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Parish Daily Update 10/26/20

Dear Parish Family,

“Evil preaches tolerance until it is dominant, then it seeks to silence good.”   

~Archbishop Charles Chaput

Business:   Offertory for the week of 10/18/20:

General                                $15,215.00

Building                                $100.00

Diocesan Mission             $15.00

Extension Society             $20.00

World Missions                 $570.00

Youth Donation                $5,000.00

The options to use for making your contributions 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 for your generosity to our parish!

We will have a Mass on All Souls’ Day, Monday, Nov. 2, at 5:30 in the Church.  No reservations are required – come celebrate your loved ones who have passed away.

During the month of November, all our faithful departed are remembered during Masses celebrated.  We normally have our Book of Life in the church so that you can add your loved ones’ names, but due to COVID, we are unable to have the book out this year.  If you have loved ones who have passed away this year, please email me their names (pam@stjosephgluckstadt.com) and we will include them as we pray.  Next year you will be able to formally include their names in the Book of Life. 

God bless,

Pam

Tuesday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time

First Reading:  Ephesians 5:21-33

Brothers and sisters:
Be subordinate to one another out of reverence for Christ. Wives should be subordinate to their husbands as to the Lord. For the husband is head of his wife just as Christ is head of the Church,
he himself the savior of the Body. As the Church is subordinate to Christ, so wives should be subordinate to their husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ loved the Church and handed himself over for her to sanctify her, cleansing her by the bath of water with the word, that he might present to himself the Church in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. So also husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no one hates his own flesh
but rather nourishes and cherishes it, even as Christ does the Church, because we are members of his Body.

For this reason, a man shall leave his father and his mother and be joined to his wife,
and the two shall become one flesh.

This is a great mystery, but I speak in reference to Christ and the Church. In any case, each one of you should love his wife as himself, and the wife should respect her husband.
 

Responsorial Psalm:  Ps 128:1-2, 3, 4-5

R. Blessed are those who fear the Lord.
Blessed are you who fear the LORD,
who walk in his ways!
For you shall eat the fruit of your handiwork;
blessed shall you be, and favored.
R. Blessed are those who fear the Lord.
Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine
in the recesses of your home;
Your children like olive plants
around your table.
R.  Blessed are those who fear the Lord.
Behold, thus is the man blessed
who fears the LORD.
The LORD bless you from Zion:
may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem
all the days of your life.
R. Blessed are those who fear the Lord.

Gospel:  Luke 13:18-21

Jesus said, “What is the Kingdom of God like? To what can I compare it? It is like a mustard seed that a man took and planted in the garden. When it was fully grown, it became a large bush
and the birds of the sky dwelt in its branches.” Again, he said, “To what shall I compare the Kingdom of God? It is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of wheat flour until the whole batch of dough was leavened.”

Homily

“The Kingdom of God … is like a mustard seed that a man took and planted in the garden. When it was full grown, it became a large bush and the birds of the sky dwelt in its branches.” 

Luke 13:18-21

It’s the little things that make a marriage work, isn’t it? Being able to tell without a word when the other is hurting, knowing when to give each other space, taking care of some small problem or task so the other doesn’t have to worry, expressing gratitude for no special reason – like bringing home her favorite alstroemeria or surprising him by putting the latest John Grisham novel on his nightstand.

In much the same way, it’s the unremarkable things that make a group of people in a house a family. Everyone has their place at the table and know they are missed when they’re not there. Everyone is there for one another – even the youngest learn they have something to contribute. Everyone assured that they can always come home – no matter what.

Small and ordinary, simple and unremarkable “mustard seeds”: all signs of love that transform marriages and families into great “bushes” where all “birds” come to dwell.

So, plant today another small mustard seed of generosity and caring that adds beauty and life to your family or parish’s garden.

O God, may we always hope that the smallest, most hidden and least significant seed we plant will, in your own good time, yield a harvest of peace and goodness. May we never be discouraged or doubt that our simplest acts of kindness, of charity, of comfort can be the first plantings of your kingdom that transforms want into bread for all who come to our tables.

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.