Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sunday, August 21, 2016
This is Franciscan Father Greg Friedman with the Sunday Soundbite for the Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time.
I’ve been lucky enough to travel overseas and visit in Europe, especially my family’s ancestral region of Italy. I like planning for travel and reading guidebooks. Some of the advice you’ll find in those travel planners encourages you to prepare well, but then to take a risk and go off the beaten path: to sample local cuisine and customs and to be flexible and open to a change in your plans if something interesting presents itself.
That’s a good summary of the advice for disciples which Jesus gives in today’s Gospel. You’ve heard these “travel hints” for the discipleship road before: Enter by the narrow gate; be prepared for the Master’s coming; be open and flexible. Why? Because the Kingdom of God will include unexpected challenges. The people who will be welcomed to the table in the kingdom might surprise you, especially if you’re on the outside, looking in!
As we listen to these Sunday selections from Luke’s Gospel, we’re encouraged to examine our own “travel plans” as Christ’s disciples. How inclusive is our parish community? How have we prepared by study and prayer to speak up for Christian values? Are we making choices for the gospel, even if they’re unpopular with the prevailing cultural values of our American society? The gospel road may be off the beaten path, but following it is the road to salvation.
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End-Of-Summer Socials End of 125 Year Anniversary
There will be Socials in the Courtyard following the weekend Masses on August 27th after 5:30 p.m. Mass, and on Sunday, August 28th, after the 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Masses. Light refreshments will be served. In case of bad weather it will be in the Formation Center.
Religious Education Catechists Needed
We are currently recruiting parishioners to serve as Catechists in our Religious Education CCD program. The volunteer catechist fulfills an important ministry in the Church by participating in spreading the Good News and handing on the treasures of the Catholic Faith. For more information, please contact Judy Wahl at 944-3922. Thank you.
2016 Wedding Anniversary Celebration
Bishop Mark and the Family Life Office cordially invite all couples celebrating 1, 5, 10, 25, 40, 50, 55, and 60+ Wedding Anniversary in 2016 (and their families) to attend the Annual Wedding Anniversary Liturgy. Couples may attend Sunday, September 11 in Altoona at Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament. The Cathedral is handicap accessible. The Liturgy begins at 2:00 p.m. Bishop Mark will be the celebrant and homilist. Punch and cookies will be available after the Mass for couples and their families. Reservations must be made through your parish by Tuesday, August 23.
“Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I tell you, will attempt to enter but will not be strong enough.” Sometimes we might take our faith for granted. We might not be able to even imagine that we could be “wailing and grinding our teeth” when we would hear God say, “I do not know where you are from.” Introducing or inviting others to the Catholic faith could be one way we could make the last become first. What better gift could you give someone than the experience of drawing them closer to God? If you know of someone who would like to know more about the Catholic faith, have them contact the rectory or call/text Mike Kelleher at 814-934-4076. Classes will begin Sunday, September 11 at 11:00 a.m. in the Formation Center.
We are reminded that some who are last will be first, and some who are first will be last. Do we give lip service of authentic service to following Jesus and living the kingdom of God? In other words, do our actions confirm our words? We strive to enter the narrow gate by doing our best to live the values of God’s kingdom that Jesus showed us. The Catholic Church is observing a Jubilee Year of Mercy. Would you describe yourself as a merciful person? Would those closest to you describe you as a merciful person? Pope Francis tells us that mercy is fundamental to the Christian life and the proclamation of the gospel. We pray to be instruments of God’s mercy.
- 2016, Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, Liturgy Office
In Your Prayers
Please remember in your prayers the health intention of Marcella Adams, Arlene Balestino, Rosemary Barcaro, Barbara Barker, Donald Belsey, Dee Burchfield, Paxton Burr, Kierra Chirdon, Anna Chonko, Denise Conrad, Mary Costlow, Betty Dalansky, Evan Decker, Dominick DeVecchis, Phyllis DiTosti, Thomas Dobson, Joan Donnelly, Debra Dorazio, Matt Dorman, May Duey, Mike Dutchard, Jacob Eshlenan, Shirley Fanella, Gianna Feather, Kathleen Foster, George Frederick, Mary Frederick, Anna Marie Gority, Helen Gummo, Jean Hagan, Elaine Hauser, Janet Hilton, Michael Himes, Nancy James, Ken Keagy, Larry Knott, Sr., Meredith Kuhns, Riley Marie Lansberry, Perry Lloyd, Larry Lytle, Patty Maria, Tom McGinnis, Brigid McMana-man, Vicki Medeiros, Debbie Murtagh, Kevin O’Rorke, Donny Ott, Randy Parson, Joe Peroni, William Reimer, Rene Reynolds, Camden Rhodes, Joan Robison, Gavin Ross, Christopher and Tina Ruffing, Patty Ruffing, Maureen Sherbine, Jacque-line Smith, Richard Soller, Clara Tomlinson, John Templon, Pete Szebin, Caitlin Thompson, Carole Treese, Mary Pat Williams, Angie Yingling and Ian Chilcote’s and Daniel O’Brien’s safe deployment.
In the event our prayers have helped, you are asked to call the rectory to have your name removed from the list. You can always have it put back on if need be. Thank you.
To have a name added to the prayer list, please call the rectory office before noon on Monday to have the name placed in that weekends bulletin. You must have the persons permission to print their name.