November 4th ✙ 31st Sunday of Ordinary Time

Readings for November 4th, 2018

      TODAY'S SCRIPTURE READINGS remind us of one of the greatest truths in the Bible, namely, that there are really only two commandments. The first is to love God, and the second is to love our neighbor.
       Let us call to mind our failure to live the commandments of love. Let us ask forgiveness from God and from one another.

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Scott Hahn's commentaries can be found here

Agape Catholic Bible study: 31st SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME

To understand this week's scripture readings, please refer to our Bible Study page which has several links to more bible resources and notes.

Messianic Genealogy of Jesus Christ - Click here!

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      At the end of Mass, we are not simply dismissed. We are sent out in the Lord's name and with the Lord's power to build up of his kingdom in the world. When Mass concludes, we do not just leave the building; we enter the world with a mission! Jesus said His Church would be "the light of the world."

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Liturgy Assignments for the Next 2 Weeks

SUNDAY, November 3rd - 9:00 am
Lector: Paul Schwartz
Eucharist: Lavada Erickson
Cup: Deacon Ed & Tammy Pecis
Servers: Alexa Thompson & Daniel Forslund
Music: Folk Group
Offertory Gifts: Bill & Kris Acord
Ushers: Dave Barnett & Tom Ravizza

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4th - 5:00 am
Lector: Jim Ostrowski
Eucharist: Bruno Zamperin
Cup: Maria Zamperin & Tyler Cervelli
Servers: Nathan & Jennifer Roach
Music: Carol Taforo and James Roach
Offertory Gifts: Charles & Cindy Corrales
Ushers: Bruno Zamperin & Aldo Meneni

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10th - 5:00 pm
Lector: Jennifer Womack
Eucharist: Oralee Floria
Cup: Frank & Connie Melo
Servers: Estefania & Alexa Luquin
Music: James Roach
Offertory Gifts: Tom & Jackie Ravizza
Ushers: Mark Clure & Bill Acord

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11th - 9:00 am
Lector: Paul Chapman
Eucharist: Rosana Slezevicuipe
Cup: Teresa Hickey & Larry Weldon
Servers: Jacob Chapman & Austin McWilliams
Music: Gloria Gazave
Offertory Gifts: Bob & Lynda Hillard
Ushers: Bruno Zamperin & Dante Capovilla

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Reflections: Bearing The Fruits of Love

If only the heart was right we could give so much more.
Lord, open our hearts when they are closed,
soften them when they are hard,
warm them when they are cold,
brighten them when they are dark,
fill them when they are empty,
calm them when they are sullied,
heal them when they are wounded,
and mend them when they are broken,
so that we, your disciples, may bear the fruits of love. Amen.

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This Week's Readings:

      In Judaism, one of the closest things to a creed is the "Shema". Its name comes from the Hebrew word for "Hear". The statement "Hear, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord alone" means that Israel will serve only one God. It probably was not originally meant to say that there were no other Gods, but that the people would not follow another. Monotheism, or the belief that there is only one divinity, would come later. Orthodox Jews wear the Shema in boxes or phylacteries on their arms and foreheads. They are also placed in containers, called "Mezuzahs" at front doors of their homes. Jesus places an emphasis on the second part of the Shema, "You shall love the Lord..." He teaches the value of a personal bond with his Father and the Holy Spirit. To this injunction Jesus adds a verse from Leviticus 19:18 "You shall love your neighbor..."

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Saint Thomas Aquinas

      Saint Thomas Aquinas was an Italian Dominican friar, Catholic priest, and Doctor of the Church. He was an immensely influential philosopher and theologian. He is noted for his many popular and profound quotes:
"To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary.
To one without faith , no explanation is possible."
Who is your favorite Saint?

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Become a "Saint"

      The process for being declared a Saint is ancient, traditional, and often mysterious. You may feel intimidated at the thought of sainthood. However, we all can practice virtuous deeds in our daily life by being servants of God. Virtue doesn’t mean a person was perfect or sinless, but that you have worked aggressively to improve oneself spiritually and never gave up trying to be better and grow in holiness. If we all aspire to add our light to the sum of light, we are in a small way working towards sainthood.

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