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To view Fr. Brian's 'The Thought' - The Sacred Heart video, click above

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Dear Family:


I talked in the video above about the "Sacred Heart" of Jesus. I wanted to include for you here a couple of readings on the topic. The first is the Consecration Prayer to the Sacred Heart, adapted from the prayer written by Father Pedro Arrupe who I mentioned in the video.


The second is A Personal Covenant with Jesus, a Consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus from the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network.  Enjoy!


May you grow in His Grace and Peace!

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Consecration Prayer to the Sacred Heart


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A Personal Covenant with Jesus, a Consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus 


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Gospel Reflection

Editor's Note: Next weekend's Gospel reading is Luke12:49-53, a passage that can seem both terrifying and fierce. So, let's jump in and see if we can sort it out.

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Thoughts on Luke12:49-53

Jesus said to his disciples: ‘I have come to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were blazing already! There is a baptism I must still receive, and how great is my distress till it is over! ‘Do you suppose that I am here to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division. For from now on a household of five will be divided: three against two and two against three; the father divided against the son, son against father, mother against daughter, daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law, daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.’


The angels at Jesus’ birth proclaimed peace on earth, and Simeon, holding the baby Jesus in the Temple, said to God: “Master, now you may let your servant go in peace.” But here Jesus tells the crowd not to think he has come to bring peace; he has come to bring division. Simeon said as much when he turned to Mary and said that the child was destined for the rise and fall of many and to be a sign that will be contradicted. Peace is the ultimate end of the Kingdom of God, but peace has a price. Jesus is warning the crowd that wherever the Word of God is heard and acted upon, division occurs. Fathers will be divided against sons and mothers against daughters. READ MORE

From the Environmental Justice Subcommittee

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How Does One Person Make Any Difference? A Conversation about the Importance of Reducing, Composting, and Recycling

by Valerie Doze


Reduce, reuse, recycle. How many times have we heard these three seemingly simple words? How many times have we decided to throw everything in the trash, instead? Is it the confusion over which items can be composted or are actually being recycled that stops us, or the time it takes to take out the food products to the compost bin or rinse out the container and place it in the recycle bin? Or, rather, is it the justification we tell

ourselves that one less plastic container will not help an overly polluted world? No matter the “rationale,” the most recent data from the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) begs us to find a way to reduce the harm we cause the planet. READ MORE

Upcoming Events

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Reading & Discussion Group

August 9 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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August 16 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Embracing God’s Gifts ministry will not have its usual 2nd Sunday monthly meeting in August. Instead, a potluck cookout will be hosted off-site on Tuesday, August 16th from 5:30 pm -7:30 pm. Please contact Gordon at themissionbridge@yahoo.com to RSVP and for more information.

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Women Who Stay

August 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:000 pm

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Offerings & Prayers

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This week's collection: "Loaves & Fishes"


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Employment Opprtunities


Jobs for Teachers!


The Loyola School has vacancies for teachers of different preschool age levels.


If you are interested please contact Erica Meadows for more details. emeadows@lelc-balt.org 

From the Archdiocese

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MINISTRY TO FAMILIES WHO HAVE MISCARRIED

HOLY INNOCENTS is a ministry of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, facilitated by the Offices of Cemetery Management and Life, Justice and Peace. Its primary mission is to assure every child who is miscarried (dying before birth) has a sacred place to be buried. If you or someone you know is miscarrying or has miscarried and is in need of having a sacred place to bury the child, please call 410-547-3142. There is no cost to the family for this ministry.  Please keep this ministry in mind, when in the future someone you know has a miscarriage and wishes to bury the child. Pastoral visitors will arrange to take custody of the child and secure the child until burial. If the child is born at a hospital arrangements with the hospital will occur. Burials occurs twice per year at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Anne Arundel County. 


If interested in more information, please contact the helpline 410-547-3142 or email the office at holyinnocents@archbalt.org. If you are interested in serving in this important ministry, please contact us.   

 

Helpline: 410-547-3142 

Email: holyinnocents@archbalt.org

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THE BURIAL OF ASHES: The Archdiocese of Baltimore provides a final resting place for those who are cremated but not buried. Since cremation has become a more accepted practice, more families are choosing cremation though many are not choosing burial at the time of cremation. As years and decades pass, the next generation inherit the urns of their grandparents and great grandparents, increasing the incidents of the urns being misplaced and forgotten. The ministry is also for the recently deceased. The Ministry of the 14th Station of the Cross buries the deceased in sacred ground allowing the deceased to rest in peace. There is a minimal fee of $350 for the burial. The burial occurs annually in November (Month of All Souls). The urns are placed in one vault and buried. This opportunity also provides families peace of mind, as they now know where their family member is perpetually buried.  The burial is at Holy Cross Cemetery in Anne Arundel County. 


Please contact the Office of Cemetery Management

Rev Patrick Carrion ** 410-547-5375 ** pcarrion@archbalt.org

In the Media

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Archbishop Wester: The Catholic Church should baptize children of same-sex couples

by John Wester


Editor’s Note: In some Catholic dioceses and parishes, the question of whether to baptize the children of same-sex couples is not disputed. The child, say some dioceses and parishes, should be treated like any other children whose parents present them for the sacrament of baptism. In other dioceses and parishes, the approach is far different, with some couples being turned away. Here, Archbishop John C. Wester of Santa Fe, N.M., addresses a pastoral question that has caused distress in parishes and among same-sex Catholic parents.


The Great Commission, as presented at the end of the Gospel of Matthew (cf. 28:16-20), could easily be called “The Great Gift,” as the risen and ascended Christ, who possesses “all power in heaven and on earth,” empowers the disciples to “make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”. READ MORE

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Why Does the Bible Talk About Widows and Orphans So Much? 

by Tyler Huckabee


in a time of mass displacement — the sort of humanitarian crisis so enormous and distant that it’s difficult for many Americans to visualize it, let alone remember that it’s an ongoing and mounting catastrophe — it’s hard not to think of Matthew 25, where God identifies with the poor and marginalized. Most of us are not among the estimated 100 million persons who are currently displaced from their home, but Jesus tells us in no uncertain terms that he is.


Over and over again in the Bible, God identifies with the poor, the marginalized and those on the fringes of society. This is an uncomfortable truth for those of us who aren’t necessarily poor or marginalized, but it’s an important part of understanding the true character of God. And rarely in the Bible is that character made clearer than God’s love for widows and orphans. Pick up a Bible, open to any page and start reading. It won’t be long till you come across a passage about widows and orphans. READ MORE

READER NOTIFICATION:  

Parish: 'the thought' is a publication of St. Ignatius Catholic Community—Baltimore. Each edition contains articles and news feeds that are included for awareness of current topics in our world today. The positions expressed by outside authors and news feeds are theirs alone, and do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions, or positions of St. Ignatius Catholic Community or its staff.

 - This e-zine was designed and compiled by John C. Odean
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