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June 16th ✙ The Feast of the Blessed Trinity

Readings for June 16th, 2019

        THE FEAST OF THE BLESSED TRINITY, which we celebrate today, brings us face to face with the mystery of God. We can know certain things about God by looking at creation. But it is Jesus who reveals to us the mystery of God.
        Sometimes we may be so obsessed with God's creation that we forget about God Himself. Let us reflect on that for a moment.
        Lord Jesus, you reveal God to us as a Father who cares for His children. Lord, have mercy.
        Through the incarnation you have become a brother to us. Christ, have mercy.
        Through your gift of the Spirit, the love of God has been poured into our hearts. Lord, have mercy.

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MONDAY, June 17:✟ Telesforo Bartolome Sr.
TUESDAY June 18:✟ Robert Glynn
WEDNESDAY June 19:✟ Marianne Bringle
FRIDAY June 21 :✟ Irene Zanni, by the Tadina Family

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Prayer List....

Your prayers are requested for these Parishioners and Friends

Nellie Del Nero Jim Mathews
Sandy Zan Patti Summers
Rebecca Weston Sarah Bryan
Mary Ann Bader John McAvoy
Lynn Lockett Joe Bonchonsky
Denny Heikura Charles Ely
John Del' Amico Joe Spini
Barbara Entwisle Kitty Lyons
Marilyn Brickett Ed Flynn
Lori Wise Robert & Cathy Neptune
Janet Renon Steve Smith
Esther Aw Gerardo Rodriguez-Coronado

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Prayer for Our Troops

Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands. Protect them as they protect us. Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they perform for us in our time of need. We ask this in the name of Jesus, our Lord and Savior.

Please Pray for these men and women in the service of our country:

Tim Birimisa-Fasano, Army SSG Trevor Oxman
Frank Baker-Gleason, US Coast Guard Brian Tucker
Master Sgt. Matthew Rossini, Army Kyle McGill, US Army Infantry
Commander Michael Quigley, US Army Nick Kennedy, US Navy
Kristin Chapman, USAF James Chapman
Sarah Manley, USAF Seamus Weston
Andy Harrison, USAF Alicia Delahunty
Nickolaus Swanson Robert A. Wharton
Master Sgt. Ray Olmos Jr. Roy Walters

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The Wisdom of God

       Ancient Greek philosophers taught that true wisdom could be reached by unaided human mind power. To the people of the Old Testament, this was nonsense. They believed that the only real wisdom lay in the will of God. Human beings could only understand this wisdom by contemplating God's actions in history. Eventually they came to respect God's wisdom so much that they personified as a beautiful woman.
        Early Christians realized that this personification perfectly matched the qualities of the Holy Spirit, as revealed by Jesus. They treasured the Wisdom books of the Old Testament for this reason.

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God is Watching Over Us

       Nowadays, thanks to the security camera, we are often being watched, watched by a cold, dispassionate eye, intent only on catching us in wrong-doing. The feeling that someone is watching us is not a pleasant feeling. But the feeling that someone is watching over us is a lovely feeling.
        God is not watching us. God is watching over us. The conviction that God is watching over us gives us comfort in times of sadness, strength in times of weakness, and hope in times of despair.

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Why Do Cathothics Do That?

What does Ordinary Time Mean?

ORDINARY TIME is called “ordinary” because the weeks are numbered. The Latin word “ordinalis,” which refers to numbers in a series, stems from the Latin word “ordo,” from which we get the English word order. Thus, the numbered weeks of Ordinary Time represent the ordered life of the church – the period in which we live our lives neither in feasting (as in the Christmas and Easter seasons) or in more severe penance (as in Advent and Lent).
        Ordinary Time is a specific season in the church that focuses on the Life of Christ during his three years of public ministry. That is why the start of Ordinary Time begins with the Baptism of the Lord, as that is the beginning of Jesus’ public ministry.
        The second Sunday of Ordinary Time follows suit, focusing on the Wedding Feast at Cana, also known as Jesus’ first public miracle. The color for this liturgical season is green, which is most associated with growth. Ordinary Time is then a time a growing in our knowledge and love of Jesus. It is a time “ordered” to spiritual growth, walking in the footsteps of Jesus’ public life.
        In any given year there are either 33 or 34 Sundays in Ordinary Time because Easter is a moveable feast, and thus Lent and Easter seasons “float” from year to year. ThoughtCo/USCCB

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God and the Gender Issue

       When we speak of God as "He" or "Him" we must remember that, strictly speaking, God does not have a gender. Animals and even some plants have gender differences. God is a spirit. God allows us to use gender-specific words--when referring to the Trinity--only for our convenience. Most human languages are rooted in genderrelated words. Originally this probably came from the fact that certain items were used more by one gender than another. For example, "table" in French is feminine probably because dining tables were traditionally set and tended by women. Today such gender terms are becoming meaningless as traditional roles are breaking down. Still, it is difficult to refer to a person without some gender language.
        In Hebrew and Greek the word for "Spirit" is feminine. It was only when the Bible was translated into Latin that it took upon a masculine gender. The point is that God is people–grammatically incorrect, perhaps–but true.

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