When Jesus fed the people, he did not do all the work himself. In fact, he made a point of including his disciples in the action.
It would have been more convenient for them if they could have sat back and watched, but their participation was an element of Jesus’ message and part of their training as his followers. Jesus had deliberately surrounded himself with a community of people who could work and pray together, people who could become like him by being personally involved in living and sharing the Gospel.
Every year, each parish receives a preacher to make an appeal for the missionary work of their diocese or religious community. On Aug. 8 and 9, Fr. Michael Arputham, of the Diocese of Dindigul, India, will preach at all Masses. To support this appeal, please make out your cheque to ‘St. Monica Parish’ and put it in one of the special envelopes, or put ‘Missionary appeal’ on any envelope. Include on it your name and address or envelope set number. Please note: as this money will be sent to India, Revenue Canada will not allow an Income Tax credit for this.
Parish social taking place this Sunday after the 11:00 a.m. Mass to bid Fr. Matthew Farewell.
His last Mass will be this Sunday at 11:00 a.m. reception to follow the Mass.