Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sunday, June 26, 2016
This is Franciscan Father Greg Friedman with the Sunday Soundbite for the Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
In the late nineteenth century, Franciscan Friars from my home province in Cincinnati, Ohio, went to minister among the Navajo people in the territories of Arizona and New Mexico. The friars reached the Southwest by train, but their travels around the mission field were by horse, wagon or on foot. Their adventures on the road in that frontier territory were often quite hazardous. A sudden storm could wash out desert roads. And there were other dangers: One old photo shows a friar in his habit, and seated nearby is a cowboy with a vicious-looking six-shooter.
Today, my confreres still minister in that same mission field, but they crisscross Navajo land by car or truck like everyone else, including the Navajo people.
Like our missionary forebears, the journey Jesus begins in today’s Gospel was difficult—not only because robbers, deserts and wild beasts lay along the road to Jerusalem. At the end of his journey, Jesus will face crucifixion and death.
In these summer Gospel selections from Luke, our author uses the journey theme to explore what being a disciple means. Your trip to church this weekend might not be hazardous--until you reach the parking lot at least!--but let’s hope you hear loud and clear the challenge to discipleship in our Sunday Scriptures.
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Jesus tells us that, “Whatever you did for one of the least of these my brothers, you did for me.” Who are “the least” in our world today? One can put forward many worthy candidates: fatherless children, the elderly, the infirm, the immigrant and the poor. Of course we should help all of these people.
But it’s hard to be “less” than a child so young he is unable even to cry. The unborn have no ability to plead their own case. No leverage with which to protect themselves. If their natural parents choose to abort them, they have no recourse, and nowhere to run. They are literally voiceless and defenseless. We have the responsibility to protect those who are most singularly incapable of protecting themselves.
- Pro-Life Quotes
Parish Business Office
The secretary will be out of the office on Tuesday, June 28th and Thursday, June 30th. Also the following week, July 4th, 5th, and 7th.
First Friday of the Month
You are encouraged to honor the Sacred Heart of Jesus by participating in the Eucharist on Friday, July 1, the First Friday of the Month. Masses will be celebrated at 7:45 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be celebrated at 7:15 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. There will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament from after the 7:45 a.m. Mass until 11:25 a.m. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament is a devotion for prayer and quiet reflection. It is an opportunity to silently adore Jesus Christ present in the Holy Eucharist.
Sacred Heart Food Pantry
Our food pantry is in need of plastic grocery bags. There is a special box located in the vestibule where you may put them. Thank you.
Do you know of a friend, neighbor or family member that might be interested in becoming Catholic? Has your non-Catholic spouse been attending Mass regularly with you? Could this be the year he or she would like to become Catholic? Do you know of any non-practicing Catholics that would like to return to the Faith? If so, please invite them to call the rectory office at 943-8553 or Mike Kelleher at 934-4076 for more information. Thank you.
Baseball Game Doubleheader
The baseball game for Friday, July 15 is now a double-header beginning at 5:00 p.m. Giveaways and fireworks! We still have a few tickets available. Tickets are free to registered members and $10 for non-members. Please call or stop in the rectory office
Jesus is resolutely determined to journey to Jerusalem. But on the way there are some who are not so resolute. “Let me go first and bury my father” or “First let me say farewell to my family at home”. Jesus demands a definite, clear, and absolute commitment to follow him. Today the Lord calls us to follow. May we follow Jesus resolutely. We live our commitments to the Lord today, not later or somewhere down the road. As we set our-selves towards God’s kingdom, may we do so with hearts full of mercy. James and John wanted to call down fire from heaven on the Samaritans. Jesus rebuked them. When on the road with the Lord, show mercy. Mercy alone is all we need as followers of Christ.
- 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 Don-nelly, 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 McManaman, Vicki Medeiros, Debbie Murtagh, Kevin O’Rorke, Cindy Oswald, Donny Ott, Randy Parson, Joe Peroni, William Reimer, Rene Reynolds, Camden Rhodes, Joan Robison, Gavin Ross, Christopher and Tina Ruffing, Patty Ruffing, Maureen Sherbine, Jacqueline 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.