LENTEN PARISH MISSION April 6 – 12, 2019 Theme: The Presence of God in my Life… Conducted by Fr. Claudio Piccinini at St. Dominic’s Parish

THIRTY - FIRST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME




I would like to thank the Knights of Columbus and the Youth Group for putting on the Halloween Party last Saturday Night. An enjoyable time was had by all. Thank you too, to Sean, for supplying the great dance music. We look forward to next year’s event.

The Resettlement Bazaar is on November 10. The baking sheets are at the back of the church. Please stop by and fill in your name to help with the bake sale.

The Pasta Dinner is on November 24th. Tickets are $25.00 for adults and children under 12yrs are $10.00. The price of admission includes the door prizes.

SACRED SCRIPTURE

What is the purpose of God's law or commandments? The Pharisees prided themselves in the knowledge of the law and their ritual requirements. They made it a life-time practice to study the 613 precepts of the Old Testament along with the numerous rabbinic commentaries. They tested Jesus to see if he correctly understood the law as they did. Jesus startled them with his profound simplicity and mastery of the law of God and its purpose.

Our love for God is a response to his exceeding grace and kindness towards us
What does God require of us? Simply that we love as he loves! God is love and everything he does flows from his love for us. God loved us first and our love for him is a response to his exceeding grace and kindness towards us. The love of God comes first and the love of neighbor is firmly grounded in the love of God. The more we know of God's love and truth the more we love what he loves and reject what is hateful and contrary to his will.

Faith and hope strengthen our love for God
What makes our love for God and his commands grow in us? Faith in God and hope in his promises strengthens us in the love of God. They are essential for a good relationship with God, for being united with him. The more we know of God the more we love him and the more we love him the greater we believe and hope in his promises. The Lord, through the gift of the Holy Spirit, gives us a new freedom to love as he loves. Do you allow anything to keep you from the love of God and the joy of serving others with a generous heart?  Paul the Apostle says: hope does not disappoint us, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit which has been given to us (Romans 5:5). Do you know the love which conquers all?
(Servants of the Word 2018)

I hope you have a good week!

Fr. Phil