September 2nd ✙ 22nd Sunday of Ordinary Time

Readings for September 2nd, 2018

Confiteor ~ Prayer Confessing Sins

        The primary reason why we are here is to worship God. Jesus said of the Pharisees: "This people honors me with their lips but their hearts are far from me." Hence their worship was hollow and empty. It's a danger that faces us all.
       We need God's help in order to give Him the kind of worship that will and transform our lives. Let us turn to God now with sincere and humble hearts.
       Lord, you help us to worship you with a sincere heart. Lord, have mercy.
       Lord, you help us to worship you with a humble heart. Christ , have mercy.
       Lord, you help us to worship you with a loving heart. Lord, have mercy.

Agape Catholic Bible study: 22nd SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME

To understand this week's scripture readings, please refer to our Bible Study page which has several links to more bible resources and notes.

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MONDAY:Intentions of the Holy Father;
TUESDAY:The Healing of the abuse victims;
WEDNESDAY:Fire Fighters/First Re-sponders;
FRIDAY: The Healing of the Sick in the Parish

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Liturgy Assignments for the Next 2 Weeks

SATURDAY, September 1st - 5:00pm
Lector: Mary K Bates
Eucharist: Bill Navarre
Cup: Deacon Ed & Tammy Pecis
Servers: Alexa Thompson & Daniel Forslund
Music: Folk Group
Offertory Gifts: Tom & Jackie Ravizza
Ushers: Dave Barnett & Tom Ravizza

SUNDAY, September 2nd - 9:00am
Lector: Tonia Dolf
Eucharist: Sandy Meneni
Cup: Teresa Hickey & Tyler Cervelli
Servers: Adam Domanski & Austin McWilliams
Music: Carol Taforo & James Roach
Offertory Gifts: Alvin & Maria Garcia
Ushers: Bruno Zamperin & Aldo Meneni

SATURDAY, September 8th - 5:00pm
Lector: Paul Schwartz
Eucharist: Lavada Erickson
Cup: Chuck Rosencrantz & Mark Clure
Servers: Elise & Linnea Dolf Folk Group
Music: Folk Group
Offertory Gifts: Frank & Judy Goulart
Ushers: Frank Correa & Frank Melo

SUNDAY, September 9th - 9:00am
Lector: Mark Sadler
Eucharist: Darrold Jourdan
Cup: Deacon Ed Pecis & Cathy Jourdan
Servers:Jacob & Paul Chapman
Music: Carol Taforo & James Roach
Offertory Gifts: Jim & Katie Ostrowski
Ushers:Bruno Zamperin & Dante Capovilla

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Reflections: Cleanliness of Heart

Today, pollution has become a big issue and rightfully so.
People want clean water, clean air and clean food.
But we should be more concerned about the most dangerous
pollution of all. Namely, evil.
Pride, anger, hate, lust, greed and envy...
All these are dangerous pollutants.
So what must we do?
We must purify the source. The heart is the source.
It is the well-spring from which all our thoughts, words and
deeds flow.
If the heart is clean, all that flows from it will be clean.
Blessed are the clean of heart. They shall see God.

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Gospel and Other Readings ~ Jesus in a Prophetic Light

Reflections by Scott Hahn:

         Today’s Gospel casts Jesus in a prophetic light, as one having authority to interpret God’s law. In observing the law, the Pharisees honor God by ensuring that nothing unclean passes their lips. In this, however, they’ve turned the law inside out, making it a matter of simply performing certain external actions.
        The law, fulfilled in the Gospel, is meant to form our hearts, make us pure and enable us to live in the Lord’s presence. The law was given so that we might live and enter into the inheritance promised to us—the kingdom of God, eternal life. Israel, by its observance of the law, was meant to be an example to surrounding nations.
        As James tells us in today’s Epistle, the Gospel was given to us that we might have new birth by the Word of truth. By living the Word we’ve received, we’re to be examples of God’s wisdom to those around us, the “first fruits” of a new humanity. This means we must be “doers” of the Word, not merely hearers of it.
         As we sing in today’s Psalm and hear again in today’s Epistle, we must work for justice, taking care of our brothers and sisters, and living by the truth God has placed in our hearts. The Word given to us is a perfect gift. We should not add to it through vain and needless devotions. Nor should we subtract from it by picking and choosing which of His laws to honor. “Hear me,” Jesus says in today’s Gospel.
        Today, we’re called to examine our relationship to God’s law. Is the practice of our religion a pure listening to Jesus, a humble welcoming of the Word planted in us and able to save our souls? Or are we only paying lip-service?

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First Friday Adoration ~ September 7

     FIRST FRIDAY ADORATION has been set aside so we can spend time with the Blessed Sacrament. As Catholics, we know Christ himself is with us when the Holy Eucharist is placed in a monstrance and left on the altar for our adoration and worship. It is a great privilege and blessing to be able to adore the Blessed Sacrament, however, Jesus must never be left exposed upon the altar without anyone in attendance. So, please find the time, and set aside 30 minutes or more, the first Friday of each month. Stop in and visit with our Lord. You will truly enjoy the visit.
      The Exposition of Blessed Sacrament will be on display between 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at St. Anthony, Mount Shasta .Come when you can spend as much time as you like. And remember those precious words:Could you not spend one hour in prayer with me?

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