Dear Parishioners and FRIENDS.
HERE THE NEWS FOR THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER 2020.
PARISH CALENDAR OF ACTIVITIES
1 – St. Anthony’s Novena 6:00pm
3 – ASF – Hour of Prayer for Vocations (7:30pm – Zanon Hall)
4 – First Friday Eucharistic Adoration (After evening Mass – Deacon Roy)
5 – First Saturday – RETREAT open to all – The Valley of the Mother of God.
1st HOLY COMMUNION – Spanish Children – 12:00 Noon _ Fr. Jose’
7 – Labor Day – OFF
8 – SCHOOLS BEGIN
FEAST OF THE NATIVITY OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
(Special Celebration at the Evening Mass.)
10 – ASF – Bible Study – Fr. Walter.
12 – FEAST OF THE HOLY NAME OF MARY
12-13 – Volunteers appreciation weekend.
14 – Seniors Adoration – 11:00am
15 – FEAST OF OUR LADY OF SORROWS.
17 – ASF – Bible Study – Fr. Walter
19 – Catechists Training – Andre’ – Vicky.
24-25 – Migration Triduum – Fr. Jose’ – Sr. Noemi
26 – Celebration: World Day of Migrants. –
Catechists Training – Andre’ – Vicky
27 – St. Lorenzo Ruiz – CELEBRATION – Fr. Stephen – Eduardo Urian.
28 – Baptism instructions – Fr. Stephen – Deacon Roy + Team
RCIA – October 5 – Please register at the parish office.
PRE-CANA – Marriage Preparation – October 20 – Please Register at the office.
BIBLE COURSE (8 Thursdays – 7:30pm) – Call Vicky.
MIGRATON SUNDAY – Triduum: 24-25-26 SEPTEMBER at the evening Mass.
FEAST OF ST. LORENZO RUIZ – Sunday Sept. 27, at 2:30pm.
1st Confessions – October 9-10-16 – Please call the office for info.
1st COMMUNIONS – October 23-24-30. Please call the office for info.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2020
I AM MY BROTHER’S KEEPER.
This Sunday’s Liturgy is addressing one of the most necessary element of Christian Life: Fraternal Correction. How can I help my brother to see his shortcoming, without judging or antagonizing him? How can I bring my brother to change his behavior and turn his life around?
First of all, we have to recognize that we have the obligation to correct our brother or sister. In today’s first reading God tells Ezekiel that he will demand responsibility for not having warned a brother of his iniquity. We actually are responsible for the salvation of our brothers and sisters. We cannot just mind our own business. The salvation of our brother is very much our own business.
In the Gospel, Jesus gives us the three steps to follow if we want to bring about repentance for one of our brothers. First you go to talk one-to-one with that person. Many times we talk to everybody else except the right person. If you succeed in convincing him, you have saved your brother. Second, if he does not listen, then you rely on two witnesses; this is very important because we could be mistaken or deceived by our own bias toward this brother. Many times we really don’t know the whole story. Two witnesses also would help us to look at the situation from different points of view. It is always wise to have another opinion, when we are faced with difficult situations or difficult people. Finally, if this brother does not listen to anybody, then you go to the Church and walk away from the situation. The Church will handle the situation with the wisdom and the grace of God.
But the most important underlying attitude has to be one of Love. We cannot think we can solve a conflict if we go into the dialogue with an attitude of superiority; we cannot start by judging the person; we cannot presume that we are right and he is wrong. First of all, we must be able to listen and put ourselves in his/her shoes. Then understand the reason why he/she is doing what is doing, asking ourselves, what we would have done in his/her situation. Finally, without any sense of pre-conceived righteousness, find the best way we can help our brother/sister, to find the solution or the way out of the problem.
Remember always that “correction” does not mean “judgment”; on the contrary, correction means the ability to find a solution. That is what God does all the times in our respect: He does not punish for revenge, but He corrects always by showing the solution.
Let us learn from today’s Gospel to be people of fraternal correction instead of people of revenge and judgment.
Dear Parishioners and FRIENDS.