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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.

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 Sunday Connection

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.


Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A

Sunday, September 27 2020


This Sunday's readings:

First Reading
Ezekiel 18:25-28
It is possible to turn from sin and preserve one’s life.

Responsorial Psalm
Psalm 25:4-9
A prayer to God for mercy.

Second Reading
Philippians 2:1-11 (shorter form Philippians 2:1-5)
Be like Christ who humbled himself and was exalted by God.

Gospel Reading
Matthew 21:28-32
Jesus poses a question to the chief priests and elders on the meaning of obedience.

Background on the Gospel Reading

The context for today’s Gospel is the mounting tension between Jesus and the Jewish religious leaders. Jesus has entered Jerusalem and overturned the money changers’ tables in the Temple. Jesus has caught the attention of the religious authorities; the chief priests and elders question Jesus about the source of his authority. Jesus refuses to name for these religious leaders the source of his authority. Instead, he questions the priests and elders through the parable we hear in today’s Gospel. The answer given by the religious leaders is correct, but it convicts them for their failure to heed the call of John the Baptist and for their inability to recognize the Kingdom of God.

The situation Jesus poses is rather straightforward. Given the same task by their father, one son asserts his disobedience in words, but then obeys in his actions; the second son obeys with his words, but disobeys in his actions. The question that Jesus poses is pointed and direct: Which son did what the father wanted? All would agree that “actions speak louder than words” and that even if his words were disobedient, the son who did the work as ordered did the father’s will.

Jesus’ conclusion is also direct. The chief priests and elders, the ones who speak most often about God, did not act accordingly. They did not respond to the message of repentance announced by John the Baptist with a change of heart. Instead, John’s message was heeded by those one would not expect to repent—tax collectors, prostitutes, and other sinners. Because of their actions, these sinners will enter the Kingdom of God ahead of the religious leaders.

Jesus could ask us the same question. Do our words indicate our obedience to God? If not our words, do our actions? God desires a full conversion of heart, that our actions (and our words as well) will give evidence of our love for God.

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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