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  • Sick & Hospitalized


         For those who are sick and those who care for them, may they receive comfort and strength through our prayers, remembering especially Mary Adams, Agnes Bartoszek, John Balciar,
    Gwen Beres, Mary Ann Betliskey,
    Bill Bican, Bill Connors, Corrine Dawe,
    Dolores Dobransky, Jose Dybzinski, Kristin Hill, Lucy Konkoly,Madeline Koston, Judy Landolph,
    Cindi Magyar, Marilyn O’Meara,Suzanne Patton,  Nancy Recko,Brianna Rhine, Elaine Stack,
    Dana Trzaska and Seymour Ullman.
    For the Men and Women serving in the military, especially those from our parish and their families.
  • Stewardship of Treasure

    Thank you for your continued generosity and financial support.
    Sunday, June 28th
    Improvement Fund 38.00
    Memorial Gifts 25.00
  • Notes from your Pastor

    Healing takes place when we are acknowledged as Sons and Daughters of God
    Mark’s Gospel is a story of two healings – the daughter of Jarius and the woman who suffers from the hemorrhage.  If the nightly news was to broadcast only one of these healing stories, which one do you think would make the lead story?  If you were the news anchor, would you focus on the healing of the wonderful twelve year old girl from a respected religious family, or the healing of a rag-tag outcast woman from the crowd who had a constant bleeding problem?  Easy answer, ratings would be better if you focused upon bringing the twelve year old girl back to life.
    Both healings are important to Jesus.  However the focus is actually the story of healing the woman with the hemorrhage.  The story of the healing of Jarius’ twelve year old daughter serves as a frame for the inner story; at the center is the healing of the woman with the hemorrhage.
    What do we know of this woman?  Not her name, not her hometown, not her family of origin.  All we know is her illness.  She has a hemorrhage of blood that will not stop.  And this has gone on for twelve long years.  She is frail weak and pale.  She has been to all the physicians.  They could not do anything for her.  She has used up her financial resources.  To make matters worse the culture of the day would deem her an outcast, ritually unclean.  She is alone in her suffering.  She is cut off from family and friends.  In the minds of the people of that day, she was cut off from God as well.
    It would appear the twelve year old girl and the bleeding woman are very different from one another.  However, Mark tells their stories in such a way to show how similar they are.
    Notice the links between them.  Jarius’ daughter is twelve years old.  This woman’s hemorrhage has lasted twelve years.  The little girl is a precious daughter.  When Jesus heals the bleeding woman, He calls her “Daughter”.  And this is the main point of this healing from a teaching point of view.  The woman who is deemed an outcast is a precious daughter.  The acknowledgement of her as “Daughter” begins the healing process.  Jesus says “Daughter, your faith has made you well.  Go in peace and be healed of your disease”.  Acknowledgement of her status as a Daughter of God, a Precious Daughter brings about the healing.  Ideally all of us can hear God speak to us-You are my beloved Son; You are my beloved Daughter.  It is the truth of our existence.  Everyone is precious in God’s sight.  Consequently everyone should be precious in our sight as well.
    The point of the healing of the woman who was bleeding is that recognizing her as a Daughter of God begins the healing process.  You and I have people around us.  We have people who feel like outcasts.  We too are called to acknowledge the outcasts in our midst as Sons and Daughters of God.  In this way healing takes place.
  • Karen's Korner

          Did you know that the word “bible” comes from the ancient Greek ta biblia which means “the books”?   Right away that tells us that the Bible is a collection of books, written by many different people at different times in history.  The order of the books in the bible does not mean they were written in that order. 
         For example, Paul’s letters were written long before the gospels were written.  The gospels describe Jesus’ life to us while the letters tell us about the early church.  Paul’s letters are not in the order that he wrote them, either!  They are catalogued in the Bible from the longest letter (Romans) to the shortest (Jude).  Finally, Matthew is not the oldest gospel, Mark is!  Many of the books of the Old Testament were grouped together because of their content.
         The first five books are called the Pentateuch. The next set of books are called the historical books; then the Wisdom literature, and finally the books of the Prophets.  Catholic Bibles also contain 7 additional books, called the Apocryphal books.  These were rejected by the Protestants as they were not included in the Hebrew Bible and were written in Greek between the time the Hebrew Bible was written and the time the New Testament was written. 
         When you read the Bible (and we all should!) you need to do a couple of things to help you with understanding what was written.  First, read the introduction to the book you are studying.  It contains a lot of information about the culture, about what is written and many time why it was written.  Secondly, read the footnotes!
          When you see a symbol, it usually means there is a deeper explanation in the footnotes, this will help you understand the context of certain passages as well as giving you a different meaning of a word that might be translated differently.  For example, in Tobit 5:21, the word used is “sister” and the footnote tells us that it doesn’t necessarily mean sibling, but was a term of endearment that was even used for a person’s wife.  Knowing that changes the way the passage is read.  Thirdly, look for cross-references.  These are citations that refer to another passage or passages in the Bible.  Another help is an online commentary.  I like the New Jerome commentary, but there are others online, just be sure they are Catholic!  When you read the Bible, use a highlighter, write notes in the margins, and underline things!  A well-used Bible is a far greater honor of God’s word than a nice Bible with gilt-edged pages that simply looks nice on your coffee table!  I have given suggestions before on what I consider to be good Bibles for understanding, and I will repeat them:  The New Revised Standard Version; the Catholic Study Bible; The New American Bible and the Catholic Youth Bible are my favorites.  And remember: the Bible is the inspired Word of God, the authors did not receive dictation from God, nor did God fax it to them!  Reading and studying the Bible are very important to our faith!  Keep your eyes and ears open and I will see you soon!