Pastor’s Reflection

29 July 2018

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

In this week’s Gospel (Jn 6:1-15), Jesus puts Philip to the test.  Jesus seated up on a hill with His disciples & sees a large crowd (about 5,000 men, women & children) approaching so He turns to Philip and asks, “Where can we buy enough food for them to eat?”  The Gospel narrative explicitly reveals Jesus’ mysterious purpose in asking this question: “He said this to test him, because He Himself knew what He was going to do.”  We may wonder; what is the nature of this “test”?

Philip responds, “Two hundred days’ wages worth of food would not be enough for each of them to have a little.”  He is basically saying, “Jesus, it is impossible!”  We know the end of the story.  Andrew obtains five barley loaves and two fish from a boy; Jesus has everyone recline and proceeds to miraculously feed the entire crowd from their meager food supply; everyone ate their fill and there was even plenty of leftovers!  So, what was the nature of Philip’s test?”  There are a number of possible answers, but I would suggest one in particular:  Jesus challenged Philip to accomplish something he could not accomplish in his own power and with his own resources, yet, with the help of Jesus, the little the disciples could offer sufficed to accomplish the impossible!  In a word,

Philip learned what Saint Paul would later learn:  “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”  I would suggest, this is a lesson we must all learn and continue to re-learn until our dying day!

The fact is we are all spiritual beings and we are all hungry for supernatural fulfillment which we cannot achieve in our own power and with our own resources.  Nor can we adequately supply the needs of the hungry people all around us – including, the people we love.  We need God’s constant help to use our meager efforts to accomplish the miraculous, for example, to raise a family!  I leave you with the words of John Paul II taken from his beautiful Apostolic Exhortation, “The Role of the Christian Family in the Modern World”, paragraph 59.  Here, the Holy Father explains how we obtain the help of Jesus through the Sacraments and prayer in order to accomplish the impossible:

The Church prays for the Christian family and

educates the family to live in generous accord with     the priestly gift and role received from Christ the         high priest.  In effect, the baptismal priesthood of the                            faithful exercised in the Sacrament of Marriage            constitutes the basis of a priestly vocation and          mission for the spouses and family by which their       daily lives are transformed into “spiritual sacrifices                 acceptable to Jesus Christ” (149).  This          transformation is achieved not only celebrating the

Eucharist and the other Sacraments and through          offering themselves to the glory of God, but also         through a life of prayer, through prayerful dialogue              with the Father, through Jesus Christ, in the Holy        Spirit.

Family prayer has its own characteristic qualities.  It is prayer offered in common, husband and wife            together, parents and children together.  Communion in prayer is both a consequence of and a requirement for the communion bestowed by the Sacraments of                Baptism and Matrimony.  The words with which the   Lord Jesus promises His presence can be applied                 to the members of the Christian family in a special      way: “Again, I say to you, if two of you agree on         earth about anything they ask it will be done for               them by My Father in heaven.  For where two or         three are gathered in My name, there am I in         the midst of them”(150).

Family payer has for its very own object family life    itself, which in all its varying circumstances is seen    as a call from God and lived as a filial response to                His call.  Joys and sorrows, hopes and            disappointments, births and birthday celebrations,         wedding anniversaries of the parents, departures,         separations and homecomings, important and far-                       reaching decisions, the death of those who are dear,    etc. – all of these mark God’s loving intervention in    the family’s history.  They should be seen as suitable        moments for thanksgiving, for petition, for trusting     abandonment of the family in to the hands of their                 common Father in heaven.  The dignity and                                responsibility of the Christian family as the          domestic church can be achieved only with God’s unceasing aid, which will surely be granted if it is humbly and trustingly petitioned in prayer.

 

May the good Lord bless us with the grace and wisdom to understand the lesson learned by Philip when he was put to the test!

              Your Servant in Christ, Fr Terry Staples

 

Fr. Staples Bike Trip:   July 15th – August 9th, 2018

GOD SPEED, FATHER

 

How to track Father Staples on his Bike Trip

                

Go to www.endomondo.com and create an account using your email address and a password. After you log into your account, search for “Terry Staples” in the upper right corner of the Home page. Click on “add as friend” when Fr. Staples’ name and picture appear. After Fr. Staples accepts you as a friend, you can access his profile. From his page, go to the “workouts” tab and you can see Father’s current and past rides. You can also send him a live instant message by clicking on the “pep talk” tab. Type in a message and it will be read out loud to Father immediately through his phone.

 

CCD begins September 9th. REGISTRATION FORMS are                                          available in the gathering area.

                                    

Pray for the Sick & other Special Needs

Mass Intentions Next Two Weeks

(July 28-Aug 3)                   (Aug 4 -Aug 10)

Sat      5:00pm         Saverot Family                          +Dennis Horton

Sun:    8:00am          Parishioners                                   Parishioners

10:30am          Deb Schwall                                   Dee.W.Cotrell

Ed Schwall                                          & Family

Mon:   8:00am                  N/A                                                       N/A

Tue:    8:30am                  N/A                                                       N/A

Wed: 12:15pm       + Tom Dreelin                         +Kathleen Dodson                                 Fri:    12:15pm       +Penn Pace                                  +Neil C. Parker

JULY FOOD BANK

Jelly & Canned Fruit

 

Pray for our Loved Ones in the Armed Forces

Msgr. Jed Patrick of Cross Catholic Outreach will be visiting our parish next weekend to speak at all the Masses on behalf of the poor in developing countries. Cross Catholic Outreach was founded to create a meaningful link between parishes in America and the priests and nuns working in the Church overseas in the Caribbean, Africa, Asia, Central and South America.

Today, we welcome Father Gerald Weyms to our parish as he celebrates Mass with us this weekend.

 

Saturday       Readers:       Daniel Strogis, Hazel Arruda(EM)

July 28          Ushers:          John Robert Clemente & Patricia Harbin

5:00PM    Altar Servers:     Shane, Christopher & Peter

Sunday          Readers:       Mary Ann Behnke, Mary Ann Behnke (EM)

July 29               Ushers:        Aubrey Treakle & Mike Monticello

8:00am    Altar Servers:       Daniel & Jamie

Sunday          Readers:        Jesse Evans, Karen Primeau (EM)

July 29            Ushers:         Ron Lloyd & Scott Johnson

10:30am  Altar Servers: Brendan -Jackson -Joseph

Counters:       Thomas Allsbury – Chris & Tina Riley

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Saturday        Readers:       Daniel Strogis, Patricia Harbin (EM)

Aug 4            Ushers:         John & John Robert Clemente

5:00PM    Altar Servers:      Joseph , Brendan

Sunday          Readers:        Daphnie Sowa,                          (EM)

Aug 5              Ushers:        Romie Powell & Aubrey Treakle

8:00am    Altar Servers:   Grace , Isaac & Adrian

Sunday           Readers:       Joyce Cyrus, Karen Primeau (EM)

Aug 5             Ushers:          Ron Lloyd & Scott Johnson

10:30am   Altar Servers:    Christopher & Peter , Shane

Counters:      John & Carol Keeney – Jesse Evans

 

As many of you know, various individuals and groups in our parish have participated in the renovation and furnishing of the new Paul Stefan Regional Maternity Housing and Educational Center. Randy wants to convey to all that the reason for time delays at the Regional Center is due to ensuring the safety of future residents and their babies.

You can do your part! The Paul Stefan Home is partnering with Father Staples’ bike trip to raise $100,000 toward finishing the Regional Center. For complete details, please see the insert, visit the website: www.paulstefanhome.org, and like them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/paulstefanhome.org

 

                                         Ps 103(102)                                                                                                         

“Bless the Lord, O my soul and never forget all his benefits.”