21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

August 26, 2018
Prayers for Healing These are trying times in our beloved Catholic Church. While it can seem painful or disturbing to mention abuse crises amid our liturgical prayer, there is healing when we offer these most sensitive supplications to God the Father.

“The liturgy is also a participation in Christ’s own prayer addressed to the Father in the Holy Spirit. In the liturgy, all Christian prayer finds its source and goal. Through the liturgy the inner man is rooted and grounded in “the great love with which [the Father] loved us” in his beloved Son.”

“The liturgy is the summit toward which the activity of the Church is directed; it is also the font from which all her power flows.”

– Catechism of the Catholic Church, excerpts from paragraphs 1073 & 1074

Through grief, doubt, pain, and question, let us remain steadfast in our faith, and unite our prayers of healing for the Church in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.
Readings
21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

First Reading
Joshua 24:1-2A, 15-17, 18B

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 34:2-3, 16-17, 18-19, 20-21


Second Reading
Ephesians 5:31-32

Gospel
John 6:60-69
Universal Prayer
Prompted by our Bishop, the petitions in the Universal Prayer focus on praying for the Church and the world in light of the recent abuse crises. read more...

Letter of His Holiness Pope Francis To the People of God
"If one member suffers, all suffer together with it." These words of Saint Paul forcefully echo in my heart as I acknowledge once more the suffering endured by many minors due to sexual abuse, the abuse of power and the abuse of conscience perpetrated by a significant number of clerics and consecrated persons. read more...

Bishop Braxton's Statement on the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report
This crisis has led to profoundly painful experiences for everyone in the Catholic Church, but most importantly, in the lives of the abuse victims and their families. read more...
A Choice to Make: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Sunday Readings
This Sunday’s Mass readings conclude a four-week meditation on the Eucharist.The Twelve Apostles in today’s Gospel are asked to make a choice—either to believe and accept the New Covenant He offers in His Body and Blood, or return to their former ways of life. read more...
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