Monday of the 19th Week in Ordinary Time and Feast of St. Lawrence

Greetings Dear STA Parishioners and Special Friends:

Welcome to Monday of the 19th Week in Ordinary Time and the Feast of St. Lawrence, the Patron St. of Deacons.  As Deacon Tony points out in his intro in today’s Liturgy of the Word video, he is also the Patron St. of comedians, as St. Lawrence is well known for the “humor”  he uttered while he was being martyred.  Be sure and check out today’s video for that.

We hope your weekend was a blessed one, and we are so glad that you are here with us today.

Our Liturgy of the Word video, with Deacon Tony Campise as our celebrant and homilist, is up and running now on our Facebook page.  The reflection after the Liturgy of the Word is a prayer to The Infant Jesus of Prague.

Please Click Here for the STA Webpage and then click on the St. Thomas Aquinas Facebook link at the top of the page to take you to our Facebook page.  You can find the video there, and by going through our website, you do not have to have a Facebook account to watch the video.

I have just now posted the Sunday Masses for next weekend.  You canClick Here to Sign Up for Sunday Mass This Weekend, or, you can always go to our website and find the link there.

There are still slots available at all of the Weekday Masses this week and I have also posted the Masses for next week.  You can find those on our website or you can Click Here to Sign Up for Weekday Masses.

The readings for today are inserted below.

Have a blessed week.

Your servant in Christ,

Deacon Ken

Feast of Saint Lawrence,

Deacon and Martyr

Reading 1

2 COR 9:6-10

Brothers and sisters:
Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.

Each must do as already determined, without sadness or compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

Moreover, God is able to make every grace abundant for you, so that in all things, always having all you need,
you may have an abundance for every good work.

As it is written:
He scatters abroad, he gives to the poor;
his righteousness endures forever.

The one who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed and increase the harvest of your righteousness.

 

Responsorial Psalm

PS 112:1-2, 5-6, 7-8, 9

 

R. (5) Blessed the man who is gracious and lends to those in need.


Blessed the man who fears the LORD,
who greatly delights in his commands.
His posterity shall be mighty upon the earth;
the upright generation shall be blessed.


R. Blessed the man who is gracious and lends to those in need.


Well for the man who is gracious and lends,
who conducts his affairs with justice;
He shall never be moved;
the just one shall be in everlasting remembrance.


R. Blessed the man who is gracious and lends to those in need.


An evil report he shall not fear;
his heart is firm, trusting in the LORD.
His heart is steadfast; he shall not fear
till he looks down upon his foes.


R. Blessed the man who is gracious and lends to those in need.


Lavishly he gives to the poor, 
his generosity shall endure forever;
his horn shall be exalted in glory.


R. Blessed the man who is gracious and lends to those in need.

 

Gospel

JN 12:24-26

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Amen, amen, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit.

Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will preserve it for eternal life.

Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there also will my servant be. The Father will honor whoever serves me.”