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SIXTEENTH SUNDAY IN

ORDINARY TIME

Responsorial Psalm 86      Wisdom 12:16  

Romans 8:26  

               

            The boundless forgiveness of God is the keynote of today’s readings.

First Reading :  Wisdom is one of the “newest” works in the Old Testament; scripture scholars date it to the first century before Christ. It is full of wonderful poetry and insight. The passage we hear today is about the power and mercy of God. The sacred author tells us that God is not merciful in spite of his power; rather, God’s mercy flows from that very power. “Your might is the source of justice;/your mastery over all things makes you lenient to all” (Wisdom 12:16 ).  As God has done, so much we do; God’s mercy teaches us to be both just and kind.

 

Responsorial: In Psalm 86 we respond to the First Reading with a song that praises the God of forgiveness and asks for his mercy.

 

Second Reading :  This reading powerfully expresses the action of the Holy Spirit, the advocate. “We do not know how to pray as we ought, “ Saint Paul says (Romans 8:26 ): we cannot find the right words; we do not know what to ask for. But we need not fear, for the Holy Spirit inter-cedes for us, praying beyond the power of speech with “inexpressible groanings” (Romans 8:26 ), according to the will of God.

 

Gospel:  Last Sunday we heard the parable of the sower, which spoke of how we receive the word of God. Today, another parable of sowing and growth speaks about the kingdom of God . The enemy sows weeds among the wheat, but out of concern for the good grain, the master forbids the servants to pull up these weeds until harvest time, when all will be sorted out. God’s patience is great.

            The longer form of the reading includes two more short parables of the kingdom, both of which speak of incredible growth: from a tiny mustard seed comes a huge bush; from a small amount of yeast comes a great batch of dough. Jesus explains the first parable of the kingdom to his disciples. Judgment awaits us all.

 

THIS WEEK IN OUR PARISH

Mass & Services

Saturday (July 16) – 16th Sunday in

Ordinary Time  - Mass -   Mission Co-Op      4:00pm

Sunday (Ju ly 17) – 16th Sunday in

Ordinary Time -   Mass - Mission Co-Op    

Sunday Evening Mass --                                   5:30pm

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

                 Classes & Meetings      

Tuesday                                    No Parish Council

Wednesday Boy Scouts                   7:00pm                    

Prayer Group                                  7:30pm

Saturday    AA Meeting                   8:00pm

  

WITH SYMPATHY

Cecelia Arlene Mersdorf, one of our parishioners, has passed away on Wednesday, July 6, 2011 . Her Funeral Liturgy and Rite of Committal has taken place on Monday, July 11th, at 11:00 AM at Our Lady of the Visitation. Her family would like to thank everyone who helped make the Funeral Luncheon possible. Our caring thoughts and prayers also go out to her loving family at this time.

 

ENRICHMENT OPPORTUNITIES AT THE CENTER FOR MINISTRY

With Father Jose Maria Cabrera

Witness to the Resurrection of the Lord: Golgotha and the Holy Sepulcher of Jesus, Then and Now—Date: Monday, August 1, 2011 —Time: 7:00 – 9:00pm —Cost: $5.00 per person.

 

From Tarsus to the World: the Missionary Trips of St. Paul in Pictures—Date: Tuesday, August 2, 2011 —Time: 7:00–9:00pm —Cost: $5.00 per person

            Individuals must pre-register; no walk-in registrations. Registration deadline is July 22.

The Center for Ministry is located at 5802 Weiss St. , Saginaw , MI 48603 .

            To register, call or email Connie Kaczynski 989-797-6607-ckaczynski@dioceseofsaginaw.org.

Father Jose Maria Cabrera is a priest of the Diocese of Saginaw. Originally from Peru , Fr. Jose is now studying Biblical Theology in Rome .

 

BAY AREA CATHOLIC SCHOOLS

All Saints Central is looking for a Middle School Religion Teacher for the 2011-2012 school year. If you are a practicing Catholic interested in teaching your faith in a dynamic school environ-ment, please apply. Resumes can be sent to Principal John Hoving, 217 S. Monroe , Bay City .  Application deadline is August 1st, 2011

All Saints Central Middle School is seeking a new Athletic Director. This part-time position includes supervising MS home games and working with students, parents, coaches and other Ads to build a strong athletic program. Catholic applicants preferred. Send resumes to John Hoving at: jhoving@bacschools.org or 217 South Monroe , Bay City , MI   48708 .

 

 

 

 

                      

                     Next Weekend July 23/24, 2011

                Seventeenth Sunday In Ordinary Time

Saturday   Sunday Mass                     4:00pm

Sunday    Mass                                 9:00am

Sunday Evening Mass                             5:30pm  

                                                                                                                    

DAILY SCRIPTURE READINGS

Mon   Ex 14: 5-18            Mt 12: 38-42   

Tues   Ex 14: 21 -15:1       Mt 12: 46-50                                                                

Wed   Ex 16: 1-5,  9-15    Mt 13: 1-9  

Thurs Ex  19: 1-2, 9-11,  16-20b     Mt 13: 10-17

Fri      Ex  20: 1-17           Jn 20: 1-2,  11-18

Sat     Ex 24: 3-8              Mt 13: 24-30

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

NEXT WEEKEND SCRIPTURE READINGS

Seventeenth Sunday In Ordinary Time

1 Kgs 3:5, 7-12        Rom 8: 28-30           Mt 13: 44-52          

               

PARISH SUPPORT                                  July 10, 2011

Envelope Holders                                 350

Weekly Envelopes                                120          3699.00

Loose                                                                  262.00                           

Special Restoration Projects                     5              75.00                               

Church Improvement                               9              283.00        .                 

Literature                                                  15             102 .00                                                                         

                                                                              $  4,421.00                                                     

                                                     

Week 28                  Target

07/10/2011        $   5,700.00                          4,421.00                        

To Date              159,600.00                        126,596.19             

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Church Cleaning This Week

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Guin Petrimoulx & Beverly Franklin

 

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ATTENTION--ALL LADIES OF THE

LITTLE FLOWER ALTAR SOCIETY:

A light luncheon is being planned for

July 27th at 12:00 PM in the Parish Hall.

 

OLV MEN’S FELLOWSHIP

MEETINGS:  Thursday-- 7:00 pm July  28th, August  11th,  and August 25th – all are held at  

the Renewal Center .  

PLEASE NOTE:

On Thursday, August 11th  at 7:00 PM , a video will be shown at the Men’s Fellowship Meeting entitled: “The Miracle of Father Kapaun.”  This is an inspiring true story of an American Spiritual and Military Hero.  ALL MEN ARE INVITED. 

 

MISSION COOPERATIVE APPEAL

TODAY, SATURDAY,  JULY 16 AND TOMORROW, SUNDAY, JULY 17, 2011

Our Lady of the Visitation and St. Maria Goretti Parishes are hosting and welcoming Ms. Clare Pomaloy, of Franciscan Mission Service, this weekend at our liturgies. We ask you to be generous in your prayers and financial support.   Please use your Church Offering envelopes from your packets to make any donations.

 

THE ALL MICHIGAN CATHOLIC    CHARISMATIC CONFERENCE

JULY 29, 30, 31, 2011

   OUR LADY OF THE    VISITATION CHURCH

 

THEME: EMBRACE YOUR CROSS WITH JOY:  REFLECT MY LIGHT.

 Speakers:  Sr. Ann Shields, S.G.L. & Arlene Apone. The Most Rev. Joseph R. Cistone, Bishop-- Saginaw Diocese, will celebrate Con- ference Closing Mass Sun., July 31, at 11:00 AM .

Friday, July 29: Registration 5:30 to 7PM SEE BOOKLETS IN CHURCH VESTIBULE.

Cost: $45.00 per person & $75.00 per family with children 18 years and under. 

EVERYONE IS WELCOME!

 

REMINDER: THIS WEEKEND

Bay County Habitat for Humanity  2nd Annual Blueberry Social - TODAY AND TOMORROW following ALL Masses.   DONATION: $3.00 for adults & $1.00 for children under 10.  FOR:   a  slice  of fresh blueberry pie,  ice cream & a drink.   Fresh blueberry pies can be ordered for an $8.00 donation each.  Proceeds For: Third Annual Neighborhood Revitalization Project.

 

 

 
   
 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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