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Parish Daily Update 6/29/20

Dear St. Joseph Family,

“There is one thing I ask of the Lord, only this do I seek:  to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life.”                Ps 27:4

Business:  The offertory report for the week of 6/22/20:

General                                $12,025.00

Building                                $300.00

Peter’s Pence                    $605.00

Cemetery                            $100.00

Rice Bowl                             $31.92

Remember, we have several methods for you to use for your giving:

                ~Place your offering in the basket as you come to Mass;

~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

  church;

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

~https://giving.parishsoft.com/app/giving/stjosephgluckstadt for on-line giving. 

Thank you so much for your continued generosity to our Parish!!!!

Mass reservations for next Sunday can be made this week between the hours of 8:30 and 4:00 before Thursday.  The number to call is 601-856-2054.  Set your phone alarm to remind you to call each week.  😊  The office is closed on Fridays and reservations CANNOT be made by calling the cell numbers of office staff members or Father Kevin! 

Please call me with any questions, difficulties, or concerns.

God bless you all!

Pam

Tuesday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time

First Reading:  Amos 3:1-8; 4:11-12

Hear this word, O children of Israel, that the LORD pronounces over you, over the whole family that I brought up from the land of Egypt: You alone have I favored, more than all the families of the earth; Therefore I will punish you for all your crimes. Do two walk together unless they have agreed? Does a lion roar in the forest when it has no prey? Does a young lion cry out from its den unless it has seized something? Is a bird brought to earth by a snare when there is no lure for it? Does a snare spring up from the ground without catching anything? If the trumpet sounds in a city, will the people not be frightened? If evil befalls a city, has not the LORD caused it? Indeed, the Lord GOD does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants, the prophets. The lion roars– who will not be afraid! The Lord GOD speaks– who will not prophesy! I brought upon you such upheaval as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah: you were like a brand plucked from the fire; Yet you returned not to me, says the LORD. So now I will deal with you in my own way, O Israel! and since I will deal thus with you, prepare to meet your God, O Israel.

Responsorial Psalm:  Ps 5:4b-6a, 6b-7, 8

R. Lead me in your justice, Lord.
At dawn I bring my plea expectantly before you.
For you, O God, delight not in wickedness;
no evil man remains with you;
the arrogant may not stand in your sight.
R. Lead me in your justice, Lord.
You hate all evildoers;
you destroy all who speak falsehood;
The bloodthirsty and the deceitful
the LORD abhors.
R.    Lead me in your justice, Lord.
But I, because of your abundant mercy,
will enter your house;
I will worship at your holy temple
in fear of you, O LORD.
R.    Lead me in your justice, Lord.

Gospel:  Mt 8:23-27

As Jesus got into a boat, his disciples followed him. Suddenly a violent storm came up on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by waves; but he was asleep. They came and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us!  We are perishing!” He said to them, “Why are you terrified, O you of little faith?” Then he got up, rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was great calm.  The men were amazed and said, “What sort of man is this, whom even the winds and the sea obey?”

Homily

. . . [Jesus] got up, rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was great calm. Matthew 8:23-27

These are stormy times.

Our lives are being battered by the winds of this devastating virus; our “boats” are being swamped by illness, anxiety and fear.

We are terrified; we are resigned to hopelessness. “Lord, save us!” we cry in the silence.

Stop for a moment. Look around and realize that you’re not bailing out your leaky boat alone. Christ calms the winds and waves in the love of those who make sure we’re OK, in the sacrifice of doctors and nurses, in the untiring work of researchers to find a vaccine and treatment, in the constant work of those who keep necessary services operating. It’s tough sailing for all of us – but we’re not alone in our boats.

Faith in the constancy of God’s love enables us to transform our dark fear into preceptive gratitude. Such love enables us to sail our little boats through every storm – and, better still, to be the calming influence of Jesus for others.

Save us, O Lord, when our lives are battered by storms of conflict and tempests of change. May your word of peace and reconciliation still the rising waters around us and enable us to navigate our vessels to the safety of your harbor.

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.

Amen.