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Parish Daily Update 1/25/21

Dear Parish Family,

“During this time of serous hardship, prayer is even more necessary so that unity might prevail over conflicts.  Our good example is fundamental:  it is essential that Christians pursue the path toward full visible unity.”       ~Pope Francis

NOVENA FOR LIFE – DAY 5

Intention

May each person suffering from the loss of a child through abortion find hope and healing in Christ.

Prayers

Our Father, 3 Hail Marys, Glory Be

Reflection

After more than four decades of legalized abortion, many children’s lives have been ended, and many parents and family members suffer that loss—often in silence. Yet God’s greatest desire is to forgive. No matter how far we have each strayed from His side, He says to us, “Don’t be afraid. Draw close to my heart.” Be assured that it is never too late to seek God’s forgiveness in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

 Consider the parable of the Prodigal Son. After repenting of sinning against his father, he returns from far away to seek forgiveness and work as a servant. But the father sees him approaching, runs to warmly embrace him, and hosts a banquet to celebrate his return. So, too, does God welcome all of His repentant children, no matter how serious the sin. Let us turn confidently to Our Lord, Who is love and mercy.

Acts of Reparation

(Choose one.)

  • Abstain from meat today.​
  • Pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy for those who are suffering the loss of a child through abortion, asking that they find healing and peace.​
  • Offer some other sacrifice, prayer, or act of penance that you feel called to do for today’s intention.

One Step Further

If a friend confided in you that she had an abortion, would you be able to listen and respond in a way that brings her closer to healing? Learn how in How to Talk to a Friend Who’s Had an Abortion.  

PRAYERS:  Please remember in your prayers these parishioners/family members who have died over the past couple of weeks:

~ Peggy McGraw, mother of parishioners Cindy McGraw and Chuck McGraw;
~ Dan Damiens, long-time parishioner;

~ Stan Crocker, husband of parishioner Mary Crocker;

~ Jerry Beard, father of parishioner Clay Beard;

~ Ruth Stevens, mother of parishioner Duane Stevens.

May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.  Amen.

BUSINESS:  Offertory for the week of 1/17/21:

General                              $11,893.00

Building                             $930.00

Retired Religious             $35.00

MS Catholic                      $25.00

Saltillo                                $485.00

Aged & Infirm                   $140.00

Solemnity of Mary           $435.00

The methods of donation that we have in place 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 you continued support of our parish!!

Please remember to call the office before Thursday to make Mass Reservations.  Call 601-856-2054, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

God bless,

Pam

Memorial of Saints Timothy and Titus, bishops 

January 26, 2021  

First Reading:  2 Timothy 1:1-8 

Paul, an Apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God for the promise of life in Christ Jesus,
to Timothy, my dear child: grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. I am grateful to God, whom I worship with a clear conscience as my ancestors did,
as I remember you constantly in my prayers, night and day. I yearn to see you again, recalling your tears, so that I may be filled with joy, as I recall your sincere faith that first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and that I am confident lives also in you. 

For this reason, I remind you to stir into flame the gift of God that you have through the imposition of my hands. For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice but rather of power and love and self-control. So do not be ashamed of your testimony to our Lord, nor of me, a prisoner for his sake; but bear your share of hardship for the Gospel with the strength that comes from God. 

Responsorial Psalm:  Ps 96:1-2, 2-3, 7-8, 10 

R. Proclaim God’s marvelous deeds to all the nations.
Sing to the LORD a new song;
sing to the LORD, all you lands.
Sing to the LORD; bless his name.
R.    Proclaim God’s marvelous deeds to all the nations.
Announce his salvation, day after day.
Tell his glory among the nations;
among all peoples, his wondrous deeds.
R.    Proclaim God’s marvelous deeds to all the nations.
Give to the LORD, you families of nations,
give to the LORD glory and praise;
give to the LORD the glory due his name!
R.    Proclaim God’s marvelous deeds to all the nations.
Say among the nations: The LORD is king.
He has made the world firm, not to be moved;
he governs the peoples with equity.
R.    Proclaim God’s marvelous deeds to all the nations. 

Gospel:  Mark 3:31-35 

The mother of Jesus and his brothers arrived at the house. Standing outside, they sent word to Jesus and called him. A crowd seated around him told him, “Your mother and your brothers and your sisters are outside asking for you.” But he said to them in reply, “Who are my mother and my brothers?” And looking around at those seated in the circle he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.”
  

Homily 

… I remind you to stir into flame the gift of God that you have through the imposition of my hands.  2 Timothy 1:1-8 

Today we celebrate the feasts of two co-workers of Saint Paul, Timothy and Titus. They’re among the first of the second generation of leaders of the new Church, after the Apostles.   

From the little we know of them, both possessed qualities worthy of a bishop or pastor: 

Timothy, the son of a Greek father and Jewish mother, followed his grandmother Lois in converting to Christianity. Timothy traveled with Paul for 15 years and became one Paul’s most trusted friends, especially during the years of Paul’s imprisonment. Paul often sent Timothy on the delicate missions of healing fractured churches and struggling communities. It is said that Timothy possessed a humble, self-effacing personality that served him well as a healer and mediator. Timothy became the first bishop of the Christian foundation in Ephesus. 

Titus was a Gentile who was baptized by Saint Paul and went on to serve as Paul’s secretary and close co-worker. Titus accompanied Paul to Jerusalem for the Council of Apostles to make the case that Gentiles need not be circumcised before Baptism (their position prevailed). A gifted administrator, Titus was entrusted with organizing the alms collection among the churches for poor Christians of Judea.  When the Christian foundation at Corinth began to implode, Titus was sent by Paul where he successfully calmed tensions and reunited the deeply divided church.  Titus would later become the first bishop of Crete. 

Timothy and Titus are models for all who serve the Church. As we read in Paul’s letters and the Acts of the Apostles, Timothy and Titus were peacemakers and healers of struggling, broken communities; they preached the Gospel entrusted to them not only by their words but by inspiring charity and sacrifice for the poor and destitute. 

May we offer a prayer today for our own bishop and for all our parish staff and ministers, that they may be inspired by the examples of Bishops Timothy and Titus. 

Lord Jesus, you have entrusted to us and to every generation of your Church the work of your Gospel. May the example of Timothy and Titus guide us in our efforts to realize your Father’s Kingdom of peace and compassion, of charity and generosity. Let whatever good we are able to do be our legacy to the next generation of the Church, inspiring them to continue the work of your Gospel in their time and place.   

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.