The Church has provided for us a rich variety of the Sacred Scriptures in the three-year cycle of Sunday readings which we read at Mass. As I’ve mentioned before, through the rest of this liturgical year (which ends with the Feast of Christ the King at the end of November) we read from the Gospel of Matthew. But there is also a pattern with the other readings. For example, today and for the next 12 Sundays, the second reading at Mass is from St. Paul’s letter to the Romans. In this letter St. Paul covers a wide range of doctrinal issues, mostly related to sin, grace, redemption, and salvation. Sometimes it can be difficult to understand his writings. And there are many instances in history when people have misinterpreted his teaching and the teaching of the Holy Catholic Church. A good Catholic Scripture study can be of immeasurable help to avoid these errors. For the past two years we have had a parish subscription to Formed.org, which has a variety of excellent videos, including many Catholic Scripture studies. Also, I intend to offer some Scripture study classes this coming fall for any interested parishioners. Stay tuned!
As we near the end of our fiscal year on June 30, I want to thank again all our parishioners for your financial stewardship. When the Wuhan virus ‘shutdown’ occurred you continued to generously support our parish. Indeed, we are very close to meeting our annual budgeted income. We are also very close to matching last year’s total for the Diocesan Annual Appeal.
On Tuesday, June 9, Verso announced the closing of the paper mill at the end of July. About 900 people will lose their jobs. This is a great blow to the workers, their families, and the whole community. Please join me in praying for all who have lost their jobs because of the response to covid-19. Pray for a quick rebound of the economy, and for gainful employment for all seeking to support themselves and their families. Saint Joseph the Workman, Pray for Us!
May God bless you!