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Parish Daily Update 2/22/21

Dear Parish Family,

“Cry out with joy to the Lord, all the earth.

Serve the Lord with gladness.

Come before him, singing for joy.

Know that he, the Lord, is God.

He made us, we belong to him,

We are his people, the sheep of his flock.

Good indeed is the Lord,

His mercy endures forever.”

~Ps. 100:1-3, 5

STATIONS OF THE CROSS:  We will be having Stations of the Cross each Wednesday during Lent, led by different parish groups.  Our Knights of Columbus will lead the meditation this Wednesday.  It will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will be followed immediately by Mass.  Please join us for this time of Lenten reflection. 

BUSINESS:   Our offering for the week of 2/7/21.  (This is a week behind due to the ice storm last week.  Next week we will have collection numbers for two weeks.)

General                                $13,690.00

Building                                $815.00

MS Catholic                       $305.00

Aged & Infirm                   $190.00

Black & Indian                  $65.00

Saltillo                                $35.00

Solemnity of Mary          $10.00

Our Daily Bread               $256.00

As a reminder:    The methods we have set up to make it convenient to make your offering 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 continued support of our parish!

God bless,

Pam

Tuesday of the First Week of Lent  

First Reading:  Isaiah 55:10-11

Thus says the LORD:
Just as from the heavens the rain and snow come down And do not return there till they have watered the earth, making it fertile and fruitful, Giving seed to the one who sows and bread to the one who eats, So shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth; It shall not return to me void,
but shall do my will, achieving the end for which I sent it. 

Responsorial Psalm:  Ps 34:4-5, 6-7, 16-17, 18-19

R.  From all their distress God rescues the just.
Glorify the LORD with me,
let us together extol his name.
I sought the LORD, and he answered me
and delivered me from all my fears. 
R.    From all their distress God rescues the just.
Look to him that you may be radiant with joy,
and your faces may not blush with shame.
When the poor one called out, the LORD heard,
and from all his distress he saved him.
R.    From all their distress God rescues the just.
The LORD has eyes for the just,
and ears for their cry.
The LORD confronts the evildoers,
to destroy remembrance of them from the earth.
R.    From all their distress God rescues the just.
When the just cry out, the LORD hears them,
and from all their distress he rescues them.
The LORD is close to the brokenhearted;
and those who are crushed in spirit he saves.
R.    From all their distress God rescues the just.
  

Gospel:  Matthew 6:7-15 

Jesus said to his disciples: “In praying, do not babble like the pagans, who think that they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them. Your Father knows what you need before you ask him. “This is how you are to pray: 

Our Father who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name,
thy Kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil. 

“If you forgive men their transgressions, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you do not forgive men, neither will your Father forgive your transgressions.” 

Homily 

“This is how you are to pray: Our Father who art in heaven … thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven…”  Matthew 6:7-15 

Notice what Jesus says: This is how you are to pray.  Not: This is what you are to say.  

The Lord’s Prayer is not a matter of words but a state of mind and heart. 

How are we to pray? 

With a spirit of humility, acknowledging God our Creator as our Father and that we are all God’s beloved daughters and sons. 

In hope that God’s Kingdom of justice and reconciliation will be realized – and our resolve to be the means for the building of that Kingdom here and now. 

With gratitude for the many ways we receive from God our “daily bread”: the bread of compassion, the bread of mercy, the bread of peace, as well as the bread of this blessed earth. 

Seeking the grace to forgive as we have been forgiven, to heal and comfort as we have found healing for our brokenness, to love others as God’s love has been breathed into us. 

That, Jesus says, is how we are to pray. 

The words and rituals will come. 

Father in heaven, do not let our prayer be limited to words and rituals alone. Open our hearts and inspire our spirits to work and sacrifice for the hopes and dreams we ask you. May every moment you give us be a continuous lifelong prayer of praise to you, the Giver of life and Author of all that is good.   

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.