Pastor’s Reflection

19 August 2018

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

Once upon a time, I did not believe Jesus was God. After all, I thought to myself, how could God possibly become a man? How could the Creator become a member of His own creation? Later, I discovered that Jesus in fact claimed to be God; and furthermore, the evidence of history (both B.C. and A.D.) supported this outrageous claim! It remains a great mystery which will forever boggle the mind: the Word became flesh and dwelt among us (cf. John 1); yet this great mystery, as incomprehensible as it may be, is an actual historical fact! Having discovered this fact I, by the grace of God, became a Christian.

Once upon a time, as a non-Catholic Christian, I was told that Catholics believe when they celebrate the Lord’s Supper the bread and wine cease to exist and the actual body and blood of Christ takes their place! I thought to myself, “This is ridiculous, how could Jesus be present – body, blood, soul and divinity – in the form of bread and wine?” Once again, my perfectly legitimate skepticism proved to be contrary to the evidence. I soon discovered this “ridiculous” claim was actually taught by Jesus Himself! Once again, history does not lie. In the first centuries of Christianity the successors of the Apostles unanimously and universally taught precisely the same thing Catholics believe today! Having discovered this fact I, by the grace of God, became a Catholic.

But my initial quarrel with Catholic teaching on this matter was nothing new. This week’s Gospel provides us with Jesus’ response to my “quarrel”:

“I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.” The Jews quarreled among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us (his) flesh to eat?” Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him. Just as the living Father sent me and I have life because of the Father, so also the one who feeds on me will have life because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven. Unlike your ancestors who ate and still died, whoever eats this bread will live forever.” (John 6:51–58, NAB)

So, we discover that the teaching of the Church at the Second Vatican Council is nothing new; it simply reiterates the historic teaching of Jesus:

[The Eucharistic Sacrifice is] “the source and summit of the Christian life” . . . “for the most holy Eucharist contains the Church’s entire spiritual wealth: Christ himself, our Passover and living bread. Through his own flesh, now made living and life-giving by the Holy Spirit, he offers life to men.”(Catechism of the Catholic Church, #1324; Presbyterorum Ordinis, #5).

I imagine this astonishing teaching will be the subject of quarrels until the end of time. I pray that we, as Catholics, will cling to Jesus’ words with all our hearts and minds because this great mystery, as incomprehensible as it may be, is an actual historical fact – whoever eats this bread will live forever!

Your Servant in Christ,

Fr. Terry Staples

         Pray for the Sick & other Special Needs

 

AUGUST FOOD BANK

Paper Towels/Bathroom Tissues

 

Mass Intentions Next Two Weeks

(Aug 18 – Aug 24)               (Aug 25 – Aug 31)

Sat      5:00pm        +Clara Clark                             +Jean Ann Indovina

Sun:    8:00am            Parishioners                                 Parishioners

10:30am  Maria & Jon Saporito-Michel   +Charles & Irma Conroy

and Family

Mon:   8:30am        +Paul Dolenc                                        OPEN

Tue:    8:30am                  OPEN                                    + Solamito Family

Wed: 12:15PM       +Arnold Prokupek                   + Dennis Horton

Fri:    12:15pm       +George M. Parker, Jr.          +Rose L. Monti

 

 

Thanks Father Staples for helping us out at the Paul Stefan Regional Maternity Housing and Education Center…..

Total Amount Raised:  $78,000

 

 

               CCD BEGINS SEPTEMBER 9TH

Registration Forms are available in the gathering area.

                   Seniors are not too old to teach!

CATECHIST MEETING

Next Sunday, August 26 AFTER the 8:00a.m. MASS

 

BANICA MISSION / DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

 

The Parish of Bánica along with the neighboring Parish of Pedro Santana (San José) are in the care of Arlington priests and count over 10,000 people dispersed in over 60 communities.

 

Pray for our Loved Ones in the Armed Forces

Saturday      Readers:     Joe Pauli, Cheryl Pauli (EM)

Aug 18         Ushers:        John and John Robert Clemente

5:00PM    Altar Servers:  Joseph, Grace, Matthew

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

Aug 19           Ushers:         Mark Hogan and Romie Powell

8:00am    Altar Servers:   Daniel, John, Jamie

Sunday        Readers:       Carolyn Comes, Karen Primeau (EM)

Aug 19         Ushers:         Craig Lawson and David Bowman

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

Counters:      John and Carol Keeney, Jesse Evans

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Saturday     Readers:       Daphnie Sowa, Hazel Arruda (EM)

Aug 25         Ushers:        John Robert Clemente, Patricia Harbin

5:00PM    Altar Servers: Grace, Eric and Matthew

Sunday       Readers:        Joe Pauli, Cheryl Pauli (EM)

Aug 26          Ushers:        Aubrey Treakle and Romie Powell

8:00am    Altar Servers:  Abby, Daniel, John

Sunday       Readers         Joyce Cyrus, Jesse Evans (EM)

Aug 26        Ushers:         Ron Lloyd and Craig Lawson

10:30am   Altar Servers:  Joseph, Christopher and Peter

Counters:      Chris and Tina Riley, Thomas Allsbury

 

Have you ever wanted to go on a pilgrimage?

Fr. Staples is hosting a pilgrimage to the Holy Land October 7-18, 2019, and a $500 deposit reserves your spot. The height of the trip will be a visit to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, but you will also visit Mt. Nebo, where Moses was laid to rest; the ancient city of Petra; Nazareth, where you will celebrate Mass and visit Mary’s well; Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus; and Cana, the site of Jesus’ first miracle, where married couples will have the opportunity to renew their vows. If you have any questions, please contact Fr. Staples at:

540-672-4933, ext. 5 or stisidore.frstaples@gmail.com.

Do you like to sing? St. Isidore’s choir is looking for you. A beautiful perspective of the Mass can be seen from the choir section. Don’t miss your chance to experience Mass so close while you sing.

DONNA CORI GIBSON

Our awesome faith, a beautiful voice, brought together to draw you closer to God.  Come and sing and “pray twice” with Donna on Sunday, September 9th @ 1:00p.m. @ St. Isidore’s.

For further information, please visit the web @

www.DonnaCori Gibson.com

The Visit of the World Youth Day Cross

Come take part in this once-in-a-generation celebration of the visit of the World Youth Day Cross on Saturday, August 25, as it makes its first pilgrimage to the United States in twenty-five years. Youth, young adults, and families are all invited to take part in this historic event. Register today! For more information visit wydunite.com

Event Date: August 25, 2018                   

Turn your eyes, O God, our shield; and look on the face of your anointed one; one day within your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere                                             Psalm 84 (83)

 

 

THE PIETA HAS ARRIVED