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MESSAGE FROM FATHER MONTY Whenever I talk to groups about praye--college students, R.E.P. classes, adult study group--I give them a simple formula: 144/168. There are 144 ten-minute periods in every twenty-four hour day. Give one of those segments to God. There are 168 hours in every week. Give one of those to God. That is ten minutes a day and one hour a week for prayer. (The "Little Book" people recommend spending 6-minutes of quiet tim--silence--with the Lord every day. When you think that it takes about four minutes to read the informational and Gospel meditations provided for each da--there is your ten minutes!)
The Catechism of the Catholic Church offers this definition for prayer: The elevation of the mind and heart to God in praise of his glory; a petition made to God for some desired good, or in thanksgiving for a good received, or in intercession for another before God. Through prayer the Christian experiences a communion with God through Christ in the church".
Our prayer is personal and public: Developing a good ten-minute-a-day prayer practice can enrich your personal experience of communion with God. You might structure your personal prayer by taking several minutes in the morning to invite God to be with you in all the events and tasks you have planned for that day. Ask God especially to be with you in the unexpected distractions and interruptions that occur. Later, at the end of the day, take ten minutes--using Scripture from the daily or Sunday reading--to be present to God. Using your own words, praise God through Jesus Christ, offering thanks with a grateful heart and petitions and prayers of intercession for those you love.
When you couple that with the hour you spend at Sunday Mas--our public praye--you rejoice and reflect the Collect for this Sunday's Mass. "...fill our hearts, we pray, with the warmth of your love, so that, loving you in all things and above all things, we may attain your promises, which surpass every human desire."

MISSION COOPERATIVE PLAN APPEAL - To date $2,793.78 has been given to the 2014 appeal by Sister Marian Coughlin, SND for the Sisters of Notre Dame Global Missions in India, Africa and Nicaragua. It is not too late to make a gift! Place your donation in the collection in a plain envelope marked Missionary Cooperative Plan Appeal. Please continue to pray for all who serve in the missions. You benefit greatly from their prayers.

BLESSING OF STUDENTS AND TEACHERS - With Immaculate Conception and all local schools set to open on August 25, a blessing for students and teachers will be offered at all of the masses on August 23 and 24.

CHOIR NEWS - Choir Rehearsals will begin on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 7 p.m. in the Church. Music is being prepared for the Confirmation liturgy on September 7. 
New members are welcome! We are seeking singers and instrumentalist--high school/college age and abov--who would like to participate at mass as part of the Music Ministry. Please come and "Sing a New Song to the Lord" at our first rehearsal on Aug. 27.

QUESTION OF THE WEEK FOR FAITH SHARING--
Key Passage: "For my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples" (Isaiah 56:7).
Adult: The woman in this story (today's gospel Matthew 15:21-28)was persistent in prayer. For what do you pray persistently?
Child: For what do you ask God to give you most often?

WHAT KIND OF STEWARD AM I? Stewardship is planned giving and does not leave giving to chance. It challenges us to plan. It asks us to apprais--deliberatel--what we are going to do with our time, our talent and our treasure.

SAVE THE DATE:
Sept. 7            Confirmation at 11:00am Mass
Oct. 12             Chicken & Biscuit Dinner
Nov. 1              Reverse Raffle
Nov. 3-13        "Best of Ireland" Parish Pilgrimage

 


BEST OF IRELAND TOUR 
11 Days:  November 3 13, 2014 
$2829 Roundtrip from Cleveland 
(Air/land tour price is $2299 plus $530 govt. taxes & airline fuel surcharges) 
Hosted by 
Rev. Monty Sayers 

TOUR INCLUDES: 
Roundtrip Air from Cleveland, First Class/Select Hotels, 
Most Meals, Professional Driver/Guide & Comprehensive Sightseeing 

Visiting 
Waterford * Killarney * Galway, 
Connemara * Knock * Sligo * Dublin 
 For a brochure & more information contact Rev. Monty Sayers at: 
Tel: (814) 226-8433 ext. 102     
Email: montysayers@hotmail.com 


 

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