SAINT PAUL ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH
Many thanks to our Summer Seminarian, Omeed Huemiller, as he completes his official me with us. He will be on retreat with the diocesan seminarians next week. He will visit his family and take a few vaca on days as well. He is due at his new seminary in Florida in mid-August. He is now a member of the Saint Paul parish family, as are all the seminarians that have been with us in recent years. It is a great encouragement to all of them when they know how we support and pray for them.
I want to say thank you to Father Tully, to the
deacons, to the staff, and to everyone here at Saint Paul for welcoming me into the parish. With my family a bit far away, it means a lot to have this place feel like a home for me during the summer,
and it certainly did. I am very grateful for having been here this summer as my first assignment and it
has made me even more eager to continue my journey in this vocation. Please continue to pray for
me and know that I am praying for all of you. Thank you so much and God bless. -- Omeed
3005 Country Club Road New Bern, NC 28562
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Office: M-F 8:30-4:00pm
Saint Paul Catholic School (252) 633-0100
Saint Peter the Fisherman Mission Parish in Oriental
Saturday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5:00 pm Sunday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8:00 am, 11:00 am, . . . . . . . . . . . 1:00 pm (Misa en Español) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10:30 am (in Oriental) Monday, Tuesday, Thursday . . . . . . . . . . . 8:00 am Wednesday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6:00 pm Friday . . . . . . . . . . . 8:00 am at Old Saint Paul
Father Thomas Tully, Pastor [email protected] Deacon Rick Fisher, Parish Deacon Deacon Jim Hackett, Parish Deacon Deacon Dan Doban, Parish Deacon Sister Monique Dissen, IHM Pastoral Associate Deacon David Kierski, Saint Paul School Principal
SAINT OF THE WEEK ~ SAINT MARTHA ~
THE WORD OF OUR LORD
READINGS FOR THE WEEK
Monday: Jer 13:1-11; Dt 32:18-21; Mt 13:31-35 Tuesday: Jer 14:17-22; Ps 79:8-13; Mt 13:36-43 Wednesday: Jer 15:10-21; Ps 34:2-11; Jn 11:19-27 Thursday: Jer 18:1-6; Ps 146:1b-6; Mt 13:47-53 Friday: Jer 26:1-9; Ps 69:5-14; Mt 13:54-58 Saturday: Jer 26:11-24; Ps 69:15-34; Mt 14:1-12
First Reading — Solomon prays for an understanding heart (1 Kings 3:5, 7-12). Psalm — Lord, I love your commands (Psalm 119). Second Reading — All things work for good for those who love God (Romans 8:28-30). Gospel — The one who knows of the kingdom of heaven brings new and old from the storeroom (Ma hew 13:44-52 [44-46]).
"Jesus loved Martha and Mary and Lazarus." This unique statement in John's gospel tells us of the special rela onship Jesus had with Martha, her sister and her brother. Apparently, Jesus was a frequent guest at Martha's home in Bethany, a small village two miles from Jerusalem. We read of three visits in Luke 10:38-42, John 11:1-53, and John 12:1-9.
Many of us find it easy to iden fy with Martha in the story Luke tells. Martha welcomes Jesus and his disciples into her home and immediately goes to work to serve them.
Hospitality is paramount in the Middle East, and Martha believed in its importance. Instead of speaking to her sister, she asks Jesus to intervene. Jesus' response is not unkind, which gives us an idea of his affec on for her. He observes that Martha is worried about many things that distract her from really being present to Him. He reminds her that there is only one thing that is truly important -- listening to Him. That is what Mary has done. In Martha, we see ourselves -- worried and distracted by all we have to do in the world and forge ng to spend me with Jesus. It is, however, comfor ng to note that Jesus loved her just the same.
The next visit shows how well Martha learned this lesson. She is grieving the death of her brother with a house full of mourners when she hears that Jesus has just come to the area. She gets up immediately and leaves the guests, leaves her mourning and goes to meet Him. Her conversa on with Jesus shows her faith and courage. In this dialogue she states clearly without doubt that she believes in Jesus' power, in the Resurrec on, and most of all that Jesus is the Son of God.
Our final picture of Martha in Scripture is the one that sums up who she was: Jesus has returned to Bethany some me later to share a meal with his good friends. In this home were three extraordinary people. We hear how
brother Lazarus caused a s r when he was brought back to life. We hear how Mary causes a commo on at dinner by anoin ng Jesus with expensive perfume. But all we hear about Martha is the simple statement: "Martha served". She isn't in the spotlight, she doesn't do showy things and she doesn't receive spectacular miracles. She simply serves Jesus.
We know nothing more about Martha and what happened to her later. According to legend, Martha accompanied Mary to evangelize France a er Pentecost. But wouldn't it be wonderful if the most important thing that could be said about us is "They served"? Martha is the patron saint of servants and cooks. catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=79
A SHARE IN GOD’S KINGDOM
Today concludes a three-week series of Gospel texts in which we have listened to a total of seven parables about the Kingdom. The believer is asked to consider the request that God made of Solomon in today’s first reading: “Ask something of Me and I will give it to you” (1 Kings 3:5). Today’s parables about the treasure buried in the field and the pearl of great price should prompt us to answer, “A share in Your kingdom, O God!”. Today we discover that the kingdom of God is beyond value, a priceless treasure. Unfortunately, our culture bombards us with things that it believes are priceless treasures—the bigger and be er SUVs, an -aging and an -balding creams and salves, miracle diets and so much more. Having a share in God’s kingdom and helping to bring about that kingdom are the greatest treasures that we can ever hope to gain. Copyright © J. S. Paluch Co.
ANNOUNCEMENTS THIS WEEK’S ACTIVITIES
SAINT PAUL SCHOOL
May 2021 begins the 200 Year Anniversary of the first visit of Bishop John England to New Bern.
We are brain storming ways to create several ac vi es and events
beginning January 1, 2021, and con nuing through the end of September to celebrate the Bi-Centennial of St. Paul Catholic Church, the first Catholic Parish in North Carolina.
Ac vi es and events will focus on historical, educa onal, liturgical, poli cal issues of the parish over the past 200-year period. We are looking for par cipants to be on the following teams:
Historical Research + Educa on Fine Arts - Music, Art, etc., Events + Ac vi es Media + Adver sing Fundraising
It's an opportunity for everyone--young and old--to be involved! Please email with your sugges ons, your ideas and your willingness to be part of one of these teams. The possibili es and opportuni es are endless! Email: [email protected]
Celebrate Saint Paul and Me with your toddler!
Saint Paul Catholic School is offering a new program for young children from 14 months to 3 years of age to enjoy with their parents and grandparents. The weekly 1-hour class will begin on Wednesday, September 23, 2020, from 9:00 am to 10:00 am and will last for 6 weeks. The class will foster friendships grounded in faith and age-appropriate ac vi es including music, crea ve movement, cra s, snacks and play me.
This is not a drop-off program. Each child must be accompanied by a parent or grandparent. The cost is $60.00 per child, and the class is limited to 8 children. All prac ces related to the Covid-19 virus in effect at that me will be followed.
For more informa on or to register, please call Anne Munz or Caroline Edwards at Saint Paul Catholic School (252) 633-0100. The school office is open Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.
SAINTS AND SPECIAL OBSERVANCES
Sunday: Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Wednesday: St. Martha Thursday: St. Peter Chrysologus Friday: St. Igna us of Loyola Saturday: St. Alphonsus Liguori; First Saturday
Although Solomom was the wisest man on earth, he could not figure an easy solu on for having
hundreds of Mothers-in-Law.
1821 - 2021
SAINT PAUL CATHOLIC CHURCH
Sunday 7/26 8:00am Mass – Church +R. Jaegers & A. Abrams 9:00am Olive Branch Open Un l 1:00pm 9:30am AAMEN Group Mee ng- FLC3 10:30am Divine Mercy Chaplet - Church 10:30AM Mass - Saint Peter, Oriental 11:00am Mass – Church +CDR Frank Pagano, Jr. 1:00pm Misa – Church Saint Paul Parish Family Monday 7/27 8:00AM Mass – Church Special Inten on Tuesday 7/28 8:00AM Mass - Church +Thomas Lan er 10:30AM Mass in Oriental 12:00PM One in the Spirit Prayer Group -Church Wednesday 7/29 5:00PM Medjugorje Prayer Group - Church 6:00PM Mass - Church +William Sonny Dove Thursday 7/30 8:00AM M
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