18th Sunday in Ordinary Time – August 4, 2019

Fr. Johny Dcruz will speak at all the masses August 3rd & 4th.
“Catholic journalists for Christian presence in media, employment
and social change in India”
Divyavani (God’s Word) is an initiative of Telugu Catholic Bishops
Council (TCBC) comprising of two big Telugu language speaking
states (100 million population) in South India working for the cause
of Evangelisation, faith formation, and social change through TV
programming and by way of training unemployed youth, drop out
girls, and women for life skills. India, the second largest country in
the world with the population of 1.3 billion people is still rooted in
social evils such as gender inequality and unemployment.
According to UNICEF report 65 million female babies were killed
in India in the last ten years by way of systematic and selective
gender elimination. Today there are only 920 females to every 1000
males in India. Since the vast majority of Indians are Hindus they
believe that only a boy will save them from Hell. There is also the
common notion that the boy is the bread winner. In addition to this,
if a girl has to be married the family has to give huge dowry.
There is also an evil practice of female infanticide – that is killing of
female babies in India. A number of methods are employed to kill
the newborn girls. 1600 people die daily due to diarrhea. This is
simply because 100 million in India do not have safe drinking water.
750 million do not have toilets which is a big health hazard.
In order to address these issues Divyavani Social Communications is
training Catholic graduates as journalists for mainstream media.
These journalists formed with moral conscience in turn bring about
education and awareness. We plan on training 160 youth in batches
of 40 this year. The training cost per student is $200. This makes
them employable and earning about 300 dollars a month. We have
trained 500 Catholic youth as Journalists and most of them are
already employed and bringing about social change.

Reading 1ECC 1:2; 2:21-23

Vanity of vanities, says Qoheleth,
vanity of vanities!  All things are vanity!

Here is one who has labored with wisdom and knowledge and skill,
and yet to another who has not labored over it,
he must leave property. 
This also is vanity and a great misfortune. 
For what profit comes to man from all the toil and anxiety of heart
with which he has labored under the sun? 
All his days sorrow and grief are his occupation;
even at night his mind is not at rest. 
This also is vanity.

Responsorial PsalmPS 90:3-4, 5-6, 12-13, 14 AND 17

R. (1) If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.
You turn man 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. If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.
You make an end of them in their sleep;
 the next morning they are like the changing grass,
Which at dawn springs up anew,
but by evening wilts and fades.
R. If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.
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. If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.
Fill us at daybreak with your kindness,
 that we may shout for joy and gladness all our days.
And may the gracious care of the LORD our God be ours;
 prosper the work of our hands for us!
 Prosper the work of our hands!
R. If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.

Reading 2COL 3:1-5, 9-11

Brothers and sisters:
If you were raised with Christ, seek what is above,
where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.
Think of what is above, not of what is on earth. 
For you have died,
and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 
When Christ your life appears,
then you too will appear with him in glory.

Put to death, then, the parts of you that are earthly:
immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire,
and the greed that is idolatry. 
Stop lying to one another,
since you have taken off the old self with its practices
and have put on the new self,
which is being renewed, for knowledge,
in the image of its creator. 
Here there is not Greek and Jew,
circumcision and uncircumcision,
barbarian, Scythian, slave, free;
but Christ is all and in all.

AlleluiaMT 5:3

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelLK 12:13-21

Someone in the crowd said to Jesus,
“Teacher, tell my brother to share the inheritance with me.” 
He replied to him,
“Friend, who appointed me as your judge and arbitrator?” 
Then he said to the crowd,
“Take care to guard against all greed,
for though one may be rich,
one’s life does not consist of possessions.”

The dangers of Affluence

Then he told them a parable. 
“There was a rich man whose land produced a bountiful harvest. 
He asked himself, ‘What shall I do,
for I do not have space to store my harvest?’
And he said, ‘This is what I shall do:
I shall tear down my barns and build larger ones. 
There I shall store all my grain and other goods
and I shall say to myself, “Now as for you,
you have so many good things stored up for many years,
rest, eat, drink, be merry!”’
But God said to him,
‘You fool, this night your life will be demanded of you;
and the things you have prepared, to whom will they belong?’
Thus will it be for all who store up treasure for themselves
but are not rich in what matters to God.”

Last day to order Early Bird Special tournament tickets. Price goes to $200 tomorrow!

Thank you to our Coffee Service Ministry for a delicious and fun social after the 9:00 mass! Hardboiled eggs stuffed with crab, Grand Marnier Bread Pudding, Ham and Egg Casserole, Spinach and Cheese puff paste pinwheels, “Tommy Salami” treats from Tatum Cissell (who just made her first communion this year), delicious breakfast cakes, the list goes on and on.,,,croissants with creme fraiche and fresh picked blackberries….Yum! This is just a partial list! We were busy selling raffle tickets and MacKenzie Classic Golf Tournament tickets!