TWELFTH SUNDAY in ORDINARY TIME – June 24, 2018
Tiny fingers and toes. A little yawn. A loud cry. An infant wrapped in swaddling clothes. “What will this child be?” It is a question every parent asks time and time again. As first steps are taken, as personalities emerge, as a child shows interest in reading or drawing or climbing, the question is on our lips. “What will this child be?” This question is asked as John the Baptist is born. Will he be a priest like his father? Does his strange, unexpected name signal a departure from that inheritance? Could Elizabeth and Zechariah ever have predicted what would be? Under the tutelage of his priestly father, John “became strong in spirit.” As an adult, John would retreat into the desert to preach repentance. He would attract a large following and eventually attract the attention of the rulers of the day. He would point out the adulterous ways of King Herod and would find himself in prison. Eventually, he would be beheaded. But today, he is a child, an infant newly born. On this special feast, we’re reminded of the great humility required of parents. The character formation, the discipline and encouragement, the violin lessons and soccer practices…every parental effort is subjected to the decisions of the child themselves. Even children on a sure track by high school graduation transform under life’s circumstances. Entrusting our children to God can be incredibly intimidating. “What will this child be,” especially when that transformation lies outside of my control? John the Baptist’s story might not have ended as his parents imagined. But he is celebrated as the greatest of the prophets, as the one who prepared the way for the Messiah. Here is the hope of all Christian parents — that our children would be raised in such a way that when people meet them, they meet Jesus Christ.
My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
I have been asked many times when tragedy hits, like a child dying, why God would allow bad things to happen. There are two ways for me to answer that question which this is why this will be a two-part article spread out over two weeks. First, I will quote scripture: Job-2:10-11 states “We accept good things from God, and should we not accept evil? The book of Job is one of my favorite books in the bible to read. If you have not read it, I would recommend it. Job had everything and lost everything, home, livestock, fortune and his children. Yet he never blames God or gets mad at God for what has occurred. Why you ask, for he looked at it as stated above that God gave him all those blessings to start with so how could he complain about bad things since he never complained about the good things he received in life. I agree with him and have the same outlook in life thus the reason it is one of my favorite books to read. I have noted in my time as a priest that people will come to me when bad things happen to question why God would allow it or even cause it (which He doesn’t – but I will get back to that in the next article) but I have yet to have someone come to me when something good happens and ask why God would allow this good thing to happen. I think the mistake most of us make is thinking we are so good we deserve only good things to happen to us and never bad things. It is like a child who feels his/her parents should only give them gifts etc. and never punish them for after all they never do anything wrong! I have yet to know a child that is perfect and that includes us adults as we are God’s children. I am not saying He punishes us for doing bad but what I am saying is do we really only deserve the good in our lives? He does not stop the good things from happening so why should He stop the bad? It all comes down to free will which is next week’s article.
God Bless you and have a wonderful week, Fr. Michael
SCRIPTURAL REFLECTIONS ON STEWARDSHIP
Stewardship is a lifestyle, it’s not a program or process. It’s how we are called to live our lives twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week! It challenges us to live “God-centered” lives, not “self-centered” lives. Reflect on your daily activities, do you do them for the glory of God or for the glory of your own name?
PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK
That God will relieve their suffering and restore them to health. Please pray for: Kellie Salata, Kelly Chinchar, Jessica, Carol Mangino, Gloria, Daniel Breslin, Stanley, Marie, Bonnie, Helen Traina, Joseph Marrone, Bill Marshall, Anthony, Michael, Denise Gautier, Joseph, Christine Morrison, Jessica Esopo, Jack McShera. , Janelle Dino, Maricel Dino, Rachel Fortus and Efren Villanueva Sr.
The gift of Bread & Wine for the month of June has been given by Mr. & Mrs. Phil Iacono. The first two weeks are in memory of Angelina & Sebastian Falato and the second two weeks are in memory of Carmela & Salvatore Iacono.
The gift of Altar Flowers for the month of June has been given in memory of Charles Sylvestri by Linda J. Sylvestri.
The Sanctuary Lamp for the first two weeks of June has been given in memory of Andrew Rovito by Adele.
We would like to thank the Women’s Circle for their very generous donation towards our Utility costs.
MASS INTENTIONS FOR THE WEEK
MONDAY, JUNE 18, 2018
8:30 Francesco Fiorino by Concetta Conti
TUESDAY, JUNE 19, 2018
8:30 Nickolas & Anne Mangione by Joe Mangino
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20, 2018
8:30 Joe Ciongoli by Joe Mangino
THURSDAY, JUNE 21, 2018
8:30 Annv. Serafina LaGrasta by the Family
FRIDAY, JUNE 22, 2018
8:30 Pat & Bea Graziano by Joe Mangino
SATURDAY, JUNE 23, 2018
8:30 Adam S. Gan & Rose DeBlasio & Family by Philomena Gan & Family
5:00 pm Gertrude Wetzel by the Leonardi Family
SUNDAY, JUNE 24, 2018
8:00 For the People of the Parish
10:00 Charles Sylvestri by Jesse & Joanna Sylvestri
12:00 Annv. Maria Totaro by Mr. & Mrs. Vincent Caporrino
MONDAY, JUNE 25, 2018
8:30 Filomena Competiello by Maddalena Competiello
TUESDAY, JUNE 26, 2018
8:30 Victoria Mangino by Joe Mangino
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27, 2018
8:30 Joanna Policastro by the Family
THURSDAY, JUNE 28, 2018
8:30 Mary, Angelo, Frances, Violet & Patsy Paolella by Marie Dapice
FRIDAY, JUNE 29, 2018
8:30 Lena Moroz by Michele Blackwell
SATURDAY, JUNE 30, 2018
8:30 Agnes Holmes by David & Maria Nasta
5:00 pm Frances & Jim Musto by Dom & Frank Delia
SUNDAY, JULY 1, 2018
8:00 For the People of the Parish
10:00 Rosary Society
12:00 Pat Maglio by Bobbie Pizza
2018 Sharing God’s Blessings Annual Appeal
We have received $3,510 in pledges towards our goal of $11,333. Thank you to those parishioners who have already shown your support and generosity. There are pledge forms in the back of church. Thank you for your prayers and support.