Wednesday of the 13th Week in Ordinary Time

Greetings Dear STA Parishioners and Special Friends:

Welcome to Wednesday of the 13th Week in Ordinary Time.  Fr. James Dorman is our celebrant and homilist. The readings for today are inserted below.

Our reflection at the end is the prayer to St. Joseph.  I again apologize for the bad sound quality of that St. Joseph reflection.  If I can ever find a moment, I plan to go back in and re-record the audio so it sounds better.

I hope you are blessed by the Liturgy of the Word today and Fr. James’ message.

AND NOW TO BREAKING NEWS FOR THE DAY:

The decision has been made, after much prayer and discussion, to cancel the 1:00 pm and 7:30 pm Masses beginning this Sunday.  That leaves us with the 8:00 am, the 10:30 am, and the 5:00 pm Masses.

That is so unfortunate, but the good news is that we will still have Masses this Sunday.  In the midst of the surge in cases, some of our Churches have totally closed down their Sunday Masses again.

As you can imagine, Fr. John did not take this decision lightly.  It was done, I can assure you, with much prayer and discussion.

Here is Fr. John’s message to all about the closure, and he includes a message for everyone who will be attending a Mass, either or the Weekend Masses or during Weekday Masses:

 

Mass Schedule modification for Sunday 5. July 2020

After experimenting for the first weekend of a return to Sunday Masses with a schedule of five options each with a maximum occupancy of 125 to 140 parishioners,

I wish to refine the schedule

- to make it sustainable with just two priests and two deacons and

- to adequately resource sanitizing and

- to provide a time for families who may wish a Sunday afternoon baptism in future.

The patterns of attendance indicate that an early morning, mid-morning and late afternoon/early evening Masses are of best service to our parishioners.

Therefore the revised schedule for Sunday Masses will provide

- an early morning option at 8 AM,

- a mid-morning option at 10:30 AM which will also be able to be live-streamed and - a Mass at 5pm.

The afternoon and evening Masses were each more lightly attended but were cumulatively still significant , therefore I did not want to eliminate the evening option. My hope is that a 5 pm Mass, in normal times well attended, will serve you best.

Given a growing expansion in the number of new cases of COVID-19, which has led to increased hospitalizations with many requiring ICU and ventilator, I can not anticipate the realities of the coming weeks.

Certainly we must monitor the effects of the 4th of July festivities, listen to medical and civil authorities and follow any future decisions of our Bishop.

I ask you please for your patience and prayers for us as we try to serve and for one another.

Please also understand your role in keeping one another safe and healthy.

I ask you again to share in the responsibility for your own safety, for the safety of your fellow parish members and for those whose lives you can affect should you become infected.

Please see greater details below if you did not receive the email last.

  1. If you present any symptoms of the COVID-29 coronavirus, please refrain from attending for your good and do not put others at risk.
  2. If you have not been observant in social distancing, wearing a mask in public, preventive hygiene etc., please refrain from attending and do not put others at risk even if asymptomatic.
    Willingly to disregard behavior proposed for the health and safety of oneself and others due to negligence, selfishness or stubbornness is a violation of the moral law in terms of both charity and justice.
  3. If you are in the vulnerable age category (over 60), please consider if you are placing yourself at risk.
  4. If you have a underlying condition or disease that makes you particularly vulernable (heart disease, diabetes, immune system disease, for example), please consider refraining from attending and please do not put yourself at risk.

If you are in any of the above mentioned categories I pray you will feel that it would be the best and safest decision for both you and those others who will be attending to elect to withdraw from attending Mass this weekend.

The dispensation of the Sunday Mass obligation from our bishop remains in force until it is explicitly rescinded.

Please if you decide it is prudent and reasonable for you/your family to participate in Mass this weekend:

  1. bring and wear a MASK once you leave and until you return to your car, during Mass when in your seat and until you are next in line for Holy Communion;
  2. observe the direction of the ushers for SOCIAL DISTANCING in seating and movement;
  3. observe COVERING COUGHS when close to others and HAND HYGIENE, particularly around the reception of Holy Communion;
  4. although it may not be made obligatory, RECEPTION OF HOLY COMMUNION IN THE HAND is a safer practice and, being of great antiquity, does no dishonor to Christ in His Eucharistic Presence. Please consider this even if it is not your usual pious choice.
  5. Please note there should be limited use of public lavatories since they can only be sanitized between Masses.

Thank you for your careful and prayerful decision regarding this request.

Respectfully in Christ,

Fr. John Libone

 

Stay blessed and stay safe.

Your servant in Christ,

Deacon Ken

Wednesday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time
July 1, 2020

Reading 1

AM 5:14-15, 21-24

Seek good and not evil,
that you may live;
Then truly will the LORD, the God of hosts,
be with you as you claim!
Hate evil and love good,
and let justice prevail at the gate;

Then it may be that the LORD, the God of hosts,
will have pity on the remnant of Joseph.

I hate, I spurn your feasts, says the LORD,
I take no pleasure in your solemnities;

Your cereal offerings I will not accept,
nor consider your stall-fed peace offerings.

Away with your noisy songs!
I will not listen to the melodies of your harps.

But if you would offer me burnt offerings,
then let justice surge like water,
and goodness like an unfailing stream.

 

Responsorial

Psalm 50:7, 8-9, 10-11, 12-13, 16BC-17

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

“Hear, my people, and I will speak;
Israel, I will testify against you;
God, your God, am I.”

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.

“For mine are all the animals of the forests,
beasts by the thousand on my mountains.
I know all the birds of the air,
and whatever stirs in the plains, belongs to me.”

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

“If I were hungry, I should not tell you,
for mine are the world and its fullness.
Do I eat the flesh of strong bulls,
or is the blood of goats my drink?”

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.

 

Gospel

MT 8:28-34

When Jesus came to the territory of the Gadarenes,
two demoniacs who were coming from the tombs met him.
They were so savage that no one could travel by that road.

They cried out, “What have you to do with us, Son of God?
Have you come here to torment us before the appointed time?”

Some distance away a herd of many swine was feeding.

The demons pleaded with him,
“If you drive us out, send us into the herd of swine.”

And he said to them, “Go then!”

They came out and entered the swine,
and the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea
where they drowned.

The swineherds ran away,
and when they came to the town they reported everything,
including what had happened to the demoniacs.

Thereupon the whole town came out to meet Jesus,
and when they saw him they begged him to leave their district.