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Catholic Church / Pacoima, CA


The Kingdom of God

Twenty Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Good News is that we have all been invited—invited to the Kingdom, invited to be disciples. It’s a life-changing invitation, and like so many other such invitations, it requires a great deal of deliberation and discernment. Whether we choose marriage, ordination, single life, or community life, we know the serious planning and consideration that accompany these profound decisions. Like the tower-builder in the Gospel, we have weighed both the monetary and emotional cost. We have pondered and planned our lives in the direction to which we believe God has called us. And while we pray for guidance and acceptance of God’s will, we often fail to understand so much. Like Solomon, we turn to God for wisdom and counsel in our life-changing decisions.

Readings for the Week

Monday: 1 Cor 5:1-8; Ps 5:5-7, 12; Lk 6:6-11, or, for Labor Day, any readings from the Mass “For the Blessings of Human Labor,” nos. 907-911
Tuesday: 1 Cor 6:1-11; Ps 149:1b-6a, 9b; Lk 6:12-19
Wednesday: 1 Cor 7:25-31; Ps 45:11-12, 14-17; Lk 6:20-26
Thursday: Mi 5:1-4a or Rom 8:28-30; Ps 13:6; Mt 1:1-16, 18-23 [18-23]
Friday: 1 Cor 9:16-19, 22b-27; Ps 84:3-6, 12; Lk 6:39-42
Saturday: 1 Cor 10:14-22; Ps 116:12-13, 17-18; Lk 6:43-49
Sunday: Ex 32:7-11, 13-14; Ps 51:3-4, 12-13, 17, 19; 1 Tm 1:12-17; Lk 15:1-32 [1-10]

Saints & Special Observances

Sunday: Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time
Monday: Labor Day
Thursday: The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Friday: St. Peter Claver
Saturday: Blessed Virgin Mary

A Word of Appreciation

I have been two months here at Mary Immaculate Parish and I am just impressed by the vibrant, energetic and spiritual life of the people as well as the participation of the different ministries in the various activities of the parish. Thank you! I have had the opportunity to meet with some of the groups already and I am looking forward to meet with the rest of the groups and leaders in the near future. Last week we met for our first Fiesta meeting and was equally impressed by the enthusiasm and commitment of the groups for making our Fiesta a great success. I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your generous support with your time, talents, and different donations. It really makes the difference when we are all together with a same a goal and with a same purpose. As you may have noticed, we are working on the painting of the church and we are almost done with that. We will continue with the varnishing of the pews. As we do this I invite to help me to take care of our church so we can have it always clean and beautiful. Finally, during our Fiesta meeting, it was brought to my attention the painting and striping of the parking lot of the church. I am aware that there were some fund raising activities for this project and I assure you that we are working on this. Plans were made by a company for the restructuring of the car spaces and I am working on getting estimates. Again, I assure that we are working on this and hopefully we will have it done after the Fiesta. Thank again for your hard work and for your patience with me and let us continue to work together as a community. I humbly ask you to pray for me and you are assured of my prayers.