TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

Page 1.   ST. PETER’S CATHOLIC CHURCH BULLETIN: 30th. SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, 10/25/20

 

Page 2.  THEME: THE LAW OF LOVE, by REV. FR. ANSELM CHIGOZIE AMADI.

 

 

 

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October 25, 2020

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

 

 

MASS INTENTIONS:

 

10/25/20 thru 10/30/20

 

   SUNDAY:

 

   ENGLISH MASS:

   9:00am. Courtney Castelhano.

 

   SPANISH MASS:

   11:00am.

 

   WEEKDAY MASS INTENTIONS:

 

   MONDAY:

   9:00am.

 

   TUESDAY:

   9:00am.

 

   WEDNESDAY:

   9:00am. +Wendy Halbert.

 

   THURSDAY:

   9:00am.

 

   FRIDAY:

   9:00am.

 

 

   FINANCIAL REPORT FOR WEEK 10/18/2020

 

YOUR GIFTS TO THE LORD:

 

 

   Sunday Offering……………………….$1404.17

   Children’s Fund…………….……….…N/A

   Capital Fund……………………………..$00.00

   Other (Rectory Fund)………………$20.00

   World Missions…………………………$297.00

 

                            EXPENSES

 

   General Fund:…………………....…….$2789.97

   Capital Fund:…………………………….$00.00

   Children’s Fund:…………………….…$00.00

 

The Quarterly Financial Report is Available in

The Church Office for Review

 

 

Church Secretary; Vacant

Office Telephone: 928-333-4423

 

 

PRAYER TREE:

 

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:

 

   Gift Shop is open every Sunday after the

   9:00 am Mass or Contact;

   Dean Smith at 928-853-6307

 

 

Office Hours;

   Weekdays from 7:45am-8:45am and

   10:00am-12:30pm

 

Closed,

Tuesday and during daily mass times.

 

 

CALENDAR OF WEEKLY EVENTS:

 

 

WEEKLY EVENTS:

 

Weekly Events

Currently Suspended

Due to COVID

 

Baptism Preparation Classes to be Determined.

 

 SUNDAY:

 Rosary before 9:00am mass.

 Sacrament of Reconciliation, 8:00am – 8:50am.

 Rosary before Mass.

 CCD classes after 9:00am Mass.

 

 MONDAY:

 C.C.D. Classes 4:00pm.

 RCIA Classes: 7:00pm.

 

 TUESDAY:

 Church Cleaning.

 Spanish Choir Practice, 7:00pm 8:30pm.

 

 WEDNESDAY:

 6:30pm English Choir practice in church

 

 THURSDAY:

 7:00pm Baptism classes in Spanish, 2nd Thursday

 of the month.

 

 FRIDAY:

 Eucharistic Adoration; First Friday of the Month.

 

 

   ST. HELENA PARISH, ALPINE, AZ.

 

  SATURDAY:

  Confessions, 3:30pm

  Mass 4:00 pm

 

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PASTORAL STAFF

 

   Pastoral Administrator Rev. Fr. Anselm Amadi

Rectory Telephone: 928-333-4707

Emergencies Only; 505-906-8421

 

   Deacon: Rev. Mr. Jorge Campos 928-245-5638

 

 

Pastoral Council:

Chairperson:

Lora Harrison          - (928) 333-0148

Secretary:

Esmerelda Ontiveros         - (928) 812-0049

 

Building Committee:

Chairperson:

Jackielyn Harrington

 

Finance Council:

Chairperson:

Jackielyn Harrington

Finance Secretary:

Ed Fritz - (928) 333-5919

 

PARISH MINISTRIES:

 

Altar Servers: Tasheena James…….

Eucharistic Ministers:

Charles Rand………………………….…..….(928) 333-3541

Church Cleaning: Susan Ely………….

Funeral Director: Diane Fritz…………(928) 333-5919

Lectors: Mary DiFilippo……….…………(928) 333-3338

Maintenance: Vacant.

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.

 

Altar Servers:

 

   9:00am. No Servers Assigned

                Due to Phase One

                Reopening.

 

 

Lectors:

 

  9:00am. Brooke Becker.

11:00am. To be appt.

 

 

Eucharistic Ministers:

 

   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

 

www.stpeterchurch-az.com

 

 

Holy Father’s Prayer Intention:

 

October, 2020

 

The Laity’s 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.

 

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OUR PARISH

 

 

·       CHURCH OFFICE UPDATE:

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.

 

  • FALL FEST RAFFLE: An anonymous parishioner has graciously donated a BEEF to raffle. Drawing  will be 12/12/2020 processed by "Malapai Meat Packing".  Processing of the beef is included. Tickets are $20 each or Six for $100.00. Tickets are available -contact Craig Shepherd at 928-551-7517 if you would like to sell or buy tickets. Or contact the Parish Office 333-4423.

 

  • RIFA DEL FEST DE OTOΡO: Un feligres de la parroquia gratuitamente dono una RES para la rifa. Sera rifada el 12/12/2020  va ser  processada por "Malapai Meat Packing". El precesamiento de la res esta incluido. Los boletos son de $20 o Seis por $100.00. Si estas interesado en comprar o ayudar a vender boletos por favor de llamar a Craig Shepherd 928-551-7517 Tambien puedes llamar al la oficina de la Parroquia al 333-4423.

 

  • BILINGUAL MISSALS WILL NOT BE PROVIDED BY THE PARISH: Due to Covid-19 we are not able to have them available at the pews. We highly recommend you purchase your own Missal, the gift shop has them available for you - see Dean Smith. You may also buy them on line.

 

  • EL MISAL BILINGUE no sera provisto por la Parroquia: Debido al Covid-19 no devemos ponerlo en las bancas a la dispocision de todos. Recomendamos que compren el misal 2021 que sale anualmente. Para mas informacion llamen a la oficina de la Parroquia. 

 

  • ALL SAINTS DAY: Next Sunday, November 1st is a Holy Day of Obligation for All Saints Day.

 

·       PARISH SECRETARY: St. Peter’s is in need of a Church Office Secretary to work 4 mornings per week. If interested, please call Fr. Amadi or Deacon Campos.  They’re telephone numbers can be found on the above page under Pastoral Staff. This is a paid position.

 

OUR COMMUNITY:

 

 

·       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

                         (928) 333-2516

 

 

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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 God’s 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 God’s 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 it’s 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.