), nuestra fe siempre nos llama a una conversión constante hacia Cristo. Solo podemos hacer esto cuando dejamos que Jesús sea como debe ser El, el centro de todas las cosas. Los últimos Papas, incluido el Papa Francisco y nuestro propio arzobispo Thompson, frecuentemente nos recuerdan esto. De hecho, el lema oficial del Arzobispo Thompson es 'Cristo la Piedra Angular'.
En los Estados Unidos, por muchas razones complicadas, este mensaje del Concilio Vaticano segundo no siempre ha llegado con claridad. Ha habido una serie de medidas, en particular, que se tomaron en muchas parroquias y diócesis supuestamente 'en el espíritu del Vaticano II' que en realidad no fueron pasadas por el Vaticano II en lo absoluto y no se encuentran en los documentos del Vaticano II. Afortunadamente, las últimas décadas han dado lugar a mayores oportunidades para revelar los verdaderos dones del Vaticano II en formas que son completamente fieles a los documentos que nuestro Magisterio de la Iglesia produjo a través de la guía del Espíritu Santo
Ahora, nosotros en San Lorenzo tenemos la oportunidad de revelar uno de esos verdaderos dones: algunos de ustedes pueden haber escuchado que estoy considerando mover el tabernáculo al centro del Santuario de la iglesia, directamente detrás del altar. Eso es cierto. Y me gustaría hacer ese movimiento en un momento litúrgicamente apropiado. En esta Pascua, comenzando con la Vigilia Pascual, comenzaremos a experimentar a Jesús en el centro de nuestras vidas de una manera más profunda, una manera fiel al núcleo de la existencia de la Iglesia desde ese primer Jueves Santo alrededor del año 30 DC: Jesús estará en el centro del Santuario.
Usaré la duración de la Cuaresma como una especie de serie de predicación para ayudar a preparar a todos teológicamente para esto. Mientras tanto, me gustaría ayudarlo con cualquier pregunta que usted pueda tener, teológica, práctica y de otro tipo.Bendiciones en Navidad y Año Nuevo.
En Cristo,

Fr.Vinny Signature for Pastors Corner

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