Thursday of the 17th Week in Ordinary Time

Greetings Dear STA Parishioners and Special Friends:

Welcome to Thursday of the 17th Week in Ordinary Time.  It is also the Optional Memorial of St. Peter Chrysologus.  Our Liturgy of the Word video is up and running now, and the reflection at the end is a prayer of protection to our Guardian Angels.  One of the Angel stain glass windows from inside STA is pictured in this post.

The readings for today are inserted below.

Angel Statue at St. Thomas AquinasThe Dallas seminarian who has been living and serving with us all summer---Joe Olickan---is leading our Liturgy of the Word today and he shares his reflection on the Gospel with us.  Today is Joe’s last video reflection here at STA, as he has come to the end of his summer assignment and will soon be on his way back to his seminary in New Orleans.

We want to thank Joe for his faithful service this summer, and for his enthusiastic and enlightening reflections for these Liturgy of the Word presentations and for those couple of times when he has bravely stepped up to sing a little short song to add to his reflection.  Thanks, Joe, for sharing your joy in the midst of this crazy time we are in.

And, I would invite everyone to please keep Joe in your prayers as he continues his journey on the road to Holy Orders.

Our Sunday Mass sign-ups for this Sunday have been very steady since the reopening was announced yesterday, but there are still seats available.  The only exception for that is the 10:30 am Mass, which is nearly full.

The reason that there are fewer seats available for that Mass is that we will FINALLY get to bring many of the folks into the Church who were scheduled to be brought in at the Easter Vigil but had to postpone due to Covid crisis.

It will be a joyful occasion, but we did, as I hope you will understand, set aside some seats for those converts and their sponsors.  Pray for them and rejoice with them as they finally…after this long delay…are going to be able to join us in the Church!

If you have not signed up for a seat on Sunday, please Click Here for Sunday Mass Sign Ups.

Also, since we upped the capacity for Weekday Masses to 50, there are still some seats available for next week.  Please Click Here to Sign Up for Weekday Masses.

So, we hope you are blessed by Joe’s reflection today, and we hope you will keep him in your prayers.  Thank you, Joe, for helping us out this summer.

Your servant in Christ,

Deacon Ken

Thursday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time
July 30, 2020

Reading 1

JER 18:1-6

This word came to Jeremiah from the LORD:
Rise up, be off to the potter’s house;
there I will give you my message.

I went down to the potter’s house and there he was,
working at the wheel.

Whenever the object of clay which he was making
turned out badly in his hand,
he tried again, making of the clay another object of whatever sort he pleased.

Then the word of the LORD came to me:
Can I not do to you, house of Israel,
as this potter has done? says the LORD.
Indeed, like clay in the hand of the potter,
so are you in my hand, house of Israel.



Psalm 146:1B-2, 3-4, 5-6AB

R.   Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob.

Praise the LORD, O my soul;
I will praise the LORD all my life;
I will sing praise to my God while I live.

R.     Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob.

Put not your trust in princes,
in the sons of men, in whom there is no salvation.
When his spirit departs he returns to his earth;
on that day his plans perish.

R.    Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob.

Blessed he whose help is the God of Jacob,
whose hope is in the LORD, his God.
Who made heaven and earth,
the sea and all that is in them.

R.    Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob.



MT 13:47-53

Jesus said to the disciples:
“The Kingdom of heaven is like a net thrown into the sea,
which collects fish of every kind.

When it is full they haul it ashore
and sit down to put what is good into buckets.
What is bad they throw away.

Thus it will be at the end of the age.
The angels will go out and separate the wicked from the righteous
and throw them into the fiery furnace,
where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.”

“Do you understand all these things?”

They answered, “Yes.”

And he replied, “Then every scribe who has been instructed in the Kingdom of heaven
is like the head of a household who brings from his storeroom
both the new and the old.”
When Jesus finished these parables, he went away from there.