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HOLY COMMUNION

Posted on September 29, 2017 in: General News

Receiving the Body and Blood of Jesus in Holy Communion is the most important thing we do here on earth! The Holy Eucharist is the "Food of Eternal Life" and "Spiritual Medicine" for our souls. We should always receive the Most Holy Eucharist with great faith and reverence. The Church provides two options for receiving Holy Communion at Mass: (1) in the hand OR (2) on the tongue. Regardless of which option is chosen, a person receiving Holy Communion should first BOW (as an act of reverence and faith) and also respond "AMEN" (as an acclamation of faith). When receiving Holy Communion in the ha...

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FYI

Posted on September 29, 2017 in: General News

When parishioners include the parish in their will or make bequests to the parish, the monies/funds are invested with the diocese in order to receive a higher and better financial return. In a sense, the diocese "oversees" the management of these funds for the benefit of the parish. When a financial gift is given to the parish, it is always available to the parish whenever it is requested (even though it is invested with the diocese). There are different ways of investing monetary gifts (e.g. endowment fund, trust fund,...). Please be assured that if you are considering leaving a bequest to the parish (and hopefu...

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EQUALITY WITH GOD

Posted on September 29, 2017 in: General News, Pastor's Thoughts

Jesus of Nazareth is divine. He was born into this world over 2000 years ago, but he has always existed. He is immortal and infinitely powerful. He entered into time and space through the womb of Mary. He gave up a lot in doing this. He surrendered the unlimited power, knowledge and glory that is His by divine right. He did not put on a “human suit” and pretend to be one of us. That would have been a fraud and a cheat. Paul is telling us that Jesus did not greedily clutch his divine attributes. He did not fake humanity—he was truly “one like us in all things but sin”. Jesus wasn’t slu...

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WORKING ONE HOUR

Posted on September 22, 2017 in: General News

“The last will be first, and the first will be last” Jesus usually taught by using metaphors drawn from the daily life of his day. But he always added a twist to bring out the message. The secret of the parables is to look for the twist. It was common to see migrant farm workers looking for hire. The farmer would need large numbers to harvest his crop. The fact that he would return seeking more laborers is not unreasonable. The twist to the story is the fact that he chooses to give everyone the same pay. In real life his largess would be ruinous. The next time no one would show up early. But this story is no...

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HAPPENINGS AT AREA CHURCHES

Posted on September 21, 2017 in: General News

St. Anthony Parish Fall Dinner (Glennon) is Sunday, October 8, 11:00am to 1:30pm. Adults: $9, Children: (6-12 ): $4, 5 & under eat free. St. Denis Catholic School (Benton) is hosting their Annual All You Can Eat Buffet Style dinner in their Parish Center on Sunday, Oct. 9, from 10:30am-1:00pm. St. Joseph Church, (Scott City) will be praying the Rosary to Our Lady of Fatima on Saturday, Oct. 14, at noon. St. Joseph Home and School, (Scott City) 27th Annual Dinner Auction is Saturday, Oct. 14. Doors open –5pm, and meal 6pm. For tickets call Betty Spalding at 264-2600 or 579-3867. St. Ambrose Catholic School...

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THANK YOU

Posted on September 15, 2017 in: General News

Thanks to all of you for your generous support and participation in the fundraiser which was held last Saturday evening at the Klueppel Farm. We extend our thanks and appreciation to the Klueppel Family for hosting this event and the sponsors of the band. May God bless you all for your generosity! 

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FORGIVE 77 TIMES

Posted on September 15, 2017 in: General News

Peter asks Jesus a question about the limits of reconciliation. He asks whether seven times is enough. Christ recommends seventy-seven times. The numbers are symbolic. Seven represented a perfect number. The ancients noted that the background of stars moved in a regular cycle, but that seven objects in the sky moved independently. These were the Sun, Moon, and five planets visible to the naked eye. Hence, seven seemed to have a divine significance. This explains why there are seven days in a week, seven sacraments, etc. Luke's version of the story goes even further. In it Jesus demands "seventy times seven" o...

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PRAYERS OF THE MASS

Posted on September 07, 2017 in: General News

It was the hope and desire of the liturgical renewal of the Second Vatican Council that the laity have a more active role and greater participation in the celebration of Mass. One of the ways this desire was to be lived out was by celebrating the Mass in the "vernacular" (the "language of the people"), which would allow the people to join in the responses, acclamations, and other prayers. A large portion of the responses/ acclamations at Mass properly belong to the laity. As we celebrate the Holy Eucharist, be a part of what is going on! Make sure that you join in the prayers, responses, and yes, even t...

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I WILL HOLD YOU RESPONSIBLE  When Cain killed Abel, he asked God, "Am I my brother's keeper?" God's answer is given through the prophet Ezekiel: a resounding "YES!" We are responsible for not only siblings but for anyone who is part of our life. If we are conscious that any of these people are doing something that will hurt themselves or others, God gives us a duty to give a warning.  The more serious the sin, the more we have an obligation to speak or act. If a friend is about to drive in a drunken condition, we must try to take the keys or offer to drive. If anyone we know is t...

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COLLECTION FOR HURRICANE VICTIMS

Posted on September 06, 2017 in: General News

This weekend (September 9/10) you are invited and encouraged to make a donation to help with the relief efforts for the victims of Hurricane Harvey. As you know, this natural disaster has caused much pain, suffering, and loss for many people. If you would like to donate for this effort, please make the notation on your check OR enclose your offering in an envelope marked "Hurricane Collection" and place it in the collection basket at Mass. May God abundantly reward you for your kindness and generosity!

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