July 21, 2019
Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
July 21, 2019
TODAY’S LITURGY: 16th Ordinary Sunday
READINGS: RED HYMNAL # 917
Processional Hymn: CREDO 441
O God beyond all praising
Gradual (Psalm15) He who does justice will live in the presence of the Lord
Offertory Hymn: CREDO 472
Christ be our Light
Communion Hymn: CREDO # 685
It is well with my soul
Recessional Hymn: CREDO # 694
God’s blessing sends us forth
BLESSING OF AUTOMOBILES
ST. CHRISTOPHER’S DAY
Sunday, July 28th 1:30pm
In Honor of the Feast on July 25th
FOOD PANTRY NEEDS
Our Food Pantry is in need of the following: (adult cereal (Cheerios, Wheaties, oatmeal), tuna fish, gift cards are always helpful. Men’s tube socks. See future bulletins for back to school needs
O Worship the Lord in the Beauty of Holiness
Flowers before St. Patrick today are in memory of Ellen Hutton, gift of Sisters.
The Sanctuary Lamp will burn this week in memory of Jane and Peggy Caso gift of Margaret.
The Blessed Mother Votive Light honor of Mary Scherzinger, gift of Children.
The Sacred Heart Votive Light will burn this week in honor of Vincent Corio.
Baptized in Water and the Spirit
The Parish Community welcomes Victoria Lorraine Powers.
Baptized into the Catholic faith July 11th.
Banns of Christian Matrimony
I Katherine Smith and Charles Bertucci
If anyone knows of just cause why they. may not be joined in Christian Matrimony, let them speak now or forever hold their peace.
JESUS CHRIST: THE GREAT HIGH PRIEST
PRAYER FOR PRIESTS
O Almighty and Eternal God, look upon the face of Thy Christ, and for the love of Him who is the eternal High-Priest have pity on thy Priests. Remember, O most compassionate God, that they are but weak and frail human beings Stir up in them the grace of their vocation which is in the by the imposition of the Bishop’s hands. Keep them close to Thee, lest the enemy prevail against them, so that they may never do anything in the slightest degree unworthy of their sublime vocation. O Jesus, I pray Thee for Thy faithful and fervent priests; for Thy unfaithful and tepid priests; for Thy priests laboring at home or abroad in distant mission fields; for Thy tempted priests; for Thy lonely and desolate priests; for Thy young priests; for Thy aged priests; for Thy sick priests; for Thy dying priests; for the souls of Thy priests in Purgatory. But above all I commend to Thee the priests dearest to me; the priest who baptized me; the priests at whose Masses I assisted and who gave me Thy Body and Blood in Holy Communion; the priests who taught and instructed or helped me and encouraged me; all the priests to who I am indebted in any other way, particularly (your priest’s name here). O Jesus , keep them all close to Thy heart, and bless them abundantly in time and in eternity Amen. Mary, Queen of the clergy, pray for us; obtain for us many and holy priests. Amen
St. John Vianney once called the priesthood “the love of the heart of Jesus.” Keep Jesus close to your heart as well, and to seek out His grace in prayer and in the sacraments. Remember who He has chosen to give them to us: His priests!
FEAST DAY FRIDAY, JULY 26
St. Anne and St. Joachim: Grandparents of our Lord.
Dear parents of the Virgin Mary, grandparents of our Savior Jesus Christ, bless all parents and grandparents and help them teach their children Christian values of faith and compassion. Bestow courage and hope upon couples who struggle to start their families Guide new parents and bless parents of growing children with strength and understanding, and bless grandparents with wisdom and kindness We thank you for the example you set for us with your daughter Mary and grandson Jesus, and we strive to show the same love to our children and grandchildren. May the strong foundation of faith you laid for Mary and her son Jesus always inspire us to guide our children and all future generations in their faith journeys with love and support. In Jesus Holy Name we pray, Amen. ** July 25 and 26: 7:00 pm St Ann Church Keansburg will have Mass and veneration of the relic of St. Ann.
BISHOP’S ANNIVERSARY BLESSING 2019
Bishop’s Anniversary Blessing is now officially open at www.dioceseoftrenton.org/anniversary-blessing-parish. All registration-related documents and instructions are available on this web page. All couples celebrating their 1st, 25th, or 50th (or more) wedding anniversary during the calendar year 2019 are invited to attend. The Anniversary Blessing for Monmouth/Ocean County is October 6, 2019 @3:00pm at the Co-Cathedral of St. Robert Bellarmine, Freehold.
CATHOLIC WOMEN OF ZION
CHAPTER 1 at St. William the Abbot.
Date: Saturday, August 17th
9:00am to 1:00pm
Mass: 9:00am Fr. Thomas Maher
Place: St. William the Abbot
2740 Allenwood Lakewood Road, Howell.
Admission: $20.00 includes lunch (pay at door)
Come and bring a friend!
Reservations: are necessary call 732-202-8352 no later than Tuesday, Aug 13th. You can also register on line:
www.cwoz.organd leave your name and phone number.
The guest speaker is Kathleen Tobin
If you have any other questions; Contact MaryAnn Collett Co-founder /director of Catholic Women of Zion at firstname.lastname@example.org
ITALIAN ICE NIGHT
Italian Ice; Fun Game;
Sunday Evening; July 29
Ya’ll Come! CHURCH GROUNDS
MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR THE ANNUAL SUMMER NOVENA
August 7 through the 15th.
7:00 pm Nightly
Rosary 6:30 pm
Beautiful Devotions, Hymns and Music with Holy Mass each Night.
To Honor Our Blessed Lady’s Assumption
OUR VACATION BIBLE CAMP
LET US PRAY FOR ONE ANOTHER
In your charity please remember to pray for: Pat Welch, Stacey Welch, Gina Tobia, Mary Scherzinger, William Walsh, Alan Peterson, Kathy Yannibelli, Janice Henar, Patrick Lipka, Talia, Baby Victoria Powers, Ann Bolger, Karen Conte, Jim Murphy, Monica Gilk, Maria Lonseth, Marge Brand, Anthony DelaTacoma, Sr., Ruth Alaia, Kathleen Toomey, Julia Fehlhaber, Rev. Josh Keeran, Susan Rick, Ryan Hansen, Kerri Black, Ellie Julien, Sara Jane Mauer, Thomas D. Murphy, Ana Oliveira, Michael Brothers, Theresa Marks, Sheila Buxton, Taryn Hussey, Maureen Farrell, Rich Callahan, and for the faithful departed:
God, our loving Father, look with kindness on our brothers and sisters who seek Your care. In Your mercy grant health to the sick; comfort to the sorrowful, peace to the troubled, joy to the weary and eternal rest to those whose work on earth is done, and all for Jesus’ Amen
Prayer for those serving in our military
Please remember to pray for our parishioners and friends serving this nation at home and abroad.
CDR Michael Dwan, U. S. N. ,Major Mark Paige, U. S. M. C. , Patrick Gallagher, S/Sgt. Matthew Santilli, Master S/Sgt Albert DiMaggio, Lieutenant Colonel Bayard Smith, Dallas Jamison & Sgt. Timothy Hayes.
Prayer: O God who art the lover of peace and concord. Grant to these thy servants who serve this nation, grace and strength. Preserve them we pray and shield them from all danger of body and soul; and hasten the day when thy shall return to their homes and loved ones, through Christ our Lord. Amen
PRAYER FOR OUR POLICEMEN
O Almighty God, Whose great power and eternal wisdom embraces the universe, Watch over all policemen and law enforcement officers everywhere. Protect them from harm. In the performance of their duty to stop crime, robbery, riots and violence. We pray, help them keep our streets and homes safe, day and night. We commend them to your loving care because their duty is dangerous. Grant them strength and courage in their daily assignments. Dear God, protect these brave men and women. Grant them your almighty protection. Unite them safely with their families after duty has ended. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. St. Michael the Archangel, Patron of police, pray for them.
Remember all these Intentions, as we offer our daily prayers.
FOUNDATIONS OF CATHOLIC MORALITY
I Am an ‘Imago Dei’
Do you know who you are? That may seem like an odd question but it’s worth pondering. Who are you? Who are you in your deepest core?What is it that makes you who you are? Often times we take our identity in all sorts of meaningless things. We take our identity in what we have accomplished, in how we look, in who our friends are, in how we are perceived by others. But, truth be told, none of that matters. It really doesn’t. What matters is what God thinks and who He sees when He looks at you. When God looks at you He sees two things. First, yes, He sees your sins, all of them. He is fully aware of every weakness and every dysfunction in your life. Nothing is hidden from the eyes of God! But fear not. He also sees something else. He sees who you are at your core and who He wants you to be. He looks at you and sees an image of Himself. He sees a reflection of His own beauty and splendor. He sees an imago Dei, an image of God. We must also see, within our soul, an image of God. We must see that God loves us so much that He sent His Son, Jesus, to come and dwell with us. And He not only dwells with us, He also dwells within us. When we can come to discover Christ living within us, we will begin to discover our true dignity and, in that discovery, begin to live as we ought. The moral life is all about discovering who we are, a discovery of Christ living within us. When we allow Christ to live within us, we begin to live the life He wants us to live. We begin to live a morally upright and holy life. And in this living, we become who we are. Jesus reveals who we are and we embrace that life more fully.
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land.
Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you [falsely] because of me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven. Thus they persecuted the prophets who were before you. (Mt 5:3-12)
If we want to discover who we are and who we are called to become we must understand the Beatitudes. The Beatitudes are the pinnacle of the Christian moral life. To live the Beatitudes is to live in Christ. But that is easier said than done.
The Beatitudes present us with a challenge of love followed with a glorious reward for our faithful living of that challenge. To be poor in spirit, mourn (over sin), to be meek, to long for righteousness, etc., is a high calling. And to accept persecution joyfully is not an easy thing to do. But the end result is that we obtain Heaven, are children of God, are satisfied and see God! The struggle is worth the blessing.
A beatitude is a blessing. It’s the blessing of living fully in God’s grace rather than just living by our own ideas. It’s seeking a higher calling and embracing it in faith rather than full sight. In other words, embracing the Beatitudes requires that God speaks to us in our hearts, reveals His mysterious and profound will to us found in the wisdom of the Beatitudes, and gives us the grace we need to live them. This takes a lot of surrender to God and a lot of trust in His wisdom. But when a person can believe the wisdom of the Beatitudes and live in accord with their high calling, there is an outpouring of grace and joy that fills that person. There is a tremendous “blessing” that fills the one who lives in accord with this grace.
We discussed in Book One of this series the desire we all have for happiness. The Beatitudes are the ultimate fulfillment of this desire. By living the Beatitudes one discovers that God and God alone satisfies, and that living in communion with Him is well worth any hardship or struggle we must endure in life. But believing this takes a great grace! It takes the gift of faith and knowledge. It takes a special action of God in our lives.
Much could be said about the Beatitudes, but for now just try to spend some time pondering them and trying to understand that they are the pinnacle of the Christian moral life. Put that truth in the back of your mind and try not to forget it.
The Effects of Freedom
Living a life in the Beatitudes requires that we live a life of true freedom. Additionally, living the Beatitudes brings that freedom. It’s a sort of cyclical action in our lives. True freedom opens us to the Beatitudes and the Beatitudes fill us with greater freedom to discover them and live them.
What does it mean to be free? Too often we associate “freedom” with “free will.” We think that we are free when we do what we want, when we want, because we want. Our culture has a strong focus on human liberty and human rights. But it’s so very easy to arrive at a false sense of what freedom truly is.
So what is freedom? It’s not the ability to do what we want; rather, it’s the ability to do what we ought. Freedom is found in the conscious choice to do the will of God and, in embracing that will, to live in accord with our dignity.
It’s true that God gave us free will. We have a mind and a will and are endowed with an ability to make our own moral choices. This is a sacred gift that goes to the heart of who we are. But it’s only in the proper exercise of this free will that we obtain authentic human freedom. And the opposite is also true. In exercising our free will in the negative, in the free choice to embrace sin, we become slaves of that sin and our dignity is greatly compromised.
When we are faced with making a moral decision, there are many factors to consider so as to determine the morality of our choice and the effects that these choices will have on us. For example, the Catechism identifies five factors that could affect us: Ignorance, duress, fear, and other psychological or social factors. Each one of these factors has the potential to confuse us in making the right decision. As a result of that confusion, we are hindered in our ability to act properly. What this tells us is that, if we want to be truly free and if we want to make good choices in life, we must strive to be free of the pressures and temptations that these factors impose upon us. In other words, we must strive to be fully aware of the moral decisions before us, be free of fear and duress, and understand and overcome any psychological or social influences that could cloud our decision making.
Take, for example, a crime of passion. There are numerous ways this could be played out. Generally speaking, try to imagine a situation when someone acts out immorally because of some extreme influence upon them beyond their control. Perhaps they are filled with such fear that they react out of that fear and act contrary to the moral law in anger or fright. Or take, for example, the person who has never had the benefit of having the will of God clearly explained to them. Instead, their whole life they have been raised in an environment that “preached” some contrary moral value. They were truly ignorant of the moral truth and, therefore, are ignorant of the fact that some of their actions are contrary to the moral law.
In both of these situations, a person may act in a way contrary to the will of God. But, at the same time, because of factors out of their control, they may not be fully responsible for their poor choice. God is the only one who knows all the details and He will sort it out.
More will be said on this in the coming chapters but, for now, it’s important to understand this so that we can understand the value of moral decision making. By understanding the fact that we are sometimes not fully responsible for the poor decisions we make, we should also come to the conclusion that, when we are fully aware of the moral factors involved in a decision, and then make the right and good decision, there are glorious consequences for the good. Through those good choices we experience the true freedom we are called to have and we grow in the dignity we have been given as God’s beloved children. Continued….
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