THIS WEEK'S BULLETIN

TWENTIETH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

Sunday, August 19, 2018


THIS WEEK'S FOCUS:

EATING VS. CRUNCHING

The actions of eating and drinking at the Eucharist are the same as we use daily. But Eucharist calls us to a deeper, more engaged eating and drinking.

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(Bulletins for June 11, 2017 and later can be found by scrolling down list of past bulletins)

  • pentecost sunday

    June 4, 2017

    Like the gifts we receive for birthdays or on Christmas, the best way to show that we truly appreciate the gifts of the Spirit is to use them — and make them Spirit-gifts for others.

  • ascension of the lord

    May 28, 2017

    Like the gifts we receive for birthdays or on Christmas, the best way to show that we truly appreciate the gifts of the Spirit is to use them — and make them Spirit-gifts for others.

  • SIXTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

    May 21, 2017

    Jesus uses His own intimate relationship with the Father to assure His followers that He—and the Father—are equally close to them and dwell with them through the power of the Spirit.

  • fifTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

    May 14, 2017

    Like every other aspect of our lives, our spiritual lives go through times of growth and change, times that are not always easy. As the Church did from the beginning, we need to keep the Lord near.

  • FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

    May 7, 2017

    Jesus, the Good Shepherd, is always with us and tends us. But the members of His flock still fair to hear or know His voice, and scatter off in many directions without knowing their shepherd is near.

  • THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER

    April 30, 2017

    The disciples knew Jesus in the breaking of the bread, but first they had to come to know how He had broken open His own life. As we still break bread in His name, so must we break open our lives.

  • SecoND SUNDAY OF EASTER

    April 23, 2017

    The very breath of Jesus bestows the Holy Spirit on the disciples. Like our own breath, the breath of the Spirit is absolutely essential to our ongoing lives as followers of Jesus.

  • EASTER SUNDAY

    April 16, 2017

    The Easter scriptures give us many role models to be people who give witness to the resurrection. We must overcome fear and boldly speak what we have come to know through faith.

  • palm sunday

    April 9, 2017

    The death of Jesus on the cross was not merely a dutiful Son fulfilling His role. It was a total self-emptying, self-surrender, self-giving sacrifice that led Him, and leads us, to resurrected life.


  • fifth Sunday of lent

    April 2, 2017

    Jesus is warned that the tomb of Lazarus will have a stench. But Jesus has faced the stench of evil, sin, and death before — and has overcome it.


  • fourth sunday of lent

    March 26, 2017

    As our Lenten journey progresses, we strive to improve the manner in which we “see” with our hearts, hoping that, in the light of Christ, we can truly come to see the world as God does.


  • third sunday of lent

    March 19, 2017

    The most common substance on earth — water — is also the most precious.

    It is no wonder that the stories of our salvation feature it so frequently.

  • SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT

    March 12, 2017

    Though the experience of the Transfiguration was dazzling, Christ’s followers had to come to learn that no matter where they were, Christ their Light always remained with them, even when leaving the mountaintop.

  • first sunday of lent

    March 5, 2017

    The fruit of the tree in Eden was good, but the eating of it wasn't a good thing for Adam and Eve. In Christ we can discern both what is good and what will be good for us.

  • eighth sunday in ordinary time

    February 26, 2017

    There is a way in which our living in anxiety is a statement that we don’t trust in God. Complete trust in God doesn’t mean life won’t have difficulties, but it does mean they can be faced calmly, with faith.

  • seventh sunday in ordinary time

    February 19, 2017

    To know one’s enemies may be the most difficult teaching of Jesus, the one that leads to many times to act in direct contradiction to the wisdom of the world. Yet that is at the heart of His message.


  • sixth sunday in ordinary time

    February 12, 2017

    It is tempting to try and figure out the bare minimum that we can do and still think
    we are a follower of Christ. But He always challenges us to do more than the minimum, to stay away from the Tempter who leads us down that path.


  • FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    February 5, 2017

    Though few of us are called to do grand and publicly glorious things for Christ, each of us is called upon to bring some goodness into the world, and to do a little bit better at that every day.

  • FOURTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    January 29, 2017

    The Beatitudes in this week's Gospel reading show us how to orient ourselves and to give ourselves an attitude toward living that is truly Christ-like.

  • third Sunday in ordinary time

    January 22, 2017

    There is no denying that the world, our society, our Church, are all in a state of factionalism. For Christians, fiercely belonging to a faction often means that we can only share a fraction of the Gospel.

  • second sunday in ordinary time

    January 15, 2017

    We hear John the Baptist call Jesus the “Lamb of God,” we are set on a

    journey toward Ash Wednesday to discover who Jesus is — and who we are as well.

  • epiphany of our lord

    January 8, 2017

    An epiphany is a moment of revelation, a moment that can occur when something long expected finally happens, or when something completely unexpected breaks into our lives.

  • mary, mother of god

    January 1, 2017

    On this feast day, we celebrate Mary, who held God’s mysteries and pondered them in her heart, and whose heart would be pierced in sorrow. Like Mary, we need to train our hearts to be given wholly to God.

  • nativity of our lord, jesus christ

    December 25, 2016

    All the ends of the earth see the saving power of God because God’s Light
    from light — Jesus Christ — shines for all to see, and for all to be able to see.


  • FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT

    December 18, 2016

    We hear about Jesus’ many ancestors in Matthew’s Gospel. Surely Jesus knew of these men and women, but He always lived focused on the future, building on what He had inherited.


  • third sunday of advent

    December 11, 2016

    We hear what happens when the reign of God truly breaks into the world. Can we imagine a world or a life that looks like those signs?


  • second Sunday of advent

    December 4, 2016

    Sometimes we do not like change, but when it comes to living more closely in the image of Christ, things about our lives do need to change. We cannot change our lives without a change of heart first.

  • first Sunday of advent

    November 27, 2016

    Unlike our everyday life, in which we can never fully prepare for crisis or
    emergency, we are able to prepare spiritually for the time of the Lord’s return.

  • our lord jesus christ, king of the universe

    November 20, 2016

    This feast celebrates majesty in humility, strength in weakness, power in gentleness. Are we able to live humble, weak, gentle lives—as Jesus did—so one day we will be crowned with His glory?

  • thirty third sunday in ordinary time

    November 13, 2016

    The readings at the end of the liturgical year always refocus us on the end of time. As frightening as they can sometimes be, we are always assured of the ultimate love we will know a the end.

  • thirty second sunday in ordinary time

    November 6, 2016

    Attempting to understand the life beyond this life can be a challenge. We know that somehow we will still live, but a in a completely new way. The Risen Christ shows us the way.

  • thirty first Sunday in ordinary time

    October 30, 2016

    No doubt we’ve all come to the conclusion that God sees the world and others in a very different way than we do. Can we attempt, however, to see the world with God’s vision of love and mercy?

  • thirtieth Sunday in ordinary time

    October 23, 2016

    It shouldn’t be that difficult to be humble when standing before God in prayer. However, in addition to telling God what “I” want/need, we must remember the needs of the world around us.

  • twenty ninth sundaY in ordinary time

    October 16, 2016

    Even Moses needed assistance in prayer, having his arms held up so they would not tire. Sometimes we need that same kind of help to pray-and sometimes we area called upon to hold up someone else in prayer.

  • TWENTY EIGHTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    October 9, 2016

    It doesn’t take all that much to say “thank you” to God when something Extraordinary happens. But do we have the mindfulness to express our gratitude for the smaller, commonplace blessings?

  • respect life sunday

    October 2, 2016

    In our world of quick-if not instant-results or gratification, we sometimes
    are not able or willing to wait patiently to see what God has in store for us.


  • TWENTY SIXTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    September 25, 2016

    God knew and loved the homeless beggar Lazarus by name. How often do we treat the poor and homeless as though they were not real people, named, known, and loved by God?

  • twenty fifth sunday in ordinary time

    September 18, 2016

    As it is with God’s gifts, we can use the intelligence or insight we have been given (or have gained) for our own selfish purposes. Or, in the Divine Image, we can use them for the benefit of others.

  • twenty fourth sunday in ordinary time

    September 11, 2016

    God’s love, mercy, and forgiveness are boundless. Sometimes we see this mercy extended to those  we think aren’t deserving and — rather than imitate God’s mercy — we are blinded by jealousy.

  • TWENTY THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    September 4, 2016

    Even though God's ways are not our ways, we can still search for God's wisdom as a guide for living; it will prove valuable as we strive to be faithful disciples.

  • TWENTY SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    August 28, 2016

    True humility is not self-deprecation, but honest self-awareness. A disciple truly aware of what it means to follow Jesus cannot help but live in humble service to others.

  • TWENTY FIRST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    August 21, 2016

    Jesus shows us a heavenly banquet that just might have a lot of attendees we don’t expect to see; Those who, by the way they lived, showed God’s grace and mercy to the world around them.


  • TWENTIETH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    August 14, 2016

    God’s word can both comfort and challenge. Living out that word in a prophetic
    way can provide us with comfort—but also with times of profound challenge.

  • nineteenth sunday in ordinary time

    August 7, 2016

    In our overly scheduled lives we can lose sight of the fact that the most important "meeting" we will have is one that we cannot put on any schedule.


  • EIGHTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    July 31, 2016

    Many things tug at us for our allegiance-some healthy, some not. Ultimately, only one of these can hold first place in our lives.



  • SEVENTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    July 24, 2016

    In advising us to ask — seek — knock in our prayer, Jesus is reminding us
    that prayer always takes us out of ourselves, and places us before God.

  • SIXTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    July 17, 2016

    In Martha and Mary we see a microcosm of the Church, we each have distinct abilities and need to put them at the service for Christ.

  • FIFTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    July 10, 2016

    Life often seems simpler when we put others into categories that help us de-humanize them. But when we view them as a neighbor, or as a brother or sister in Christ, it is easier to act as a follower of Christ.

  • FOURTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    July 3, 3016

    "No one is an island," says common wisdom - as disciples we are constantly called to leave our isolated and individual lives to bear the Good News everywhere.


  • THIRTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    June 26, 2016

    Even though we don't always grasp the ways that discipleship guides our life, we can only keep going forward, following Christ.


  • twelfth sunday in ordinary time

    June 19, 2016

    Jesus asks His follower who they thought He was, well before He offered any self-explanation. Can other see who we are -- and who lives in us -- without our having to offer them an explanation.

  • the most holy trinity

    June 11, 2017

    When we know the Father’s grace, that grace as members of the Body of Christ,

    we are living in the grace of the Holy Spirit.

  • THE MOST HOLY BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST

    June 18, 2017

    In the Eucharistic elements, Christ feeds us with spiritual food and quenches
    our thirst with the cup of salvation. Thus, He continues to guide the Church


  • TWELFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    June 25, 2017

    Frequently the scriptures tell us not to be afraid, for we have God with us; as members of Christ’s flock, we are called to live this fearlessness.

  • thirteenth sunday in ordinary time

    July 2, 2017

    Our lives are networks of relationships, which can change over the course of time. We are challenged in the changes to keep Christ as our primary relationship.

  • fourteenth sunday in ordinary time

    July 9,  2017

    Jesus continually surprised people with unexpected wisdom from unexpected sources. We still must be open to new knowledge coming to us from places we don’t expect.


  • FIFteenth Sunday in ordinary time

    July 16, 2017

    Jesus taught in parables, often from the natural world. Our sacraments use things that come to us from the natural realm, too. All can lead us to imagine God’s reign among us.

  • sixteenth sunday in ordinary time

    July 23, 2017

    It can be easy to focus on what's wrong in life and in the world. Some time spent focused on grace and goodness can lead us to a brighter day.

  • seventeenth sunday in ordinary time

    July 30, 2017

    Our covenant of love with God is our security and strength. May it also be the song that fills our hearts and lives each day.

  • the transfiguration of the lord

    August 6, 2017

    We ask God to give us our daily bread, but prayer is another kind of nourishment also necessary for our spiritual life.

  • NINETEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    August 13, 2017

    We ask God to give us our daily bread, but prayer is another kind of nourishment also necessary for our spiritual life.

  • twentieth sunday in ordinary time

    August 20, 2017

    When we open our hearts to let in the reconciling power of God, we can discover how petty and useless many of our squabbles can be.

  • TWENTY FIRST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    August 27, 2017

    We live in a world filled with locks and keys, with all kinds of devices meant to keep others out. But prayer is a key we are given to open up our lives to God and to others.

  • twenty second sunday in ordinary time

    September 3, 2017

    Though we’d prefer an always-easy life, life isn’t that way. A deepened relationship with God is the ultimate place to turn.

  • twenty third Sunday in ordinary time

    September 10, 2017

    When there is discord in any relationship or group, it is difficult and necessary — because it is difficult — to recall that we must still treat everyone respectfully, as an image of a loving God.




  • TWENTY FOURTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    September 17, 2017

    CATECHETICAL WEEKEND

    We think of extending forgiveness as an act of giving a gift to another person.

    But we also receive a gift when we forgive others.

  • TWENTY FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    September 24, 2017

    Sometimes God seems to act unfairly, but it is really God’s generous justice in action.

    Perhaps having a bit more of God’s generous nature would help us to all be more just.

  • twenty sixth sunday in ordinary time

    October 1, 2017

    Respect Life Sunday

    One of the hardest things for us to do is to admit we’ve been wrong. But when we do, we often open up our lives to much affirmation.


  • twenty seventh sunday in ordinary time

    October 8, 2017

    There are two possible outlooks on most things in life: gratitude or entitlement. Viewing life gratefully helps us to live thankful lives, and avoid greed or jealousy.

  • twenty eighth sunday in ordinary time

    October 15, 2017

    Banquets or feasts are often used in scripture to tell us something about God’s reign in our midst. Called to an abundant feast, we are likewise called to be signs of that feast, and live by sharing abundantly.

  • world mission sunday

    October 22, 2017

    Sometimes those who challenge Jesus begin the conversation with false praise.

    Now, as then, Jesus doesn’t fall for insincere flattery.

  • THIRTIETH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    October 29, 2017

    Love God. Love your neighbor. There are, essentially, two commandments — but even this short and simple list can sometimes be difficult to live out daily.


  • thirty FIRST sunday in ordinary time

    November 5, 2017

    The Gospel passage is likely the source of the maxim “Practice what you preach.” Though this saying has been around a long time, we still have trouble doing it.

  • thirty second sunday in ordinary time

    November 12, 2017

    Everyone in today’s Gospel reading fell asleep. The real difference is that one group — though asleep — was prepared and ready to go whenever it was time to wake up!

  • thirty third sunday in ordinary time

    November 19, 2017

    Everyone has been given some gift or gifts by God. What differentiates us is the degree to which we use those gifts so they flourish and become of even greater use to those around us.

  • our lord Jesus Christ, king of the universe

    November 26, 2017

    It is an upside-down of kingship that next week’s feast presents to us: We see royalty in the least and the lowly, by giving aid to them.

  • first sunday of advent

    December 3, 2017

    The call to be watchful and alert is a call to readiness, not to let our spirits get sluggish and slip off into a state of unconsciousness. But it is hard at times to stay up, to keep watch. Is Jesus being unreasonable here?

  • second sunday of advent

    December 10, 2017

    Sometimes God’s timeline seems inscrutable, or at least beyond our human patience. While waiting for the Lord, we lift our hearts and voices in prayer, knowing the solace of Divine Presence.

  • THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT

    December 17, 2017

    As we prepare for the coming of Christ at Christmas, and anticipate his return in glory — no matter what our life situation — we are called upon to be prayerful people of joy!


  • fourth sunday of advent/christmas

    December 24/25, 2017

    Though David wanted to build a dwelling place for God to dwell in, God promised David something greater: a “house” that would last forever. In Christ, we find that promise fulfilled.

  • the holy family of jesus, mary and joseph

    December 31, 2017

    God doesn't promise a life that is always easy, or never knows sadness or trials. What God does promise us in Christ is someone to share it all - the difficulties and the joys - no matter what.


  • THE EPIPHANY OF THE LORD

    January 7, 2018

    Whether it was Isaiah’s listeners wondering where God’s light was, or the Magi following a star to an unexpected place, or us trying to broaden our understanding of God’s mysteries, we know that God illumines the way.

  • second sunday in ordinary time

    January 14, 2018

    We are anointed with holy oil both at our Baptism and Confirmation. This makes us “anointed ones” for God. But the sheen of that oil disappears soon — what must remain is our living witness.

  • THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    January 21, 2018

    Sometimes God calls us out of the patterns of our day-to-day existence to take on something new. Though we hesitate— we are content with life as it is — the call to turn our lives anew is not to be resisted.


  • FOURTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    January 28, 2018

    In both testaments of the Bible, there are struggles to understand how Divine Authority comes into the world. If we remain connected to the mission and message of Jesus, we have the authority to live as a disciple.

  • fifth sunday in ordinary time

    February 4, 2018

    The trials of Job led him to an even deeper insight into the ways and the wisdom of God. When life presents us with difficulties, we also can step back in faith, and search more deeply into God’s will.

  • sixth sunday in ordinary time

    February 11, 2018

    The Church — the Body of Christ — is like other bodies. We are often in need of healing and wholeness. This calls us to be humble enough to acknowledge our own needs, and to be Christ’s healing touch for others.


  • first sunday of lent

    February 18, 2018

    The theme of safe passage through destructive waters to a place of life and hope pervades our understanding of this baptismal season of Lent.

  • SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT

    February 25, 2018

    After Jesus’ trials in the desert, we hear of his Transfiguration. It was doing the Father’s will that he desired, not status, wealth or power.

  • THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT

    March 4, 2018
    Modern life offers us many things to be “zealous” about—things to commit our lives, energies, and resources to. But Jesus shows us there is only one thing that should inspire our zeal: God’s will.


  • fourth sunday of lent

    March 11, 2018

    The entire encounter between Jesus and Nicodemus takes place at night, yet Jesus is able to reveal light, and bring Nicodemus to the light.

  • fifth sunday of lent

    March 18, 2018

    As we stand at the threshold of Holy Week, which begins in two weeks, we hear once again that life will have times of trial, but in Christ we are assured that the trial is not our final future.


  • PALM SUNDAY

    March 25, 2018

    When our lives imitate the pattern of Christ’s life — when we offer ourselves in humility, and in sacrifice for the sake of others — we are truly proclaiming that Christ is Lord!

  • EASTER SUNDAY

    April 1, 2018

    According to scripture, nobody witnessed the actual Resurrection event; it was the testimony of witnesses that spread its news. Next Sunday, there are the witnesses,
    so others “see” the Resurrection.

  • divine mercy sunday

    April 8, 2018

    In the early days after the Resurrection, Jesus appeared to his followers, extending them the blessing of peace. In John’s Gospel, he gives another gift after the Resurrection: the Holy Spirit.

  • third sunday OF EASTER

    Sunday, April 15, 2018

    The disciples’ response in the familiar Emmaus story should be our own, especially when we celebrate the Eucharist — to have our minds open to God’s word, to have our hears on fire for Christ.

  • GOOD SHEPHERD SUNDAY

    Sunday, April 22, 2018

    If it seems nonsensical to say that an actual shepherd would die for the flock, that’s because it is — unless the shepherd is the very love of God for us, our shepherd Jesus Christ.

  • fifth sunday of easter


    Sunday, April 29, 2018

    For followers of Christ, to “remain” does not mean merely staying in place, but keeping an active, living, and close connection with him at all times.

  • sixth sunday of easter

    Sunday, May 6, 2018

    As the community of Jesus’ first followers grew, they grew in their understanding of God’s boundless love, and how boundless is the call to live in that love.

  • ascension sunday

    Sunday, May 13, 2018

    Extraordinary events were clear, if at first unexpected, ways that God’s reign came to the world. We can bring God’s presence in daily living, so God’s reign still comes in unexpected ways.

  • pentecost sunday

    May 20, 2018

    The Holy Spirit, the “actor” who drives the “acts” of the apostles, urged them, and always urges us, outward, bringing the Good News to new places and to new people.


  • MOST HOLY TRINITY

    May 27, 2018

    The three persons of the Holy Trinity form a community among themselves. From their community we receive loving inspiration for our own community.

  • most holy body and blood of christ

    June 3, 2018

    The Blood of Christ is the source of the new and eternal covenant — a covenant sealed by Christ’s blood mingling with our own.

  • TENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    June 10, 2018

    Our great strength as Christians comes from oneness in Christ: We form one Body. When evil successfully divides us, it also weakens us.

  • eleventh sunday in ordinary time

    June 17, 2018

    We can cooperate and advance the coming of the reign of God on earth, but we can never bring it about on our own. It will happen only through God’s grace and will.


  • NATIVITY OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST

    June 24, 2018

    As Zechariah’s neighbors used signs to communicate with him, we often communicate our faith to others most effectively by the sign of our daily lives.

  • THIRTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    July 1, 2018

    We believe in a God who, in Jesus, took on our human flesh. Jesus of Nazareth literally touched people to heal them. Through us, members of his Body, he still can.

  • fourteenth sunday in ordinary time

    July 8, 2018

    To reverse a popular TV show theme song, sometimes you want to go where nobody knows your name. Dismissiveness can often accompany familiarity with those we think we know.

  • FIFTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    July 15, 2018

    Sometimes we think that there is a select group of people — to which we could not possible belong — who are the “holy ones.” If we really live in Christ, this could not be less true.


  • sixteenth sunday in ordinary time

    July 22, 2018

    The evangelists tell us that Jesus is moved to the depths of his being for others.

  • SEVENTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    July 29, 2018

    Jesus could have fed the multitude in any number of ways, making food appear out of thin air. But He worked a miracle with what is already a miracle: God’s Creation.

  • eighteenth sunday in ordinary time

    August 5, 2018

    Receiving the Body and Blood of Christ in the Eucharist is meant to renew us and energize us to become that Body and Blood for the life of the world.

  • nineteenth sunday in ordinary time

    August 12, 2018

    Plenty of things in our daily lives clouds our vision. By allowing Christ to heal your vision, we are able to see and love again as the Father sees us and loves us.