October 27, 2019
Prayers for the Living: Frankie Alonso, Bill Brock, Jim Burke,
Lyly Cardenas, Kevin & Leslie Dunn, Linda García, Raúl Garcia,
Melissa Gemilere, Miguel Leyva, Isabel López, Estelle McKeown,
Raquel Peguero, Samantha Prince, Benjamin Reyes,
Christina & Richard Saldaña, María Elena Sillas, and Dayanara Tamayo
Prayers for the Living: Valle Burke
Prayers for the Deceased: John Connery Heffernan III
Special Mass for All Saints Day:
Friday, November 1st, at 8:00 a.m. in English
Friday, November 1st, at 6:30 p.m. in Spanish
Misa Especial para Dia de Todos los Santos:
Viernes, 1 de noviembre, 8:00 a.m. en Ingles
Viernes, 1 de noviembre, 6:30 p.m. en Español
First Friday Visits: On Friday, November 1st, Fr. Ruther will be visiting parishioners who hospitalized or homebound to offer Communion and The Anointing of the Sick. Please contact the Parish (310) 510-0192 if you or someone you know would like to be included in the visits on
Friday, November 1st.
KOC Pancake Breakfast: Join us in the Parish Hall Sunday, November 10th, after the 9:00 a.m. mass for a pancake breakfast prepared by the Knights of Columbus. Suggested donation is $5 per person.
Baptism Class: The next class for parents and godparents is scheduled for Friday, November 15th, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Please contact the Parish Office at (310) 510-0192 to register for the class.
SAVE THE DATE: It’s the 15th` Ladies Christmas Brunch. Saturday, December 7, 2019 Parish Hall Ticket price $10.00 available at the door, Avalon Community Church, Cookie Sampson, Parish office or call Claudia at 310-809-0639. Tables are available to hostess, you only need to bring table settings and decorations from home and you can attend for free! A great way to involve friends, neighbor and co-workers in the Christmas season. Call Claudia for more information.
Weekly Reflection: One of the wonderful aspects of stewardship spirituality is its balanced approach to all areas of life. We see this balance in play as we continue to explore the
Pillar of Prayer. As stewards, aware of our total dependence on God for everything, we come to Him in awe and gratitude. At the same time, we approach God with an awareness of the great dignity
He has given us, creating us in His own image and likeness and calling us to join Him in the work of advancing His kingdom.
In last week’s readings we were encouraged to remain persistent and constant in our prayer life. Today we focus on the proper attitude of a steward at prayer.
The first reading, from the Book of Sirach, gives us the confidence to turn to God with all our needs assuring us that “the Lord is a God of justice, who knows no favorites. Though not unduly partial toward the weak, yet he hears the cry of the oppressed.” Whether rich and powerful or poor and obscure, our loving Father delights in hearing from all of His children. We are all His favorites!
But we learn that a particular attitude in our approach to prayer will make our prayer lives more effective: “the prayer of the lowly pierces the clouds; it does not rest till it reaches its goal.” When we pray with a humble attitude, God will respond.
In today’s Gospel from Luke, Jesus Himself gives further instruction on the humble attitude we must have as we approach God in prayer as He tells a parable of two praying men. One is a Pharisee, a man with respected status, theological training and all the right credentials. He marches right up to the front of the temple to speak a prayer “to himself,” thanking God for making him just a little bit superior to everyone else!
The other man is a tax collector, known by all those of his day to be a cheater and a sell-out to his fellow Jews. In contrast to the Pharisee, he stands near the back and cries out to God in a simple and honest way: “Be merciful to me a sinner.”
Jesus tells us that it is the tax collector — and not
the Pharisee — who leaves the temple justified. Why?
The Pharisee was full of self as he approached God. He felt no real need for God as he rattled off his resume of good works and spiritual practices. He was simply going through the motions of prayer. His lack of humility prevented him from entering into a real dialogue with the Father. He was not transformed by his time of prayer because he was so full of himself that He left God no space to enter in.
The tax collector, by contrast, emptied himself as he approached God. He recognized who he truly was (a sinner) and asked simply for mercy, leaving all the rest up to God. This is the kind of attitude that God can work with! This is how a good steward prays — with trust, with complete openness to God’s will, with a listening mind and heart, ready to serve as God leads.
The good steward knows he needs God, and that God has chosen to need him in advancing the Kingdom. His prayers pierce the clouds and God is glorified!
DID YOU KNOW? Know the signs of denial Denial is a commonly used defense mechanism for abuse victims. Because they want to believe that things will go back to normal, victims often feel trapped into just allowing the situation to play out. Fear of change can be overwhelming, especially if the victim has been manipulated by his or her abuser. Victims may also struggle with accepting what’s happening because they know their abuser closely, as a family member or friend. It’s important to recognize the signs of denial and how to break through those barriers that can keep a victim from true healing. To learn more, get a copy of the VIRTUS® article “The Many Faces of Denial, Part 2,” at http://www.laarchdiocese.org/org/protecting/Pages/VIRTUS-Current-Online-Articles.aspx
P.O. Box 735 Avalon CA. 90704 Tel: 310-510-0192