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AOCC (A Different Church)

While on earth, JESUS CHRIST, established seven means for human beings to find a way to return to God our Father: by Baptism; the Holy Eucharist (Mass); Absolution (Penance); Confirmation; Marriage; Holy Orders (Priesthood); Healing of the Sick. So intimately did Jesus Christ know our human nature that He left us these channels t o provide each man and woman with every possible opportunity to join Hi m in the everlasting Kingdom of God. Jesus left to His Church, the people of God, the authority to administer these gifts of reconciliation and peace to souls who hunger for God, but did He not also teach: "IT IS NOT THE WELL, WHO NEEDS THE DOCTOR, BUT THOSE WHO ARE SICK", Mt. The Church is therefore divinely commanded to search out to the very "end of the earth...those most in need of His Love," all who have sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God, but we have advocate with Our Father, Who is Jesus Christ. The AOCC is required, therefore, to be a servant to the servants of God. The Cathedral Chapel of St Francis of Assisi and all its members Churches to seek to be obedient to this command of Christ. We therefore invite all who are in need of a Sacramental home to join us: the DIVORCED AND REMARRIED; those who have been separated from the Sacraments because of "MAN-MADE" rules (birth control, life styles, etc); those who seek to worship Christ the Lord in Sacrament and in Sacred Word; those who have been away for a long time from the practice of Faith and those who have felt that God could never be a part of their life. We invite you to be a part of our spiritual family. DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE "ROMAN CATHOLIC AND THE AMERICAN OLD CATHOLIC CHURCH...The RCC does not allow ABORTION but in the AOCC this decision is left up to the individual concerned; ANGLICAN PRIESTLY ORDERS are recognized as being valid in the AOCC; and Holy Communion in the AOCC will be administered to Divorced and Re-married. Divorce and re-marriage is approved in the AOCC. Home Masses for occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries, etc are encouraged. The AOCC recognizes only the first seven (7) Councils and there is not excommunications or indulgences in this Church; We do not recognized the POPE as being infallible but do recognized him as being the Primate of the Roman Catholic Church. We have both a married and un-married priesthood and our priest are not paid but must be self supporting or retired. There is no ban on Masonic Membership of our members or mixed marriages. Sunday Mass is not obligaatory nor does one commit a sin for not attending Mass. Tithing is not an obligation and women may be ordained. Church externals except for newly build churches and chapels or those recently renovated, there are only minor differences between a Roman and an Old Catholic Church. All Masses ce- lebrated in the AOCC are celebrated in the vernacular or in Latin. Old Catholics venerate the images of the saints and regards Our Lady Mary as our mediatris of all graces, but "WORSHIP" is given to Almighty GOD ALONE, GOD IS ADORED and the saints are venerated... The Roman Catholic Canon Law 1243 states, "Roman Catholics, the obliga- tion of assisting at Mass is satisfied wherever Mass is celebrated in a Catholic Rite, either on the day of obligation itself or in the evening of the previous day. ................................................................... 05Mar,QUINQUAGESIMA SUNDAY,1Cor:13:1-13;Lk 18:22-32 08Mar,ASH WEDNESDAY (Ashes Acts3: 19-26; Mt6:16-21 12Mar,LENT 1,2Cor6:1-10; Mt4:1-11 19Mar,LENT 2,1Thes4:1-7; Mt 17:1-9 26Mar,LENT 3,Eph5:1-9; Lk 11: 14-28 02Apr,LENT 4,(Laetare Sunday),Gal4:22-31; Jn6: 1-15 09Apr,LENT 5,(Passion Sunday),Heb9:11-15; Jn 8:46-59 16Apr,LENT 6,(Palm Sunday),Phil2:5-11; Mt 21:1-11 20Apr,HOLY THURSDAY,Jam5:13-18;Mk6:7-13 21Apr,GOOD FRIDAY,2Cor1:3-: Jn 12:23-36 22Apr,HOLY SATURDAY,1PET3:14-22; Mt27: 57-61 23Apr,EASTER SUNDAY. 1Cor15:12-29; Mt 28:1-10 LENT 2 Eph5: 1-9; Mt 17: 1-9.. LENT 4 (Laetare 02Apr Lent 4 (Laetare Sun) Gal 4: 22-31 Jn 6: 1-15; 09Apr Lent 5 (Passion Sun) Heb 9: 11-15 Jn 8: 46-59; 16Apr Lent 6 (Palm Sun) Phil2: 5-11 Mt 21: 1-11; 20Apr Holy Thursday Jam 5: 13-16 Mk 6: 7-13; 21Apr Good Friday 2Cor1: 3- Jn 12: 23-36; 22Apr Holy Saturday 1Pet3: 14-22 Mt 27: 57-61; 23Apr Easter Sunday 1Cor15: 12-28 Mt 28: 1-10;


Please join in prayer with the Cathedral Chapel of St Francis of Assisi, American Old Catholic Church, (Apostolic-Episcopal) during the coming new year as we remember all who are in trouble, sorrow, need, sickness, or any other adversity: 'LORD, YOUR SERVANT WHO THOU LOVEST IS IN NEED OF THY GRACE" __________ __________ __________ __________ __________ __________ __________ __________ __________ __________ __________ __________ __________ __________ __________ COME UNTO ME, ALL YE THAT LABOUR, AND ARE HEAVY LADEN,AND I WILL GIVE THEE REST. TAKE MY YOKE UPON YOU, AND LEARN OF ME, FOR I AM MEEK AND LOWLY IN HEART; AND YE SHALL FIND REST UNTO YOUR SOUL. FOR MY YOKE IS EASY AND MY BURDEN IS LIGHT. Mt 11:28-30 Your Loved Ones will be faithfully remembered in Masses celebrated at the Cathedral Chapel of St Francis of Assisi. (No donations, offe- rings, stipends, etc, is requested or required for the coming year.

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