Sunday School: Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Jul20

Sunday School: Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday School To print or view the Sunday School page, click on the link below: Sunday School-Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle...

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From the Rector: Catholic Communications Campaign
Jul20

From the Rector: Catholic Communications Campaign

Catholic Communications Campaign Special Collection Next week, our second collection is for the Catholic Communication Campaign. This campaign connects people with Christ, here and around the world in developing countries, through the internet, television, radio, and print media. And fifty percent of funds collected remain in our diocese to fund local communications efforts. Your support helps spread the gospel message! To learn more, visit www.usccb.org/ccc. Below is Bishop’s letter concerning this special collection. Bishop’s...

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Sunday School: Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Jul13

Sunday School: Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday School To print or view the Sunday School page, click on the link below: Sunday School-Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle...

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From the Parochial Vicar: Missionaries, Not Mercenaries
Jul13

From the Parochial Vicar: Missionaries, Not Mercenaries

THEME : MISSIONARIES, NOT MERCENARIES                                                                         BY REV FR ANSELM CHIGOZIE AMADI INTRODUCTION: The Bethel sanctuary was built by King Jeroboam to prevent the people from going to Jerusalem to offer sacrifices to God. This  was motivated by political reasons, to secure the Northern Kingdom from having contact with the temple of God in Jerusalem, less their hearts turn back to the king of Judah (1kings 12:26-30). He, therefore, established two royal sanctuaries as alternative places of worship for the Northern Kingdom. He appointed  Amaziah to be the priest of this “political sanctuaries”. Amaziah, so to say, was a minister of “political sanctuary” and ministered to the political interest of the king. Amos, on the other hand, was a minister of the Word of God and God’s spokesman. His prophetic utterances threatened the political security of Jeroboam and job security of Amaziah, the conventional priest. In defense of his politically based priesthood, Amaziah saw the message of the Most High as treason and banished the prophet. The two actors of the biblical scene mirror two  classes of religious workers in the church today, namely, missionaries and mercenaries. TWO GROUPS OF MINISTERS In the old testament we have court prophets who minister in the court of the king. They told  the king what he would like to hear and painted walls instead of speaking out when the king was in error. Those prophets and priests placed affinity with the king above relationship with God and counted material benefits more important than eternal reward. Such are the likes of Amaziah, mercenaries and not missionaries. Compromise is their Creed and gain their measure of success. Missionaries are those whose hearts the Lord has touched and who are sent by the Lord to proclaim the Word to the world, to both kings and nobles, rich and poor alike. They are empowered with the Word and spiritual authority as Jesus did to the apostolic emissaries in the gospel. They fear neither human nor spiritual strongholds in cognizance of their spiritual endowment. Real missionaries speak truth to power and combat the powers of darkness, be it sickness or demonic influence. SOMETHING MORE THAN BREAD Amaziah banished the prophet thus: “go to Judah and earn your bread there by prophesying ( Amos 7:12)”. Because of his bread apostolate, he could not see beyond the mercenary boundaries. Amos was motivated by a power beyond bread attractions. Jesus gave us in the gospel, the power that sustained true missionaries when he said “my food is to do the will of my father (John 4:34). In man, we have sensitive appetite which is satisfied by material and carnal gratification...

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Sunday School: Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Jul05

Sunday School: Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday School To print or view the Sunday School page, click on the link below: Sunday School-Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle...

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