Summer Youth Group activities
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Important information for all parish organizations
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Join in the engaging Call to Evangelization series
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Last week to RSVP to Mary’s Shelter Annual
Soirée! More information on Bulletin page 9
Be sure to stop by the Prayers and Squares table
after Mass this weekend and tie a knot!
One Invitation, One Explanation, One Thank-You.
Invitation: Healing Mass August 10th, with the help of the Spanish Prayer Group, we will have a Misa de Sanacion (Healing Mass) at 7 pm in the Church. The Mass will be a straightforward Mass. Following Mass, we will have a period of Adoration where I will pray over and bless anyone who wants to come forward to ask Jesus for healing. I will try to stay and pray over all folks who come and wait for the prayers. Since all healing comes from Jesus, we will ask Him directly as the prayers and blessing will be given at the foot of the altar before the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. Mass will be in Bi-lingual, based on how many Hispanos & Anglos come, but all are invited since the prayers for healing / blessing can be in either Spanish or English.
Explanation: Also this coming week is my annual retreat. Church law requires that I spend a week in prayer each year for renewal and deepening of the spiritual life. Another little known tidbit of this is that diocesan law (promulgated by the Bishop) requires that in odd numbered years (2017, 2019, …. etc) each diocesan priest make the retreat with priests of our diocese. In even numbered years (2018, 2020, … etc) we are free to schedule a retreat of our own choosing. There are any number of folks who lead retreats for priests locally or even internationally. One year I made a retreat with Father Miller in Ars, France. (He wrote a book called “The Grace of Are” about these retreats). My number one ‘take-away’ from that retreat? That I need to pray more for my parish. When I give the Lord time and space, he does remind me of your prayer requests. I’ll be doing that a lot this week.
Thank-you: a word of gratitude for your participation to all who have kindly and generously wished me a happy birthday this week. Your prayers and kindnesses are deeply appreciated.
What would you do to save your children from slavery?
This week I was away at a Scripture conference retreat, and one of the themes was Mercy. Our notion of mercy is often just too thin: “Lord, don’t give me what I deserve. You are a nice guy, be nice to me, please.” It is not just God saying, “that’s ok, I don’t mind.”
In the scriptures, mercy is much, much more. Mercy is covenant faithfulness. A covenant is a blood oath bonding persons in a family relationship. By the blood and water of the cross washing us in baptism, we are made brothers and sisters of the Lord, and sons and daughters of the Father. The oath that the Father has promised us is to rescue us from slavery. If we are taken in slavery, he promises to seek us out, and pay the price of our ransom to the slaveholder to set us free. This is what a redeemer does.
So when we ask for mercy, we are confessing our enslavement to sin, and asking God to remember the promise He made to set us free! We are asking Him to redeem us by His eternal enduring faithful love because we are His blood brothers and sisters. Every invocation of mercy, is a proclamation of suffering, death, and resurrection of Our Lord and a making present of that mystery.
By remembering the price paid, we can value and treasure the gift of Mercy.
What does the Lord do to save His children from slavery?
You know the answer. Live accordingly.
Join us for a discussion, social and food with Seminarians Jonathan and Frankie who will speak on human sexuality in today’s culture and the impact of Pope Paul VI and his papal document “On Human Life” (Humanae Vitae) in honor of the 50th anniversary of its publication! Open to all High School Students!