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The Lesson of Herod: Developing Our Spiritual Senses

 By Deacon Keith A Fournier, 9/27/2014, Catholic Online  
Let us ask the Lord for the grace we need to persevere in the faith and avoid all that dulls our spiritual senses.
CHESAPEAKE, VA (Catholic Online) -  "Herod the tetrarch heard about all that was happening, and he was greatly perplexed because some were saying, "John has been raised from the dead"; others were saying, "Elijah has appeared"; still others, "One of the ancient prophets has arisen." But Herod said, "John I beheaded. Who then is this about whom I hear such things?" And he kept trying to see him." (Luke 9:7-9)


Even after Herod had John imprisoned, he still wanted to listen to him, but he could not hear his message. The Gospel tells us, "Herod feared John, knowing him to be a righteous and holy man, and kept him in custody. When he heard him speak he was very much perplexed, yet he liked to listen to him."
Herod liked to listen to him. But, he listened with impaired hearing because his own sin stopped his ears. He was unable to hear the call to repentance and true freedom.
St Luke tells us that when news about Jesus reached this King - "he kept trying to see Him." Sadly, he was unable to see Him because of impaired vision.
In the Christian tradition there is a body of beautiful reflection on what are called the spiritual senses. These senses, in a way, parallel our physical senses. Through prayer and intimate communion with the Lord we can cultivate ears to hear the Lord speak to us in the recesses of our heart. Through living faith we can receive the eyes to see Him revealed in the very human and real events of our daily lives.

"With them indeed is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah which says: 'You shall indeed hear but never understand, and you shall indeed see but never perceive.  For this people's heart has grown dull, and their ears are heavy of hearing, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should perceive with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and turn for me to heal them.' (Mt. 13:14, 15)
Contrast this spiritual blindness with the gift of spiritual vision given to the Apostles. The Lord told them in the very next verse. "But blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear." (Mt. 13:16)
Learning to 'see the Lord' calls for our free cooperation with grace.
We need to acknowledge our sin, admit our weakness and invite the Lord into our lives as Savior. Jesus is always revealing Himself to the humble, to those who truly want to see Him. One of my favorite characters in the New Testament is the tax collector named Zacheus who climbed a Sycamore tree to see the Lord. (Luke 19:1ff) He teaches us about this kind of response to the Lord.
Jesus wants you and me to see Him. He is not hidden. He is seen by those who have eyes which are opened by living faith. He is showing Himself all around us. He has taken up residence within us. He is revealed to us in the face of our neighbor and, in a special way, in the face of the poor. he is revealed in His living word and communicates His divine life to us through the Sacraments.
We are invited today to be the people who always want to see Jesus. We are invited to hear Him as he still speaks. That desire should draw us ever more deeply into a life of prayer and communion. It is there, in the intimacy fueled by living faith, that we receive the light we need to see the Lord. There, our eyes are opened, just like the disciples on the Road to Emmaus. (See, Luke 24:13-35) There, our ears are opened to hear the liberating words of salvation from the Living Word of God.
St. Augustine once warned of what can happen when we turn away from that light: "Love for the shadows ends up making the eyes of the soul weaker and weaker. The eyes become unable to see the face of God. Therefore, the more a man gives into his weakness, the more he slips into darkness."
Let us ask the Lord for the grace we need to persevere in the faith and avoid all that dulls our spiritual senses.
As we receive the Lord Jesus today - as we read and reflect on His Word and feed on His Body and Blood in the Holy Eucharist - let us enter into the communion of prayer. Ask the Holy Spirit to open the ears of our hearts. Ask the Holy Spirit to open the eyes of our heart. Then we will see the Lord with eyes of living faith and hear Him as He speaks.

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Faithful

The “chief priests and elders,” by their own words, align themselves with the tenants in the parable—these Jewish leaders are unfaithful and ultimately they, too, kill the One God sends into the vineyard.  Even more, they seal their own death when they answer Jesus that those violent tenants will be killed.  The “death” of the “chief priests and elders” will be that “the kingdom of God,” the vine of Life, will be taken away from them.  Those who are faithful and accept the Son receive the Life only God’s kingdom can bring.  They receive the very Life of God.-Living Liturgy™, Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time 2014

Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, October 5, 2014

Within your will, O Lord, all things are established, and there is none that can resist your will.  For you have made all things, the heaven and the earth, and all that is held within the circle of heaven; you are the Lord of all.
Almighty ever-living God, who in the abundance of your kindness surpass the merits and the desires of those who entreat you, pour out your mercy upon us to pardon what conscience dreads and to give what prayer does not dare to ask. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.-Living Liturgy™, 2014    

 

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     When I found your words, I devoured them; your words were my joy, the happiness of my heart, Because I bear your name, LORD, God of hosts.-Jeremiah 15:16,usccb.org

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Do you not know that your body is a temple of the holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been purchased at a price. Therefore, glorify God in your body.-1 Corinthians 6:19-20,usccb.org

 
Gladden the soul of your servant; to you, Lord, I lift up my soul. Lord, you are good and forgiving, most merciful to all who call on you. LORD, hear my prayer; listen to my cry for help. On the day of my distress I call to you, for you will answer me.   None among the gods can equal you, O Lord; nor can their deeds compare to yours. All the nations you have made shall come to bow before you, Lord, and give honor to your name. For you are great and do wondrous deeds; and you alone are God.  Teach me, LORD, your way that I may walk in your truth, single-hearted and revering your name.  I will praise you with all my heart, glorify your name forever, Lord my God.-
Psalms 86:4-12,usccb.org

First Friday

FIRST FRIDAY DEVOTIONS AND EXPOSITION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT
This Friday, October 3rd is First Friday. Confessions will be
heard on Thurs., Oct. 2 from 4-4:30 pm. See the schedule for mass times. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will begin after the 6:30 am Mass, and continue until Sat. morning at 8 am.
There is a sign- up sheet where you can list the time you wish to spend with Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. Remember the Blessed Sacrament should never be left unattended.

October, Month of the Rosary

"The Rosary, though clearly Marian in character, is at heart a Christocentric prayer. In the sobriety of its elements, it has all the depth of the Gospel message in its entirety, of which it can be said to be a compendium. It is an echo of the prayer of Mary, her perennial Magnificat for the work of the redemptive Incarnation which began in her virginal womb. With the Rosary, the Christian people sits at the school of Mary and is led to contemplate the beauty on the face of Christ and to experience the depths of his love. Through the Rosary the faithful receive abundant grace, as though from the very hands of the Mother of the Redeemer."-usccb.org—From On the Most Holy Rosary. . . (Rosarium Virginis Mariae)
Prayers of the Rosary 
Scriptural Rosary: Justice and Peace
Scriptural Rosary: The Sorrowful Mysteries
Pro-Life Rosaries
How to Pray the Rosary
The Holy Rosary:
Why pray the Rosary today? Certainly, to grow in holiness and in one's prayer life. The  following are a few others reasons why the rosary should be prayed often,  even daily:   "Among all the  devotions approved by the Church none has been so favored by so many  miracles as the devotion of the Most Holy Rosary" (Pope Pius  IX).-ewtn
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The Mass

"So rich is the mystery of the Eucharist that we have a number of terms to illumine its saving grace: the Breaking of the Bread; the Lord's Supper; the Eucharistic Assembly; the Memorial of Christ's Passion, Death, and Resurrection; the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the Holy and Divine Liturgy; the Eucharistic Liturgy; Holy Communion; and Holy Mass (cf. CCC, nos. 1328-1332).
The use of bread and wine in worship is already found in the early history of God's people. In the Old Testament, bread and wine are seen as gifts from God, to whom praise and thanks are given in return for these blessings and for other manifestations of his care and grace. The story of the priest Melchizedek's offering a sacrifice of bread and wine for Abraham's victory is an example of this (cf. Gn 14:18). The harvest of new lambs was also a time for the sacrifice of a lamb to show gratitude to God for the new flock and its contribution to the well-being of the family and tribe.
These ancient rituals were given historical meaning at the Exodus of God's people. They were united into the Passover Meal as a sign of God's delivering the Israelites from slavery in Egypt, a pledge of his fidelity to his promises and eventually a sign of the coming of the Messiah and messianic times. Each family shared the lamb that had been sacrificed and the bread over which a blessing had been proclaimed. They also drank from a cup of wine over which a similar blessing had been proclaimed."-usccb.org
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Prayer of Pope Francis for the Synod on the Family

On October 8, 2013, Pope Francis announced that in October 2014 there would be an Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on topics related to the family and evangelization. Pope Francis provided this prayer for the Synod of Bishops on the Family.
A worldwide day of Prayer for the Synod of Bishops is planned for Sunday,  October 5th
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.-usccb.org
Learn more about the 2014-2015 Synods of Bishops on the Family.

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God’s Call

It’s easy! Pray that young men & woman in Our Archdiocese will hear and answer God’s call.
Prayer to Discern a Vocation
Lord, there are so many things in my life that I do not understand, so many questions about the future that I need to ask. What is Your plan for me? What is the work You want me to do?
All I really know is that You love me. Show me the road You want me to walk – to fulfillment, to happiness, to holiness.
And if You are calling me to priesthood or to the religious life, give me the strength to say “yes” and the grace to begin even now to prepare myself for the challenge of a life spent in Your service and in the care of Your people.
I ask You this in Jesus’ Name.  Amen.-usccb.org 

RCIA

RCIA If you know someone who has to make one of their sacraments of initiation (Baptism, Communion, Confirmation) or someone who is not Catholic that wishes to become Catholic please have them call the office so that they can enroll. The number is 845.294.5328 God Bless You

Mass Schedule

Monday through Friday: In the Chapel at 6:30 am and 5:15 pm   
Saturday: 8 am
Saturday Vigil: 5 pm
Sunday: 7:30 am, 9:00 am (Children's Mass), 10:30 am, 12:00 noon, 1:30 pm (Spanish Mass, multiple Mass intentions are taken for this Mass), 5:00 pm
Last Friday of Every Month: Spanish Language Healing Mass at 7:30 pm in the Church.
Once a month on a Sunday: 3 pm Tagalog Mass.  Please call 845.294.5328 for a list of dates in which this Mass will be held.

Parish Membership
Every family in the parish should be properly registered. If you move to another parish, or change your address, please notify the rectory and give the old as well as the new address. If you are not registered, we cannot serve you by issuing testimonial letters in connection with sponsorship for the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Matrimony. We also cannot give recommendations for positions, schools, or character references if we do not know you.
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Saturday 4:00 to 4:45 p.m.
Thursday before every First Friday 4:00 to 4:30 p.m. or anytime by appointment

 Sacrament of Baptism
Saturday Baptisms:

English - 4th Saturday of each month at 12 noon
Spanish - 3rd Saturday of each month at 12 noon
 Sunday Baptisms:
English - 1st & 2nd, Sunday of each month at 3:00 p.m.
Spanish - 4th Sunday of each month at 3:00 p.m.
Requirements for Baptisms at St. John's

Please visit the calendar page for a list of dates for classes and baptisms.
You must complete all the paperwork before registering for a date for an actual baptism.
 **THE ABOVE DATES ARE SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY. 

 Sacrament of the Sick
Please call the rectory if you or your loved one is in Orange Regional Medical Center so a priest may come and visit.
Sacrament of Marriage
Couples intending to be married must come to the rectory to make arrangements at least SIX MONTHS before the date of the wedding. At that time, they should present recent copies of their Baptism, First Communion, and Confirmation certificates. 

Eucharistic Adoration
Every first Friday in the chapel from after the 6:30 am Mass until Saturday before the 8:00 am Mass.  Also every Monday through Friday in the chapel from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

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