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