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SUNDAY— 22nd in Ordinary Time

Mass Schedule this Week — August 30 – September 6

Today -Lord’s Day      5:00 pm Vigil (Saturday)
                        10:00 am (Sunday)

Monday —12 Noon
Tuesday — 8:00 am
Wednesday —12 Noon
Thursday — 8:00 am
Friday — 12 Noon
Saturday — 8:00 am

Lord’s Day      5:00 pm Vigil (Saturday – 9/5)
                        10:00 am (Sunday- 9/6)

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Alternate Gathering Prayer

Because of your infinite power, Lord God, every gift of yours is the best for us that can ever be. It is “perfect” and “complete.” Stir up and increase the love your name in our hearts here at Mass today and so grant that an increase in your life within us will make us more devoted to you and more watchful and vigilant to preserve every gift which you bestow.

Brief summary of the readings [find links below on homepage]

 

The fire of God in Jeremiah’s heart impels him to preach the name of the Lord
Psalm 63: Lifting up my hands, I call upon the name of the Lord
Offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, worship pleasing to the Lord
Peter, you are not thinking as God does


My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord my God.
Psalm 63

SUNDAY— 21st in Ordinary Time

Mass Schedule this Week — August 23 – August 30

Today -Lord’s Day      5:00 pm Vigil (Saturday)
                        10:00 am (Sunday)

Monday —12 Noon
Tuesday — 8:00 am
Wednesday —12 Noon
Thursday — 8:00 am
Friday — 12 Noon
Saturday — 8:00 am

Lord’s Day      5:00 pm Vigil (Saturday – 8/29)
                        10:00 am (Sunday- 8/30)

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I give you my keys

Alternate Gathering Prayer

Only you, O Lord, could put the same desire in the hearts of all your faithful people to love your commands and yearn for your promise. Thus united today around your altar we are able to live in this changing world with our all our hearts fixed on the same joys that can fulfill our desire for the true happiness of yours that never ends.

 

Brief summary of the readings [find links below on homepage]

 

Isaiah – The Lord himself hands the keys to his chosen one
Psalm 85 – The Lord continues his work of creation because his mercy and love are everlasting
Saint Paul – God’s wisdom is so amazing in Christ that we give praise to his Son who holds the keys
Saint Matthew – The Lord’s power of the keys resides in his Son who dwells in his people, the Church

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Mass Schedule this Week — August 16 – August 23

 

Today -Lord’s Day      5:00 pm Vigil (Saturday)
                        10:00 am (Sunday)

Monday —12 Noon
Tuesday — 8:00 am
Wednesday — NO MASS AT NOON – due to funeral
Thursday — 8:00 am
Friday — 12 Noon
Saturday — 8:00 am

Lord’s Day      5:00 pm Vigil (Saturday – 8/22)
                        10:00 am (Sunday- 8/23)

Son of David, have pity on me.

Alternate Gathering Prayer

You have revealed to us, Lord our God, that everything you do comes from your love. Your love blesses us abundantly with earthly gifts. Even more your love goes beyond the visible gifts of this world and you lovingly prepare even greater gifts that we cannot yet see. To receive your gifts of heaven and earth we must accept them in love of you and neighbor. Today fill our hearts even more with your cherished love so that putting your love first and foremost in our lives we shall reach what your love has promised us and find delight in your blessings which far exceed what we could ever dream of.

Brief summary of the readings [find links below on homepage]

I will lead foreigners to my holy mountain
Psalm 67: the nations of the world will worship and give thanks together
God’s gifts freely given and his call are irrevocable
Woman, your faith is great, even though you are not of the house of Israel

All the world will give thanks and praise to the one Lord and God of all.

Sunday — August 9, 2020

 

Mass Schedule this Week — August 9 – August 16

Today -Lord’s Day      5:00 pm Vigil (Saturday)
                        10:00 am (Sunday)

Monday — NO MASS AT NOON – due to funeral
Tuesday — 8:00 am
Wednesday —12 Noon
Thursday — 8:00 am
Friday — 12 Noon
Saturday — 8:00 am

Lord’s Day      5:00 pm Vigil (Saturday – 8/15)
                        10:00 am (Sunday- 8/16)

Sunday — August 2, 2020

Today -Lord’s Day      5:00 pm Vigil (Saturday)
                        10:00 am (Sunday)

Monday — 12 Noon
Tuesday — 8:00 am
Wednesday —12 Noon
Thursday — 8:00 am
Friday — 12 Noon
Saturday — 8:00 am

Lord’s Day      5:00 pm Vigil (Saturday – 8/8)
                        10:00 am (Sunday- 8/9)

Eucharistic Blessing & Sharing

Thanks be to God

Brief Summary of Readings

 

The scripture passages for this Sunday are remarkable for bringing together a wide range of the word of God to focus us on the reality of the gifts of God for which we give thanks (Eucharist).

Isaiah 55:1-3
The return from the Babylonian Exile is the occasion for these writings of the prophet Isaiah (third generation) in the mid 500’s B.C. He describes God at work saving his people using the image of a great banquet – all of which is free, without us paying for it. It is a gift of God and we are being called to acknowledge that God is the source of what is this generosity we are experiencing. This all stems from his Covenant love.

Psalm 145:8-9, 15-16, 17-18 (cf. 16)
The hand of the Lord feeds us; he answers all our needs.
 This thanksgiving and praise of God comes in a prayer form in this psalm. Our response begins with the Moses old statement of faith in our Lord as a merciful God who has shown great tolerance of us over the centuries as he pours out his grace and reconciliation to change our hearts to be in harmony with his. This divine assistance is expressed as “food” that nourishes us with his covenant word.

Romans 8:35, 37-39
Saint Paul teaches us that God has joined us to himself by a bond that cannot be broken because his covenant love is in Christ Jesus — nothing can separate us from him because of his Son’s love in dying and rising for us.

Matthew 14:13-21
The well-known testimony of the Gospels comes to us in the verses where Jesus feeds the multitude. He takes ity on his people, as the Lord did of old, he gives thanks to his Father for such a gift, there is no one else could so provide what we really need, giving us daily bread as he did in establishing the Covenant in the desert.

All this can be summed up in no better way than in Jesus’ own words:

One does not live on bread alone,
but on every word that comes forth from the mouth of God
Matthew 4:4b

 

Alternate version of Sunday’s prayer of the Church.

It is by you, O Lord, that we have been created and now live. It is also through you that our lives are guided to their heavenly goal. We are not only proud of this fact but are confident in coming to your inexhaustible goodness and love seeking what we need from you and for which we hunger. Sustain us with your food from above that our lives be so nourished by you that we reach life’s fulfillment in your heavenly home.

[Check out the new additional form of the daily scripture passages updated for computer screens of our day. See below on this home page .]

Sunday — Juy 26, 2020

Mass Schedule this Week — July 26 to August 2

Today -Lord’s Day      5:00 pm Vigil (Saturday)
                        10:00 am (Sunday)

Monday No Mass at Noon due to funeral
Tuesday — 8:00 am
Wednesday —12 Noon
Thursday — 8:00 am
Friday — 12 Noon
Saturday — 8:00 am

Lord’s Day      5:00 pm Vigil (Saturday – 8/1)
                        10:00 am (Sunday- 8/2)

Greater than Solomon Here
Precious Wisdom of the Lord Jesus

At the judgment the queen of the south will arise with this generation and condemn it, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and there is something greater than Solomon here. (Matthew 12:42)

Knowledge of the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven has been granted to you (Matthew 13:11)

Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net thrown into the sea,
which collects fish of every kind.
When it is full they haul it ashore
and sit down to put what is good into buckets.
What is bad they throw away.
Thus it will be at the end of the age [the day of judgment].
The angels will go out and separate the wicked from the righteous
and throw them into the fiery furnace,
where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth. (Today’s Gospel — see below)

Today’s Prayer

TODAY’S PRAYER
We have come to know you better and better, Lord our God. We have come to know that life without you is impossible. Without you nothing is worthwhile, nothing holy. It is in you that we find hope. We also know now you are the only God who can really protect us in our struggles of life, the only God in whom we can take refuge because you never desert those who love you in return. It is our prayer that you never cease to rule our lives and guide us in your ways so that under the present transitory conditions we may use wisely the things of earth so as not to lose what lasts forever.

July 22, 2020

Mass Schedule this Week

Monday 12 Noon
Tuesday — 8:00 am
Wednesday — No Mass at Noon due to funeral
Thursday — 8:00 am
Friday — 12 Noon
Saturday — 8:00 am

Lord’s Day      5:00 pm Vigil (Saturday)
                        10:00 am (Sunday)

Saint Mary Magdalene holds a prominent place in the early Church as the first one to see the risen Lord. She had stood beneath the cross together with Jesus’ mother and Saint John and a few others. Mary Magdalene remains an outstanding example of gratefulness to God for the merciful love he showed her through Christ. That love deepened at the Resurrection when the Lord Jesus told her that her love was raised to a higher level upon his ascension into heaven. Love of Christ for us as well spans both heaven and earth (today’s Gospel). Then Mary Magdalene was commissioned to bring the news of the risen Lord to the others.

The Prayer over the Gifts from Mass today.

May you find acceptable to you, Lord, the offering of our lives on this day commemorating the saintly joy of Mary Magdalene for it was her obedient and profound love that your beloved Son so graciously accepted unto eternal life.

Gospel John 20:1-2, 11-18
On the first day of the week,
Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early in the morning,
while it was still dark,
and saw the stone removed from the tomb.
So she ran and went to Simon Peter
and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and told them,
“They have taken the Lord from the tomb,
and we don’t know where they put him.”

Mary stayed outside the tomb weeping.
And as she wept, she bent over into the tomb
and saw two angels in white sitting there,
one at the head and one at the feet
where the Body of Jesus had been.
And they said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?”
She said to them, “They have taken my Lord,
and I don’t know where they laid him.”
When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus there,
but did not know it was Jesus.
Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?
Whom are you looking for?”
She thought it was the gardener and said to him,
“Sir, if you carried him away,
tell me where you laid him,
and I will take him.”
Jesus said to her, “Mary!”
She turned and said to him in Hebrew,
“Rabbouni,” which means Teacher.
Jesus said to her,
“Stop holding on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father.
But go to my brothers and tell them,
‘I am going to my Father and your Father,
to my God and your God.’”
Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples,
“I have seen the Lord,”
and then reported what he told her.


June 29, 2020 Feast of Saints Peter & Paul

Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles – Vigil

Reading 1 ACTS 3:1-10

Peter and John were going up to the temple area
for the three o’clock hour of prayer.
And a man crippled from birth was carried
and placed at the gate of the temple called “the Beautiful Gate”
every day to beg for alms from the people who entered the temple.
When he saw Peter and John about to go into the temple,
he asked for alms.
But Peter looked intently at him, as did John,
and said, “Look at us.”
He paid attention to them, expecting to receive something from them.
Peter said, “I have neither silver nor gold,
but what I do have I give you:
in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazorean, rise and walk.”
Then Peter took him by the right hand and raised him up,
and immediately his feet and ankles grew strong.
He leaped up, stood, and walked around,
and went into the temple with them,
walking and jumping and praising God.
When all the people saw the man walking and praising God,
they recognized him as the one who used to sit begging
at the Beautiful Gate of the temple,
and they were filled with amazement and astonishment
at what had happened to him.

Responsorial Psalm 19:2-3, 4-5

R. (5)  Their message goes out through all the earth.
The heavens declare the glory of God;
and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.
Day pours out the word to day;
and night to night imparts knowledge.
R. Their message goes out through all the earth.
Not a word nor a discourse
whose voice is not heard;
through all the earth their voice resounds,
and to the ends of the world, their message.
R. Their message goes out through all the earth.

Reading 2  GAL 1:11-20

I want you to know, brothers and sisters,
that the Gospel preached by me is not of human origin.
For I did not receive it from a human being, nor was I taught it,
but it came through a revelation of Jesus Christ.

For you heard of my former way of life in Judaism,
how I persecuted the Church of God beyond measure
and tried to destroy it, and progressed in Judaism
beyond many of my contemporaries among my race,
since I was even more a zealot for my ancestral traditions.
But when God, who from my mother’s womb had set me apart
and called me through his grace,
was pleased to reveal his Son to me,
so that I might proclaim him to the Gentiles,
I did not immediately consult flesh and blood,
nor did I go up to Jerusalem
to those who were Apostles before me;
rather, I went into Arabia and then returned to Damascus.
 
Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem
to confer with Cephas and remained with him for fifteen days.
But I did not see any other of the Apostles,
only James the brother of the Lord.
–As to what I am writing to you, behold,
before God, I am not lying.

AlleluiaJN 21:17

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Lord, you know everything:
you know that I love you.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel   JN 21:15-19

Jesus had revealed himself to his disciples
and, when they had finished breakfast, said to Simon Peter,
“Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?”
Simon Peter answered him, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”
Jesus said to him, “Feed my lambs.”
He then said to Simon Peter a second time,
“Simon, son of John, do you love me?”
Simon Peter answered him, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”
He said to him, “Tend my sheep.”
He said to him the third time,
“Simon, son of John, do you love me?”
Peter was distressed that he had said to him a third time,
“Do you love me?” and he said to him,
“Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.”
Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep.
Amen, amen, I say to you, when you were younger,
you used to dress yourself and go where you wanted;
but when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands,
and someone else will dress you
and lead you where you do not want to go.”
He said this signifying by what kind of death he would glorify God.
And when he had said this, he said to him, “Follow me.”

Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time — June 21, 2020

Temporary Mass Schedule as we gradually return to community Masses

Monday, Wednesday, Friday 12:00 Noon
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday 8:00 AM
Sunday Vigil 5:00 PM Saturday
Sunday Morning 10:00 AM

You can fulfill your duty of weekly worship
on any of the seven days of the week

TODAY’S PRAYER FROM MASS

You have the power, almighty Lord, to combine in us a life based upon an everlasting foundation of reverential fear and love of your holy name. You have revealed to us that you never deprive of your guidance in life those whom you have fixed firmly in the pathway of your covenant love.

COMMENT
Fear and love — these two aspects of life are sometimes placed in opposition in our way of thinking. How can you be afraid of someone who loves you? Sometimes, too, the whole Bible is thought to contain two stages: Old Testament teaches a God to be feared; New Testament a God of love. This does not adequately describe our God. He is a God to be feared in a reverential way because of his greatness and at the same time he is a God whose greatness shines forth most of all in his love and mercy. This Mass prayer puts the two together. That is the Church’s request of the Lord during our Eucharistic gathering today. We seek from the Lord both a reverence and respect for his name (for the God that he is) as well as a deeper love of his name (the divine Father who loves us as sons and daughters). So fear and love properly understood can go together. The last sentence of this prayer spells out the reason this will take place as he shows us that he truly is a Father who guides our life toward eternal communion with him.
By entering into God’s family at prayer and adoration of him at the Eucharistic table our faith life is deepened by a more conscious awareness of the tremendous power and majesty of God and a more heartfelt return of love of such a Lord who saves us by adopting us as his sons and daughters. Fear and love are a sacred combination of what the Lord makes us and our lives in Christ.

 

Prayer for the Renewal of Covenant Love

Through your gift of Covenant love, O Lord, you have opened our hearts to welcome your Son to dwell within us by being baptized into his Church community and enlivened and strengthen by his Holy Spirit as to what you have made us so that we can better answer your call to gather for the Eucharist. Unable to join the body of Christ at this time to celebrate the redemption of your people, we beseech your merciful love to enlarge our hearts so to welcome your presence all the more and that of your Son and the Holy Spirit so that we may give you thanks always and everywhere as befits your name. Open our ears, O Lord, to your word, both spoken and lived. Through your Holy Spirit make our daily lives more in the image of your Son who is the perfect example of your eternal Covenant so that we may soon join his body, the Church, to burst forth in praise of you at the Table of the Lord, sharing his Body and Blood, and to advance with all your faithful people toward your kingdom of heaven, bound together with you and your holy ones in your one family. Make firm that unity of your Church in answer to your Son’s prayer that we be one so that the world come to know your presence here and know that you are always with us. Through Christ our risen Lord. Amen

 

SUNDAY—JUNE 7,2020—FEAST OF THE HOLY TRINITY

Temporary Mass Schedule as we gradually return to community Masses

Monday, Wednesday, Friday 12:00 Noon
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday 8:00 AM
Sunday Vigil 5:00 PM Saturday
Sunday Morning 10:00 AM

You can fulfill your duty of weekly worship
on any of the seven days of the week

HOME PRAYERS AND REFLECTIONS

Prayer to Begin

God, our Father, so much did you want to reveal the admirable mystery of your life to us that you sent into the midst of mankind the Word of your truth and the Spirit of your holiness. You have declared this mystery to us and gifted us with the faith to profess the glorious wonders of your Trinitarian life existing for all eternity so that we adore the unity of your majesty in all its power.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit for ages unending. Amen.

(See readings below on this homepage for the Solemn Feast of the Holy Trinity)

Some brief thoughts about the scriptures of this day:

Glory to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit;
to God who is, who was, and who is to come

Exodus 34:4b-6, 8-9

The Lord calls Moses back up to the top of Mount Sinai after he smashed the original two tablets of the Commandments. While in his God’s presence the Lord once again (as he did in the burning bush) he reveals his name Yahweh which means God is with his people and describes himself in the famous phrase as  a merciful and gracious God, slow to anger and rich in kindness and fidelity. This name and description will remain with God’s people for all ages to come.

Canticle Daniel 3:52, 53, 54, 55, 56 (52b)
Glory and praise for ever!

This is part of the prayer of praise by the three men in the fiery furnace who were being persecuted for their faith. They praise their God who is merciful and faithful to his Covenant. By the way they survived the ordeal to praise the glory of God all the more for saving them.

2 Corinthians13:11-13

Saint Paul was a follower of Jesus through and through so much so that he spread the Good News about Christ throughout the world. He was a great teacher and wrote letters back to the faith communities which he founded. Here today he concludes his letter with a greeting we use at Mass: The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with all of you.  This Trinitarian formula is a greeting but also a blessing upon his people showing that Father, Son and Spirit all dwell within us for our eternal salvation — Christ’s favor, the merciful love of the Father and the friendship and companion ship of Christ’s  Spirit isi with us.


John 3:16-18

It is only within the whole of Chapter Three that this short passage gives us its meaning. This is where Nicodemus comes to Jesus because he recognizes that Jesus comes from God. In the conversation Jesus tells him that he must be born from above by water and the Spirit. It is in this context that Jesus tells of the interrelation of Father, Son and Spirit. He reveals here the complete plan of God to raise man to share in his heavenly life. Jesus, the Word made flesh, is the culmination of God’s plan to bring the Covenant to fulfillment. All of this stems from God’s lasting and faithful love of all mankind. We have been given the revelation how this is brought to completion in God’s Son, born to us.


TOWARD A HOMILY FOR TRINITY SUNDAY

 

Usually when we come to a special feast throughout the year there is something unique about the celebration that day. Today for the Feast of the Holy Trinity we find so many familiar elements of our liturgy which we have used on previous Sundays. For example, we begin with In the name of the Father. and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit as we do every Sunday. Every Eucharistic celebration involves Father, Son and Spirit —we worship the Father through the Son in the Holy Spirit. So why do we have a Sunday dedicated to the Divine Trinity?
We have just completed the Easter Season in which we praised God for raising his crucified Son to his right hand and glory. This is the fullness of what God has in store for us. By being at the “end” we come to realize the whole plan that is laid out before us. So we now clearly have God’s “goal” for us — to share in God’s interior life in the family of the Trinity, i.e. eternal life.
The eternal life, according to God’s ways, in which we shall share in its fullness later is already upon us and therefore it will show up in our daily lives here on earth. So this Feast of the Holy Trinity is really for us to grasp more fully God’s love in what he has done for us and spur us on to live that life more authentically not just for our own benefit but for the benefit of those around us.
To help us in this regard the Lord gathers us together today around his table to worship him for his magnificent love in dwelling within us and so uniting us to brothers and sisters of ours in the same faith and the same calling to eternal life. We are going to spend a lot of time with them for all eternity.
So how do we want our lives to change for the better?
In the bulletin today I told you about three attitudes that Pope Francis teaches us to cultivate in our lives so as to share fully in the our Sunday Masses:
1) Be a person who gives thanks — always and everywhere
2) Be a person who lives a life of self-giving —giving of oneself freely and without expecting anything in return – to both God and man.
3) Be a person who builds communion and Christ like relationships within the Church and with everyone in the human family.
This is a good day to examine our consciences on these three matters. Do I find myself more and more frequently saying thanks to God and to others? Do I have an attitude of “me first” rather that “how can I help you”? Am I concerned and am ready to work for the good of the Church and for the peace and prosperity of those in need materially and spiritually?
A positive response to these questions in our lives will go a long way to giving us a greater share in the mystery of the Eucharist which we celebrate.

Let us conclude with the Lord’s Prayer and this Prayer of Renewal of the Covenant and the Apostles’ Creed. Jesus who is the fulfillment of God’s plan for us taught us this prayer himself. The Covenant which God made with us long ago is the fullness of the divine life we are to share with Father, Son and Spirit.

Our Father

Through your gift of Covenant love, O Lord, you have opened our hearts to welcome your Son to dwell within us by being baptized into his Church community and enlivened and strengthen by his Holy Spirit as to what you have made us so that we can better answer your call to gather for the Eucharist. Unable to join the body of Christ at this time to celebrate the redemption of your people, we beseech your merciful love to enlarge our hearts so to welcome your presence all the more and that of your Son and the Holy Spirit so that we may give you thanks always and everywhere as befits your name. Open our ears, O Lord, to your word, both spoken and lived. Through your Holy Spirit make our daily lives more in the image of your Son who is the perfect example of your eternal Covenant so that we may soon join his body, the Church, to burst forth in praise of you at the Table of the Lord, sharing his Body and Blood, and to advance with all your faithful people toward your kingdom of heaven, bound together with you and your holy ones in your one family. Make firm that unity of your Church in answer to your Son’s prayer that we be one so that the world come to know your presence here and know that you are always with us. Through Christ our risen Lord. Amen
.
I believe in God,
the Father Almighty,
Creator of heaven and earth,
and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died and was buried;
He descended into hell;
on the third day He rose again from the dead;
He ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
from there He will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Holy Catholic Church,
the communion of Saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and life everlasting. Amen.