Page 1. Guidelines for church services.
Page 2. St. Peters Catholic Church Bulletin, 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Page 3. Reflections.
As we reopen the church for public celebration of Mass on 5/29/2020, the weekend mass times are scheduled as follows:
St. Helenas in Alpine: Saturday 4:00am (English Language Service)
St Peters in Springerville: Sunday 9:00am (English Language Service)
St. Peters in Springerville: Sunday 11:00am (Bilingual Spanish /English Service)
Confessions: Sunday 8:00am-9:00am prior to Mass
All parishioners are encouraged to spread attendance over these mass times and location:
This will avoid excess numbers at any given mass. As we joyfully resume services, we continue to strive to care for one another by observing recommendations that allow for the safety of the vulnerable and observe proper social distancing.
Please remember if you are ILL OR AT RISK PLEASE STAY AT HOME. As Bishop Wall reminds us in his letter of 5/23/2020, In order to stay safe, its important to err on the side of caution. This is an act of charity and will assist everyone in this time of pandemic. Those who have access to social media should continue to stream the Mass for those who choose to remain at home, especially those ill or in a high-risk category.
We shall mark the pews for proper distancing in our sitting arrangement in the church.
Communion will be ONLY in the hand only and Only the Sacred Body of the Lord. Please maintain 6 feet between parishioners as you line up for communion.
To keep recommendations of social distancing, altar servers will not serve at this time.
There will be no Procession of gifts to the altar. One assigned usher will present the collection to the altar.
The Sign of Peace should be without human touch, such as a small bow or wave.
Please DO NOT CONGREGATE in groups inside the building move through the Narthex so as to avoid a bottle neck. IF desiring to visit, please do so outside with recommended social distancing.
Please respect and care for one another by wearing a mask and maintaining 6 feet distance. This is strongly recommended as a sign of our desire to do our part in helping prevent others from potential contagion. (Masks are not recommended for children less than 2 years of age).
Only the church will be utilized for mass. Please be respectful of closed areas.
Restrooms in the narthex will be available for use.
Frequently touched surfaces and areas will be cleaned between all Masses.
Donations Requested: As you may be aware hand sanitizer and approved cleansing wipes remain in short supply. If you have excess and are able to share, donations are gratefully accepted at the church office on Monday and Wednesday between 8:00-12:00 Noon
Rev. Anselm Amadi
19th Sunday in Ordinary Time
August 9, 2020
8/9/20 thru 8/14/20
9:00am. +Myra Universal.
11:00am. San Martin Caballero.
WEEKDAY MASS INTENTIONS:
9:00am. Jason Pittman.
9:00am. +John & +Jean Hall.
9:00am. Byron H..
9:00am. Lydia Anaya.
9:00am. +Frank Orona.
FINANCIAL REPORT FROM WEEK 8/2/2020
YOUR GIFTS TO THE LORD:
Sunday Offering .. $1261.50
Childrens Fund ... N/A
Capital Fund . $00.00
Other . $00.00
General Fund: . .$1506.12
Capital Fund: ...$00.00
Childrens Fund: $00.00
The Quarterly Financial Report is Available in
The Church Office for Review
Church Secretary; Eileen Furman
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:
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.
Sacrament of Reconciliation:
Rosary before Mass.
CCD classes after 9:00am Mass.
ENGLISH MASS, 9:00am
SPANISH MASS: 11:00am
Rosary before mass.
C.C.D. Classes 4:00pm.
RCIA Classes: 7:00pm.
Spanish Choir Practice, 7:00pm 8:30pm.
Rosary before mass.
6:30pm English Choir practice in church
Rosary before mass.
7:00pm Baptism classes in Spanish, 2nd Thursday
of the month.
Rosary before mass.
7:00pm Stations of the Cross every Friday During Lent.
Eucharistic Adoration; First Friday of the Month.
St. Helena Parish, Alpine, Az.
Mass 4:00 pm
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: Vacant.
Funeral Director: Diane Fritz .(928) 333-5919
Lectors: Mary DiFilippo . .(928) 333-3338
Music Director: Bob Dyson . (928) 333-2809
RCIA: Deacon Jorge Campos .(928) 333-2150
Religious Ed. Devon Ditmore .(928) 333-0148
Ushers: Jim Morrison ...(928) 333-0928
Sacristans: Elizabeth Ketring, ...(928) 551-6003
St. Vincent De Paul Org ..(928) 333-4879
Prayer Tree: Monica Boehning .. (928) 333-5539
MINISTRY SCHEDULES FOR August 9th.
9:00am. No Servers Assigned
Due to Phase One
9:00am. Kay Buck.
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 Maritime World
We pray for all those who work and live from the sea,
among them sailors, fishermen and their families.
· HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION SATURDAY 8/15/2020: Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Please plan to attend Mass at 9:00am. If you are unable to attend in person please remember that there are many online resources to ensure you can attend.
· STILL A MYSTERY, Anonymous Donation: A large item was left on the porch of the church office on Tuesday. We would ask that the person who left this item please contact the church office so that we can properly thank them and ensure that your gift is used for the purpose intended. Thank you!
· ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT: A reminder that we continue to hold Holy Hour for one hour immediately following the 9:00 AM mass on Fridays. Please come join in adoration- all are welcome.
· FREE CATHOLIC EDUCATION AND INSPIRATION PROGRAMS: We are encouraged to fill our minds with positive and inspiring information that uplift our spirits and support us as we strive to contribute to the good and to our community. The following websites are recommended by the United States Council of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). Please visit them and explore- there is something there for everyone.
· Please dont forget to visit the Diocese of Gallup website for many resources for spiritual care and formation: https://dioceseofgallup.org/wellbeing/spiritual-resources/
· CCD RECEPTION OF SACRAMENTS: We are pleased to notify the congregation that approximately 30 of our youth will be receiving sacraments in three divided groups on Sunday August 16, 23, and 30th at the 9AM mass. The children will be divided into three smaller groups to ensure the safest environment possible. Please keep our youth in your prayers
· AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE: The need is constant. This most important effort to save lives and support our community in this time of need with a great act of Christian Charity.
o Date: August 18, 2020
o Time: Noon 5:00pm
o Location: Town Hall Complex, Springerville
o By Appointment Only- Book online or by phone at:
§ BY PHONE: 1-800-RED CROSS
NINETEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME: YEAR A.
1Kgs. 19:9, 11-13; Rom. 9:1-5; Mt. 14:22-33
THEME: THE STORMY PILGRIMAGE OF FAITH
BY REV. FR. ANSELM CHIGOZIE AMADI
INTRODUCTION: The cosmic upheavals that greeted Elijah on the Lords mountain and the stormy sail of Christs disciples depict the nature of Christian life. It is a ride on a rough road. Tribulation is a school master that teaches us to put aside the habits of infants. As infants encounter crisis when weaned, so do souls, when detached from the milk of spiritual sweetness. By means of Christian suffering, God trains souls to advance on the path of spiritual maturity.
ELIJAHS EXPERIENCE: It is worthy of note that Elijah experienced this great cosmic disturbances on the Lords mountain. The mountain signifies a state of exalted soul; in other words, the height of spiritual maturity and proficiency. What fire is to silver and gold, tribulation is to the soul (see, Is.48:10). Hence: My child when you come to serve the Lord, prepare yourself for trials (Sirach. 2:1). The experience of the prophet is a shining example of Christian suffering.
Before Elijah encountered the gentle voice of God, there came first the wind, earthquake and fire. All this was a preparation for divine visitation; a way leading up to it. They are forerunners of Gods presence. As the psalmist says: You make the winds your messengers; flaming fire, your minister (Ps. 104:4). These in some sort prepare his way. Since we receive the grace of God as treasure in earthen jars; this clay jar is formed and reformed by the divine potter. Like clay in the hand of the potter, so we are in Gods hands (Jr. 18:5). He sends the shattering wind to break up, as it were, the hard rock of our old selves; the earthquake to overhaul and the fire to bake the vessel of clay.
THE STORMY SAIL: The experience of the disciples shows in clear terms the nature of Christian life. The sea, because it is not steady, represents the intermittent unrest that characterizes our life in the world, while the shore, because it is stable, points to eternal rest at the end of time. The sail on the sea signifies life in the world tossed about by a wave of events. As we journey through life, we are like a boat tossed by the storm. This is the multiple trials and tribulations through which we enter the kingdom of God (Acts 14:22). Our journey to heaven is not an easy one. But the presence of the Lord is certain. Hence: Even though I walk through the valley of shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me . (Ps. 23:4).
THE GREAT I AM: When his disciples were battling with the storm of life, the Lord showed up with his consoling presence. He does not remove the storm but he remains with us. At one instance he sleeps in the boat while the sea rocks in tempest (Mk. 4:35-41), to teach us tranquility of faith amidst turbulent waves of life. In this case, he comes walking on the troubled sea, to show his presence in times of trial. In times of trial and tribulation the Lord proves his name: Emmanuel, (God with us). By walking on the turbulent sea, he demonstrates his supremacy over the forces that threaten us. Our troubles, cares and worries are under his feet.
Our fear may cloud our vision of his consoling presence; but he assures us: It is I; do not be afraid. It is I is an accurate translation of the Greek ego eimi (I Am). It recalls the Lords words to Moses from the burning bush (Ex. 3:14). It is first and foremost a reminiscence of the fire that does not consume its object. It shows an image of Christian suffering that does not destroy but strengthens. Secondly, it is an assurance of the great existence (I Am), undying presence, ever dependable. When we recognize his presence and look up to him, we shall rise above the storm like Peter. Peter was able to walk on the storm, that is, above the problems of life, as he looked up to Jesus. But when he took his eyes off Jesus, he saw how strong the wind was, and began to sink.
CONCLUSION: Christianity is a religion of the Cross. Our Lord started his life on the rough grass of the manger and ended on the hard wood of the Cross. To follow him means to experience his life. He has not promised to remove the cross but to be with us. With the psalmist we find the proper response to the turbulent wave of life: The Lord of host is with us, the God of Jacob is our stronghold. Though the waters there roar and are troubled, though the mountains are shaken to their foundation (See Ps.46). After all the tumult has afflicted the soul, peace comes at last.