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Saint Mary’s Youth Ministry is sponsoring a recruitment trip to Carowinds Theme Park on July 30th, 2021.
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Brothers and Sisters,
I would like to follow up with more information on the Church Photo Directory after several of you contacted me concerning that the company offered no adequate answers. First, the direct phone number is 419-522-0511. The email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. When prompted, our Church code is: NC 234. This code will be helpful to set up an online Photography Schedule. The Family Photography Schedule for the parish are the following dates: Mondays – 9/20, 9/27; Tuesdays 9/21, 9/28; Wednesdays 9/22, 9/29; Thursdays 9/23, 9/30; and Fridays, 9/24, 10/1. I hope that you will take advantage of participating in this opportunity to draw together as a parish coming to know the names and faces of those who share the parish with you.
As many of you have become aware of the tragic death of one of our own, Alan Aidan (Vincent) Tran, the family wishes you to know that all prayers for him will be most helpful and comforting. If you would like to be present for his funeral Mass, it will be held this Saturday, July 31st at 11:00 a.m. in the Parish Center. When tragedy strikes the ones we least expect to suffer such a fate, our faith, hope, and love in Christ can become a force to heal, and offer peace to hurting hearts and lives. St. Mary’s parish was founded on a faith that knew suffering and degradation. Many of our current parishioners have known tragic loss and suffering from the countries they have come from. Whether we come together in person or in our heart and soulful prayers we say that Alan and his family are our family, and we become theirs because Christ on the Cross knows well the pain, and grief and sees his reflection in those whose lives are unjustly taken.
Working hard for what matters most
In this Sunday’s Gospel reading, Jesus says: “Do not work for food that perishes but for the food that endures for eternal life.” In other words: In your daily life, work hard to obtain whatever will nourish your soul and sustain you past death into eternity.
Jesus says: “The work God wants you to do is to believe in the one he sent.” Why does he call this “work”?
To fully believe, we must work at getting rid of every doubt and distrust that interferes with our belief in Christ, our trust in his words (including what he inspired in the official teachings of the Church), and our willingness to conform to his way of life.
This work requires (1) identifying our vulnerabilities that make us doubt and distrust, (2) uncovering what we’re afraid will happen if we do trust, and (3) overcoming that fear by gaining a better understanding of the truth. Any fear that interferes with our holiness is always based on something untrue.
Jesus says: “The bread of God, which nourishes your soul, is that which comes down from heaven and gives life.” He’s referring to his presence in the Eucharist, the bread that he provides in every Mass. What do you need to do so that you can be nourished more fully by the Eucharist? Is there something that’s stopping you from receiving the Eucharist? Work hard to remedy that obstacle! It will make a difference to your eternal soul. If you’re sincere about uniting yourself to Christ, he will make possible whatever is needed to clear the way.
Because the Eucharist is Jesus, it can heal us, purify us, and help us become more like Christ himself. However, it takes conscious effort to fully embrace this opportunity. Why would we want to be lazy about that? The benefits of hard work in our faith life will endure for eternity.
NOTE: Pope John Paul II wrote an entire encyclical about this, entitled Ecclesia de Eucharistia (“The Church of the Eucharist”). In it, he tells us that we’re on a journey to heaven and that the presence of Christ in the Eucharist helps us stay on course.
Fr. José María Román, C.M. speaks to us about the religious experience of Saint Vincent de Paul.
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Jesus is the bread and drink of life. The seekers who go to him and believe in him will have their fill; they will never hunger or thirst. The crowds know that Jesus did not go in the boat with his […]
"Vincent was swept up into the force field of God's ever-flowing love."
Encountering Christ in the Poor
St. Vincent teaches us to see Christ in the poor and suffering, so much so that the poor become our Lords and Masters and we their servants. Read more →
Congregation of the Mission
The Eastern Province is a province of Congregation of the Mission, often known as Vincentian Fathers and Brothers or Lazarists … Read more →
“Though truth and sincerity should ever guard our words, yet we should be careful never to offend others.” – St. Louise de Marillac – Lord, in the name of “sincerity” never let my words injure or embarrass others. Teach me to be sensitive to their feelings and treat them as I would want to be
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812 Duke Street
Greensboro, NC 27401
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