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Sunday August 2nd Reflection:
In today’s gospel, Jesus fed the crowd of 5,000 men, after which they had lots of leftover food. In the beginning, there were only five loaves of bread and two fishes. After Jesus blessed the bread and the fish, there was more than enough food for everyone. A miracle? Yes, but it was more than a miracle. Jesus showed that the real miracle in that gathering was the miracle of sharing, that if people share, there will be enough for everyone. Wonder why a big number of people in the world live below the poverty line? That’s because a very select few have not really learned to share or give.
Why is it that some people have too much and some have not enough? Greed. Some people are never satisfied. How much money do you need in life to be happy? When does the raking in stop? When does one say, “enough!” The bottom line is that we take nothing with us when we leave this world except the love that we have shared and the goodness we have done.
Someone said that the real test of love is to give not only when it is comfortable and convenient. Do I give till it hurts? Do I allow my compassionate heart to be crushed by my rationalizations and procrastination? How often do I shut out the presence of the suffering around me? Do I give up sharing just because it is uncomfortable or inconvenient?
Prayer: Lord help me to share or give till it hurts and even when it makes me uncomfortable or inconvenient. Amen
Message from Fr. Jimmy 7/18/20
Dear parishioners of St. Callistus,
It is sad that we have to discontinue our celebration of the Eucharist together in the Church, though temporarily. But we take it as God's will for us at this time.
As before, we will have our live streamed Mass at 10:00 am, and after it Holy Communion will be given until 12:45 pm. Make every effort to participate in our live streamed Mass (or Mass from somewhere else) before coming for Communion. After receiving Communion go straight to your car, and again as before, spend some time in the car in prayer and drive off.
Please keep the instructions I gave last week regarding coming for the Mass once we are able to resume it. The procedure will be the same.
Also: Please pray earnestly that the Lord in His mercy removes the corona virus from us.
Communion will be given after Sundays Live-Stream Mass from
11:45 am to 12:45 pm.
We ask you to participate in a live stream mass, before coming for
communion; not necessarily from St. Callistus, but from somewhere,
anywhere. Please observe social distancing when parking.
If you are not well, or having a cold, coughing, sore throat, fever, etc.
PLEASE do not come; Stay home. You don’t want to get more ill, nor
do you want to make someone else ill.
You must wear a mask or face covering. Remove mask upon reaching the
Priest. Receive Holy Communion in your hands only and consume it immediately.
Before driving away, please spend some time in prayer.
Prayer before Communion:
Father in heaven, you have made us for yourself; our hearts are restless until they rest in you.
Fulfill this longing through Jesus, the Bread of life, so that I may witness to him who alone
satisfies the hungers of the human family. By the power of your Spirit lead us to the heavenly
table where we may feast on the vision of your glory forever and ever. Lord Jesus, come into
my heart, bless me, my family and all people. Amen.
Prayer after Communion:
Thank you, good and gracious Jesus, for coming to me. In spirit I humbly kneel before you.
And, with burning soul I pray and beseech thee to fix deep in my heart, lively sentiments of faith,
hope and charity. Grant me true contrition for my sins, and a firm purpose of amendment. While I
contemplate with great love and tender pity thy five most precious wounds, pondering over them
within me, and calling to mind the words that David, thy prophet said of thee, my Jesus,
“They have pierced my hands and feet, they have numbered all my bones”. Jesus, I love you.
Help me to be always faithful to you. Amen.
Thank you very much for your cooperation in all this.
LIVE STREAMING: We will continue to have one Mass, at 10:00 am, which will be live streamed every Sunday at least until further notice. As much as possible, please watch, and thus participate, the best way possible in the given situation, in the Mass: either the one from St. Callistus or from somewhere else.
OFFERING TO THE PARISH: I wrote to you sometime back about the importance of the parishioners making their regular offerings to the parish. As I said then, even though the Church is closed, our expenses remain.
Effective May 1st I had to lay off two of our employees, Estrell Bautista who has been working here since 2008 and Maria Ugaz, our house keeper since 1998, due to financial constraints. The others are working at much reduced hours. Now the office is open only for 3 hours Monday through Friday.
But now we have another priest here, Fr. Dante. With his coming our expenses became much more than before. So I appeal to you once again to do the very best you can to support the parish. I am very reluctant to ask for money, but I have no choice. When you come to receive Communion the ushers will be there to take your offerings.
I miss you all so much. I hope and pray that soon we shall again be able to gather together inside the Church to worship God. You too please pray for that. You are all constantly in my thoughts and prayers. Kindly pray for me also and for Fr. Dante. We need your prayers.
Sunday 8:00 am
Note for 10am mass:
Includes Children's Liturgy
of the Word
Daily (Mon-Sat) 8:30 am
Saturday Vigil 5:15 pm
Holy Day 8:30 am & 7:30 pm