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MASS INTENTIONS

Saturday, July 4
5:00pm - Henry Ableman

Sunday, July 5
8:00am - John Murray, Sr.
10:00am - Mary Bifferato

Monday, July 6
7:00pm - Msgr. John H. Dewson

Tuesday July 7
8:00am - Mass for the People

Wednesday, July 8
8:00am… - Marina Cappatuccini

Thursday, July 9
8:00am - Mary G. Iorii

Friday, July 10
8:00am - Ann Sendlinger

Saturday, July 11
5:00pm - Vincent A. Bifferato, Sr.

Sunday, July 12
8:00am - Natalie Garosi
10:00am - Mary G. Iorii
 
BUY A MEMORIAL BRICK


14th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

This Gospel points out that there is a clear connection between our faith and the reception of the goodness of God in our lives. A life growing in faith can slowly make a cement block turn into a sponge. The showers of the goodness of God begin to be absorbed, recognized, and appreciated rather than being ricocheted off. What we believe really matters. In the end, let us not hand directions to Jesus to the neighboring towns around us. Rather, let us keep Him in our town, our own lives. Let us be willing to make ourselves more sponge-like and less cementlike when it comes to the reception of the healing and goodness of God in our lives. What we believe matters....read more.

POPE FRANCIS' NEW ENCYCLICAL

You've read the headlines, now read it for yourself.  Please take some time to read this important message from our Holy Father.  It is thought provoking and challenging.  Click here to read it.

RAFFLE
St. Thomas Knights of Columbus will be selling raffle tickets after all weekend Masses. The prizes will be $500, $300 and $200. The drawing will be held Thursday, October 8 at the Annual Golf Tournament. Proceeds will benefit the work of the Knights. Donation is $10.00.Thank you for your support.

THE FORTNIGHT FOR FREEDOM
Freedom to Bear Witness will take place from June 21 to July 4, 2015, a time when our liturgical calendar celebrates a series of great martyrs who remained faithful in the face of persecution by political power-St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher, St. John the Baptist, SS. Peter and Paul, and the First Martyrs of the Church of Rome. The theme of this year's Fortnight will focus on the "freedom to bear witness" to the truth of the Gospel. Bishop Malooly will hold a Mass to close out the Fortnight for Freedom on July 5th at 11:00 a.m. at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Wilmington. For more information, go to
www.cdow.org or www.fortnight4freedon.org.


MARRIAGE AND FAMILY LIFE
Marriage Moments: "Leave your spouse a sweet note... You'll be amazed at the power of the pen. If you head out of the house first, leave it on their car. Or, hide a note where you know they'll find it. A friend of mine used the letters from a Scrabble game to create a surprise note for his wife." (from a Family Minute with Mark Merrill) http://www.familyminute.com/

Parenting Pointers
: 7 Mistakes it’s OK to let your Kids Make
Let them fail a test.
Let them run low on gas.
Let them forget their practice equipment.
Let them leave their homework at home.
Let them forget their lunch.
Let them wear dirty socks.
Let them miss a target.
(from a Family Minute with Mark Merrill) http://www.familyminute.com/

VOCATION REFLECTION
In today’s first reading, the author of the Book of Wisdom says, “they shall know that a prophet has been among them.” Through lives of chastity, poverty, and obedience, religious women and men throughout our Diocese serve as prophets: their consecrated lives point to the Kingdom of God, and they remind us that it’s worth giving up anything for the sake of that treasure. Do you have what it takes to live that way? If you think so, please call or write Father David Kelley, Diocesan Director of Priestly and Religious Vocations (302-573-
3113, vocations@cdow.org). Be sure to visit our website: www.CalledByTheLord.com!


GOD IS ON THE AIR
Listen to Catholic Forum every Sunday morning at 10:05 a.m. on WDEL now found on 101.7 FM, 1150 AM and www.wdel.com. Next Sunday, July 12th, Ms. Vanessa Vavala from Padua Academy will discuss that school’s unique program titled, “Two Men Named Francis”. For photos, information regarding upcoming guests and more, “Like” Catholic Forum on Facebook at www.facebook.com/catholicforum.

DIOCESE OF WILMINGTON YOUTUBE PAGE
Did you know that the Diocese of Wilmington has a YouTube Channel? On it, you can see homilies on religious liberty and other topics from Bishop Malooly and other priests of our diocese, features on some of the ministries of Catholic Charities, and more. Check it out at youtube.com/dioceseofwilm.


Raising of Jairus' Daughter
- Gabriel Max, 1878
God our Father,

Giver of life,
we entrust the United States of America to Your loving care.

You are the rock on which this nation was founded.
You alone are the true source of our cherished rights to life,
liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Reclaim this land for Your glory and dwell among Your people.

Send Your Spirit to touch the hearts of our nation´s leaders.
Open their minds to the great worth of human life
and the responsibilities that accompany human freedom.
Remind Your people that true happiness is rooted in seeking
and doing Your will.

Through the intercession of Mary Immaculate,
Patroness of our land,
grant us the courage to reject the "culture of death."
Lead us into a new millennium of life.
We ask this through Christ Our Lord.

Amen.
HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY