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14 July 2022

20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Collect Prayer: O God, who have prepared for those who love you good things which no eye can see, fill our hearts, we pray, with the warmth of your love, so that, loving you in all things and above all things, we may attain your promises, which surpass every human desire. Through our Lord Jesus Christ …

Readings

Jeremiah 38:4-6,8-10
Psalm 39(40):2-4,18
Hebrews 12:1-4
Gospel   Luke 12: 49-53     

Do you suppose that I am here to bring peace on earth?

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.’

Meditation

Fire is sent upon the earth, when by the fiery breath of the Holy Spirit, the earthly mind has all its carnal desires burnt up, but inflamed with spiritual love, bewails the evil it has done; and so the earth is burnt, when the conscience accusing itself, the heart of the sinner is consumed in the sorrow of repentance.
Pope St. Gregory the Great

Readings next Sunday

  1. 1st read: Isaiah 66: 18-21
  2. Psalm 116: 1-2
  3. 2nd: Hebr 12: 5-7, 11-13
  4. Gospel: Luke 13: 22-30

Saints this week                                        

  • Mon 15 Solemnity of the Assumption.   
  • Tue 16 Saint Stephen king of Hungary.
  • Fri 19   Saint John Eudes, Priest.               
  • Sat 20  Saint Bernard, Abbot, Doctor.        

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Solemnity of the Assumption is, in some ways, the paramount feast of Our Lady, since it commemorates her passing, body and soul, into glory in heaven, where she stands beside her Son ‘in garments of gold’. Though the dogma of the Assumption was only defined in 1950, it was widely believed by the earliest Christians.

The Blessed Virgin truly leads the way; she fulfilled her vocation in humility and, given her Immaculate Conception, the grave was no place for her body. Where she is now, we one day hope to be.
CTS Daily Missal

St. Stephen I, King of Hungary

Stephen I was born in 970. Son of the pagan chieftain Géza, he was baptized and reared as a Christian. In 996 he married Gisela, daughter of Duke Henry II of Bavaria (and sister of the future Holy Roman emperor Henry II). After defeating his cousin, Koppány, Stephen was anointed king and crowned by Pope Sylvester II on Christmas Day in the year 1000, adding Hungary to the Christian nations of Europe.  King Stephen founded  bishoprics, built many churches and abbeys and sent missionaries throughout his kingdom; he also promoted agriculture and safeguarded private property. To this day, Hungary remains one of the most Catholic countries in the world thanks to the seed planted by St. Stephen, a true leader who loved the Church and his people, aware that God was the source of his authority. He died August 15, 1038. His crown is a national treasure in Hungary.

Weekly News

Collections for 6 & 7 August

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Hospice. € 174.35                       Thank you!

Patriarch’s Sunday meditations available at www.lpj.org.

Parish Pilgrimage to the Holy Land 2023. Info meeting 23 Sept.

Preparation for Sacraments 2023. Info meeting 16 Sept.

Shop open Sun to Fri 9-1 just opposite St. Paul’s Pillar. Tea, coffee, etc. We now have Rosaries, Scapulars and Mass Cards.

Caritas. Your food / clothes / items donations are greatly appreciated. For info contact Fr. Fernando, or Richard 99282385.

St. Paul’s Mass Schedule

  • Monday         Assumption 9 am, 12 noon and 6 pm. (6 pm Polis)
  • Tuesday         9 am
  • Wednesday  12 noon, preceded by Adoration at 10:50am. 
  • Thursday       9 am.    6pm Adoration, Holy Rosary and Vespers.
  • Friday            9 am
  • Saturday       4 pm, 6 pm. (Polis 6pm)
  • Sunday         10am (Latin), 11am (Polish), 12 noon (English).

Please dress modestly in church during the summer months.
Ladies: NO > Mini-skirts, short shorts, uncovered shoulders.
Gents: NO > Shorts, sleeveless shirts.

Sri Lankan Mass: every 3rd Sunday of the month at 1:15pm.
Filipino Mass: every last Sunday of the month at 12pm.
Maronites: Mass every Sunday at 10AM (St George chapel).
For sick visits, confessions or any pastoral inquires, contact Fr. Fernando or Fr. Ismael.