Brothers and Sisters in the Lord,
Last Sunday, during the Feast of St. Vincent de Paul, we had Tuan Hung Le and his team from SAM'S Club administer flu shots to those who may not have had adequate insurance coverage. In total 203 parishioners received the shot. I'd like to think that this act of generosity reflects our Vincentian family image and heart.
As a parish community we will welcome to the Lord's Table for Eucharist our First Communion recipients in the English and Vietnamese faith formation programs. Please extend your heartfelt prayers to these young people Amia Kpo, Ariana Hernandez Bronson, Brandon K, Brianna G. Sanchez Orocio, Bruce K, Daellen Varela Rodriguez, Devin Yael Gutierrez Tolentino, Giuse Dustin Dao, Giuse Justin Dao, Jorh Tambou, Joshua M. Pagnou, Kimberly Gutierrez Tolentino, Maria Ngoc Yen Vo, Nathaniel L. Pagnou, Noe O. Sanchez Orocio, Ramon Guevara, Rylie Ka, Stephanie Rosillo Perez, Tatiana Urrutia Morales, Teresa Nghi Gia Pham Le, and Teresa Thao Cil Nguyen. A word of gratitude to the catechists and parents who have helped prepare the children to receive this most important Sacrament.
Beginning this month, St. Mary's will start a fundraising activity for the future building of a Parish Center. The fundraiser is the building of another Remembrance Wall, with entrance columns and stone benches at the Blessed Mother Mary's Shrine area. The new Memorial Wall will replace the wooden Trellis. On the other side of the original memorial wall a Shrine to St. Joseph is planned to mirror the Blessed Mother's Shrine, with entrance columns and stone benches. In the vestibule, we have art drawings of the expanded shrine areas. The wall and column bricks will have the names of you and your loved ones printed on one side of the brick face. One name or a family group name can be printed. If you are interested in obtaining a brick or bricks you may write down your name(s) on the provided sheet located in the vestibule. The cost per brick will be $125.
As we plan for the future of St. Mary's an expanded Shrine area helps us to center our prayers before The Blessed Mother and St. Joseph with the child Jesus asking that they continue to assist us to walk together as a Holy Family, relying on their guidance, grace, and hopefulness. I thank you for your consideration. If you wish to contribute, I ask that you take one of the Church envelopes and enclose it with a check that has your name and address. The Checks are to be made out to “St. Mary's Fundraising”.
God Bless you in all your endeavors.
Previously recorded Masses can be found HERE.
The correct answer isn’t always right!
This Sunday’s Gospel story was meant to shock people who think they’re okay spiritually but do not honestly examine how well they do the Father’s will. Jesus said that tax collectors and prostitutes (professions considered to be the most contemptible and unholy) were entering the kingdom of God ahead of religious experts!
These so-called “experts” knew the correct answer to the question that Jesus posed — they knew to say yes to God — but knowing the right answer and actually DOing the right answer is the dividing line between heaven and hell.
God doesn’t want right answers; he wants righteous actions. God doesn’t want dutiful compliance to Church teachings; he wants obedience motivated by love and an enthusiastic attitude of serving in the mission of the Church.
What’s the value of going to Mass every Sunday, for example, if it doesn’t result in deeds of holiness outside the Mass? Do you know someone who’s saying “no” to coming to Mass? If they’re doing good works because they genuinely love God, who’s to say they won’t reach full unity with him sooner than people who attend every Mass but do little to help others?
God wants us to do both: Know the right answers and be righteous. Go to Mass faithfully and be changed by it. Say yes to his calling to make the world a better place by uniting ourselves to Christ in church and following out him out the door, taking him to everyone we meet.
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St. Mary’s Catholic Church
1414 Gorrell Street
Greensboro, NC 27401
Monday through Friday
8:00 AM – 3:00 PM