Second Collection Next Weekend

      Next week, July 21st and 22nd their will be a Mission for the Diocese of Mandya, Fr. James Narithookil will be giving the mission. Please support him.

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Today's Second Reading

      Paul writes to a group of converts in Ephesus, Turkey. He tells them that before their conversion they were "far off " from God. God had chosen the Jewish people as his special people--pagans were isolated from this choice. This does not mean that he did not love the rest, but that he lavished particular attention on the descendants of Abraham.
      Now this exclusion has been removed. Jesus has united Jew and non-Jew in himself by the sharing of the sacraments. These sacraments flow from the blood shed on the cross. The law of the Old Testament has been replaced by a new law of love. Now we all have equal access to God.

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Ordination Video Online

      Last June 30th, Ed Pecis was ordained to the Order of Permanent Deacons in Sacramento. If you would like to watch the ordination, it will be available to watch on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DioceseSacramento.

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The Grace to Forgive

      There are some hurts in life that are hard to get over. Many of us carry around grudges, anger, and bitterness toward others for some offense committed against us. Where do we find the strength to forgive? At the cross. The apostle Paul urges us to forgive as we’ve been forgiven. God’s grace puts things in perspective. At the cross we remember that our debt against God was far greater than others’ sins against us. We’ve been forgiven, and we need to forgive.
       Forgiveness is not easy. Sin cost Jesus his life, and forgiveness will cost us our right to revenge. But it is so freeing. Ask God to help you forgive those who have sinned against you.
A Prayer for Forgiveness:
Father, our sins are great, but your grace is even greater. May your grace help us to be gracious and forgiving toward others who have hurt us. In Jesus’ name we pray.
Amen

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Unbound: Freedom in Christ Conference

      The 2018 Unbound: Freedom in Christ Conference will empower you to break the powerful chains in your life, so that you can walk in the fullness of freedom.
*** Friday, August 10, 6:30pm - 9pm and
*** Saturday, August 11, 9am-6:30pm
at
St. John the Baptist Parish
307 Montrose Dr.
Folsom, CA.
Register online for $50 in advance or $65 at door.
Go go: scd.formstack.com/forms/unbound
Questions? Contact Maria Liranzo in the Office of Clergy Formation at 916-733-0242 or mliranzo@scd.org
“Unbound has changed my life and has drawn me close to the heart of the Father!”
Julianne from Michigan

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