Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

February 23, 2020

 

 

 

MASS INTENTIONS:

 

2/23/20 thru 2/28/20

 

   SUNDAY:

 

   ENGLISH MASS:

   9:00am. +Wally Lew Olson..

 

   SPANISH MASS:

   11:00am.

 

   WEEKDAY MASS INTENTIONS:

 

   MONDAY:

   9:00am. +Josephine Smith offered by

                   Victor & Pat Rubalcaba.

 

   TUESDAY:

   9:00am. +Bob James.

 

   WEDNESDAY:

   9:00am. +Frank Orona offered by Loretta Orona.

 

   THURSDAY:

   9:00am. +Jerry Kramer.

 

   FRIDAY:

   9:00am. +Mary Rubalcaba offered by

                   Victor & Pat Rubalcaba.

 

   SATURDAY:

   9:00am. +John Zamary.

 

 

   FINANCIAL REPORT FROM WEEK 2/16/19

 

YOUR GIFTS TO THE LORD:

 

   Sunday Offering………………..…$1231.37

   Children’s Fund…………………...……$2.00

   Capital Fund……………………….…...$00.00

 

                            EXPENSES

 

   General Fund:……………………….$4992.04

   Capital Fund:……………………….…$830.40

   Children’s Fund:……………………….$00.00

 

The Quarterly Financial Report is Available in

The Church Office for Review

 

 

Church Secretary; Meredith Pryor

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:

 

   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, Charlie Orona,

   Sophie Montoya, Joe Tapia, Cruz Milligan,

   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

 

 

 

CALENDAR OF WEEKLY EVENTS:

 

 

 

 SUNDAY:

 Sacrament of Reconciliation:

 8:00am – 8:50am.

 Rosary before Mass.

 CCD classes after 9:00am Mass.

 

 ENGLISH MASS, 9:00am

 SPANISH MASS: 11:00am

 

 MONDAY:

 Rosary before mass.

 9:00am Mass

 C.C.D. Classes 4:00pm.

 RCIA Classes: 7:00pm.

 

 TUESDAY:

 9:00am Mass

 Church Cleaning.

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

 

 WEDNESDAY:

 Rosary before mass.

 9:00am Mass

 6:30pm English Choir practice in church

 

 THURSDAY:

 Rosary before mass.

 7:00pm Mass.

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

 of the month.

 

 FRIDAY:

 Rosary before mass.

 9:00am Mass

 7:00pm Stations of the Cross every Friday During Lent.

 Eucharistic Adoration; First Friday of the Month.

 

 SATURDAY:

 9:00am Mass.

 

   St. Helena Parish, Alpine, Az.

 

 SATURDAY:

 Confessions, 3:30pm

 Mass 4:00 pm

 

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Pastoral Adminstrator

               Rev. Fr. Anselm Amadi

Rectory Telephone: 928-333-4707

Emergencies Only; 505-906-8421

 

 

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: Vacant.

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

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

Maintenance: Vacant.

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 March 1st.

 

Altar Servers:

 

   9:00am. Brook, Caleb & Corbin

                 Becker.

 

 

Lectors:

 

  9:00am. Leighayn Green.

11:00am. Inez Marrs

 

 

Eucharistic Ministers:

 

   9:00am. To be Appointed

 

 

PLEASE JOIN US IN OUR STEWARDSHIP PROGRAM OF TIME, TREASURE & TALENT, VISIT OUR WEB AT

 

www.stpeterchurch-az.com

 

 

Holy Father’s Prayer Intention:

February 2020

 

Listen to the Migrants' Cries:

 

We pray that the cries of our migrant brothers and sisters,

 victims of criminal trafficking, may be heard and considered.

 

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OUR PARISH:

 

 

 

RCIA: Lesson-February 17, 2020 The People of GodBob Dyson.

 

NO MASS: There will be no daily Mass on Tuesday February 25, 2020

 

ASH WEDNESDAY MASS SCHEDULE: Springerville, 9:00am (English), and 6:00pm (Bilingual).

Alpine 4:00pm.

 

ORARIO PARA EL MIERCOLES DE CENISAS: Springerville, 9:00am (Ingles), y 6:00pm (Bilingue).

Alpine 4:00pm.

 

STATIONS OF THE CROSS: Fridays at 6:00pm everyone is invited to participate on this Lenten Spiritual Exercises.

 

LAS VIACRUCIS: Los Viernes a las 6:00pm todos estαn invitados a participar en estos Ejercicio Espirituales. 

 

Each Friday in Lent the parish invites all to a soup dinner in the hall. The dinner starts at 5:15pm and will be hosted/served by volunteers who can reserve a date by calling Kay Dyson at 928-245-9969.

 

MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY MASS will be held in the coffee room to save on the cost of heating the church

 

THERE WILL BE AN ALL CHOCOLATE BAKE SALE after the 9AM Mass on February 23 in the hall, just in time to be entering into Lent! Any baked goods will be greatly appreciated and can be brought to the hall before Mass. All proceeds will go to Faith Formation at St. Peters Parish.

 

OUR COMMUNITY

 

LONELY?  BORED?  Want to help the unborn and their parents? - Living Hope PRO-LIFE Center in SPRINGERVILLE is in DESPERATE NEED of VOLUNTEERS to assist with various simple tasks (like folding baby clothes, assembling gift bags,sorting donation items, light cleaning, etc.)  NO training required!  The center is open Tues, Wed, Thurs, from 10am to 5pm, & would like helpers there for at least 4 hours, once per week, but schedules can be very flexible.  If interested, please call Center Director Breeana  at  928-537-9032-option3  for more info.  What a great charity offering to start in observance of Lent!  Thank you for whatever time you can donate to this good cause.

 

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HOMILY FOR THE SEVENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME: YEAR A

LEV. 19:1-2, 17-18, 1COR. 3:16-23, MT. 5:38-48

BY REV. FR. ANSELM CHIGOZIE AMADI

THEME: THE WAY OF PERFECTION

INTRODUCTION: The call to holiness is a universal call because holiness is the family identity of the household of God. The basis of this demand is the fact that we are children of God, made in his own image and likeness. As children of God, otherwise called seed of God (sperma tou theou), we carry within us the potency of God’s life. So when Christ demands that we be perfect as our heavenly Father is perfect, it is not an impossible task. He simply challenges us to grow to full stature of the life already planted in us as a seed.

BE HOLY FOR I AM HOLY: Holiness is the exclusive attribute of God. Without God nothing is holy and nothing has value. God alone is holy and the fountain of all holiness. When he calls us to holiness, he simply calls us to union with him; for united with him we share in his nature. The basis of this demand to be holy after the pattern of our God is because we are children of God. In the natural order of generation, children resemble their parents and carry in their genetic code, their family traits. Likewise, as children of God, we are called to reflect our family traits.

A Latin adage says, “Agere sequitor esse”, which means, in rough translation: “Action follows being”, in other words, “Things act according to their kind or nature”. It is in the light of this Thomistic metaphysical principle that we understand the reason behind the above mandate. Since we are children of God, we should as matter of necessity, be holy as our heavenly Father is holy. The Adamic nature in us that craves for sin and produces wickedness is simply a degenerated nature, a deviation from the original identity. It is not actually our identity; we carry in us the image of God in form of a seed. The call to holiness is a call to nurture the seed in us to germinate and blossom.

LAW AND GRACE: The degenerated human nature is the midwife of wickedness which stifles the seed of Godliness in us. The Law of Moses that says “An eye for an eye” is never a path to Godly life but a check on human wickedness. It was given not to encourage revenge but to check the wild fire of human wickedness and rage from possible tendency to over retaliation. Moses gave the Law to stem the tide of wickedness; but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ (Jn. 1:17). In the order of grace Jesus commands us to offer the wicked no resistance.

OFFER THE WICKED NO RESISTANCE: The story was told of a mad man who came across a sane man bathing in the local stream and made away with his clothing. Seeing that the mad man has collected his clothing, the one who was sane jumped out of the water and chased after him in nudity.  The rat chase created a spectacle around the neighborhood with the rumor making the rounds that two mad men were running around the streets. In like manner, when we engage the wicked, we end up in wickedness.

 When we refrain from retaliation, we imitate Christ’s virtue of meekness, and when we lose our material cloak to human wickedness; we gain the spiritual garment of humility (Col. 3:12), which profits us for eternal life. By so doing, we obey him who charges us “learn from me for I am meek and humble in heart” (Matt. 11:29). The way of perfection is the way of imitation of Christ. He who robs us of our cloak robs us of material goods, but the pursuit of our legitimate right to material possession may cost us our spiritual treasures, namely, the virtues of Christ. If the law of revenge aims at justice and proportionality on injury inflicted, the law of grace aims at securing the greater spiritual value which is the life of our Lord Jesus Christ. Christianity is simply living the life of Christ.

LOVE OF ENEMIES MAKES US CHILDREN OF GOD: Love of enemies as commanded by Christ is the qualifying factor to becoming children of God. It is the nature of God to love without limits or boundaries. He is the only one that loves both the good and the bad alike. Created in the image of God, we are called to exhibit that attribute that belongs to God. To love as God loves is the distinctive characteristic of his children. David in his approach to king Saul and Absolom who were seeking to kill him, won God’s favor and became the man after God’s heart. Jesus the only begotten son of God prayed for his executioners and begged his father to forgive them. In turn he enjoins us, children of God by adoption to take after his example as the way of perfection.

“BE PERFECT….” In classical Greek, the word “Teleios” which is translated ‘perfect’ refers to something that is complete, without defect, and fully developed adult. St. Paul uses this in Ephesians 4:13 to describe maturity in faith and behavior to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ. When Jesus charges us to be perfect as our heavenly father is perfect, he invites us to grow to maturity in virtue and integrity. At baptism we receive the life of God in form of a seed. By constant effort we bring this seed to growth and maturity. As it is proper for a seed to develop into the exact nature of the parent tree, so it is with the seed of divine life in us. Our perfection comes by the growth of the seed of divine life “to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ;” (Eph. 4:13). When we grow to this height we shall say like St. Paul in Gal. 2:20 “It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.” To this level of Christian life, Jesus calls us.