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    July 15 — July 21, 2017 Saturday 8:00 AM Genesis Flores SI

    4:00 PM Giuse Ta Van Thanh † RIP 5:30 PM Anna† RIP

    7:00 PM Margarita NguyenT BachTu†RIP 8:30 PM All Souls† RIP

    Sunday 6:30 AM Son Nguyen TX 8:00 AM Giuse † RIP

    9:30 AM Rev. Richard Kennedy SI 11:00 AM Giuse Ta Van Thanh † RIP 12:45 PM Margarita Gonzalez† RIP

    4:00 PM Souls inPurgatory † RIP 5:30 PM Daminh & Maria † RIP 7:00 PM Jose Paz& Pilar Lugo† RIP

    Monday 6:30 AM One person TX 8:15 AM All Souls † RIP

    Tuesday 8:15 AM Giuse & Maria † RIP 5:30 PM Son Nguyen SI 7:00 PM Jose de Jesus Mercado † RIP

    Wednesday 6:30 AM Cursillo St. Barbara SI 8:15 AM One Family SI

    Thursday 6:30 AM Mr. & Mrs. Binh SI

    8:15 AM Ane & Maria † RIP

    Friday 8:15 AM Maria Vu Thi Khieu † RIP 5:30 PM Maria Dao Thi Don† RIP 7:00 PM GioanBaotixita Thu Nguyen† RIP

    FIFTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

    Your financial contribution for the weeks of July 8 —July 9, 2017

    $ 26,565.00 Your weekly support is used to sustain the minis- tries and ongoing operating needs of our parish.

    TODAY'S READINGS

    First Reading -- My word will achieve the end for which it was sent (Isaiah 55:10-11). Psalm -- The seed that falls on good ground will yield a fruitful harvest (Psalm 65). Second Reading -- We, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan within ourselves awaiting the redemption of our bodies (Romans 8:18-23). Gospel -- Some seed fell on rich soil and produced fruit (Matthew 13:1-23 [1-9]).

    FRUIT OF THE WORD The seed is the word of God. The agricultural metaphors in all of today's readings give richness to the message that the word of God, cultivated in our hearts, bears much fruit in our lives. Creation itself awaits the redemp- tion of all, even as our bodies await the resurrection. Just as we will rejoice in the fulfillment of God's word, so will all of creation sing for joy in the Reign of God. The word of God is effective and holy; it brings about exactly what it says. It is not futile or empty, but rich in meaning for those who hear and are healed. Those who hear the word of God and keep it will, with all creation, bear much fruit and sing for joy.

    READINGS FOR THE WEEK

    Monday: Ex 1:8-14, 22; Ps 124:1b-8; Mt 10:34 -- 11:1 Tuesday: Ex 2:1-15a; Ps 69:3, 14, 30-31, 33-34; Mt 11:20-24 Wednesday: Ex 3:1-6, 9-12; Ps 103:1b-4, 6-7; Mt 11:25-27 Thursday: Ex 3:13-20; Ps 105:1, 5, 8-9, 24- 27; Mt 11:28-30 Friday: Ex 11:10 -- 12:14; Ps 116:12-13, 15, 16bc, 17-18; Mt 12:1-8 Saturday: Ex 12:37-42; Ps 136:1, 23-24, 10-15; Jn 20:1-2, 11-18 Sunday: Wis 12:13, 16-19; Ps 86:5-6, 9-10, 15-16; Rom 8:26-27; Mt 13:24-43 [24-30]

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    Catherine Mendoza, Cristo Alfaro, Flora Saragosa, Jorge Martinez, Vera Leon, Rose Browning, Victor Sanchez, Nguyen Charlene, Maria Nguyen Thi Son, Rodrigo Castro, Edna Gutierrez.

    Lord Jesus Christ, Redeemer of the world, you have shouldered the burden of our weakness and borne our sufferings in your own passion and death. Hear this pray- er for our sick brothers and sister whom you have re- deemed. Strengthen their hope of salvation and sustain them in body and soul, for you live and reign for ever and ever. Amen.

    Sergio Muniz, Bang Thanh Luong, Rosa Rivas, Christian Isaac Arias, Anna Dang Thi Hong, Gioan Baotixita Nguyen Ngoc Lien, Phanxico Xavie Jack Phan, Maria Nguyen Thi Thin, Giuse Nguyen Van Xung, Travis Huismans, Andre Nguyen Toan Hieu, Maria Phiane Kenvisay, Dominico Binh Le, Maria Dao Thi Don.

    God, our shelter and our strength, you listen in love to the cry of your people: hear the prayers we offer for our depart- ed brothers and sisters. Cleanse them of their sins and grant them the fullness of redemption. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

    Fr. Anthony’s Faith Formation Corner

    Preaching the Word of God

    In an earlier reflection, I have written on the two-fold meaning of the liturgy in the context of “Word” and “Sacrament.” I tried to explain how Catholics cannot focus just on the Eucharist (sacrament), so much so that we neglect the scriptures (word of God). The readings for this 15th Sunday of the year remind us once again of the importance of the “word.” Isaiah 55 presents a nice analogy: just as rain comes down from heaven and does not return until it makes the land fertile, so the word of the Lord will not return to him void, but will achieve the end for which it was sent. And the Gospel (Matthew 13:1-23) is about sowing the seed of the word…

    I really like the late Jesuit author Walter Burghardt. He was a professor of patristic theology, and a well-known Catholic preacher. Father Burghardt made no secret that preaching the word was of essential importance. I always make a conscientious effort to preach the word of God whether I feel like it or not. Of course, preaching is not easy, as you have a wide audience, and each party has its own preconceived no- tions and likes to hear its own thing. Also, whatever is heard is more important than what is said. However, people in the pews should also be aware of the preacher’s agony in preaching the word of God… In his book Preaching: The Art and the Craft, Walter Burghardt points out the fact people do not listen to what he (as a preacher) has to say as much as what God has to say through him. I think this is a very important point: the Spirit inspires not only the preacher, but also those who hear the preacher.

    Burghardt refers to a story in the Old Testament, from the book of Numbers (ch. 22). When the Isra- elites were freed from Egypt and crossed the land of the Moabites, Balak, the king of Moab, asked the fa- mous soothsayer Balaam to put a curse on the Israelites. Having been warned by the angel of the Lord, Ba- laam knew that he could not really curse the chosen people of God. But at the urging of the princes of Moab, he rode on his ass anyway to curse them. The ass would refuse to go on, despite having been struck three times by Balaam’s stick. Finally, the poor animal spoke out in anger, rebuking Balaam for having acted against the will of the Lord… As the story goes, the Lord “opened the mouth of an ass.” Now if the Lord was able to speak through an animal, how much more would he be able to speak through his preacher, no matter how poor the preacher may be… All in all, the word of God is going to have an effect anyway, for someone and in some manner. The word will not return to the Lord void!

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    St. Barbara ‘s News

    Parish Office Receptionist Needed The Parish Office is seeking a part time recep- tionist who is 18 years of age or older for week- days or Saturdays. Qualifications include: good verbal and written skills in English/Vietnamese or English/Spanish. Possess good telephone com- munication; computer skills; and knowledge of the Catholic Faith. Customer Service in a church environment is a plus! Please email your resume to info@st-barbarachurch.org or drop it off in the Parish Office Monday to Friday from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM. We will contact you by telephone after reviewing your resume. Thank you and God Bless.

    PSA 2017 Pastoral Services

    Appeal

    Danh Sách Quý Vị đóng góp chương trình Quỹ Mục Vụ cuối tuần 6/18/17 & 6/30/17

    Xin Thiên Chúa chúc lành và trả ơn bội hậu cho Quý vị.

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    St. Francis Assisted Living Home Open house and Ice Cream Social

    July 16, 2017

    1:30PM-3:30PM

    Tour St. Francis Home, An Assisted Living Home,

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