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O Antiphons of Advent

As we count down the days till Christmas, the Church presents several beautiful liturgical items for our contemplation as we prepare ourselves interiorly for the coming of the Savior. If you find yourself getting overwhelmed right about now by the tasks on your holiday to-do list, perhaps take a moment to recall the things that the Church places before our minds at this time in Advent.

On Saturday the 3rd we celebrated the traditional Rorate Mass, the early-morning votive Mass in honor of Our Lady that is celebrated in the hour before dawn. With a plethora of candles providing the only light for the Mass, it is an image of the Light Who is soon to dispel the darkness of the world. Next was Gaudete Sunday, when, amidst the waiting and penances of Advent, we expressed liturgically the joy and excitement that is building in our hearts: Gaudéte in Dómino semper: íterum dico, gaudéte (“Rejoice in the Lord always: again I say, rejoice.” – from the Introit for Gaudete Sunday).

This week we celebrated the Advent Ember Days on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, as well as the first of the Greater Advent Antiphons, commonly called the “O Antiphons.” These occur on the 7 days leading up to Christmas Eve, the 17th through the 23rd, and are a part of the office of Vespers on those days. While not all of us say the Divine Office regularly, these Antiphons should sound familiar to us nonetheless, because one of the best-known Advent hymns, “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel,” is based on them. They are a beautiful reflection on the role of the Savior, the long expectation of His coming among the people of Israel, and the convergence of the events of the Old Testament into the point in history, the fullness of time, when the Savior was to appear.

So we encourage you to reflect on the O Antiphons as we draw near to the time of Our Lord’s Nativity, and may these final days of Advent be free from worldly worries and filled instead with the peace of the coming Savior. 

December 17th

O Wisdom, Which camest out of the mouth of the Most High, reaching from end to end and ordering all things mightily and sweetly: come and teach us the way of prudence.

December 18th

O Adonai, and Leader of the house of Israel, Who didst appear to Moses in the flame of the burning bush, and didst give unto him the law on Sinai: come and with an outstretched arm redeem us.

December 19th

O Root of Jesse, Which standest for an ensign of the people, before Whom kings shall keep silence, Whom the Gentiles shall beseech: come and deliver us, and tarry not.

December 20th

O Key of David, and Scepter of the house of Israel, that openest and no man shutteth, and shuttest and no man openeth: come and bring the prisoner forth from the prison-house, and him that sitteth in darkness and in the shadow death.

December 21st

O Day-Spring, Brightness of light eternal, and Sun of Justice, come and enlighten them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death.

December 22nd

O King of the Gentiles and the desire thereof, Thou cornerstone that makest both one, come and deliver mankind, whom Thou didst form out of clay.

December 23rd

O Emmanuel, our King and Lawgiver, the desire of the nations and the Savior thereof, come to save us, O Lord our God.

Published on December 15th, 2022.

Funeral for Parishioner Gilda Porcelli

All are invited to the funeral Mass of Corpus Christi parishioner Gilda Porcelli who died this past Sunday, December 11th. Her sung Requiem Mass will be on Wednesday, December 21st at 11am at St Agnes' Chapel. Even if you cannot be present, we ask you to pray 3 Hail Marys for the repose of her soul. May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace.

Published on December 15th, 2022.

IRA Charitable Rollover

Did you know the building fund qualifies for tax-free IRA distributions?

It's true! Corpus Christi Chapel is a qualified 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and is eligible to receive tax-free donations directly from certain IRAs. For years members of our community have used this process provided by law to maximize their giving to the building fund rather than Uncle Sam.

The simple way it works:

Instead of taking a normal IRA distribution to a personal account, paying tax, and then making a donation from your personal account, a donation can be made directly from qualifying IRAs to the building fund without any taxation. Depending upon one's tax rate this could be a significant increase in the impact of your donation without costing an extra penny!

What's the catch?

To qualify for the calendar year, donations must be made by the end of December. Otherwise, there really isn't one - if you qualify it's a very straightforward process which allows donors to maximize their impact to causes they care about.

Next Steps to Smarter Giving:

If you think this may be a tool you or someone you know can use:

  1. Confirm your eligibility for Qualified Charitable Distributions from you IRA with your tax professional and investment advisor
  2. If you are eligible arrange for a check to be made out to Corpus Christi Chapel directly from the account. (Some members of our Chapel community have checkbooks specifically for the purpose of making direct distributions to qualifying charities such as Corpus Christi Chapel.)

If you have any questions you can reach out to Fr. van Zee at [email protected]

Details, Eligibility and Donation Limits

Certain IRA holders have the opportunity to make tax-free distributions from their IRAs to qualified charitable organizations. For tax-free eligibility, the Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) must be sent directly from the IRA payable to the receiving qualified 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The distribution may be processed by the IRA custodian or by the IRA owner via checkwriting.

Although the SECURE Act raised the required minimum distribution age to 72, IRA holders can continue to make QCDs at age 70 1/2.* In addition, beneficiaries of inherited IRAs who meet the age requirement can also take advantage of QCDs. For those who qualify, the maximum IRA charitable distribution is limited to $100,000 per individual per tax year. Any distribution in excess of this limit will not qualify for the tax exclusion benefit and will be treated as ordinary income. The provision applies for traditional, Roth, and inherited IRAs, but does not typically apply to distributions from “active” SEP IRAs, SIMPLE IRAs, or any Qualified Plan.

Deductible contributions to your traditional IRA after age 70 1/2 may reduce your ability to make tax-free QCDs in the future.

Published on December 10th, 2022.

Nun-Run for Maidens

The Maidens of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament are hosting a bake sale (and a few other items) at the potluck this Sunday, December 11th. The proceeds will go to the "Nun-Run" trip in the spring. The senior Maidens have the chance to learn about the life of a Sister, to awaken a desire to pray for their vocation, and to ultimately do God's will no matter what vocation He calls them to. The trip will include stops at various monasteries, FSSP apostolates, and attendance at the FSSP ordinations. Donations would be appreciated. Please take this unique opportunity to support vocations in our community. 

Published on December 10th, 2022.

Weekly Highlights for December 11th to 17th

Sunday, December 11th, from 10:30am to 12:30pm we will have a potluck for the whole parish at Royal Palm Academy. Please bring food to share. Coffee and baked goods will be sold by the Maidens of our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament to fund their "nun-run" trip. 

Monday, December 12th, is the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of the Diocese of Venice. We will have a sung Mass at 5:15pm at St. Agnes. 

Tuesday, December 13th, we will have our women's group from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. 

Wednesday, December 14th, we will have our men's group meeting from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.

Thursday, December 15th, we will have our weekly Legion of Mary meeting. 

Saturday, December 17th, at 9am we will have our usual activities and classes at Royal Palm Academy. 

Saturday, December 17th, we will have our Las Posadas celebration at 5pm at a parishioner's home. Feel free to bring food to share. 

Published on December 10th, 2022.

Potlucks are Back!

Since we are spread out amongst different Masses and locations, we hardly have the chance to get to know one another. So, on Sunday, December 11th, we will have a potluck for the entire parish at Royal Palm Academy from 10:30am to 12:30pm. Please bring food to share. Coffee and donuts will be available for purchase also. All are invited! 

Published on December 2nd, 2022.

Las Posadas

Come join us for in the traditional Spanish-American Posadas- an Advent Novena in preparation for Christmas.
WHAT IT IS: 
A Rosary is prayed; the Litany of Our Lady is sung in procession with the Holy Family
and then a traditional dialogue is sung in Spanish and English in honor of Mary and Joseph seeking "posada" i.e. lodging, followed by fellowship, food and a piñata.

Saturday, December 17th. 

  • WHEN- 5:00pm-7:00pm 
  • WHERE- 45 25th Ave. NE, Naples, FL 34120
  • BRING- Just yourself. As it is a feria day in Advent, the traditional Mexican collation of tamales, other snacks and hot chocolate will be provided by our host.  Donations will be accepted but not expected, proceeds to go to building fund- a posada/lodging for the Holy Family! TAMALES will also be on sale to take home (A dozen for $15).
  • Contact: Adelita Manzo at (239) 289-5005 for any further questions
Published on December 2nd, 2022.

Weekly Highlights

Habrá catequesis en español el miércoles, 30 de noviembre, en el cuarto de las confesiones de San Agnes después de la Misa de 5:15pm

On Wednesday, November 30th, there will be Spanish Catechesis in the confessional room at St. Agnes after the 5:15pm Mass. 

On Saturday, December 3rd, Mass will begin at 6:15am.

On Saturday, December 3rd, at 9am we will have choir practice, Maidens' meeting, altar server training, and adult classes at Royal Palm Academy. 

Published on November 25th, 2022.

Mass for the Immaculate Conception

The Mass times for December 8th, the first-class feast of the Immaculate Conception, which is a holy day of obligation, are:

12pm Resurrection in Fort Myers

4pm St Agnes in Naples

5:15pm sung Mass at St Agnes in Naples

Published on November 22nd, 2022.

Rorate Mass on Saturday, December 3rd

As is tradition, one Sunday in early Advent (before the great O antiphons begin on Dec 17th) a candlelit Rorate Mass in honor of Our Lady is celebrated. Sung Mass will begin at 6:15am and not at 6:45am. The doors to the chapel will not be opened until 6am because there is an alarm armed before that time. 

Published on November 22nd, 2022.