We continue to reflect on the Bread of Life discourse from chapter six in the Godpel of John. In this chapter, Jesus reveals Himself as the Bread of Life sent down from heaven. This statement or declaration by Jesus makes many of those who were listening to Him uncomfortable. The reason for this discomfort was their familiarity with Him and His parents. They could not grasp the idea that He was sent by God the Father to the world. For them, Jesus was only the child that joseph and Mary received in their marriage.
Their questions and doubts serve us as an example. When we are familiar with other people or even with situations, we think we know everything there is to know about that person or the situation. But there are always some revelations that take us by surprise. This makes us understand that we are not as familiar as we thought we were with the person or situation.
Our familiarity with the celebration of the Eucharist can sometimes blindfold us and not allow us to see the beauty of this celebration and the beauty of coming together as a community to share the Word, Body, and Blood of Christ. There is nothing wrong with being familiar with the celebration of the Eucharist. There is nothing wrong with being familiar with Scripture. What is not appropriate is to let this familiarity restrain us to what we already think we know, and not allow us to receive something new from that with whivh we are already familiar.
Holy and Beloved: The 2021 Maryland Catholic Women's Conference will be held on Saturday, October 2 from 9:00a.m.-3:00p.m. at St. Joseph Fullerton Catholic Church. The Conference will feature keynote speaker Katie Prejean McGrady, award-winning author, speaker, and Catholic Channel radio host on SiriusXM. Mass will be celebrated by Archbishop William Lori and Reconciliation and Eucharistic Adoration will be available. Cost is $45 to attend and includes lunch. Tickets for attendees ages 25 and under at $30. Visit the website to learn more by clicking here.
St. Gregory's School Supply Drive is back!
Donations are accepted after every weekend Mass in the Narthex bins, and down at the Parish Hall doors weekdays, Monday - Thursday from 9:00a.m. - 4:00p.m.
We also ask that labels be cut and used for all donations.
Last day to donate is August 19th!
Click here to download and print the supply list.
Elements of the Catholic Mass Video Series:
We are beginning week 29 of our video series, Elements of the Catholic Mass. I would invite you to watch Episode 29 this week titled, The Bow Before Receiving Holy Communuion and reflect on how this might help you in your faith. Here is the link to the episodes page.
The Parish Picnic is returning!
SAVE THE DATE!!
We need volunteers!
Our Parish Picnic returns on Sunday, September 19th from 12:30p.m.-4:00p.m.
Please email the Picnic Team at email@example.com if you can help or have questions.
Also, each volunteer gets a free ticket to the picnic!
Don't forget to use hand sanitizers in the Narthex and now, when you enter the churvh at the Food Pantry entrance.
As usual, we will continue to live-stream Mass (Mon-Thurs at 9:00am and Sunday at 9:30am) on the parish Facebook (link) and uploaded on YouTube (link), and our parish website. If you do not have Facebook but wish to watch our livestream, click here for instructions.
Have a good week!