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Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

July 10, 2016

St. Michael Catholic Church & School Gastonia, North Carolina

STAFF CONTACT INFORMATION Pastor

Rev. Fr. Matthew Buettner [email protected]

In Residence

Rev. Fr. James Ebright [email protected]

Hispanic Priest

Rev. Fr Jose Antonio Juya [email protected]

Deacon

Rev. Mr. John Weisenhorn [email protected]

Pastoral Care

Sr. Carolyn Mary Coll, RSM [email protected]

Facilities Manager

Mr. Tim Mueller [email protected]

Parish Bookkeeper

Mrs. Phyllis Mueller [email protected]

Parish Secretary

Mrs. Debbie Davis [email protected]

School Principal

Mrs. Sheila Levesque [email protected]

School Secretary

Mrs. Theresa Bookout [email protected]

Religious Education

English Mrs. Theresa Webster [email protected] Spanish Ms. Carmen Vazquez [email protected]

Adult

Mrs. Toni Keating [email protected] Children Mrs. Kristen Levine [email protected] Ms Kristy Brown Latin [email protected] Thrift Store Manager Ms. Amy Pruitt [email protected] Choir

Parish Nurse

Mrs Maureen Halek [email protected]

A parish of the Diocese of Charlotte www.charlottediocese.org

PARISH OFFICE 708 St Michael’s Lane Gastonia NC 28052 Website: www.stmichaelsgastonia.org Phone: 704-867-6212 -- Fax 704-867-6379 Anointing of the Sick (Last Rites): 704-867-6212, Ext 9 Office Hours: Monday 1 PM - 4 PM Tuesday - Friday 8:30 AM - 4 PM Sunday Masses Saturday/Sabado 5:00 PM Vigil English Sunday/Domingo 7:30 AM English 10:00 AM English 12:00 PM en Español Holy Day Masses: (See inside of bulletin) Daily Masses: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday, at 8:15 AM Wednesday at 6:15 PM, Saturday at 8:15 AM

(Check inside for changes) Confessions Saturday: 3:30 - 4:45 PM; Monday & Friday: 9 - 10 AM Wednesday: 5:00—5:45 PM

(or by appointment) St Michael Thrift Store Tuesday - Friday: 10 - 5, Saturday: 10 - 4 704-864-8646 ST MICHAEL CATHOLIC SCHOOL 704 St Michael’s Lane - Gastonia, NC 28052 Phone: 704-865-4382

This Week at St Michael’s Mass Intentions black Sunday, July 10 7:30 AM Mass - †James & Eunice Cherry 14th Sunday 10:00 AM Mass - Hubbard Family Ordinary Time 12:00 PM Mass—Priest Intention Francisan Mission Appeal

Meetings & Events 2:00PM Spanish Dance Prac: Gym 3:30 PM Spanish Study Group:C-Hall 5:00 PM Young Adults: TBD 7 PM SAA:C-Hall

Monday, July 11 St Benedict

No Mass

Tuesday, July 12 Sts Louis & Zelie Martin,

No Mass

7 PM Latin Schola Practice:Church 7 PM Span Altar Server Trg: Church

Wednesday, July 13

5 PM Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament 5:00 - 5:45 PM Confessions 5:50 PM Evening Prayer 6:00 PM Benediction 6:15 PM Mass— †Anthony Caliendo

7 PM English Choir Prac:Church

Thursday, July 14

8:00 AM Morning Prayer 8:15 AM Mass - †Mike Guffey

6 PM Vocations Commission 7 PM Spanish Mtg:C-Hall

Friday, July 15

8:00 AM Morning Prayer 8:15 AM Mass - †Mike Guffey All Day Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament 9 AM to 7 PM

6 PM Adult B’Ball: Gym 6 PM Legion of Mary:RR 6 PM Spanish Youth:C-Hall 6:30 PM Spanish Choir Prac:Church

Saturday, July 16 Our Lady of Mount Carmel

10:00 AM Missa Cantata - Sr Bernadette of the 6:30 PM K of C Social : PCH Angels 8:00 PM AA Meeting:C:Hall 3:30 PM Confessions 5:00 PM Mass - †Edith Darwin

Sunday, July 17 15th Sunday Ordinary Time

7:30 AM Mass - For the people 10:00 AM Mass - Hubbard Family 12 PM - Spanish Mass - Priest Intention

Parents-St Therese of Lisieux - first Canonized couple 2015

St Henry

St. Kateri Tekawitha

St Bonaventure

2:00 PM Spanish Dance Prac: Gym 3:30 PM Spanish Study Group:C-Hall 7 PM SAA:C-Hall

Please Remember in your Prayers Parish Members & Friends: Fr. Ebright, Richard Bidoglio, Burton & Beth Bradley, Dorian Broadway, Sister Marie Chin, Marie Corriveau, Larry Davis, Chuck Deal, Susan Denny, Daniel deLaunay, Betty Dow, Glenda Downey, Elizabeth Eddie, Logan Escandon, Bernard Ferrante, Jane Fierstein, Pete & Rebeca Files, Paul Grenier, Calvin Hebert, Connie Hutter, Buddy James, Josh Jones, Michael Matyisin, Katie Meseroll, Frank Micheli, Stephanie Miller, Helen O’Daly, Gerald & Pat Orazem, Charles Pasour, Jessie Pilieci, Millie Purvis, Gladys Rodriguez, Sue Ruocco, Jim Saluke, Pat Splawn, Sr Mary Olivia Shirley, Al Santoro, Bob Stauss, Charlotte Stenzel, De & Chip Watson, Leo Weisenhorn, Paul & Marion Yager, father of Virginia Haven For all in service to our country: Stefan Zapata, Derrick Dobbins, Matthew Barker, Kevin Haskins, Stephanie Miller Pastor’s Prayer Intentions:  For the safety of travelers during the summertime  For the conversion of our Nation back to God

Daily Mass Readings From Sacred Scripture Monday:

Is 1:10-17; Ps 50:8-9, 16bc-17, 21, 23; Mt 10:34 — 11:1 Tuesday: Is 7:1-9; Ps 48:2-8; Mt 11:20-24 Wednesday: Is 10:5-7, 13b-16; Ps 94:5-10, 14-15; Mt 11:25-27 Thursday: Is 26:7-9, 12, 16-19; Ps 102:13-14ab, 15-21; Mt 11:28-30 Friday: Is 38:1-6, 21-22, 7-8; Is 38:10-12abcd, 16; Mt 12:1-8 Saturday: Mi 2:1-5; Ps 10:1-4, 7-8, 14; Mt 12:14-21 Sunday: Gen 18:1-10a; Ps 15:2-5; Col 1:24-28; Lk 10:38-42

SERVERS OF THE SACRED LITURGY Saturday, July 16, 5:00 PM Mass EMHC: Jeff Templeton Lectors: Liz Baechel, John Welsh Greeters: Sam & Marie Calouche Gifts: John Murawski Sunday, July 17, 7:30 AM Mass EMHC: Tim Mueller Lectors: Bill Melton Greeters: Lee Ann MacMillan Gifts: Jack & Barbara Steiner Sunday, July 17, 10:00 AM Mass EMHC: Vince Mooney, Mark Ruocco, John O’Daly Lectors: Rece McSwain Greeters: Juana Penazola, Ellen Roberts Gifts:

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION EVERY FRIDAY St. Michael’s is now offering Eucharistic Adoration every Friday following morning Mass until 7pm. Please consider scheduling some time each week for this awesome privilege. Pope St. John Paul II described Eucharistic Adoration as “looking upon the face of Christ, putting before him all our anxieties, hopes, worries and even our sins.” If you wish to schedule a regular hour each week, so that our Lord is never left alone, a sign-up book is located in the Narthex, or contact Anne Tinsdale at [email protected] or 540-497-1781. ST MICHAEL CHOIRS Adult: meet on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM in the church. Contact Toni Keating: [email protected]/ (704) 747-5654. Children: Practice every Monday when school is in session. Contact Kristen Levine at (704) 435-6663 or [email protected] Latin Schola: Meets on Thursday evenings at 7pm in the church. Contact Kristy Brown: (704) 466-6577 or [email protected] . NEW MEETING TIME FOR THE LEGION OF MARY - Active members will now meet each Friday evening, at 7pm in the Rose Room. All active members participate in specific works assigned by Fr. Buettner. Come to a meeting and learn how you can serve your parish in the service of Mary. For additional information, please contact Anne Tinsdale at [email protected] or 540-497-1781 BELMONT ABBEY ADORATION CHAPEL— St Joseph’s chapel is open for prayer during the summer months, Adoration will resume in the fall. FIRST SATURDAY MASS: All are welcome for First Saturday Mass at 8 AM at the Missionaries of Charity, 1625 Glenn St, Charlotte; and prayers at the abortion clinic on Latrobe Drive following Mass. For more info please contact Mitch and Jean Foreman at 704-685-1423 or [email protected] . ALTAR FLOWERS - Flowers are placed on the altar each week and dedicated at the intention of the donor. Please contact Melissa Deaton at (704) 228-9874. SACRAMENT INFORMATION - Please see the back page of the bulletin for complete information on receiving the Sacraments.

The Hospitality Committee provides a warm welcome to families and adults who are new to our parish. Members of this ministry make a personal phone call to each newly registered family and provide information packets to new members. Welcome Receptions for new parishioners are held on a quarterly basis.

In addition to being the welcoming arm of the parish, the Hospitality Committee assists with various social events held at the Church. If you are new to the church or are interested in joining the Hospitality Committee, please contact Indeg Berdusis [email protected] or Liz Baechel [email protected].

Latin Mass Class – What is Sacred Music? When: July 27th, 7pm Where: St. Ann Catholic Church (Allen Center Cafeteria), 3635 Park Road, Charlotte St. Ann parish will host its second Latin Mass class on Wednesday July 27 at 7pm in the St. Ann Allen Center Cafeteria. This class will explore the role of Sacred Music in the Latin Mass and will be presented by Stefano Monaco, St. Ann’s choir member, with introduction by pastor Fr. Timothy Reid. The presentation will answer many questions including:  What is Sacred Music and how does it differ from religious music?  How did Gregorian chant develop?  What is the role of Sacred Music in the Sacrifice of the Mass? Class will be preceded by 6pm Latin Mass in the church and a light dinner will be served by the Charlotte Latin Mass Community. Class is open to newcomers and regulars alike. While the event is free, an RSVP is greatly appreciated by July 25th.

Secretarial Position Opening Debbie Davis, our parish secretary for 25 years, will be retiring at the end of July. Therefore, we will have an open part-time secretarial position at St. Michael’s beginning in August. The applicant must have excellent people skills, computer skills, and have comfortable facility in both English and Spanish. Please submit your resume to Fr Buettner by July 15.

   Door Lock / Card Key System St. Michael’s Safety and Security Commission has recently reviewed the security and access related to our doors around the Church campus. After much research, they have recommended a key card access system. With gratitude to the Knights of Columbus for the necessary funding, we’re excited to announce that the new system has been approved. Also, this year’s school spring fundraiser (The Global Games) raised the money to pay for the same security to be expanded for the school and gym! This new system will enable us to provide better access and better security on campus. We’re working on the timeline for installation, but we expect the new system to be installed this summer. All the door locks will be re-keyed, making all existing keys obsolete. Those who need access to any particular building will be issued a key card that allows access for the specific time needed. Here is the plan for each building: Church: The front left side door (next to the pastor’s office) will be the card access door for the Church since it is next to the alarm pad. The main front doors of the Church will continue to be unlocked during Mass and business hours Monday through Friday. Access cards will be programmed and issued to all who need access for the specific times needed. Parish Center: The front doors of the Parish Center will have a card reader. Cards will be issued to those who lead events in the Parish Center. Kitchen in the Parish Center: Access to the Kitchen will require card access and will be given as needed to those who host events that use the kitchen. Knight’s closet: A card reader will be added that will allow those authorized to have access. Gym: The main front door will get a card reader. Cards will be issued to those who hold events in the Gym. School: The three sets of double exterior doors will have card readers. Cards will be issued to teachers and staff. Church Hall & Old Church: Both will have a card reader in the future. In the meantime, new locks and non -duplicable key will be installed. Important: If you have a need for a Key Card to access any of the buildings, or need a key to any of the closets, please stop by the Church Office to fill out a Key Request Form. Once we firm up the date of installation, we will let everyone know when to collect your new key card. Love to Bake? Your generosity during your lifetime has enabled our parish to serve the people of God in this community. Continue to be a part of the strength of the community by making a bequest in your Will to our parish and faith community. For more information please visit our website at www.charlottediocese.org/giving and follow the link to Planned Giving.

The Hospitality and Family Life Committees host various receptions during the year. We would like to compile a list of parishioners we can call on to bake when needed. Our goal is to have a list long enough to have to call you just twice a year! Please let us know if we can put you on our list by emailing one of us to provide your name and phone number. Indeg Berdusis [email protected] or Liz Baechel [email protected]  

DIOCESAN SUPPORT APPEAL 2016 DSA Goal Pledged to date: (223 households) Paid to date

$ 67,009 $ 65,433 $ 48,848

OUR STEWARDSHIP OF TREASURE Needed each week July 1-2 Offertory plus Online Donations Debt Reduction July to date

$ 13,200 $ 9,848 $ 1,542 $ 4,151

Give Electronically at www.stmichaelsgastonia.org FOR THE GLORY OF GOD & FOR THE GOOD OF OUR PARISH: Prayerfully consider giving at least one hour's wage per week to the Lord.

You are invited! On Sunday, 16 July 1251, Our Lady appeared to St. Simon Stock and presented him with a gift. She held out a cloth scapular to him and said, “Receive, beloved son, this scapular of your order, as a badge of my confraternity and for you and all the Carmelites a special sign of grace; whoever dies in this garment shall not suffer everlasting fire. It is the sign of salvation, a safeguard in dangers, a pledge of peace and of the covenant.” The scapular, which is a garment that hangs down the front and back, came to be a symbol of dedication to the Blessed Virgin Mary, devout trust in her maternal protection, and the desire to imitate the virtues of Jesus and Mary. The scapular is not a good luck charm or a superstition, but a sacramental garment that indicates membership in a confraternity, a spiritual bond that unites the faithful in love with God and with one another. Countless popes, priests, religious, lay faithful, and above all, saints, have given ample testimony of the importance of the scapular and encouraged all Christians to be clothed in this sign of divine protection and love. Next Saturday, 16 July, the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, you are invited to be enrolled in the scapular after the Missa Cantata at 10 am to receive all the privileges, graces, spiritual benefits, and assistance afforded to those who wear the brown scapular. You can purchase a scapular at Seven Gifts, now located in the back of the church across from the lady’s restroom, or bring your own. The scapular will be blessed and you and your family can be enrolled at the ceremony. On 16 July, 2001, the 750th anniversary of the Carmelite Scapular, St. John Paul II wrote a letter to the Carmelites to commemorate the event. He said, “The Marian patrimony of Carmel has become, over time, through the spread of the devotion of the Holy Scapular, a treasure for the whole Church. For its simplicity, for its anthropological value and for the relationship with Mary as regards the Church and humanity, this devotion has been profoundly and widely grasped by the people of God…” He also admitted, “I also carry the scapular on my heart…for the love that it nurtures toward the common heavenly mother, whose protection is continually springing forth.” On Saturday, 16 July at 10 am, You are invited to receive this great gift that has been embraced by Christians for nearly 800 years!

July 16 at 10am we will be having a special

Missa Cantata in honor of Our Lady of Mt Carmel. Father Buettner will also be enrolling people in the brown scapular who desire this special blessing. (Note there will not be an 8:15 Mass that morning.)

Thrift Store - Our Thrift Store is always in need of gently used items. This week they prepared a list of items that they could really use: Sheets Blankets News paper Wheel chairs

Fall clothes and shoes Towels and wash cloths Small appliances

Altar Flowers - We have open dates in July, the 17th and the 31st. Please call Melissa Deaton at (704) 228-9874 if you would like to dedicate the flowers Interested in Supervising a Nursery? Holy Trinity Lutheran has a job opportunity for just the right person. Position will be available beginning August 1st, 2016. Starting rate of pay: $10/ hour Please submit resume, including professional references, to: [email protected] or mail to: Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 805 S. York Street, Gastonia, NC 28052. No phone calls, please.

Family In Need A local Foster Family is taking in the sibling of a child already in the home, they could really use bunk beds to bring these family members back together again. The Parish Office has more details if you can help!

DIRECTORIO DE MINISTERIOS

FINANZAS Se Necesita cada Semana July 1, 2

$ 13,200 $ 9,848

Reducción de la deuda

$ 4,151

POR LA GLORIA DE DIOS PARA EL BIEN DE NUESTRA PARROQUIA: No consideraria el salario de una

hora a la semana al Senor?

2016 DSA Meta Paid

$ 67,009 $ 48,848

Párroco Reverendo Matthew Buettner Vicaría de Gastonia - Ministerio Hispano Padre José Antonio Juya — 704- 860-3826 Coordinador General de Liturgia John Herrera — 704-616-5422 Encargados de Ministros Extraordinarios de la Sagrada Comunión John Herrera — 704-616-5422 Dioney Segura — 704-240-8290 Encargado de Lectores: Luzmar Gómez — 704-869-8026 704-747-1770 Encargado de Hospitalidad Ariel y Diana Salazar—704-674-4875

INFORMACION PARA LOS SACRAMENTOS DEL BAUTISMO y MATRIMONIO: Hable con la Sra. Juliana para Bautizos y con Sra. María Luna para Matrimonios cuando termina la Misa. Ellas le indicará las fechas próximas de charlas para estos sacramento, así como un folleto con la información de los requisitos.

Preparación Pre-Matrimonial María Luna 704-240-8290 Preparación Pre- Bautismal Mauricio y Juliana Betancourth — 980-329-9770

BENDICION NIÑOS (AS) POR SUS 3 AÑOS O PRESENTACION POR SUS 40 DIAS - A partir del mes de septiembre, estas bendiciones especiales se llevarán a cabo el primer domingo de cada mes. Anótese con anticipación con Stephanie al terminar la Misa.

Catequesis para Adultos John Herrera — 704-616-5422

CONSEJERIA ESPIRITUAL — Jueves y viernes. Llame al Padre José para que haga su cita 704-860-3826

Ministerio de Ofrendas Ariel y Diana Salazar — 704-674-4875

CELEBRACION DE XV AÑOS Comunicarse con Luzmar Gómez 704-747-1770

Ministerio de Monaguillos Mireya Rico — 704-868-6347

MISA PARA BODA O XV AÑOS – Antes de los preparativos para la fiesta, debe hablar con el Padre para ver si la Iglesia está disponible para la fecha deseada. DECORACION DE LA IGLESIA PARA BODA O XV AÑOS – Hable con la Sra. Nora al 704-689-1199. CORO PARA BODA O XV AÑOS.– Ya que haya acordado con el Padre la fecha, debe hablar con Rolando Espinosa 704675-4030 al terminar la Misa para que le de información sobre el coro. MISA PARA DIFUNTOS – Todos los primeros viernes de cada mes durante la Misa de Sanación. Debe anotarse con Stephanie Salazar 704-648-5056 una semanas antes. VISITA A LOS ENFERMOS .- Si tiene un familiar o amigo enfermo y desea la comunión comunicarse con John Herrera 704 -616-5422 o que el Padre José lo visite en casa o en el hospital , puede llamarlo al 704-860-3826. ARTICULOS RELIGIOSOS.- Biblia, Catecismo

Catequesis para Niños & Jóvenes Carmen Vázquez — 813-541-3977

Ministerio de Jóvenes Ivonne Segura — 704-530-3011 Stephanie Salazar— 704-648-5056

Charla para el Sacramento del Matrimonio María y Dioney — 704-240-8290 Ministerio del Coro Fatima Brenz — 704-862-9963 Rolando Espinoza — 704-675-4030 Comité Pastoral Hispano Reina Granadino — Coordinadora — 704-488-5976

MINISTERIO DE AYUDA SOCIAL-CARIDAD Si sabe de alguna familia que esté en necesidad y desee recibir una despensa, puede contactar al Señor Gaudencio Alvarado (980) 320-5587

A LA COMUNIDAD EN GENERAL Si desean contribuir con algún producto como: aceite para cocinar, sal, papel higiénico, champú, pasta dental, o aporte económico etc., llame a Gaudencio Alvarado para hacer su donación. De antemano le damos las gracias en nombre de todas las familias a las cuales se entregarán los productos recibidos.

G R A C I A S

El buen samaritano iba de camino Lucas 10, 25-37. Tiempo Ordinario. Amar al prójimo no es muy fácil, porque requiere darse a los demás, sin ninguna distinción.

Oración introductoria Señor, dame la sabiduría y el amor para descubrir y actuar, buscando el bien de los demás, en las diversas situaciones de mi vida cotidiana. No permitas que el ajetreo de mis pendientes me haga pasar de largo y no ver a esa persona que necesita que me detenga a platicar con ella para darle consuelo o simplemente una sonrisa. Petición Señor, concédeme un corazón grande para ayudar a todos, en todo momento. Meditación del Papa Francisco En cambio el samaritano, cuando vio a ese hombre, “sintió compasión” dice el Evangelio. Se acercó, le vendó las heridas, poniendo sobre ellas un poco de aceite y de vino; luego lo cargó sobre su cabalgadura, lo llevó a un albergue y pagó el hospedaje por él... En definitiva, se hizo cargo de él: es el ejemplo del amor al prójimo. Pero, ¿por qué Jesús elige a un samaritano como protagonista de la parábola? Porque los samaritanos eran despreciados por los judíos, por las diversas tradiciones religiosas. Sin embargo, Jesús muestra que el corazón de ese samaritano es bueno y generoso y que —a diferencia del sacerdote y del levita— él pone en práctica la voluntad de Dios, que quiere la misericordia más que los sacrificios. Dios siempre quiere la misericordia y no la condena hacia todos. Quiere la misericordia del corazón, porque Él es misericordioso y sabe comprender bien nuestras miserias, nuestras dificultades y también nuestros pecados. A todos nos da este corazón misericordioso. El samaritano hace precisamente esto: imita la misericordia de Dios, la misericordia hacia quien está necesitado. (S.S. Francisco, 14 de julio de 2013) Reflexión Muchas lecciones les ha dado Nuestro Señor a los fariseos, pero ninguna tan bella como ésta. Es de esas ocasiones en las que Cristo da a conocer su doctrina y su mandamiento a todos los hombres, y lo hace de manera muy velada. Amar al prójimo no es muy fácil, porque requiere donarse a los demás, y ese donarse cuesta, porque no a todos los tratamos o queremos de la misma manera. Por ello tenemos que lograr amar a todos por igual, sin ninguna distinción. Quererlos a todos, sin preferir a nadie. Es difícil mas no imposible. Dios nos ha dado el ejemplo al vivir su propia doctrina: "no hay amor más grande que el que da la vida por sus amigos", pero Él no la dio solo por sus amigos, sino también por sus enemigos, y muchos santos han hecho lo mismo. Propósito Imitemos a Cristo en su vida de donación a los demás, y vivamos con confianza y constancia su mandamiento: "vete y haz tú lo mismo". Diálogo con Cristo Señor, Tú lo sabes todo: mi debilidad al amar a los demás, especialmente aquellos que están más cerca de mí, porque si hay impaciencia, si hay juicios temerarios, si hay indiferencia, no hay verdadero amor. Ayúdame a crecer en la convicción de que Tú me has creado para amar y servirte en esta vida y que sólo superando mi egoísmo mediante la vivencia del amor, podré gozar de Ti y alabarte eternamente en el cielo.

¿Por qué hacen eso los Católicos?

Los Apóstoles y los primeros discípulos de Cristo al ir fundando comunidades cristianas fueron adaptando elementos de las culturas donde iban evangelizando Los Apóstoles y los primeros discípulos de Cristo al ir fundando comunidades cristianas fueron adaptando elementos de las culturas donde iban evangelizando. Ejemplo de esto son los Ritos Litúrgicos (o sea la forma particular y propia como celebramos la Eucaristía y todos los actos litúrgicos). Si vamos a la India (Rito Sirio Malabancar & Rito Sirio Malabar) y a Egipto (Rito Cóptico) varemos que celebran la Eucaristía de formas distintas. ¿Por qué llamamos “padre” al sacerdote? Acaso no lo prohibió Jesús en Mateo 23, 8-10… “Ustedes, no se dejen llamar Maestro, porque no tienen más que un Maestro, y todos ustedes son hermanos. No llamen Padre a nadie en la tierra, porque ustedes tienen un solo Padre, el que está en el Cielo. Tampoco se dejen ustedes llamar Guía, porque ustedes no tienen más Guía que Cristo.” Para interpretar la Biblia correctamente hay que tener en cuenta varios factores: (hay que leer los versículos con su contexto…) Si se leen los versículos a continuación (11 & 12) se puede ver que el propósito de Jesús es enseñarnos que no debemos presumir y no creernos superiores por ser padres, maestros, catequistas, o líderes en algún ministerio de la Iglesia. “El más grande entre ustedes se hará el servidor de todos. Porque el que se pone por encima, será humillado, y el que se rebaja, será puesto en alto” (Mateo 23, 11-12). Hay que interpretar a la luz de la Biblia completa. San Pedro, San Pablo y San Juan se identifican así mismo como padres espirituales. San Pedro llama al Evangelista Marcos “hijo”: “La Iglesia de Babilonia, que ha sido elegida como ustedes, los saluda, lo mismo que mi hijo Marcos. Salúdense los unos a los otros con un beso de amor fraternal. Que descienda la paz sobre todos ustedes, los que están unidos a Cristo” (1Pe 5, 13). San Juan no se cansa de llamar a los bautizados de las comunidades cristianas. “Hijos, les escribo porque sus pecados han sido perdonados por el nombre de Jesús. Padres, les escribo porque ustedes conocen al que existe desde el principio. Jóvenes, les escribo porque ustedes han vencido al Maligno. Hijos, les he escrito porque ustedes conocen al Padre. Padres, les he escrito porque ustedes conocen al que existe desde el principio. Jóvenes, les he escrito porque son fuertes, y la Palabra de Dios permanece en ustedes, y ustedes han vencido al Maligno” (1Jn. 2, 12-14). Hay que entender la Palabra de Dios (Biblia) con la ayuda de la Tradición Apostólica. Las Fuentes de la Revelación Divina (Palabra de Dios) son la Tradición Apostólica (Palabra Hablada y Pregonada) y la Biblia (Palabra Escrita). “Jesús hizo también muchas otras cosas. Si se las relatara detalladamente, pienso que no bastaría todo el mundo para contener los libros que se escribirían” (Jn. 21, 25). Como ejemplo podemos utilizar el relato de la Verónica del Vía Crucis (sexta estación) es parte de la Tradición Oral de la Iglesia y no está en la Biblia.

LECTURAS DE LA SEMANA Lunes:

Is 1:10-17; Sal 50 (49):8-9, 16bc-17, 21, 23; Mt 10:34 — 11:1 Martes: Is 7:1-9; Sal 48 (47):2-8; Mt 11:20-24 Miércoles:Is 10:5-7, 13b-16; Sal 94 (93):5-10, 14-15; Mt 11:25-27 Jueves: Is 26:7-9, 12, 16-19; Sal 102 (101):13-14ab, 15-21; Mt 11:28-30 Viernes: Is 38:1-6, 21-22, 7-8; Is 38:10-12abcd, 16; Mt 12:1-8 Sábado: Mi 2:1-5; Sal 10 (9):1-4, 7-8, 14; Mt 12:14-21 Domingo: Gen 18:1-10a; Sal 15 (14):2-5; Col 1:24-28; Lc 10:38-42

SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM Baptisms are held at 2 pm on Saturdays. Baptism is the most important moment of our life. Infants should be baptized in the first few weeks. Parents AND godparents must attend the preparation class (held every 2nd Saturday) preferably before the child is born. Parents need to be registered in the parish, pledge to raise the child as a practicing Catholic, and must also be practicing the faith by attending Holy Mass every Sunday. Godparents are considered Catholic role models. Therefore, they must have received all sacraments, including Confirmation, and must be attending Holy Mass every Sunday. If they are married, they must have received the sacrament of Holy Matrimony in the Catholic Church. Please come to the parish office to register for the class and bring a copy of the child’s birth certificate when it becomes available.

SACRAMENT OF HOLY MATRIMONY Couples should make an appointment with the priest at the time of engagement, and at least six months before any proposed wedding date to begin preparations. The couple should be registered, active members of our parish, which means that all Catholic parties are attending Holy Mass every Sunday, contributing to the financial needs of the parish, and are engaged in the spiritual and social life of our parish family. All Weddings are celebrated inside the Church on Saturday at 10 AM or 12 PM.

MARRIAGE TRIBUNAL ADVOCATE Call Mrs. Rita Kincaid at 704-907-3607 or [email protected]

SACRAMENT OF ANOINTING OF THE SICK Please call to set a time before serious surgery (after Sunday or daily Mass is good) or any time in an emergency.

DEVOTIONS Wednesday: 5:00 PM Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament 5:50 PM Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament First Fridays: 10 PM Thursday – 8 AM Friday: Nocturnal Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament Every Friday: 9 AM - 7 PM All Day Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament Saturdays: 8:15 AM Miraculous Medal Novena 8:15 AM Mass in Latin (not 1st Sat) Fridays of Lent: 6 PM Stations of the Cross PARISH PASTORAL & FINANCE COUNCIL MEMBERS

Pastoral Council Fr Matthew Buettner Linda Mooney Reine Smirz Margaret Vogt David Barker Brian Gawronski Sheila Levesque Tim Mueller Theresa Ostendorf

Fr Jose A Juya Lonikay Templeton Anne Tinsdale Johanna Pichardo Mitch Foreman Theresa Webster John Herrera Liz Baechel

Finance Council Maureen O’Keefe, Vince Mooney, Juliana Betancourt, John Guglielmetti, Riguey Gomez, Dawn Nielson, Monte Monteleone,

HOLY COMMUNION AT HOME Please contact Sr. Carolyn Mary Coll at 704-813-1425 or [email protected] to make arrangements.

CATECHISM, 1ST PENANCE, 1ST COMMUNION, CONFIRMATION , YOUTH MINISTRY BECOMING A CATHOLIC/RCIA Contact the Director of Religious Ed. Theresa Webster [email protected] / 704-867-6212 ext 114

THRIFT STORE 1111 S. York Rd, 704-864-8646. Open Tuesday through Friday 10 AM - 5 PM & Saturday from 10 AM until 4 PM.

ST VINCENT DE PAUL MINISTRY If you have a financial or material emergency, please call the parish office.

ATTENTION NEWCOMERS Have you completed a parish registration form? If not, please see a Greeter after Mass for a registration form today!

620950 St. Michael Church 708 Saint Michael’s Lane Gastonia, NC 28052 704-867-6212 Contact: Debbie Davis [email protected] Software Using: Win XP Publisher 2007 Adobe 9.0 Transmit @ Tuesday, 11 am Special Instructions: Debbie’s husband is not feeling well, if there is a problem call me Phyllis Mueller at 704-867-6212 ext 129 or email me: [email protected] Thank You.

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