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Parish Daily Update 10/5/20

Dear Parish Family,

“The guest of our soul knows our misery;

He comes to find an empty tent within us –

That is all He asks.”                    ~St. Therese of Lisieux

Business:   Offertory for the week of 9/27/20

General                                                $9,457.01

Building                                                $160.00

Extension Society                             $30.00

Disaster Hurricane                           $1,345.00

World Missions                                 $20.00

Cemetery                                            $50.00

Holy Land                                            $25.00

The methods of giving we have currently set up are:

                ~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;

~ACH Auto-draft of your account.  Call the office – 601-856-2054 – and we will

  send you the form to have that set up.

~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 giving to our parish during these strange times.  Many people who have not yet returned to “live” Masses are continuing to support our parish and I am very, very grateful for that!

The “Homegrown Harvest Gala,” this year a virtual event to benefit Seminarian Education in our diocese, will be held this Friday, Oct. 9.  For more information, please go to https://one.bidpal.net/homegrownharvest2020.  There will be a keynote by Fr. Jim Wehner, Rector of Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans, talks by our Bishop and our present seminarians, a silent auction, and many other opportunities to learn more and support this very worthwhile cause.

Be sure to call for Mass reservations – 601-856-2054.  The office is open Monday – Thursday, 8:30 – 4:00.

God bless you!

Pam

Tuesday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time

First Reading:  Galatians 1:13-24

Brothers and sisters:
You heard of my former way of life in Judaism, how I persecuted the Church of God beyond measure and tried to destroy it,  and progressed in Judaism beyond many of my  contemporaries among my race, since I was even more a zealot for my ancestral traditions.
But when he, who from my mother’s womb had set me apart and called me through his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son to me, so that I might proclaim him to the Gentiles,
I did not immediately consult flesh and blood, nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were Apostles before me; rather, I went into Arabia and then returned to Damascus.

Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to confer with Cephas and remained with him for fifteen days. But I did not see any other of the Apostles, only James the brother of the Lord. (As to what I am writing to you, behold, before God, I am not lying.) Then I went into the regions of Syria and Cilicia. And I was unknown personally to the churches of Judea
that are in Christ; they only kept hearing that “the one who once was persecuting us is now preaching the faith he once tried to destroy.” So, they glorified God because of me.

Responsorial Psalm:  Ps 139:1-3, 13-14, 14-15

R. Guide me, Lord, along the everlasting way.
O LORD, you have probed me and you know me;
you know when I sit and when I stand;
you understand my thoughts from afar.
My journeys and my rest you scrutinize,
with all my ways you are familiar.
R. Guide me, Lord, along the everlasting way.
Truly you have formed my inmost being;
you knit me in my mother’s womb.
I give you thanks that I am fearfully, wonderfully made;
wonderful are your works.
R. Guide me, Lord, along the everlasting way.
My soul also you knew full well;
nor was my frame unknown to you
When I was made in secret,
when I was fashioned in the depths of the earth.
R. Guide me, Lord, along the everlasting way.

Gospel:  Luke 10:38-42

Jesus entered a village where a woman whose name was Martha welcomed him. She had a sister named Mary who sat beside the Lord at his feet listening to him speak. Martha, burdened with much serving, came to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me by myself to do the serving? Tell her to help me.” 
The Lord said to her in reply, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things. There is need of only one thing.  Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her.”

Homily

“Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things. There is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her.”

Luke 10: 38-42

Alice Peck loves to cook; her greatest joy is welcoming family and friends to her table. But it’s more than about having good times: Alice sees her culinary talents as her ability to make for something holy. She writes in her book “Bread, Body, Spirit: Finding the Sacred in Food”:

“[I] enjoy having people to my table and sharing my food, I don’t mind spending a good portion of my evening warming sauces and getting a new fork for a dollop of this and that. In truth, for people I like or love I really enjoy it; when something is so good a guest will try to sneak a spoonful from a neighbor or off my plate and conversation is fun.  There is a simple joy in knowing you can make someone else have a moment off, a time of pure joy, as tastes dance on their tongue and they have to do nothing but receive it . . .

“For me, the ultimate privilege is to serve someone birthday cake. I will only serve cakes that I have made myself from scratch.  No store-bought cake, fancy or not, will ever be the same as a cake iced by a person who cares enough to mix it all together – real vanilla, fresh eggs, in a flavor that is personal to them. In the end, serving is important because it is so personal. You are giving someone their sustenance, their energy, and, when done with intention, a little slice of joy.”

The story of Martha and Mary illustrates the blessing of both giving and receiving, of realizing that others have much to give us and that we are blessed in their generosity. Martha is a model of hospitality and welcome to all – and Mary mirrors the Christ-like generosity of being able to receive, to surrender our need to be in control, to put aside the work in which we often find our identity in order to be the “guest” of Christ the “host.” 

Martha reflects the selfless generosity of hospitality – and Mary mirrors the holiness of such hospitality.

Christ Jesus, teach us to offer, like Martha, welcome and hospitality to all who come to our doors and tables and to accept with gratitude the gifts of others, as her sister Mary received from you. May we seek the Gospel way of the “better part”: to stop and recognize the presence of your love, your peace, and your forgiveness in our midst, transforming our overwhelmingly stressful and anxious days into experiences of joy and fulfillment.

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.