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SIXTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

Pastor's Announcements
General Intercessions

July 27, 2014

Anunciones de Nuestro Pastor
Intercesiones Generales

     
JACKPOT   EL GRAN PREMIO
In our lottery‑ and sweepstakes‑- obsessed culture, it is common to ask ourselves or others what they would do if they won. In today’s first reading, Solomon certainly hits the jackpot. What prize could be greater than having God Almighty agree to give you whatever you ask for?
Out of all the things he could have asked for, Solomon chose to ask for understanding, and was rewarded with it. We
would do well to wonder what we would ask for if God made us the same offer. Actually God does make us the same offer each and every day, by granting us another day of life, a bit of the earth’s goods, some gift or ability, some call to goodness, some portion of the divine will. Each of these is a “prize.” We should stop and examine what we are going to do with our prize: keep it or use it selfishly, or put it at the service of the spread of the gospel?
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En nuestra lotería –y en las muchas rifas de nuestra cultura– se tiene la costumbre de preguntarnos a nosotros mismos y de preguntarles a los demás qué haríamos si ganamos. En la primera lectura de hoy, Salomón ciertamente se gana el premio mayor. ¿Qué premio podrá ser más grande que tener a Dios todopoderoso ofrecerte lo que quieras?
De todas las cosas que podemos pedir, Salomón escogió pedir sabiduría y le fue concedida. ¿No sería bueno preguntarnos que pediríamos si Dios nos hiciera esa oferta? En realidad Dios nos hace esa misma oferta cada día, al darnos otro día de vida, un poco de los bienes de la tierra, algún don o talento, un llamado a la bondad, algo de la voluntad divina. Cada uno de esos bienes es un “premio”. Debemos detenernos y examinar
lo que vamos a hacer con nuestro premio: ¿guardarlo o usarlo con egoísmo, o ponerlo al servicio de la proclamación del Evangelio?.
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“All things work for good for those who love God.” (Romans 8:28a)
 
“Todo contribuye para bien de los que aman a Dios.” (Romanos 8:28a)
     

PASTOR'S MESSAGE

Dear Parishioners and Friends,
 

Attention registered parishioners: Do you know that a portion of your contributions may be applied to tuition in our Academy? Yes, 10% of your total annual contributions up to a maximum of $700 may be credited towards tuition of your child/grandchild enrolled at Saint Michael Academy.

Give your child or grandchild the gift of a lifetime — Catholic Education is a gift that lasts forever! Send them to St. Michael Academy. We offer a $1,000 discount to new families who will enroll in the Academy. Financial difficulty should not be a barrier in providing your child a good catholic education. Come and talk to me.
 
“Catholic Education is an expression of the mission entrusted by Jesus to the Church He founded. Through education, the Church seeks to prepare its youth to proclaim the Good News and to translate this proclamation into action. We believe very strongly that we have a mission and that it is to build up members of the Church by nurturing the mind, body and spirit of young people today.” (Marsh Jordan, Interim Superintendent of Catholic Schools, “Catholic Schools Remain Strong in Faith, Knowledge and Services”, Today’s Catholic News, January 22, 2014)

 
Fr. Manny Ediza
 
P.S. I am inviting you to journey with me following the “Footsteps of St. Paul to Greece and Turkey” on October 16 to 28, 2014. For more information, please call the parish office at 619-470-1977.


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Mark your calendars: “SAULOG (Celebrate) CONCERT” on August 21 and 22, 2014 (Thursday & Friday), at 7:00 p.m. The Cebu Clergy Performing Artists are coming to Saint Michael Church. If you enjoyed the performances by the singing priests from Bohol and Bukidnon (Philippines), you will also enjoy the singing priests from Cebu (Philippines). Watch the San Diego “Padres Cantantes” sing and dance with them. Special participation by the Saint Michael choir. Tickets are available outside the church at the courtyard after all Masses. Your donation of $20 will benefit the Archdiocese of Cebu.

 
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