|Pastors Desk |
A MESSAGE FROM FATHER MONTY – Today marks the third and
final Sunday in a series of three with readings from Jesus' parable discourse in
Matthew 13. Matthew wants us to understand that Jesus was the wisest teacher of
them all. He took the parables Jesus told about the Kingdom of Heaven and then
added a twist so that these enduring stories would have an even greater impact
on his community.
Today's gospel included the parable of the treasure in the
field, a fine pearl and a net thrown into the sea. Matthew's twist to these
parables is Jesus' question, "Do you understand all these things?" They
answer enthusiastically, "Yes."
Meghan McKenna offers a compelling challenge
in her 1994 book Parables: The Arrows of God. It is a long passage but
well worth a few minutes of meditation:
"...Jesus' stories call for change.
We all need to change, massive radical change and conversion. By our baptisms we
pledge constant conversion, alone and together with other believers in the
community of church. The stories of Jesus call us to change, just as they call
believers in every generation and geography to change, to follow Jesus more
closely and truly. They are inspired; the Spirit put power into the words
...Every time we hear the scriptures and we don't change, we haven't really
Inspiration—we hear and we change. Do we? How often have we heard the
scriptures and how much have we changed? Is it noticeable year to year? Do we
learn more of compassion, alter the way we make moral decisions, practice more
justice and work for peace? Do we live more simply and care more for the poor,
shift our understanding and behavior toward our neighbors? Perhaps if our
changes are not noticeable, we are not changing. Hearing means changing. It is
our call as baptized believers…(to) look more like Jesus, act more like Jesus,
and become more like Jesus…we are Jesus in the world and we are the only Jesus
most people are ever going to meet.”
SUMMER COMMUNAL PENANCE SERVICE – A Clarion County-wide
penance service will be held at Immaculate Conception Church on Wednesday,
August 13, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. Several priests will be available for the sacrament
of penance and reconciliation that evening.
MISSION COOPERATIVE PLAN APPEAL will be August 9 & 10.
Sister Marian Coughlin, a representative of Notre Dame Global Missions will be
speaking at all the masses. She will share with us how Notre Dame missionaries
accompany the poor in India, Africa, and Nicaragua—empowering people through
spiritual care, faith formation, education, work with handicapped, healthcare,
social services and social action.
Your generous gift to the Missions will
support the works of justice and love through which the Notre Dame missionaries
bring the Good News of the Gospel to our sisters and brothers in need.
There will be a second collection taken and please make checks payable to
Immaculate Conception and put "Mission Collection" on the memo line.
AUGUST COMMUNION CALLS - Eucharistic ministers will be
bringing Holy Communion to parish shut-ins on Friday, August 1. 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 Thursday, July 31.
WHAT DO PARENTS LOOK FOR IN A QUALITY SCHOOL? One indicator
is that there is a strong, effective, loving, professional faculty and staff.
All of your parish school teachers are PA certified, know their students well,
and are always willing to go that extra mile. They are dedicated Christian
educators. (Watch for another indicator next week.) Is it time to learn more
about your parish school? Did you know that generous tuition assistance is
available? Call Immaculate Conception School Monday through Thursday from 8:30
a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for information.
QUESTION OF THE WEEK FOR FAITH
Key Passage: "The kingdom of heaven is like treasure
hidden in a field, which someone found and hid; then in his joy he goes and
sells all that he has and buys that field" (Matthew 13:44).
Adult: What would
you be willing to "sell," or do without, in order to achieve your dreams for
yourself or your family?
Child: What good thing do you want
so much that you would give up something else to get it?
WHAT KIND OF STEWARD AM I? When we come to Sunday Mass, we
offer God three things: our time; our talent--our ability to
pray, praise, sing, worship; and our treasure. God accepts these,
because God wants not our gifts, but us as Givers. God wants us. We are the
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