Friday, June 17, 2016

Bulletin June 19-26, 2016


Sunday of the Sending of the Apostles

Matthew 10:16-25

In the passage of today’s Gospel, Jesus says, “ Remember, I am sending you out as sheep among wolves”. By   saying this, Jesus tries to warn his disciples in advance that the mission He is giving them will expose them to rejection, hostility and violence.

The teaching of the Gospel challenges the ways of the world. The Gospel challenges people to live not for themselves, but for God and others. It declares certain things to be immoral and challenges people to reform their lives. Some people fall away from God in times of suffering. They don’t understand how bad times can happen to good people. But Jesus never promised an easy life for his disciples in this world. He warns us that His followers would suffer persecution . Jesus says, “ No disciple is above his teacher, no slave above his master”. If Christ was persecuted, so also will his faithful followers. Christ promises to give them inner strength by the power of the Holy Spirit to remain faithful in spite of persecution.

The persecution of Christians is not just a thing of the past. It continues to our present time and will occur until the end of time. Throughout history the faith has been rejected and Christians have been exiled, imprisoned, tortured and killed because of their witness fro Christ. It continues to happen in the Middle East, parts of Africa and other various places around the world.

If we want to be faithful to Christ, we will also suffer some type of persecution. We need to learn to accept it without becoming discouraged by it. It is difficult, because we all want to be understood, appreciated and respected. Studying the history of the church and the lives of the saints help us to understand how the message of the Gospel can survive and even thrive in spite of persecution. The early Christian, recognized as Tertullian, wrote in the early third century, “ The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church”.

We need not be afraid of persecution. God will strengthen us. In the garden of Gethsemane, Jesus exhorts his disciples to pray. It is through prayer that the disciples would find the strength to be faithful to Christ despite persecution. But instead of praying, the disciples fell asleep. If we feed ourselves spiritually through prayer, spiritual reading, meditation and the sacraments, we will find the courage to endure persecution . We show our love and fidelity for Christ not only by loving Him in times of peace and success, but also by our faithfulness in times of trial, rejection and loss.

If we are faithful to Christ in persecution, we will experience the joy of life in the spirit. Jesus will speak to us in our hearts and give us this peace and joy , and ultimately bring us into His Kingdom in Heaven.



Happy Father’s Day

As we celebrate this Father’s Day on Sunday June 19th, we extend our love and prayers to all the fathers of the parish.

May the Lord God, through the intercession of St. Joseph, Patron of all families, bless you and sanctify your vocation and fatherhood and grant you health, peace and joy.

Be assured of our prayers for you.”As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on the  faithful.” Psalm 103

“When a man walks in integrity and justice, happy are his children after him” Proverbs 20:7

 

 
Sub-Deacon’s Corner

A group of visitors from a nearby Roman Catholic parish ask you about the difference between the Maronite Church and the Roman Catholic Church. Here is some information that you can use to answer the inquiry.

 
Historically, the origins of the Maronite Church are to be found amongst those monastic and lay people who gathered around the saintly hermit - Maron, an early 5th-century Syriac monk venerated as a saint. These Christians who accepted his way of life and worship were soon identified as "those of St Maron" - the Maronites.
The Maronites belong to the Antiochian Tradition of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. The immediate head of the Maronite Church under the Pope of Rome is the Maronite Patriarch who bears the title of 'Patriarch of      Antioch and All the East'. The Maronite Church is the only Eastern Catholic Church that does not have an Eastern     Orthodox equivalent and the only Rite taking its name from a saint. The Maronites are one of 23 rites that make up the Universal Catholic Church and observes the papal authority of Rome. There is one Western (Latin) and were twenty-two (22) Eastern rites, the Maronite rite is one of the Eastern.
Western Rite
Western Tradition
Latin (or Roman)
Eastern Rite
Alexandrian Tradition                                 
Coptic Catholic Church
Eritrean Catholic Church
Ethiopian Catholic Church
 
Chaldean Tradition
Chaldean Catholic Church
Syro-Malabar Catholic Church
 
Antiochian Tradition
Maronite Catholic Church
Syrian Catholic Church
Syro-Malankara Catholic Church
 
Armenian Tradition
Armenian Catholic Church
 
Byzantine Tradition
Albanian Catholic Church
Belarussian Catholic Church - Defunct
Bulgarian Catholic Church
Greek Catholic Church
Hungarian Catholic Church
Italo-Albanese Catholic Church
KriĹževci (Croatian) Catholic Church
Macedonian Catholic Church
Melkite Greek Catholic Church
Romanian Catholic Church
Russian Catholic Church
Ruthenian Catholic Church
Slovakian Catholic Church
Ukrainian Catholic Church
 
Graduate Sunday
All High School and College graduates from the parish are invited to attend and participate in the liturgy on Sunday June 26th  at 10am, to honor your accomplishment and present the scholarship award to one of our high school graduates who has received the St. Raymond’s College Scholarship, Mr. Ralph Skitt, who will be attending Creighton University. Following the liturgy, everyone is invited to a pancake breakfast hosted by St. Raymond’s Men’s Society in honor of all our High School and College Graduates.
All Are Welcome!
 
 
Kitchen Scoop
Rolling Grape Leaves Tuesday July 5th at 9 am . We are in need of grape leaves and could use the help rolling to not only prepare for Wednesdays, but also to start to prepare for the festival.
The Kitchen will be CLOSED the week of the Fourth of July.
 
Weekly Finances June 12-19, 2016
Income:$4, 974.00
Expenses:$6,383.69 (Building Insurance and Liability, Utilities, Personnel Costs, Flowers for First Communion and Sub-Deacon Ordination, etc)
 
2016 Festival
There will be a festival meeting Thursday June 23rd at 7 pm in the Lebanon room. The festival is a parish event that  requires many months of time and preparation to make it a successful fundraiser for our Church.
“Many hands make the work load lighter…Why not be a part of something positive and up building? No one will remember if you “sit out” but if you are part of something positive-that is something to remember.”
If you are interested in having a booth at the festival please speak with Chorbishop Moussa to get a Booth Form. If you have a booth form please turn them in so the committee can know how many booths we will have this year. Thank you
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 

 

 

Friday, June 10, 2016

Bulletin June 12-19, 2016


Sub-Deacon’s Corner

From the Maronite Patriarchal Synod (2008), there are 5 elements of the Maronite identity, they are defined below in an excerpt from the Maronite Patriarchal Synod, Bkerke 2008, discussing the bolded portion.

“…it becomes apparent that she (the Maronite Church) is firstly an Antiochene Syriac Church, with a special liturgical heritage; secondly, a Chalcedonian Church; thirdly, a Patriarchal Church with an ascetic and a monastic aspect; fourthly, a Church in full union with the Apostolic Roman See; fifthly, a Church incarnated in her Lebanese and Eastern environment and the Countries of Expansion…”

Excerpt from the Maronite Patriarchal Synod, Bkerke 2008

A Church incarnated in her Lebanese and Eastern environment and the Countries of Expansion.  The Maronite Rite although having begun in what is now south eastern Turkey really took roots and prospered in the Mountains of Lebanon.  Disciples of St. Maron moved and began evangelizing in Lebanon around 400 AD.  St. Abraham of Cyrrhus, also known as The Apostle of Mount Lebanon, is credited for bringing the Maronite faith and customs to Lebanon as a disciple of St. Maron.  This embedded the Maronite Rite into the culture of Lebanese Christian community.  The continued persecution of Maronites by other factions of Christians wanting to impose their beliefs in Christ’s nature caused the Antiochene Church and its newly elected Maronite Bishop, St. John Maron, to leave the Beth-Maroun Monastery for Lebanon.  During this battle the city of Antioch was overrun, and the monastery of  “Beth-Maroun” was destroyed and many Maronite Monks were killed.

For these reasons and the fact that the Maronite Rite flourished in Lebanon we say the church was in its Lebanese and Eastern Environment.  Edward Gibbon, the 18th century English historian, in his “Fall in the East-The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire”, wrote;


“'Maronite(s)' was transferred from a hermit to a monastery, and from a monastery to a nation. This humble nation survived the empire of Constantinople, which persecuted it'.”

 

Graduate Sunday

All High School and College graduates from the parish are invited to attend and participate in the liturgy on Sunday June 26th  at 10am, to honor your accomplishment and present the scholarship award to one of our high school graduates who has received the St. Raymond’s College Scholarship, Mr. Ralph Skitt, who will be attending Creighton University. Following the liturgy, everyone is invited to a pancake breakfast hosted by St. Raymond’s Men’s Society in honor of all our High School and College Graduates.

All Are Welcome!

 
Golf Tournament
Sincere thanks and appreciation to Mr. Mike Rask and his committee, to the Men’s Society Members and all those who helped to make the golf tournament a great success this year in memory of Mike Buckley.
Special thanks to the Garrett Family for their great support and generosity!
 
Weekly Finances 6/5/16-6/12/16
Income: $7,861.24 (The Cedars rent and Maintenance and repair is included)
Expenses:$5,076. 84 (Personnel costs,  Laclede Gas for Complex, Lawn Care, Supplies for the church, Kitchen repair, Copier Lease, and Clergy NAM convention)
 

Friday, June 3, 2016

Bulletin June 5-12, 2016


MESSAGE FROM THE PASTOR
 

We are at the heart of our liturgical season of Pentecost which is the 2016th Anniversary of the Birth of the Church, the Body of Christ on earth. On Pentecost, The Holy Spirit descended upon the Apostles and Mary and gave them life to go out proclaim the Gospel to every creature and to baptize them in the name of the Holy Trinity. This has been the mission of the Church ever since the first Pentecost and it will continue until Christ returns in Glory. The Church, like a body, will have no life if there is no spirit in it. The Holy Spirit gives life to the Church and sustains us on our journey, consoling us in our difficulties especially through the persecution that we have been enduring from the enemies of the Cross. This will not stop us from witnessing to Christ, proclaiming His word, baptizing and saving His people. We are Apostles of Jesus, we are witnesses to the truth of the Gospel and we are called to invite others to join the body of Christ as it is God’s desire. Lay men and women often have more power to spread the gospel to others than the priest or religious. Therefore, live up to your vocation and carry Christ to others. You have all the equipment: Faith, the Holy Scriptures, the Sacraments, and the teachings of the Church that empower you through the gifts of the Holy Spirit to bring Christ to others. Christ needs all of us to be his living stones.

Therefore let us ask Him to use us according to His will and His wish and help us to be faithful to our vocation to fulfill it. Commit yourselves to a life of prayer and consider dedicating part of your life to missionary work and serve people who are in need of Christ.

 

RECEIVE THE SPIRIT OF DISCIPLESHIP
 
The Five First Saturdays Devotion
Our Lady of Fatima Promises all the Graces Necessary for Heaven if a Catholic Finishes the Five First Saturdays of Devotion.
“...Tell them that I promise to assist at the hour of death with the graces necessary for salvation all those who, in order to make reparation to me, on the First Saturday of five successive months, go to confession, receive Holy Communion, say five decades of the Rosary and keep me company for a quarter of an hour, meditating on the fifteen mysteries of the Rosary.”
 
Sub-Deacon’s Corner
From the Maronite Patriarchal Synod (2008), there are 5 elements of the Maronite identity, they are defined below in an excerpt from the Maronite Patriarchal Synod, Bkerke 2008, discussing the bolded portion.
“…it becomes apparent that she (the Maronite Church) is firstly an Antiochene Syriac Church, with a special liturgical heritage; secondly, a Chalcedonian Church; thirdly, a Patriarchal Church with an ascetic and a monastic aspect; fourthly, a Church in full union with the Apostolic Roman See; fifthly, a Church incarnated in her Lebanese and Eastern environment and the Countries of Expansion…”
Excerpt from the Maronite Patriarchal Synod, Bkerke 2008
A Church in full union with the Apostolic Roman See; the Maronite Church has always existed in full union with the Apostolic Roman See, this is the final resting place of St. Peter.  The Maronite Rite began from the Church of Antioch which was begun by St. Peter; he is our connection in Christ.  This personal connection with Christ, through St. Peter, has lead the Maronite Church to this continuous communion. 
The reference to the “Apostolic Roman See” is due to St. Peter’s position and task given to him by Christ to be the “Rock on which I build my church”; it is referred to as the Apostolic.  The Maronite Rite has always observed the Pope as the successor to St. Peter.  Although the Maronite Patriarch is our leader; Maronites still consider the Pope the successor of St. Peter and the leader of the Catholic Faith acknowledging his God given authority.
 
Ladies Society
The Ladies Society will be having a Ladies Night Out on Tuesday June 7th at Trattoria Toscano  (11686 Gravois Rd) at 6pm. A private room has been reserved. 
All are welcome! Please join us!
 
Weekly Finances 5/29/16-6/5/16
Income: $1,972.00
Expenses:$2,831.01 (Personnel costs, Maintenance on Fire Extinguishers to keep them up to code, Coffee hour expenses, and Landscaping (flowers) maintenance)