October 17, 2021
Twenty-ninth Sunday In Ordinary Time
Opening of the Synod
Acts 10: 25-26, 34-35, 44-48
Psalm 104
Galatians 5: 16-25
Luke 14: 13-35 ;1-2,3,4-5,6
Hebrews 2:9-11
Mark 10: 2-16

Towards a Synodal Church:
Communion, Participation and Mission

Peter enters Cornelius’ house to proclaim Jesus Christ risen and glorified. To let the household know God has heard the people’s cry and has come in the flesh to bring fulness and fulfillment. That is, Peter announces to Cornelius the Lord’s Peace.

Moreover, Peter makes it clear that God shows no partiality. Just because God called Israel the Chosen People God did not withhold his revelation from anyone else. All are welcome to come up to Jerusalem and know the Joy of being in God’s presence.

Today it is still the mission of the Church to reach out to all people. It is our calling and charge to help all in the world to know the Lord’s healing mercy and grace. It is by the Holy Spirit that now it is possible for all to be healed of sin and glory in redemption!

As the Psalm 104 points out the Lord send out his Spirit to renew the face of the earth. The Lord has created all. His greatness is seen in all things he has created. His Holy Spirit will be with us and guides us. We who are the Lord’s great work will glorify God just by our nature, as we were created to be. The Holy Spirit has the power of creation and renewal. The process of salvation is on-going!

The process of salvation continues to make manifest God’s creative power as life goes on. As it says in Galatians, “…the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.” We the faithful people of God continue to make manifest God’s creative power as we go through life. To live in Christ is to be made new.

Finally, the passage from Luke’s Gospel directs us toward Jerusalem. To go toward Jerusalem is to go toward the Lord and his Kingdom. We may miss his message and its meaning of salvation unless we are aware of the presence of God. God’s love is always present and on-going.

Now, brothers and sisters, the Pope calls us to synod. He calls us to listen to the most vulnerable. We are called to reach out to all people if not all of God’s created things. The synod process is to help us discern the Spirit and thus live anew. It calls us to take off the chain that is around our leg and step out in a creative manner as the Spirit called us to do through Vatican Council II. We are to move along the way to the Holy City, Jerusalem according to the pace of the children and beasts, not leaving anyone behind! Let us all be one with Christ and all his people and go toward salvation together.

Father Bob

Opening of the Synod in local Churches

The Prayer of the Synod:
Adsumus Sancte Spiritus
We stand before You, Holy Spirit, as we gather together in Your name. With You alone to guide us, make Yourself at home in our hearts; Teach us the way we must go and how we are to pursue it. We are weak and sinful; do not let us promote disorder. Do not let ignorance lead us down the wrong path nor partiality influence our actions. Let us find in You our unity so that we may journey together to eternal life and not stray from the way of truth and what is right. All this we ask of You, who are at work in every place and time, in the communion of the Father and the Son, forever and ever. Amen.

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Pray the
Divine Mercy

“For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.”

Reading the Bible in order to
deepen our relationship with Jesus.

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Scripture Readings

It is important to read the Bible in order to understand our Catholic faith better and be able to pass it on to others. It is important to read the Bible in order to live holy Christian lives.

Spending time reading the upcoming weeks scripture will enhance you experience at Mass.

This Weeks Readings


October 24, 2021, 2021
Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Jeremiah 31:7-9
Responsorial Psalm
126:1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 6

Hebrews 5:1-6
Mark 10:46-52


Reading 1
Jer 31:7-9

   Thus says the LORD:
  Shout with joy for Jacob,
   exult at the head of the nations;
   proclaim your praise and say:
  The LORD has delivered his people,
   the remnant of Israel.
  Behold, I will bring them back
   from the land of the north;
  I will gather them from the ends of the world,
   with the blind and the lame in their midst,
  the mothers and those with child;
   they shall return as an immense throng.
  They departed in tears,
   but I will console them and guide them;
  I will lead them to brooks of water,
   on a level road, so that none shall stumble.
  For I am a father to Israel,
   Ephraim is my first-born.

Responsorial Psalm 104
Ps 126:1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 6

R. (3) The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy.
When the LORD brought back the captives of Zion,
  we were like men dreaming.
Then our mouth was filled with laughter,
  and our tongue with rejoicing.
R. The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy.
Then they said among the nations,
  "The LORD has done great things for them."
The LORD has done great things for us;
  we are glad indeed.
R. The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy.
Restore our fortunes, O LORD,
  like the torrents in the southern desert.
Those that sow in tears
  shall reap rejoicing.
R. The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy.
Although they go forth weeping,
  carrying the seed to be sown,
They shall come back rejoicing,
  carrying their sheaves.
R. The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy.

Reading 2
Heb 5:1-6

Brothers and sisters:
Every high priest is taken from among men
and made their representative before God,
to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins.
He is able to deal patiently with the ignorant and erring,
for he himself is beset by weakness
and so, for this reason, must make sin offerings for himself
as well as for the people.
No one takes this honor upon himself
but only when called by God,
just as Aaron was.
In the same way,
it was not Christ who glorified himself in becoming high priest,
but rather the one who said to him:
  You are my son:
  this day I have begotten you;
just as he says in another place:
  You are a priest forever
  according to the order of Melchizedek.

Alleluia
2 Tim 1:10

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Our Savior Jesus Christ destroyed death
and brought life to light through the Gospel.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel
Mk 10:46-52

As Jesus was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a sizable crowd,
Bartimaeus, a blind man, the son of Timaeus,
sat by the roadside begging.
On hearing that it was Jesus of Nazareth,
he began to cry out and say,
"Jesus, son of David, have pity on me."
And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent.
But he kept calling out all the more,
"Son of David, have pity on me."
Jesus stopped and said, "Call him."
So they called the blind man, saying to him,
"Take courage; get up, Jesus is calling you."
He threw aside his cloak, sprang up, and came to Jesus.
Jesus said to him in reply, "What do you want me to do for you?"
The blind man replied to him, "Master, I want to see."
Jesus told him, "Go your way; your faith has saved you."
Immediately he received his sight
and followed him on the way.

Next Weeks Readings

October 31, 2021, 2021
Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time
Dt 6:2-6; Heb 7:23-28; Mk 12:28b-34