Page 1. ST. PETERS CATHOLIC CHURCH BULLETIN: 30th. SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, 10/25/20
Page 2. THEME: THE LAW OF LOVE, by REV. FR. ANSELM CHIGOZIE AMADI.
October 25, 2020
30th Sunday in Ordinary Time
10/25/20 thru 10/30/20
9:00am. Courtney Castelhano.
WEEKDAY MASS INTENTIONS:
9:00am. +Wendy Halbert.
FINANCIAL REPORT FOR WEEK 10/18/2020
YOUR GIFTS TO THE LORD:
Sunday Offering .$1404.17
Childrens Fund . . N/A
Capital Fund ..$00.00
Other (Rectory Fund) $20.00
World Missions $297.00
General Fund: .... .$2789.97
Capital Fund: .$00.00
Childrens Fund: . $00.00
The Quarterly Financial Report is Available in
The Church Office for Review
Church Secretary; Vacant
Office Telephone: 928-333-4423
Please contact Monica Boehning at 333-5539 for prayer requests. Leave a message if no answer, include your name and phone number, with info.
THIS WEEK PLEASE PRAY FOR:
Jason Pittman, Eileen Tyrrell, Rebeka Talbot,
Charles Rand, Roxanne Chavez, Ricky Barraza,
Lily Hill, Susie Apodaca, Confie LeSuer,
Pat & Victor Rubalcaba, Bernice Chavez,
Maria Morales, Teresa Barbier, Richard Pena,
Clara Archuletta, Judy Bragg, Dolores Jackson,
Jessica Williams, Eva Orona, Sophie Montoya, Joe
Tapia, Juanito Quevedo, Krystna Kocol,
Irene Moya, Lydia Gonzalez.
Gift Shop is open every Sunday after the
9:00 am Mass or Contact;
Dean Smith at 928-853-6307
Weekdays from 7:45am-8:45am and
Tuesday and during daily mass times.
CALENDAR OF WEEKLY EVENTS:
Due to COVID
Baptism Preparation Classes to be Determined.
Rosary before 9:00am mass.
Sacrament of Reconciliation, 8:00am 8:50am.
Rosary before Mass.
CCD classes after 9:00am Mass.
C.C.D. Classes 4:00pm.
RCIA Classes: 7:00pm.
Spanish Choir Practice, 7:00pm 8:30pm.
6:30pm English Choir practice in church
7:00pm Baptism classes in Spanish, 2nd Thursday
of the month.
Eucharistic Adoration; First Friday of the Month.
ST. HELENA PARISH, ALPINE, AZ.
Mass 4:00 pm
Pastoral Administrator Rev. Fr. Anselm Amadi
Rectory Telephone: 928-333-4707
Lora Harrison - (928) 333-0148
Esmerelda Ontiveros - (928) 812-0049
Ed Fritz - (928) 333-5919
Altar Servers: Tasheena James .
Charles Rand . .. .(928) 333-3541
Church Cleaning: Susan Ely .
Funeral Director: Diane Fritz (928) 333-5919
Lectors: Mary DiFilippo . (928) 333-3338
Music Director: Bob Dyson . (928) 333-2809
Prayer Tree: Monica Boehning (928) 333-5539
RCIA: Deacon Jorge Campos (928) 245-5638
Religious Ed. Devon Ditmore (928) 245-5382
Sacristans: Elizabeth Ketring.. ...(928) 245-6992
St. Vincent De Paul Org .(928) 333-4879
Ushers: Jim Morrison ..(928) 333-0928
MINISTRY SCHEDULES FOR November 1st.
9:00am. No Servers Assigned
Due to Phase One
9:00am. Brooke Becker.
11:00am. To be appt.
9:00am. No Eucharist Ministers
Assigned Due to
Phase One Reopening.
PLEASE JOIN US IN OUR STEWARDSHIP PROGRAM OF
TIME, TREASURE & TALENT, VISIT OUR WEB AT
Holy Fathers Prayer Intention:
The Laitys Mission in the Church
We pray that by the virtue of baptism, the laity, especially
women, may participate more in areas of responsibility in the church.
If you are in need of assistance please call our office phone (928) 333-4423 and leave a message with your contact information. We return calls during normal business hours Monday thru Friday 8:00am
12 Noon. We are closed on Tuesday and Holidays.
A reminder that our mailing address is:
PO Box 1566, Springerville, AZ 85938. For security reasons we ask that you do not leave items
at the office door. Thank you.
· PARISH SECRETARY: St. Peters is in need of a Church Office Secretary to work 4 mornings per week. If interested, please call Fr. Amadi or Deacon Campos. Theyre telephone numbers can be found on the above page under Pastoral Staff. This is a paid position.
· HEALTH START PROGRAM: Now Located at North Country Healthcare:
Serves All Pregnant women and their children until age 2.
Not income based.
Community Health Worker home based visits to ensure improved pregnancy outcomes and support healthy child development.
Car seat safety, immunization and well checks, safety in home, mother and infant nutrition, and referral to community resources are among many other services provided.
For more information Call: Laura Ramirez: (928) 699-1742
· TOWN OF SPRINGERVILLE COMMUNITY Services Department provides service for the residents of Springerville, Eagar, Alpine, Nutrioso and Greer. .
For further information please call the Community Services Department at
THIRTIETH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME: YEAR A.
(Ex. 22:20-26; 1Thes. 1:5-10; Mt. 22:34-40)
THEME: THE LAW OF LOVE
BY REV. FR. ANSELM CHIGOZIE AMADI
The foundation of the law of love for our neighbor springs from the fact that we are made in Gods image. First, it commands us to recognize the image of God in our neighbor and secondly, invites us to reflect the quality of God who is compassionate. Compassion simply means feeling of sorrow or deep tenderness for one who is suffering or experiencing misfortune, literally a suffering with another (Online Etymology Dictionary). God calls us to feel the pain of the poor and the needy among us in imitation of his divine nature. Hence, he commands us: love your neighbor as yourself.
In the gospel, Jesus presents the love of God as the greatest commandment seconded by love of neighbor. The reason why the love of God is the supreme commandment is because God is the supreme and infinite goodness. That is to say, he is the only perfect being. Naturally, that which is good attracts; that which is all good (supreme goodness) ought to attract our entire attention. Hence, the Torah summons us to love God with the combined strength of our heart, soul, and mind.
LOVING GOD WITH OUR ALL: God demands that we love him with all our heart, soul, and mind, meaning the totality of our being. This is what the love of God demands. We cannot love God unless we are willing to give him our all. It is so because God is infinite in his nature while we are finite beings. We would need an infinite amount of love to be able to love God sufficiently. But since we are not infinite, it is necessary that we reserve for God the whole love of our souls in acknowledgement of his supreme goodness. This is why God commanded Abraham to sacrifice his one and only beloved son, Isaac, in a burnt offering. God, in making this demand, does not thirst for the blood of Isaac, but demands supreme love of Him (God), from Abraham over that of Isaac. Nothing should compete in priority with the love of God; hence, the Apostles left everything to follow Jesus.
Again, according to St. Francis de Sales, love is like honor. Just as honor varies according to different qualities of things and those it is given, so also love differs in accordance with the diversity of goods we love. Supreme honor belongs to supreme perfection and supreme love to supreme goodness. Love of God is love without equal because Gods goodness is goodness without equal. Since God is infinitely high above all goodness, he must be loved with a love that is above all comparison (Cf. Treatise on Love of God: Bk. 10, Ch. 6).
When we love God with all our strength, we are also strengthened in virtue. But if our love is divided, the soul is weakened with regard to virtues. Such a soul is like a stream with an outlet below wherein to empty itself. In which case, the water cannot rise in volume. Again, it is like hot water, when uncovered, which readily loses heat. It is like aromatic spices, when they are unwrapped, they gradually lose the fragrance and strength of their perfume. So is it with the soul that fails to concentrate its power of love on God alone but is open to other things. Such a soul loses the heat and vigor of its virtues St. John of the Cross, Ascent of Mount Carmel.
WHY LOVE? Christian perfection consists primarily in love. The end of perfection is to unite the soul and all its potencies with God. A thing is perfect says Aquinas, insofar as it attains its proper end which is the ultimate perfection thereof. Now it is charity that unites us to God, who is the last end of the human mind, since he that abides in love abides in God, and God in him (Jn. 4:16). Therefore, the perfection of the Christian life consists chiefly in love (Summa 11a 11ae, q.184, a.1). Hence, the love of God is the first and greatest commandment.
Love says the Apostle, is the bond of perfection (Col. 3:14). In Pauline theology, love is the aggregate of all virtues: Love is patient; love is kind, it is not jealous, it is not pompous, it is not inflated, it is not rude (1Cor.13:4-7). St. Paul in this lyric language, describes the excellence of love. This means, not only that love is the queen of and the soul of all the virtues, but that its worth is such that it suffices to make men perfect by imparting to him all the virtues Adulphe Tanquerey.
Note that it was a scholar of the law that posed the question to Jesus. Scholars are those that pursue knowledge of the law but sometimes lack the virtue of love. The response of Jesus places love of God above knowledge of God. The love of God is superior to the knowledge of God in this life. Speculative and abstract knowledge of God can exist without being accompanied by profound righteousness of the will. It may exist in a very intelligent but heartless man, who could not be called a man of goodwill in the meaning given to this term by the gospel (Garrigou-Lagrange, The Three Ages of Spiritual life, Vol.2, p.155). The knowledge of God belongs to the intellect and makes its students wise and learned men, while love of God makes its students saints and ardent affectionate lovers of God. The essence of Knowledge is to lead us to the love of God and neighbor.