This weekend we celebrate the Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time. In today’s Gospel passage, a Canaanite woman calls out to Jesus to cure her daughter who is being tormented by a demon. It can be a confusing Gospel because it appears that Jesus does not want to help the woman and her daughter. Here is a short reflection from Daily Prayer 2017. “That a non-Jew would seek out Jesus hearkens to one of the basic themes of Matthew: the acceptance of Gentiles into the Christian fold. The woman has great faith and so receives a healing for her daughter. The externals, the fact that she is a woman and not a Jew, don’t matter. Faith is what counts. Do we have an opinion on what “real believers” look like? Let us not be quick to judge but be concerned with the depth of our faith.”
We welcome Father Noel O’Connor, S.C.A. who is here for our annual Mission Appeal. He will be celebrating both Masses with us and speaking to us about the Pallotine Fathers’ missionary work in Tanzania, Kenya, and Colombia. I know that you will give him a warm welcome. And I do hope that as you open your hearts to his message you will be generous in your donations to the ministry of evangelization and development he and his community are addressing in these poor areas of our world. If you are unable to make a donation this week, you may bring it to church next weekend, mail it to the parish office, or drop it in the Rectory mail slot within the next two weeks.
The new address for Saint John Paul II Parish Center is 3055 Harrison St., Saginaw, MI 48604. That has been updated on the bulletin cover. The phone and FAX numbers did not change. As of last Thursday, they are now operating fine after four attempts at getting the lines transferred through AT&T since we moved on July 30. When coming to the parish offices, the best entrance to use is on the west side of the building (the back door of the building). The two main offices are located on that side of the building. Amy’s office is located near the front of the building in the same hall where the faith formation classrooms are and my office is at the end of that hall. We now have use of all the classrooms because the Omni Program is no longer using the one room that was being used as a computer lab. With the exception of a short assembly in the Meeting Room each Monday morning, Omni students will not be using our building.
Just a reminder: Our Parish Picnic is next Sunday from Noon until 3:00 PM at the Parish Center. If you did not have the opportunity to sign up on the bulletin boards in church, you still have until Noon Wednesday of this week to call the parish office (755-0828) so that we might have an idea of how much hamburger and how many hot dogs to purchase. Please bring a “picnic-type” dish of your choice to pass. Note the flyer in today’s bulletin for more details.
This past week, I found some great information in the Saint Josaphat Parish archives. I will share it with you next week.
Blessings on your week!
Sister Chris Gretka, CSJ