Listen to a PODCAST
by Mark Hart offering a teaching on the readings for the 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time
, July 5.
The EDGE is a youth ministry for middle school students (6th, 7th and 8th grade) coming to our parish Saturday mornings beginning September 19, 2015. We invite ALL middle school students of our parish to join us for this exciting way to learn and live our Catholic Faith. See our VIDEO.
Life Teen is an awesome youth ministry for high school teens. It's an exciting way for teens to experience our Catholic Faith with games, skits, music, teachings while you meet new friends. Life Teen is coming to our parish in the Fall 2015. Stay tuned here for details. See our promotional VIDEO.
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See a VIDEO demonstrating the proper way to receive Holy Communion at Mass.
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We are a stewardship parish!
Stewardship Saint for July
Just before Jesus’ final entry into Jerusalem, his close friends, Martha, her sister, Mary, and brother, Lazarus, entertained Jesus at their home in Bethany (John 12:1-8). Martha “served,” while Mary anointed his feet. It is in the simple statement, “Martha served,” that we recognize Martha for her witness to stewardship. She isn’t a prolific evangelist, she doesn’t work miracles. She simply serves Jesus.
Jesus may have been a frequent visitor to Martha’s home and perhaps this is one of the reasons the Gospel of John reveals to us that “Jesus loved Martha, and her sister Mary, and Lazarus” (11:5). This unique statement in the gospel informs us of the special relationship Jesus had with Martha. And, as another one of Jesus’ visits to Martha’s home affirms, Martha continues to be concerned that Jesus be served. Like any good steward, hospitality was very important to Martha (Luke 10:38-42).
What is most revealing about Martha is on the occasion of the death of Lazarus (John 11:1-44). Martha takes an active role, going out to meet Jesus to let him know what happened to her brother while Mary stays at home. Jesus assures her that Lazarus will be raised from the dead.
With courage and conviction, Martha confesses her deep faith in Jesus Christ: “I know he will rise, in the resurrection on the last day.” And then Jesus said to her: “I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.” When he asked Martha if she believed this, she replied: “Yes, Lord. I have come to believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one who is coming into the world.” (John 11:24-27).
The feast of St. Martha, a witness to service who confessed her faith in Jesus, is July 29. She is the patron saint of homemakers, cooks, domestic workers, waiters and waitresses, and hotel employees.
Stewardship is based on the spiritual principles of the Old Testament and the teachings of Jesus. As Catholics, realizing all that we have is a gift from God, we are encouraged to reflect on our blessings, enhance them and share them with others. By giving of ourselves and helping those around us, we are practicing Christian stewardship.
In 1992, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops brought attention to this principle when they published Stewardship: A Disciple’s Response (U.S. Bishops' Pastoral Letter). Looking beyond financial contributions alone, this document encourages Catholics to live as disciples of Jesus and to share their gifts of time, talent and treasure – more out of gratitude than obligation.
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Pray with Pope Francis
for the month of July 2015.
"God our Father, during this month of July, we lift up all those who serve in politics. May those who have political responsibility at all levels of society promote the highest form of charity. We also pray for our impoverished brothers and sisters in Latin America. May Latin American Christians bear witness to your love for the poor and contribute to a more Christ-like society."
was instrumental in assisting Fr. Damien of Molokai with the care of the patients afflicted with Hansen's disease. This prayer is for private devotion for the cause of canonization of Joseph Dutton. Send reports and information of favors received through his intercession to firstname.lastname@example.org
"Come, Holy Spirit, and visit your people in our great need. May Joseph Dutton, who lived in penitential solidarity with those yearning for a complete change of mind and heart in every time and place, intercede for us in our struggle, particularly for _________________. May his total submission to your purifying will in all things encourage us on our own way of conversion. May whatever virtue in him your Church deems heroic clear the way to sainthood for him, for the inspiration and consolation of many. Amen."
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