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Parish Daily Update 10/15/20

Dear Parish Family,

“Christ has no body now, but yours.  No hands, no feet on earth, but yours.  Yours are the eyes through which Christ looks compassion into the world.  Yours are the feet with which Christ walks to do good.  Yours are the hands with which Christ blesses the world.”     ~St. Teresa of Avila

The 8:00 and 10:00 Masses this weekend are full.  Be sure to call next week, Monday thru Thursday, 8:30 – 4:00, to make reservations.  601-856-2054.

Red Beans & Rice Fundraiser:  The Knights of Columbus and Ladies Auxiliary are having a revised version of their annual Red Beans & Rice Fundraiser this year.  It will not be held on Halloween, as in years past due to COVID-19 restrictions.  Meals will be take-out only and will be distributed on Sunday, October 25, 2020, 12:00-1:00 at the parish hall.  Meals are $8 each and include Red Beans & Rice, Bread and a Dessert – kids will also get some candy.  For every 2 meals purchased you will receive an entry for the Raffle (more information on this later).  Pre-orders are preferred to help determine the amount to cook, but you can purchase on 10/25 as long as it lasts.

No actual “tickets” will be used.  As you pay, your name and # of tickets will be added to a Master List which will be used for meal pick-ups.  There are multiple ways to order and pay to limit person-to-person transactions:

—PayPal:  Note:  You must have a PayPal account – If you have your PayPal account tied to your bank account, there is no fee – credit card transactions will charge a fee.  Go to the KC PayPal pool using the following link:  https://paypal.me/pools/c/8t4qPOR8Ws

In the comments section, leave your name, cell #, and email so we know who ordered/paid

—Venmo:  Note:  You must have a Venmo account – go to the following link:  www.venmo.com/KCCouncil-StJoseph or scan the following code from your Venmo app:

In the comments section, leave your name, cell #, and email so we know who ordered/paid – also state that it is for the Red Beans & Rice Fundraiser

—Check:  Write a check to KC Council 11934 for the appropriate amount and place in the box in the church foyer – ensure the check has your contact information and note in the memo section that it is for the Red Beans & Rice Fundraiser

—Cash:  Place the appropriate amount of cash in a sealed envelope that has your contact information stating it is for the Red Beans & Rice Fundraiser – place in the box in the church foyer.

Tomorrow’s Mass readings along with Father Kevin’s homily follow.

God bless,

Pam

Friday of the Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary Time

First Reading:  Ephesians 1:11-14

Brothers and sisters:
In Christ we were also chosen, destined in accord with the purpose of the One who accomplishes all things according to the intention of his will, so that we might exist for the praise of his glory,
we who first hoped in Christ. In him you also, who have heard the word of truth, the Gospel of your salvation, and have believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, which is the first installment of our inheritance toward redemption as God’s possession, to the praise of his glory.

Responsorial Psalm:  Ps 33:1-2, 4-5, 12-13

R. Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.
Exult, you just, in the LORD;
praise from the upright is fitting.
Give thanks to the LORD on the harp;
with the ten-stringed lyre chant his praises.
R. Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.
For upright is the word of the LORD,
and all his works are trustworthy.
He loves justice and right;
of the kindness of the LORD the earth is full.
R. Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.
Blessed the nation whose God is the LORD,
the people he has chosen for his own inheritance.
From heaven the LORD looks down;
he sees all mankind.
R. Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.

Gospel:  Luke 12:1-7

At that time: So many people were crowding together that they were trampling one another underfoot. Jesus began to speak, first to his disciples, “Beware of the leaven–that is, the hypocrisy–of the Pharisees. “There is nothing concealed that will not be revealed, nor secret that will not be known. Therefore whatever you have said in the darkness will be heard in the light,
and what you have whispered behind closed doors will be proclaimed on the housetops. I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body but after that can do no more.
I shall show you whom to fear. Be afraid of the one who after killing has the power to cast into Gehenna; yes, I tell you, be afraid of that one. Are not five sparrows sold for two small coins?
Yet not one of them has escaped the notice of God. Even the hairs of your head have all been counted. Do not be afraid. You are worth more than many sparrows.”

Homily

“Beware of the leaven – that is, the hypocrisy – of the Pharisees.”  Luke 12:1-7

Abraham Lincoln often told this story:

When he was a lawyer back in Springfield, Illinois, Lincoln represented a client who was fighting the railroad interests. A friend approaching Lincoln’s office saw a man come sailing out of the second-story window, hit the ground, get up, brush himself off, and run away. The friend rushed upstairs to ask Lincoln what had happened.

“I threw him out the window,” Lincoln said.

“Why? What did he do?”

“He was a lawyer for the railroad,” Lincoln explained, “and he asked me to cheat. He offered me five thousand dollars, but I turned him down. Then he offered me ten thousand dollars, and I turned him down again. Finally, he offered me fifteen thousand dollars, and I threw him out the window.”

The friend asked Lincoln why he had chosen that point to throw the man out.

“Because,” Lincoln explained, “he was getting near my price.” [From Necessary Wisdom by Jacob Needleman with D. Patrick Miller.]

Abraham Lincoln was a man of great ambition but he also possessed a sense of integrity and humility that would serve him well when he led this nation through the Civil War. Jesus calls us to embrace Lincoln’s same spirit of humility that enables us to realize what our “price” is to compromise the values and beliefs we profess. We all know how easy it is to rationalize our hypocrisy when our own interests are at stake or when our safe, comfortable life is threatened with the demands of justice or mercy.

May the Spirit of God enable us to realize how easy it is to put aside what is right for the sake what is expedient, to justify our own interests at the expense of the poor, to let ambition and not justice be the key to our decision-making.

Let your Spirit of justice and mercy, O God, help us to make our way between seeking our own interests and embracing your Son’s example of humble service. May we find that right balance between attaining success in our work and being the means of your justice, that tension between doing the right thing rather than the expedient thing, that temptation to use and manipulate others for our own gain.

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.

Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque’s Story

Margaret Mary was chosen by Christ to arouse the Church to a realization of the love of God symbolized by the heart of Jesus.

Her early years were marked by sickness and a painful home situation. “The heaviest of my crosses was that I could do nothing to lighten the cross my mother was suffering.” After considering marriage for some time, Margaret Mary entered the Order of the Visitation nuns at the age of 24.

A Visitation nun was “not to be extraordinary except by being ordinary,” but the young nun was not to enjoy this anonymity. A fellow novice termed Margaret Mary humble, simple, and frank, but above all, kind and patient under sharp criticism and correction. She could not meditate in the formal way expected, though she tried her best to give up her “prayer of simplicity.” Slow, quiet, and clumsy, she was assigned to help an infirmarian who was a bundle of energy.

On December 21, 1674, three years a nun, she received the first of her revelations. She felt “invested” with the presence of God, though always afraid of deceiving herself in such matters. The request of Christ was that his love for humankind be made evident through her.

During the next 13 months, Christ appeared to her at intervals. His human heart was to be the symbol of his divine-human love. By her own love Margaret Mary was to make up for the coldness and ingratitude of the world—by frequent and loving Holy Communion, especially on the first Friday of each month, and by an hour’s vigil of prayer every Thursday night in memory of his agony and isolation in Gethsemane. He also asked that a feast of reparation be instituted.

Like all saints, Margaret Mary had to pay for her gift of holiness. Some of her own sisters were hostile. Theologians who were called in declared her visions delusions and suggested that she eat more heartily. Later, parents of children she taught called her an impostor, an unorthodox innovator. A new confessor, the Jesuit Claude de la Colombière, recognized her genuineness and supported her. Against her great resistance, Christ called her to be a sacrificial victim for the shortcomings of her own sisters, and to make this known.

After serving as novice mistress and assistant superior, Margaret Mary died at the age of 43, while being anointed. She said: “I need nothing but God, and to lose myself in the heart of Jesus.”

 The Twelve Promises of Jesus to Saint Margaret Mary for those Devoted to His Sacred Heart:

  • I will give them all the graces necessary for their state of life.
  • I will establish peace in their families.
  • I will console them in all their troubles.
  • They shall find in My Heart an assured refuge during life and especially at the hour of their death.
  • I will pour abundant blessings on all their undertakings.
  • Sinners shall find in My Heart the source of an infinite ocean of mercy.
  • Tepid souls shall become fervent.
  • Fervent souls shall speedily rise to great perfection.
  • I will bless the homes where an image of My Heart shall be exposed and honored.
  • I will give to priests the power of touching the most hardened hearts.
  • Those who propagate this devotion shall have their names written in My Heart, never to be effaced.
  • The all-powerful love of My Heart will grant to all those who shall receive Communion on the First Friday of nine consecutive months the grace of final repentance; they shall not die under my displeasure, nor without receiving their Sacraments; My heart shall be their assured refuge at that last hour.

From Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque’s Vision of Jesus