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A MESSAGE FROM FATHER MONTY – When I was a kid I learned that a Sacrament is "an outward sign, instituted by Christ to give grace". The definition I have come to love and serve as an adult is found in paragraph 1131 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (1994).
The Sacraments are efficacious signs of grace, instituted by Christ and entrusted to the Church, by which divine life is dispensed to us. The visible rites by which the Sacraments are celebrated signify and make present the graces proper to each Sacrament. They bear fruit in those who receive them with the required dispositions.
Today's gospel gives life to this definition. The crowd has just encountered the sacramental presence of Jesus in the miracle of the multiplication of the loave--an efficacious sign dispensing divine life. They seek him out, which prompts this reply from Jesus: "Do not work for food that perishes but for food that endures for eternal life". Jesus' instruction in the “Bread of Life” discourse is an invitation to all to have the proper disposition so that the divine life made visible in the Sacraments will bear fruit in our witness to him and to his Gospel.
"I am the bread of life", Jesus told them, "whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst". Do we trust his Word and bear witness to it any more than they did?

AUGUST COMMUNION CALLS – Father Monty and Eucharistic ministers will bring Holy Communion to parish shut-ins on Friday, August 7. If a member of your family is unable to get to Sunday Mass and would like a visit call the parish office by Noon on Wednesday, August 5.

SUMMERTIME COMMUNAL PENANCE SERVICE - A Clarion County-wide penance service will be held at Immaculate Conception Church on Thursday, August 13, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. The theme of the service will be "Forgiveness for All: A Penance Service for Families of Faith". We will offer prayers for the upcoming World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, September 22-25 and Pope Francis' visit to the United States. Area priests will be available for the sacrament of penance and reconciliation that evening.

PARISH PICNIC - Our annual Immaculate Conception Parish Picnic is on Sunday, August 16, 2015 at the Wolf's Camping Resort. There's more information in the mailing you received. Please return your tickets to the parish
office or in the Sunday collection. Volunteers are always needed, especially on Sunday morning to assist with set-up and with clean-up. Call the parish office to volunteer!

WHAT DO PARENTS LOOK FOR IN A QUALITY SCHOOL? One indicator is that there is a belief that all students can achieve and are held to high standards and expectations. Your parish school challenges its
students to reach their full potentials. Teachers are there for their students to guide mental, physical, social, and spiritual growth. Preschool through 6th grade applications are accepted at Immaculate Conception School Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Is it time to talk to someone at your parish school?

QUESTION OF THE WEEK FOR FAITH SHARING –
Key Passage So they said to Jesus, "What sign are you going to give us then, so that we may see it and believe you? What work are you performing?" (John 6:30).
Adult When has your faith helped you believe without “seeing signs” from God?
Child Who helps you believe in things you cannot see?

WHAT KIND OF STEWARD AM I? Have you given real thought lately to how good God has been to you? Do you give in proportion to what God has given you?

 

SAVE THE DATE:

August 16 - Parish Picnic

October 11 Chicken and Biscuit Dinner

November 7 Reverse Raffle

BEST OF ITALY AND SICILY PILGRIMAGE 
12 Days:  November 9 – 20, 2015 
$3689 Roundtrip (Air/land tour price is $3059 plus $630 government taxes
 and airline fuel surcharges) 
Hosted by 
Rev. Monty Sayers 

TOUR INCLUDES: 
Roundtrip Air fare from Cleveland, First Class/Select Hotels, 
Most Meals, Professional Driver/Guide and Comprehensive Sightseeing 
Visiting: 
Palermo * Agrigento * Siracusa * Taromina * Mount Etna
Amalfi Coast/Sorrento * Pompeii * and 3 nights in Rome with a Papal Audience 
 For a brochure and more information, contact 
Father Monty: 
Tel: (814) 226-8433 ext. 102 Email: montysayers@hotmail.com 

 

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