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August 13, 2017, 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Today’s gospel in Saint Matthew has Jesus praying alone after
the miracle of the loaves and fishes. During His prayer time,
the disciples are on the lake and were terrified of drowning
because of the storm. Jesus walked toward them, even though
they were afraid and terrified, and He calmed the storm. He
told them, “Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.” Peter was
bold enough to ask to come out on the water. Jesus said,
“Come.” Peter started to go to Jesus but fear of the wind and
waves hindered him and he began to sink; he cried, “Lord save
me.” Immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught
Peter, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you
doubt?” After they got into the boat, the wind died down.
Peter remembered the night he was not afraid to ask Jesus again
to save him when courage failed, the night he betrayed Jesus
three times. With this miracle of the calming of the lake, like
the other disciples Peter was able to proclaim to Jesus, “Truly,
you are the Son of God.” One of the stained glass windows
facing south shows this miracle.
Today the Parish welcomes Father Mathew Abraham, ALCP,
Parochial Vicar of Saint Joseph, Zephyrhills. Every year the
Diocese helps priests from mission territories appeal for help.
This year Father Mathew is appealing for the formation and
education of the poor seminarians of the Apostolic Life
Community of Priests in the India Province. Please be
Tuesday, August 15, is the Feast of the Assumption. Please see
the schedule below for Mass times:
Monday, August 14 - Vigil Mass 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, August 15 - 8:00 a.m., Noon, 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Starting in September, the Parish will be offering an evening
Mass on Wednesdays.