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26th Sunday in Ordinary Time
September 27, 2020
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GUIDELINES FOR GATHERING AS A COMMUNITY
● Please use the designated Entrance and Exit doors and follow the usher’s directions.
● Social distancing of approximately 6 feet separation between persons (except for family members from same household) is required while entering or leaving the church, in approaching the altar to receive Holy Communion and returning to your pews, as well as while sitting in the pews, which have been properly marked.
● Please wear a face mask and keep it on during Mass, removing it only to receive Holy Communion.
● Hand sanitizers are available at church entrance, please use them.
● Do not hold hands during the Our Father or exchange the Sign of Peace.
● Please leave as soon as Mass is over so the church can be sanitized.
● Please do not congregate in the church or outside after Mass.
English, 8:00 am
English, 10:30 am
Español, 12:30 pm
A Sunday Reflection
26th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle A)
Beware of judging others, for appearances can be deceiving. The two sons in this Sunday’s Gospel are a good example. Their actions don’t match their answers. The Lord then calls us to look at those who mend their ways, who are open to admit they have done wrong, and He challenges us to follow their example. As the prophet Ezekiel says, those who turn away from their evil ways shall surely live (cf Ez 18:28). God’s mercy is such that we may be surprised at the people we will find in heaven!
St. Paul lays down some good guidelines for how to live our lives, calling us to be compassionate and merciful, not acting out of selfishness or vainglory, and living in humility (cf Phil 2:3). And then he calls us further, to have the same attitude as Christ who, being God, humbled himself to become one of us and accepted the cross in obedience to the Father.
May we imitate Jesus’ example and be united in mind in heart, in love. God bless you.
Fr. Luis R. Largaespada
Around the Parish
Around the Parish
On September 30 the Church celebrates the 1600 anniversary of the death of St. Jerome, the great translator of the Bible.
Eusebius Sophronius Hieronymus was born around 342 AD, in Stridon, Dalmatia (present day Croatia or Slovenia). He was above all a Scripture scholar, translating most of the Old Testament from the Hebrew and his great achievement was the translation of the Bible called the Vulgate. No man before Jerome or among his contemporaries and very few men afterwards were so well qualified to do the work. Saint Augustine said of him, “What Jerome is ignorant of, no mortal has ever known.” The Council of Trent declared the Vulgate the authentic text to be used in the Church.
Jerome was a master of Latin, Greek, Hebrew, and Chaldaic, and once served as private secretary to Pope St. Damasus. He traveled extensively in Palestine, marking each spot of Christ’s life with great devotion. He finally settled in Bethlehem, where he lived in the cave believed to have been the birthplace of Christ. There he died on September 30, 420. He is buried in the Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome. He is patron, among several others, of Bible scholars, librarians and libraries, archaeologists, and translators.
Jerome was a strong, outspoken man, frequently remembered for his bad temper. He was swift to anger, but also swift to feel remorse, even more severe on his own shortcomings than on those of others.
As we celebrate this great milestone, let us ask his intercession that we may grow in love for Holy Scripture, remembering his saying: “Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ.” St. Jerome, pray for us!
The Pope Speaks
GENERAL AUDIENCE, AUGUST 19, 2020
The preferential option for the poor … is not a political option; nor is it an ideological option, a party option… no. The preferential option for the poor is at the center of the Gospel. Christ Himself, Who is God, despoiled Himself, making Himself similar to men; and he chose not a life of privilege, but he chose the condition of a servant (cf. Phil 2:6-7)…. Therefore, Jesus’ followers recognize themselves by their closeness to the poor, the little ones, the sick and the imprisoned, the excluded and the forgotten, those without food and clothing (cf. Mt 25:31-36; CCC, 2443). We can read that famous protocol by which we will all be judged, we will all be judged.
Faith, hope and love necessarily push us towards this preference for those most in need, which goes beyond necessary assistance. Indeed it implies walking together, letting ourselves be evangelized by them, who know the suffering Christ well, letting ourselves be “infected” by their experience of salvation, by their wisdom and by their creativity. Sharing with the poor means mutual enrichment.