Tuesday of the 21st Week in Ordinary Time

Greetings Dear STA Parishioners and Special Friends:

Welcome to Tuesday of the 21st Week in Ordinary Time.  It is also the Memorial of St. Louis.  The Readings for today are inserted below for your convenience.

Our Liturgy of the Word video is now live and ready to be viewed on our STA Facebook page which can be found by clicking on the Facebook link at the top of the home page.

The reflection at the end of the Liturgy of the Word is a prayer to Our Lady of Fatima and the Memorare is included in that reflection.

Yours truly is the celebrant and homilist today, and as part of my homily today, I will visually walk you through the process of how we are going to confession right now at STA.

I know some of you have been a bit reluctant to come to confession because it is so different than usual, and you don’t know exactly what to do or where to go.  But, this short video will show you how we are doing it right now and I hope it will give you a bit of comfort.

As promised, the Mass schedule is now posted on SignUp Genius for this coming weekend.

And…as predicted…the 10:30 Mass is already filled up.  It is the STA Back to School Mass, so not at all surprising that it is already filled up.  It can, of course, be viewed live online including the recorded version anytime after Mass is over.

The other Masses on Sunday, however, are still available.

So…please go to our STA website (the link is above) and then click on the red bar that says “Sunday Masses are Back”, and you will find the link to sign up for Sunday mass as well as a link to sign up for Weekday Masses.

We really do hope you are blessed by the message today, and we pray that you are able to stay safe and healthy.

Your servant in Christ,

Deacon Ken

The Readings for Tuesday of the 21st Week in Ordinary Time

A Reading from St. Paul’s 2nd Letter to the  Thessalonians

We ask you, brothers and sisters, with regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our assembling with him, not to be shaken out of your minds suddenly, or to be alarmed either by a “spirit,” or by an oral statement, or by a letter allegedly from us to the effect that the day of the Lord is at hand. Let no one deceive you in any way.

To this end he has also called you through our Gospel to possess the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, brothers and sisters, stand firm and hold fast to the traditions that you were taught, either by an oral statement or by a letter of ours.

May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting encouragement and good hope through his grace, encourage your hearts and strengthen them in every good deed and word.

The Word of the Lord.   Thanks be to God.


Responsorial Psalm

R. The Lord comes to judge the earth.

Say among the nations: The Lord is king. He has made the world firm, not to be moved; he governs the peoples with equity. R.

Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice; let the sea and what fills it resound; let the plains be joyful and all that is in them! Then shall all the trees of the forest exult. R.

Before the Lord, for he comes; for he comes to rule the earth. He shall rule the world with justice and the peoples with his constancy. R.


A Reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew:

Jesus said: “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites. You pay tithes of mint and dill and cummin, and have neglected the weightier things of the law: judgment and mercy and fidelity.

But these you should have done, without neglecting the others. Blind guides, who strain out the gnat and swallow the camel!

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites. You cleanse the outside of cup and dish, but inside they are full of plunder and self-indulgence.

Blind Pharisee, cleanse first the inside of the cup, so that the outside also may be clean.”

The Gospel of the Lord.          Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.