AUGUST 21, 2011 TWENTY-FIRST SUNDAY ORDINARY TIME
Parish stewardship IN
My friends, today we will hear a love story. Peter, despite his questions, his doubts and fears, declares that Jesus is the Son of God, the Messiah, the One for whom the world is waiting. And Jesus, in turn, entrusts to this fallible man, Peter, His message and the future of His Church. Let us pray today for our Church. PENITENTIAL RITE Lord Jesus, you came to reveal Godâ€™s kingdom: Lord, have mercy. Lord Jesus, you established the Church to endure forever: Christ, have mercy. Lord Jesus, You prayed that we may all be one in faith: Lord, have mercy. SCRIPTURE READINGS Isaiah 22:19-23 I will place the key of the House of David on his shoulder. Romans 11:33-36 Who has known the mind of God?
Open House St. Therese Catholic School will be having an Open House in the new preschool/pre k room after the 9 and 11 am Masses on Sunday, August 21st and Sunday, August 28th. Please stop by to see our wonderful new classroom and to meet our fabulous teacher, Meghan Finney! We are currently accepting applications for all grades, Preschool through Grade 8. St. Therese Catholic School is Hiring!
We are looking for two reliable, energetic people to provide supervision for our lunchroom and for recess 5 days a week. The hours would be from 11:20 to 1:20 each day. The position would begin on September 7th and continue throughout the school year. Pay is $10 an hour. If you would be interested, please contact the school office at 206-324-0460.
Monthly Collection 655 Households Budget for August $ 41,677 Total received to date: $10,571
Stewardship of Talent Weekends: September 10-11, 2011 Initiation Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Faith Formation Liturgy Parish Life September 17-18, 2011 Social Justice Pastoral Care Overnight Shelter St. Vincent de Paul Sister Parish September 24-25, 2011 Parish School There are many opportunities to share your talents with the Parish and School. We need your help as volunteers to meet the many needs in our community. Please look at these lists, pray and consider sharing your talents with this vibrant community.
Hospital Ministry Volunteers Needed to provide Catholic prayer presence and the Eucharist to patients and their families at Harborview Medical Center and Virginia Mason Hospital. Previous experience being an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion preferred, but not required. Volunteers must complete all necessary paperwork, background checks, Orientation/Training sessions and personal interviews. Time expectation is once a week, 3-4 hour shift, plus monthly check-in gatherings. There is lots of flexibility in regards to specific day and time. To volunteer at Harborview please contact Deacon Steve Wodzanowski at 965-1646 / firstname.lastname@example.org or to volunteer at Virginia Mason contact Fr. Don Perea at 206-3838935 / email@example.com.
Parish life During the month of August there will be NO Tuesday Mass August 20-21, 2011 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time August 27– 28, 2011 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time September 3-4, 2011 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Labor Day Weekend September 7, 2011 Park Shore Mass 11:00 AM September 10-11, 2011 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time Stewardship of Talent Weekend
Pastoral care Please pray for the health of: Lucita Valiere’s mother, Barbara Peete, Carole Crowder King, Ursula Burton, Mary Frizzell, Michael Carter, Fr. Joseph McGowan, S.J., Josie Vicencio’s son, Damaris Pearson, Pauline Ridley’s niece, Kristine Simenstad-Mackin, Martha O’Fallon and Austin O’Fallon, the granddaughter of Dave and Mary Ellen Haley, Andrea Buckmeier, Dick and Bernice Welch, Bernetta Branch’s daughter, Alison Hendricks’ family, Judy Harding, Roxanne Harrison’s family, Deborah Nimmons’ mother, Sandra Cotton, Art and Erville Wheeler, and Cecil Hughey.
Sometimes parishioners complain that they are tired of coming into a church in which social conversations are carried on in such a loud voice that they find it difficult to concentrate on their prayers. As with most things it’s a matter of the proper balance. Sometimes we do forget that the purpose of our gathering is to worship God. Sometimes the chatter is carried too far. However, we also need to remember that we come to Mass to worship together, not as isolated individuals each praying our own set of prayers. There is a time for quiet, individual prayer but that is not the purpose of our Sunday Mass. The ritual of the Mass is, and always has been, the celebration of a meal and so we gather as the family of God. We need to remember that whatever we do is done together. It is appropriate that we take time for one another as we gather. We greet one another and we recognize that the Church is first and foremost a gathering of God’s people. Often enough we find the Lord in the Eucharist that we receive and in the Word that we hear. It is also important to discover God’s presence in the people who have gathered in His name. As we consider our own individual families, we remember that God has given us another family—our parish family. We should be able to think of this family as having a friendly face. It should be a gathering of God’s people that is filled with a welcoming spirit. Our expressed concern for one another, our hospitality as we gather, the way we respond and sing and pray as one are all signs that remind us that we are one family of God united in Jesus our Brother. We share our history together in the hearing of God’s word in Scripture. We share faith as we sing and pray together. We share together in the meal that is God’s gift of God’s own Son. As we begin the new academic year, we focus on our parish families. We are looking forward to having the children back at their catechetical sessions, and the parents, hopefully refreshed from their vacations, ready to take on a new school year. As catechists we encourage family prayer together, so that the prayer which is experienced in liturgy is not the only prayer that is part of the families’ lives.