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Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

Announcements from our bulletin of August 25, 2019

We have become accustomed to seeing pictures in the media and stories on the news about immigrants from Latin America and refugees from Syria fleeing violence and destruction in their own countries, trying to make their way to a safe place. We have also seen the reactions of people who want to keep them away from their countries, who fail to welcome the stranger and the helpless children. Have we forgotten Jesus’ call to comfort the homeless and the stranger? “They shall bring all your brothers and sisters from all the nations . . . to Jerusalem, my holy mountain, says the LORD.”

In the three readings for this day, we are told that we are to welcome these strangers, to welcome the discipline of the Lord, which leads to peace, and to “strive to enter through the narrow gate” into the glory of God’s own homeland, the reign of God.

Religious Instruction Grades 1 - 12

  • Monday: First Communion Year 1
    First Class, September 9th at 4:45 PM
  • Tuesday: First Communion Year 2
    First Class, September 10th at 4:45 PM
  • Tuesday: Confirmation Year 1 and 2
    First Class, November 5th at 5:00 PM

Late Registration Accepted

Bring to Registration

  • Completed Registration form
  • Copy of Baptismal Certificate (unless already on file in our parish)
  • Registration Fee (can be paid in full or by installments)

Attention Confirmation Students Year I & II

Confirmation Classes will begin on Tuesday, November 5 at 5:00 PM in the Parish Hall.

Attention!

We need volunteers who wish to share their knowledge with children or young adults as teachers on Monday or Tuesday in the afternoon. As a volunteer we will give enough information so you feel comfortable doing your work.

For more information, call Rectory Office.

  • Social Media
  • Planned Giving
  • Stewardship

It is through selfless love that we grow in the holiness to which we have been called as human beings created in the image and likeness of God, who is love. Spread love by supporting the works of the ABCD. www.isupportabcd.org.

Imagine a gift that gives forever. That’s exactly what your planned gift to our endowment can do. What you give today will strengthen our parish family by providing perpetual financial support. For more information contact the rectory or call the Office of Planned Giving at (305) 762-1110.

“For behold, some are last who will be first and some are first who will be last.” (Luke 13:30)

Our standards in society are different from God’s standards. We often rank people by what they have, or how successful they are. Jesus reminds us that God will not judge us by the same earthly standards. When God asks you, “what have you done with the gifts I have given you?” How will you respond?

The wonderful diversity of life and worship among Roman Catholics of East and West is an example of God writing straight with crooked lines. The steady hand of the villainous Emperor |Diocletian drew a line across Europe and Africa that split the empire in two, and for the most part determined how Christians would worship two thousand years later.

Italy’s heel and the far northern city of Trieste fell on the Eastern side, and have had a form of Eastern liturgy ever since. Constantinople, which soon became the seat of the Roman Empire, became a base for Christianizing the East up to Russia and Poland. Poland was on the Eastern side, but a series of wars and medieval mayhem pushed the religious boundary back to the Ukraine, and Poland remains an outpost of the Latin Church to this day.

An old rule of thumb declared that whatever religion was observed by the local prince, the people had to follow. This gave rise to persecution and migration as people sought toleration for their expressions of faith. In the United States, we are accustomed to peaceful collaboration among Christians of East and West, a situation that challenges churches that still feel the pinch of age-old division.

  • First Reading - Brothers and sisters of every race and
    language will be brought to Jerusalem (Isaiah 66:18-21).
    Psalm - Go out to all the world and tell
    the Good News (Psalm 117).
  • Second Reading - Strengthen your drooping hands and
    your weak knees (Hebrews 12:5-7, 11-13).
  • Gospel - People from east and west, north and south
    recline at table in the kingdom of God (Luke 13:22-30).

Being chosen as a godparent for baptism is an honor, for the godparent traditionally becomes a spiritual companion to the one being baptized in a journey of faith.

Please decide if your faith life makes you ready to publicly pledge that you have been leading a life in harmony with the Catholic tradition. Godparents should be both role models and resource persons, individuals who are at ease with the practice of their faith and would normally be considered as “active Catholics.” They should be people who are comfortable with answering questions about their personal relationship with God as experienced in the Catholic Communion, even if they are unsure of all the technicalities. Godparents should be people who are interested in and will continue to spiritually support the “godchild” in the years ahead.

Catholic Church Requirements - To be a godparent, a person must be:

  1. A baptized Catholic who has received the sacraments of Confirmation and Holy Communion and is practicing the Catholic faith.
  2. Mature enough to undertake the responsibility.
  3. A member of the Catholic Church canonically free to carry out this responsibility. If a person is married, the marriage must have been a Catholic marriage, not just a civil marriage. Catholics currently living in a marriage not considered valid by the Catholic Church or cohabitating are excluded from being a Godparent.
  4. Someone other than the father or mother, spouse or fiancé of the one who is to be baptized.
* In order to be a Godparent/Sponsor St. Mary Magdalen Church requires that the person be registered member of our parish at least 6 months previous to the date of the Baptism.
Evening & Weekend Schedule
Tuesdays & Thursdays Sobriedad 2000 AA in Spanish 8:30 PM - 10:30 PM
Wednesday Al Anon in Spanish 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Friday Spanish Charismatic Group in Spanish 7:15 PM – 9:30 PM
Sunday Gambler's Anon in English 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday St. Vincent de Paul Society Bi-lingual 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM