August 20, 2017

During the month of August we celebrate The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. God’s gifts and blessings given to our Blessed Mother were also intertwined with sufferings and sorrows.

We can learn how to grow closer to God and how to find the strength, healing, power, gifts and blessings in our life in the midst of our own suffering and pain or through accompanying the sorrowful.

For the next two weeks, we will have a two part prayer reflection written by Joyce Rupp, OSM in Out of the Ordinary, 2010.

MARY, MOTHER OF SORROWS

THE FIRST SORROW:
THE PROPHECY OF SIMEON Luke 2:27-35

READ
Within a moment of joy, devastating announcement, the heart shudders with fear, trembling as the future unfolds.
Pause for reflection on Mary’s response to Simeon’s prophecy.

PRAY
Compassionate God,
there are many people in our world today
who are hearing difficult news.
They will need an anchor of strength
to keep them from being swept away
in their waves of worry and fear.
You can be this anchor of strength for them.
In particular, we pray for . . .(pause for silent or vocal remembering).
Mary, teach us how to be people of faith.

Sing: Mater Dolorosa, Mother of Sorrows, you know our pain.**

THE SECOND SORROW:
THE FLIGHT INTO EGYPT Matthew 2:13-15

READ
A dream taps on the inner world, warning of danger and death. Two frightened parents hurry to find refuge for their beloved child. Pause to reflect on what Mary experienced as they fled to Egypt.

PRAY
Loving Shelter,
there are many people in our world
who live in dangerous or hurtful situations.
They need courage to leave what is harmful.
They need safety and protection.
You can be the peace they seek.
You can be the shelter they need
as they make decisions and move on with their lives.
In particular, we pray for . . . (pause for silent or vocal remembering).

Mary, teach us how to be people of faith.
Sing: Mater Dolorosa, Mother of Sorrows, you know our pain.

THE THIRD SORROW
LOSS OF THE CHILD IN THE TEMPLE Luke 2:43-51

READ
Frantic footsteps hasten back, retracing roads traveled. A mother presses on in her search, finding a child whose wisdom takes her deeper into mystery.
Pause to reflect on how Mary felt when she lost her son and when she found him.

PRAY
God of the lonely and troubled,
there are many people in my world
who are searching for something or someone they treasure.
There are parents filled with heartache for their lost child.
There are distressed people searching for themselves.
There are countless grieving ones who are looking
for a part of their life that once gave them happiness.
Bless all who are searching for their lost treasure, especially . . . (pause for silent or vocal remembering).
May they turn to you often and draw comfort from your guiding presence.
Mary, teach us how to be people of faith.

Sing: Mater Dolorosa, Mother of Sorrows, you know our pain.

2018 MASS BOOK

The 2018 Mass Book will open on Wednesday, August 30th. The donation for one mass, the Sanctuary Candle or Offertory Gifts is $20.00.
The Eucharist is the universal prayer of the Church remembering all of Gods people, past, present and future at every celebration.
Theologically, liturgically and canonically the graces of the mass are infinite. On a personal level, we know that God cannot be outdone in generosity.

MISSION APPEAL IN OUR PARISH

This weekend, Rev. Thomas Rayar who is originally from India and serving in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis will be here to make a mission appeal for his native diocese, Sivagangai. The diocese of Sivagangai was established in 1987. This is a relatively new mission diocese in the State of Tamil Nadu (India) consisting of Sivagangai and Ramnad civil districts, which are the poorest districts in the State.

The diocese is in need of external help to run its mission consisting of about 190,000 Catholics in the population of more than 2.5 million in the area of 8400 square kilometer. About 30% of the diocesan Catholics belong to the low caste who are economically and educationally poor who live on $2 – $3 per day. About 50% of the population consists of small farmers and unskilled laborers who heavily depend upon the erratic monsoon for their livelihood. The rest of the population (20%) belongs to the fishermen community whose livelihood has been supported by the seasonal fishing.

When the diocese was established there were only 38 priests, many of whom were aged. Today the diocese is proud of having nearly 200 diocesan priests, 96 religious priests and 434 religious nuns serving in its mission. During the last 30 years, the diocese has started many orphanages and high schools and higher secondary schools, middle schools and primary schools (183 total). There were only 39 parishes when the diocese was started. At present there are 84 parishes and 737 mission stations.

The fund collected through this mission appeal will be used for the work of evangelization and educational ministries for the poor children in the orphanages in the diocese of Sivagangai.

MINISTRIES AND ORGANIZATIONS

Bereavement Support & Ministry
“Blessed are those who mourn for they will be comforted.”
The Monday Night Widow/Widowers Group:
A social group for widows and widowers. Next meeting: September 11th and 25th in the Molloy Center at 6:30 PM..
Spouse Bereavement Group:
A support group for people grieving the death of their spouse. Next meeting: August 22nd at 7:00 PM in the RUSSO ROOM. For information contact Dr. Rachel Rengifo at 201-500-2068.

To read complete bulletin click here