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...a people worshiping and growing in faith. We welcome you and your family to our parish and we hope that you will find a "home" with us --and that as we grow in God's Spirit we may help one another experience the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Columbian Squires Car Wash
The Columbian Squires will have a car wash at the St. Bernard Church parking lot on Saturday, July 18th to fundraise for their various charitable works. The donation requested is $5.00 for cars and $7.00 for trucks. Please call Marc Matteoli 442-1852 or Carlos Freitas 442-1778 or 407-3545 regarding pre-sale tickets. Great gifts!
Tamale Sale On Sat., July 11th and Sun,. July 12
The Spanish Charismatic Prayer Group will be selling their delicious homemade tamales after masses on July 11th and 12th. Tamales (all varieties) are $20 per dozen. For more information please call Salvador Tejeda at 407-7356.
IT’S FIREWORKS TIME!
The Knights of Columbus will be selling TNT Fireworks at their booth in front of St. Bernard Elementary School, 115 Henderson St. The booth will be open from 10 am until 8 pm, June 30th thru July 4th. Watch the local newspaper for money−saving saving coupons and go to the TNT fireworks website.
July 5, 2015, 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time
The Relationship Called Faith: This week we find Jesus powerless to work miracles, a most unlikely situation. The Gospel says it this way: he came to his home-town, Nazareth, and “was not able to perform any mighty deed there, apart from curing a few sick people by laying his hands on them.” Why not? Who or what took away his power?
The answer has to do with the words Jesus often said to people that he healed: “your faith has saved you.”
At first glance, this saying seems false. If “faith” were all it took to save a person, then there would be no need at all for God or Jesus or the Holy Spirit. Just squeeze out an act of faith and you will be healed.
We must take a second glance, then, at what “faith” is all about, especially because many meanings, each legitimate, attach to this word.
But the Catechism also gives another meaning of the word. I think this is the way Jesus used it.
Faith is a personal act—the free response of the human person to the initiative of God, who reveals himself (Catechism, Para 166).
In this sense, faith refers to an interaction between ourselves and God, a relationship rooted in trust and love. If a husband would say to his wife, “I have no faith in you any more,” and if he meant it, the bond between the two would be temporarily or even permanently overturned. The same goes for faith “in God.” Since the deepest meaning of faith is to trust in God, to let his love into us and then to respond to it, faith is like a home in which personal relationships take place between people and God. If we fail in faith, how can faith save us?
If the above makes some sense to you, then you will see the meaning of Jesus’ words, “Your faith has saved you.” Faith is more of a personal relation to God and Jesus, rooted in trust and faith and love. It follows that where there is no relationship between oneself and God where healing cannot happen.
This is why in today's Gospel Jesus is so disappointed when he comes to teach in his home town and finds only scorn. “Where did this man get all this? What kind of wisdom has been given him? … Is he not the carpenter, the son of Mary? … And they took offense at him.”
The Gospel says that Jesus “was amazed at their lack of faith.”
No relationship could be established between the Nazarenes and him. He could not force the faith relationship upon them, they had to choose it themselves. But they did not.
Maybe now we can see why Jesus could not “perform any mighty deed there.” God’s deeds must be received. It is faith that saves us.
How do you handle rejection? For what cause could you be a prophet?
Bishop Robert F. Vasa, released the following statements in reference to the Supreme Court of the United States’ Obergefell v. Hodges decision:
“Years ago, in the Dred Scott decision, the US Supreme Court ruled that blacks were not persons. This was despite the fact that each justice presumably believed all of mankind is created in God’s image (cf. Genesis 1:26). Similarly, today’s Justices have erred with the Obergefell case just like their predecessors did with Dred Scott, by making an egregious error in moral judgment.
*While five Justices may have changed marriage’s legal definition, they can never change its moral definition. As such the true definition, the moral definition of marriage as a union between one man and one woman—that is ordered not only toward the couple but the procreation and education of children—remains unchanged.
*Just as Roe v. Wade did not settle the abortion question nearly two generations ago, Obergefell v. Hodges does not settle the marriage
The Marriage Question Today: Archbishop: Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).
"Regardless of what a narrow majority of the Supreme Court may declare at this moment in history, the nature of the human person and marriage remains unchanged and unchangeable. Just as Roe v. Wade did not settle the question of abortion over forty years ago, Obergefell v. Hodges does not settle the question of marriage today. Neither decision is rooted in the truth, and as a result, both will eventually fail. Today the Court is wrong again. It is profoundly immoral and unjust for the government to declare that two people of the same sex can constitute a marriage.
The unique meaning of marriage as the union of one man and one woman is inscribed in our bodies as male and female. The protection of this meaning is a critical dimension of the “integral ecology” that Pope Francis has called us to promote. Mandating marriage redefinition across the country is a tragic error that harms the common good and most vulnerable among us, especially children. The law has a duty to support every child’s basic right to be raised, where possible, by his or her married mother and father in a stable home.
Jesus Christ, with great love, taught unambiguously that from the beginning marriage is the lifelong union of one man and one woman. As Catholic bishops, we follow our Lord and will continue to teach and to act according to this truth.
I encourage Catholics to move forward with faith, hope, and love: faith in the unchanging truth about marriage, rooted in the immutable nature of the human person and confirmed by divine revelation; hope that these truths will once again prevail in our society, not only by their logic, but by their great beauty and manifest service to the common good; and love for all our neighbors, even those who hate us or would punish us for our faith and moral convictions.
Lastly, I call upon all people of good will to join us in proclaiming the goodness, truth, and beauty of marriage as rightly understood for millennia, and I ask all in positions of power and authority to respect the God-given freedom to seek, live by, and bear witness to the truth.”
Two boys were walking home from church after hearing a strong preaching on the devil. One said to the other, "What do you think about all this Satan stuff?"
The other boy replied, "Well, you know how Santa Claus turned out. It's probably just your dad"
Good News Of The Gospel - Men’s Retreat
The Retreat will be July 10,11, and 12th at Jon Omey’s Ranch just north of Weitchpec. Fr. David Anderson, well- known educator and lecturer and Pastor of St Peter’s Eastern Catholic Church, will be the Retreat Master. The cost is only $70 and space is limited so please reply early. For more information call: Frank Giacomini 443-7163, Tom Halliday 445-8907 or Jeff Tipton at 916-832-0571. This event, sponsored by the Eureka Knights of Columbus, is a great father/son bonding opportunity.
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