16th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Jesus says the Kingdom of Heaven in this world is like a tiny seed. It’s a seed that is so strong, there will be huge plants in the end, everything is going to work out. Great story. But we find it difficult to believe, because mostly what we see in this world is that the weeds are pretty powerful. We know that weeds can choke off the plant you want. We know that you can’t just plant a seed and it’ll grow. We would like to think that a small gesture, a hint of a new kingdom like a little seed is the most powerful thing in the world, and yet look around, this is a world where evil seems to win too much of the time, where the people with the most money pretty much get what they want. Little seeds of goodness make for a great image, but where are the signs that those seeds are doing what they are supposed to do? One temptation when we feel that way, and we’re all tempted to, one temptation that Jesus points out to us here in the gospel is that when confronted with weeds, with things we see as wrong, with people we think are choking off what God wants, our instinct is to focus on them, and think that the problem is deciding what a weed is and rooting them out. It can be very satisfying to decide were the ones who are meant to do that, it gives us plenty to do and be angry about. But it turns out that figuring out what’s a weed and what isn’t, in the end, is God’s job. Our job is the seed, the undertaking of love or courage or just simple generosity that looks like it might not grow into anything. Our job is to embrace someone who falls again and again, it’s the money given to a person on the street who looks like a loosing investment, it’s the hospitality offered to one refugee among millions, it’s the welcome given to someone that other churches don’t seem to want. All these things to try to make the world more just and generous, they seem like the equivalent of a seed that will be overwhelmed by the size of what it is up against, it doesn’t seem like any one of them is going to turn the world around. But it turns out we’re not here to turn the world around. We are about building a new world in the midst of the old one. It’s about showing patience, having hope, believing in grace, and not sitting back because the odds are too much against the good you might be inspired by God to do.
As we resume masses in the church , mindful of those who cannot make it due limited seating capacity, Mass will be still live-streamed every Sunday at 10 am in our Parish Website and YouTube page. You can also watch the mass later in the day. If you can, please consider dropping off your church donations in the mailbox, newly installed at Atwater Ave Church entrance door .
POPE FRANCIS’S PRAYER TO MARY :
(For protection from the Coronavirus)
O Mary, you shine continuously in our journey as a sign of salvation and hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the sick. At the foot of the cross you participated in Jesus’ pain, with steadfast faith. You, Salvation of the Roman people, know what we need. We are certain that you will provide, so that as you did at Cana of Galilee, joy and feasting might return after this moment of trial. Help us, Mother of Divine Love, to confirm ourselves to the Father’s will and to do what Jesus tells us: He who took our sufferings upon Himself, and bore our sorrows to bring us , through the cross, to the joy of the Ressurrection. Amen. We seek refuge under your protection, O Holy Mother of God. Do not despise our pleas-we who are put to the test-and deliver us from every danger, O glorious and Blessed Virgin.
YOUR PARISH NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT:
Dear people of God .
At a time like this I feel uncomfortable to talk about giving. Our primary concern is health and well being of our parishioners. However, No doubt you are aware that our Parish relies on the support of our parish members for the upkeep of the church. Kindly support us with the donations (weekly offerings) thank you for your great help during this challenging time! God bless you!
REST IN PEACE :
+ Geraldine Jeans
+ Enid Veda Caesar
PRAYERS FOR THE SICK:
Tuesday , Wednesday and Thursday from 9.30am —12 noon. 1pm — 4.30pm .Please call the parish office before you arrive.
Thanks for all your support and cooperation. I sincerely thannk our YouTube mass Team. Sean for providing music and technical support,Larissa Freddy And Farrell Gonsalves for their assistance with the liturgy. Our Parish Council Members Lisa Hyginus and Branca Noronha may contact you at this difficult time just to make sure you are ok. We are here to serve you and will address any issues to the best of our ability! God bless!
We Need more volunteers please consider to join our Team of Cleaning and Ushering!
CLEANING TEAM SCHEDULE
Saturday.5 pm mass- Larissa & Family .
Sunday. 9.30 am mass:-Val, Branca &Lisa
Sunday. 11.30am mass- Erica, Amy, Rose.
Gary, Sergio, Paul , Edmund. Luke
We congratulate and welcome our newly baptized children
Vil Moriah Veronique Taylor &
Vil Malachi Mollere Elijah to our parish Community! Let’s rejoice in the Lord and give praises to him!