Pastor’s Reflection

08 July 2018

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

               

In this week’s Gospel (Mk 6:7-13) we read: “Jesus summoned the twelve and began to send them out two by two and gave them authority over unclean spirits.” We may wonder, wouldn’t it be awesome to be summoned by Jesus and then sent out with authority over unclean spirits? Saint Paul in the Second Reading (Eph 1:3-14) reminds us that God did in fact choose us in Christ before the world began “to be holy and blameless in his sight, to be full of love.” St. Paul praises God and rejoices in this great mystery:

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavens, as he chose us in him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and without blemish before him. In love he destined us for adoption to himself through Jesus Christ, in accord with the favor of his will, for the praise of the glory of his grace that he granted us in the beloved.” (Ephesians 1:3–6, NAB)

What does this mean? How does this apply to our everyday lives? In a word, we must remember who we are in Christ in order to become the people He has created us to be. In times of temptation, when we come face to face with “unclean spirits” we need to recall the authority we have in Christ; in Christ, we have been blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavens in order to live a holy life before God. The fact is, “No trial has come to you but what is human. God is faithful and will not let you be tried beyond your strength; but with the trial he will also provide a way out, so that you may be able to bear it” (1 Corinthians 10:13, NAB). Ultimately, the “way out” God promises to provide is only found in Christ. The Letter to the Hebrews makes this point loud and clear:

“Because he himself was tested through what he suffered, he is able to help those who are being tested.” (Hebrews 2:18, NAB)

“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who has similarly been tested in every way, yet without sin.” (Hebrews 4:15, NAB)

In conclusion, we might say that the action of Jesus summoning and sending out his disciples with authority over unclean spirits is not a one-time event in our lives as His disciples; rather, it is a continuous process. Jesus summons us to Himself many times a day through the working of the Holy Spirit: we experience His summons when He subtly touches our hearts with an inspiration to pray, or to volunteer, or to give money or time for others, or to repent of our sins. As often as we obey His invitations, as often as we chose to live in Him, we find ourselves exercising our God given authority over unclean spirits. St. Paul teaches us, “Walk by the Spirit and you will not carry out the lusts of the flesh.” Today, and in fact every day, if we are attentive to Jesus we will hear Him summoning us to Himself; if we accept the invitation we will find ourselves living as people touched by God – sent out into this world with authority over unclean spirits. And that, my friends, is awesome!

 

Your Servant in Christ, Fr Terry Staples

+Father’s Bike Trip+

July 15th – August 9th, 2018

Father is leaving soon for his yearly adventure. He’s promised to pray for us in front of the Blessed Sacrament on his holiday.

 Prayer Requests for Father’s Trip?

 Please put them in the prayer request box in the gathering area…

 

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.

 

Pray for the Sick & other Special Needs

 

Mass Intentions Next Two Weeks

(July 7 – July 13)                 (July 14 – July 20)

Sat      5:00pm      +Orville Kiehn                                +Dennis Horton

Sun:    8:00am        parishioners                                    Joseph Knight

10:30am  John & Shelley Chesbuske             Parishioners

Mon:   8:00am      +Dennis Horton                                        N/A

Tue:    8:30am     +Edgar Hammond                                      N/A

Wed: 12:15pm        Joseph  Knight                +william  quinn & patricia  jones

Fri:    12:15pm     +Robert Petrella                                    N/A

JULY FOOD BANK

Jelly & Canned Fruit

Pray for our Loved Ones in the Armed Forces

 

WOMEN’S CLUB

 Our meeting will be from 10a.m. to 12p.m. on Friday,

 July 13th, in the social hall. ALL women are welcome. We are looking for new members.

Won’t you please join us?

 

 

~~VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL~~

Monday, July 9 from 3p.m.–6p.m.

Topic:  The Patriarchs of our Faith

Tuesday, July 10 from 9a.m. – 12p.m.

Topic:  The 12 Tribes of Israel

 

WON’T YOU JOIN US?

Guaranteed to have a wonderful time!

A SIGN UP SHEET IS IN THE GATHERING AREA

Your Praise, O God, like your name, reaches the ends of the earth. (PS 48(47)

Saturday         Readers:     Daniel Strogis, Patricia Harbin (EM)

July 7           Ushers:           John Clemente, Larry Deeds

5:00PM    Altar Servers:     Isaac, Adrian & Vince

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

July 8                 Ushers:        Mike Monticello & Gordon Genovese

8:00am    Altar Servers:     John, Daniel, Joseph Burford

Sunday           Readers:       Jesse Evans, Joyce Cyrus (EM)

July 8              Ushers:         Ron Lloyd & Bill Saunders

10:30am  Altar Servers:        Christopher & Peter

Counters:       Chris & Tina Riley, Thomas Allsbury

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Saturday         Readers:      Joe Pauli, Cheryl Pauli (EM)

July 14            Ushers:         John Phelps, Patricia Harbin

5:00PM    Altar Servers:   Eric & Matthew, Isaac

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

July 15               Ushers:        Mark Hogan, Romie Powell

8:00am    Altar Servers:       Abby & Joseph, Shane

Sunday           Readers:       Len Whitehead, Karen Primeau (EM)

July 15             Ushers:         Scott Johnson, David Bowman

10:30am  Altar Servers:   Danni, Joseph, Christopher

Counters:       John & Carol Keeney, Jesse Evans

Baby Bottles reached a grand total of $1,230.00

 

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Pope Paul VI’s Humanae Vitae 50th Anniversary Catholic University of America Professor Chad Pecknold, PhD, will host the discussion entitled “HV50: Ask the Question” from July 1-24 culminating in a Twitter symposium on July 25.

We want to encourage dialogue:  Join the conversation using the #HV50 & #AskTheQuestion hashtags.

 

Employment Opportunities

Charlottesville Catholic School is seeking qualified candidates to fill a number of open positions for the 2018-19 school year. Please visit www.cvillecatholic.org for the complete job listings and for more information

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