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Spiritual Communion

My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I Love you above all things and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there
and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.
Amen.


September 27, 2020: 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Have among yourselves the same attitude that is also yours in Christ Jesus. ~Phil 2:5

Following his initial salutation of the Church in Philippi and his updating them on the Church’s missionary work, St. Paul delivers in Chapter Two both a series of moral exhortations as well as the striking “Christ Hymn” which is contained in the longer version of the second reading for this Sunday. Scholars are divided as to the origin and nature of the poem. Most would agree that it represents a piece of early Christian poetry. Consequently, Paul is presenting us with a glimpse of a form of Christology which predates even his own letters, perhaps from even the mid-30s A.D. Being such an early textual witness to the Church’s faith in the identity of Christ and of the nature of salvation, it provides yet another assurance that what we believe about Christ is not the concoction of later eras, but represents a continuous deposit of faith.

This hymn’s structure traces out for us the itinerary of Christ, an itinerary that theologians have described as a “going out” (exitus) and a “return” (reditus). Part of the mystery of the Incarnation is that though Christ never ceases to be God the Son, he “goes out” from the realm of divine transcendence and through our human nature assumes the lowest place: a slave’s death on the Cross. By this perfect act of humility and obedience, God is perfectly glorified and Christ is exalted over all.

This itinerary of Christ is not meant to be merely descriptive, however. Paul is not just reminding the Philippians of what God has done and how they are saved. No, in light of the preceding passages exhorting the Philippians to charity and unanimity, Paul is offering the content of this “Christ Hymn” as the archetype and the sole means by which such profound and lasting communion between people can be achieved.

If you want world peace, the itinerary of Christ is the only route.

Fr. Richard Hinkley

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September 29 | Saints Michael, Gabriel and Raphael Archangels

The Catholic Church recognizes the existence of only three Archangels, or the three mentioned in the Scriptures: Michael (“Who is like God?”), Gabriel (“God’s Power”) and Raphael (“God’s Doctor”).

The Sacred Scripture then, attributes a particular mission to each Archangel.

Michael is the warrior who fights against Satan and his emissaries (Jn 9, Ap 12, 7, cf. Zec 13: 1-2), the defender of those who love God (Dn 10, 13.21), the protector of the people of God (Dn. 12, 1).

Gabriel is one of the spirits closest to God, before his heavenly throne (Lk 1, 19), the one who revealed to Daniel the secrets of God’s plan (Dn 8, 16; 9, 21-22), announced to Zechariah the birth of John the Baptist (Lk 1, 11-20) and to Mary that of Jesus (Lk 1, 26-38).

Raphael stands before the throne of God (Tb 12, 15, see Rev 8: 2), accompanied and protects Tobias in his perilous journey and healed his father from blindness and his future bride from the influence of evil.

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What is Ordinary Time?

Ordinary Time is by no means to be considered “ordinary” in that nothing special is being remembered or celebrated!

After Pentecost, Trinity Sunday, and Corpus Christi Sunday, the Church resumes what is now called the season of “Ordinary Time.” But what does that really mean? Is it some sort of generic season in the Church that has no focus?

On the contrary – Ordinary Time has a specific focus even though the English name for it can be confusing. In Latin this period of time is called “Tempus Per Annum,” more literally translated as “time during the year.” The English translators present it as “Ordinary Time,” which has at its root the Latin word, “ordo,” or in English, “order.” In one sense this season takes its name from the ordinal numbers by which the Sundays are known (Second, Third, Fourth, etc. Sunday in Ordinary Time).

In a deeper sense, though, Ordinary Time can be seen as a “time of order” in the Church’s year. What “order” does it have?

The USCCB explains:

Christmas Time and Easter Time highlight the central mysteries of the Paschal Mystery, namely, the incarnation, death on the cross, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ, and the descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. The Sundays and weeks of Ordinary Time, on the other hand, take us through the life of Christ. This is the time of conversion. This is living the life of Christ.

Ordinary Time is a time for growth and maturation, a time in which the mystery of Christ is called to penetrate ever more deeply into history until all things are finally caught up in Christ. The goal, toward which all of history is directed, is represented by the final Sunday in Ordinary Time, the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe.

Ordinary Time is a specific season in the Church that focuses on the life of Christ during his three years of public ministry. That is why the start of Ordinary Time begins with the Baptism of the Lord, (January) as that is the beginning of Jesus’ public ministry. The Second Sunday of Ordinary Time follows suit, focusing on the Wedding Feast at Cana, also known as Jesus’ first public miracle.

The color for this liturgical season is green, which is most associated with growth. Ordinary Time is then viewed as a time of growing in our knowledge and love of Jesus. It is a time “ordered” to spiritual growth, walking in the footsteps of Jesus’s public life.

So while the season’s name may appear to be an afterthought, it is not without meaning.


Join Us in Prayer

During the General Audience on Wednesday June 3, 2020, Pope Francis prayed for the soul of George Floyd and all those who have died from racism: “We cannot tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism…At the same time, we have to recognize that…Nothing is gained by violence and so much is lost”. Watch the video.

Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas, pray for us.

Prayer of St. Francis: A Prayer for Peace
 

Lord, make me a channel of thy peace,
that where there is hatred, I may bring love;
that where there is wrong,
 I may bring the spirit of forgiveness;
that where there is discord, I may bring harmony;
that where there is error, I may bring truth;
that where there is doubt, I may bring faith;
that where there is despair, I may bring hope;
that where there are shadows, I may bring light;
that where there is sadness, I may bring joy.
Lord, grant that I may seek rather to 
comfort than to be comforted;
to understand, than to be understood;
to love, than to be loved.
For it is by self-forgetting that one finds.
It is by forgiving that one is forgiven.
It is by dying that one awakens to Eternal Life.

The Magnificat: The Prayer of Mary
 

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, 
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior
for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant. 
From this day all generations will call me blessed: 
the Almighty has done great things for me, 
and holy is his Name.

He has mercy on those who fear him
in every generation. 
He has shown the strength of his arm, 
he has scattered the proud in their conceit.

He has cast down the mighty from their thrones, 
and has lifted up the lowly. 
He has filled the hungry with good things, 
and the rich he has sent away empty.

He has come to the help of his servant Israel
for he remembered his promise of mercy, 
the promise he made to our fathers, 
to Abraham and his children forever.


New weekday Mass schedule beginning Monday, June 29:

Monday through Friday: 9:00 am, 12:10 pm.
Tuesday and Thursday: 7:00 pm.

Social distancing is to be observed (6 ft separation for non-family members). Every other pew will be roped off.

Confessions:
Saturdays at 10:00 am and 4:00 pm.

Adoration Chapel:
Open 24/7. Please observe social distancing.

Regular Office Hours:
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Daily Spirituality

In an effort to continue the practice of our beautiful Catholic faith at home during this time, we invite you to:

Pope Francis' Prayer to Mary during the Current Health Crisis

Join us in prayer:

O Mary,
you always shine on our path
as a sign of salvation and of hope.
We entrust ourselves to you,
Health of the Sick,
who at the cross took part in Jesus’ pain,
keeping your faith firm.

You, Salvation of the Roman People,
know what we need,
and we are sure you will provide
so that, as in Cana of Galilee,
we may return to joy and to feasting
after this time of trial.

Help us, Mother of Divine Love,
to conform to the will of the Father
and to do as we are told by Jesus,
who has taken upon himself our sufferings
and carried our sorrows
to lead us, through the cross,
to the joy of the resurrection.

Under your protection, we seek refuge,
Holy Mother of God.
Do not disdain the entreaties
of we who are in trial,
but deliver us from every danger,
O glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen.


Previous Weeks’ Readings and Resources

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September 20, 2020: 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

I once heard a quotation, and I’m sorry I don’t remember its source. It went: “To believe in God is to know that all the rules will be fair, and that there will be wonderful surprises.” Today’s Scripture readings seem to turn such a saying upside down, or at least make us re-think “what’s fair.”

The prophet Isaiah quotes God: “My thoughts are not your thoughts…your ways are not my ways.” In the Gospel, Jesus tells a parable about a boss who insisted on paying everyone a full day’s wage, including those who didn’t work a full day. The response from some of the workers: “It’s not fair!” In terms of Jesus’ story, God’s fairness is different from theirs.

Life often isn’t fair, and people frequently blame God for that. The death of loved ones; God’s seeming silence in response to prayers; the flaws in nature that give rise to disasters—all raise questions about God’s “fairness.” And yet there is also the amazing surprise ending to the parable, the generosity of the employer. Is Jesus trying to tell us something about God’s fairness?

Today’s responsorial psalm hints at it: It speaks of God’s graciousness, mercy and kindness. Perhaps we’re meant to delve deeper into what “fairness” means in human terms, so that we can understand it in God’s terms—and to be open to God’s “wonderful surprises.”

Sunday reflection by Father Greg Friedman, from St. Anthony Messenger Press, find it on the web at Franciscanmedia.org.

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September 13, 2020: 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s. Rom 14:8

Survivor’s Guilt is a mental condition in which a survivor of a traumatic event experiences symptoms of remorse and self-hatred for having survived. The degree and complexity of the condition can vary from individual to individual and depend on the nature of the event, but the fact of the matter remains that the reason some people survive certain catastrophic events and others do not is a mystery. Why? Why do some people survive their illnesses while others do not? Who is at fault? Were there not enough prayers offered? Was there fault with the healthcare provider or the family of the patient? What could have been done differently?

These types of questions, though they can at times help to identify the cause of these tragedies, are ultimately less than helpful since they can place us in the continual state of straining after answers that cannot be grasped in this life. Trust in God’s providential guidance of the universe, which he governs with perfect wisdom and love, alleviates us of the duty to resolve all of these questions here and now. But we do know this: both in life and in death, man was created to know, love and serve God. As long as I live, I live to continue my work at knowing, loving, and serving God with all my being. When I die, Deo volente, I will die in Christ and so continue to know, love, and serve God in eternity. So, whether I die today, die tomorrow, or die 50 years from now, my life and my death are the Lord’s and none other’s.

Fr. Richard Hinkley

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September 6, 2020: 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Rom 13:9″]

Certain passages of scripture, due to our familiarity with them, can seem as captivating as a glass of water: good and essential but hardly exciting or challenging. Such is the case with the “Golden Rule” reechoed by Saint Paul in his letter to the Romans. It has been observed that nearly all religions and philosophies have arrived at some formulation of this principle. Nevertheless, the articulation of it in Leviticus 19:18, is still arguably the first time we see it appear in history. While the command: love your neighbor as yourself seems clear, deeper reflection reveals a more complicated proposition. What is love? Who is my neighbor?

Our Lord gives substance to what could otherwise be an ambiguous moral directive. He does this, among other ways, by means of the Parable of the Good Samaritan (Lk 10:29-37) which anticipates the saving action of his own Passion, Death, and Resurrection. As this Parable demonstrates, neighbor is not so much a relation brought about by proximity of place or some other category of identity (sex, race, ideology), but is rather a reality established when mercy – love for someone in misery – is shown. In the case of the Good Samaritan, neighbor-hood is established between those who would have been ethnic and religious enemies. God reveals: to love your neighbor entails loving your enemy as yourself.

There is a general election coming up. It is very easy not to love our neighbors the politicians and their supporters. I believe there are very few of us, for example, who are not guilty of at least some form of detraction when speaking about those with whom we disagree politically. To love is to will the good of the other for the other’s sake. That doesn’t mean we ignore evil or those who commit evil, but it does mean we must speak with them and about them with the same love that the Savior would have us do. This is certainly a great challenge. And yet, it’s as essential as water.

Fr. Richard Hinkley

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August 30, 2020: 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

No sooner has Christ entrusted the Keys of the Kingdom of Heaven to Peter, identifying him as the Rock upon which He will build His Church, than Peter is rebuked by Christ, identified as a satan, Hebrew for “adversary.” The limits of Peter’s authority are clear: his role and role of all the popes and bishops of the Church is not to conform the Gospel message of Christ to the expectations of this age, but rather to preach boldly that Gospel, even and especially when that message seems awkwardly received.

We are frequently tempted to be embarrassed by the teachings of Christ and the Church. Desiring to have either a comfortable life for ourselves or to maintain the esteem of those whom we respect, the Gospel message can seem outdated, harsh, irrational, and down right cruel. Like Peter, we would rather avoid the aspects of the Gospel that challenge ourselves or others to experience the self-denial that the Cross requires. However, to empty the Gospel of the Cross is to empty it of the power to give Life. So utterly vacuous does Christianity become that it necessitates an immediate and direct correction from Christ himself. Let us never fear the challenges that the teachings of Christ pose for us. Echoing the words of Paul:

“I urge you, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God, your spiritual worship. Do not conform yourselves to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect.”

Fr. Richard Hinkley

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August 23, 2020: 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

There were once three umpires.

The first said, “I call them as they are!”

The second said, “I call them as I see ‘em!”

The third said, “They ain’t nothin’ till I call ‘em!”

In the gospel passage for this Sunday, Saint Matthew delivers the account of Saint Peter’s confession of Jesus as the Christ, the Son of the Living God. Peter’s ability to proclaim and confirm the truth about the authentic identity of our Lord is not the result of merely human efforts whether they be: study, discussion, or guesswork. Christ clarifies for all present that it is a special charism, a gift, given to Peter by God the heavenly Father that allows Peter to make these claims. The Divine Plan for Peter and Peter’s unique role in the College of Apostles is subsequently confirmed by Christ. Peter is given a new name: Peter i.e. Rock, reflecting his fundamental role in the Church and to him is entrusted a special mission i.e. the Keys of the Kingdom of Heaven.

One of the aspects that is frequently misunderstood about the ministry of the pope as the successor of Peter is the dogma of Papal Infallibility. For many, this dogma is like the position of the second and third umpires. Papal Infallibility is an arbitrary and positivistic imposition of a pope’s opinion on the entire Church. However, the charism of Papal Infallibility is rather like that of the first umpire: merely to state clearly for all those present what the facts are. To be clear, popes have only exercised this extraordinary gift on rare occasions. The two most clear instances occurred when the dogmas of the Immaculate Conception (1854) and the Assumption of Mary (1950) were declared. The purpose for this gift, like all the gifts by which Christ adorns his Church, is destined to one end: the salvation of souls. The clarity and infallibility with which the Church speaks is directed towards the mission of Christ: the defeat of the gates of Hell and the rescue of humanity from sin and death. Like a good umpire, Peter and his successors are empowered at particular moments to “make the right call,” cooperating with Divine governance of the Church so that we, like Peter, might come to an authentic and secure act of faith. Umpires are fallible, but when the successor of Peter teaches with regard to faith and morals, with recourse to the authority given to him by Christ, and that this teaching is to be held definitely by the entire Church, such teaching is free from error; it’s always true.

Fr. Richard Hinkley

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August 16, 2020: 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Canaanite woman embodies the constant and universal quality that every human heart -Jew or Gentile, woman or man, slave or free- possesses. It was her and is our own willingness to call out in faith. This power, slumbering in us all from the moment of our beginnings in our mothers’ wombs, whether ever actualized or not, is what each of us uniquely possesses and yet has in common with all the rest of us. From the time of Sarah and Abraham to Mary’s “yes” and Joseph’s word of trust; from Romans to rabbis, Africans to Indians, it is the endowment of our personhood that unites us all in our humanity. It is also what makes everyone of us singularly strategic in playing out our particular life drama.
Human persons are endowed with the capacity to take possession of their lives and offer their lives in faith. This is what makes every man and woman wholly equal before the world and God.

Yet the universal blessing of our humanity is found only in individuals. Each of us must act out the drama of a single life alone. There is no understudy, no replacement in these matters. Our common gift is displayed in singular and particular beauty. Thus, the paradox of the one and the many is that the very gift that makes us all most alike makes each of us altogether unique.

John Kavanaugh, SJ

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August 9: 19th Sunday of Ordinary Time

The Gospel begins with a dismissal of the crowds after the multiple feeding. Afterwards the disciples leave as well but Jesus remains to pray. It is quiet there but out on the sea there is a storm and the disciples are in fearful trouble.

Jesus comes toward them walking on the water and the disciples cry out in fear. Jesus says, “It is I, do not be afraid.” Peter, who often puts his foot in his mouth does it again and Jesus invites him to put his foot on the water and “come.” Peter responds eagerly but gets a sinking feeling. Jesus catches him and returns him back to the boat where the others “of little faith” are awestruck and making the profound act of affirmation and faith, “Truly you are the son of God.”

In the Gospel Peter has faith but fears as well. It seems that whenever Peter has a failure, Jesus reveals to Peter and the Gospel readers—us— even more clearly who Jesus is for those who can find faith within their fears. In the holy scriptures it seems that revelation takes place within the dramatic context of human and personal timidity and poverty.

John’s Gospel says that love casts out fear. Fear and doubt are appropriately human and embraced by the love of the Creating God. “You of little faith” is not a condemnation but the context for Jesus becoming our Lord and Savior.

Copyright © 2020, Larry Gillick, SJ. All rights reserved. Permission is hereby granted to reproduce for personal or parish use.

Author and actress Christina Crawford, commenting on a low-point in her life, says: “Lost is a place too!” She’s right. And lost is the place from which we are especially invited to pray. When we hurt all over and live in a shame we can’t bear, and are on our knees because we’re too weak to stand, we’re in the perfect posture for prayer. God hears prayers of helplessness. Lost is a place too!

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August 2: 18th Sunday of Ordinary Time

I once heard a scholar, interviewed on a TV special about Jesus, refer to the feeding of the five thousand with the phrase “dinner and a show.” His point was, I think, to characterize Jesus’ ministry as “meeting folks where they are.” And that is surely part of the meaning of the Gospel.

Responding in heartfelt compassion to the people’s needs, Jesus healed them and fed them. But there are other dimensions to the account as well. Characterizing the Galilean seaside as a “desert” place surely evokes the memory of Israel in the wilderness and Jesus as a new Moses mediating manna for the wanderers invited into a new Exodus.

The similarity to the account in 2 Kings 4:24-44 about Elisha feeding one hundred with twenty loaves reminds us that a prophet greater than Elisha is here. And no one misses the parallel between Jesus’ gestures —taking, blessing, and breaking the loaves and giving them to his disciples —and his actions at the Last Supper. What catches my attention this time is the role of the disciples. Told to feed the people, they think only of their own meager resources.

When they heed Jesus’ command, “Bring them to me,” the people are abundantly fed. That reminds us disciples that our part in the mission does not depend on our own poor resources but on bringing others to the feeder and healer himself— Jesus.

Reflection by Dennis Hamm, SJ

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July 26: 17th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Perhaps the deepest wisdom we hear this Sunday is in the Second Reading. You or I have undoubtedly quoted its words, not remembering where they came from: “All things work for the good for those who love God.” The older I get, the more true this seems. Even when darkness and loss become our daily bread, still the love of God labors incessantly to bring out larger love, larger forgiveness, more acceptance of life and love, even within pain.

This is food we all need every day. Sunday, if we find a way of attending Mass, or even if not, we can pay attention to such a variety of wisdom made present to us and for us. The important thing is not to just sit there and gape but to do what every other human being in the world would do if they were given a glimpse into the kingdom.

Reflection by John Foley SJ

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July 19: 16th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Matthew is very concerned in his gospel with the unity of the Christian community. He does not envision the Church as an exclusionary organization, but rather as an inclusive community which is guided by the spirit of the parable of the weeds.

“Let them grow together until harvest” (Gospel): Since its earliest days, the Church has preferred to tolerate different levels of commitment and holiness. Such an attitude is in line with the “wisdom” of the Hebrew Scriptures, which informs us that “those who are righteous must be kind; and you gave your children reason to hope that you would allow them to repent for their sins.” (First Reading)

This attitude of acceptance is also in line with the revelation of God “as merciful and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in kindness.” An inclusive Church that is kind and lenient toward its own members and toward everyone else should be an inspiration to a divided world that has a tendency to judge harshly, to be quick to anger, and to uproot weeds even at the cost of damage to the good plants.

By virtue of her mission to shed on the whole world the radiance of the gospel message, and to unify under one Spirit all men of whatever nation, race, or culture, the Church stands forth as a sign of that brotherliness which allows honest dialogue and invigorates it.
~ Vatican II, Constitution on the Church in the Modern World.

Such a mission requires in the first place that we foster within the Church herself mutual esteem, reverence, and harmony, through the full recognition of lawful diversity.

From To Love and To Serve: Lectionary Based Meditations by Gerald Darring

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Notes from Music Ministry

Our Music Ministry has recorded beautiful Hymns and Musical Meditations to accompany our families at home. We are delighted to share their recordings on our podcast: 

 


Additional Resources

To help our SJV families to stay safe and healthy during these trying times, our Social Service Ministries have compiled these Important Resources for Coping with the COVID-19 Crisis.

Find more resources at US Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB website.

Read the full Transcript of Pope Francis “Urbi et orbi” on Friday, March 27, 2020.  The Pope meditates on the calming of the storm from the Gospel of Mark 4:35

Find more resources at US Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB website.

With firm purpose you maintain peace;
in peace, because of our trust in you.
Trust in the Lord forever!
For the Lord is an eternal Rock.

~Isaiah 26:3-4