Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sunday, August 30, 2015
Hello, I'm Franciscan Father Greg Friedman, with the Sunday Soundbite for the Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Many years ago I took part in a group dynamics exercise. We were told to stand in a circle, join hands, and prevent Joe--outside the group--from breaking into the circle. We did that task well. So well that when Mary--also outside the circle--tried to break in, we kept her out too.
The group leader processed the experience for us, reminding us that he’d told us only to keep Joe out. The leader explained that human beings sometimes get so caught up in the details of a system of behavior that they forget its original purpose.
The same thing often can be said for religion. The laws and structures of our religious life, as noted in today’s first reading, are an important way we relate to God. But as Jesus points out in the Gospel, when human beings go beyond the original purpose, and burden others with practices the law never intended, then the connection with God is severed. Lip service to external structures and laws can replace a commitment of the heart.
There is a place for law and for structure within our lives as Christians. But we must always keep the purpose in mind. If we center on the person of Jesus Christ, and his law of love, we should have no trouble doing just that.
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For the Church, there is no distinction
between defending human life and promoting
the dignity of the human person.
Pope Benedict XVI writes that “The
Church forcefully maintains this link
between life ethics and social ethics,
fully aware that ‘a society lacks solid foundations when,
on the one hand, it asserts values such as the dignity of
the person, justice and peace, but then, on the other hand,
radically acts to the contrary by allowing or tolerating a
variety of ways in which human life is devalued and violated,
especially where it is weak or marginalized.’”(no.15)
As a gift from God, every human life is sacred from conception to natural death. The life and dignity of every person must be respected and protected at every stage and in every condition. The right to life is the first and most fundamental principle of human rights that leads Catholics to actively work for a world of greater respect for human life and greater commitment to justice and peace.
Homebound Communion Calls
Father Lubo will be making his monthly Communion Calls to homebound parishioners on Thursday, September 3. He currently visits 13 homes beginning at 9 a.m. If you would like to receive Holy Communion, please call the rectory office by Wednesday morning. Please notify the rectory or Fr. Lubo if you or anyone in your family has been admitted to the hospital, rehab hospital, or nursing home.
You are encouraged to honor the Sacred Heart of Jesus by attending the 7:45 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. Mass on Friday, September 4. Confessions will be heard at 7:15 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. There will be Adoration from after the 7:45 a.m. Mass until 11:30 a.m. You are invited to spend some time in prayer while resting in the sacramental presence of Jesus.
34th Birth of Mary Celebration
Tuesday, September 8 Saint Catherine of Siena Church/Shrine. Parishioners are invited to participate in this annual Celebration Honoring Mary, Our Mother, on her birthday, September 8th. Masses at 7:45 a.m., 12:00 Noon and Continuous Rosary. Shrine Mass/Procession/Benediction at 6:00 p.m. Celebrant/Homilist, Bishop Mark Bartchak. Salads, Soups, Sandwiches and Desserts available 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Coffee and Cake after the evening Mass.
125th Anniversary Video
The Anniversary Videos have arrived! They may be picked up at the rectory office during normal business hours; 7:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Also, after Masses this weekend they will be available in the back of the church. We still have several pictures that were used in the DVD that have not been picked up. They also are in the rectory office. Thank you.
“Be doers of the word and not hearers only.” It is one thing to “hear” someone but it is another thing to actively listen to someone. When we are doers of the word of God, we have a heart that listens and obeys. Consider opening your heart to someone who may want to become Catholic and actively listen to them. If they have questions or concerns have them talk to Fr. Lubo or contact Mike Kelleher at 934-4076.
Calendar of Cash
We will once again be selling lottery calendars for 2016. The cost will be
$25 for the entire year. Number is based on the 7:00 p.m. Daily Number. Prizes range from $25 to $500. The calendars are now available in the rectory business office. For those of you who pre-ordered your numbers, your calendars are now
available for pick up. If you cannot stop by the office, just call the rectory and yours can be mailed to you.
Last week we had two $50 winners and three $25 winners.
Altar Servers assist the priest at Mass. Servers care for
the candles before and after Mass. They carry the cross
and candles in the opening and closing processions. A
server holds the Roman Missal for the priest celebrant
when not at the altar. Servers help with the bread, wine,
and water during the preparation of the gifts. The servers
provide water and a towel for the washing of the priest’s
hands. Where it is the custom, the server rings the bell at
the appropriate time. Altar servers participate at Mass,
responding to the prayers and dialogues, and joining in
the singing of the songs and acclamations. Faith communities
determine the appropriate age for altar servers; the
Diocese directs that they have received the Sacraments of
Baptism and Eucharist.
General Instruction of the Roman Missal, Numbers 100.
- 2015, Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, Liturgy Office
The flowers last weekend were provided by Joanne Straw in memory of her husband, Robert and brother, Bill Mack. Thank you.
In Your Prayers
Please remember in your prayers the health intention of
Marcella Adams, Arlene Balestino, Rosemary Barcaro, Barbara
Barker, Donald Belsey, Elizabeth, Valerie Brumbaugh,
Paxton Burr, Kierra Chirdon, Denise Conrad, Mary Costlow,
Betty Dalansky, Susie Dalansky, Evan Decker, Dominick De-
Vecchis, Thomas Dobson, Joan Donnelly, Debra Dorazio,
May Duey, Mike Dutchard, Jacob Eshlenan, Shirley Fanella,
Gianna Feather, Kathleen Foster, George Frederick, Mary Frederick,
Anna Marie Gority, Helen Gummo, Elaine Hauser,
Janet Hilton, Michael Himes, Nancy James, Ken Keagy, Larry
Knott, Sr., Meredith Kuhns, Perry Lloyd, Larry Lytle, Patty
Maria, Tom McGinnis, Brigid McManaman, Debbie Murtagh,
Kevin O’Rorke, Cindy Oswald, Donny Ott, Joe Peroni, William
Reimer, Rene Reynolds, Camden Rhodes, Joan Robison,
Elia Rocci, Gavin Ross, Christopher and Tina Ruffing, Patty
Ruffing, Maureen Sherbine, Arlene Schirf, Luke Schultz, Jacqueline
Smith, Richard Soller, John Templon, Pete Szebin,
Caitlin Thompson, Carole Treese, Mary Pat Williams and
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.