Wednesday of the 17th Week in Ordinary Time and BREAKING NEW

Greetings Dear STA Parishioners and Special Friends:

Welcome to Wednesday of the 17th Week of Ordinary Time.  Today we celebrate the Memorial of St. Martha, and our Liturgy of the Word video is now live on our Facebook page.

Fr. James Dorman is our celebrant and homilist today, and we do indeed hope you are blessed by his message today’s on today’s Gospel.

Our reflection following the Liturgy of the Word is a prayer to St. Joseph…pictured above in our Church.

BREAKING GOOD NEWS…

I have a couple of bits of good news for you today.

First of all, after a whole lot of prayer and consultation with others who have good knowledge of the situation, Fr. John has decided that the time is right to open up the Masses again this Sunday!  We will have an 8:00 am Mass, a 10:30 am Mass (which will also be live-streamed), a 1:00 pm Mass, and a 5:00 pm Mass.

The link to sign up for one of these Masses is here: Click Here to Sign Up for Sunday Mass This Weekend .

The dispensation from attending Mass remains in place and we know that many of you still don’t feel comfortable going out from the home, so the Sunday live-stream at 10:30 is still a good option for you.

MORE GOOD NEWS: We are expanding the number of available seats for Week Day Masses from 25 to 50 beginning next week.  That means, of course, that those Week Day Masses next week that were full now have slots available.  So head on over to Click Here to Sign Up for Weekday Masses  and get signed up to join us for Week Day Masses.

We hope you have a blessed day today and maybe we will see you in person at Mass on Sunday or during the week.

Your servant in Christ,

Deacon Ken

Memorial of Saint Martha
July 29, 2020

Reading 1

JER 15:10, 16-21

Woe to me, mother, that you gave me birth! a man of strife and contention to all the land! I neither borrow nor lend, yet all curse me. When I found your words, I devoured them; they became my joy and the happiness of my heart, Because I bore your name, O LORD, God of hosts. I did not sit celebrating in the circle of merrymakers; Under the weight of your hand I sat alone because you filled me with indignation.

Why is my pain continuous, my wound incurable, refusing to be healed? You have indeed become for me a treacherous brook, whose waters do not abide! Thus the LORD answered me: If you repent, so that I restore you, in my presence you shall stand; If you bring forth the precious without the vile, you shall be my mouthpiece.

Then it shall be they who turn to you, and you shall not turn to them; And I will make you toward this people a solid wall of brass.

Though they fight against you, they shall not prevail, For I am with you, to deliver and rescue you, says the LORD. I will free you from the hand of the wicked, and rescue you from the grasp of the violent.

 

Responsorial

Psalm59:2-3, 4, 10-11, 17, 18

R.     God is my refuge on the day of distress.

Rescue me from my enemies, O my God;
from my adversaries defend me.
Rescue me from evildoers;
from bloodthirsty men save me.

R.     God is my refuge on the day of distress.

For behold, they lie in wait for my life;
mighty men come together against me,
Not for any offense or sin of mine, O LORD.

R.     God is my refuge on the day of distress.

O my strength! for you I watch;
for you, O God, are my stronghold,
As for my God, may his mercy go before me;
may he show me the fall of my foes.

R.     God is my refuge on the day of distress.

But I will sing of your strength
and revel at dawn in your mercy;
You have been my stronghold,
my refuge in the day of distress.

R.     God is my refuge on the day of distress.

O my strength! your praise will I sing;
for you, O God, are my stronghold,
my merciful God!

R.     God is my refuge on the day of distress.

 

Gospel

Lk 10:38-42

Jesus entered a village where a woman whose name was Martha welcomed him. She had a sister named Mary who sat beside the Lord at his feet listening to him speak.

Martha, burdened with much serving, came to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me by myself to do the serving? Tell her to help me.”

The Lord said to her in reply, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things. There is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her.”