Sunday 15 July 2018

Fifteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time 2018

Fifteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time 2018

The readings for this weekend's mass are:

First Reading Amos 7:12-15
Responsorial Psalm 85: 8-13 Response 7
Second Reading Ephesians 1:3-14
Gospel Mark 6:7-13

Two weeks ago, our Pastor’s mother passed away. Father had to return to Poland. As a family we have been praying for him, his family and the repose of the soul of his mother. We had visiting priests cover for mass last weekend and again this weekend. Last Saturday evening, Sunday Evening and tonight was Rev, Rafal Tomon from Our lady of Lourdes Waterloo. Last week before mass the children and I all went to the sacrament of reconciliation. It was interesting two of the children and I all noticed a significant difference in the penance given. Father Tomon also brought prayer cards from his parish, and my children love prayer cards. One was a photo of Our Lady of Lourdes and the typical Lourdes prayer. The second was a photo of a statue of saint Joseph and the prayer is, St. John XXIII’s prayer for the fathers.

St. Joseph, guardian of Jesus and chaste husband of Mary, you passed your life in loving fulfillment of duty. You supported the holy family of Nazareth with the work of your hands. Kindly protect all the fathers who trustingly come to you. You know their aspirations, their hardships, and their hopes.

They look to you because they know you will understand and protect them. You too knew trial, labor, and weariness. But amid the worries of material life your soul was full of deep peace and dang out in true joy through intimacy with God’s Son entrusted to you and with Mary, his tender Mother. Assure those you protect that they do not labour alone. Teach them to find Jesus near them and to watch over him faithfully as you have done. 

St. John XXIII

Since we were at church last week a new statue has appeared on the altar at church. I do not know where it came from or why it is there. My son loved the statue, and said while he was serving mass he could look at Mary the whole time. 

So this week I offer prayers for you my readers, and for all priests. 

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