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Parish Daily Update 4/30/21

Dear Parish Family,

“You are the salt of the earth!  You are the light of the world!  See to it that the people are edified by your example, by the purity of your lives, by the moderation of your conduct, and the brilliance of your holiness!  God does not ask of you mere ordinary virtue.  He demands downright perfection!” 

~St. Pius V

And, also by St. Pius V –

“All the evils of the world are due to lukewarm Catholics.”    

Our Second Graders will receive their First Eucharist tomorrow, and our Young People will also receive the Sacrament of Confirmation tomorrow.  Please keep them in your prayers as they approach these beautiful sacraments.  We pray for a sense of wonder and awe on this special day and that they may be touched by God on this day.  May every one of their days be filled with His love, grace and mercy!

Have a wonderful weekend!

God bless,

Pam

Saturday of the Fourth Week of Easter  

First Reading:  Acts 13:44-52 

On the following sabbath almost the whole city gathered to hear the word of the Lord. When the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy and with violent abuse contradicted what Paul said. Both Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly and said, “It was necessary that the word of God be spoken to you first, but since you reject it and condemn yourselves as unworthy of eternal life, we now turn to the Gentiles. For so the Lord has commanded us,  

I have made you a light to the Gentiles, that you may be an instrument of salvation to the ends of the earth.” 

The Gentiles were delighted when they heard this and glorified the word of the Lord. All who were destined for eternal life came to believe, and the word of the Lord continued to spread
through the whole region. The Jews, however, incited the women of prominence who were worshipers and the leading men of the city, stirred up a persecution against Paul and Barnabas,
and expelled them from their territory. So they shook the dust from their feet in protest against them and went to Iconium. The disciples were filled with joy and the Holy Spirit. 

Responsorial Psalm:  Ps 98:1, 2-3, 3-4 

R. All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God.
Sing to the LORD a new song,
for he has done wondrous deeds;
His right hand has won victory for him,
his holy arm.
R.    All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God.
The LORD has made his salvation known:
in the sight of the nations he has revealed his justice.
He has remembered his kindness and his faithfulness
toward the house of Israel.
R.    All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God.
All the ends of the earth have seen
the salvation by our God.
Sing joyfully to the LORD, all you lands;
break into song; sing praise.
R.    All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God. 

Gospel:  John 14:7-14 

Jesus said to his disciples: 
“If you know me, then you will also know my Father. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”  Philip said to Jesus, “Master, show us the Father, and that will be enough for us.” 
Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you for so long a time and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 
Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on my own. The Father who dwells in me is doing his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else, believe because of the works themselves. Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever believes in me will do the works that I do, and will do greater ones than these, because I am going to the Father. And whatever you ask in my name, I will do,
so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.  If you ask anything of me in my name, I will do it.” 

Homily 

“whoever believes in me will do the works I do, and will do greater ones than these …” 

John 14:7-14 

Scrubbing the pan in which Sunday’s pot roast was roasted, getting your children to and from school, doctor’s appointments, rehearsals and practices, managing the family finances are hardly inspiring, exhilarating experiences. 

But they are holy acts. 

The details of being a parent – cleaning, teaching, driving to and picking up, paying tuition, guiding, counseling, feeding, clothing – take on a spiritual character when they are part of the work of transforming a child into a sacred and thoughtful and engaged adult. Our love for our families makes the most ordinary and unremarkable holy; the spiritual transcends the present to envision the future – and who contributes more to the future than a parent raising a child into a responsible, centered, loving adult? 

The simple, mundane tasks of being a parent, being a member of a family, being a friend, being a part of a parish is the very “work” of God. On the night before he died, Jesus asks his disciples to take up “the work that I do” — the work of humble servanthood that places the hurts and pain of others before our own, the work of charity that does not measure the cost, the work of love that transcends limits and conditions.   

The “work” of God is not measured in effectiveness or efficiency; the hallmark of God’s work is the compassion, justice and desire to heal that inspire and compel that work.  

The simplest work of compassion and charity, done in God’s spirit of love, is to do the very work of Christ; the most hidden and unseen acts of kindness will be exalted by Christ as great in the Kingdom of his Father.   

May your Spirit of compassion and peace dwell in our hearts, O Lord, so that we may do the works of your Gospel that you now call us to take on: the work of mercy, the work of reconciliation, the work of healing. 

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. 

St. Joseph the Worker 

The Story of Saint Joseph the Worker 

To foster deep devotion to Saint Joseph among Catholics, and in response to the “May Day” celebrations for workers sponsored by Communists, Pope Pius XII instituted the feast of Saint Joseph the Worker in 1955. This feast extends the long relationship between Joseph and the cause of workers in both Catholic faith and devotion. Beginning in the Book of Genesis, the dignity of human work has long been celebrated as a participation in the creative work of God. By work, humankind both fulfills the command found in Genesis to care for the earth (Gn 2:15) and to be productive in their labors. Saint Joseph, the carpenter and foster father of Jesus, is but one example of the holiness of human labor. 

Jesus, too, was a carpenter. He learned the trade from Saint Joseph and spent his early adult years working side-by-side in Joseph’s carpentry shop before leaving to pursue his ministry as preacher and healer. In his encyclical Laborem Exercens, Pope John Paul II stated: “the Church considers it her task always to call attention to the dignity and rights of those who work, to condemn situations in which that dignity and those rights are violated, and to help to guide [social] changes so as to ensure authentic progress by man and society.” 

Saint Joseph is held up as a model of such work. Pius XII emphasized this when he said, “The spirit flows to you and to all men from the heart of the God-man, Savior of the world, but certainly, no worker was ever more completely and profoundly penetrated by it than the foster father of Jesus, who lived with Him in closest intimacy and community of family life and work.” 

Readings for the Optional Memorial of Saint Joseph the Worker  

The Gospel for this memorial is proper. 

 

First Reading:  Genesis 1:26-2:3 

 

God said:
“Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. Let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and the cattle, and over all the wild animals and all the creatures that crawl on the ground.” God created man in his image; in the divine image he created him;
male and female he created them.  

God blessed them, saying: “Be fertile and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it. Have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and all the living things that move on the earth.”
God also said: “See, I give you every seed-bearing plant all over the earth and every tree that has seed-bearing fruit on it to be your food; and to all the animals of the land, all the birds of the air,
and all the living creatures that crawl on the ground, I give all the green plants for food.”
And so it happened. God looked at everything he had made, and he found it very good.
Evening came, and morning followed–the sixth day. Thus, the heavens and the earth and all their array were completed. Since on the seventh day God was finished with the work he had been doing, God rested on the seventh day from all the work he had undertaken. So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work he had done in creation. 

 

Responsorial Psalm:  Ps 90:2, 3-4, 12-13, 14, 16 

 

R. Lord, give success to the work of our hands.
Before the mountains were begotten
and the earth and the world were brought forth,
from everlasting to everlasting you are God.
R.    Lord, give success to the work of our hands.
You turn men back to dust,
saying, “Return, O children of men.”
For a thousand years in your sight
are as yesterday, now that it is past,
or as a watch of the night.
R.    Lord, give success to the work of our hands.
Teach us to number our days aright,
that we may gain wisdom of heart.
Return, O LORD! How long?
Have pity on your servants!
R.    Lord, give success to the work of our hands.
Fill us at daybreak with your kindness,
that we may shout for joy and gladness all our days.
Let your work be seen by your servants
and your glory by their children.
R.    Lord, give success to the work of our hands.

Second Reading:  Colossians 3:14-15, 17, 23-24 

 

Brothers and sisters:
Over all these things put on love, that is, the bond of perfection. And let the peace of Christ control your hearts, the peace into which you were also called in one Body. And be thankful.
And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus,
giving thanks to God the Father through him. Whatever you do, do from the heart, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that you will receive from the Lord the due payment of the inheritance; be slaves of the Lord Christ. 

Gospel:  Matthew 13:54-58 

 

Jesus came to his native place and taught the people in their synagogue. They were astonished and said, “Where did this man get such wisdom and mighty deeds? Is he not the carpenter’s son?
Is not his mother named Mary and his brothers James, Joseph, Simon, and Judas?
Are not his sisters all with us? Where did this man get all this?” And they took offense at him.
But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his native place and in his own house.” And he did not work many mighty deeds there because of their lack of faith.