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Altar Flowers Offering
Available in the Parish Office



Altar Bread Offered In Memory of Armando Perez

Requested by
Ava & Sadie

Sanctuary Lamp Offered In Memory of George Romano

Requested by
Peter & Mary Toma

Voice of the Family presents Our Lady of the Rosary Family Catechism, an entire online video catechism course which provides children and their families, completely free of charge, with the unique opportunity to learn the timeless truths of the Catholic Faith according to the classic Baltimore Catechism. This program will be a real asset to Catholic parents, the primary educators of their children. The easily accessible lessons of Our Lady or the Rosary Family Catechism are presented by Fr Anthony Pillari JCL, MCL, STB with the view that all children and families commit the Baltimore Catechism to memory, as generations of Catholics used to do. By taking up this delightful challenge, we are invited to join the mission given by Our Lady at Fatima: to work for the salvation of souls by striving for holiness in our daily lives. Sign up today, become crusaders for Christ!

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Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C

Sunday, August 7, 2022

Good Servanthood, Coherent Christian Life, Faith Mentality

We are all in service of God as Jesus Christ did to the Father’s will. The Lord Jesus is our Divine Master, we are to frame our mindset into His mindset so that we can serve Him, serve God, the best we can. To be good servants, we must strive to be coherent in life; our life on earth must be consistent with the heavenly life; our works with worship, our deeds with our doctrines. Our practice flows and animated by and from prayer. Let us have the mentality of our faith become the backbone of our existence.

FAITH FORMATION

Our ministry aims to help the faithful adult to grow in both Human and Christian maturity. 
As part of this goal we offer links to Adult Faith Formation videos.

Unity of Life

prayer and practice - belief and behavior

Our Christian life is not only when we are inside the Church, but also when we are outside. We are not only followers of Jesus Christ when we are at prayer, but more so when we are doing our work and dealing with people. Our faith must form us. Our Prayer must be seen in practice. Our Belief must shine in our behavior.

Fr. Joepel

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These words of Basil the Great on the gift of God’s love and the radiance of divine beauty were originally addressed to his monks as part of his monastic rule.

Love of God is not something that can be taught. We did not learn from someone else how to rejoice in light or want to live, or to love our parents or guardians. It is the same – perhaps even more so – with our love for God: it does not come by another’s teaching. As soon as the living creature (that is, man) comes to be, a power of reason is implanted in us like a seed, containing within it the ability and the need to love. When the school of God’s law admits this power of reason, it cultivates it diligently, skillfully nurtures it, and with God’s help brings it to perfection.

FAN THE SPARK INTO FLAME
For this reason, as by God’s gift, I find you with the zeal necessary to attain this end, and you on your part help me with your prayers. I will try to fan into flame the spark of divine love that is hidden within you, as far as I am able through the power of the Holy Spirit.
First, let me say that we have already received from God the ability to fulfill all his commands. We have then no reason to resent them, as if something beyond our capacity were being asked of us. We have no reason either to be angry, as if we had to pay back more than we had received. When we use this ability in a right and fitting way, we lead a life of virtue and holiness. But if we misuse it, we fall into sin.

SIN VS. LOVE
This is the definition of sin: the misuse of powers given us by God for doing good, a use contrary to God’s commands. On the other hand, the virtue that God asks of us is the use of the same powers based on a good conscience in accordance with God’s command.
Since this is so, we can say the same about love. Since we received a command to love God, we possess from the first moment of our existence an innate power and ability to love. The proof of this is not to be sought outside ourselves, but each one can learn this from himself and in himself. It is natural for us to want things that are good and pleasing to the eye, even though at first different things seem beautiful and good to different people. In the same way, we love what is related to us or near to us, though we have not been taught to do so, and we spontaneously feel well disposed to our benefactors.

RADIANCE OF DIVINE BEAUTY
What, I ask, is more wonderful than the beauty of God? What thought is more pleasing and wonderful than God’s majesty? What desire is as urgent and overpowering as the desire implanted by God in a soul that is completely purified of sin and cries out in its love: I am wounded by love? The radiance of divine beauty is altogether beyond the power of words to describe.

WEEKDAY READINGS

Monday: Ez 1:2-5,24-28c; Ps 148:1-2, 11-14; Mt 17:22-27

Tuesday: Ez 2:8, 3:4; Ps 119:14, 24, 72, 103, 111, 131;
Mt 18:1-5, 10, 12-14

Wednesday: 2 Cor 9:6-10; Ps 112:1-2, 5-9; Jn 12:24-26

Thursday: Ez 12:1-12; Ps 78:56-59, 61-62: Mt 18:21, 19:1

Friday: Ez 16:1-15, 60, 63; Is 12:2-3, 4bcd-6; Mt 19:3-12

Saturday: Ez 18:1-13b, 30-32; Ps 51:12-19; Mt 19:13-15

Sunday: Jer 38:4-10; Ps 40:2-4,18; Heb 12:1-4; Lk 12:49-53

The calendar is based upon the General Roman Calendar, promulgated by Pope Saint Paul VI on February 14, 1969, subsequently amended by the Holy See, and the Proper Calendar for the Dioceses of the United States of America, approved by the USCCB and confirmed in 2010 by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.

ARE YOU AN ACTIVE PARISHIONER?

A Parish is not simply a “branch office” of the Church, nor a periodic audience of people, nor an occasional public; but it is a formally organized social group. It is a portion of a Diocese under the authority of a Priest legitimately appointed to secure in virtue of his office for the faithful dwelling therein, the helps of religion.

The faithful are called parishioners, and they become parishioners by acquiring a domicile or a quasi-domicile within the geographical boundaries or territory of the Parish.

Parishioners could be active parishioners or non-active parishioners, and the question of parishioner status is important because parishioners look to their Parish for many services such as:

    • Parishioner tuition rates in our Catholic schools;
    • The use of our facilities for liturgical services such as baptisms, weddings and funerals;
    • And certification as eligible sponsors at Sacramental celebrations.

These rights and services within the church bring with them certain obligations, as in any form of community. 

To be considered “active,” a parishioners must be:

    • Registered in the parish;
    • Attend Mass faithfully;
    • Support the life of the parish by sharing time and talents in service;
    • And sharing treasure (tithing) to build up the community.

Active participation in Christian Stewardship makes you an ACTIVE parishioner.

DONATIONS

Donate To Parish

Our Parish is sustained through the Generosity Of Parishioners And anyone of goodwill.

Donate To DSA Campaign

Each Parish has the responsibility to support the needs and ministries of the Diocese.

Donate To Grotto Project

Any help given will be a step closer to realizing the dream of having a Shrine to Our Lady of Lourdes in our parish.

Links To Websites Of Interest

VATICAN WEBSITE
DIOCESE OF PALM BEACH
EWTN