FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST 

13 07 2020

JULY 5, 2020

Saturday, July 4 

                     4:00 PM ✞ Eugene Slabinski – Irene Pstrak and sons

        Sunday, July 5 FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners  

Saturday, July 11

4:00 PM ✞ Phillip & Helen Shalanca – sister Mary Shumbris

Sunday, July 12 SIXTH SUNDAY AFTERPENTECOST

8:30 AM God’s Blessings and Good Health for all Parishioners

HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA!

227 years ago…on July 4th, 1776
This great nation, the United States of America,
In a struggle for what was right and free,
Was proudly born…
May we celebrate that precious freedom
For which our forbears fought so bravely…
The freedom that is inherent
In the Stars and Stripes, our revered flag…
Celebrate Freedom
This Fourth of July!

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Be A Habitual Miracle Maker

“This is the beginning of a new day. You have been given this day to use as you will. You can waste it or use it for good. What you do today is important because you are exchanging a day of your life for it. When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever; in its place is something that you have left behind…let it be something good.” 

If you would like each day to be a miracle, then begin each one with this little prayer: 

“Please, God, show me what I might do to make this day different. Please guide me to do what will make this day the best day possible? 

Jesus on the 4th of July

We gather ‘round to celebrate
On Independence Day
Pay homage to our country
As the children run and play.

With barbecues and picnics
And fireworks in the air
The flag we own is proudly flown
To show how much we care.

The stars and stripes spell freedom
She waves upon the breeze
While bursts of colors can be seen
Above the towering trees.

This is all quite wonderful
We revel in delight
But God above in divine love
Has brought this day to light.

With just a stroke of liberty
A touch of His great hand
He gave democracy to us
And helped this country stand.

The stripes upon our stately flag
Were touched by His sweet grace
Each star of white that shines so bright
Reflects His loving face.

So as you turn to face the flag
For battles that were fought
Be filled with pride for those who died
And freedoms that were bought. 

But don’t forget to thank the One 

That gives the bright display 

The reason why we paint the sky

On Independence Day  

PRAYER—OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD

When was the last time you spoke to your closest friend? Last month? Last week? Last night? Just a few moments ago? When we love someone we want to “stay in touch.” We need to share our ideas, our joys, and our disappointments—our very selves with them.

To grow in our relationship with God, we need to be in dialogue with Him. Prayer is a means by which we continue to grow in communication and relationship with Him. The Fathers of the Church identified four categories of prayer:

  1. Adoration: praise and worship of God.
  2. Contrition: expressing sorrow for sins.
  3. Thanksgiving: expressing thanks for God’s blessings
  4. Supplication: asking God for His blessings.

These are the main themes of Christian prayer, and the ways in which these

themes of prayer are expressed are primarily through formal prayer, spontaneous prayer, and the Jesus Prayer.

Formal Prayers are the set of prayers, which we may know by heart or read from a prayer book. Formal prayers are especially necessary for expressing more than our own feelings at a given moment. They join us to the Church’s prayer and form one mind and heart with the Church of all ages.

Spontaneous Prayer is talking to God in our own words, and expresses a very personal aspect of our relationship with God. In spontaneous prayer we talk to God freely and intimately, sharing our personal world with Him.

Lastly, the Jesus Prayer consists of repeating the phrase, “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner.” Repeating this prayer frequently throughout the day gradually leads us to a sense of Jesus’ presence within us. We become calm and peaceful, realizing that God is with us.

“Prayers are the nerves of the soul. By nerves the body is kept in order, lives, moves, and remains stable. But when the nerves are cut, the whole harmony of the body is destroyed. In the same way, souls are kept together by holy prayer; with prayer they acquire stability and move smoothly and easily in the way of righteousness.

If you deprive yourself of prayer, it is like taking a fish out of water. For as water means life to a fish, so prayer means life to you. As a fish swims through water, so the soul can pass through his surroundings and stand in the presence of God.                                        St. John Chrysostom

SANCTUARY LIGHT:  The Sanctuary light is requested to burn this week 

July 4 – July 11 for peace on earth on the Birthday of our Nation.

This reminder is from the Way paper from Philadelphia

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