November 11, 2018
Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary time
November 11, 2018
TODAY’S LITURGY: 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
READINGS: RED HYMNAL # 964
Processional Hymn: Credo # 429
Come Thou Fount of every Blessing
Gradual (Psalm 146) Praise the Lord my Soul
Offertory Hymn: Credo # 735
America (Veterans Day)
Communion Hymn: Credo # 562
Where Charity and love Prevail
November is the Month of the Holy Souls. Pray everyday for the Faithful Departed.
O God, whose mercies cannot be numbered: Accept our prayers on behalf of thy faithful servants departed this life. Forgive them their sins and grant them an entrance into the land of light and joy, in the fellowship of all thy saints; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
THE C. Y. O. GIVING TREE
In Need of Help this Christmas, or know a family that is?
For information on the newly revised giving tree program and to register.
Call or text 732-239-3743
O Worship the Lord in the Beauty of Holiness
Flowers on the Main Altar today are in memory of Jesse Walton (bthdy) gift of Annette Gamache.
The Sanctuary Lamp will burn this week in memory of Frank Morgan gift of Eileen.
Blessed Mother Votive Light will burn this week in honor of Richard & Lorraine Furlong (50th wedd. anniv.)
Sacred Heart Votive Light will burn this week in memory of Carol Stokes gift of son, Fr. Michael.
THANKSGIVING IS ON THE WAY!
OUR ST. VINCENT DE PAUL
FOOD PANTRY NEEDS
Thanksgiving is on the way! Our food pantry is in need of turkey breasts, whole turkeys, instant or white potatoes, gravy, fresh or canned vegetables, yams, tomato sauce, stuffing, applesauce, cranberry sauce, canned or fresh fruit, coffee, tea, powdered milk, fresh milk, sugar, brownie & cake mixes, apple cider or any juice, bread butter, pies and cakes, napkins. If fresh vegetables, fruits and milk are donated. They should be dropped off just before the baskets are distributed November 15th and 16th between 11:00am and 12:00noon or call ahead for arrangements to be dropped off at your convenience.
GO TO: www.stcathek.formed.org click ’register’ follow prompts and enjoy.
PARISH BIBLE STUDY
Wednesday Evenings 7:45—8:15
Father Dan leads this Study in an informal way following the Evening Mass.
This Year we will be studying the
Timothy, Titus, Peter, James, Jude and John
Plan to attend. Bring your Bible
IMPORTANT REQUEST FROM C. C. D.
CCD is in need of a teachers aid for fourth grade. This is open to high school students, grandparents, moms Fourth grade C. C. D. is on Wednesdays at 3:45 to 5:15pm. If you can volunteer your time call 732-495-7779.
HOME REHABILITATION PROGRAM
“Off-Site office” Hours.
November 19th and November 21st 12:30 & 2:00pm
If you are a Middletown homeowner, you may be eligible for a home rehabilitation grant up to $25,000.00 from the Township’s Home Rehabilitation Program funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The program assists low-moderate income households to repair or replace older systems in the home such as plumbing, heating, roof or electric. Handicap accessibility improvements are also eligible. The director of Community Development will be available for questions on the dates and times listed above. For more information and household income limits call 732-615-2281 or online at www.middletownnj.org
Holy Relics of Saint Pio of Pietrelcina
Better known as Padre Pio .The relics will be venerated at the Co-Cathedral of St. Robert Bellarmine in Freehold Tuesday, November 13th from 10:00am to 6:30pm. Msgr. Thomas Gervasio, Vicar General of the Diocese of Trenton will celebrate Mass 7:00pm.
47TH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS BAZAAR
We will be having our annual Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, November 17th from 10:00am to 3:00pm in the parish hall. New merchandise and crafts only. Free admission, 50/50 raffle. Pictures with Santa. Tables only $30.00.
T. M. I. Y. T. M. I. Y. T. M. I. Y.
Saturday Mornings from 6:30-8:00am
The T. M. I. Y. program is an interactive men’s program focused on the development of male leadership in the modern world. It combines the best research from science with the teachings of the Catholic faith and the wisdom of the saints to develop the vision of authentic men capable of transforming themselves, their families and greater society. Come join us on Saturday mornings!
This Fall and Spring sessions will focus on the vision of man fully alive. The program will enable men to experience authentic freedom as sons of God. Through living the three fold mission of abiding presence, joyful service and loving sacrifice, their hearts and homes will experience the joy that God desires. To sustain them on their spiritual journey, the men will be led directly to the three spiritual foods that Christ himself proclaims: The Eucharist, the Word of God, and the Will of God. For more information about the Saturday morning meetings here at St. Catherine Laboure contact Steven Mendez @732-778-2950 or speak to Fr. Dan after Mass. The meeting will take place in the school building. For more information about T. M. I. Y. go to www.paradisusdei.org
ALL MEN ARE WELCOME
LET US PRAY FOR ONE ANOTHER
In your charity please remember to pray for: Maria Lonseth, Raul Marquez, Marge Brand, Jeanette Soprano, Patricia Kenny, Vincent Lass, Anthony DelaTacoma, Sr., Amanda Lauterwasser, Peg Healy, Keith Griglak, George Corbeels, Ed Corso, Ed Corbliss, Madeline Wildrick, Captain Edward Grady, Madeline Barisic, Patrick Lipka, Maren Haughian, Tegan Haughian, Nicholas Kinahan, Ruth Alaia, Elizabeth Dean, Jim Donnelly, Kathleen Toomey, Julia Fehlhaber, Rev. Josh Keeran, Susan Rick, Ryan Hansen, Pat Welch, Bill Arangruen, Kerri Black, Ellie Julien, Sara Jane Mauer, Thomas D. Murphy, Ana Oliveira, Michael Brothers, Paul Friedman, Deborah Snyder, Theresa Marks, Sheila Buxton, Margaret Cascone, Rachel O’Brien, Taryn Hussey, Maureen Farrell, Rich Callahan, Robert Bonner, and for the faithful departed: Louis Franklin.
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.
"Thou shalt not steal” -Ex. 20:15
“You shall not covet your" –Ex 20:17
THE CHURCH'S SOCIAL TEACHING
Economics & Social Justice
Economic activity is not meant for merely the multiplication of goods, but for the service of persons and of the entire human community. Human work is part of man’s vocation to subdue to earth, both with and for one another. Hence, work is a duty, as St. Paul said, “If anyone will not work, let him not eat” (2 Thess. 3:10). By enduring the hardship of work, in union with Jesus, the carpenter of Nazareth and the one who was crucified, we can in some way cooperate in God’s redemptive work.
Everyone has the right of economic initiative. This means the right to make legitimate use of his talents to contribute to the common good. Economic conflict often occurs because of the different interests involved in economic life. Efforts should be made to reduce these conflicts by negotiation and (when appropriate) by public authorities (CCC 2430).
The principal economic task of the state is to guarantee security of private property, individual freedom, currency and public services so that those who work will be encouraged in their labors and can enjoy the fruits of their work. Those responsible for business enterprise are responsible to society for the economic, social and ecological effects of their operations. While it is legitimate to seek to make a profit in business, the have an obligation to consider the good of the person.
Access to employment must be open to all without any unjust discrimination. Society should, according to circumstances, help people find employment. A just wage is the legitimate fruit of work. Refusal or withholding of it is a grave sin (Deut. 24:14). The Church defines a just wage as a wage that is sufficient to “guarantee man the opportunity to provide a dignified livelihood for himself and his family on the material, social, cultural and spiritual level” (CCC 2434). Pope Leo XIII in his 1891 encyclical Rerum Novarum said that it ought to be enough for a man to support his entire family with enough left over for charity and some to put away for savings (RN, 46). Recourse to a strike is morally legitimate when it cannot be avoided, but becomes morally unacceptable when it becomes violent, or when objectives are included that are not directly related to the working conditions (CCC 2435).
Justice between Nations
Inequality of resources on economic capability creates a real “gap” between nations. The Catechism says: “Various causes of a religious, political, economic, and financial nature today give "the social question a worldwide dimension." There must be solidarity among nations which are already politically interdependent. It is even more essential when it is a question of dismantling the "perverse mechanisms" that impede the development of the less advanced countries. In place of abusive if not usurious financial systems, iniquitous commercial relations among nations, and the arms race, there must be substituted a common effort to mobilize resources toward objectives of moral, cultural, and economic development, "redefining the priorities and hierarchies of values" (CCC 2438).
Rich nations have a grave responsibility to assist those who are unable ensure the means of their own development. Direct aid is an appropriate and praiseworthy response, but reform of institutions is encouraged as a more long-term solution to the problems of the Third World. It is not the role of the pastors of the Church to intervene directly in the structuring of political life. This is the task of the lay faithful.
Love of the Poor
The Church’s love for the poor is part of her constant tradition. Even in the Scriptures of the Old Testament, God enjoins the Israelites to be solicitous for the care of the poor (Deut. 24:19-22). Jesus Christ identifies Himself with the poor, and in the poor we recognize Him. Love for the poor extends beyond their material well being to other forms of poverty as well (cultural and spiritual poverty).
In as far as we are able we are called to assist the poor. St. John Chrysostom says that to fail to give to the poor is actually to steal from them. The Church sees our duty to the poor as a debt owed to them, not as a gift of charity (CCC 2446).
Our duties to the poor have been summed up by the Church’s tradition in the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy.
Corporal Works of Mercy
1. Feed the hungry
2. Give drink to the thirsty
3. Clothe the naked
4. Shelter the homeless
5. Visit the sick
6. Visit those in prison
7. Bury the dead
Spiritual Works of Mercy
1. Convert the sinner
2. Instruct the ignorant
3. Counsel the doubtful
4. Comfort the sorrowful
5. Bear wrongs patiently
6. Forgive injuries
7. Pray for the living and the dead
The Tenth Commandment
The tenth commandment forbids greed, the covetous desire for increase in material gain. It completes the seventh commandment, but also the ninth, as it deals with concupiscence, in this case, the “lust of the eyes” (1 John 2:16). Avarice has its origin in the idolizing of material objects, and thus is connected with the first commandment as well. Like the ninth, it concerns the intent of the heart. Our sensitive appetite leads us to desire the things we need (to eat when we are hungry, get warm when we are cold, etc.). In and of themselves, these desires are good, but they can easily become disordered when they exceed the limits us reason and cause us to become covetous towards the belongings of others.
Sins against the tenth commandment include:
Greed, the desire to amass earthly goods without limit. Avarice, the passion for riches and the power that comes with them. Envy, sadness at another’s goods and immoderate desire to acquire them for oneself.
The Holy Spirit turns men’s hearts away from greed and envy. Jesus calls His followers to prefer Him to everything and everyone, and bids them to renounce all that they have. For some, this call is fulfilled in the renunciation of material belongings and the profession of the evangelical counsel of poverty. But whether or not we are called to live in poverty as religious do, all are called to practice spiritual detachment, wherein we separate our hearts from affection to the material objects that surround us. This enables us to set the affections of our hearts on Christ and His kingdom rather than on the objects that so easily ensnare us. The Lord grieves over the rich because they attempt to find their consolation in their abundance of goods (see Luke 6:24).
“Abandonment to the providence of the Father in heaven frees us from anxiety about tomorrow” (CCC 2547). A desire to see God, not to increase in material wealth, ought to be the focus of those seeking the Kingdom of Heaven.
A fitting conclusion is a meditation on Jesus’ words from the Gospel of Matthew
‘Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?
Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble (Matt. 6:25-34).
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