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St. Thomas the Apostle Church and St. Patrick Mission

PASTOR'S PRAYER DURING THE COVID-19 CRISIS

Almighty God and Father, we thank you for the gift of good health and peace that we have enjoyed for so many years.  As we find ourselves in this time of crisis today, we ask for your mercy to be upon each of us.

Come and guide the minds of those working to discover a treatment for the COVID-19 virus.  We pray for the healthcare workers that are standing on the front line of this battle.  We ask that you will grant them strength and protection as they give of themselves in selfless service.  May you fill them with your Holy Spirit as they work to be your healing hands and feet!

Loving Father, we also surrender to you all those who have been afflicted with the virus.  Grant them your healing grace, so that they may recover soon and continue to be witnesses of your love in their lives.  We make this prayer through Christ, our Savior and Redeemer. 

Amen.

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God speaks to us in many ways, including through the Sunday Scripture readings. The Sunday Connection provides useful background and activities to better understand the upcoming Sunday's Scripture readings, helping you to connect the Scripture to daily life in a meaningful way.


 

First Sunday of Advent - Cycle B

Sunday, November 29, 2020


First Reading
Isaiah 63:16b-17,19b;64:2-7
Isaiah prays for the Lord’s forgiveness of the people.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 80:2-3,15-16,18-19
A prayer for the Lord’s protection

Second Reading
1 Corinthians 1:3-9
Paul gives thanks to God for the faith of the Corinthians.

Gospel Reading
Mark 13:33-37
Jesus warns his disciples to be watchful so that they will be ready when the Son of Man comes.

Background on the Gospel Reading

Today we begin the season of Advent, which marks the start of a new liturgical year for the Church. The readings for Sunday Mass are arranged on a three-year cycle. Each year features a different Gospel—Matthew, Mark, or Luke. Readings from the Gospel of John are interspersed throughout all three years. With this year’s first Sunday of Advent, we begin Cycle B of the Lectionary, which focuses our attention on the Gospel of Mark. This week and next week, our readings from Mark’s Gospel present two important Advent themes: the Lord’s return at the end of time and John the Baptist’s preparation for Jesus.

Today’s Gospel is taken from the end of Mark’s Gospel, the chapter that immediately precedes Mark’s account of Jesus’ Passion. Having been questioned repeatedly by the scribes and the Pharisees, Jesus is now questioned by his disciples—Peter, James, John, and Andrew—who want details about his prediction of the destruction of the Temple. Jesus answers with many warnings about the difficulties that the disciples will face.

Today’s passage comes at the conclusion of Jesus’ warnings to his disciples. Jesus emphasizes the need for watchfulness. The Son of Man will come without warning; only the Father knows the exact hour. The disciples must not be caught unprepared when this time comes.

Scholars believe that Mark’s Gospel was written around the time of the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans in A.D. 70. Mark’s audience consisted of Christians who were living in difficult social and political times, times of conflict. They were likely beginning to face persecution as followers of Jesus. In this difficult time, it helped to recall that Jesus had foretold of such difficulties. Early Christian communities took courage from Jesus’ warning to remain alert and watchful, and they found in his words a way to persevere through suffering.

Today’s Gospel reminds us that Advent is about more than our preparation for the Church’s celebration of Christ’s birth at Christmas. Advent is also about preparing ourselves for Christ’s return in glory at the end of time. Like the disciples and the faithful in Mark’s community, we must also stay alert and watchful. Our faithfulness to God, through the good times as well as the difficult times, shows us to be ready for the coming of the Son of Man.

Act of Spiritual Communion:

My Jesus, I believe that You are in the Blessed Sacrament.  I love You above all things, and I long for You in my soul.  Since I cannot now receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart.  As though You have already come, I embrace You and unite myself entirely to You; never permit me to be separated from You.  Amen

REMINDERS:

You can visit the Diocese of Corpus Christi website www.diocesecc.org for  more information including live streaming that is and/or will be available.  This is a reminder that the daily scripture readings and reflections are on our home page ... see links below.   You can also visit the Facebook page for the Diocese of Corpus Christi for more information and/or visit http://goccn.org and click on live video for live-streaming of daily and/or Sunday Masses or you can tune in to KEDF-TV at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday morning. 

You are all in my daily prayers and are remembered in the Mass that I celebrate each day.  I continue to pray that each of you receive many blessings from God. 

From the desk of Fr. Philip.

SPECIAL DIRECTIONS FOR ST. THOMAS THE APOSTLE AND ST. PATRICK

Baptisms - you will need to contact the church office to schedule. 

General Confessions will resume on May 2, 2020 by appointment.  The confessionals cannot be used.  Contact church office to make an appointment.  Special accommodations will be made to allow for proper social distancing. 

Adoration on Wednesday evenings and prior to 8:00 a.m. Mass will resume.

 

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Saturday Vigil @ 4:00 p.m.

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