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Sunday, August 23, 2015 – A Message from Father Ken

Dear Friends in Christ,

2015-08-23_ord_time_wk21_gosp_engThe heart of the Liturgy of the Word this weekend calls us to see and hear Jesus as the “Holy One of God”, the One who has the words of Eternal Life!

     He is the “Way, the Truth and the Life”!

     The readings calls us to “obedience” which calls us to listen with our heart and spirit!

     The readings refer to the Eucharist as “true bread and true drink”  – food for the journey unto Eternal Life.

The Liturgy of the Word also refer to the “nuptial – marriage “ relationship of Christ and the Church and how each disciple is called to that nuptial  relationship in marriage, in single life, in celibacy and consecrated life and Holy Orders.

It is the language of “subordination” – authority; right relationship with God, mutual reverence and respect, listening, compassion, sacrifice, self-emptying and Christic LOVE!

“Christ is the Head of the Church”; we are called to love by self – emptying, sacrificial love for the Lord and one another.

There is a mutual, partnering friendship and relationship. The language of love is not one of control and dominance, who’s at the head and at the top but rather one is poor, humble and the one who is servant, giver and lover!

“Lord, your words are Spirit and Life, you have the words of everlasting life”.

Peace and Blessings! Enjoy the final days of summer!

“The gift you have received, give as a gift”  Matthew 10:8

Fr. Ken

 

 

In the Spring of 1988, Bishop William D. Keeler formed a new parish to accommodate the rapid growth in Silver Spring Township and named Reverend James R. O’Brien as the founding pastor. That same year, Mother Katharine Drexel was beatified by Pope John Paul, II. Saint Katharine DrexelAt Bishop Keeler’s request, the Holy Father gave his permission to name the Parish in Silver Spring Township as the first parish in the world to be named in her honor. Eighteen years later, on October 1, 2000, Blessed Katharine Drexel was canonized and the church’s name changed to Saint Katharine Drexel.

The Saint Katharine Drexel Parish Family, guided by the Holy Spirit, commits itself to reaching out and sharing with all people the love and service modeled by our patroness, with the Eucharist as our source of strength. Through prayer and action, we will serve God, our Lord and Savior, and our community, exhibiting a special concern for the poor, oppressed and marginalized of our society, especially those among the African-American & Native-American peoples.

 

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Upcoming Events

Scripture Study/Faith Sharing (Library)
August 27, 2015 @ 6:30 pm

Youth Group Meeting – Youth Room
August 30, 2015 @ 6:00 pm

Troop 88 Committee Meeting – Library
August 30, 2015 @ 6:15 pm

Troop 88 Meeting — Msgr Smith Community Center
August 30, 2015 @ 6:30 pm

Scripture Study/ Faith Sharing (Library)
September 1, 2015 @ 9:30 am

Legion of Mary – Library
September 2, 2015 @ 10:00 am

Adoration
September 2, 2015 @ 7:30 pm

Adult Faith Enrichment (Library)
September 3, 2015 @ 9:30 am

Scripture Study/Faith Sharing (Library)
September 3, 2015 @ 6:30 pm

First Friday Liturgy (Chapel)
September 4, 2015 @ 9:00 am

 Prayer of Pope Francis for the Synod on the Family

Jesus, Mary and Joseph, in you we contemplate the splendor of true love, to you we turn with trust.

Holy Family of Nazareth, grant that our families too may be places of communion and prayer, authentic schools of the Gospel and small domestic Churches.

Holy Family of Nazareth, may families never again experience violence, rejection and division: may all who have been hurt or scandalized find ready comfort and healing.

Holy Family of Nazareth, may the approaching Synod of Bishops make us once more mindful of the sacredness and inviolability of the family, and its beauty in God's plan.
Jesus, Mary and Joseph, graciously hear our prayer. Amen.

Saint Katharine Drexel
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