- Wisdom 19:13-17
- Isaiah 1:10-17
- Jeremiah 23:9-14
- Ezekiel 16:48-50
- Matthew 10:5-15
The first reading for Sunday, July 28, 2013 (the 17th Sunday in ordinary time) is from the Book of Genesis, chapter 18, verses 20-32. It is part of the whole story of Sodom and Gommorah, which fills most of chapters 18 and 19. Both the Old and the New Testaments come back to the theme of "the sin of Sodom" many times, for example in:
"Saying I do ... What happens at a Catholic wedding" is the name of a new video released on YouTube by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). 22 min., 25 sec. Here it is:
It is good that we pray for one another.
As mentioned elsewhere, Nativity parish has three "public prayer lists" that are printed each week in the bulletin. There is
You can receive these daily prayer requests by following @nativitydarien on Twitter. They always include the hashtag #NativityAtPrayer, so you can set up a filter.
How wonderful the thought that many of us are praying for the same things each day, supporting each other in spirit, experiencing the solidarity of intercession. It is good that we pray for one another!
"Pray at all times in the Spirit, with all praise and supplication, keep alert with all perseverance, making intercession for all the people of God."
This year's "Joseph Ratzinger Prizes for Excellence in Theological Publication and Theological Research" go to a British Anglican minister and a German Catholic theologian, the Vatican press office announced on June 21.
Dr. Richard A. Burridge, Dean of King's College in London, ordained minister of the Anglican Communion and world renowned Biblical scholar, receives the award for academic excellence.
Dr. Christian Schaller, professor of dogmatic theology at Regensburg, Germany, deputy director of the Pope Benedict XVI Institute in Regensburg, and editor of the collected works of Joseph Ratzinger (now being published) receives the award for excellence in theological publication.
These prizes are being given by the "Vatican Foundation" at the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome. Pope Benedict established the Vatican Foundation at the Lateran in 2010 to promote Catholic theology at the international level, mostly by granting scholarships for those seeking to earn a doctorate or to do post-doctoral work in Roman Catholic theology. This is the third year of the "Joseph Ratzinger Prizes for Excellence".
The Catholic Church wishes to encourage all members - lay and clergy alike - to study theology when and where ever possible. Ask Fr. Bob if you'd like some ideas on how to do that.
Here is a link to the Vatican Press Office's announcement: link
At the beginning of May, 2013 - the month of Mary - Nativity of Our Lady Catholic Church purchased a small statue of Our Lady of Fatima set in a nice, portable niche. This is our "traveling Madonna". She is part of this parish's ministry of prayer.
The statue was solemnly blessed during Mass on the first Sunday in May, 2013.
The idea is simple. Anybody in the parish can sign up to take the statue home for one week at a time. You pick the statue up at Saturday or Sunday Mass and return it the next weekend. During that time, we ask that your family plan to spend some time in prayer. Of course you can pray about anything you want, but we ask that you always include "the intentions of Nativity parish" in your prayers. Some families use the prayer lists from the Sunday Bulletin or from the daily tweet #prayforoursick as well.
The statue is about 15 inches tall and 3 inches thick (including the niche) and weighs about 3 lbs. It can be stood on a table or hung from a nail on the wall. It comes with a packing box so it is easier to transport.
To take Nativity's Traveling Madonna home, just put your name on the list. Call the parish office any time during office hours or before Mass time.
It is good to pray for one another!
As we approach the summer, this is a good time to look at our liturgies. There will be a series of workshops for all our liturgical ministers this month. Before each Mass, we will do a "mini-rehearsal" of some aspect of the Mass - we're calling it "The Liturgical Minute". And on Sunday, June 30, we will bless and commission all our liturgical ministers during the 10:00 Mass.
Read more about the Liturgical Ministers' Workshops here
Sign up for a Liturgical Minister Workshop here
Read more about "Liturgy Month at Nativity" here
Read more about "The Liturgical Minute" here
The Pastoral Council met Thursday, May 9th at 7:00 p.m. in Nativity Hall.
Nativity's liturgy commission met Thursday evening, April 4th. Here are the highlights of the meeting:
1. We evaluated the liturgies and activities of Lent, Holy Week and Easter, including Confirmation
2. Future plans
3. Commissioning of liturgical ministers
4. Workshops for the liturgical ministers
Next meeting: Sunday, August 25 at 12:30
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