SEVENTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME ~ JULY 27, 2014
Sunday Scripture Meditation: 1 Kings 3:5, 7-12; Romans 8:28-30; Matthew 13:44-52
With great joy, God sacrificed His greatest treasure, His Son, in order to bring us to Himself. Such a high price shows us how deeply He wants us to belong to Him. It’s only when God’s kingdom is revealed that we will be fully unveiled. God sees the beauty in all of us and He rejoices in it.
Reprinted with the permission of The Word Among Us, 2014
CELEBRATION OF MASSES THIS WEEK
Sat…7/26 4:30pm + JEAN KILLORAN ~ Daughter, Jeanne Buynak
Sun .7/27 7:30am +JOHN DZURIK ~ Mrs. Lou Zemancik
9:00am +JANET & +MICHAEL PUGLISI ~ The Family
11:00am +ANNA & +JOSEPH ADESKI ~ The Family
MON… 7:30am +HELEN MIKLOS ~ Frank & Margaret Davidowski
TUES… 7:30am +MICHAEL HOVANEC ~ Mary Ann & Joseph Petreycik
WED … 7:30am +JOHN DZURIK ~ Sara Me Kejeittov
THUR .. 7:30am +ROY WILLIAMS ~ Mr & Mrs Richard Marus
FRI …. 7:30am +REV. MSGR. FRANK WISSEL ~ Loc Dot
SAT … 8:00am +KENNETH WITALIS ~ Mr & Mrs Richard Lavery
8/2 4:30pm FOR THE INTENTIONS OF TED & MARY BEDNARCZYK ~ Anna Marticek
SUN ..8/3 7:30am +GEORGE FUCHS ~ Wife, Dorothy & Daughter, Gail
9:00am +AUGUSTIN PETRUS ~ Mr & Mrs Larry Wells and Family
11:00am +LOUISE SMITH ~ The Silhavey Family
We send our SYMPATHY and assurance of prayers to the family of MARY LIPOVSKY.
Weekly Offertory 7-20-14: $4,452.00
Co-Op Sunday: $1,599.75
Thank you for your generosity.
This Week in our Parish:
MON: 7:30am Mass and Novena Prayers
PRAYER CORNER: Please pray for the good health of Nicholas Colazzo, the DeFazio Family, Kevin Hood, Irene Koripsky, David Petreycik, Rose Re, T.J. Recupido, Jacqueline Rios, Bill Roman Sr., Ramona Rosado, Helen Wargo, and other parishioners who may be in the hospital, convalescent homes or homebound at this time.
Our Parish Nurses will be available at the Hall next weekend for Blood Pressure screening, for approximately ½ hour after the Saturday 4:30 Mass, and the Sunday 7:30, 9:00 and 11:00am Masses. Stop in at the hall to check on your pressure or consult the nurses if you have any health or medication concerns.
GIANT TAG SALE – September 6 & 7, in the parish hall. We will start collecting items earlier than we had first planned. The box for donated jewelry will be in the sacristy hallway from this weekend on. Other tag sale items can be dropped off to the ramp at the driveway side of the parish hall. There will be a blue tarp to cover items in case of rain. So please check your closets, attic, toy chests, garage and storage areas for items that are in good condition, that you no longer need, and donate them for the sale. We welcome all donations of books, movie videos, cds, dvds, luggage, men’s tools, glassware, dishes & kitchen ware, as well as small appliances, toys, puzzles & games (all parts included), frames, jewelry, baby & holiday items, and knick-knacks. Please do not bring any Air Conditioners, Exercise Equipment or Clothing! And, please help us by cleaning the items before you donate! Volunteers are asked to email Mary Ann Wells at email@example.com or phone 203-375-2836 as soon as possible. You are needed and are greatly appreciated even if you can only give one or two hours of your time.
Faith and Your Family:
Great Catholic families listen for holy moments. The prophet Elijah expected to hear the voice of God in the roaring storm, or the wind, or the earthquake, or the fire – but he is surprised when God’s voice comes in the silence after the storm, in a mere whisper. This is how God talks to us today in the middle of our busy family life. It is important to pause and notice the holy moments, perhaps at bedtime or in the car, when we share our true selves with one another and genuinely enjoy each other’s presence, those moments which also help us enjoy God’s presence in our lives. Turn down life’s noise, and give moments of grace the chance to break through.
SUMMER CONCERT SERIES at St. Ann’s Field, 481 Brewster St., Bpt. with local Jazz Ensemble ‘Joe Kiernan Trio’ on Tues, July 29 from 6-8pm. Rain date July 30 same time. Bring a picnic, wine, lawnchair, Frisbee, family & friends! $5pp, children under 12 admission free.
OPEN ENROLLMENT: St. James School still has open enrollment for all grades Pre-K-8 for the 2014-2015 school year. If you are interested in visiting the school or have any questions, please call the school office at 203-375-5994 or visit our website at stjamesstratford.org
Married couples are needed by the Diocese of Bridgeport, to help facilitate its Marriage Preparation Program as joyful witnesses to the blessings and challenges of living the vocation of marriage. Complete training and a stipend are provided. Please contact Angela Mantero, Director of Marriage and Family, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 203-416-1627.
Christ the Redeemer Council is running two cruises in 2015: Mar. 1-8 to the Bahamas & Florida, Sept. 19-26 Canada & New England. Prices include RT transportation to port, and range from $890-$1445. Call John Benard, 203-877-2737 for flier.
The reign of God, sown like an insignificant seed at the burial of Jesus, a carpenter, a wandering rabbi, a condemned criminal, has grown into a tree whose branches embrace the cosmos and all that is in it through His Resurrection. His name, known first to only a handful of followers, is praised by people of every race and nation.
Defending Our Religious Liberty #123
Several civil suits around the country focusing on the federal health care mandate and freedom of religion have been decided. The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma was among them. In early June, the ruling rendered stated that members of the Catholic Benefits Association (which includes eight Catholic organizations) were exempt from the Affordable Care Act. Let’s continue our quest for religious freedom by making our voices heard. If you haven’t done so already, please voice your opposition to the mandate by calling President Obama at the White House at 202-456-1111 or the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Mathews Burwell at 202-205-5445. Let them know that the mandate is in violation of our First Amendment right to religious freedom.
SUMMER LEGO CAMP: St. James School will hold a Lego Camp the week of Aug. 18–22 in the school cafeteria. The cost is $150 for the week for 3 hours. There is a morning session for grades K-2, and afternoon grades 3-5. Call the school office at 203-375-5994 for more information, or visit our website at stjamesdstratford.org and download an application.
PARISH CALENDAR: In an effort to avoid conflicting schedules during September, 2014 – August, 2015, all parish organizations are asked to submit a calendar (including dates, times, and places) for all meetings and functions that they are planning, to the parish office no later than August 10, 2014.
“As the family goes, so goes the nation, and so goes the whole world in which we live ~ Blessed John Paul II