The Mass intentions book is available for those who want to have Masses said for family and friends. Masses for this year are still available. Contact the parish office to make arrangements.
The 2017 Mass intentions book will be available September 6, 2017.
Faith Formation enrollment is now open. We need volunteers to assist with the children and families for the Sunday program beginning in September.
If you are interested, please speak to Father Gabriel.
Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
“Beloved. First of all, I ask that supplications prayers, petitions, and thanksgiving be offered for everyone, for kings and for all in authority, that we may lead quiet and tranquil life in all devotion and dignity. This is good and pleasing to God our savior, who wills everyone to be saved and to come to knowledge of the truth. For there is one God. There is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus who gave himself as ransom for all.”
Paul wrote an encouraging note to Timothy and we have a chance to both read it and apply it for our spiritual well being. We are taught all the elements of prayer – adoration, contrition, thanks and supplication, as we have noted before – ACTS. As I examine my prayer life, I want to include all these elements in what I include as prayer.
Timothy also is reminded of God’s will and His will for us all – salvation and encounter with the Truth. These are not earned but are offered as gifts, for which I can ask and receive. The reason for it is the reminder that Jesus is the one mediator, the savior. As labor talks, contracts are often brokered by a mediator or arbitrator, so Jesus represents us, has done all is required, and only asks us to ‘sign on’.
In Paul’s words it leads us to more quiet and tranquil lives.
How can we show others the mercy of God? We say that God is compassionate, but we ignore the poor. We say that God loves us and has mercy on us, but we hold grudges against our friends. Our actions need to authentically reflect God's mercy. Click below to explore the different ways that you can live out that mercy every day!
(Vatican Radio) To mark the September 1st day of prayer for creation, Pope Francis has added a new work of mercy for Catholics to perform: caring for our common home, the planet and all its inhabitants.
At a press conference on Thursday morning, Cardinal Peter Turkson, head of the new Vatican office for Promoting Integral Human Development, and Bishop Brian Farrell from the Council for Christian Unity, introduced the Pope’s message for this annual observance, together with Irish author Terence Ward.
“The first step in this process is to humbly acknowledge the harm we are doing to the earth through pollution, the scandalous destruction of ecosystems and loss of biodiversity, and the spectre of climate change—which seems nearer and more dangerous with each passing year. And to realize that when we hurt the earth, we also hurt the poor, whom God loves without limit”