We celebrate the Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time this weekend. Sunday’s Gospel passage from John is a continuation of last week’s scripture. You may remember that it was about Jesus feeding the five thousand from five barley loaves and two fish. This week, when the crowds are looking for Jesus and ultimately find him, he knows the state of their hearts. He basically tells them that they seek him because he fed them and they were filled. Jesus teaches them that they must not work for food that perishes, but for that which leads to eternal life. He explains that the Father is the one who gives them bread from heaven. They ask Jesus to give them that bread always. Jesus says: “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst.” This statement of Jesus begins the “Bread of Life” narrative in John’s Gospel. For the next few weeks we will continue to hear Jesus speak about the bread that came down from heaven. This coming week, let us reflect upon our appreciation for the Eucharist and ask ourselves how we work for the food that leads to eternal life. What importance do we place upon gathering for the celebration of Eucharist each week? How is it life-giving for us?
Bible School was certainly a success! Special thanks for a job well done by all the parishes that collaborated with one another to create this wonderful opportunity for our children. They were: Cathedral of Mary of the Assumption, Christ the Good Shepherd, Holy Family, Holy Spirit, Saint Dominic, Saint John XXIII, Saint John Paul II, Saint John Vianney, Saint Thomas Aquinas along with Nouvel Elementary School. Please note the “write up” in today’s bulletin summarizing the Bible School Experience.
Tuesday evening Mass continues throughout the summer; however, due to the heat/heat index, the Church site will change to Saint Matthew Church for several weeks, beginning this coming Tuesday, August 4. Please watch the bulletin for the summer schedule.
Both Pastoral Council and Finance Council will gather for a short meeting following the Mass at Saint Matthew Church on August 4. A picture of each group will be taken for the Pictorial Directory. Also, a couple agenda items will be discussed, including approval of the parish budget, the next steps in the process for the sale of Saint John the Baptist Church, and information regarding a couple of unexpected expenses the parish incurred at the end of July.
Speaking of the Pictorial Directory, if you did not sign up to be photographed this past week, please sign up for the week in September. Remember, you can either register online, after Mass on the weekends, or by calling Alex at the Parish Office (989-755-0828). We do need everyone’s picture to make this directory a success. Those who have their pictures taken will receive a free pictorial directory along with an 8x10 photo of the picture they chose for the directory. Remember, you do not have to purchase any pictures to have your picture taken for the directory. If, for some reason you are unable to have your picture taken during the two weeks scheduled at the parish, you may submit a photograph. For more details, speak with Alex. If you choose to register online, simply go to the parish website (www.stjohnpauliicc.org) and click on the black section at the top of the page which says: “Schedule your appointment for our Pictorial Directory now.”
Several copies of the Liturgical Minister Phone Lists are still available in the sacristy for those who need them. I want to thank all of those who have been so conscientious about getting a sub when unable to make your scheduled time.
CSA Update: I am happy to announce that we received 11 more pledges this past week with a total of 280 of 400 households responding to date. At this point, 70% of our parish households have responded and have pledged 64.5% of our assessment. I am hoping for 100% participation. Our present pledged total now amounts to: $41,685.00. Thank you for your generosity. If you have not yet made a pledge, please prayerfully consider how you are able to help out this year. Together, we can make a difference.
Blessings on your week!
Sister Chris Gretka, CSJ