PASTOR’S DESK Greetings, to all! It was great to see the ‘Outside Mass Celebration,” packed, and most of all many stopped by and introduced themselves to me, it was inspiring to see such a crowd. What impressed me is one of our parishioner started greeting people at the side entrance and handing out Missals, and bulletins [excellent, someone understood what hospitality ministry is] I just wanted to thank those who have prepared and maintained the outside church.
Here is the conclusion of the summary of the “Laudato Si,” So where do the solutions lie? Here are six of the best
• In “The Gospel of Creation”: Chapter 2 examines the Old and New Testaments to show how human life is grounded in our relationships with God, with our neighbors and with the created world. We must acknowledge our sins when we break these relationships and realize our “tremendous responsibility” towards all of God’s creation
• In Integral Ecology: Chapter 4 explores this new paradigm of justice which means “the analysis of environmental problems cannot be separated from the analysis of human, family, work-related and urban contexts”, while solutions must be based on “a preferential option for the poorest of our brothers and sisters”
• In Dialogue: Chapter 5, entitled ‘Lines of Approach and Action’ stresses the need for “honest and open debate, so that particular interests or ideologies will not prejudice the common good”. The Church does not presume to settle scientific questions or to replace politics, but it can promote dialogue on global and local governance, transparent decision-making, sustainable use of natural resources, as well as engaging in respectful dialogue with other people of faith and with the scientific world
• In Education: Chapter 6 urges schools, families, the media and the churches to help reshape habits and behavior. Overcoming individualism, while changing our lifestyles and consumer choices, can bring much “pressure to bear on those who wield political, economic and social power” causing significant changes in society.
• In Ecological Conversion: Chapter 6 also highlights St Francis of Assisi as the model of “a more passionate concern for the protection of our world”, characterized by gratitude and generosity, creativity and enthusiasm
• In Spirituality: Finally Chapter 6 and the two concluding prayers show how faith in God can shape and inspire our care for the environment. The Sacraments, the Trinity, the model of the Holy Family and our hope for eternal life can teach, motivate and strengthen us to protect the natural world that God has given us.
Peace and Blessings!
LITURGICAL MUSIC CORNER by our Music Director, Rebecca Brown
July 12, 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time
“May the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ enlighten the eyes of our hearts, that we may know what is the hope that belongs to our call.”
As a popular Catholic contemporary song goes, “We are called, we are chosen, we are Christ for one another”. What does it mean to be called, to be chosen? Jesus sent the apostles out two by two to preach repentance and evangelize the world. He gave them authority over unclean spirits and many people were healed! Our second reading from Ephesians today assures you that God chose you even before the world was made, to be His adopted sons and daughters and to spread His kingdom on earth. There is something only you can do. What is your mission? What is your calling? What gifts has He given you? Are you using them for the Kingdom?
Songs for the 9 am Mass:
Gathering Song: God Has Chosen Me # 379
Gloria in excelsis Deo, gloria, gloria!
Gloria in excelsis Deo, et in terra, terra pax.
Psalm 85: Lord, let us see your kindness, and grant us your salvation.
Preparation of Gifts: The Summons # 387
Communion: Strength For the Journey ss
I will be, I will be, I will be strength for the journey.
Recessional: Sent Forth By God’s Blessing # 385