The Weekend of July 20-21

This Weekend at SJTW

This Weekend at SJTW

Fr. Tom joins us for the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time.

In the Readings

First Reading Genesis 18:1-10a

In the First Reading, God appears to Abraham as he sits in the entrance to his tent. Abraham sees three men standing nearby. He runs to meet them and, bowing to the ground, says, “Sir, if I may ask you this favor, please do not go on past your servant . . . Now that you have come this close to your servant, let me bring you a little food, that you may refresh yourselves; and afterward you may go on your way.” The men tell him to do as he said. Abraham returns to the tent and tells Sarah, his wife, to knead flour and make rolls. He then picks out a steer to give to his servant to prepare the meal and goes to get some curds and milk. Abraham then gives the food to the three men. They ask Abraham, “Where is your wife Sarah?” One of them tells Abraham, “I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah will then have a son.”

Second Reading Colossians 1:24-28

In the Second Reading, Paul writes that he rejoices in his sufferings for our sake. He says, “In my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ on behalf of His body, which is the church.” Paul tells us he is a minister of the church “in accordance with God’s stewardship give to me to bring completion for you the word of God, the mystery hidden from ages and from generations past.” But that mystery is no longer hidden because it “has been manifested to His holy ones. to whom God chose to make known the riches of the glory of His mystery.” The hope for glory is in Christ in each of us. It’s Christ we proclaim to others, urging and teaching them that we might present everyone perfect in Christ.

Gospel Luke 10:38-42

In the Gospel, Jesus enters a village where a woman named Martha welcomes Him. Her sister, named Mary, sits beside the Lord at His feet listening to Him speak. Martha, who was busy and stressed with serving the guests, says to Him, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me by myself to do the serving? Tell her to help me.” Jesus replies, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things. There is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her.”

At Mass

Back-to-School Giving Tree

The Back-to-School Giving Tree is set up through July 28. This program is intended to help families who can use assistance with buying clothes, bookbags, and other supplies for their children as they return to school at the end of summer. We request that gifts in the form of SCRIP from Kohl’s, Target, or Wal-Mart be returned to the parish office or in the collection basket no later than Monday, July 29. Be sure to return the apple from the tree securely fastened to your gift cards. Thanks in advance for your generosity in contributing to this ministry that benefits our own children as well as others in the Dubuque community. SCRIP can be purchased from the Parish Office.

Totus Tuus

At the 11:00 Mass, a Totus Tuus minister from our parish will make an invitation to the youth of our parish to come to Totus Tuus this week at Cathedral and Holy Ghost. You can learn more about Totus Tuus from the brochure below.

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