The Parish Festival Silent Auction is asking for your support! Please consider donating valued items to be placed in gift baskets for auction. What a wonderful way to give back to the parish and shop for the holidays! Don’t want to wrap? We have you covered. Gather your friends, family, church group, or business and sponsor a gift basket idea, and we’ll put it together for you! Remember that this is all in the sincere spirit of raising money for the parish during our annual festival! For more information, please contact Rob Rendon, Silent Auction Chairperson, at 210-372-7007 or email@example.com to discuss your donation ideas.
And They Were Hungry
Jesus works miracles and feeds the multitudes. But like all meals, the filling food was great while it lasted, and then they were hungry again. So they go in search of Jesus to give them yet more signs, more miracles. Jesus tells them that he will give them lasting bread, living bread. He tells them, “I am the bread of life.”
Last week when we sang, “I Am the Bread of Life” by Steve Angrisano and Tom Booth, I reflected on the meaning of “I Am Who Am” as God’s gift of Jesus, present to all of us at that liturgy. Ordinary bread fills us for a short time. Jesus as the bread of life is continuous presence, continuous gift, continuous love of all.
The lyrics of the song are beautiful.
I am the Bread of Life, I am the hope in night, I am the door wide open, I am the shepherd’s might. I am the truth and light, I am the way and life, I Am Who Am and I am for you: Come and follow me.
I am bread for the world, hope for the hopeless. Come to me, and know that I’ll always be there with my arms open wide. I Am Who Am and I am for you: Come and follow me.
I give my heart to those in sorrow, I come to those who are in need; hope for today and for tomorrow, light for all who want to see.
These lyrics remind me of the action that love requires if we are being the Body of Christ to all we meet and encounter. We don’t just pray for the needs of our world and the needs of our neighbors. We also act. The Bread of Life in John’s gospel isn’t just Eucharist; it is also footwashing.
Footwashing reorients us. It places emphasis not only on ritual action, but also on acts of love, compassion, cooperation. connection, and community.
May our “hungers” be for the Bread that is living and lasting, overcoming hatred and division. And may our being fed include the feeding of others. Love changes everything!
Ascension Presents is an evangelistic platform bringing entertaining, faith-filled, and dynamic presenters like Fr. Mike Schmitz straight to your newsfeed. By providing engaging content for our audience that reflects the good, the true, and the beautiful, we hope to bring their hearts closer to Christ.
Word on Fire Catholic Ministries is a nonprofit global media apostolate that supports the work of Bishop Robert Barron and reaches millions of people to draw them into— or back to— the Catholic faith.
Word on Fire is evangelical; it proclaims Jesus Christ as the source of conversion and new life. Word on Fire is Catholic; it utilizes the tremendous resources of the Roman Catholic tradition—art, architecture, poetry, philosophy, theology, and the lives of the saints— in order to explain and interpret the event of Jesus Christ.
Word on Fire Catholic Ministries exists to draw people into the body of Christ, which is the Church, and thereby give them access to all the gifts that Jesus wants his people to enjoy. To be most effective in this mission, Word on Fire places an emphasis and urgency on the use of contemporary forms of media and innovative communication technologies.
Catholic Women Preach is an innovative project designed to address some of the most pressing challenges facing the Church today by responding to Pope Francis’ call for broader and more active engagement of the baptized in the preaching mission of the Church. This project is a deeply faithful, hopeful and joyful initiative intended to build up the Church.
CWP offers the theologically informed perspectives of Catholic women:
- to serve as an inspirational, theologically based resource for ordained priests, deacons, catechists, and all involved in the ministry of the word in the Catholic Church
- to encourage Catholics, especially younger adult Catholics, with messages of hope that renew faith, strengthen us and encourage active engagement in the life of the Church for our work in the world
- to provide a global platform for women’s voices and faith reflections so that the fullness of our Catholics giftedness can be accessed by all Catholics.
A project of global reach, Catholic Women Preach uses modern technology to bring the voices of diverse Catholic women to the proclamation of the Gospel through web-based resources.
Following the liturgical year, Catholic women will reflect on how the texts relate to all Catholics today with a special emphasis on the lives of women, their apostolic call, and their roles in the Church and the world.
Their preaching will highlight women traditionally omitted or misrepresented in our lectionary and open the Scripture texts to deepen our understanding of God’s saving presence in the world. Those who view these preaching videos will have the opportunity to see the deep spirituality of Catholic women who preach.
Catholic Women Preach provides a well-designed, resource-rich and easily accessible website — CatholicWomenPreach.org. — where all the faithful including clergy, catechists, RCIA, parish study groups, campus ministers, retreat leaders, and others in church ministry can:
- See and hear preaching by well qualified and diverse women reflecting on lectionary texts for Sunday and selected weekday masses and possibly other biblical readings.
- Inspire Catholics to appreciate the giftedness of Catholic women’s preaching.
- Attract young adult Catholics who use social media and modern applications to find a rich, deep spirituality in these resources and to be inspired to find their way back into the liturgical life of the Church.
Knowing that not everyone prays at the same pace, you have control over the pace of the retreat. After each screen, a Continue button will appear. Click it when you are ready to move on. If you are new to online prayer, the basic timing of the screens will guide you through the experience.
This is a link to Fr. Ron Rolheiser’s column. Fr. Ron has been the President of the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio since August 2005. The website includes a feature that allows visitors to search all of his columns by keywords.
In his Daily Meditations, Fr. Richard Rohr explores how we can incarnate love in our unique context by unveiling the image and likeness of God in all that we see and do. Each week builds on previous topics, but you can join at any time!
This website is a service of the Catholic Studies Program at St. Louis University. Also available in Spanish, it includes sections on Praying Toward Sunday, Spirituality of the Readings, Get to Know the Readings, Music of Sunday’s Mass, and General Intercessions.