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Parish Daily Update 6/22/20

Dear Parish Family,

“O Lord, be gracious to us; we wait for you.

Be our arm every morning,

our salvation in the time of trouble.

He will be stability of your times,

abundance of salvation, wisdom, and knowledge.”      Isaiah 33:2, 6

Business:  Our offertory report for the week of June 14:

General                                   $19872.42

Building                       $365.00

Peter’s Pence              $55.00

You can continue dropping your offerings in the basket when you come to Mass or you can:

~Mail checks directly to 127 Church Rd., Madison, MS 39110;

~Your bank’s online bill-pay page, having the bank send a check to the


~Texting your contribution to 601-391-6645; or

~ for on-line giving. 

I continue to be very grateful for your support of our wonderful parish during this difficult time.  I know we are in a season of uncertainty and so your ongoing contributions are doubly appreciated.

Prayer intentions for today:

~For Anthony Beauchamp, father of parishioner Tanya Evans, who has tested positive for

COVID- 19.

~Continued prayers for an end to the pandemic, and for everyone who is finding the continuing

            restrictions difficult:  for peace, for trust, and for faith.

Mass readings for tomorrow, along with Father Kevin’s homily, follow.

God bless you all!


Tuesday of the Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time

First Reading:  2 Kgs 19:9-11, 14-21, 31-35, 36

Sennacherib, king of Assyria, sent envoys to Hezekiah with this message:
“Thus shall you say to Hezekiah, king of Judah:
‘Do not let your God on whom you rely deceive you by saying that Jerusalem will not be handed over to the king of Assyria. You have heard what the kings of Assyria have done to all other countries: they doomed them! Will you, then, be saved?’” Hezekiah took the letter from the hand of the messengers and read it; then he went up to the temple of the LORD, and spreading it out before him, he prayed in the LORD’s presence: “O LORD, God of Israel, enthroned upon the cherubim! You alone are God over all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made the heavens and the earth. Incline your ear, O LORD, and listen! Open your eyes, O LORD, and see!
Hear the words of Sennacherib which he sent to taunt the living God. Truly, O LORD, the kings of Assyria have laid waste the nations and their lands, and cast their gods into the fire; they destroyed them because they were not gods, but the work of human hands, wood and stone.
Therefore, O LORD, our God, save us from the power of this man, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that you alone, O LORD, are God.” Then Isaiah, son of Amoz, sent this message to Hezekiah:
“Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel,
in answer to your prayer for help against Sennacherib, king of Assyria: I have listened!
This is the word the LORD has spoken concerning him: “‘She despises you, laughs you to scorn,
the virgin daughter Zion! Behind you she wags her head, daughter Jerusalem. “‘For out of Jerusalem shall come a remnant, and from Mount Zion, survivors. The zeal of the LORD of hosts shall do this.’ “Therefore, thus says the LORD concerning the king of Assyria:
‘He shall not reach this city, nor shoot an arrow at it, nor come before it with a shield,
nor cast up siege-works against it. He shall return by the same way he came, without entering the city, says the LORD. I will shield and save this city for my own sake, and for the sake of my servant David.’” That night the angel of the LORD went forth and struck down one hundred and eighty-five thousand men in the Assyrian camp. So Sennacherib, the king of Assyria, broke camp, and went back home to Nineveh.

Responsorial Psalm:  Ps 48:2-3ab, 3cd-4, 10-11

R. God upholds his city for ever.
Great is the LORD and wholly to be praised
in the city of our God.
His holy mountain, fairest of heights,
is the joy of all the earth.
R. God upholds his city for ever.
Mount Zion, “the recesses of the North,”
is the city of the great King.
God is with her castles;
renowned is he as a stronghold.
R. God upholds his city for ever.
O God, we ponder your mercy
within your temple.
As your name, O God, so also your praise
reaches to the ends of the earth.
Of justice your right hand is full.
R. God upholds his city for ever.

Gospel:  Mt 7:6, 12-14

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Do not give what is holy to dogs, or throw your pearls before swine, lest they trample them underfoot, and turn and tear you to pieces. “Do to others whatever you would have them do to you. This is the Law and the Prophets. “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction, and those who enter through it are many. How narrow the gate and constricted the road that leads to life. And those who find it are few.”


“Enter through the narrow gate . . . ” Matthew 7:6, 12-14

We’ve all been walking through a lot of “narrow gates” lately.

We’ve been confined behind the “narrow gate” of our own homes.

We’ve had to cautiously make our way through the few “gates” that are opened to us, observing the new realities of social distancing and face masks.

In the weeks and months ahead, we’ll have to find new “entries” to school, work and play.

But like all “narrow gates,” we can find more than we anticipated through the confining, limiting, complicated “gates” we are now edging through. Maybe we’ve rediscovered the importance of our families in our lives or we now have a new appreciation for the opportunity to work and to learn or we no longer take for granted the simple joys of going to a movie, of walking along the beach or gathering at the Lord’s table.

As Jesus says, “narrow gates” are hard to negotiate – but the struggle opens to us the life of God.

Lord God, may we possess the humility to struggle through the “narrow gate” to live lives of integrity and purpose; may your Spirit be the light that guides us through those gates and along the difficult roads of justice and forgiveness we travel on our way to your dwelling place.

An Act of Spiritual Communion

My Jesus, I believe that You are present

in the Most Holy Sacrament.

I love You above all things,

and I desire to receive You into my soul.

Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,

I ask You to come spiritually into my heart.

I embrace You, trusting that you are already there and I unite myself wholly to You.

Never permit me to be separated from You.