This Sunday we celebrate the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time. The Gospel for this Sunday “gives us a glimpse into the intensity of Jesus’ compassion for others as described in verse 34 of today’s Gospel, “his heart was moved …” A brief study into the Greek word used here can be helpful for us: σπλαγχνίζομαι (splagchnizomai) describes compassion as coming from the “inward parts,” coming from the heart, liver, lungs, etc., as well as from one’s emotions like affectation, pity, tenderness. In other words, Jesus did not merely feel a fleeting sentimental concern for the vast crowd. He felt a movement from his interior that strongly compelled him into action to meet the needs of the people. What was the need to be met? Certainly, bread for their hungry stomachs, but more importantly, their souls hungered for the word of life, so Jesus generously supplied.” (LPI, Connect! Sunday Reflection)
Many thanks to Chris Löester, our Summer Seminarian, and Tom Hrica, our Altar Server Coordinator, who conducted Altar Server Training this summer for Altar Servers. The LAST session is this Thursday at 7PM.
Chris leaves on Friday, 16 July, to take a short break before retuning to the seminary in late August for his final year of studies for the Priesthood at the Seminary. Chris has been a great blessing to our parish this summer. God willing he will be ordained a Transitional Deacon in December and then a Priest next June. Please pray for Chris and for all our Diocesan Seminarians and for all those discerning the possibility of a call to religious life in the Church. You can keep in touch with Chris at firstname.lastname@example.org or write him at Chris Löester, 10701 South Military Trail, Boynton Beach, FL 33436.
This is the 3rd Sunday of the Month. I will offer a blessing for all couples who are celebrating their anniversary of receiving the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony at the end of Mass. Please stand and bow your heads for the blessing when instructed.
Paving and Painting is ongoing as part of our Bicentennial Campaign projects! The parking lot will be relined this week!!
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Some brief, but important reminders:
The new Parish Directory will be available after all masses this weekend. Please be generous! All donations go to the Youth Ministry for the National Catholic Youth Conference in November!
The Regular Sunday 10:30 Hospitality Hour will return in September.
Deacon Greg celebrates his 65th Birthday on Friday, July 16! Happy Birthday, Deacon Greg!!!
Senior Luncheon Returns! The monthly Senior Luncheon Program for Our Lady of the Lake seniors (60 years and over) will be starting up again on Tuesday, July 20, 2021. The menu will feature an “Old Fashion Church Picnic''! Be sure to mark your calendars to attend. You must call Suzanne Gooch at (803) 298-5038 by Sunday, July 18, 2021. Donation is still only $3.00 per person. Hope to see you at the luncheon!
Our Summer Mass Schedule: There will be NO 5PM Sunday Mass until 12 September 2021 (Sunday after Labor Day).
Peace and all good,