This Week’s Gospel Reflection
by Theresa Konitzer, Director of Religious Education
Heavenly Father, You who are the author of all that is good. Thank You for the many gifts and treasures I discover and those of which I am not aware. Lord, You know that in my younger years, I spent most of my time acquiring things. There were times that I thought that if I only had this or that, perhaps I would be happier, or the object I was seeking would make life easier for me. After acquiring that item, I would be satisfied for a brief time. However, before long I would be on to the next thing that I just had to have.
It appears my insatiable appetite for acquiring things would only temporarily fill the void in my heart. No matter what I processed, or how many letters I acquired behind my name, nothing can fulfill me the way You do. As I age, I am more aware that happiness and fulfillment does not come with monetary wealth, but only with having You in my life do I find true happiness and fulfillment. It is only when I focus on the love You have for me as well as the ways in which I can spread that love to others that I find the true treasure that You give to me through Your sacrifice. It is only then that I find the Kingdom of God. I adore You and give thanks to You my Heavenly Father. Amen.
Sign Up for Mass July 25-26
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 3:00 PM on Saturday, July 25. Here’s how:
- Click here, then click the “Sign Up” button of the Mass you’d like to attend below.
- Select the number of people in your household who will be attending from the drop-down menu.
- 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.
- Click Submit and close the sign-up window/tab.
- You’ll receive an email confirmation after your sign up is complete.
Worship Music Resource
- Glory to God
- Psalm 119: Lord, I Love Your Commands
- Gospel Acclamation
- Clean (solo)
- Memorial Acclamation
- Lamb of God
- New Wine (solo)
(Mass parts taken from Mass of Joy and Peace)
Electronic Worship Resources
Our Daily Bread Casserole & St. Elizabeth of Hungary Food Pantry Drop-Off –
August 2, 8:30-11:30 AM
Our next drive-thru drop-off date for food pantry and frozen casseroles for August will be on Sunday, August 2 from 8:30-11:30 AM by the Chapel/Bell Tower.
Note that around the start time of the 11:30 AM outdoor Mass (which will be in front of the Conference Center, weather permitting) the volunteers will be in front of the Blessed Mother statue.
Please do not bring any items into the narthex or the church hall.Volunteers for both efforts will have their cars parked in the parish office lot between the chapel and the bell tower for drop-off, and will remove your donated items from your vehicle. For safety’s sake, please wear a facial mask when dropping off.
Recipes and disposable casserole pans are available in the plastic bin in front of the parish office. The recipe is also available here.
Please be reminded that dispensation from the Sunday Mass obligation remains in effect. We encourage everyone to wisely assess their own personal situation and to make decisions that will protect the health of all involved. If you’ve taken a COVID-19 test, please stay at home until you receive the result of your test.
The coronavirus remains a significant public health risk, and each of us has a responsibility to act safely based upon the most current information on hand. We ask that our parish community continue to hold in prayer and solidarity all those suffering with COVID-19, most particularly those within our community.
SJE Art Exhibits
Funeral Volunteers Needed
Virtual Book Discussion Group
There’s no need to feel disconnected from your parish, your friends, and your faith during this pandemic. Popular author and parishioner, Adele Gill, will be hosting a virtual discussion group using her latest book, How to Go From Broken to Blest, beginning Tuesday, September 15, at 10:00 AM.
This six week Zoom group will follow the book’s 6-step study guide to wholeness and living the blessed life through Biblical principles and complete trust in Jesus. How to Go from Broken to Blest is an easy-to-read practical guide based on Biblical principles and sound wisdom. It addresses many life issues that we all deal with from time to time, including the emotions brought about by the pandemic.
Registration will begin in mid-August, but get the book now (Available at Amazon) so you can be ready to discuss it in September. Check out Adele’s interview with national syndicated radio to learn more about her and the book: https://www.speakuptalkradio.com/adele-gill-returns/