Sowing Seeds
16th Sunday in Ordinary Time
July 23, 2017
The readings and homily this past Sunday focused on how we can make time for cultivating a deeper understanding of God's word proclaimed at Sunday Mass.  In efforts to help you "cultivate rich spiritual soil," the Thursday email series "Sowing Seeds" will focus each week on preparing our hearts for Sunday's Liturgy of the Word.

Regularly included in this email will be...
  • Link to Scripture readings
  • Hymn and song texts and commentary
  • The Universal Prayer (petitions) for the Church, world, and our community
  • Occasional articles as we transition liturgical seasons
If you have ideas of things you'd like to see in this new email series, please reply with your suggestions!

Stephen Eros
Director of Liturgy & Music

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Sunday Scriptures
Reading the Sunday scriptures before coming to Mass can help us enter more fully into prayer.  We're able to fully engage in the Liturgy of the Word when we have a frame of reference.   

Click here   to read this Sunday's readings.  

Wisdom 12:13, 16-19 
Themes: forgiveness, mercy
Psalm 86:5-6 / 9-10 / 15-16 
"Lord, you are good and forgiving."
Romans 8:26-27 
Themes:  Holy Spirit, perseverance
Matthew 13:24-43
 
Themes: strength of God's word, Kingdom of God

Singing Our Faith - The Church teaches that the opening hymn should foster unity and focus our minds on the scriptures of the day.  How can we - the worshipping assembly - truly achieve this?  read more...

Universal Prayer Also known as  petitions, prayers of the faithful, or general intercessions .  We take this time during Mass to pray for the Church, the world, those in need, and our deceased family and friends. Click here to view our petitions for this coming weekend - pray them at home with your family before coming to Mass this weekend.

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