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JULY 2, 2017
Mass Schedule
Saturday 5PM
Sunday 8AM & 10AM

Served by:
Fr. Anthony R. Lipari, FCM

Fr. Drew Miller

Associate Pastor

Sr. Donna Lombardi, N/FCM

Pastoral Associate

Karen Suter
Parish Administrator

Mike & Fran Krol

Parish Council Leaders

An All Inclusive Independent Catholic Community,

Dedicated to Making the World a Better Place
A Shepherd's View

July 2: Recently I was reading

5pm Benefactors of the Parish on the topic of Jesus'
8am The people of the Parish call for his followers to
10am The deceased of the Parish go through a transfor-
mation,,,of heart, mind,
July 9: mission and ministry.
5pm Today's Gospel is one that calls us to
deepen our awareness for the Social
Teachings of the Church. We are
always hearing about the Dogma and
rules of the Church, but eventually we
have to put them into practice. When
I was younger and had the opportuni-
Franciscan Reflection ty to travel more I was always taken
back by the poverty of the world.
Once, when I had the opportunity to
meet and lunch with Mother Theresa,
Francis's safe haven I felt in her persona the transforma-
was prayer, not tive love of Jesus as she reached out to
prayer for a few the poor, the disadvantaged, the sick
and the alienated. She was surely a
minutes, but
Saint. Her words to me that day
prolonged prayer, were about the joy and im-
full of devotion and the mense passion that Jesus has for each
serenity of humility. Whether one of us and "together we could do
walking, sitting, eating or something special for God." Let's fo-
cus on "giving our cup to the other"-
drinking, he was rapt in
the sharing of our Love for the Lord
prayer. This is how, by God's in concrete ways, for after all, we are
grace, he overcame fears called to be saints!
and anxieties.

-Celano, First Life, 71

Live Jesus in our hearts,
Saints of the Week

St Thomas
Apostle (First Century) July 3:
St. Thomas,. Apostle (+72)
Though mentioned in only a few verses in the
Gospel of John, St. Thomas emerges as one of
the most vivid characters in the New Testament. July 5:
When Jesus announces his intention to proceed St. Anthony Zaccaria, Priest
toward Jerusalem and the peril that surely
awaits, it is Thomas who boldly answers, Let us (+1539)
also go, that we may die with him. Yet it is for St. Elizabeth of Portugal (+1336)
his famous doubt that Thomas is chiefly
remembered After the resurrection, Thomas
reacts incredulously to the report that fellow July 6:
apostles have seen the Risen Lord. He will never St. Maria Goretti, Virgin
believe, he insists, unless he can feel for himself
the marks of the nails and place his hand in &Martyr (+1902)
Christs wounded side.
Eight days later Christ appears to all the disci-
ples in the Upper Room where they are hiding.
Addressing Thomas by name he invites the
doubting disciple to touch his wounds. Thomas
can do no more than exclaim, My Lord and my
God! Jesus responds, Have you believed be-
cause you have seen me? Blessed are those
who have not seen and yet believe.
The activities of Thomas post-Pentecost are
uncertain. According to early legends he en-
gaged in a great missionary venture that took
him as far as the south of India, where he was
Welcome to our Faith
reportedly martyred. In fact, when Portuguese
explorers in the sixteenth century landed on the
Riley Ann Selph
coast of sourthern India they found in place a June 25, 2017
Christian community that attributed its origins to
the evangelization of the doubting apostle. To
this day their descendants call themselves the
St. Thomas Christians. Have a safe and
Thomass unbelief has benefited our faith more happy 4th!
than the belief of the other disciples; it is be-
cause he attained faith through physical touch
that we are confirmed in the faith beyond all

~ St. Gregory the Great on St. Thomas

Source: Blessed Among Us; Day by Day with Saintly

Witnesses written by Robert Ellsberg
Independence Day Prayer

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all

men are created equal, that they are endowed by Happy 9th Birthday
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their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that
among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of

We all know these words by heart. They are from

the United States Declaration of Independence.
However, are these words held with the same
reverence around the world as they are held here at
home? Sadly, no. There are many places in the
world where it is a life-threatening endeavor to
practice one's faith, that faith that was given to each
human by that Creator who endowed us with
inalienable rights.

Let us take a moment to remember all those people

in the world who are not free to seek life, liberty or

Let us pray...
O God, you willed that the Jewish people be free
from slavery by their Egyptian captors. You will that
all people should be free to worship you without
fear and to celebrate their religious beliefs freely,
even if they have not yet found you. Grant that
those of us who live in this great nation will thank
you daily for our freedom, and work for the freedom
of others around the world that do not yet have the
freedom to practice their faith openly and proudly.
We seek your wisdom where hatred abounds,
and ask for humility to offer our good works to
others who live in fear and bondage.

We ask all this through Christ our Lord,

who frees us from sin and death through the wood
of the cross.