Reminder for Sunday, August 2, 2015, 18th Ordinary Time

  Emma 1

                              Says Emma, "Hi, Everybody."

 

 

Welcome: Catholic Mass with coffee and juice and pastries, both bought and home-made, after Mass.

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

Place: Vines High School, Plano, 15th between Custer & Independence.

 

 

Harper 3
 

                      Says Harper, "You got any extra cupcakes?"

 

Readings:

 Exodus 16, 2-4, 12-15 You had to lead us into this desert to make the whole community die of famine.

Psalm 78,    The Lord gave them bread from heaven.

Ephesians 4, 17-24,   You must no longer live as the Gentiles do.

John 6, 24-35 I am the bread of life. 

 

  Leo
Says Leo, "Be nice to me and I bet I can get you a cupcake, Harper."

 

Community Activities:  

1.        ROMEO MEET: Friday, July 31, Jason's Deli, Collin Creek Mall, west side of Central, 1:00.   Ragbrai stories for cookies.

 2.      LADIES' LUNCHEON,  August 6, Thursday, 1:00 P.M.,  Big Shucks, 103 S. Coit, Richardson, between Beltline and Spring Valley.

Everyone, please forward to anyone you think would be interested.  If you let me know I will add their email to the list. 

Carol 

 

Zoe

                          Zoe looks at The Gang with awe.

 

 3.  Ray and Shonda have some new Mass responses (Mass of Glory) that they would like for us to practice for a few weeks before Mass before we sing it during the Mass proper.  You can check out these utube sites to hear them: 

http://youtu.be/mGlpu6_c3gQ

http://youtu.be/wYAikjow24E

http://youtu.be/k6Qjsxq8dU4

 

  Brandon

                                Brandon and his momma.

 

What is going on in our Catholic World:

1.       Francis fires two more bishops, National Catholic Reporter, July 15, 567 words,   Download Francis dumps two bishops 7-30-15    

 2.      Phillippine Church embraces Francis' environment vision, National Catholic Reporter, July 25, 765 words,       Download Philippine Church 7-31-15

  Genevieve & Mary

Genevieve says, "Wanna bet I don't weigh 5 pounds any more." 

 

True?  

This is my simple religion.  There is no need for temples.  No need for complicated philosophy.  Our brain, our own heart is our temple.  The philosophy is kindness.

Dalai Lama

  Emma & Zoe & Buddy

                     I think I see a philosophy of kindness.

 

 See you this Sunday.

J.S., 214-783-0443

 

John & Kevin & Georgie
 "Okay, let's get serious.  Enough of this having a good time."

 

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.

 

  Music

 

              Our temple is filled with music, beautiful music.

 

 

 

 

 


Sunday Homily, July 26, 2015, 17th Ordinary Time, B

Readings:

 2 Kings 4, 42-44,  “They not only ate, but had leftovers.”  

Psalm 145,    The hand of the Lord feeds us; he answers all our needs.

Ephesians 4, 1-6,   “Pour yourselves out in acts of love; and be quick to mend fences.”

Alleluia – “A great prophet has risen in our midst.”

John 6:1-15 (also in Matt 14:13-21, Mark 6:31-44, Luke 9:10-17) – “Jesus took the bread, and having given thanks, gave it to them.”

 

 

  Genevieve & Mary 2

 

                   Genevieve says, "Hi, Everybody, Welcome."

Introduction to the readings:

The Jewish people wanted to have a king like other nations had.  Wasn’t God’s idea; the people kept demanding a king; he let them have a king.  The idea was that the kings, starting with Solomon, would represent the sovereignty of God by being good kings. 

For 500 years there were 40 or so kings, and of course they were mostly rather pitiful, a few were pretty good.  Today’s reading is from the second book of kings, so during the time when kings ruled the Jewish people, starting with Saul about 1000 years before Jesus, and ending about 500 years later with the Babylonian captivity (555). 

 

Leo & Shonda

 

       Leo & Shonda, too, say, "Good Morning, Folks, Welcome."

 

 There were prophets and holy men before there were kings.  They are the ones who kept tabs on the kings and represented God’s take on issues. 

Today’s reading introduces Elisha, a holy man respected by Joram, king of Israel and Jehoshaphat, king of Judah.  This little story of Elisha feeding a crowd of 100 with 20 loaves of bread was chosen to connect with the story of the multiplication of loaves in the today’s Gospel story. And the letter to the Ephesians teaches what sharing in the meal should signify and bring about in one’s behavior.

  Emma & Friend 1

Emma, too, says that she and her buddy welcome everyone.

 

HOMILY:

We have heard many times the reading about the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and the fish.  This is the only miracle story repeated in all four Gospels. 

How appropriate that feeding those needing food was the best miracle story known; it could be told today with equal impact.  I forget the stats, but it’s millions of people, including children, who are hungry every day and without food (who knows the number or percent). 

 

Harper 1

                  Harper says she thinks it is fun being here.

 

Also in each of these four repetitions of the story, there is a formula or ritual stated: “Jesus raised his face to heaven in prayer, blessed, broke, and gave the bread to his disciples.”

So first, the story is a story about Jesus performing a miracle, which is how writers in those days made someone ‘famously big’ or a ‘god to be reckoned with’. 

Secondly, this story was well known, since all four Gospel writers or compilers used it. 

And thirdly, one line in the story became part of the shared meal starting with early Christians all the way down to today. 

 

Tori & Mom

            Victoria having just too much fun with her mom.

 

The reading from Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, liturgically, seems to teach what flows from sharing in this ritual meal.  And his answer is unity, recognizing that we are called to be one body, united in love.  Paul describes our call from God as pouring yourself out for each other in acts of love, accepting other’s differences and being quick to forgive.

 Three questions to mull over: 

In your family (at home, here, friends group) how do you see acts of love being shared, and differences accepted?  

How quick are you to mend fences and forgive one another? 

Do you make the connection between sharing bread here at Mass, and experiencing connection and oneness with others in your everyday life?

        

  Genevieve asleep

Genevieve, who has learned already from previous Sundays how to turn it off, says, "Wake me up when the fun begins."

 


Announcements

Rosemary's Blessing: 

As Jesus touched people’s hearts …

so that they could trust and share

Please touch our hearts, oh God,

so that we also may trust and share. 

J & R Creations

  Jackie

                                               Jackie reading 12 Kings

 

Our Special Thanks:  

  •    For  the Readings:  Jackie & Patricia
  •    For The Team:  Kevin & Georgie
  •    For the Communion Bread:   Cindy
  •    For the Wine & Cups:   Mary
  •    For the Pictures:   Rick & Connie
  •    For the coffee and extras:   Marlene, Jackie & Beth 
  •    For the altar & sound: Jackie & Hue 
  •    For the Music:  Ray & Bethany & Shonda
  •    For all who helped with communion

 

Patricia
                                Patricia reading Ephesians 4

 

Birthdays:   Cindy Ekes & Brandon & Jackie for new life

 Anniversaries:

David and Donna Dinsmore (Today, Sunday)

 

Cupcakes 2

Cupcake of The Week to Brandon and Cindy, and especially to Jackie for a new life. 

 

Please Remember these special people:

For our three special little dears, Vivian and Genevieve and McKinley;  For  Lisa Ackerman dealing with cancer;  For Anthony;    For a number of David McKeon's family who are having a rough time with health issues;  For Frank & Mary's niece, Lisa, with cancer;  For Stacey McKinley dealing with cancer;   For Jean and Cliff with mutual operations coming up;   For a little friend, Heather;   For Rosemary's sister, Patty and her husband, Lou; For John & Jean's son John Louis;   For Jackie's friend Mary Moczygemba with cancer;  For our good friend Kay in Ontario;    For Connie's nephew, Fred; For Mary Jane Stevenson's son Philip, 34, sick & don't know why;    The Quinn’s granddaughter, Mikayla;   For Maureen’s  daughter, Kathleen, with cancer;     For Jackie Urbanczyk's continued recovery;

 

  The Team
                                                     The Team                                                   

 

Mike & Dee Miller's daughter, Lisa, not doing well;  for Nina Tucker's dad, Art;   For Sr. Patricia Otillio, a nun I worked with for years in Grand Coteau;  Judy Thompson's dad in the hospital;  John Cade's mother in law, Kalliopi Piskiouli;  Charlie's brother in law with cancer; Beth Dugan's dad struggling with prostate cancer;  from Rob, the brother of his business associate who has cancer;   For Diane Drescher with a bad back & hips;  Frank’s sister, Grace Campos, 84, with stage one;   For Jackie;  Diane McClurg's mom having a hard time making the transition to assisted living;  Dee's friend, Don Fox, with cancer;  

 

  Harper 2

                              Harper says, "Look what I got."


 Dick Thompson's daughter, Teri Jill & her cousin Terri.  Barb & Warren's grandbabies, Leighton Elizabeth and Warren Phillip, & their friend Chris, plus Barb's dad & niece;   Bernadette Delgado's mom; Gilberto's mom and brother; Tom and Teresa Quinn's niece, Chawna, with cancer, plus Neva Flynn, Angel, and Diane Kreeitzer; Connie Doherty's mom and her sister, plus Kevin's cousin, Peter;  for Mary Ellen; for our friends, sons, and daughters in the military, including Cole Carey, Ryan McClurg, and Chebino; cure for autism from Laura Chollick; for our President that he have great success and someday hold his grandchildren in his lap.

 

Georgie
                 Georgie says, "See you next week, Everybody." 

 

Your Finances, July 26, 2015

Expenses:   $ 1,504.00

Outreach:   $ 230.00

 Thanks for your Generosity.

  Chris

We Made It!  Chris Dembney touches The Mississippi River with his toes and with his wheels after leaving the Missouri River behind and riding over 500 miles across Iowa with 12 to 14 thousand other inmates.  Prepare oneself for next Sunday's homily. 

 


Have a Good 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 26, 2015, 17th Ordinary Time

 

Important Business
Buddy, Emma, Zoe, and Victoria looking at something interesting.

 

Welcome: Catholic Mass with coffee and juice and pastries, both bought and home-made, after Mass.

Time: 9:30; Celebrate with the Community & John Cade & Mike.

Place: Vines High School, Plano, 15th between Custer & Independence.

 

Cupcakes
Cupcakes of the week to Georgie and Beth.

 

Readings:

 2 Kings 4, 42-44   Elisha said, “Give it to the people to eat.”

Psalm 145,    The hand of the Lord feeds us; he answers all our needs.

Ephesians 4, 1-6, I urge you to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received.

 Mark  6, 30-34, Jesus feeds the large crowd with 5 barley loaves and 2 fish.

 

Cathy
Cathy

 

Community Activities:  

1.        ROMEO MEET: Friday, July 31, Jason's Deli, Collin Creek Mall, west side of Central, 1:00.   Iowa stories for all.

 2.      LADIES' LUNCHEON,  August 6, Thursday, 1:00 P.M.,  Steve Fields Steak & Lobster Lounge, 503 West Park Blvd.

Everyone, please forward to anyone you think would be interested.  If you let me know I will add their email to the list. 

Carol 

 3.  Ray and Shonda have some new Mass responses (Mass of Glory) that they would like for us to practice for a few weeks before Mass before we sing it during the Mass proper.  You can check out these utube sites to hear them: 

http://youtu.be/mGlpu6_c3gQ

http://youtu.be/wYAikjow24E

http://youtu.be/k6Qjsxq8dU4

 

Emma & Zoe
Emma and Zoe working on something important.

 

 

What is going on in our Catholic World:

1.       Change my diet?, National Catholic Reporter, July 10, 765 words,    Download Change my diet 7-16-15  

 2.      Catholicism and LGBT, National Catholic Reporter, July 17, 1500 words,   Download Catholicism & LGBT 7-23-15 

   

 

Mike
Mike sharing his thoughts.

 

 

True?  

Adopt the pace of nature:
her secret is patience.

 -- Ralph Waldo Emerson 

 

See you Sunday, July 26, 2015, 17th Ordinary Time

J.S., 214-783-0443

 

Buddy
Buddy.

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Sunday Homily, July 19, 2015, 16th Ordinary Time, B

Readings:

 2 Samuel 29.

Psalm 23,    The Lord is my shepherd, there is nothing I shall want. (a beautiful psalm)

Ephesians 2, 13-18, He is our peace.

 Mark  6, 30-34, Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while. 

 

Mass Begins
Mass begins.

 

 

Background on Samuel and Ephesians:

 

The Old Testament, like the New Testament, is written in parable-like stories.  Very seldom does our liturgical calendar present to us a complete story.  The intention of our OT reading today is to make us aware that the words and deeds of the Messiah would fulfill the words and deeds of King David.  So, I’ve chosen for you from the OT a very short but complete story about King David’s words and deeds.   

 

Mike
Mike giving us the background on 2 Samuel.

 

A few  words on David: he was the youngest of the eight sons of Jesse, yet God directed the prophet Samuel to anoint him as the king of Israel to replace a conceited and jealous King Saul.  Almost immediately David accepts the challenge given by the giant Philistine soldier Goliath for an Israelite soldier to face him in man-to-man combat—winner take all.  With a sling in his hand David embedded a stone in the forehead of the Philistine.  King Saul begins to fear David’s popularity; but Jonathan, the king’s oldest son, makes a sacred covenant with David to protect one another that extends to their descendants. Our OT reading happened 10 or 12 years later.   

In Ephesus, Paul reminds the Jews who have become Christians that God is rich in mercy.  God has brought them life through the words and deeds of Jesus Christ. It is by grace that they have been saved. 

 

Offertory
The Offertory. Ron, Barbara, Ray, Lynda, Tom, and Claire.

 

Homily:

The dilemma in the parable of the first reading is that the crippled son of Jonathan in fear and shame has ended up in Lo Debar, a spiritual slum.  He is a forgotten person with seemingly no way out and no place to go.  The wisdom of the this parable is that Jonathan’s son responds to the goodness and kindness that flows forth from the covenant Jonathan had made with David, ‘He now eats at the table of King David, like one of the king’s sons.’  The parable ends by telling us that being crippled in both feet no longer brings shame to him; but rather it is now how and why Jonathan’s son was able to accept the wisdom of the parable.  King David gave him a way out of Lo Debar, and a place to go to be refreshed.

In today’s Gospel reading, Christ is the Good Shepherd; all who come to him to receive his Spirit filled words are spiritually healed, for he has made a covenant with God to last for all eternity. A forgiven humanity are always invited to eat at the Lord’s table.  Christ fulfills King David’s words and actions! He has embraced us with the Holy Spirit so that we can be Christ to others.   

So, take the opportunity to welcome this coming week someone who is lonely, or forgotten; someone who is spiritually crippled or afraid, for ‘the Spirit of the Lord is upon you to take the good news to the poor, to proclaim liberty to the captives, to give sight to the blind, to set the downtrodden free, to proclaim this year as the Lord’s year of favor.’  

  

 

John 1
Ready to ride! Getting the bus from Ames to Sioux City.

 

 

 

Shonda, Bethany, and Ray
Shonda, Bethany, and Ray.

Announcements

Rosemary's Blessing: 

May what you see in the mirror delight you,

and may what others see in you delight them.

 

http://www.irishcultureandcustoms.com/Blessings/Bless5.html

 

 

Rob
Rob reading Ephesians 2.


 

Our Special Thanks:  

  •    For  the Readings:  Mike & Rob
  •    For The Team:  Georgie
  •    For the Communion Bread:   Cindy
  •    For the Wine & Cups:   Mary
  •    For the Pictures:   Rick & Beth
  •    For the coffee and extras:   Marlene, Jackie & Beth 
  •    For the altar & sound: Jackie & Hue 
  •    For the Music:  Ray & Bethany & Shonda
  •    For all who helped with communion

 

 

Emma
Emma is happy to be here.

 

Birthdays:   Beth Robinson (today, Sunday), Lily Shaw ( Tuesday)

 

Please Remember these special people:

For our three special little dears, Vivian and Genevieve and McKinley;  For  Lisa Ackerman dealing with cancer;  For Anthony;    For a number of David McKeon's family who are having a rough time with health issues; For Frank & Mary's niece, Lisa, with cancer;  For Stacey McKinley dealing with cancer;   For Jean and Cliff with mutual operations coming up;   For a little friend, Heather;   For Rosemary's sister, Patty and her husband, Lou; For John & Jean's son John Louis;   For Jackie's friend Mary Moczygemba with cancer;  For our good friend Kay in Ontario;    For Connie's nephew, Fred; For Mary Jane Stevenson's son Philip, 34, sick & don't know why;    The Quinn’s granddaughter, Mikayla;   For Maureen’s  daughter, Kathleen, with cancer;     For Jackie Urbanczyk's continued recovery;

   

Georgie
Georgie is back from vacation.


                                                 

Mike & Dee Miller's daughter, Lisa, not doing well;  for Nina Tucker's dad, Art;   For Sr. Patricia Otillio, a nun I worked with for years in Grand Coteau;  Judy Thompson's dad in the hospital;  John Cade's mother in law, Kalliopi Piskiouli;  Charlie's brother in law with cancer; Beth Dugan's dad struggling with prostate cancer;  from Rob, the brother of his business associate who has cancer;   For Diane Drescher with a bad back & hips;  Frank’s sister, Grace Campos, 84, with stage one;   For Jackie;  Diane McClurg's mom having a hard time making the transition to assisted living;  Dee's friend, Don Fox, with cancer;  

 

Zoe
... and so is Zoe.



 

Dick Thompson's daughter, Teri Jill & her cousin Terri.  Barb & Warren's grandbabies, Leighton Elizabeth and Warren Phillip, & their friend Chris, plus Barb's dad & niece;   Bernadette Delgado's mom; Gilberto's mom and brother; Tom and Teresa Quinn's niece, Chawna, with cancer, plus Neva Flynn, Angel, and Diane Kreeitzer; Connie Doherty's mom and her sister, plus Kevin's cousin, Peter;  for Mary Ellen; for our friends, sons, and daughters in the military, including Cole Carey, Ryan McClurg, and Chebino; cure for autism from Laura Chollick; for our President that he have great success and someday hold his grandchildren in his lap.

 

Tori
... and Victoria.

 

Your Finances, July 19, 2015

Expenses:   $ 1,940.00

Outreach:   $ 630.00

We donated this week $2000 to Souls Harbor.


 Thanks for your Generosity.

 

Buddy
... and Buddy.

 

 

 Have a Good 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 19, 2015, 16th Ordinary Time, B

  Dinsmores

Say Donna, David, and Cathy, "Hi, Everybody, Welcome in."

 

Welcome: Catholic Mass with coffee and juice and pastries, both bought and home-made, after Mass.

Time: 9:30; Celebrate with the Community & John Cade & Mike.

Place: Vines High School, Plano, 15th between Custer & Independence.

 

  Sir Charlie

Sir Charlie filling the wine cups before Mass.  Would you trust this character with that wine?

 

Readings:

 Jeremiah 23, 1-6   Woe to the shepherds who mislead and scatter the flock.

Psalm 23,    The Lord is my shepherd, there is nothing I shall want. (a beautiful psalm)

Ephesians 2, 13-18, He is our peace.

 Mark  6, 30-34, Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while. 

  Ro & Charlie

Says Rosemary, "Charlie, What happened to that whole bottle of wine?"

 

Community Activities:  

1.        ROMEO MEET: Friday, July 17, Jason's Deli, Collin Creek Mall, west side of Central, 1:00.   Take a break?  The Old Geezer will be in Iowa, Ragbrai meeting.  Check out who is coming.

 2.      LADIES' LUNCHEON,  August 6, Thursday, 1:00 P.M.,  Steve Fields Steak & Lobster Lounge, 503 West Park Blvd.

Everyone, please forward to anyone you think would be interested.  If you let me know I will add their email to the list. 

Carol 

 

3.    For information on Wendy's upcoming yoga event  Download Wendy workshop flier

  Brooklyn-Sienna 4

                    Brooklyn and Sienna getting it done.

 

What is going on in our Catholic World:

1.       Vocation shortage, National Catholic Reporter, July 6, 1300 words, Download Vocations shortage 7-16-15    

 2.      Francis in Ecuador, National Catholic Reporter, July 7, 580 words,       Download Francis in Ecuador 7-16-15

3.      Milwaukee bankruptcy, National Catholic Reporter, July 8, 290 words,     Download Miwaukee bankruptcy 7-16-15

  Brooklyn-Sienna 5

                   Sister work, first the left, then the right.

 

True?  

 Dear Algebra,

 Please stop asking us to find your X.                                                              She’s never coming back and don’t ask Y.

 

  Healing for Cathy & Harper

                            Healing for Cathy and Harper.

 

See you Sunday, July 19, 2015, 16th Ordinary Time

J.S., 214-783-0443

 

Computer problem

Full service community, Rosemary fixes Jackie's laptop with Mike's help.

 

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.

 

Coffe Shoppe
       Ye Old Coffee Shoppe, with Beth mugging for the camera.

 

Peace

                                     Peace, Everybody.

 

 

 


Sunday Homily, July 12, 2015, 15th Easter, B

Readings:

 Amos 7, 12-15  I was no prophet.  I was a shepherd.

Psalm 85,    Lord, let us see you kindness and grant us your salvation.

Ephesians 1, 3-14, In love he destined us for adoption

 Mark  6, 7-13, Take nothing for the journey but a walking stick

 

Kevin

                      Says Kevin, "Welcome in, Everybody."

 

Amos  observations:

Author: Amos or his scribe.  He was a shepherd of sheep & tended sycamore trees.  One of the 12 minor prophets of the OT, minor because of smallness of the works.  Amos has only 9 chapters.  Usual pattern of prophets: 1. predictions of dire times for evil behavior; 2. predictions of better times in the future. 

Date: Ca. 777 (a memory help), after the kingships of David & Solomon, time of King Jeroboam of the northern kingdom, called Israel vs the southern kingdom, called Judah (where Jerusalem is).   

 

  Harper

                          And from Harper, too, "Hi, Folks."

 

Geography: Note the two kingdoms, Judah in the south, Israel in the north.  Amos tended sheep in a little town called Tekoa, 10 miles south of Jerusalem, in Judah, the south.  He is sent by Yahweh to Bethel, a small but important town in the northern kingdom, 10 miles north of Jerusalem, to warn the people of Israel & their king Jeroboam that Yahweh was mad at them.  The wicked high priest of Bethel, Amaziah condemns Amos for his interference.

The Setting: a time of prosperity.  But Yahweh is mad at the greed of the wealthy and their oppression of the poor (which ties into our gospel talking about walking lightly through life).  We know the people of this kingdom of Israel are headed for annihilation by the Assyrian nation.  And they will disappear as a significant body.  

Our Selection, chapter 7:  Amos describes three visions or dreams he has.  Amaziah gives it to him for spreading these visions around.  Then, Amos responds and socks it to Amaziah with a hammer.

  Brooklyn-Sienna 1

          And from Sienna, "From Brooklyn and me, Welcome."

 

Take Nothing for the Journey

I apologize this morning for telling you a story that some of you will probably remember.  However, the event so speaks to the gospel this morning that I can not pass it up.  Another African story.

One evening in Tanzania I boarded an overnight train in Dar es Salaam, the capital.  I would get off in the region near Kilimajaro where the Jesuit house was that I used as a base when I was not on the road giving seminars or retreats. 

 

Cupcakes

       Some of The Cupcakes of The Week gang for this week.


 

I had bought my ticket just the afternoon of the trip.  No compartments were available, which were not much anyway.  Two shared the compartment and an upper bunk came down.  You had to be careful in the little stations, because thieves would look in the window and grab.  So, no big loss.

I had to take general booking.  This entitled me to a place on the train, not necessarily a seat.  It is not air conditioned and can be a bit warm. 

 

  Offertory

           Offertory with Mike and Judy, Sydney and Hugh.

 

I started out sitting on a suitcase I traveled with.  There were mothers with little kids and a few chickens all around my area at the end of a train car.   I expected it would be a long night, but I would get where I wanted to go and then sleep extra.

About midnight the train stopped, like in the middle of nowhere.  We sit there.  No explanation, nothing.   I finally join others getting off.  I lie down on the rocks on the edge of the track, my case under my head so no one would snatch it, and wait.  And wait.  We sit there with no explanation until about 7:00 the next evening. 

 

  Wendy-Collin

                      Wendy and Collin providing The Best.

 

Just like Mark recommends in the gospel today, I had boarded that train with nothing to drink or eat.  Looking back, I cannot believe I was so stupid.  Normally I would never have set out without water. 

Why did I not ask the Tanzanian ladies for a drink?  I could easily talk Swahili with them.  Trouble was, they did not often purify their water and I was afraid of it.   So there I sat, now in the shade.  I look around.  Everyone on that train is Tanzanian.  I am the only white guy, which by then I am at home with.

 

  Elevation

                                             Elevation.

 

Suddenly I see up the track maybe 4 or 5 cars ahead of me a white couple.  They have extra water.  Hooray.  They are Germans, but speak English with no problem.

We hang out.  They saved me, and let me tell you a quickie about how I saved them.

We were seated in the shade of a Frangipani tree I can still clearly remember.  All the passengers were seated along the train in the shade.  Next to us was a momma with her baby.  At one point the momma gets up and goes into the train.

 

  Emma & Mom

                          Emma and Beth solving the World's problems.

 

The German guy who was about 6 foot 4 inches gets up and takes a picture of the baby.  Bad move.  Someone on the train sees him, tells the momma, she tells her husband, and he comes out yelling with a bunch of people.  He wants the camera.  He wants to take the German to the police, wherever that might be.

So, I stepped in.  We all sat down under the trees and I talked.   I finally got the father to allow the German to go to his compartment, cut off the baby’s picture, and give it to the man. 

 

  Emma 2

                         Emma with one of her Best Buddies.

 

He cuts off just the end of the film, brings it back, and gives it to the man.  The crisis comes to an end. 

I ended up climbing Kilimanjaro with the couple, which ended up being amusing.  He was an Alpine Mountain rescue expert, like a 4 on a 5 scale.  He could crawl across your ceiling holding on with his fingernails.  When we got to the top of Kilimanjaro he got altitude sickness and I carried his back pack.  Of course, I teased him mercilessly. 

  Harper 2

                                 Harper dancing to the music.

 

I never saw them again, although they were begging me to come to Germany on one of my homeward trips.  I wanted to see the Berlin wall and never did.  She was East German, he West.

The story simply tries to show how literal reading of the Bible can get you into bad places. 

What  would you suggest is a positive in this story about traveling with nothing? Could this be what Francis is emphasizing when he talks about Less is Better

How is Less Better for you?

 

 

               


Announcements

Rosemary's Blessing: 

 May God grant you the strength and faith to

Count your blessings, not your crosses;

Count your gains not your losses.

Count your joys not your woes;

Count your friends not your foes.

Count your health not your wealth;

And love your neighbor as much as yourself. 

An Irish Blessing

 

Rob
 

                            Rob reading the prophet Amos.

 

Our Special Thanks:  

  •    For  the Readings:   Rob & Beth
  •    For The Team:  Kevin
  •    For the Communion Bread:   Claire
  •    For the Wine & Cups:   Mary
  •    For the Pictures:   Rick & Connie, Mike & Beth
  •    For the coffee and extras:   Marlene, Jackie & Beth 
  •    For the altar & sound: Jackie & Hue 
  •    For the Music:  Collin & Wendy
  •    For all who helped with communion

  Beth

                                     Beth reading Ephesians.      

 

Birthdays:   Joe Gorham (80, Today, Sunday), John Schanot (Monday), Caroline Grattifiori (Saturday), plus Brent, Paul, and Kim from last week

Anniversaries:

Ron & Marilyn (Monday)

  Joe

                        Cupcake of The Week to Joe for 80.

 

Please Remember these special people:

For our three special little dears, Vivian and Genevieve and McKinley;  For  Lisa Ackerman dealing with cancer;  For Anthony;    For Frank & Mary's niece, Lisa, with cancer;  For Stacey McKinley dealing with cancer;   For Jean and Cliff with mutual operations coming up;   For a little friend, Heather;   For Rosemary's sister, Patty and her husband, Lou; For John & Jean's son John Louis;   For Jackie's friend Mary Moczygemba with cancer;  For our good friend Kay in Ontario;    For Connie's nephew, Fred; For Mary Jane Stevenson's son Philip, 34, sick & don't know why;    The Quinn’s granddaughter, Mikayla;   For Fred & Maureen’s  daughter, Kathleen, with cancer;     For Jackie Urbanczyk's continued recovery;

  John

                  Cupcake of The Week to John on his birthday. 

                                                     

Mike & Dee Miller's daughter, Lisa, not doing well;  for Nina Tucker's dad, Art;   For Sr. Patricia Otillio, a nun I worked with for years in Grand Coteau;  Judy Thompson's dad in the hospital;  John Cade's mother in law, Kalliopi Piskiouli;  Charlie's brother in law with cancer; Beth Dugan's dad struggling with prostate cancer;  from Rob, the brother of his business associate who has cancer;   For Diane Drescher with a bad back & hips;  Frank’s sister, Grace Campos, 84, with stage one;   For Jackie;  Diane McClurg's mom having a hard time making the transition to assisted living;  Dee's friend, Don Fox, with cancer;  

 

Brent-Mike

                      Cupcakes of The Week to Brent and Mike.


 

Dick Thompson's daughter, Teri Jill & her cousin Terri.  Barb & Warren's grandbabies, Leighton Elizabeth and Warren Phillip, & their friend Chris, plus Barb's dad & niece;   Bernadette Delgado's mom; Gilberto's mom and brother; Tom and Teresa Quinn's niece, Chawna, with cancer, plus Neva Flynn, Angel, and Diane Kreeitzer; Connie Doherty's mom and her sister, plus Kevin's cousin, Peter;  for Mary Ellen; for our friends, sons, and daughters in the military, including Cole Carey, Ryan McClurg, and Chebino; cure for autism from Laura Chollick; for our President that he have great success and someday hold his grandchildren in his lap.

  Laura & cousin

            Cupcakes of The Week to Laura & her cousin for being                                    good friends.

 

Your Finances, July 12, 2015

Expenses:   $1780.00

Outreach:   $ 410.00

We donated this week $2000 to Souls Harbor.


 Thanks for your Generosity.

 

 Have a Good Week, J.S

(214-783-0443)

 

Ro
                              Rosemary reading her blessing. 

 

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 12, 2015, 15th Ordinary Time

 

Welcome: Catholic Mass with coffee and juice and pastries, both bought and home-made, after Mass.

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

Place: Vines High School, Plano, 15th between Custer & Independence.

  Emma helping Beth

Emma figures she will help her mom just in case Beth needs her.  What a gift, how at home she feels.

 

Readings:

 Amos 7, 12-15  I was no prophet.  I was a shepherd.

Psalm 85,    Lord, let us see you kindness and grant us your salvation.

Ephesians 1, 3-14, In love he destined us for adoption

 Mark  6, 7-13, Take nothing for the journey but a walking stick

  Healing

                                  The Sacrament of Healing

 

Community Activities:  

1.        ROMEO MEET: Friday, July 10, Jason's Deli, Collin Creek Mall, west side of Central, 1:00.   Welcome back,  CO Campers.

 2.      LADIES' LUNCHEON,  August 6, Thursday, 1:00 P.M.,  Steve Fields Steak & Lobster Lounge, 503 West Park Blvd.

Everyone, please forward to anyone you think would be interested.  If you let me know I will add their email to the list. 

Carol 

  Offertory

                    Offertory, Mary, Louis, Mary Jane, and John

 

What is going on in our Catholic World:

1.       Catholicism & gay marriages, America, June 26, 850 words,     Download Catholicism & Gay Marriage 7-9-15

 2.      Francis in Ecuador, National Catholic Reporter, July 5, 900 words,      Download Francis in Ecuador 7-9-15

3.      Chilean bishop rejected by the people, National Catholic Reporter, July 7, 1000 words,    Download Controversial Chilean bishop 7-9-15

 

  The Gang

               The Gang, Denni, Connie, John, Tom, & Rosemary

 

True?  

 “Hatred is love frustrated.”

                                                                Ashley Montagu 

  Communion

                  Communion, Cindy receiving the bread she baked

 

See you Sunday, July 12, 2015, 15th Ordinary Time

J.S., 214-783-0443

 

Emma communion
                           Communion for All, Emma receives

 

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

                                              Peace, Everyone