Fr. Rodney Kissinger, S.J. - 1916 - 2020
done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful over a few
things; I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy
of your Lord!" (Matthew 25:23)
Rodney Kissinger, S.J. passed away on March 7, 2020. Fr. Andrew
Kirschman, S.J. told me, "He was 104 years old, a Jesuit
for almost 78 years, and a priest for 66 years. A few days prior
Fr. Mike Chesney, SJ - the Director of the Jesuit Pavilion Community
- lead the Jesuits and staff of St. Charles College in an anointing
service. Rodney was talkative and at peace - he kept saying "I'm
ready!" He died peaceful, in his bed in the Pavilion."
me Fr. Rodney was a dear friend, a mentor, and an example of how
true Christians conduct themselves in critical thinking, love for
their fellow human beings, and desire to serve his Lord and Master.
Although I will miss Fr. Rodney greatly, especially his witty sense
of humor and astute observations, I am happy for him as he will
now get the reward he has labored for for so long.
Rodney spoke to me often in his last couple years about the continuation
of his ministry after he moved on, to that end, we will work with
the Jesuit Community to update the website with content that will
build on the foundation Fr. Rodney has provided.
Matassa, webmaster FRKSJ.org
you are interested in contributing to the Jesuit minitsry, please
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a donation in Fr. Rodney Kissinger's name.
You may have noticed the site has been down last few weeks, if you
have done Google searches you know there's been a notice that this
site 'may have been hacked'. There is NO 'MAY' about it, the site
was hacked. We are trying to take care of that and think/hope it
has been taken care of. If we cannot eliminate the issue, and again,
we think we have, we will close the site. If it comes to that we
will try to give the material to a non compromised, preferably Jesuit
Since the hacking was of a 'mischievous' nature and will not harm
your computing device, we are going 'live' again, while we work
on eliminating the hack to provide this material to those who are
'doing the right thing' and self isolating
week's feature is Fr. Rodney's Booklet, The Liturgical Year
- Holy Week
you have come to the end of Lent with very little to show for all
of the well-intentioned resolutions you made on Ash Wednesday. Not
to worry, you can salvage it all by participating in the Liturgies
of Holy Week especially in the Paschal Triduum. These are the three
days Jesus referred to when he said, “Destroy this temple
and in three days I will raise it up again.” (John 2:14)
These three days are the very heart of Lent and of the whole Liturgical
journey of faith is firmly rooted in an historical encounter. God
has revealed himself to us in time and history through persons and
events. Jesus Christ, the Word made flesh, has shown us what it
means to walk the way of salvation, and has invited us to walk that
same path, to share in the mystery of his life, death and resurrection.
The Liturgy is for us both a celebration of those events and an
invitation to take these past events, make them present, and let
that experience influence our future. Such is the timeless power
of the Liturgy. A bird’s eye view of the Liturgy of Holy Week
will help us to participate in it more actively and more intelligently.
SUNDAY: We read in the Gospel that the people went outside
the gates of Jerusalem to welcome our Lord by carpeting his path
with palm branches and singing, “Hosanna in the highest,
blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.” Then
just five days later, they were crying out, “Crucify him,
crucify him! “So passes the glory of the world.”
Yet how many wonderful things are left undone because of the fear
of what some fickle, fallible, sinful human being may say or think
about what I do or say? On the other hand how many foolish things
are done to gain their praise and esteem? The palms we bless today
can be a constant reminder of these important truths if we put the
blessed palm above the crucifix in our home.
THURSDAY EVENING: On this day our Lord instituted the Eucharist.
At the Last Supper he prepared the Sacrifice-Meal that would unite
his members to himself and to one another through the ages. So we
gather in spirit with the Apostles to receive from Jesus his Body
and Blood as it were for the first time. Hence all of the hosts
for Communion are freshly consecrated. Enough hosts are also consecrated
for tomorrow for there will be no Mass on Good Friday, there is
only a Communion Service.
is a solemn Mass. All of the bells are rung at the Gloria and they
will not be rung again until the Easter Mass. The Celebrant, after
the homily, will wash the feet of twelve of the parishioners as
our Lord washed the feet of his twelve apostles. After the Mass
there is a procession with the Eucharist through the Church to the
side altar suitably decorated where it will remain until tomorrow’s
service. There will be individual adoration of our Lord in the Blessed
Sacrament until midnight. Since the Paschal Triduum is all of one
piece there will be no dismissal tonight and no entrance rite or
dismissal on Good Friday.
FRIDAY AFTERNOON: There are three parts: LITURGY
OF THE WORD. The Celebrants prostrate in front of the altar.
There is a prayer, reading, response, and another reading. Then
the Passion according to the Gospel of John is read and is followed
by a short homily and the General Intercessions. VENERATION
OF THE CROSS: The unveiling of the cross by the Celebrant
is followed by individual veneration. Then there is the COMMUNION
SERVICE: The altar is prepared and the hosts consecrated
yesterday are brought to the altar. The prayer Our Father is said,
Communion is distributed and a final prayer is said. There is no
dismissal. The altar is stripped. CLICK
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the entire chapter.
Rodney now has three Kindle EBooks available
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Sense of Humor and Sixty Other Homilies is a collection
of homilies that have been delivered by Fr. Rodney Kissinger,
S.J. over the years to address many of the issues faced by Christians
in contemporary society. This
document is available as a Kindle EBook that can be purchased
at the Kindle store for $2.99.
HERE to purchase the EBook at the Amazon Kindle Store
Rodney has spent most of his priestly life giving the Spiritual
Exercises, as a preached retreat, a guided retreat, the personally
directed retreat, the 19th annotation retreat and the email retreat.
The Joy of the Spiritual Exercises is
the fruit of these retreats condensed into a single EBook. As Fr.
Rodney states, "Pope Francis exhorts us to proclaim “The
Joy of the Gospel.” The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius
is a proclamation of the joy of the Gospel." This document
is available as a Kindle EBook that can be purchased at the Kindle
store for $2.99.
HERE to purchase the EBook at
the Amazon Kindle Store
compilation of many of his booklets in a single document named Divine
Simplicity. This document is available as a Kindle
EBook that can be purchased at the Kindle store for $2.99.
HERE to purchase the EBook at the Amazon Kindle Store