August 25, 2019
Prayers for the Living: Estelle McKeown
Prayers for the Deceased: Raul Hernandez
Religious Education Classes: Registration for 2019-2020 will begin, August 19th and last day to register will be September 23rd, 2019. Classes will start the first week of October. All students must register for 1st year and 2nd year classes. Parents may stop by the Parish Office, Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. to complete the registration for their children. New students enrolling in First Communion classes must be at least 7 years old. If your child was not baptized at St. Catherine’s a copy of the baptism certificate is required at registration. The registration fee is $25 per student, per year.
Clases de educación religiosa: Registro para 2019-2020 comenzará, el 19 de Augosto y último día para inscribirse será el 23 de septiembre de 2019. Las clases comenzarán la primera semana de octubre. Todos los estudiantes deben inscribirse por primer año de clases y segundo año de clases. Nuevos estudiantes en las clases de Primera comunión deben tener al menos 7 años de edad. Si su hijo(a) no fue bautizado en St. Catherine of Alexandria Church ocupamos una copia de su Fue de bautismo se requiere en el registro. La cuota de inscripción es de $25.00 por estudiante, por año.
Nuevos estudiantes en las clases de confirmación deben tener por lo menos
13 años de edad. Si su hijo(a) no fue bautizado en St. Catherine of Alexandria ocupamos una copia de su fue de bautismo se requiere en el registro. La cuota de inscripción es de $35.00 por alumno, por año. Los padres pueden ir a la oficina parroquial, del lunes al Viernes 9:00 a 1:00 p.m. para completar el registro para sus hijos.
New students enrolling in Confirmation classes must be at least 13 years old. If your child was not baptized or did not make their First Communion at St. Catherine’s a copy of the baptism and First Communion certificate is required at registration. The Registration fee is $35 per student, per Year.
Weekly Reflection: Today’s readings show us that it is not enough to be Christ’s disciples in name only. To be a real disciple, we must live for Christ every day and
in every aspect of life. This kind of life takes strength and discipline.
In fact, the Second Reading, from the Letter to the Hebrews, mentions “discipline” five times in the six verses of today’s passage. Some examples: “Do not disdain the discipline of the Lord.” “Endure your trials as discipline.” “Whom the Lord loves, He disciplines.” In this passage we also learn why we should embrace God’s discipline: “Later it brings the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who are trained by it.”
Intentionally and consistently offering the Lord the best of our Time, Talent, and Treasure through a stewardship way of life is a form of spiritual discipline. These spiritual disciplines teach us to become ever more aware of God’s constant provision for us and they keep us on the narrow path towards the Kingdom of Heaven. The more we embrace this way of life, the more we can be “trained” by the Lord in the ways of true discipleship. Though difficult, these disciplines become a source of spiritual strength.
Our Lord Himself speaks of the difficult path to the Kingdom of Heaven in today’s Gospel passage from Luke. He is asked, “Lord, will only a few be saved?” Jesus responds, “Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I tell you, will attempt to enter but will not be strong enough.”
Then He goes on to tell the parable of the master of the house who locked his door to those outside. Jesus says, “You will stand outside knocking and saying, ‘Lord open the door for us.’” But the master will say in reply that he does not know them. Jesus continues, “And you will say, ‘We ate and drank in your company and you taught in our streets.’ But the master will insist, ‘I do not know where you are from. Depart from me, all you evildoers.’” Showing up for Mass on Sunday while living as if Christ is an afterthought the rest of the week does not make us disciples. What’s more, this approach to our faith is
an unjust and unloving response to our good God who has given us all
that we have and are.
Jesus does not want us to merely go through the motions of faith. He wants much more from us and for us. He wants to know us deeply and for us to get to know Him so that we become His holy disciples. This is not a burden; it is a privilege. But it does take discipline, the discipline of a stewardship way of life.
At the end of the Gospel passage, Jesus leaves us with great hope that it is indeed possible to make it through the narrow gate. He tells us, “People will come from the east and the west, and from the north and the south and will recline at table in the kingdom of God.” Holiness of life, true discipleship, is meant for everyone — young and old, rich and poor, powerful and lowly.
In the week ahead let’s strive to embrace the spiritual disciplines that can transform us into real disciples of Christ and lead us into the Kingdom of God.
Did you know? As a family, you should have a list of family emergency phone numbers that your children know from an early age. Review these numbers together a few times a year. Children should know their parents’ cell and work phone numbers, and they should know who to call — and how— in an emergency. Include the numbers for the police, the fire department, and stress the importance of knowing when and how to contact 911. For little children who cannot memorize all that yet, try writing the parents’ phone numbers inside their shoes.
Sabías que? Como familia, debe tener una lista de números telefónicos de emergencia familiar que sus hijos conozcan desde temprana edad. Repase estos números juntos en familia algunas veces al año. Los niños deben conocer los números de teléfono del celular y del trabajo de sus padres, y deben saber a quién llamar, y cómo hacerlo, en caso de emergencia.
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