Distribution of Scapulars in honor of our Lady of Mount Carmel

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Scapulars were distributed in three masses today , Saturday, in celebration of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.

Questions and Answers on the Brown Scapular

Q. Why do we wear the Scapular?
A. “The Brown Scapular identifies us, like a habit identifies a religious, or a uniform identifies a person. The Scapular represents a life of prayer.” - Fr. John Corapi. The Scapular also represents the sweet yoke of Jesus Christ which Mary helps us to bear.

The Brown Scapular is not:
a magical charm to protect you
an automatic guarantee of salvation
an excuse for not living up to the demands of the Christian life

It is a sign which stands for the decision to:
follow Jesus like Mary
be open to God and to His Will
be guided by faith, hope and love
to pray at all times
to discover God’s presence in all that happens around us

Pope Pius XII referred to the Scapular as “The Sign of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.” The Pope also said the Scapular marks us as one of Mary’s chosen children, and becomes for us a “Garment of Grace.”

Q. How should the Scapular be worn?
A. The Scapular must be worn over the shoulders in such a manner that one part hangs in front of the body and the other in back.  Worn in any other way, it carries no indulgence or promise. It is not necessary to wear the Scapular next to the skin. Many Catholics may not     know it is the wish of the Holy Father that the Scapular Medal should not be worn in place of the cloth Scapular without sufficient reason. Mary cannot be pleased with anyone who substitutes the medal out of vanity, or out of fear of making an open profession of faith. The medal has never been noted for any of the miraculous preservations attributed to the brown cloth Scapular. (”Garment of Grace” Imprimatur: Most Rev. Timothy Harrington, March 9, 1990)
Q. Must the Scapular be blessed before wearing it?
A. The first Scapular to be worn must be blessed and imposed by a priest using the formula contained in the Roman ritual for reception into the Confraternity of the Scapular. The formula for enrollment can be printed HERE.

Q. What should be done with the Scapular when it is worn out?
A. The Scapular, being a sacred object, when it becomes worn out must be either buried or burned. It should not be disposed of in the regular garbage.

Q. After being enrolled, do subsequent Scapulars need to be blessed?
A. No, subsequent Scapulars need not be blessed as the blessing and imposition are attached to the wearer for life.

Q. Would there be a sin if you stopped wearing the Scapular after having received it?
A. No. It would not be a sin, but in doing so you would loose all the benefits promised. If you have not worn the Scapular, even for several years, and you decide to wear it again, no new ceremony or enrollment is necessary.

Q. Why do we call it a Scapular?
A. The word “Scapular” comes from the Latin word “scapulae” meaning “shoulders”. The Scapular is actually a miniature form of a monk’s habit by the same name which is a sleeveless outer garment falling from the shoulders to the feet.

Q. May non-Catholics wear the Scapular?
A. Yes. Non-Catholics may wear the Scapular but are not enrolled in the Confraternity.  Confraternity members are under the authority of the Catholic Church.  When we give a Scapular to a non-Catholic, we should say one Hail Mary and ask them to say a Hail Mary each day. Our Lady will bring conversions to those who honor Her by this means.

 

 

Sunday Mass Schedule Effective March 2011

6:30am - Filipino
8:00am - English
9:30am - English
11:00am - English

12:15n.n - English

3:30pm - Filipino
5:00pm - English
6:30pm - English
8:00pm - English

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