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June 30th ✙ 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Readings for June 30th, 2019

       IN TODAY'S GOSPEL WE SEE how Jesus headed resolutely for Jerusalem even though he knew that death awaited him there. In this we see how faithful Jesus was to the task the Father had given him. Fidelity can be very costly at times.
        Let us bring our commitments to Jesus, asking pardon for our failings, and courage for the future.
        Lord Jesus, you strengthen us when we are weak. Lord, have mercy.
        You give us courage when we are afraid. Christ, have mercy.
        You help us to be generous when we are tempted to think only of ourselves. Lord, have mercy.

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Prayers

MONDAY, July 1: Francis & Bertha Ackerman
TUESDAY July 2: Healing of Olga Rossetto, by the Altar Society
WEDNESDAY July 3:✟ Melanio Saturnino
FRIDAY July 5 :Healing of Olga Rossetto, by Jan Dusik

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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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Reflections

Elisha's Plow

       In today's Gospel Jesus tells us the importance of an immediate response to a call from God. The first reading illustrates this premise.
        Elisha was a farmer who lived about 750 B.C. Elijah, another prophet, announced his vocation. Elisha briefly hesitates, but then severs any connection with his past life by burning the plow he had been using. It amounts to literally burning his bridges behind him.

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Promises to Keep

Whose woods these are I hardly know,
his house is in the village though;
he will not see me stopping here
to watch his woods fill up with snow.
My little horse must think it queer
to stop without a farmhouse near,
between the woods and frozen lake
the darkest evening of the year.
He gives his harness bells a shake
to ask if there is some mistake;
the only other sound is the sweep
of easy wind and downy flake.
The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
but I have promises to keep;
and miles to go before I sleep,
and miles to go before I sleep.
       by Robert Frost

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Why Do Cathothics Do That?

Common Priesthood and the Ordained

      In the Bible, Jesus is called our “high priest.” Anyone who is baptized shares in the priesthood of Jesus. This is the common priesthood of the people of God. Every Christian is part of that people, which together forms the church.
       The Apostles passed on their ministry to their successors, the bishops and the priests.
There are three degrees of ordination:
1. The Diaconate. Deacons assist the Bishop in their attention to the poor and needy. They administer the sacraments of Baptism and Marriage and assist the priest with the Eucharist. Permanent Deacons, who will never
be ordained priests, may be married. Candidates for the priesthood serve as a deacon before being ordained a priest.
2. Priesthood. Priests administer God’s sacraments, explain the faith, and help the Bishop in the governance of the church.
3. Episcopate. As successors of the Apostles, Bishops receive the fullness of the Sacrament of Ordination. They govern the diocese, administer the sacraments, and teach the faith.
Just as in the time of the Apostles, every ordination involves a Bishop laying hands on the candidate and praying over him. Priests and Bishops are anointed with Chrism.

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Letter of Paul

GALATIANS 5:1, 13-18
       Paul writes an emotional and somewhat bitter letter to the Christians of Galatia. It was a region in north central Turkey. He had established some churches there, but learned that the people were backsliding into their old religion.
       Paul had taught that some of the negative laws proclaimed by Moses had been replaced by more positive law of Christian love. He believed that their return to the laws of Moses was a retreat into slavery.

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