Posts by Cathy Raffaele

CCD Cancelled: January 14, 2018

CCD classes for Sunday, January 14, have been cancelled due to the weather and will be rescheduled.

In Memoriam: Pamela Smith

Pamela “Pam” Smith, sister of Josie Smith-Bryant,

d. January 11, 2018.

May she rest in peace.

There are no funeral arrangements at this time.

In Memoriam: Dolores Schmid

Dolores E. Schmid, former parishioner,

d. January 3, 2018 in Berea, OH.

May she rest in peace.

From the Archives of Fr. Metzler’s Homily: 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B

“Here I Am; You Called Me?”

1 Samuel 3:3b-10, 19    1 Corinthians 6:13c-15a, 17-20     John 1:35-42

Nowadays we seem to be dissatisfied if we are considered ordinary. We seek to be the first or the best, or at least to belong to the group that is first or best. Yet most of us are really quite ordinary people living ordinary lives. Despite this, there need be nothing ordinary about being ordinary.

With this Sunday we enter the interlude between seasons. Christmas with its excitement and glitter is behind us, and the sober experience of Lent followed by the glory of Easter is in the future. This is Ordinary Time: we reflect on the very ordinary ways that God enters our lives, thus making them extraordinary.

The young boy Samuel was in the keeping of the old man Eli. This was a rather common situation, yet something extraordinary happened. Jesus’ appearance was so unremarkable that the Baptist had to point him out, and then something extraordinary happened. Perhaps what Paul describes is the most startling. Ordinary human beings are members of Christ; their bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit.

In these three incidents, the extraordinary was not apparent. At first, both Samuel and Eli misunderstood the voice; Paul rebuked Christians who had lost sight of their dignity; initially the disciples of John saw nothing unusual in Jesus. These people were only aware of what was obvious.

We are not unlike these biblical people. We do not always look beneath the surface, so we often miss the extraordinary in what is ordinary. We do not hear the voice of God in the voices of others calling us to great things, to sacrifice ourselves for our children or give of ourselves to aging parents. We do not recognize Christ in the thoughtful people with whom we work, the honest people with whom we do business, the understanding people who help us in simple ways, the ordinary people with whom we live.

It takes only a little effort to attune our ears to hear the voice of God, to adjust our sight to recognize Christ in our midst. As members of Christ, we have the Holy Spirit dwelling within us. This same Spirit urges us to reach out to others. What we accomplish may not be as impressive as what was accomplished by Samuel, or the first disciples of Jesus, or Paul. Results are up to God. All we have to be concerned about is that we recognize the call of God in the ordinary events of life and that we respond: “Here I am. You called me.”

                  (Dianne Bergant, professor of biblical studies at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.)

 

Readings: January 14, 2018, 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

All readings from The Message Bible © 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson

  • 1 Samuel 3:3-21

           “Speak, God. I’m Ready to Listen”

Samuel was sleeping in the Temple of God, where the Chest of God rested. Then God called out, “Samuel, Samuel!” Samuel answered, “Yes? I’m here.” Then he ran to Eli saying, “I heard you call. Here I am.” Eli said, “I didn’t call you. Go back to bed.” And so he did. God called again, “Samuel, Samuel!” Samuel got up and went to Eli, “I heard you call. Here I am.” Again Eli said, “Son, I didn’t call you. Go back to bed.” (This all happened before Samuel knew God for himself. It was before the revelation of God had been given to him personally.) God called again, “Samuel!”—the third time! Yet again Samuel got up and went to Eli, “Yes? I heard you call me. Here I am.”

That’s when it dawned on Eli that God was calling the boy. So Eli directed Samuel, “Go back and lie down. If the voice calls again, say, ‘Speak, God. I’m your servant, ready to listen.’” Samuel returned to his bed. Then God came and stood before him exactly as before, calling out,

“Samuel! Samuel!” Samuel answered, “Speak. I’m your servant, ready to listen.”

Samuel grew up. God was with him, and Samuel’s prophetic record was flawless. Everyone in Israel, recognized that Samuel was a true prophet of God.     

  • 2 Corinthians 6: 13c-15a, 17-20

Brothers and sisters: the body is not for immorality, but for the Lord. Since the Master honors you with a body, honor him with your body! God honored the Master’s body by raising it from the grave. He’ll treat yours with the same resurrection power. Until that time, remember that your bodies are created with the same dignity as the Master’s body.

As it is written in Scripture, “The two become one.” Since we want to become spiritually one with the Master, we must not pursue the kind of sex that avoids commitment and intimacy, leaving us more lonely than ever—the kind of sex that can never “become one.”

There is a sense in which sexual sins are different from all others. In sexual sin we violate the sacredness of our own bodies, these bodies that were made for God-given and God-modeled love, for “becoming one” with another. Or didn’t you realize that your body is a sacred place, the place of the Holy Spirit?

Don’t you see that you can’t live however you please, squandering what God paid such a high price for? The physical part of you is not some piece of property belonging to the spiritual part of you. God owns the whole works. So let people see God in and through your body.

  • John 1:35-42

           Come, See for Yourself

John was back at his post with two disciples, who were watching. He looked up, saw Jesus walking nearby, and said, “Here he is, God’s Passover Lamb.” The two disciples heard him and went after Jesus. Jesus looked over his shoulder and said to them, “What are you after?”

They said, “Rabbi” (which means “Teacher”), “where are you staying?”   He replied, “Come along and see for yourself.” They came, saw where he was living, and ended up staying with him for the day. It was late afternoon when this happened.

Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard John’s witness and followed Jesus. The first thing he did after finding where Jesus lived was find his own brother, Simon, telling him, “We’ve found the Messiah” (that is, “Christ”). He immediately led him to Jesus.

Jesus took one look up and said, “You’re John’s son, Simon? From now on your name is Cephas” (or Peter, which means “Rock”).

Reflection from Fr. Taylor: January 14, 2018, 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

1 Samuel 3:3b-10, 19    1 Corinthians 6:13c-15a, 17-20     John 1:35-42

None of us can say that there is only one way God speaks to our life and our heart. It come on many different occasions and different times on our life’s journey. The readings tells us Samuel did not catch on right away to Jesus’ call to Him, but the Lord was very patient knowing that it takes time. All of the prophets of old testament which the Lord called did not fully grasp what He was asking, and what the outcome would be. But they all ultimately said yes regardless of the price they had to pay.

Jesus today keeps sending all kind of messages our way. Even though He knows we will miss some of them or most of them in the commotions of life. I am sure that the Lord has said several things to us even in the beginning of this new year. Things that we can do to make ourselves a better person and more available to the Lord. Also things that we can do to help others. We can be spreaders of peace and acceptance. How we can really spread love during a time of so much hate.

When you attend Mass if you feel your heart is being moved even if its only by one phrase from the homily or the readings act on it. Remember it is not only emotion. It could be the Holy Spirit stirring within you. If someone ask for your attention it may be that the Lord is asking you to be of comfort to them, to take time to listen.

Remember if today we hear His voice let us not harden our hearts. What does it mean to serve? It means to be a family in the name of Christ. A challenge for us in the year 2018. Never give up and we never say life could not be better. Jesus has proven time and time again that this is certainly not so. We say Amen and welcome our new king, our new savior into the world.

May each of you have a blessed and peace-filled New Year.

 

In Memoriam: Philip T. O’Hara

 

Philip Thomas O’Hara, former parishioner,

d. on January 2, 2018 in Virginia Beach, VA.

May he rest in peace.

 

 

 

 

Mass Schedules at St. Bede & St. Charles Lwanga parishes

St. Bede Parish, 509 South Dallas Avenue, 15208

Weekend: Saturday at 5 pm; Sunday at 8 am; 10 am; 12 Noon

Weekday: Monday to Saturday at 7 am; 9 am

St. Charles Lwanga Parish

Mother of Good Counsel Church, 7705 Bennett Street, 15208: Saturday at 4 pm; Sunday at 8:30 am

Corpus Christi Church, 1550 Lincoln Avenue, 15206: Sunday at 11:30 am

 

Thank You: Epiphany Party

Many thanks to Seasonal Planning for the annual Epiphany Party.  It was a wonderful social for all ages..  Special thanks to everyone who helped with the social…shopping, set-up and clean-up.

Feast of the Epiphany, January 7, 2018