Mass Theme

August 11th ✙ 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Readings for August 11th, 2019

       WE ARE SERVANTS of God and of one another. But what kind of servants are we?
        Let us ask forgiveness for our sins of sloth and carelessness in our service of God and of one another.
        I confess to almighty God…love others as you love us. Lord, have mercy.

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MONDAY, August 12: Intention of Marilyn Birkett
TUESDAY August 13:Intention of Olga Rossetto
WEDNESDAY August 14:Intentions of Maria Garcia
FRIDAY August 15 :✟ Dolores Cummine
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August 10th, Saturday
Eucharist:Mark Clure
Cups:Frank & Connie Melo
Lectors: George Kraemer & Jennifer Womack
Altar Servers: Elise and Linnea Dolf
Cross Bearer:Nathan Dolf
Ushers:Tom Ravizza & Dave Barnett
2nd Collection: Latin America

August 11th, Sunday
Eucharist:Bruno Zamperin
Cups: Maria Zamperin & La Vada Erickson
Lectors: Jim Ostrowski & Rosana Slezeviciute
Altar Servers:Jacob Chapman & Daniel Forslund
Cross Bearer: Volunteer
Ushers: Mike Rodriguez & Alvin Garcia
2nd Collection:Latin America

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Reflections

"Gird Your Loins"

      This phrase occurs several times in the bible. To understand it, you must know something about clothing in biblical times. Most people wore long tunics that stretched from the neck to the ankles. This was a useful style in the hot and dusty Middle East.
       It was not practical, though, if the wearer had to move quickly. In such a case the person would gather up the garment above the knees and tie up (or gird) the surplus with a rope or cloth belt.
       Jesus uses the expression to suggest that His followers must be prepared for immediate action when God calls us. As disciples, we must act swiftly in service of God and our neighbor

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Reflections

Beatitudes of Life

Blessed are the faithful;
they are like safe anchors in a world of broken moorings.
Blessed are the just; they are to society what leaven is to bread.
Blessed are the generous; they keep alive our faith in the essential goodness of people.
Blessed are the caring; they shine like beacons in a world darkened by indifference.
Blessed are the genuine; they glow like gems in a world of falseness.
Blessed are those who are not afraid to sacrifice; on the day of the harvest they will sing for joy.
And blessed are those who refuse to look back; they will be found worthy of the Kingdom of Heaven.

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Miscellaneous

Why Do Cathothics Do That?

Can I prepare myself for death?
Because we will all have to face God after we die, the Church urges us to prepare for the moment of our death. Thus, when we pray the Hail Mary, we ask Mary to pray for us “at the hour of our death.” We can also pray to St. Joseph, the patron saint of a good death.
Thomas Kempis (+1471) wrote that being aware of the reality of death can help us to be good Christians:
“In every deed and every thought, act as though you were to die this very day. If you had a good conscience you would not fear death very much. It is better to avoid sin than to fear death. If you are not prepared today, how will you be prepared tomorrow? Tomorrow is an uncertain day; how do you know you will have a tomorrow?” St. Francis of Assisi mentioned death in his praises to God;
“Praised be you, my Lord, through our sister Bodily Death, from whom no mortal can escape; woe to those who die in mortal sin; blessed are they she finds doing your will, no second death can do them harm.”
(Tweeting with GOD)

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Prayer and Meditation

      Spending quiet moments alone in reflection is beneficial for our emotional reactivity and thinking process, and these benefits have the ability to make us more calm and composed overall. The danger arises in expecting an outcome from either.
       Plenty of danger exists when the focus is on the outcome, rather than the simple act of being still and simply giving thanks.
       This is where prayer and meditation meet: in silence.

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