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Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Sunday, July 12, 2015
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S T . A N T H O N Y C H U R C H C A L E N D A R O F E V E N T S
DATE DAY UPCOMING EVENTS LOCATION TIME
19 July SUN Baptism Ceremony Church 1:15 PM
21 July TUES Social Security Workshop hosted by Carla Dreher St. Anthony Hall 6:00 PM
25 July SAT Reconciliation Church 4-4:50 PM
26 July SUN Baptism Ceremony Church 1:15 PM
Saint Anthony Catholic Church Page Two — July 19, 2015
Interested In Becoming Catholic? Come Join St. Anthony RCIA Class 2015-16
Tuesday Nights Beginning This Fall
Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults
DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE IN YOUR FAMILY, A NEIGHBOR, A FRIEND, OR A CO-WORKER who could answer yes to one of these questions? Then perhaps all you, or they, are waiting for is the encouragement to take the next step on your faith journey. APPLICATIONS ARE NOW BEING TAKEN FOR THE ST. ANTHONY RCIA CLASS. These classes are intended for Young Adults in High School and Adults post-High School. CLASSES WILL BEGIN ON TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 AND WILL END ON MARCH 26. There will be a break in classes from Wednesday, December 17 through Monday, January 18. Classes will resume on Tuesday, January 19. Classes meet on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm and are held in the Padua Center. IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT THESE CLASSES OR THE RCIA PROCESS, please contact Deacon Tony Schlott, Adult Faith Formation Director, at 815-469-6198 or email email@example.com.
▪Have you been thinking about joining the Catholic Faith?
▪Do you need to complete your Sacraments of Initiation (Eucharist or Confirmation)?
▪Have you completed all of your Sacraments but Confirmation?
July 19, 2015 — Page Three Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
OUR PARISH STEWARDSHIP
Thank You For Your Generosity
Thank you to all who chose to use electronic giving for Sunday contributions. E-giving posts once a month. If interested, call the Parish Office at 815-469-3750 or complete and return the authorization form on pg. 12.
PLEASE REMEMBER ST. ANTHONY CHURCH IN YOUR WILL.
July 12, 2015
Saturday 5:00 PM Sunday 7:30 AM
9:00 AM 12:00 PM
6:30 PM Other Total
$ 5,165.00 $ 3,044.00 $ 4,767.00 $ 4,160.00 $ 1,880.85 $ 520.00 $ 19,536.85
CATHOLIC MINISTRIES 2015 ANNUAL APPEAL UPDATE
IF YOU HAVE NOT MADE YOUR CONTRIBUTION to the 2015 Catholic Ministries Catholic Appeal, please consider doing via e-mail at jolietdiocese.org. PLEASE PRAYERFULLY CONSIDER PROVIDING your financial support to this Appeal. You can and will make a difference by “Extending God’s Mercy!”
IT IS IMPORTANT THAT MONTHLY PAYMENTS FOR CMAA PLEDGES should be paid so that our parish will reach our goal. Once we have reached our goal in paid pledges, 65% of the additional funds received will be returned to the parish for our use.
OUR PARISH GOAL: $120,754.00 AMOUNT PLEDGED: $108,901.00
AMOUNT PAID: $96,216.00
We have 398 donors.
Thank you for your prayerful consideration and generous response.
This weekend, July 18 and 19 at all of our Masses,
we will welcome mission guest speaker,
Fr. Mark Kondrat from Papua New Guinea.
Please be generous.
MISSION APPEAL THIS WEEKEND
How much do you know about Social Security?
Tuesday, July 21 6:00 pm
in St. Anthony Hall
Please join Carla Dreher and Thrivent Financial for an educational workshop on Social Security and your options. This workshop is FREE, and will be held in St. Anthony Hall on Tuesday, July 21 at 6pm. Light refreshments will be served as well. A sign up sheet will be available this weekend, July 18 and 19 after Masses or you can respond to Carla at 708-228- 8078 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. St. Vincent de Paul Society— July $ 3,686.25
Monday, July 20 Ex 14:5-18 Ex 15:1bc-6 Mt 12:38-42
Tuesday, July 21 Ex 14:21—15:1
Ex 15:8-10, 12, 17 Mt 12:46-50
Wednesday, July 22 Ex 16:1-5, 9-15 Jn 20:1-2, 11-18
Thursday, July 23 Ex 19:1-2, 9-11,
16-20b; Dn 3:52-56 Mt 13:10-17
Friday, July 24 Ex 20:1-17 Mt 13:18-23
Saint Anthony Catholic Church Page Four — July 19, 2015
READINGS FOR THE WEEK
THIS WEEK’S FOCUS: A COVENANT TO WELCOME IN, NOT TO WALL OUT
We can think that the covenant we have and keep with God is a way to keep others out or away from God’s grace. But God’s intent is exactly the opposite.
FIRST READING I shall gather the remnant of my flock and bring them back to their meadow (Jeremiah 23:1-6). God gave leaders to the people of Israel who were supposed to have cared for God’s people as a shepherd guards his flock, but they had not done this. They misled them into sinful ways and so misguided them that they led them to ruin. Now God was going to intervene and rescue His flock from the disaster into which they had fallen. God would gather up the remnant of His people and become their shepherd Himself. He would send an anointed one (Messiah), who would lead His flock along the paths of righteousness. SECOND READING
You who were once far off have become near by the blood of Christ (Ephesians 2:13-18). This reading celebrates the fact that Jesus’ death and resurrection destroyed all of the divisions that separate us from one another. When God established a covenant with the Jewish people, He was making a choice in their favor. This naturally excluded those who were not Jews. One group observed the law of God; the other did not even know the law. One group lived in peace with the Lord; the other did not even know His name. When Jesus died and put to death the alienation caused by our sins, we destroyed every boundary that separated one person from another. We are now one in Christ.
GOSPEL When Jesus saw the crowd, His heart was moved with pity for them, and He began to teach them (Mark 6:30-34). Last week we heard that Jesus had sent His disciples to proclaim the Good News. They had now returned, and Jesus invited them to go to a deserted spot to rest. Yet the crowd did not let them do this. They desperately needed Him. Jesus could see that they hungered for the Truth (that they were like sheep without a shepherd). This Gospel passage displays the tensions of ministry. While it is good and even necessary to take time out to recharge our batteries, there are situations in which this is impossible. Still, we always have to remember that it is Jesus who is the Shepherd (the humility to recognize that we are not the saviors of the world).
REFLECTION In Robert Frost’s poem, Mending Wall, the speaker, upon hearing his neighbor quoting the adage, “Good fences make good neighbors,” replies that he is tempted to respond that, before building a wall, he’d like to know what was being walled in or walled out, and who would be offended by it. In the Letter to the Ephesians, the image of a wall is used to describe the way in which the people of Israel had been separated from all the other peoples of the world — the Gentiles — by God’s covenant and commandments. But what was being walled in and walled out by God’s covenant with Israel? In the book of Genesis, when making the covenant with Abraham, God says explicitly that this is being done so that in Abraham “all the families of nations might be blessed” (Genesis 12:3). The point of the covenant and the commandments was not to divide Jews from Gentiles, but to create a space in which God’s will could be lived out with such fidelity that Israel would become a shining beacon, drawing all people into right relationship with God. But in Jesus’ day many had come to see the covenant as a wall separating them from other people. They were not asking themselves whom they were walling out and to whom they might be giving offense. They were not even asking whether viewing the covenant to be a means of blessing to all the nations. Jesus’ mission was to restore God’s covenant to its original purpose, preaching peace to those who were far off and to those who were near, reconciling Jew and Gentile in one body. But this was a mission that would ultimately lead Him to the cross, as He Himself fell victim to “the dividing wall of enmity.” Yet it would be through the cross and resurrection of Jesus that all people would come to share in the blessings of God’s Spirit.
Sunday, July 19, 2015
Scripture Reflections for SIXTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time July 19, 2015— Page Five
MONDAY, JULY 20TH 8:00 AM ST. APPOLINARIS, BISHOP AND MARTYR Mary Shirley/Jim Fields TUESDAY, JULY 21ST 8:00 AM ST. LAWRENCE OF BRINDISI, PRIEST/DOCTOR OF THE CHURCH Carol Burnam/Wysocki Family WEDNESDAY, JULY 22ND 8:00 AM ST. MARY MAGDALENE Intention of the Thomas Family/Steven and Mary Virginia Fred Senne/Family THURSDAY, JULY 23RD ST. BRIDGET, RELIGIOUS 8:00 AM Diane Mager/Ann and Tom Wysocki FR