July 17 – Weekly Prayer & Update

This Week’s Gospel Reflection

Sunday, July 19  – Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
www.usccb.org/bible/readings/071920.cfm

by Sr. Carol Czyzewski, Pastoral Minister

Jesus, Word of God, You speak in parables to nudge us into reflecting upon the state of our heart, the clarity of our conscience. From the seeds and weeds of life, each of us has soul searching to do.

You remind us that the Holy Spirit, in prayer, enables the growth of good seeds, to open us to weeds within self and within others—they grow together.  We trust the words of Wisdom:  You judge with clemency, and with much lenience You govern us. May we imitate Your love so that the good in us will help to convert the weeds in us.

Conversion is very difficult, but, as the message of Romans reminds us:

The Spirit comes to the aid of our weakness;
for we do not know how to pray as we ought,
but the Spirit himself intercedes with inexpressible groanings.

Help us, Holy Spirit of God, to rid ourselves of the weeds that block our life in You. Let us ponder the words of a spiritual writer who cautions:

“Anything that we refuse to recognize or own in ourselves is a place where we are closed to God and to that creative impulse urging us to wholeness.”

[Ann Kline, “the Four Words of Listening,” Presence, vol. 14, no.2, June 2008]

May we obey the concluding words of today’s Gospel: Whoever has ears ought to hear. Amen.

Sign Up for Mass July 18-19

We encourage you to pre-register for Mass to save time when you check in at Mass, as well as to help us gauge attendance. Kindly sign up for Mass by Saturday, July 18 at 3:00 PM.  Here’s how:
  1. Click here, then click the “Sign Up” button of the Mass you’d like to attend.
  2. Select the number of people in your household who will be attending from the drop-down menu.
  3. If you’re already in the Flocknotes database, the system will recognize you when you click the sign-up button.  If not, enter a contact name and email or phone number if prompted.
  4. Click Submit and close the sign-up window/tab.
  5. You’ll receive an email confirmation after your sign up is complete.

Natural Family Planning (NFP) Awareness Week

July 19-25, 2020
The dates of Natural Family Planning Awareness Week highlight the anniversary of the papal encyclical Humanae Vitae (July 25) about Catholic beliefs on human sexuality, conjugal love and responsible parenthood.   For more information on NFP, click here.