Feast of St. Mary Magdalene (and Wednesday of the 16th Week in Ordinary Time)

Greetings Dear STA Parishioners and Special Friends:

Welcome today to The Feast of St. Mary Magdalene…pictured below in our Church at the feet of Jesus on the Cross.  Mary Magdalene, by the way, is my favorite saint.

Our Liturgy of the Word video is up and running now and ready for you to view.  It is on our Facebook page, available through the homepage of our website. Today’s readings are inserted below.

Fr. James Dorman is the presider and homilist today and our reflection at the end is a prayer of intercession to St. Joseph.

I hope you are blessed by today’s readings and by Fr. James’ homily on those readings.  And, I hope we are all inspired by Mary Magdalene’s unfailing love for Jesus.  She indeed shows us how to love the Lord and she is a great example and inspiration for all of us.

We celebrate today as a Feast Day because The Memorial of Mary Magdalene was raised to a Feast Day in 2016 by Pope Francis and she was officially proclaimed “Apostle of the Apostles.”

So…how about we all ask for St. Mary Magdalene’s intercession and pray together these petitions today?

Last at the cross of Jesus, first at his tomb, pray for us.
First to see Christ risen, pray for us.
Apostle of the Apostles, pray for us.
Loving advocate for sinners, pray for us.

St. Mary Magdalene, please pray for us.

REGARDING WEEKDAY MASSES: Most of the slots for next week’s Masses are filled, but please keep checking on them as there are usually cancellations that will allow you to get signed up.  You can check them out by Clicking Here to Sign Up for Weekday Masses

REGARDING SUNDAY MASSES: We will have something more definitive for you soon, but things are looking promising regarding the opening of Sunday Masses again in the near future.  We won’t have Sunday Masses this weekend (except for our live-stream only Mass at 10:30), but maybe again very soon.  Please keep up your prayers and, hopefully, we can soon make some definitive plans and announce them to you.

Blessings to all.

Your servant in Christ,

Deacon Ken

Feast of Saint Mary Magdalene
July 22, 2020

Reading 1

2 Cor 5:14-17

Brothers and sisters:
The love of Christ impels us, once we have come to the conviction that one died for all; therefore, all have died. He indeed died for all, so that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.

Consequently, from now on we regard no one according to the flesh; even if we once knew Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know him so no longer. So whoever is in Christ is a new creation: the old things have passed away; behold, new things have come.


Responsorial Psalm

PS 63:2, 3-4, 5-6, 8-9

R. My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord my God.

O God, you are my God whom I seek;
for you my flesh pines and my soul thirsts
like the earth, parched, lifeless and without water.

R. My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord my God.

Thus have I gazed toward you in the sanctuary
to see your power and your glory,
For your kindness is a greater good than life;
my lips shall glorify you.

R. My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord my God.

Thus will I bless you while I live;
lifting up my hands, I will call upon your name.
As with the riches of a banquet shall my soul be satisfied,
and with exultant lips my mouth shall praise you.

R. My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord my God.

You are my help,
and in the shadow of your wings I shout for joy.
My soul clings fast to you;
your right hand upholds me.

R. My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord my God.


Gospel Acclamation

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Tell us Mary, what did you see on the way?
I saw the glory of the risen Christ, I saw His empty tomb.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.



JN 20:1-2, 11-18

On the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early in the morning, while it was still dark, and saw the stone removed from the tomb.

So she ran and went to Simon Peter and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and told them, “They have taken the Lord from the tomb, and we don’t know where they put him.”

Mary stayed outside the tomb weeping. And as she wept, she bent over into the tomb and saw two angels in white sitting there, one at the head and one at the feet where the Body of Jesus had been. And they said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?”

She said to them, “They have taken my Lord, and I don’t know where they laid him.” When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus there, but did not know it was Jesus.

Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?”

She thought it was the gardener and said to him, “Sir, if you carried him away, tell me where you laid him, and I will take him.”

Jesus said to her, “Mary!”

She turned and said to him in Hebrew, “Rabbouni,” which means Teacher.

Jesus said to her, “Stop holding on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am going to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”

Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord,” and then reported what he told her.