Monday of the 16th Week in Ordinary Time

Greetings Dear STA Parishioners and Special Friends:

Welcome to Monday of the 16th Week in Ordinary Time.  Our Liturgy of the Word video, along with a prayer to The Infant Jesus of Prague, is up and running now on our Facebook page. (The picture is from the statue of The Infant Jesus of Prague in our Church.)

Deacon Tony Campise leads us today in our Liturgy of the Word and he is the homilist.  We hope you are touched and blessed by Deacon Tony’s words.

You can find today’s video by clicking on the Facebook link at the top of our home page.

Today’s readings are inserted below.

Some good news:  I have posted next week’s Weekday SignUp slots so that you can now sign up for Masses for next week.  You can Click Here to Sign Up for Weekday Masses.  Or, as always, you can find your way there by going through our website.

This week’s Masses are all filled as of right now but be sure to keep checking as there are cancellations from time to time.

As far as Sunday masses and when we will open them up again…we are still not sure.  I don’t know if you saw it or not, but the Cathedral had to close down all Masses and confessions, as they had two members of the parish staff come down with the virus.

We don’t know how the Bishop will respond to this situation, but Fr. John is still holding off a couple of days regarding what to do about our Sunday Masses here at St. Thomas.  We are trying our best to keep everyone close and connected to our Lord and His Church, to keep everyone safe, and to be part of the solution.

As always, of course, you will be the first to know via these emails as to what we are going to do as we want to keep you fully informed.

Stay blessed and stay safe!

Your servant in Christ,

Deacon Ken

Readings for Monday of the 16th Week in Ordinary Time

Reading 1

MI 6:1-4, 6-8

Hear what the LORD says:
Arise, present your plea before the mountains, and let the hills hear your voice! Hear, O mountains, the plea of the LORD, pay attention, O foundations of the earth! For the LORD has a plea against his people, and he enters into trial with Israel.

O my people, what have I done to you, or how have I wearied you? Answer me! For I brought you up from the land of Egypt, from the place of slavery I released you; and I sent before you Moses, Aaron, and Miriam.

With what shall I come before the LORD, and bow before God most high? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old? Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, with myriad streams of oil? Shall I give my first-born for my crime, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?

You have been told, O man, what is good, and what the LORD requires of you: Only to do the right and to love goodness, and to walk humbly with your God.   The Word of the Lord



Psalm 50:5-6, 8-9, 16BC-17, 21 AND 23

R. To the upright I will show the saving power of God.

“Gather my faithful ones before me,
those who have made a covenant with me by sacrifice.”
And the heavens proclaim his justice;
for God himself is the judge.

R. To the upright I will show the saving power of God.

“Not for your sacrifices do I rebuke you,
for your burnt offerings are before me always.
I take from your house no bullock,
no goats out of your fold.”

R. To the upright I will show the saving power of God.

“Why do you recite my statutes,
and profess my covenant with your mouth,
Though you hate discipline
and cast my words behind you?”

R. To the upright I will show the saving power of God.

“When you do these things, shall I be deaf to it?
Or do you think that I am like yourself?
I will correct you by drawing them up before your eyes.
He that offers praise as a sacrifice glorifies me;
and to him that goes the right way I will show the salvation of God.”

R. To the upright I will show the saving power of God.



MT 12:38-42

Some of the scribes and Pharisees said to Jesus, “Teacher, we wish to see a sign from you.”

He said to them in reply, “An evil and unfaithful generation seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it except the sign of Jonah the prophet. Just as Jonah was in the belly of the whale three days and three nights, so will the Son of Man be in the heart of the earth three days and three nights.

At the judgment, the men of Nineveh will arise with this generation and condemn it, because they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and there is something greater than Jonah here.

At the judgment the queen of the south will arise with this generation and condemn it, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and there is something greater than Solomon here.”