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May 1, 2008

The Month of May

May is a special month for me:


It is a month of special devotion to Holy Mary, the Mother of God

May 5th, 1961, I celebrated the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time.

May 7th, 1961, I received the Most Holy Eucharist for the first time.

May 8th, 1990, Profession, Incorporation as a member of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, Province of the Pacific.

May 7th, 1991, Final Profession, definitive Incorporation.

May 17th, 1991, Ordination to the Order of Deacon

Having received a few rude emails recently questioning my belief, let me be absolutely clear who I am and what I believe:

I, Reverend Jeffrey Robert Keyes, C.PP.S., with firm faith believe and profess everything that is contained in the Symbol of faith: namely:

I believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is seen and unseen. I believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten not made, one in Being with the Father. Through him all things were made. For us men and for our salvation, he came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and became man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son. With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets. I believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. I acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

With firm faith, I also believe everything contained in the Word of God, whether written or handed down in Tradition, which the Church, either by a solemn judgment or by the ordinary and universal Magisterium, sets forth to be believed as divinely revealed.

I also firmly accept and hold each and everything definitively proposed by the Church regarding teaching on faith and morals.

Moreover, I adhere with religious submission of will and intellect to the teachings which either the Roman pontiff or the College of Bishops enunciate when they exercise their authentic Magisterium, even if they do not intend to proclaim these teachings by a definitive act.

I, Reverend Jeffrey Robert Keyes, C.PP.S., in assuming the office of Pastor of St. Edward Catholic Church, promise that in my words and in my actions I shall always preserve communion with the Catholic Church.

With great care and fidelity I shall carry out the duties incumbent on me toward the Church, both universal and particular, in which, according to the provisions of the law, I have been called to exercise my service.

In fulfilling the charge entrusted to me in the name of the Church, I shall hold fast to the deposit of faith in its entirety; I shall faithfully hand it on and explain it, and I shall avoid any teachings contrary to it.

I shall follow and foster the common discipline of the entire Church and I shall maintain the observance of all ecclesiastical laws, especially those contained in the Code of Canon Law.
With Christian obedience I shall follow what the Bishops, as authentic doctors and teachers of the faith, declare, or what they, as those who govern the Church, establish.

I shall also faithfully assist the diocesan Bishops, so that the apostolic activity, exercised in the name and by mandate of the Church, may be carried out in communion with the Church.

So help me God, and God's Holy Gospels on which I place my hand.

Posted by Fr. Jeffrey Keyes, C.PP.S. at May 1, 2008 9:02 PM

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Someone had a doubt? How silly.

Hey, I bet it would be cool to post a signed, framed copy of the oath in the church somewhere; y'know, in the vestibule near the picture of Pope Benedict.

[Incidentally, as the webmaster for stblogs.org, I banned one IP address today from submitting comments, as it was used to submit an anonymous message. Anonymous complaints do not merit a hearing. Requests for reinstatement will be considered.]

Posted by: RC at May 2, 2008 2:08 PM

wow what did you eat for dinner? !!! ;) i want some !!! people who doubt others should stop and look at them selfs, usally if your happy with yourself then you dont write negative or question others about what they believe or think... pray for them. i believe in the good job your doing.. i was born on mothers day this is my month two. LIZZY

Posted by: lizz lobato at May 2, 2008 5:20 PM

Well, I certainly never had any doubts about you. You probably have some about me.

What's on your musical agenda this summer? I can't believe you're not going to some workshop for inspiration.

I hope all goes well and reverently through the First Communion season.

Posted by: Mary Jane at May 2, 2008 6:30 PM

Well, as long as I've known you, you've been one of the most committed men I know. We may not see eye to eye on everything, but I have always respected your passion and devotion to the Church. Some people just dont pay attention, I guess. Peace!

Posted by: Mark Schmitz at May 3, 2008 1:39 AM

God bless, and congratulations on all the anniversaries!
Ad multos annos.
How fortunate the people of St Edward's are.
(Save the Liturgy, Save the World)

Posted by: G at May 6, 2008 2:54 PM

Do they really used the proposed "new" translation of the Nicene Creed in the oath?

Posted by: Maureen Lahiff at May 9, 2008 7:22 PM

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