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The Passing of Father Alphonse’s Sister
Last Sunday the Lord called Elaine Denton to eternal life. Elaine was Father Alphonse’s only sibling. Please pray for her peace in Christ and for spiritual comfort for Father Alphonse and his family.
Natural Family Planning
Natural Family Planning ONSITE classes begin Saturday, August 2nd. Each of the three one-month-apart classes will be held at St. John Neumann Church, 966 W. Orchard St., Santa Maria, from 2-5:00 p.m.
Please visit www.ccli.org/what-is-nfp/ to read about it and also to register. You must be pre-registered to join the classes. For questions, please call Celine Souza at (805) 929-0115.
Knights of Columbus Picnic
The Knights of Columbus will be holding their annual free Family Parish Picnic at Strother Park in Arroyo Grande on August 14th, as a way of thanking Saint Paul the Apostle Parishioners and visitors for their generous support over the years. Food will be served from 12:00 until 2:00 p.m. The park is available all day for fun and games. K of C scholarships will be awarded at the picnic. Be there to congratulate the recipients.
A Plenary Indulgence
Our Seraphic Father Saint Francis of Assisi, in keeping with his special love for the Blessed Virgin, was especially fond of the chapel of Saint Mary of the Angels known as the Portiuncula. It was here, in the designs of Divine Providence, that he started the Order of Friars Minor, inaugurated the Order of the Poor Clares and brought his sojourn on earth to its holy end in death. For this chapel, according to tradition, our Holy Father obtained the famous indulgence which the Supreme Pontiffs confirmed and extended to many other churches. On account of the many blessings conferred there, the celebration of a liturgical feast was granted for August 2nd, which marks the anniversary of the dedication of this chapel.
A plenary indulgence may be gained on August 1st and 2nd by visiting any church or on the previous weekend or following weekend by visiting any church. Besides the prayers for the visit, prayers for the Holy Father and the reception of Reconciliation and Holy Eucharist are required.
Annual Ministries Appeal
The Annual Ministries Appeal is still very much in progress for this year. Many aspects of the operation of the Diocese of Monterey have no direct connection to the parishes. The Bishop coordinates a number of offices and ministries that are available to all the parishes and schools of the Diocese. This special appeal addresses these needed activities of any diocese. The registered parishioners have received information about the appeal in the mail. For those who haven’t received the brochure and response envelope, these are available in the rear of the church. We encourage ALL parishioners to participate as each one is able to participate. PLEASE MAKE ALL CHECKS PAYABLE TO THE DIOCESE OF MONTEREY AND RETURN ALL RESPONSE ENVELOPES TO THE PARISH OFFICE.
Parish Goal $27,300
Amount Pledged $22,040
Amount Paid $18,685
Families Participating 76
Coffee and Donuts
Coffee and donuts will be available Sunday morning in the hall. Please join your fellow parishioners after the Sunday morning Masses. Introduce yourself to someone you don’t know.
The Knights of Columbus Council #8762, of Saint Paul the Apostle parish, will host a movie night, Friday, July 29th. The film “Miracles from Heaven” will begin at 6:30 p.m. SHARP in the main hall. We will also have FREE baked goods, popcorn and refreshments (attendees are welcome to donate goodies to be available if they'd like). Please join us for a fun and a family-friendly evening.
Friends of Francis Dinner and Auction
Please save the date. The Friends of Francis Dinner and Auction will take place at the San Luis Obispo Country Club on Sunday, September 11th.
Pray for Those in the Military
There are several members of the parish family who are in the military. Please pray for Matthew Owen, Christopher Valine, Nicholas Villegas, Richard (Richie) John III, Jessie Davis Long, James F. Maloney, Antonio P. Ramos, Mitchell Howard, Maria Kuhnes, Nicholas Cabansag, Daniel O’Connell, Matthew O’Connell, Markus Jones, Robert James Gassmann II, J.P. Castech, Anna Martin, Max Catalina, Ashley Valine, Jordan Gleave, Milan Muguira and Grace Anderson.
READINGS FOR THE WEEK
Monday: 2 Cor 4:7-15; Ps 126:1bc-6; Mt 20:20-28
Tuesday: Jer 14:17-22; Ps 79:8, 9, 11, 13; Mt 13:36-43
Wednesday: Jer 15:10, 16-21; Ps 59:2-4, 10-11, 17-18;
Thursday: Jer 18:1-6; Ps 146:1b-6ab; Mt 13:47-53
Friday: Jer 26:1-9; Ps 69:5, 8-10, 14; Jn 11:19-27
or Lk 10:38-42
Saturday: Jer 26:11-16, 24; Ps 69:15-16, 30-31, 33-34;
Sunday: Eccl 1:2; 2:21-23; Ps 90:3-6, 12-14, 17;
Col 3:1-5, 9-11; Lk 12:13-21
Continue to pray for those who are ill
Mary Louise Brady, Shawn Clarke, Michalle Hammond, Claire Brescia, Rosalea Garces, Joe Tondre, Anne Sterline, Patrick Johnson, Romeo Zuech, Hilda Souza, Emma Coehlo, Vince Filippi, Hunter Ormonde, Bruce Springer, Jerry Williams, Samantha Kohler, Shannon Carpenter, Regina Clarke, Annette Herbst, Elaine Denton, Elsie Bough, Rey Cacabelos, Destry Ramey, Donnie Ornellas, David Woodruff, Kate Wels, Joe Crescione, Paul Adame, Mark Gil Go, Carla Silva, Anna Ramsey, Phineus McKenna, Steve Skibinski, Florence and Larry Kotlarek, Mary McDonell, Yolanda Ravelo, Carmela Marino, Fred Graf, Jan Shields, Cipriano Galvez, Gladys Cotter, Scott Shields, Nellie de Fiesta, Jack Schieble, Jim Maloney, Father Christopher Deitz, Brother Christopher Saindon, Thomas Hughes, Lydia Y. Rodriguez, David and Richard Darin, Phyllis Tish, Linda Kumalac, Armida Robb, Kenneth Bagwell, Charles Halsell, Richard Surbeck, Lorraine Adler, Delia Cannon, Jannie Graham, Magdaleno Zambo, Audrey Corona, Sarah Micek, Angela Spane-Riding, Sandi Morrissey, Debbie Riviera, Donna Escoffery, Eddie Chaiday, Annie Delgado, Mel Ormonde, Irma Silva, Joy Gifford, Ginger Smith and Theresa Ramirez.
St. Monica, whose feast we celebrate in August, is often known as “the persistent mother.” She watched her oldest son, Augustine, turn his back on his Christian faith.
Monica was exasperated. For years she gave up talking directly to her son on the advice of a local bishop, who told her that it was better to talk to God about Augustine then to Augustine about God.
The mother never gave up praying for her son. Copyright © J. S. Paluch Co.