The readings in today’s Mass are about what’s first in our lives, or what should be first, namely our relationship with God. Our relationship with God is the most important relationship we can have in our lives. Our relationship with God is the most important thing we can lose in our lives. God offers Himself to us, we respond. If we don’t respond, we’re telling God that His offer has no value for us and that His offer doesn’t mean anything to us. Whether or not our immortal souls live in eternal life in heaven depends on our relationship with God here on earth. Our lives are filled with “busy-ness”; there are so many things we need to do and so many things we consider to be important. But w
Can you help our Seniors have summer fun? The Annual Family Festival for the St. Augustine Manor will be held on Saturday, July 15th, from 11 am to 2 pm on the grounds of St. Augustine Manor at West 78th and Detroit Avenue. Many volunteers will be needed to help throughout the day so our elderly and disabled residents can enjoy an afternoon of fun activities and summer themed foods. Can you “adopt a resident” for the day and be someone’s buddy for the afternoon? Volunteer opportunities abound befo e, during and after the event. We need you to be the hands and feet of Christ to help make this day special for our deserving residents. Please contact Mary Gagen, Volunteer Manager, at 216-939-760
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Today’s Gospel is the conclusion of the instructions and consolations that we have heard Jesus offering to his disciples during the past few weeks. In this passage, Jesus summarizes both the costs of discipleship and its rewards. Once again, our understanding of the Gospel is strengthened by considering the context in which it was written and the perspective of Matthew’s audience. The conditions of discipleship outlined in Matthew’s Gospel may appear harsh. Yet they underline for us a truth—choosing anything with one’s whole heart has consequences. Choosing life with Christ means that every relationship we have must be understood from a new perspective. For many in Matthew’s community, this
Heavenly Father, you entrusted your Son Jesus, the child of Mary, to the care of Joseph, an earthly father. Bless all fathers as they care for their families. Give them strength and wisdom, tenderness and patience; support them in the work they have to do, protecting those who look to them, as we look to you for love and salvation, through Jesus Christ, our rock and defender.
Father’s Day is Sunday, June 18th. Give your dad a Spiritual Bouquet Card this Father’s Day! These cards are available for $1 at the side aisle on the courtyard side of the church after all the Masses this weekend. Fathers (living and deceased) will share in the spiritual benefits of Masses offered.
This gospel reading for the feast of Pentecost has already been read, in a more extended form, on the Second Sunday of Easter. It was read then to include Jesus' encounter with Thomas 'eight days later'. On the feast of Pentecost we have the opportunity to focus on the earlier verses, in which Jesus brings the gift of peace and the gift of the Holy Spirit. The account of the day of Pentecost is found in our first reading, from the second chapter of the Acts of the Apostles. Fifty days after the resurrection there was a spectacular manifestation of the power of the Spirit. Jews and proselytes, gathered from the nations for the Jewish feast of Pentecost, witness the power of the Spirit and hea