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A MESSAGE FROM FATHER MONTY – This column is a repeat from 2008. It was good then. I think it is even better now! It appeared on this Sunday six years ago. I titled it “Whoever Has Ears Ought to Hear”:
Did you notice that in today’s gospel—Part II of Matthew 13—this phrase was used again to catch our attention? In compiling his gospel, Matthew used this literary devise at the end of parables to remind people to pay attention. The word “hear” appears over a dozen times in chapter 13. It is as if the evangelist is saying to us, “Keep your ears open to what Jesus said.”
In 1961 C. H. Dodd (d. 1973), a Welsh New Testament scholar and influential Protestant theologian, wrote an important book called The Parables of the Kingdom. Several sources I consulted this week for preaching cited his classic definition of a parable: "At its simplest a parable is a metaphor or simile drawn from nature or common life, arresting the hearer by its vividness or strangeness, and leaving the mind in sufficient doubt about its precise application to tease it into active thought."  
Rev. Ronald Rolheiser, OMI offers this meditation in his 2006 book Secularity and the Gospel: Being Missionaries to Our Children. I think you will agree that it is rooted in the parables of Jesus and Matthew’s thoughtful explanation of them.

  • Jesus Offers Us A Model; He Tries To Move Us From One State To Another:
  • We Are Asleep, And He Tries To Waken Us;
  • We Are Deaf, And He Tries To Open Our Ears;
  • We Are Dumb, And He Tries To Open Our Mouths To Speech And Praise;
  • We Are Blind, And He Tries To Open Our Eyes;
  • We Are Lost, And He Tries To Find Us;
  • We Are Dead, And He Tries To Resurrect Us.
  • This Must Be Our Model Within A Secularized World.
  • So, how is your hearing? Do you want to enrich your spiritual life? This week prayerfully re-read Matthew 13.


WHAT DO PARENTS LOOK FOR IN A QUALITY SCHOOL?
One indicator is that learning is promoted in a safe, caring, well-organized, clean environment. Your parish school invites you to come take a tour and check out the facility. (Watch for another indicator next week.) Is it time to find out how affordable a Catholic education is for your child? Inquiries are welcome Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at your parish school office.

SUMMERTIME COMMUNAL PENANCE SERVICE – A Clarion County-wide penance service will be held here at Immaculate Conception Church on Wednesday, August 13 at 7:00 p.m. Several priests will be available for the sacrament of penance and reconciliation that evening.

FOOD FOR FRIENDS: Our next day to serve the Food for Friends meal is Wednesday, July 23, at the First Presbyterian Church, Wood Street in Clarion. We ask volunteers to be on site by 4:45; dinner is served at 5:00. If you'd like to volunteer or have questions, please call Sue Leonard (226-9117) or Deb
Sarbin (227-2526).

QUESTION OF THE WEEK FOR FAITH SHARING –
Key Passage: “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words” (Romans 8:26).
Adult: What weakness can the power of the Spirit help you overcome?
Child: When will you need the help of the Holy Spirit this week?

WHAT KIND OF STEWARD AM I? When you made your offering today, how did God respond? Did you give God a sacrificial gift? Do you think God responded to your gift with, “That was wonderful! You really thought about your gift. Your generosity pleases me. Thank you!” God does care, you know. How generous were you?

DIOCESAN ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS –
Couples celebrating milestone anniversaries of 25, 50 or 60 or more years of marriage in 2014 are invited to attend a liturgy in their honor at one of two parishes in the Erie Diocese. If you cannot attend either time you can register and receive a scroll.

Sunday, Aug 3-Our Lady of Peace Parish at 1:30 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 10-St. Boniface, Kersey at 2:00 p.m.
Call the parish office at 226-8433 ext. 100 to register by July 18.


SAVE THE DATE:
August 17        Parish Picnic at Wolf's Camping Resort
Sept. 7             Confirmation at 11:00am Mass
November 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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