Friday, May 1, 2020 at 11:29 PM
ALL PUBLIC MASSES WILL RESUME THE WEEKEND OF MAY 9TH AND 10TH. PLEASE SEE LINK BELOW FOR DIRECTIVES FOR RE-OPENING OUR PARISH.

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To the people of God and parishioners of
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.

DIRECTIVES FOR RE-OPENING OUR PARISH 

Message from the desk of the Pastor:

Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Thousands of people, many of them sick and all of them hungry, walked for miles from towns throughout Galilee just to see and hear Jesus.  How fortunate we are that Jesus is with us here whenever we gather in this name.  He nourishes us at his table, strengthening our weaknesses and fortifying us for our own journeys.  Let us pray today that we may all eat and be satisfied at his Eucharist.

Message from Today’s Readings:

Food and love.  Certainly these are two very important elements in living a contented life.  A physical need and an emotional need.  Nourishment for the body and the soul.  Receiving both is a blessing indeed.  Indeed, we do receive both.  We receive both from our generous God.  Today’s selections from scripture show and proclaim that God will always sustain us with food and love.  Preaching to his compatriots living in exile, Isaiah tells them that the Lord invites the hungry, the thirsty, and the poor to the table of plenty, where all will be satisfied.  In the Gospel, Matthew relates the story of Jesus feeding the crowd with only five loaves and to two fish.  His heart was moved, Matthew writes, so Jesus generously shares what little he and his disciples had with the crowd of thousands.  After all, gathered in this deserted place they likely had nothing to eat themselves.  Paul’s letter speaks of love rather than food, but proclaims that it is given so generously that nothing can separate us from it.  God’s generosity satisifies our greatest needs.  

How can you thank God for the generous gifts bestowed on you?

Liturgy of the Word: 

Isaiah 55:1-3    Come to the Lord.

Psalm 145    “The hand of the Lord feeds us; he answers all our needs.”

Romans 8:35, 37-39     Nothing can separate us from God’s love.

Matthew 14:13-21    The people ate and were satisfied.

“The hand of the Lord feeds us,” we sing in today’s responsorial psalm, and today’s readings attest to this proclamation.  In Isaiah, the Lord invites everyone to share in food and drink.  In the Gospel, Jesus invites the crowds to stay and feeds thousands with five loaves and two fish.  Neither hunger nor thirst, poverty nor want, famine nor distress can separate us from the love and generosity of the Lord.  Let us listen to God’s word knowing that we are invited to the feast as well.

Homily:

In a few months, we will hear the passage from Matthew in which Jesus tells his disciples that those who gave food and drink to the hungry and thirsty will be welcomed into the kingdom.  Today, he models that behavior for them.  What’s more, he involves them in the action so that they would be active participants in this miraculous event.  They were the ones who walked through the crowd, handing out food, never running out.  They were the ones seeing the delight in the eyes of the families, neighbors, and strangers.  They were the ones directly receiving the gratitude of thousands of men, women, and children.  They would never forget.

“Bring them here to me,” Jesus says to his disciples when they tell him they have five loaves and two fish (Matthew 14:18).  The food was hardly enough for just the disciples let alone a crowd of thousands.  But in turning to the Lord, the result is able to surpass all human expectation.  God provided a miraculous abundance to the Chosen People in the desert, to Isaiah’s listeners during the desperate years of the Exile, and to the thousands in the deserted place.  Multiplied across time, God continues to provide nourishment in abundance through Jesus, even in places of want and times of despair.

“His heart was moved with pity for them” (14:14).  The word Matthew uses, esplagchnisthe, is a neologism of sorts, and only found in the Gospels.  It turns the Greek word for pity, splagchna, into a verb.  The English translation is inadequate, for the Greek implies a physical, visceral emotion.  Jesus felt intense compassion from deep in his gut for these poor people who followed him into the wilderness.  May we feel emotion to such intensity when we see our neighbor in need.

Questions of the Week:

When have I felt visceral emotion when seeing a family member, friend, or stranger in need?  Do I turn to God in my need?

Prayer of the Faithful:

Let us bring our prayers and petitions before the Lord, who answers all our needs.

For the church, that we may continually rededicate ourselves to feeding the hungry, satisfying the thirsty, clothing the naked, welcoming the stranger, caring for the ill, and visiting the imprisoned, let us pray to the Lord.

That leaders across the country and around the world may work together to eradicate hunger, homelessness, and poverty in every city, town, and nation, let us pray to the Lord.

For those who work on farms and ranches, on the sea or in factories to provide food for the world, let us pray to the Lord.

For those who are unable to join us around this table, and for those who bring the Eucharist to them, let us pray to the Lord.

For all the prayers that we hold in the silence of our hearts; for all our intentions spoken and unspoken, let us pray to the Lord.

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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St. Patrick Mission:
Saturday Vigil @ 4:00 p.m.

St. Thomas the Apostle:
Saturday Vigil @ 5:30 p.m.
Sunday Masses @ 8:00 a.m. &                                           11:00 a.m.

WEEKDAY MASSES @ ST THOMAS
MONDAY - No Mass
TUESDAY: @ 12:05 noon
WEDNESDAY @ 12:05 noon
THURSDAY @ 12:05 noon                            (Holy Rosary 11:40 a.m.)
FRIDAY @ 12:05 noon                                 
(Divine Mercy 11:45 a.m.)

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