Sunday Homily, July 23, 2017,16th Ordinary Time A

Readings:

Wisdom 12, 13, 16-19,   You judge with clemency

Psalm 86,   Lord, you are good and forgiving.

1 Corinthians 3, 6-8,  the one who plants and the one who waters each have one purpose.  

Matthew 13, 1-23,  Kingdom Parables

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Kevin, Mike and John ready to start our
Celebration.

  

Homily by Mike

Recall the Responsorial response that we sang together last Sunday, ‘The seed that falls on good ground will yield a fruitful harvest."  Of course, the sower of the seed is the Lord who sows the Word of God.  Through the power of the Holy Spirit that seed becomes alive within our hearts.  So, we are likened to the fertile soil that receives the seed to be shared with others by word and example.

I commend you for doing just that, for we have gathered here today to be fertile soil with and for one another.  Led by the Spirit we have come to nourish one another with hymns, sacred psalms and prayer with a meal of fish and bread: The Liturgy of the Word and Eucharist.

 

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Leo, a great candle lighter.

 

When we entered through those open doors, we were greeted by; a stanza of psalm and the tuning of guitar; those being chosen to present the Scriptures; bite sized bread being made ready for the meal, along with grape juice that is a metaphor for the Holy Spirit being poured out for all; early pictures being taken for the blog; the altar being covered with table cloth and candles, sweet bread and coffee being placed on the back tables for fellowship after Mass; and hugs given to John and Ro and to those who have not taken seat yet.

 

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Celeste, Shonda and Ben, singers and musician.

 

The opening hymn announced the coming of the procession of those assigned to the Table, both young and old.  We sit to reflect on where we are and why.  John welcomes everyone, visitors by name first…which he has written on a small piece of paper, if necessary.  We become aware of the status of those who have or are about to have surgery; those who we will visit; or send a card; or bring dinner.

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Mike reading Matthew.

 

And we will join our hands and hearts as fertile soil to live the Lord’s prayer to bring about the kingdom of God here and now and grant one another with a sign of Christ’s peace in the unity to which we have been called.  Children are invited to the Table, visitors as well, all are invited for God has no favorites. ‘ We love each person here as Christ has and does love each of us.’  We are brothers and sisters. 

 

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Harper wishing us all a wonderful day.

 

We are anointed with the sacred oil, for together, we are the fertile soil, who forgives others as God has forgiven us.   We smile, one and all, granting young and old happy birthday or anniversary with a simple small cut of cake.  Alleluia, Deacon Mike

 

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The Offertory Helpers.

 

 


Announcements

Rosemary's Blessing of  The Week: 

 

Let no one ever come to you

without leaving better and happier.

Be the living expression of God's kindness:

kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.


Mother Teresa

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Dee reading from Wisdom.


 

 

Special Thanks to these special people:

  •    For  the Readings:  Dee & Celeste
  •    For The Team:   Kevin 
  •    For the Communion Bread:   Alison
  •    For the Special Communion Cups:  Mary
  •    For the Pictures:   Mike,  Rick & Connie
  •    For the coffee and extras:   Mike & Judy & Jackie
  •    For the altar & sound:  Jackie & Hue
  •    For the Music:    Shonda & Ben  & Celeste
  •    For all who helped with Communion 

 

 

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Celeste reading Corinthians.

 

 

 

Anniversary:

David and Donna Dinsmore (Wednesday, 31st)  

 

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Rosemary reading her blessing.

 

Please Remember these special people

For Jackie Urbanczyk who died this morning and for the Urbanczyk family;   For Connie Bresson's mom;     For Carol's recuperation;   For Tom Good;     For Dee and her daughter, Lisa;    For John Schanot's continued recuperation;  For Nadia's recuperation;   For Geri's  nephew, Martin Calabrese and Martins' family;  For a young man who is suffering from depression;    For Claire's mom; For Cliff & Jean;    For Laura's sister Claudia;   For Dawn;   John Simari’s friend, Ron;   For Anthony & Sabrina;   For John & Jean's son John Louis;   For our good friend Kay in Ontario;    For Rose's daughter in law Jamie

 

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Leo, a very happy candle lighter gets a cupcake.

 

For Rosemary's sister, Patty and her husband, Lou;  For Cathy's uncle, Jim Wright at 92;   For Connie's nephew, Fred; For Mary Jane Stevenson's son Philip, 34, sick & don't know why;     For Maureen’s daughter, Kathleen, with cancer;      For Jackie's friend, Barbara, plus Angela & her mom;    For Sr. Patricia Otillio, a nun I worked with for years in Grand Coteau;   John Cade's mother in law, Kalliopi Piskiouli;    for Franks brother with advanced Parkinsons;      For Steve Barrett, Rose, & Katie;

 

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Celeste gets a cupcake for coming home. Celeste
taught school last year in Albania and next year
will be in Beirut.

 

 

Dick Thompson's daughter, Teri Jill, and Judy's aging parents;  Barb & Warren's grandbabies, Leighton Elizabeth and Warren Phillip and Ethan Michel, & their friend Chris, plus Barb's  Annie & Kaitlen;

 

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Carol gets a cupcake.

 

Tom and Teresa Quinn's niece, Chawna, with cancer, their granddaughter, Mikayla;   plus Neva Flynn, Angel, and Diane Kreeitzer;   Connie Doherty's mom and her sister, plus Kevin's cousin, Peter; for Mary Ellen;  For a number of David McKeon's family who are having a rough time with health issues; for our friends, sons, and daughters in the military, including Ryan McClurg and Chebino; cure for autism from Laura Chollick; for our President.

 

 

Your Finances, July 23, 2017

Expenses:   $ 1,595.00  

Outreach:   $   646.00

 Thanks for your Generosity, Everybody.

 

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John and David ready to leave for Iowa.

 

Have a Great Week, J.S

(214-783-0443)

 

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RAGBRAI is going through the town of Paulina

 

JSM Mission-Faith Statement  

      Help create a Catholic Community that welcomes all God’s People,  provides for & challenges spiritual & total growth.  

      Reaches out to help people who are disadvantaged & make the world  we live in a better place to live.


Reminder for Sunday, July 23, 2017, 16th Ordinary Time, cycle A

  Blind

 

Blind leading the Blind? 

 

Welcome: Catholic Mass with coffee & juice, and pastries, some bought, some home-made.

Time: 9:30; Celebrate with the Community & Stack 

Place: Sigler Elementary, 1400 Janwood Drive, Plano, TX 75075

 

The Gang

 

The Gang.  Lot of having fun here.  Suspicious behavior.

 

Readings:

Wisdom 12, 13, 16-19,   You judge with clemency

Psalm 86,   Lord, you are good and forgiving.

Romans 8,  26-27,  The Spirit comes to the aid of our weakness.

Matthew 13, 1-23,  Kingdom Parables

 

Minor elevation

 

Minor elevation time.

 

Community Activities:  

ROMEO MEET: Friday, July , Jason's Deli, Collin Creek Mall, west side of Central, 1:00.  Welcome all wakos,  you will fit right in.   The Old Geezer may be away.

JULIET LUNCHEON, (aka.,just us ladies into eating together), For August,  TBA

 

  Communion 1

 

Communion for the communion helpers

 

What is going on in Our Catholic World

  1. Health Care,   National Catholic Reporter, June 28,   140 words,    Download HEALTH CARE 7-13-17
  2. Vatican laws vs practice, Crux,  April, 2016, 600 words,    Download VATICAN LAW VS PRACTICE 7-19-17

 

Foot wear

 

New styles in community foot wear.  Identities?

 

True?

If the enemy is in range, so are you.

Infantry Journal 

 

Healing 1

 

Healing for Sydney & Hugh.

 

See you Sunday.

J.S., 214-783-0443

 

Healing 2

 

Healing for Bern.

 

 

JSM Mission-Faith Statement

Help create a Catholic Community that welcomes all God’s People, provides for and challenges spiritual and total growth.

Reaches out to help people who are disadvantaged and make the world we live in a better place to live.

 

Peace 1

 

Peace, Everybody.


Sunday Homily, July 16, 2017, 15th Ordinary Time

Readings:

Isaiah 55, 10-12,   Just as from the heavens the rain and snow come down…

 Psalm 65,   The seed that falls on good ground will yield a fruitful harvest.

Romans 8,  18-23,  The sufferings of this present time are as nothing…

Matthew 13, 1-23,  The parable of the sower.

 

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Emma and her mom, Beth, say, "Welcome in, Everybody."

 

Isaiah, The Great One, observations

Who:  One of the Big 3 prophets, the greatest in my estimation.  Jeremiah and Ezekiel are the other two.  Actually, the book includes the work of 3 prophets.   Our selection is the last chapter written by Isaiah 2.

Time:  Isaiah 2 was living during the Babylonian Captivity, ca. 555.  Isaiah 1 writes before the Captivity, maybe 150 years.  Isaiah 3 writes after the return to Jerusalem. 

Subject today: better times will come.  I am expanding today’s passage by a third line, because it is so good.

Isaiah 2 has some of the most beautiful passages, many of which are seen as foretelling the coming of the Savior.  His readings are used all through the Advent & Christmas readings, as well as in Lent.  Handel uses Isaiah 2 in his marvelous work, The Messiah.

Both the Isaiah reading and Psalm 65 are beautiful.

 

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David and Donna, our hearts and our complete condolences go out to you on the loss of your 1 year old little Yorkie, Dixie Belle.  On a sunny morning this past week in the Canyon Creek neighborhood, David was taking his coffee on the patio of their fenced in back yard and Dixie was playing, when a bobcat climbed over the fence,  grabbed Dixie by the neck, and climbed back over the fence with her.   David, yelling, climbed over the fence in pursuit.  With the help of a neighbor Dixie was rescued.  But it was too late.  She died later that day.  A year ago February the same thing happened to another of their little Yorkies.  So sorry!

 

And My Seed Landed Where?

This morning I would like to talk about how Jesus is said to describe how the farmer’s seed is scattered on four different types of ground, the path, the rocks, the thorns, and the fertile.  Where did your seed fall?  Where did my seed fall?  I’m sure a lot of volunteers would be happy to let me know where my seed fell.

If you are a sinful gambler poker player you would look at this explanation and notice the bad odds, one out of four.  I would propose, however, that we all landed on fertile soil.  Let me offer some examples.

 

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Hi, Tori.

 

I’ve shared this example once before, so you might remember it, but probably not.  

When I was a little kid about 5 years old, I was playing in the driveway of our house in University Park.  There were no fences and the drive went from the street, through the space between our house and the neighbor’s, and to the back up against the alley. 

The neighbor was Sam Berger, who owned a hat store in downtown Dallas.  He was Jewish and lived next to us all during the Holocaust.  I was oblivious to it all.  He & his wife had a big black lady who not only worked in the house, but lived in the back in an apartment attached to the garage, the servant quarters.  This black lady was not nice to me. 

 

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Our Candle Lighter of The Week at work.

 

So this day as I am playing in the driveway, the lady steps out of the kitchen door & stands on the steps.  Without thinking, I say, “You are a big fat elephant.”

To the lady’s credit, she marches right across the drive and tells my mom.  My mom comes out of the house, drags me in, and spanks me.  Thinking back, I am impressed that my mom respected the lady.  The spanking, however, and her treatment of me confirmed my suspicions that my seed had fallen at least on the path or rocks, if not right on the thorns.   I definitely grew up with the belief that I was a bad kid. 

 

 

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Best buddies, Mary, Judy, and Mike.

 

Despite the fact that you folks might agree with that assessment, I would propose that I was just a normal little boy doing silly things. 

This habit of doing silly, not bad things, can continue into adult years.  I know a guy who gets on his bike and rides off for an hour leaving the driver’s door of his car wide upon. 

 

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The Best, Shonda and Ben

 

I know a lady who last week let her Lincoln run out of gas in rush hour traffic.  Her husband, a bit nettled, brought gas, but then could not start the car.  It had to be towed.

I know a dear friend who drove into her garage with a canoe strapped to the top of her car. 

 

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Wake up, Buddy, we are almost through. 
 

 

You do this stuff and you begin to believe the bad news, ‘I am a loser, I am bad, my seed obviously landed in the ditch.” 

And then there are the malicious acts.  You know where I come in on this.  Kids hurt and abused grow up to hurt and abuse.  They are not bad.  They are damaged. 

So, who landed on fertile soil?  All of us.  God don’t make bad seed.

So, what do you think about all this?

 

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Beware Angela!  Cathy may be treating you all nice, but she's probably trying to sell you that mint condition Edsel that her husband brought home.  I bet she told you Bill, your son in law would love it.

 


Announcements

Rosemary's Blessing of  The Week: 

Good Morning!

This is God.

I will be handling all your problems today.

I do not need your help.

So have a good day!

Author Unknown 

 

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Jackie reading from that great Prophet Isaiah, in fact, from 2nd Isaiah, The Beautiful Dreamer.

 

Special Thanks to these special people:

  •    For  the Readings:   Jackie & John
  •    For The Team:   Kevin & Buddy & Georgie
  •    For the Communion Bread:   Alison
  •    For the Special Communion Cups:  Mary
  •    For the Pictures:   Beth & Mike,  Rick & Connie
  •    For the coffee and extras:   John & Jackie
  •    For the altar & sound:  Jackie & Hue
  •    For the Music:    Shonda & Ben
  •    For all who helped with Communion 

 

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John reading from Romans.

 

Birthdays:    Beth

 

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Happy Birthday to you, Marvelous June Bug Beth.

 

Please Remember these special people:

For Jackie Urbanczyk;   For Connie Bresson's mom;     For Carol's recuperation;   For Tom Good;     For Dee and her daughter, Lisa;    For John Schanot's continued recuperation;  For Nadia's recuperation;   For Geri's  nephew, Martin Calabrese and Martins' family;  For a young man who is suffering from depression;    For Claire's mom; For Cliff & Jean;    For Laura's sister Claudia;   For Dawn;   John Simari’s friend, Ron;   For Anthony & Sabrina;   For John & Jean's son John Louis;   For our good friend Kay in Ontario;    For Rose's daughter in law Jamie

 

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Thanks, Emma, for being our Candle Lighter.  Your marvelous smile better not get any more beautiful or you will blow out all the light bulbs in the room.

 

For Rosemary's sister, Patty and her husband, Lou;  For Cathy's uncle, Jim Wright at 92;   For Connie's nephew, Fred; For Mary Jane Stevenson's son Philip, 34, sick & don't know why;     For Maureen’s daughter, Kathleen, with cancer;      For Jackie's friend, Barbara, plus Angela & her mom;    For Sr. Patricia Otillio, a nun I worked with for years in Grand Coteau;   John Cade's mother in law, Kalliopi Piskiouli;    for Franks brother with advanced Parkinsons;      For Steve Barrett, Rose, & Katie;

 

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Major Elevation time.

 

Dick Thompson's daughter, Teri Jill, and Judy's aging parents;  Barb & Warren's grandbabies, Leighton Elizabeth and Warren Phillip and Ethan Michel, & their friend Chris, plus Barb's  Annie & Kaitlen;

 

 

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John & Kevin plotting the morning events.

 

Tom and Teresa Quinn's niece, Chawna, with cancer, their granddaughter, Mikayla;   plus Neva Flynn, Angel, and Diane Kreeitzer;   Connie Doherty's mom and her sister, plus Kevin's cousin, Peter; for Mary Ellen;  For a number of David McKeon's family who are having a rough time with health issues; for our friends, sons, and daughters in the military, including Ryan McClurg and Chebino; cure for autism from Laura Chollick; for our President.

 

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Play station with 4 kids.

 

Your Finances, July 16, 2017

Expenses:   $1180.00

Outreach:   $575.00

 Thanks for your Generosity, Everybody.

 

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And finally, the beautiful Georgie says, "See you all next week."

 

Have a Great Week, J.S

(214-783-0443)

 

 

JSM Mission-Faith Statement  

      Help create a Catholic Community that welcomes all God’s People,  provides for & challenges spiritual & total growth.  

      Reaches out to help people who are disadvantaged & make the world  we live in a better place to live.


Reminder for Sunday, July 16, 2017, 15th Ordinary time

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Jean, that cupcake is to insure that you have a successful and easy hip replacement this Thursday.  

 

Welcome: Catholic Mass with coffee & juice, and pastries, some bought, some home-made.

Time: 9:30; Celebrate with the Community & Stack 

Place: Sigler Elementary, 1400 Janwood Drive, Plano, TX 75075

 

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Beth & Emma, mother & daughter.   Can it get any better? 

 

Readings:

Isaiah 55, 10-11,   Just as from the heavens the rain and snow come down…

 Psalm 65,   The seed that falls on good ground will yield a fruitful harvest.

Romans 8,  18-23,  The sufferings of this present time are as nothing…

Matthew 13, 1-23,  The parable of the sower.

 

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Could our dear Cathy be setting you up, Aggie?  Beware.

 

Community Activities:  

ROMEO MEET: Friday, July 14, Jason's Deli, Collin Creek Mall, west side of Central, 1:00.  Welcome all wakos,  you will fit right in.   Welcome back, Ray!

JULIET LUNCHEON, (aka.,just us ladies into eating together), For July,  TBA

Special condolences to David & the Dinsmore over the loss of their dear little Yorkie, Dixie Belle, snatched from her back yard by a bobcat.   Check the Metro section of The Dallas Morning News, 7-12-17.  

 

Check D Magazine's article on DARCC, Dallas Area Rape Crisis Center.   

https://www.dmagazine.com/publications/d-magazine/2017/july/making-peace-with-dallas-over-1000-miles/

 

 

Healing 3

 

Healing and Full Life for Alison & John.
 

 

What is going on in Our Catholic World

  1. New group of different Cardinals,   National Catholic Reporter, June 28,   55

 

Beth catching

 

Anybody seen any June Bugs for Beth? 
 

True?

Any time three New Yorkers get into a cab without an argument,

a bank has just been robbed.

-Phyllis Diller
 

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Our Father.  Perhaps the kids are all playing.

 

See you Sunday.

J.S., 214-783-0443

 

Communion 3

 

Communion for Everybody.

 

JSM Mission-Faith Statement

Help create a Catholic Community that welcomes all God’s People, provides for and challenges spiritual and total growth.

Reaches out to help people who are disadvantaged and make the world we live in a better place to live.

 

Peace 1

Peace 3

Peace, Everybody.


Sunday Homily, June 9, 2017, 14th Ordinary Time, Cycle A

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Says Harper, "Welcome in, Everybody."

 

Readings:

Zacheriah 9, 9-10,   He shall proclaim peace to the nations.

 Psalm 145,   I will praise your name forever, my king and my God.  

Here it is again, The Terrific Line: "The Lord is gracious & merciful, slow to anger and abounding in love."  Watch for it.

Romans 8,  9, 11-13,  You are not in the flesh, you are in the spirit.  (?)

 Matthew 11, 25-30,  All creation is groaning in labor pains.

 

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Likewise, Gil, too, says, "Come on in, Folks."

 

Zechariah:  Zechariah is the 11th of the 12 Minor Prophets and lived just when the Hebrews were released from the 70 year long Babylonian Captivity, in other words around 555 B.C. He is in Jerusalem and encourages the people to rebuild the temple.

He is called a minor prophet only because his little work has simply 14 chapters, unlike the Big 3, Isaiah, Jeremiah, & Ezekiel, who have many chapters, in fact 66 for Isaiah.

He was a favorite of the N.T. writers because he is rich in messiah predictions.  Today we have one of those visions.   You might picture how this message is coming across.  The people have been crushed, they have been slaves in Babylon, and the Jerusalem they have returned to is nothing but disaster. 

 

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Tori, what happened to your tooth?  Are you a rich girl now?

 

The Lord is Gracious and Merciful, never gets Angry, and is abounding in Love

I was asking myself, how did this line come to say so much to me about the nature of our God.  Here is what I found.

I can tell you the time of day it first hit me, a sunny morning.  I can tell you exactly where I was, Nairobi, Kenya, in the little chapel of a house run by a small group of American religious teaching brothers.    

 

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Zoe, did you snatch Tori's tooth?  You got beautiful teeth.

 

It was my second year working in East Africa.  I was taking a day off at this American brothers’ place because it was just around the corner from a really nice arboretum and because they were Americans.  The Jesuits in Nairobi were mostly Indians with a few Quebecois.  I liked to hang out once in a while with fellow Americans. 

So why at this time and place?  Two reasons.

 

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Emma, just seeing you & your mom here today makes my day.

 

One, education and Jesuit formation.  I had some good, progressive professors when I studied theology in Toronto, like David Michael Stanley in New Testament.

Secondly, people who showed me compassion and sensitivity, intellectual curiosity and acceptance, like the novice master, Tony Mangiaracina, about whom I talked once.  He is the priest I told you I saw cigarette smoke coming out of his desk drawer when I went in to get permission to drink water for that month.

 

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The Offertory Gang, Paul & Carrie & Diane.

 

Another priest I never have talked about is the assistant novice master, Bobby Rimes, another of the numerous New Orleans guys who made up our province.

Three reasons why Bobby influenced me to perceive the significance of the line, The Lord is gracious and merciful, never gets angry, and is abounding in love.

 

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Where did you get that megawatt smile, Olivia?   It lights up the room.

 

First, he was disappointed but accepting of his assignment to be assistance novice master.  Bobby really wanted to be a missionary like Francis Xavier.  He wanted to be The Best.  Assistance novice master was not very romantic.  He did not ever complain, but simply shared he would prefer to be in the missions. 

And here I, never dreamed of going to the missions, I end up in East Africa.  I did not yearn to work in the missions because I did not like the cultural imperialism I read about, which played a role in my getting asked to leave.

 

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You, too, Ben, your personality warms the whole room.

 

Secondly, Bobby was an excellent athlete and probably could have been a pitcher in the big leagues.  Wow, could he pitch.  I got to know this athleticism up close & personal because the second 3 years I spent in Grand Coteau, the noviciate, I spent many afternoons in titanic 2 on 2 handball games.  I never won a game, though we came oh so close  numerous times. 

I had a partner who was quite strong.  He was one of those who did 10 one armed pushups.  He was Mexican from Juarez.  Bobby,  he probably could have asked one of the nuns from the Sacred Heart Academy down the street.  We never won a game in three years, but it was so fun and moving.

 

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So good to have you back, Leo.  The place is not right without you.

 

Thirdly, Bobby was always a friend, supportive and accepting.  He had every gift, not only a great athlete, but really a nice looking guy.  

Because of the influence of Bobby Rimes, somehow or other, I suddenly saw that  The Lord is gracious and merciful, never gets angry, and is abounding in love.

How does the line strike you?

 

 


Announcements

Rosemary's Blessing of  The Week: 

 Christ has no body now on earth but yours,

     no hands but yours,

     no feet but yours,

Yours are the eyes through which Christ’s

     compassion is to look out to the world,

Yours are the feet with which Christ is to

     go about doing good,

Yours are the hands, with which Christ is to  

     bless all people now.

 

From a prayer by Teresa of Avila (1515–1582)

 

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Beth reading from Zechariah.

 

Special Thanks to these special people:

  •    For  the Readings:   Beth & Rob
  •    For The Team:   Kevin & Buddy & Kevin
  •    For the Communion Bread:   Alison
  •    For the Special Communion Cups:  Jan
  •    For the Pictures:   Rosemary & Mike,  Rick & Connie
  •    For the coffee and extras:   John & Jackie
  •    For the altar & sound:  Jackie 
  •    For the Music:    Shonda & Bethany & David
  •    For all who helped with Communion 

 

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Rob reading from Romans.

 

Birthdays:    Kim Crossk (last Friday), Paul Bieda, 56, & Aggie Stryker, (both last Saturday), Cindy Cramer (today, Sunday), John Schanot, Joe Gorham (82, Friday)

Anniversaries:

Aggie & Allen (50th, Sunday, today)

Ron & Marilyn (54th, Thursday)

 

 

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Rosemary reading her Blessing of The Week.

 

Please Remember these special people:

For Jackie Urbanczyk;   For Connie Bresson's mom;     For Carol's recuperation;   For Tom Good;     For Dee and her daughter, Lisa;    For John Schanot's continued recuperation;  For Nadia's recuperation;   For Geri's  nephew, Martin Calabrese, and Martins' family;  For a young man who is suffering from depression;    For Claire's mom; For Cliff & Jean;    For Laura's sister Claudia;   For Dawn;   John Simari’s friend, Ron;   For Anthony & Sabrina;   For John & Jean's son John Louis;   For our good friend Kay in Ontario;    For Rose's daughter in law Jamie

 

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It doesn't get better than this, Shonda, Bethany, and David.

 

For Rosemary's sister, Patty and her husband, Lou;  For Cathy's uncle, Jim Wright at 92;   For Connie's nephew, Fred; For Mary Jane Stevenson's son Philip, 34, sick & don't know why;     For Maureen’s daughter, Kathleen, with cancer;      For Jackie's friend, Barbara, plus Angela & her mom;    For Sr. Patricia Otillio, a nun I worked with for years in Grand Coteau;   John Cade's mother in law, Kalliopi Piskiouli;    for Franks brother with advanced Parkinsons;      For Steve Barrett, Rose, & Katie;

 

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Happy 56th Birthday, Paul.  You may be getting so old you may not be able to do Matterhorn Canyon this September.  But, I'll help you.

 

Dick Thompson's daughter, Teri Jill, and Judy's aging parents;  Barb & Warren's grandbabies, Leighton Elizabeth and Warren Phillip and Ethan Michel, & their friend Chris, plus Barb's  Annie & Kaitlen;

 

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Happy Birthday, Cindy, and congratulations.  You got me beat again.

 

Tom and Teresa Quinn's niece, Chawna, with cancer, their granddaughter, Mikayla;   plus Neva Flynn, Angel, and Diane Kreeitzer;   Connie Doherty's mom and her sister, plus Kevin's cousin, Peter; for Mary Ellen;  For a number of David McKeon's family who are having a rough time with health issues; for our friends, sons, and daughters in the military, including Ryan McClurg and Chebino; cure for autism from Laura Chollick; for our President.

 

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Thanks for being our Candle Lighter of The Week.  You get better every time we do this.

 

Your Finances, July 9, 2017

Expenses:   $940.00

Outreach:   $195.00

 Thanks for your Generosity, Everybody.

 

 

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It is wonderful to have you back, Bethany, even for one weekend.  I am jealous of Houston.

 

Have a Great Week, J.S

(214-783-0443)

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Happy Birthday, Aggie, and happy 50th Anniversary today to both you and Allen.

 

 

JSM Mission-Faith Statement  

      Help create a Catholic Community that welcomes all God’s People,  provides for & challenges spiritual & total growth.  

      Reaches out to help people who are disadvantaged & make the world  we live in a better place to live.

 

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Happy 82nd Birthday, Joe.  You are a marvel and a beautiful person.

 


Reminder for Sunday, July 9, 2017, 14th, Ordinary Time

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Welcome home, Wendy!

 

Welcome: Catholic Mass with coffee & juice, and pastries, some bought, some home-made.

Time: 9:30; Celebrate with the Community & Stack 

Place: Sigler Elementary, 1400 Janwood Drive, Plano, TX 75075

 

Candle Man

Kevin, our Candle Man of The Week

 

 Readings:

Zacheriah 9, 9-10,   He shall proclaim peace to the nations.

 Psalm 145,   I will praise your name forever, my king and my God.

Romans 8,  9, 11-13,  You are not in the flesh (?).  You are in the spirit.

Matthew 11, 25-30,  All creation is groaning in labor pains.

 

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A cupcake for Rocco.

 

Community Activities:  

ROMEO MEET: Friday, July 7, Jason's Deli, Collin Creek Mall, west side of Central, 1:00.  Welcome all wakos,  you will fit right in.  

JULIET LUNCHEON, (aka.,just us ladies into eating together), For July,  TBA

 

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The Refreshment Queen (and her helper) for the July 4 Preston Hollow Parade and Picnic.  Ready for the onslought.  20 dozen donut holes gone in a flash.

 

What is going on in Our Catholic World

  1. New group of different Cardinals,   National Catholic Reporter, June 28,   555 words,      Download NEW CARDINALS 7-6-17

 

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Let the parade begin.  All bikes & trikes  & dogs welcome. 

 

True?

"Every single day, we need to choose hope over fear, and diversity over division.
Fear has never fed a family nor created a single job.
And those who exploit it will never solve the problems that have created such anxiety."


- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
  in address to UN

From Louise Penny's July Newsletter 

 

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Little cars welcome, too.

 

See you Sunday.

J.S., 214-783-0443

 

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Even trains are welcome.

 

JSM Mission-Faith Statement

Help create a Catholic Community that welcomes all God’s People, provides for and challenges spiritual and total growth.

Reaches out to help people who are disadvantaged and make the world we live in a better place to live.

 

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Peace 2

Peace, Everybody.

 

 


Sunday Homily, July 2, 2017, 13th Ordinary Time, cycle A

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"Welcome in, Everybody," say Alison.  She will take your order for communion.

 

Readings:

2 Kings 4, 8-11, 14-16,   This time next year you will have a baby son.

 Psalm 89,   Forever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.

Romans 6,  3-4, 8-11,  You, too must think of yourselves as living for God.

Matthew 10, 37-42, Whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.

 

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Rocco, too, says, "Hi, Everybody."

 

July 4, 1776, Declaration of Independence signed.

50th anniversary, July 4, 1826: two signers of the Declaration died, the only 2 to serve as presidents,  and mutual friends, Thomas Jefferson & John Adams (excellent source, David McCullough’s John Adams).

 

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She's back, Folks, and better than ever.  Welcome home, Wendy!

 

 

Happy July 4

It is July 4 time and I would like to talk this morning about why I am happy to be an American.  I was sharing my ideas with Rosemary, an advantage to being a married priest (or maybe not), and she said, “Can’t you find reasons a little more dramatic, a little more universal?”  So, my reasons are just my own homey variety. 

I do claim a certain unique perspective because of living in East Africa for 10 years.  I admit there were a few occasions when I was grateful I had the American embassy as a refuge in case I got into some trouble.  I can certainly remember looking at the American flag flying over the embassy in Nairobi, Kenya and being grateful and thinking, ‘Yes, that’s my country.”

 

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Wow, I forget how good and beautiful you are, Wendy.  

 

So, here are 3 reasons why I am delighted to be an American this summer.   Natural beauty and people beauty with two parts.

First, the natural beauty.  There certainly are beautiful places in East Africa, for instance.  Like Kilimanjaro, which I climbed 5 times & the Serengeti game park.  Likewise, in Italy, the Amalfi Coast, Cinque Terre, even Rome. 

 

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Welcome, Tim, so good to have you with us.

 

In the States we have the Rockies of CO, Grand Canyon, the beaches, like Hilton Head.  For me, there is nothing better than Yosemite.   But, you say, I live in Dallas.  Beware there is natural beauty here, too.  Try White Rock Lake, try the White Rock Creek trail.  Rosemary & I  ride this trail weekly and I wonder lately, ‘Am I truly in Dallas,’ it is so wild and wooded.   It has been especially beautiful the past couple of months because of the frequent rain.

 

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I do believe trouble is brewing in that corner again.  Just look at her face.

 

 

In Plano what about the Oak Point Park.  Is this really Dallas?  I just discovered Oak Point last year when the Collin Classic bike tour began there.  

I love the natural beauty we have in America.

 

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Healing and life for Sandra.

 

Then there is the people beauty.   Don’t laugh.  I propose the trustworthiness of people. 

Want to see an amazing phenomenon?   Park yourself on a corner of one of the small towns we will pass through in three weeks on the bike rally through Iowa.  You will see maybe more than a thousand bikes hitched to parking cables and lying on the ground, not one with a lock. 

I park in front of a grocery store, put my helmet on the handle bar, walk in, get what I want, maybe an all you can eat meal for $10 (like lasagna), and return to my unlocked bike. 

I love our ride through Iowa every July.  Only about 12 - 15 thousand riders.  Of all sorts.

 

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Welcome home healing and life for Grace.

 

Want to see another phenomenon?  The hospitality of people.  Join me to ride the Hotter ‘n Hell Hundred the end of August.   There are 10 rest stops, like every 10 miles.  Each stop is loaded with bushels of volunteers overflowing with hospitality. 

I have my two favorites, 30 and 75.  At the 30 mile there is a group of elderly ladies (maybe many younger than I) who personally bake dozens of 6 varieties of cookies.  They positively blow me away and every year I tell them they are my favorite stop of all. 

 

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Would someone please go and sit with Sir Charlie.  

 

 

I will meet new rest stops this August because last year after the 100 miles when I was dead tired, Rosemary got me to agree to ride the 50 miles with her and have a dinner together on the way home.  This spring I tried to renegotiate this deal with Rosemary, and she said, "Too bad, Cowboy, you agreed and you are stuck."

 

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Offertory with Mike & Jean & Judy & John.

 

What are you proud about this year?

Happy July 4.