Pastoral Region Festivals and Fiestas
The Pastoral Region of St. Ann / Sacred Heart invites you to support St. Ann’s Fiesta scheduled for July 29 and 30 in the parking lot of St. Ann; and the Sacred Heart Festival scheduled for August 12, 13 &14 held on the parish grounds. Both parishes need successful festivals in order to sustain their respective schools and parish programs. Please consider volunteering to help and perhaps buying raffle tickets from your parish and the other pastoral region parish.
Don’t forget that even when the festival season is over, Sacred Heart (coordinating with St. Ann) will host a Ministry Fair at Sacred Heart’s fellowship hall on September 17 and 18; and St. Ann will also host its annual “Oktoberfest” on September 24.
Reflection on Scripture
The struggle between Martha and Mary has been characterized over the years as the struggle between the practical and the contemplative. Martha is busy trying to honor the responsibilities of hospitality. Mary is disregarding these social responsibilities in favor of grasping the only opportunity she may have to hear and learn at the feet of Jesus. Much to the unhappiness of Martha, Jesus takes Mary’s side and says she has chosen the better part.
Martha is challenged by Jesus for focusing on the peripheral to the exclusion of the essential. Mary is being criticized for being myopic and focusing only on Jesus to the exclusion of the practicalities. The scripture makes it clear that both women are close friends of Jesus. As contemporary friends of Jesus, you and I cannot be so naive as to be myopic in our affection for Jesus to the exclusion of practicality. On the other hand, Jesus must be the priority and everything else must be peripheral. Jesus and Jesus alone must be the priority of our existence. Everything else is relegated to the level of practicality but not priority.
Readings for the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Theme: Nothing is impossible with prayer!
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