Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

January 26, 2020

 

 

 

MASS INTENTIONS:

 

1/26/20 thru 2/2/20

 

   SUNDAY:

 

   ENGLISH MASS:

   9:00am. Mr. & Mrs. J. Omerod offered by

                 Frances Kilganon..

 

   SPANISH MASS:

   11:00am.

 

   WEEKDAY MASS INTENTIONS:

 

   MONDAY:

   9:00am. Good Health for Joan Hart.

 

   TUESDAY:

   9:00am. +John Cotter.

 

   WEDNESDAY:

   9:00am. +William & Maryanne Fleming.

 

   THURSDAY:

   9:00am. +Celina, RIP Sabina Sabina in

                   Poland’s sister.

 

   FRIDAY:

   9:00am. +Jim Sullivan.

 

   SATURDAY:

   9:00am. +Fr. Michael Moore.

 

   FINANCIAL REPORT FROM WEEK 1/19/19

 

YOUR GIFTS TO THE LORD:

 

   Sunday Offering………………..…$1253.17

   Children’s Fund………….……………$21.30

   Capital Fund…………………………….$30.00

 

 

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:

 

   Liz Ketring, Roxanna Chavez,

   Ricky Barraza, Lily Hill, Susie Apodaca,

   Pat  & Victor Rubalcaba, Bernice Chavez, Confie

   LesSuer, 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.

 

   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 February 2nd.

 

Altar Servers:

 

   9:00am. Joslynn Pryor, Paige Baldwin,

                 Analia Morales.

 

 

Lectors:

 

  9:00am. Monica Boehing.

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:

January 2020

 

Promotion of World Peace

 

We pray that Christians, followers of other religions, and all people of goodwill

may promote peace and justice in the world.

 

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We have space in our bulletin for your business Ads.

If you would like to put one in the bulletin please call the church office.

 

 

 

OUR PARISH:

 

 

RCIA:- January 27th, 2020 Lesson, Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick by Fr. Anselm.

 

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

 

VIRTUS TRAINING in the coffee room at 6:00pm on the 28th.

All Eucharistic Ministers need to attend, if they are not up to date, please bring a pencil and paper. You must be updated every 5 years.

 

PARISH COUNCIL MEETING: There will be a Parish Council meeting February 3, 2020 at 6:00pm in the Coffee Room.

 

DONATION STATEMENTS: A mistake was made in the printing of the end of the year donation statements; you will receive a corrected statement in the mail. Sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.

 

2020 CENSUS 101: Taking part is your civic duty. Completing the census is mandatory; it’s a way to participate in our democracy and say “I COUNT!”

 

CENSO 2020 101: Participando es tu deber cívico. Llenar el censo es mandatario; es una manera de participar en nuestra democracia y decir “YO CUENTO”

 

TIEMPO, TESORO, Y TALENTO: Agradecemos amablemente a los siguientes feligreces que quitaron la decoraciones Navideñas. Eileen Furman, Lydia Anaya, Alan Richardson, Liz Ketring, and Bob and Kay Dyson.

 

 

Our Community:

 

THE E MARCH FOR LIFE in St. Johns was a success! Thanks to all who went and supported the cause!

 

2020 CENSUS 101: Census data are used all around you. Residents use the census to support community initiatives involving legislation, quality-of-life and consumer advocacy.

 

CENSO 2020: La información del censo se usa a tu al rededor. Los habitantes usan el censo como un apoyo iniciativo comunitario implicando la legislación, la calidad de vida y el apoyo al consumidor.

 

 

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THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME: YEAR A

IS 8:23-9:3, 1COR 1:10-13, 17, MT. 4:12-23

BY REV. FR. ANSELM CHIGOZIE AMADI

THEME: IN THE WAKE OF THE TRUE LIGHT

 

INTRODUCTION: After John was arrested, Jesus left Nazareth (where he grew up) to begin his public ministry. He chose to start his public ministry in Capernaum so that the scriptures may be fulfilled. Isaiah foretold the coming days of restoration for the land of Zebulun and Naphtali, when a great light will shine on their gloom and darkness. When Christ, who is the light of the world dwelt in the region of Zebulun and Naphtali, the prophecy was fulfilled.

BACKGROUND STUDY: Capernaum is situated on the North side of the Sea of Galilee where the tribal territories of Zebulun and Naphtali intersect. Zebulun is located at the seacoast as prophesied by Jacob at his last testament with his twelve sons: “Zebulun shall dwell by the seashore, he will be a haven for ships and his flank shall rest on Sidon” (Gen. 49:13).  This prophecy came true in the land allotments in Joshua’s time. Situated along the seashore, this territory became a trade route, rich in commercial activities. Owing to the presence of seaport and commercial activities here, there was influx of gentiles; hence, the prophet calls it ‘Galilee of gentiles’.

Possibly because of the economic relevance of this region, Assyrians invaded and ravaged the land, bringing about devastation and subjugation of the people; as recorded in the book of kings (2Kgs 15:29). This is implied when Isaiah said, “First the Lord degraded the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali; but in the end he has glorified the seaward road”.

THEN COMES JESUS: The choice of Jesus to dwell in Capernaum was, in a spiritual sense, a bid to rebuild the ruins of his people’s lives, symbolized by Assyrian devastation; and to recover the territories of human life under the control and dominion of the enemy (Satan). The whole region of Capernaum, Zebulun and Nephtali fall within Galilee (Galilee of gentiles), and was the place Jesus performed his first miracle: changing water into wine. This miracle is aimed at reversing the tragedies of God’s people. By changing water into wine, Jesus evokes a sense of gladness and delight which wine stands for in the scriptures. In the scripture wine is primary symbol of the joy that accompanies God’s presence. In Psalm 104, we hear of “wine to cheer men’s hearts”. Jesus comes to make present the joy of salvation.

The region of Zebulun and Naphtali experienced economic prosperity but rid of the corresponding sense of self-fulfillment. They were in darkness and gloom as Isaiah said. The picture shows the human condition of abject spiritual penury in the face of material abundance. It depicts a human society rich in material wealth yet subject to spiritual destitution. In the words of St. Francis de Sales, such people eat without relish, sleep without repose, laugh without joy. The savior decides to free his people from such unfortunate ‘Assyrian captivity’.

Jesus, the light of the world, appears on the landscape of a world shrouded in darkness and gloom. Hence, “the people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; upon those who dwelt in the land of gloom a light has shone”. They were in darkness and gloom because, in their entire commercial search they were unable to discover the hidden treasure that makes one sell all that he has; nor could they find the pearl of great price (Mt. 13:44-45). This hidden treasure is the joy of salvation, and can only be seen by means of the light which shines through the good news.

The first to see by means of this light were the first set of apostles. When Jesus called them, they were in their business of fishing. By means of the true light, they were able to discover the hidden treasure and pearls of great value. In response, they gave up their business; sold as it were, everything they possessed just to secure the treasure of the kingdom. This treasure is more profitable than trade, more rewarding than wages, that is, the hidden treasure of the Word.

In conclusion, Christ’s ministry of healing is a fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy that their yoke will be broken as on the day of Midian. The midianites oppressed Israel until God raised Gideon, the gallant soldier, who crushed the midianites in a single day (Judges 7). Likewise, Jesus comes to deliver us from the power of evil.