Family Life: Griswald Family Traditions

by Ray Martin

Every year my brother and I exchange a phone call on Christmas to say, “Merry Christmas, $h!tt#r’s full!”  Christmas Vacation is one of our favorite movies and we grew up watching it together every year.  My kids and I quote the movie year round!  I love the opening scene where they go to get their tree out in the woods…decorating the house with too many lights, having the big sit down dinner, waiting on the holiday bonus, etc.  I think that a great point is raised by Clark’s extreme nature in that we tend to do some things each year just to do them or because it’s what we’ve always done, but in reality they may not be all that healthy for our family.  So in the great Griswald family tradition we’re gonna discuss…drum roll please…drum roll…rituals!

How To Pray The Rosary

Rosary Diagram

  1. Starting on the crucifix, make the sign of the cross and then pray the Apostles’ Creed.

    I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, Our Lord, Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified; died, and was buried. He descended into Hell; the third day He arose again from the dead; He ascended into Heaven, sitteth at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.

  2. On the next large bead, pray the Lord’s Prayer.

    Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, Amen.

  3. On the next three small beads, pray a Hail Mary.

    Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

  4. On the next bead before the decades, pray a Glory Be.

    Glory be to the Father, to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

  5. On the large bead, meditate on the first mystery and pray the Lord’s Prayer.

    You pray mysteries for each of the five sections (decades) of the rosary according to the day of the week:

    • Mondays and Saturdays:

      The Joyful Mysteries remind the faithful of Christ’s birth:
      – The Annunciation (Luke 1:26–38);
      – The Visitation (Luke 1:39–56);
      – The Nativity (Luke 2:1–21);
      – The Presentation (Luke 2:22–38);
      – The Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple (Luke 2:41–52)

    • Tuesdays and Fridays:

      The Sorrowful Mysteries recall Jesus’ passion and death:
      – The Agony of Jesus in the Garden (Matthew 26:36–56);
      – The Scourging at the Pillar (Matthew 27:26);
      – The Crowning with Thorns (Matthew 27:27–31);
      – The Carrying of the Cross (Matthew 27:32);
      – The Crucifixion (Matthew 27:33–56).

    • Wednesdays and Sundays:

      The Glorious Mysteries focus on the resurrection of Jesus and the glories of heaven:
      – The Resurrection (John 20:1–29);
      – The Ascension (Luke 24:36–53);
      – The Descent of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:1–41);
      – The Assumption of Mary, the Mother of God, into heaven;
      – The Coronation of Mary in heaven.

    • Thursdays:

      Pope John Paul II added The Mysteries of Light, also known as the Luminous Mysteries, in 2002:
      – The Baptism in the River Jordan (Matthew 3:13–16);
      – The Wedding Feast at Cana (John 2:1–11);
      – The Preaching of the coming of the Kingdom of God (Mark 1:14–15);
      – The Transfiguration (Matthew 17:1–8);
      – The Institution of the Holy Eucharist (Matthew 26).

  6. Skip the centerpiece medallion, and on the ten beads after that, pray a Hail Mary on each bead; on the between each decade, pray a Glory Be.

    Many add the Fatima Prayer after the Glory Be and before the next Our Father: O My Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell and lead all souls to heaven, especially those in most need of Thy mercy. Amen.

  7. Repeat Steps 5 and 6 four more times to finish the next four decades.

  8. At the end of your Rosary, pray the Hail Holy Queen or the Memorare.

    Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of mercy, our life, our sweetness, and our hope. To you do we cry, poor banished children of Eve, to you do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us; and after this our exile show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb Jesus, O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.


    Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help, or sought your intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence we fly unto you, O virgin our Mother. To you we come, before you we kneel, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate despise not our petitions but in your mercy  hear and answer them. Amen.

    9. Concluding Prayer: O God, whose only-begotten Son, by His life, death, and resurrection, has purchased for us the rewards of eternal salvation; grant we beseech Thee, that meditating upon these mysteries of the most holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may imitate what they contain and obtain what they promise. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

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Ushering Guidelines And Responsiblities

August 2016

Pre Mass Duties:

  • Lead usher should arrive 30 minutes before Mass and the others ushers should arrive 25 minutes before Mass. Sections are either assigned or selected. There is a diagram in the ushers log book. Familiarize yourself with where things are and what is going on in the gathering area so that you can help answer questions if asked. People come to you first.
  • If there is a special collection or anything extra during Mass, there is usually a note on the counter over the safe (or in the ushers log book). Please share this information with all other ushers.
  • Ushers will help greet & open the door for the congregation when we aren’t busy with other duties. Doors to the sanctuary should remain closed before Mass to keep the noise of the gathering area out while people pray, but ushers can open for people entering the church.
  • 2 ushers take a Secure Pak bag from the top of the pile in the safe cabinet and write on the bag the date and Mass time. They then go to the Usher’s log book and write the date, mass time and their signatures (2) next to the line in the log that matches the number on the bag.
  • 1 usher can then take the bag and place it on the table in the gathering area under the television and take out the collection baskets.
  • Assign an usher to find a family to be gift bearers. Instruct them on the following:
    • Come to the baptismal font during prayers of the faithful.
    • Wait for the altar server, who will bring them to the front of the priest.
    • Carry the bread and wine to the priest.
    • Bow and return to your seats after the priest has taken the gifts.
  • Remove bulletins and ascents before Mass begins from the center table in the gathering area. So that parishioners aren’t reading them during Mass.
  • Place a gluten free host on the credence table up front when requested. (see gluten free below). Inform the person requesting to sit in section 4(or at least go to the priest to receive communion).

Mass & Communion:

  • As church fills up, help people find seats by asking others politely to make room. Also encourage people not to sit in the windows unless the pews are full.
  • After Mass begins and before the first reading, you can help find seats for the people still in need of one. Please do not seat anyone during the readings – wait until the congregation stands for the Alleluia (which starts the gospel) to let the others take a seat. We will have signs on brass poles to point, that state to refrain for taking a seat during the readings.
  • Get your collection baskets when the prayers of the faithful are being said. When Father says, “The children may bring up their gifts”, you can start handing out baskets.
Passing out baskets for collections:
  • In sections 1,3,4,6 you drop a basket on the first row then at odd number pews. You will need to make adjusts for an open front row. The baskets should be distributed so that each row passes it down then back up.
  • In wing sections 2&5 drop a basket at the front rows then drop one basket in each section behind the front rows. Make sure you pick up the front row before someone hands a basket back into one of the side rows.
    • Most sections get 3 baskets. Section 6 has fewer pews due to the choir, so two baskets should be sufficient.
    • Section 6 usher should pass through the cry room after section 6 is complete to collect there.
  • After the collection, all collection baskets are dumped into the security bag at the same table in the gathering area. The bag is then sealed. Keep the strip off the bag to be placed in the pocket of the log book.
  • Two ushers walk the bag to the safe and put it into the safe. The strip from the bag seal is then placed into the pocket of the usher’s log book.
  • Assist with Communion traffic flow & inform the EM (Eucharistic Minister) of those disabled & elderly in need of communion and where they are seated. These few people should receive Communion after the congregation for efficiency.

 Post Mass Duties:

  • Prop open glass doors after the final blessing
  • Help pass out bulletins & Ascents
  • Soon after Mass is completed, close the glass doors. This is to keep the Church cool or warm, depending on the season.
  • Go through your assisted section and tidy up the church & cry room for the next Mass.

Ushering Attire:

  • Normal dress code – Coat & tie or crew shirt with a jacket are appropriate anytime
  • Seasonal dress code-June thru September are the months that it’s OK not to wear a jacket. The month of May has several special liturgical celebrations. It is preferred to stay more formal for these. Ties with a long sleeved shirt, long-sleeve shirt or jacket with a sport shirt are acceptable for seasonal dress. Women and young people that are ushering should wear appropriate attire for Church.

Gluten Free Hosts:

When a gluten free host is requested, retrieve the host from the freezer, place it in the pix & then put the host/pix on credence table in front of Church with all of the chalices & ciboriums. If there isn’t a pix in the freezer, look in the cabinets above the sink. If you are still unable to locate one, ask for help from an EM (Eucharistic minister).


election2016We pray that these Catholic resources help in your discernment for voting responsibly in the 2016 elections.  The video below from Cardinal Wuerl is particularly inspiring, well worth the 45 minutes of viewing.

Forming Consciences For Faithful Citizenship A Call to Political Responsibility from the Catholic Bishops of the United States with Introductory Note

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Ignition: Youth Worship Leader Conference


Saturday June 17th 8:30am-Noon
Church of the Ascension, Overland Park

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Ignition is a half day conference to equip young worship leaders and those interested in learning the craft of leading others in musical prayer with skills, and fellowship in order to better serve our parishes and community by offering training sessions on:

  • liturgy music
  • prayer & service
  • youth event worship

Registration includes:

  1. Conference Registration
  2. Light Breakfast
  3. Lunch

Special thanks to St. Paul’s Outreach for their partnership to help more worship leaders activate their calling!

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Duchesne Clinic

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Caritas Clinics’ mission is to, in the spirit of the Sisters of Charity, reveal God’s healing love by improving the health of the individuals and communities we serve — especially those who are poor and vulnerable. Founded on the belief that health care is a basic human right, the clinics provide services to indigent patients, regardless of religious affiliation, with an emphasis on the values of compassion, respect of personal dignity, and a sensitivity to human suffering.

Duchesne Clinic is a primary care doctor’s office for low-income uninsured residents of Wyandotte County. Often referred to as a “safety-net” clinic, Duchesne Clinic provides the same services as most family doctors in a welcoming, compassionate environment. The difference, of course, is that our patients have no insurance, not even Medicaid or Medicare, and no way to pay for their care. Our services include primary health care, medication assistance, and chronic disease management.

As safety net clinics, they provide primary health care, chronic disease management and medication assistance to very low-income, uninsured residents of Wyandotte County.

duchesnecliniclogoMore info

Ascension is hosting an OTC (Over the Counter) medicine stocking the 1st 2 weekends of June annually.  Info in bulletin.

We need volunteers!  Especially any Spanish speakers to help translate etc,

We could use some one to freshen up the flower boxes outside the front doors.

Medical and nursing providers who can volunteer on site once or twice a month, especially in the areas of general/family practice and gynecology,

People who can volunteer a few hours a week helping the office staff with special projects

located at: 636 Tauromee Avenue Kansas City, KS 66101 913-321-2626

Contact Jean in the office for more info…