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Saint Robert BellarmineSaint Robert Bellarmine Parish Mission Statement We are a diverse Catholic community of genera ons, experiencing the living God and reflec ng our faith in ac on with one another.
June 26, 2016 Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
July 4 Monday
Thank You to all our Veterans
August 28 Sunday 12 Noon Dunham Park
Mass Intentions MON. June 27, St. Cyril of Alexandria 8:30 am Walter Lisowski, Louis & Alice Tortorelli, Frank & Matilde Jobst TUES. June 28, St. Irenaeus 8:30 am Joseph Gagliano, Anna Koestner, Jeff & Josie Ceglarek (8th wedding anniv.) WED. June 29, Sts. Peter and Paul 8:30 am Yolanda Jamison, Joseph Gagliano (15th anniv.), Gertrude & Theodore Nowacki, Arlene Placek (in gratitude for one year of good health) THURS. June 30, The First Martyrs of the Holy Roman Church 8:30 am John Rybicki, Paul Calandrino FRI. July 1, Blessed Junipero Serra 8:30 am Michael & violet Kessler (5th wedding anniv.), Peter Lambiris SAT. July 2, Weekday in Ordinary Time 8:30 am Jeanette Barnas 5:00 pm Herman Johnson, Jerome & Julia Ouper, Mary Reyngond, John & Wanda Placek SUN. July 3, Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time 8:00 am Ann Kaspar, Stacey Jakubowski, The Keating Family 10:00 am Lucy Galluzzi, Eufrocina Espinosa (4th anniv.), Bernice Drakert, Edward Sanders 12:00 pm The People of St. Robert Bellarmine Parish 5:30 pm The People of St. Robert Bellarmine, St. Pascal and Our Lady of Victory Parishes
Weekly Collections June 12, 2016
Sunday Offertory $ 9,282 Retired Priests $ 4,548 Sharing $ 121 The amount for the Sunday Offertory includes the
electronic donations received for the week.
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Please pray for our sick
Gina Brettman, Patricia Klenck, Gabe Medina, Robert Walsh, Dorothy Lieser,
Shirley Balousek, Arlene Placek, David Smolen, Thomas Fitzmorris
Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
In the reading from the First Book of Kings, the Lord tells Elijah that he shall anoint Elisha to succeed him. Elijah sets out to find Elisha and throws his mantle over him while he is plowing his fields. Elisha slaughters his oxen, giving the food to the people, and follows Elijah. In the reading from St. Pauls letter to the Galatians, he tells them that Christ has set us free. True freedom in Christ is not freedom to indulge ones own desires; but to be truly free, in the Spirit, to live in service to one another. He quotes the commandment of the Lord that says that the whole law is summed up in the commandment to love your neighbor as yourself. Lukes gospel reading has two separate stories about Jesus as he journeys about the countryside with the apostles. They prepare to enter a Samaritan town, but the villagers do not wel-come them. When James and John want to call down fire from heaven to destroy the town, Jesus rebukes them and they move on to another village. As they travel, Jesus meets two would-be disciples and gives them the command to follow him. One asks for permission to bury his father first, the second wishes to say good-bye to his family. Jesus tells them that whoever looks to what is left behind is not fit for the kingdom of God.
1 Kings 19:16b, 19-21 Galatians 5:1, 13-18 Luke 9:51- 62
Plans For Parish Swimming Pool Scrapped!
After much study, the parish finance and pastoral council have determined it would not be feasible to construct an indoor swimming pool in our church.
As a result, we can now announce with certainty that those who have been arriving for Mass
as if dressed for the pool need not do so.
Also, we hope to keep the air conditioning cranking all summer long, So you do not need to wear shorts, halter tops, tank tops and flip flops to Mass.
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From the Pastors Desk
Todays scriptures continue last weeks theme of abandoning everything in order to gain the kingdom of God. Jesus has set his face toward Jerusalem, knowing full well what awaits him. The disciples dont understand him any more. This is a strange Jesus who prophesies his death at the hands of his own people, rebukes the disciples for their preoc-cupation with their own worldly understanding of who the Messiah is, and tells them that discipleship will cost them their lives.
In the gospel we hear some strange stories. While journeying with his disciples to a Samaritan town, the inhabitants make it clear that Jesus is not welcome. James and John want to call down fire from heaven to destroy them. He rebukes them, as he did the disciples in last weeks gospel. They misunderstand that the Messiah is not a conquering hero who imposes himself and his will on others. This was Peters mistake last week in calling Jesus the Christ of God. Jesus response was that the Messiah must suffer and die. Today he forbids retaliation, accepting the Samari-tans rejection. This is a cross we must all face at times. To follow Christ we must take up the cross, not retaliating the wrongs done to us, but to accept the suffering they entail in witness to the forgiveness and mercy of God.
The second story is even more strange. He tells a potential disciple that he will not let him bury his father first; ra-ther let the dead bury their own dead. Of course, the mans father had not yet died. The man was merely asking Jesus to wait until he had done his filial duty to take care of his aging parents. He tells the man to go and proclaim the kingdom of God. The second potential disciple tells Jesus that he will follow him but seeks permission to say farewell to his family. Jesus replies that no one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God. This seems incredibly harsh, since it certainly cannot take long to say farewell (although the term generally implies that one will be coming back). But Jesus has put his hand to the plow, so to speak, in accepting his own journey to the cross. For him there is no turning back. And if we want to be his disciples, he is asking the same commitment from us.
Elisha exhibits that heroic commitment in the first reading, even though Elijah seems to be willing to let him off the hook. After the Lord proclaims that Elisha must be his successor and Elijah throws his mantle over him to ratify that succession, Elisha asks permission to first kiss his parents goodbye. Unlike Jesus in todays gospel, Elijah tells him to go back. Elisha then shows his total surrender to Gods will by slaughtering the twelve yoke of oxen, using the plow itself for firewood, as a sacrifice to the Lord. While this feeds the people, it also destroys his livelihood, both in farm equipment and in draft animals. He follows Elijah and literally takes up the mantle of succession when Eli-jah is assumed into heaven.
Most people are not called to such a heroic response. We do have family responsibilities. In the ordinary course of life these responsibilities can come in conflict with Gods call, particularly if ones own family members are not committed to the life of faith. But family responsibilities dont often call for such a radical separation, an either/or decision. The call of Christ as a disciple is rather a both/and commitment. How do we live in total commitment to Gods point of view, in surrender to his will in our life in the midst of the responsibilities to the people that he has placed in our lives? According to St. Paul, this commitment is to live in the freedom of Christ to serve others and to love our neighbor as ourselves.
The recent massacre in Orlando of fifty innocent people, as well as the continued gun violence in our cities, are terrible tragedies that occur all too frequently in our nation. I would ask everyone to pray for the victims who were killed, the injured, their families, and all who mourn them. Equally important is to reflect on the nature of the cul-ture that allows easy access to such deadly weapons. I do not have any specific solutions for gun control or for counter measures to protect from terrorism without compromising civil liberties. But it is a conversation that we must have. As Christians we are reminded that when one member suffers we all suffer. We cannot afford to remain indifferent our own salvation may depend upon it.
I am spending a few days visiting friends in Atlanta. I will be back tomorrow afternoon.
Have a great week. Sincerely, Fr. Neil
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Please pray for the repose of the soul of
Kimberly Sue Walton-Zalinski
and for their families and friends.
Statement from Archbishop Blase J. Cupich June 12, 2016
Our prayers and hearts are with the victims of the mass shooting in Orlando, their families and our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters. We are grateful to the first responders and civilians who heroically put themselves in harms way, providing an endur-ing