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Catechesis Continues - Come and Listen! Workers in the vineyard from the Neocatechuminal Way are leading us in reflective prayer, Sacred Scripture and the gift of witnessing the faith. We invite you all to join in the unique opportunity of prayer and opportunity to deepen our spiritual life. We also ask you to invite others to join us. Maybe you have a friend or relative that is interested in hearing more about Jesus. Maybe you know someone who has been away for a while. Maybe you know someone who has a past hurt or is alienated form the Church because of the fault or example of a priest or religious. Whatever the reason let us invite and welcome them home to Christ and His Church.
October 19th, 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time . . .
Caesar and the King (Dr. Scott Hahn) The St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology© The Lord is king over all the earth, as we sing in today’s Psalm. Governments rise and fall by His permission, with no authority but that given from above (see John 19:11; Romans 13:1). In effect, God says to every ruler what he tells King Cyrus in today’s First Reading: “I have called you . . . though you knew me not.” The Lord raised up Cyrus to restore the Israelites from exile, and to rebuild Jerusalem (see Ezra 1:1-4). Throughout salvation history, God has used foreign rulers for the sake of His chosen people. Pharaoh’s heart was hardened to reveal God’s power (see Romans 9:17). Invading armies were used to punish Israel’s sins (see 2 Maccabees 6:7-16). The Roman occupation during Jesus’ time was, in a similar way, a judgment on Israel’s unfaithfulness. Jesus’ famous words in today’s Gospel: “Repay to Caesar” are a pointed reminder of this. And they call us, too, to keep our allegiances straight . . .
As he announced the celebration of the 2014 World Mission Sunday, Pope Francis reminded us that “The Church is missionary by her very nature: she was born ‘to go forth’. World Mission Day is a privileged moment when the faith of various continents engage in prayer and concrete gestures of solidarity in support of the young Churches in mission lands. It is a celebration of grace and joy. . . to read full message . . .
COLLABORATIVE FAMILY FAITH FORMATION
SAVE THE DATE - MORE INFORMATION TO FOLLOW: There will be a PARENT MEETING on October 29, 2014 for ALL incoming and returning parents (children in grades 1-8 and high school freshmen and sophomores) at 7:30 PM in the Church. Pre-registration for First Communion and Confirmation using BUTTON LINKS BELOW; all other grades will be asked to register in December.