Mass Resources for September 27
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Mass
26th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Praise the Lord, Ye Heavens
We place ourselves before the Lord, beginning with an act of contrition: My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart. In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good, I have sinned against you whom I should love above all things. I firmly intend, with your help, to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin. Our Savior Jesus Christ suffered and died for us. In his name, my God, have mercy.
Reading 1 EZ 18:25-28
A Reading from the Book of the prophet Ezekiel
Thus says the LORD:
You say, "The LORD's way is not fair!"
Hear now, house of Israel:
Is it my way that is unfair, or rather, are not your ways unfair?
When someone virtuous turns away from virtue to commit iniquity, and dies,
it is because of the iniquity he committed that he must die.
But if he turns from the wickedness he has committed,
he does what is right and just,
he shall preserve his life;
since he has turned away from all the sins that he has committed,
he shall surely live, he shall not die.
The word of the Lord.
Responsorial Psalm PS 25:4-5, 6-7, 8-9
R. Remember your mercies, O Lord
Your ways, O LORD, make known to me;
teach me your paths,
guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my savior. R

Remember that your compassion, O LORD,
and your love are from of old.
The sins of my youth and my frailties remember not;
in your kindness remember me,
because of your goodness, O LORD. R

Good and upright is the LORD;
thus he shows sinners the way.
He guides the humble to justice, 
and teaches the humble his way. R
Reading 2 PHIL 2:1-11
A Reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Philippians
Brothers and sisters: If there is any encouragement in Christ, any solace in love, any participation in the Spirit, any compassion and mercy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, with the same love, united in heart, thinking one thing. Do nothing out of selfishness or out of vainglory; rather, humbly regard others as more important than yourselves, each looking out not for his own interests, but also for those of others. Have in you the same attitude
that is also in Christ Jesus, Who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God something to be grasped. Rather, he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, coming in human likeness; and found human in appearance, he humbled himself, becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Because of this, God greatly exalted him and bestowed on him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

The word of the Lord.
Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia, Alleluia
My sheep hear my voice, says the Lord; I know them, and they follow me.
Alleluia, Alleluia
Gospel MT 21:28-32
A Reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew
Jesus said to the chief priests and elders of the people: "What is your opinion?
A man had two sons. He came to the first and said, 'Son, go out and work in the vineyard today.' He said in reply, 'I will not, ' but afterwards changed his mind and went. The man came to the other son and gave the same order. He said in reply, 'Yes, sir, ‘but did not go. Which of the two did his father's will?" They answered, "The first." Jesus said to them, "Amen, I say to you, tax collectors and prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God before you. When John came to you in the way of righteousness, you did not believe him; but tax collectors and prostitutes did. Yet even when you saw that, you did not later change your minds and believe him."
The Gospel of the Lord.
Intercessions
God guides the humble to justice and teaches them the way, and so in humility we bring our needs before God.

·       For the Church that the Holy Spirit may bind us with the same love, uniting us in heart, so that we may carry out God’s will in the world today……Let us pray to the Lord.

·       For Monsignor David, as we celebrate Priest Appreciation Sunday, that he may be blessed abundantly today and always for the many gifts he brings to us as spiritual leader of our partnership…Let us pray to the Lord.

·       For our leaders, that they may have the courage to do what is right and just, even when it is not easy or popular……Let us pray to the Lord.

·        For missionaries, who spread the Good News through word and action, that they may be kept safe from harm…..Let us pray to the Lord.

·       For our Jewish brothers and sisters as they observe Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, the holiest day of the year…..Let us pray to the Lord.

·       That we may humbly regard others as more important than ourselves, looking out for their interests and becoming the face of Christ for our neighbor…… Let us pray to the Lord.

·       For the sick and those near death, for deliverance from pain and suffering… Let us pray to the Lord.

·       For all who gather at this table, for healing and hope…… Let us pray to the Lord.
Vine and Branches
We remind parishioners that their financial support remains an integral part of parish life and the continued operation of our parishes and their mission of Christian service. We encourage the Faithful to continue giving of their time, talent, and treasure at this difficult time. Encourage you to use online giving, mail, or drop-off your Sunday Offertory at the rectory or Parish Office. Please remember that St. Luke's mailing address has changed to 1201 Lebanon Ave.  
Unless a Grain of Wheat
An Act of Spiritual Communion
It has long been a Catholic understanding that when circumstances prevent one from receiving Holy Communion, it is possible to make an Act of Spiritual Communion which is a source of grace. Spiritual Communion means uniting ourselves in prayer with Christ’s sacrifice and worshipping Him in the consecrated bread and wine which are His Body and Blood. Always remember that the consecrated bread is the Body and Blood of Christ and the consecrated wine is the Body and Blood of Christ, even if you receive the Eucharist only under one species.
The most common reason for making an Act of Spiritual Communion is when a person cannot attend Mass. An act of Spiritual Communion increases our desire to receive sacramental Communion and helps us avoid the sins that would make us unable to receive Holy Communion worthily.
 
A Prayer for Spiritual Communion
My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things and I desire to receive You in my body, my soul, and my whole being. Since I cannot at this moment receive you sacramentally, Come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if you were already there And unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen. 
Christ Before Us
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