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November 25th ✙ 34th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Readings for November 25th, 2018

         ON THIS GREAT FEAST , we rejoice in calling Christ our King. We owe Him an allegiance we would not give to any other power on earth. Our lives are meant to bear witness to His kingdom. What kind of witnesses are we?
        Lord Jesus, yours is a kingdom of truth and life. Lord, have mercy.
       Yours is a kingdom of holiness and grace. Christ, have mercy.
       Yours is a kingdom of justice, love and peace. Lord, have mercy.

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Reflections: The Kingdom of Jesus

Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world.”
Jesus does not rule as earthy kings rule. He has no palace, no throne, no crown, no army.
Yet we give Him an allegiance and a loyalty, which we would not give to any other person or institution on earth.
Alone and unarmed, He stood before Pilate.
Pilate had thousands of soldiers to call upon. Jesus had no soldier to call upon. Yet Jesus was incomparably the greater of the two.
Jesus is the hope of the human race. He rules, not by force, but by love.
Lord Jesus, may your kingdom come, and may you remember me on that day.

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Liturgy Assignments for the Next 2 Weeks

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 24th - 9:00 am
Lector: Mary K Bates
Eucharist: Frank Melo
Cup: Chuck Rosencrantz & Oralee Floria
Servers: Alexa & Estefania Luquin
Music: Folk Group
Offertory Gifts: to be assigned on Saturday evening
Ushers: Dave Barnett & Tom Ravizza

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 25th - 5:00 am
Lector: Tonia Dolf
Eucharist: Sandy Meneni
Cup: Deacon Ed Pecis & Cathy Jourdan
Servers: Adam Domanski & Alexa Thompson
Music: Carol Taforo & James Roach
Offertory Gifts: to be assigned on Sunday morning
Ushers: Bruno Zamperin & Aldo Meneni

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 1st - 5:00 pm
Lector: Jan Dusik
Eucharist: Bill Navarre
Cup: Deacon Ed & Tammy Pecis
Servers: Nathan &Jennifer Roach
Music: Folk Group
Ushers: Frank Correa & Frank Melo

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2nd - 9:00 am
Lector: CCD Group
Eucharist: Sandy Meneni
Cup: Deacon Ed Pecis & Cathy Jourdan
Servers: Austin McWilliams, Adam Domanski
& Liam McWilliams
Music: Carol Taforo & James Roach
Ushers: Bruno Zamperin & Dante Capovilla

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Calendar

** To download a copy of the Church's Monthly Calendar, please please click the text or the image below or go to our calendar page.

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From Our First Reading

      Last week we read a portion of the book of Daniel that had a dream or vision of heaven. The author imagined it as if heaven were a Middle Eastern royal court. In a similar dream, he pictures God as an "Ancient One" or elder. Suddenly someone "like a son of man" comes zooming in on the clouds. When we read the word "like" we must recognize this is meant to be a comparison, not a specific image.
       Jesus usually began His parables by saying, "The kingdom of God is like..." In this case, the person is compared with a "son of man". This was a stock phrase that simply meant "human". Any human of either gender was called a "son of man". So the figure that enters heaven is human-like in appearance. The author may be describing an angel; possibly the archangel, Michael. The Church interprets this figure as Jesus. The reference to "kingship" is appropriate for today's feast.

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From Our Second Reading

     The book of Revelation has many parallels to the book of Daniel. Today's second reading seems to be a continuation of the first. The figure on the clouds is clearly identified as Jesus.
      One additional element is the reference to "Alpha" -- the first letter of the Greek Alphabet -- and Omega -- the last letter (equivalent to our long O). In English Jesus might say, "I am the A and the Z." The text implies that all creation began with Christ and will end with Him. Our past origins and our future salvation are only to be understood in and through Him.

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Additional Study Guides!

          1. *** Scott Hahn's commentaries can be found here

          2. *** Study Guide : 34th SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME (Downloadable PDF file)

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! or image below:

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St. Mary of Egypt ~ An Unlikely Saint

     While Jesus’ forgiveness of prostitutes has been fodder for some of the most well-known biblical accounts, we still wonder what He would have made of St. Mary of Egypt. Born in 344 AD, she began prostituting herself at the age of 12. In many cases, she refused payment for her services due to her own enjoyment of the deeds. When she was 29, she journeyed to Jerusalem, not on a pilgrimage for repentance but in a bid to find more sexual partners. However, once in Jerusalem, she tried to enter a church but an invisible force stopped her in her tracks. Realizing that it was her sin that barred her, she prayed and vowed to avoid earthly pleasures in the future. She was then able to enter the church and spent the rest of her life living as a hermit in the desert. She is considered to be the patron saint of the penitent.

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