|Pastors Desk |
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”:
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
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
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
QUESTION OF THE WEEK FOR FAITH SHARING –
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)
Rev. Monty Sayers
Roundtrip Air from Cleveland, First Class/Select Hotels,
Most Meals, Professional Driver/Guide & Comprehensive Sightseeing
Waterford * Killarney * Galway,
Connemara * Knock * Sligo * Dublin
For a brochure & more information contact Rev. Monty Sayers at:
Tel: (814) 226-8433 ext. 102