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    June 24 — June 30, 2017 Saturday 8:00 AM Noy Navarro† RIP

    4:00 PM Lucas Nguyen Van Thu † RIP 5:30 PM Liam Carroll † RIP

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    First Reading -- The LORD has rescued the poor from the clutches of the wicked (Jeremiah 20:10-13). Psalm -- Lord, in your great love, answer me (Psalm 69). Second Reading -- The grace of God overflows for all (Romans 5:12-15). Gospel -- All who acknowledge Jesus before others will likewise be acknowl- edged by Jesus before the Father (Matthew 10:26-33).


    Monday: Gn 12:1-9; Ps 33:12-13, 18-20, 22; Mt 7:1-5 Tuesday: Gn 13:2, 5-18; Ps 15:2-4ab, 5; Mt 7:6, 12-14 Wednesday: Gn 15:1-12, 17-18; Ps 105:1- 4, 6-9; Mt 7:15-20 Thursday: Vigil: Acts 3:1-10; Ps 19:2-5; Gal 1:11-20;Jn 21:15-19 Day: Acts 12:1-11; Ps 34:2-9; 2 Tm 4:6-8, 17 -18; Mt 16:13-19 Friday: Gn 17:1, 9-10, 15-22; Ps 128:1-5; Mt 8:1-4 Saturday: Gn 18:1-15; Lk 1:46-50, 53-55; Mt 8:5-17 Sunday: 2 Kgs 4:8-11, 14-16a; Ps 89:2-3, 16-19; Rom 6:3-4, 8-11; Mt 10:37-


    How do people find hope in the face of suf- fering and death? That is the question ad- dressed by today's scriptures. We hear of the suffering of Jeremiah and the psalmist. We hear of the death that "reigned from Ad- am to Moses" (Romans 5:14). We hear of the fears of the Twelve as Jesus sends them out into the world to preach and heal. Through all this tribulation one message rings out loud and clear--"Do not be afraid!" The God who saved Jeremiah and the psalmist and Jesus is fully present to save us through the gracious gift of Jesus Christ. We have nothing and no one to fear.

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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.

    Phanxico Xavie Jack Phan, Maria Ngu- yen Thi Thin, Giuse Nguyen Van Xung, Travis Huismans, Andre Nguyen Toan Hieu, Maria Phiane Kenvisay, Dominico Binh Le, Maria Dao Thi Don, Rosario Silvas, Maria Pham Thi Tam, Maria Quach Thi Luong, Jose Asencion Torres, John Truong Nhi Bac.

    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 The Letter of St. Paul to the Romans, 5:12-15

    Apart from the four Gospels, the Apostle Paul’s letter to

    the Romans stands as the singular most important New Testa- ment text in the history of Christianity. This masterpiece of the so -called “Apostle to the Gentiles,” written sometimes in the 50’s to the Christians in Rome, has shaped the theological thinking of both Catholics and Protestants throughout the centuries. This year, 2017, marks the fifth centennial (500th) anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation, initiated by the Augus- tinian monk Martin Luther in 1517 in Germany. For Luther, Paul’s letter to the Romans was of essential importance, as the scrupu- lous monk came to the realization that it was faith/grace in God that saved and justified him, and not his own piety. Before him, St. Augustine of Hippo (d. 430) also appealed to Romans for his important theological teachings. Of course, the history of both the patristic (i.e., early Church Fathers) era and the Reformation is much wider than the scope of this little reflection—and also, my knowledge of the history of either era is very limited. In today’s column, I would like to discuss briefly the text we have for this Sunday’s sec- ond reading: Romans 5:12-15.

    5:12: “Through one man sin entered the world, and through sin death, and thus death came to all, inas- much as all sinned…” Catholics who think that the Church uses the Bible to define official Catholic teachings have to be careful: this is one of the very few texts that the Church has ever used to define a doctrine—that of original sin, as formulated in the Decretum de Peccato Originali (Decree on Original Sin) of the Council of Trent in the 16th century. The sin of our first parent Adam has affected ALL of his descendants. However, one must be careful not to “read into” biblical texts. The story of the sin of Adam, as presented in Genesis 3, is often known as “the Fall.” Such an expression is not found in Genesis itself, but only got its name from later patristic interpre- tations. Likewise, one cannot find “original sin” anywhere in the letter to the Romans: the phrase itself came from Augustine, not from Paul.

    Anyway, Paul presents a good contrast between Adam and Christ, the old humanity versus the new hu- manity. Christ was able to undo the damage done by Adam. Not only did he cancel out Adam’s baneful condi- tion, he also restored life abundantly. In one of the prayers in the Liturgy of the Hours, we read: “Father, in re- storing human nature, you have given us a greater dignity than we had in the beginning.” So the sin of our first parent was not that bad after all! Coming back to Augustine: he called this sin felix culpa, or the happy fault. The Easter Vigil Proclamation, the Exultet, reminds us that this was the sin that gained for us so great a Redeemer. In the end, the grace and the gift of God are always greater than human sinfulness. And I believe St. Paul would have approved of this interpretation of his text.

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    SAINTS AND SPECIAL OBSERVANCES Sunday: Twelfth Sunday in Ordi- nary Time Tuesday: St. Cyril of Alexandria Wednesday: St. Irenaeus Thursday: Ss. Peter and Paul, Apos- tles Friday: The First Martyrs of the Ho- ly Roman Church Saturday: St. Junípero Serra; Blessed Virgin Mary; First Saturday; Canada Day


    The Eucharistic Prayers at the heart of our liturgy have a long history, beginning with the extemporaneous prayers of the early Christians. The presiders gave thanks from their hearts, not from any prearranged text, over the gifts of bread and wine. When the assembly had the sense that enough was said, someone would call out "Amen!" and that was that. For the most part, the plan flowed directly from Jewish meal prayers, which always recalled God's mighty deeds. Some other markers and signposts were added almost everywhere fairly early, like the presider's call to attention: "Lift up your hearts!" Scholars have provided