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Parish Daily Update 8/11/20

Dear Parish Family,

“Worry is a weakness from which very few of us are entirely free.  We must be on guard against this most insidious enemy of our peace of soul.  Instead, let us foster confidence in God, and thank Him ahead of time for whatever He chooses to send us.”          ~Blessed Solanus Casey

Remember to call for your Mass reservations, 601-856-2054, before Thursday.  Office hours are 8:30 – 4:00.  Please remember, as you come to Mass, try to arrive at least 10 minutes early so that the ushers have ample time to get everyone seated.  Also, please remember that the doors are closed and locked after Mass begins so that the ushers are able to be seated themselves and participate in Mass.

A couple of “re-runs” from last week’s emails in case you didn’t see them:

—As a reminder — Germanfest 2020 – I want to let you all know that, after consultation with the diocese, conversations with Father Kevin and our Germanfest Chairperson Eric Price, and much prayer, we have made the very difficult decision to cancel Germanfest this year.  Due to uncertainties surrounding the COVID pandemic, the escalating numbers of illness, and the necessity of close and sustained contact during preparations, as well as the need to protect our parishioners and our visitors, we feel it is the best decision we can make at this time.  — Along with this information, please know that we considered many options for the possibility of making/selling sauerkraut and other Country Store items.  Again, due to social distancing, masking, and other safety protocols, it is impossible for us to do the work necessary to make and can the kraut.  We will not be having any sales at this time.  We will look at options, possibly after the first of the year when things, hopefully, normalize a bit.  We are extremely sorry that we have been forced to make this call at this time.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call me – 601-856-2054 at the office or 601-573-2053 on my cell.

— We have had several inquiries regarding our religious education classes.  I want to assure everyone that we are praying and discerning how best to have religious education for our children over the next several months and into next year.  We understand how many things parents are having to deal with right now, with all the uncertainties surrounding their children’s education, and their health and safety.  At this time, we are researching options and will share information with you as soon as we have it.  In the meantime, please continue to pray with your family and participate in Mass together!  Even if you aren’t comfortable coming back to Mass in-person, we post our Sunday Mass every Sunday and there are numerous other on-line Masses to choose from.  Time spent in prayer and worship as a family is more important than anything else you will do during the week!!

God bless you all!

Pam

Wednesday of the Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time  

First Reading:  Ezekiel 9:1-7, 10:18-22 

The LORD cried loud for me to hear:  Come, you scourges of the city! With that I saw six men coming from the direction of the upper gate which faces the north, each with a destroying weapon in his hand. In their midst was a man dressed in linen, with a writer’s case at his waist.
They entered and stood beside the bronze altar. Then he called to the man dressed in linen
with the writer’s case at his waist, saying to him: Pass through the city, through Jerusalem,
and mark a “Thau” on the foreheads of those who moan and groan over all the abominations that are practiced within it. To the others I heard the LORD say: Pass through the city after him and strike! Do not look on them with pity nor show any mercy! Old men, youths and maidens, women and children–wipe them out! But do not touch any marked with the “Thau”; begin at my sanctuary. So they began with the men, the elders, who were in front of the temple. Defile the temple, he said to them, and fill the courts with the slain; then go out and strike in the city. 

Then the glory of the LORD left the threshold of the temple and rested upon the cherubim.
These lifted their wings, and I saw them rise from the earth, the wheels rising along with them.
They stood at the entrance of the eastern gate of the Lord’s house, and the glory of the God of Israel was up above them. Then the cherubim lifted their wings, and the wheels went along with them, while up above them was the glory of the God of Israel. 

Responsorial Psalm:  Ps 113:1-2, 3-4, 5-6

R. The glory of the Lord is higher than the skies.
Praise, you servants of the LORD,
praise the name of the LORD.
Blessed be the name of the LORD
both now and forever.
R. The glory of the Lord is higher than the skies.
From the rising to the setting of the sun
is the name of the LORD to be praised.
High above all nations is the LORD;
above the heavens is his glory.
R. The glory of the Lord is higher than the skies.
Who is like the LORD, our God, who is enthroned on high,
and looks upon the heavens and the earth below?
R. The glory of the Lord is higher than the skies.
 

Gospel:  Matthew 18:15-20

Jesus said to his disciples:
“If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have won over your brother. If he does not listen,  take one or two others along with you, so that  every fact may be established on the testimony of two or three witnesses.
If he refuses to listen to them, tell the Church. If he refuses to listen even to the Church,
then treat him as you would a Gentile or a tax collector. Amen, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
Again, amen, I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything for which they are to pray,
it shall be granted to them by my heavenly Father. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”   

Homily 

“…whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” Matthew 18:15-20 

So, what needs to be “bound” in our lives? Who are we “bound” to who needs our love and support during these particularly challenging times? What beliefs and values do we believe in enough to rethink our own wants and expectations? Are we living up to the responsibilities and commitments we have made to those we are “bound” to – family, town, church, team, classmates? Do we need to call to accountability those “bound” to work for the common good?    

And what do we need to make “loose”? Who can we free from anxiety or fear?  Whose burden can we lift? What can we do to “loosen” the tension and bitterness between us and another, to restore a relationship broken by betrayal and arrogance, to bridge a chasm of misunderstanding and resentment between us and someone from whom we are estranged? 

In today’s Gospel, Jesus entrusts to us the “power” to “bind” and to “loose.” It’s quite a responsibility – but Jesus promises that when we “bind” and “loose” in his name, heaven stands behind us. 

Lord Jesus, instill in us your Spirit of that “binds” us to your Gospel of reconciliation and peace; may we take on the obstacles to justice that fracture our families and communities. Place your hands in ours as we work to “loosen” the burdens of poverty, isolation and racism that bear down on so many of our brothers and sisters. 

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.