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In Memoriam
Fr. Rodney Kissinger, S.J. - 1916 - 2020

"Well 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)

Fr. 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."

To 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.

Fr. 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.
Pete Matassa, webmaster FRKSJ.org

If you are interested in contributing to the Jesuit minitsry, please visit the Jesuits Central and Souhthern website and consider making a donation in Fr. Rodney Kissinger's name.


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2) 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





This week's feature is Fr. Rodney's Booklet, The Liturgical Year - Holy Week

Perhaps 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 Year.

Our 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.

PALM 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.


HOLY 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.

There 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.

GOOD 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 HERE to read the entire chapter.



 Fr. Rodney now has three Kindle EBooks available

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God's 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.

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Fr. 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.

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A 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.

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