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25th Sunday in Ordinary Time
September 20, 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
25th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle A)
“Are you envious because I am generous?” (Mt 20:15).
God’s immense mercy is difficult for us to fathom. This parable confounds all our preconceived notions of what is and isn’t fair. The parallel to be drawn from the example of the ones who started working at the last hour would be the deathbed conversion of a hardened sinner. And our sense of fairness rebels at the thought of such a one receiving the same salvation as one who has always lived what we may call a “good life”. Yet, the Lord has told us through Isaiah that He is “generous in forgiving. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways” (Is 55:8).
Rather than think with human logic, we should be thankful that this is so. For we are all in need of God’s mercy and only He can read the heart. Only He knows. Better for us to leave all things in His hands.
In his Letter to the Philippians, written from prison, St. Paul tells us what we should really aspire to: that Christ be magnified in us, whether we live or die (cf. Phil 1:20). Let us heed his advice and conduct ourselves “in a way worthy of the gospel of Christ” (Phil 1:27) and rejoice with the angels for every soul that attains salvation. God bless you.
Fr. Luis R. Largaespada
Around the Parish
Although many think of the Church as having “many rules to follow”, in reality there are only a handful of obligations, which stipulate the bare minimum of what is required to lead a life united to Jesus Christ. These rules are called the precepts of the Church and are meant to be viewed as guideposts along the pathway to Heaven.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church (2041) explains: “The precepts of the Church are set in the context of a moral life bound to and nourished by liturgical life. The obligatory character of these positive laws decreed by the pastoral authorities is meant to guarantee to the faithful the indispensable minimum in the spirit of prayer and moral effort, in the growth in love of God and neighbor.”
The precepts lay out the minimum we need to follow. It’s always possible to go above and beyond the minimum and the saints are examples of men and women who did exactly that by living “heroic virtue.”
Here, in brief, are the precepts as found in the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, No. 432. They are not given to be oppressive, but to lead us to an eternity of peace and happiness.
They are: 1) to attend Mass on Sundays and other holy days of obligation and to refrain from work and activities which could impede the sanctification of those days; 2) to confess one’s sins, receiving the sacrament of Reconciliation at least once each year; 3) to receive the sacrament of the Eucharist at least during the Easter season; 4) to abstain from eating meat and to observe the days of fasting established by the Church; and 5) to help to provide for the material needs of the Church, each according to his own ability.
Philip Kosloski, Did you know Catholics have a small number of obligations?
Excerpted from Aleteia.com, August 20, 2020. With permission
Meet the Saints
Saint Joseph Calasanz (1556-1648)
Public schooling as we know it can be credited not to a government, but to a saint: Joseph Calasanz, who opened the first free school in Europe. While working with a group of priests who prepared children to receive the Sacraments, he found that in one parish of a poor neighborhood in Rome, the priest was also teaching the children how to read and write, and this served as his inspiration.
With two other priests, Father Joseph started the first free school for poor children only five years after his arrival in Rome. In addition to the catechism, the children were taught mathematics and science. This mixing of “secular” subjects with religion was a new concept. Father Joseph went on to found the Clerks Regular of the Pious Schools, better known as the Piarists.
Those in power feared the rapid growth of the Piarist Order and believed that teaching “poor” children would lead to social unrest. Dissension within the community and outward opposition caused the order to be disbanded in 1646. Joseph Calasanz died two years later, at age 90, before the Piarists were cleared and reestablished in 1656. Their founder was canonized in 1767 and is honored as the patron of Christian schools.