Mass Intentions
Wednesday, July 1
6:30 am
Parish of St. Jerome
8:30 am
Carmen R. Martinez
Thursday, July 2
6:30 am
Parish of St. Jerome
8:30 am
† James Korey
Friday, July 3
6:30 am
† Theresa Thompson
8:30 am
† John Leja
Saturday, July 4
5:00 pm
† Throike Family
Sunday, July 5
8:00 am
Parish of St. Jerome
10:00 am
† Rocky Blockyou
1:00 pm
Sadliar Family
4:00 pm
† Patrick Gallagher
6:00 pm
Parish of St. Jerome
Monday, July 6
6:30 am
Parish of St. Jerome
8:30 am
† Antoinette & Lawrence Breckel
Tuesday, July 7
6:30 am
Parish of St. Jerome
8:30 am
† Ray Jones

Cremation Part 2

My dear friends,

In my last article for the Church Bulletin, I shared with you the teaching of the Catholic Church in regards to the burial of ashes. The Church asks that the ashes be buried in "sacred grounds." A parishioner called me asking whether the National Cemetery was "sacred grounds." I did not hesitate in answering "yes." They are not sacred in the sense that the Catholic Church would have blessed the grounds but, to me, they are sacred because of the people who are buried in those grounds.

As we know, the large majority of the people buried in the National Cemetery are men and women who have fought for their country. And the grounds are very well kept and given all the respect that they deserved.

The main reason for the Catholic Church to ask that the ashes be buried in sacred grounds is because of the respect owed to the one being buried. The catholic, whose ashes are buried, became, at his/her Baptism, a temple of the Blessed Trinity. The ashes belong to that person. So the Catholic Church wants us to treat these ashes with the respect they deserve.

On the other hand I know that very often you have very little control over the decision made by the loved one before he or she died. Or other family members may not agree with the teaching of the Catholic Church in regards to the burial of ashes. It can, at times, create a lot of tension among family members. What, personally, I do in regards to my own family, I share with them the teaching of the Catholic Church and, then, I respect whatever decision they make.

Now to a totally other topic. People have been asking me whether it was true that I would be moving. My Provincial suggested that, eventually, he would like me to get involved with my Eudist confreres in Chatsworth, CA. They plan on opening a Eudist Spirituality Center. But I don't think it will become a reality before a few years. So, for the time being, and if it is God's Will, I plan on continuing to exercise my priestly ministry here at St. Jerome's.

Finally, I want to thank all of you who have offered me their best wishes on the occasion of my 82nd birthday.

Have a good week!
Fr. Ben

Mis queridos amigos,

En mi último artículo para el boletín de la iglesia, yo compartí contigo la enseñanza de la iglesia católica en lo que respecta al entierro de las cenizas. La iglesia pide que enterrar las cenizas en "terreno sagrado". Un parroquiano me llamó preguntando si el cementerio nacional fue "recinto sagrado". No dudé en responder "sí". No son sagrados en el sentido que la iglesia católica habría bendecido los motivos pero, para mí, son sagrados debido a las personas que están enterradas en esos terrenos. Como sabemos, la gran mayoría de la gente enterrada en el cementerio nacional son hombres y mujeres que han luchado por su país. Y los motivos son muy bien mantenidos con todo el respeto que merece. La razón principal de la iglesia católica a pedir que las cenizas sean enterradas en un terreno Sagrado es por el respeto debido al ser enterrado ya que al ser bautizado la persona se convirtió en un templo de la Santísima Trinidad. Así que la iglesia católica quiere tratar las cenizas con el respeto que merecen.

Por otro lado sé que muy a menudo se tiene muy poco control sobre la decisión tomada por el ser querido antes de que él o ella muriera. U otros miembros de la familia no están de acuerdo con la enseñanza de la iglesia católica en cuanto a la inhumación de las cenizas. A veces, puede crear mucha tensión entre los miembros de la familia. ¿Qué, puedo personalmente hacer en lo que respecta a mi propia familia, comparto con ellos la enseñanza de la iglesia católica y entonces respetar cualquier decisión que hacen?. Por otra parte, algunas personas me han estado preguntando si era cierto que iba a ser transferido. Mi Provincial sugirió que, eventualmente me uniera a participar con mis hermanos Eudistas en Chatsworth, CA. Planean la apertura de un centro de espiritualidad Eudista. Pero no creo que sea una realidad todavía en los siguientes años. Así, por el momento, y si es la voluntad de Dios, planeo seguir ejercer mi ministerio sacerdotal aquí en San Jerónimo.

Por último, quiero agradecer a todos ustedes que me han ofrecido sus mejores deseos con motivo de mi cumpleaños 82.

Les deseo una hermosa Semana!
Padre Ben

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