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18th Sunday in Ordinary Time
2 August 2020

UPCOMING EVENTS
Know the Sheep & know the Shepherd is the ‘Pastoral reach out program’ planned for this
summer onwards as part of knowing the parishioners. Unfortunately, due to the COVID 19 restrictions, we could not start it earlier. As the restrictions are now being slowly lifted up, Fr. Joy, the shepherd, would like to reach out to his sheep, the families, and individuals of the three churches under Holy Name Parish. So, if you would like to invite him or to schedule a friendly house visit / blessing / prayer at your house, please call the Parish Office during office hours or contact Fr. Joy by the Website ‘Contact Form’ or in person. (Office Hours: Mon -Thu. 9am - 2.30pm, Fri. 9am-12pm. (Call.780.853.5161) Website: holyname.caedm.ca

Volunteers are needed  for ground keeping at the Holy Name Church. Please call Parish Office for a sign-up. Thank you for your help.

Summer Months - Please note that during July and August, the Parish Office will close at noon on Fridays.  There will only be one Sunday Bulletin  for each month (Mass schedules will be posted every week).

Sunday Missals  - The 2020 Liturgical Year comes to a close at the end of November. Unfortunately we will not have it available at the church for this year. Please make a direct order at 1-800-387-7164 Mon to Fri between 8:30 am and 5 pm Quebec time and  mention Promo Code SM20V  to obtain the price of $3.00 per copy (regular price is $6).


 
MASSES THIS WEEK

SATURDAY,  August 1
18th Sunday in OT

5:00 PM (V) - Megan &
                      Nathan Dyjur
7:15 PM (C) - +Shamus Martin

SUNDAY, August 2
18th Sunday in OT

9:00 AM (V) - Souls in
                      Purgatory
11:00 AM (V) - Parishioners

MONDAY,  August 3
Civic Holiday
- Office Closed
NO MASS

TUESDAY, August 4
7:00 PM (V) - +Kevin Fisher
7:30 PM (V) - First
                  Communion Class

WEDNESDAY,  August 5
9:00 AM (V) - Fin Martin

THURSDAY, August 6
9:00 AM (V) - Tom & Bea
                       Maher

FRIDAY, August 7
9:00 AM (V) - Sr. Mary Ellen
                      O’Neill

SATURDAY,  August 8
19th Sunday in OT

5:00 PM (V) - Maureen
                      Mooney
7:15 PM (C) - Kevin
                      McCormack

SUNDAY, August 9
19th Sunday in OT

9:00 AM (V) - Denis J.
                     McCormack
11:00 AM (V) - Parishioners
 
Find livestream Masses link on the Parish website: “Masses & Calendar” or  follow our Facebook: @CatholicVermilion for news and livestream events.
PASTOR’S MESSAGE
"Multiplication of Loaves: a call to share"
 
Dear friends, Greetings of peace and joy of Christ!
 
The Gospel reading for this weekend, the Eighteenth Sunday of the Ordinary Liturgical Season, narrates Jesus’ performance of a miracle. The miracle is the “multiplication of five loaves of bread and two fish”. The reason behind all those miracles and curing of various sickness was the spirit of compassion and sensitivity of Jesus towards the people. We can find three different types of interpretations for this miracle that Jesus performed:
 
 
First is the literal interpretation of the common people. They may look at it as a simple multiplication of loaves and fishes. It is like doing a magical performance. So they consider Jesus as a magician, doing many tricks to entertain the listeners or His audience. Second is the figurative interpretation. Many people see in this miracle a Sacrament, a symbol of the Eucharist. Their reason is the presence of the elements which can be found in the Eucharist like: the taking of the bread, giving thanks, breaking of the bread and sharing which are the patterns of the Holy Eucharist. They have felt that this was not a meal where people are satisfied of their physical hunger but a spiritual food for their souls. Third is the real interpretation of the scene. It was their culture to bring provisions of food wherever they go. It was evening on that day they came to Jesus to listen His preaching and they were hungry.  So practically no one would like to produce what he or she had because they were self-centered. They were afraid to share because if they do so, nothing will be left for them. But Jesus took the initiative to move their hearts. He made an invitation with a smile to share and with a blessing. Consequently, they began to open their provisions of sharing. If this is what had happened, then it was not merely a miracle of multiplication of loaves; but it was in fact, a miracle of the changing of selfish people into a generous people at the touch of Christ. It was the miracle of the birth of love and sharing in the selfish or self-centered hearts of those people.
 
 
So dear friends, we too, in our daily lives may experience many miracles if: instead of focusing too much on us, we could open ourselves to others and help them in their needs. Instead of seeing only the negative side of others, we could be more generous in complementing their better side. Instead of constantly criticizing and finding faults, we could be compassionate enough to be more supportive and caring. This is exactly what we need in this present scenario, where people are looking for new hope and ways to find the love of God!

May God transform the self-centered hearts into self-less and generous hearts!
 

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