Sunday, May 19, 2013
Drawing on the Gift of the Spirit
Today's Readings: Acts 2:1-11; Psalm 104:1, 24, 29–30, 31, 34 (see 30); 1 Corinthians 12:3b-7, 12-13; John 20:19-23. The Easter readings that have surged with life-giving inspiration reach a climax in today's Scriptures. To fully appreciate them, remember a time when you acted surely, strongly, and confidently, convinced you were doing the right thing. It may have been difficult, but it was obviously right. Savor that life-giving memory for a few minutes. Then reread the passages from Acts, Corinthians, and John. Which passage resonates most clearly with that experience?
They all describe an empowerment that transcends human limits. Even something as specific to each culture as language miraculously communicates with all. In a contemporary version of Acts, imagine the residents of Baltimore, Moscow, Beijing, Rio de Janeiro, Kabul, Frankfurt, and Rome all chatting merrily. That's a glimpse of what transpired in Jerusalem one special day.
According to 1 Corinthians, our unique gifts are different manifestations of one Spirit. So when we explored the memory of a sure, strong action, we drew, perhaps unknowingly, on that source of energy and creativity that filled the first disciples and the saints. Just as they received Christ's powers to forgive and create, so do we. Furthermore, we're bonded to each other, so that one's strengths compensate for what another lacks.
Why could they, and we by extension, do such extraordinary things? The answer is contained in John. The peace of Christ which fills us supersedes meaner inclinations, anxieties, and flaws. If we trust Jesus's gift of the Spirit thriving within, we can mercifully forgive, compassionately minister, and competently heal the wounded body of Christ.
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SAFE ENVIRONMENT TRAINING
Our next TEEN SAFE ENVIRONMENT TRAINING for teens 14 years and older will be held on Wednesday, May 22nd from 6:30-8:30 PM at St. Mary's Parish Center. Any Altar Server, or any teen who would like to volunteer for VBS, Camp Sunshine, Boy Scouts or any other parish ministry is required to attend one training.
Our next ADULT SAFE ENVIRONMENT TRAINING will be held on Wednesday, June 12th from 6:30-8:30 PM at St. Mary’s Parish Center. If you have not yet attended a training, please plan to attend.
Please contact Liz Wondolowski at 508-278-0320 or by email at email@example.com with any questions.
2013 Vacation Bible School
Where Kids Stand Strong for God
(If fee is a problem, please contact Donna at 508-278-3777)
||July 8th thru July 12th, 2013
||St. Mary’s Parish Center and Our Lady of The Valley School, Uxbridge
||9:00am to 12:00pm (noon)
||$40.00 per child or $75.00 maximum/family
Click here for more information.
CHILDREN ARE WELCOME AT SAINT MARY'S!
Children’s Liturgy of the Word: Sundays at 9:00am
On most Sundays, children participating in the 9:00am Mass are invited to participate in a brief 20 minute Liturgy of the Word. The children are dismissed from the Sunday gathering in church along with their adult leaders after the Entrance Song of the Mass.
Together in the parish hall they listen to the scriptures, pray and sing in ways appropriate for children. A brief reflection on the gospel geared to the needs of children is offered. Teams of adults work creatively to share a message about Christ’s love for all people.
The children rejoin their families during the Preparation of the Gifts (offertory).
Weekly Bible Study
The Saint Mary Parish weekly Bible Study meets Thursday evenings from 7:00-8:00pm in the parish hall. Everyone is welcome. Participants are invited to bring a Bible. Bibles will also be provided for those needing one. The focus of our gathering is exploring the Gospel of Luke and applying the gospel to our daily lives in today’s world. No prior experience in scripture study is required, only open hearts and open minds!
WEEKLY ADORATION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT
Eucharistic Adoration is held every Wednesday at Saint Mary’s from 3:00 until 8:00pm.
Adoration is an opportunity for quiet, prayerful reflection in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. Many find it to be a way of assuring a specific time a prayer in the midst of an often overly busy and noisy world. It serves as a means to re-focus our attention on Christ.
Anyone is welcome to join us in quiet prayer for any length of time between 3:00-8:00pm.
"Come to me, all you grown weary and burdened, and I will refresh you. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble hearted, and you will find rest for your souls; For my yoke is easy and my burden light." (Matthew 11, 28-30)
A PRAYER FOR OUR PARISH COMMUNITY
My church is composed of people like me.
I help make I what it is.
It will be friendly, if I am.
Its pews will be filled, if I help fill them.
It will do great work, if I work.
It will make generous gifts to many causes,
if I am a generous giver.
It will bring other people into its worship
if I invite and bring them.
It will be a church of loyalty and love
of fearlessness and faith,
and a church with a noble spirit,
if I, who make it what it is,
am filled with these same things.
Therefore, with the help of God,
I shall dedicate myself to the task
of being all the things
that I want my church to be.
People First Food Pantry
People First Food Pantry is the local town-wide food
pantry serving all residents in Uxbridge and Linwood as well as
any parishioner from any Uxbridge parish. The following is a
food list that the pantry is always in need of:
Snacks for Children
Cereal, Macaroni and Cheese
Personal Care Items (Shampoo, soap, toothpaste, etc.)
Paper Goods (paper towels, toilet paper, tissues, etc.)
Condiments (ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, etc.)