Pastoral Region Festivals and Fiestas- The St. Ann Fiesta (Parish Festival) is this coming weekend July 29 and 30 in the parking lot of St. Ann. Sacred Heart’s Festival is two weeks after. 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. Let’s support each other’s parish by making the festivals at both great successes.
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.
Pray for Law Enforcement and all First Responders- I am certain that for everyone who is reading this, our hearts go out to the families of the fallen police officers killed while protecting us in places like Dallas, Baton Rouge, and all across this nation. People say to me, “What can I do?” My friends: don’t forget that three thousand years ago the walls of a fortified city fell because of prayer. (Joshua 6:20-21) During the Cold War years, we ended Benediction with, “Savior of the world, save Russia.” Because of prayer, Communism in Russia was replaced. In these trying times, don’t forget to pray for our First Responders who run toward the trouble so as to protect us every day. Call on the Holy Spirit to protect them and all of us. I have learned over the years that when you pray to God the Holy Spirit, you are in touch with a power that dwarfs anything made by humans. If you know a police officer or first responder who lives on your street or sits next to you in the pew on Sunday; don’t forget to promise them your prayers.
Reflection on Scripture
Abraham bargains with God in his prayer. He keeps lowering the number of innocent people for which the City of Sodom would be spared. In the gospel reading, Jesus assured the people that God knows what they need, and will see to it that they get what they need (eternal life) even though it may not be what they want.
When we pray, our minds and hearts are merged with God; the all powerful God who created everything and everyone. We cannot help but be transformed by prayer. Therefore the issue is not “Did you get what you prayed for?” The issue is “Have you been transformed by prayer?” It is not what we get by praying; it is how we are transformed by prayer.
Readings for the Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Eccl 1:2, 2:21-23
Col 3:1-5, 9-11
Theme: The vanity of humans!
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