Father Madden's Sunday Reflection
ather Madden's Sunday Reflection
23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
St. John's Church
September 5, 2021
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Dear Friends in the Lord,
As we know, for years the seasons have been set by the astronomical calendar and summer runs from June 21 to September 22. This is clearly wrong, but the recently heralded meteorological calendar which sets summer from June 1 to August 31 is also wrong. Summer begins at the end of the last day of school and ends at the beginning of the first day of school. It’s simple. Either way, the sad fact is that summer, such as it was in 2021, ended this week. Even I got a haircut to mark the sad event. On the other hand, August 31 does end our fiscal year. As you can see in this week’s financial report, it ended well for us. The Annual Report will be created and presented to the Finance Committee and then published in the bulletin. Now, though, I want to thank all the people of St. John’s for your ongoing and generous support of our parish – and our Food for the Poor program. We all know what a stress finances can be – well, in reality, I do not know that stress. I cannot thank you enough for your commitment of your time and talent, as well as your treasure.
Summer’s end means our parish activity picks up. The ongoing battle with Covid-19 means that we proceed with caution:As you have seen announced, our Religious Education program is open for registration and classes for Grades 1- 9 will begin in a couple of weeks; followed by Confirmation in October and First Reconciliation/First Eucharist in January.
The Parish Council will meet in the Xavier Center on September 20 at 7 p.m. We will be discussing the implementation of Formed, which is based on the New Evangelization. The Green Island neighborhood has exploded with people and activity, we hope to be able to show them that the most critical part of one’s life can be found at St. John’s Church.
Jimmy, our Office Manager, has had a trying summer. Thankfully, he is on the mend and will be back this week. We are wondering who the 2nd happiest person about this is since the 1st is me! A schedule for the Liturgical Ministries – and lots of other things – will soon be available.
The Annual Novena in Honor of St. Therese Lisieux begins on Thursday, September 23 and concludes on Friday, October 1; her feast day. Her Little Way and her intercession is always helpful, especially in the face of big issues and problems.
The monthly Mass for Healing will begin again on September 27 and continue on the 4th Monday of every month.
The healing miracle in today’s passage from Mark is unique in that it recounts Jesus’ physical action in extending his healing power. We are told that he puts his finger in the man’s ear; that spitting he touches than man’s tongue; that he groans as he looks to the Father. It is a good example and reminder to us as we begin again. Let’s dig in together.
In Christ’s Peace,
Fr John Madden
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1st Reading: Isaiah 35
Thus says the LORD:
Say to those whose hearts are frightened:
Be strong, fear not!
Here is your God,
he comes with vindication;
with divine recompense
he comes to save you.
Then will the eyes of the blind be opened,
the ears of the deaf be cleared;
then will the lame leap like a stag,
then the tongue of the mute will sing.
Streams will burst forth in the desert,
and rivers in the steppe.
The burning sands will become pools,
and the thirsty ground, springs of water.
Responsorial: Psalm 146
R. Praise the Lord, my soul!
The God of Jacob keeps faith forever,
secures justice for the oppressed,
gives food to the hungry.
The LORD sets captives free.
R. Praise the Lord, my soul!
The LORD gives sight to the blind;
the LORD raises up those who were bowed down.
The LORD loves the just;
the LORD protects strangers.
R. Praise the Lord, my soul!
The fatherless and the widow the LORD sustains,
but the way of the wicked he thwarts.
The LORD shall reign forever;
your God, O Zion, through all generations. Alleluia.
R. Praise the Lord, my soul!
2nd Reading: James 2
My brothers and sisters, show no partiality
as you adhere to the faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ.
For if a man with gold rings and fine clothes
comes into your assembly,
and a poor person in shabby clothes also comes in,
and you pay attention to the one wearing the fine clothes
and say, “Sit here, please, ”
while you say to the poor one, “Stand there, ” or “Sit at my feet, ”
have you not made distinctions among yourselves
and become judges with evil designs?
Listen, my beloved brothers and sisters.
Did not God choose those who are poor in the world
to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom
that he promised to those who love him?
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Jesus proclaimed the Gospel of the kingdom
and cured every disease among the people.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Gospel: Mark 7
Again Jesus left the district of Tyre
and went by way of Sidon to the Sea of Galilee,
into the district of the Decapolis.
And people brought to him a deaf man who had a speech impediment
and begged him to lay his hand on him.
He took him off by himself away from the crowd.
He put his finger into the man’s ears
and, spitting, touched his tongue;
then he looked up to heaven and groaned, and said to him,
”— that is, “Be opened!” —
And immediately the man’s ears were opened,
his speech impediment was removed,
and he spoke plainly.
He ordered them not to tell anyone.
But the more he ordered them not to,
the more they proclaimed it.
They were exceedingly astonished and they said,
“He has done all things well.
He makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.”
St. John's Parish:
Prayer Needs & Intentions
Please remember the following needs and intentions in your prayers:
For Lena on a quick recovery from her broken hip. (Christine M)
After watching the news please pray for the people in Louisiana i and New York no power, shortage of everything homes destroyed please God give them peace and try to get them going as best as they can through this tough time 🙏🙏🙏 (Larry T)
My family’s good health, all those devastated by the hurricane and a special intention. (Anne L)
For the health and intentions of Jeff Parson. (Steve S)
For my daughter who in the last two weeks has endured the sudden death of her grandfather, painful foot surgery, and a seizure that is derailing all of her plans. May she remain hopeful and allow herself to heal. May I have the strength and wisdom to guide her. Please pray for us. (Debra M)
For Cardinal Burke that the Lord will continue to heal him. (Jacqueline T)
Prayers for healing my dog's heart condition. Amen (Susan M)
For the September birthday celebrants, for a fruitful and joyous Christian life. (Pamela J)
Thanks be to God. A good friend was sprung from the hospital. Prayers for all patients and healthcare professionals during this trying time. (Roseann)
Health and intentions for Amy, Joe, Vicky, Cynthia, Jane. For Cursillistas everywhere. Peace in this land. (Dianne G)
Prayers for the souls of Joshua and Maciej. (Sophie K)
Praying for my son-in-law in the ICU following a cardiac procedure. (Carol H)
Pray that President Biden, as a Catholic, stop promoting abortions. (Barbara K)
Please pray for my sick parents! Also, please pray for our children, Santiago, Isabella and Anthony. Please pray for our grandchildren, Elena and Alexander. (Zandra V)
Healing and recovery for all those with addictions of any kind. (Dianne G)
Pray for all that are suffering mentally and physically at this time (Ann Marie)
Pray that I have positive results from test. Thank you ! 🙏(Kathleen L)
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Spiritual Communion - Pandemic Prayer - Prayer to St. Michael
Act of Spiritual Communion
by St. Alphonsus de Liguori
My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.
Prayer in Time of Pandemic
from Bishop McManus
O God, whose Only Begotten Son bore the weight of human suffering for our salvation, hear the prayers of your Church for our sick brothers and sisters and deliver us from this time of trial.
Open our ears and our hearts to the voice of your Son:
"Be not afraid, for I am with you always."
Bless all doctors and nurses, researchers and public servants; give us the wisdom to do what is right and the faith to endure this hour, that we might gather once again to praise your name in the heart of your Church, delivered from all distress and confident in your mercy.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel
by Pope Leo XIII
St. Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle.
Be our defense against
the wickedness and snares of the Devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray,
and do thou,
O Prince of the heavenly hosts,
by the power of God,
thrust into hell Satan,
and all the evil spirits,
who prowl about the world
seeking the ruin of souls.
Join the team of St. John's parishioners pledging to pray daily
for the religious education and formation
of our young people
In this challenging time our commitment to praying for our youth is more necessary than ever.
Without prayer we cannot hope to transmit the riches of our Catholic faith to the next generation; join us as we lift our voices to God and ask for His blessing upon our efforts to teach our young people to become disciples of Christ.
We welcome you to pray a daily prayer of your own choosing, or to use the "Prayer for St. John's Religious Education" below. 👇
Prayer for St. John's Religious Education
Most gracious Lord, we ask your blessing upon the Religious Education program of our beloved parish of St. John’s. Please allow Your love and grace to flow freely and permeate the hearts and souls of our students and their families. Holy Spirit allow your gifts of Wisdom, Knowledge, and Piety to flourish in our Catechists as they pass on the teachings of Your Church to our students. Bless our volunteers for their generosity and loyalty which keeps our program operating properly. St. Joseph, intercede for our parents in this time so that they will recognize and accept their role as leaders of the Domestic Church.
We praise and honor you our Triune God, Father, Son and Spirit. Amen
St. Charles Borromeo, patron of catechists,
pray for us.
St. Gemma Galgani, patron of students,
pray for us
Justus es Domine
For our St. John's family
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