First Saturday, August 1st, occurs this week. It is in honor of Our Lady of Fatima with recitation of the Rosary to restore World Peace.
Franciscan Seminary Collection--Next Weekend
A special collection to support the seminary expenses for the young Friars of the Conventual Franciscans is taken up every year around this time. This year the Friars on the west coast have two students going to school in preparation for priesthood, two young Friars who are spending a year in preparation for first vows, two postulants preparing to receive the habit in a year and about thirty-five students in Vietnam (in the Mission) at various stages of preparation (including two Friars who will be ordained Deacons next weekend). The collection will take place on August 1st and 2nd.
With vacations very much on our minds, the Friars and staff wish you a marvelous time of rest and relaxation as the weather becomes so wonderful along the coast. May you be blessed by God in all you do, but most especially find a renewal of energy and a deepening of prayer. Greet our visitors and guests with graciousness and the peace of God.
The Portuguese Festa in honor of Saint Anthony will be on August 15th and 16th.
The annual dinner and auction for the Friends of Francis is scheduled for Sunday, September 13th from 4 to 8:00 p.m.
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 $27,500
Amount Pledged $26.162
Amount Paid $22,327
Families Participating 93
Pilgrimage to Italy
Father John Farao of our Franciscan community will be leading a pilgrimage to Italy in November (18th to 28th). The itinerary begins in Venice, Italy and goes to Rome. Total cost including taxes and fees is $3,590. Brochures are available in the rear of the church or telephone Adoration Tours at (818)-368-6545 or (800)-580-7040.
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, J.P. Castech, Anna Martin, Max Catalina, Ashley Valine, Justin O’Connell and Grace Anderson.
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.
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. Besides the prayers for the visit, prayers for the Holy Father and the reception of Reconciliation and Holy Eucharist are required.
READINGS FOR THE WEEK
Monday: Ex 32:15-24, 30-34; Ps 106:19-23; Mt 13:31-35
Tuesday: Ex 33:7-11; 34:5b-9, 28; Ps 103:6-13;
Wednesday: Ex 34:29-35; Ps 99:5-7, 9; Jn 11:19-27 or
Thursday: Ex 40:16-21,34-38;Ps 84:3-6a,8a,11; Mt 13:47-53
Friday: Lv 23:1, 4-11, 15-16, 27, 34b-37;
Ps 81:3-6, 10-11ab; Mt 13:54-58
Saturday: Lv 25:1, 8-17; Ps 67:2-3, 5, 7-8; Mt 14:1-12
Sunday: Ex 16:2-4, 12-15; Ps 78:3-4, 23-25, 54;
Eph 4:17, 20-24; Jn 6:24-35
Continue to pray for those who are ill
Mary Louise Brady, Shawn Clarke, Therese Lawrence, Michalle Hammond, Claire Brescia, Rosalea Garces, Joe Tondre, Anne Sterline, Tyler Borges, Patrick Johnson, Romeo Zuech, Hilda Souza, Emma Coehlo, Vince Filippi, Hunter Ormonde, Bruce Springer, Jerry Williams, Samantha Kohler, Kathy Moritz, Simona Giovando, Shannon Carpenter, Regina Clarke, Annette Herbst, Joan Gaugush, Elaine Denton, Elsie Bough, Rey Cacabelos, Destry Ramey, Donnie Ornellas, James Willette, David Woodruff, Kate Wels, Anatol Jordan, Joe Crescione, Paul Adame, Mark Gil Go, Carla Silva, Anna Ramsey, Phineus McKenna, Lorinda Toscas Manheimer, Anita Landry, Steve Skibinski, Florence and Larry Kotlarek, Mary McDonell, Tom Shaffer, Jeannette Scarpelli, Nancy Ochs, Clint Albao, Eric Danilewicz, Sylvia Cazier, Yolanda Ravelo, Carmela Marino, Fred Graf, Veronica Boulais, Jan Shields, Cipriano Galvez, Gladys Cotter, Scott Shields, Nellie de Fiesta, Theresa Fulbright, Ryan Teixeira, Jack Schieble, Father John Heinz, O.F.M.Conv., Jim and Pattie Maloney, Camille Banche, Fr. Christopher Deitz, Brother Robert Ouellette, Brother Christopher Saindon and Theresa Ramirez.
Feeding the World
With today’s two accounts of feeding miracles and the psalm response about the Lord’s hand feeding us, it is easy to gloss over the marvelous hymn in Ephesians. It is built around the most potent biblical numbers: one, three, and seven. The core of it is the word “one” expressed seven times. Three of these describe the church: one body, one Spirit, one hope; the next three are the foundations of the church: one Lord [Jesus], one faith, one baptism. All of these are bound up together in the one Father of all. While we might feel daunted by the prospect of duplicating the wonders worked by Elisha and Jesus in the feeding of multitudes, Ephesians gives us a more realistic way to live and “feed” others as the church: by living in humility and gentleness, by acting with patience, bearing with each other in love, and always seeking and striving to preserve unity through peace. Copyright © J. S. Paluch Co.