Weekly Flocknote - 7/22/2021

Posted on July 22, 2021

The Parish Picnic is returning!

We need volunteers!

Our Parish Picnic returns on Sunday, September 19th from 12:30p.m. - 4:00p.m.

We need volunteers to help run our most popular activities: pony rides, dunk tank, moon bounce, face painting line, run the cake walk, call the ever popular bingo and more!

Please email the Picnic Team at: setonparishpicnic@gmail.com if you can help or have questions.

Also, each volunteer gets a free ticket to the picnic!

Dear Friends,

Have you ever wanted to be a part of something bigger? Even the most independent among us likes to make changes and have an impact on others. This weekend we turn to the Gospel of John and over the next several weeks we will ponder and reflect on the gift of the Eucharist. We begin today with the miraculous feeding of the crowd in the multiplication of the loaves and fishes (the only miracle mentioned in all four gospels). Then for the next few weeks, we will hear Jesus' own words of promise to be with us in his "Bread of Life" discourse. It is a sign of the institution of the Eucharist, when we are fed not by bread but by the Body of Christ.

In the stories of anciet pagan gods, mighty deeds were done entirely under the gods' own power. Mortals may have offered sacrifices to start the chain of events, but they played little role in the miraculous works themselves. Jesus is entirely different. The multiplication of the loaves is a prime example not only of Jesus' power over nature, but of the way he equips his disciples. First, Jesus asks Philip a question "to test him." Jesus has seen the crowds and "he himself knew what he was going to do," but he wants his disciples to start thinking about the problem and its solution. Andrew offers a suggestion, though he isn't confident in it. "There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish; but what good are these for so many?" Jesus honors Andrew's suggestion, takes the offered loaves, and delegates the Apostles to bring order to the crowd. When the crowd has been fed, the Apostles "gather the fragments left over." In the process, they discover with wonder that bread has been produced in super abundance.

In the sacraments, God works through simple matter to make grace real in our lives. He works in and through us as well. Are you facing problems that could have spiritual solutions? Is there a need in our parish or community that you could meet? Whatever our hesitancies, Jesus honors our simple loaves and fishes. He invites us to participate in his generous work of redemption, just as we are.

Elements of the Catholic Mass Video Series:

We are beginning week 27 of our video series, Elements of the Catholic Mass. I would invite you to watch Episode 27 this week titled, My Sacrifice and Yours and reflect on how this might help you in your faith. Here is the link to the episodes page.

Here is this Sunday's Worship Aid

A reminder....

Don't forget to use hand sanitizers in the Narthex and now, when you enter the church at the Food Pantry entrance.

As usual, we will continue to live-stream Mass (Mon - Thurs at 9:00a.m. and Sundays at 9:30a.m.) on the parish Facebook (link) and uploaded on YouTube (link), and our parish website, https://www.seaseton.org/Resources/Media. If you do not have Facebook but wish to watch our livestream, click here for instructions.

Enjoy this last week of July!
Fr. Paul