THE CATHOLIC PARISHES of
Saint Joseph · Saint Juan Diego
Saint Padre Pio · Saint Scholastica
August 2, 2020
Fr. Dale DeNinno Pastor/Administrator 412-963-8885 x 304
Fr. Michael Decewicz Parochial Vicar 412-784-8700
Fr. William Siple Parochial Vicar 412-781-0186
Deacon Robert Wertz, Jr. 412-784-8700
Fr. Hyeong Cheol Lee Saint Juan Diego Parish Korean Catholic Community
Fr. John Mark Ogu Saint Juan Diego Parish Student, Duquesne University
Fr. Dozie Egbe Saint Padre Pio Parish Chaplain, Presbyterian Hospital
CLERGY FAITH FORMATION & YOUTH MINISTRY
Delia Barr Director of Faith Formation 412-963-8885 x301 [email protected]
Meredith Troyan Youth Ministry Leader 412-781-0186 x20 meredithtroyan@ saintscholastica.com
SAINT JOSEPH PARISH
342 Dorseyville Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15215 Phone: 412-963-8885 | Fax: 412-963-1945
Email: [email protected] Office Hours: Monday - Thursday 9:30 am to 4:30 pm
Friday 10:00 am to 2:00 pm Live Streamed Mass: www.LAVCatholic.org/mass-videos
Lori McKinniss Business Manager 412-963-8885 x303 [email protected]
Kathi Sterling Parish Secretary 412-963-8885 x306 [email protected]
Thomas Octave Music Minister 412-867-5032 [email protected]
Nancy Whistler Director of Preschool 412-963-8885 x302
Terri Weir Administrative Assistant 412-963-8885 x302 [email protected]
George Cavlovich Facilities Maintenance
SAINT JUAN DIEGO PARISH
Madonna of Jerusalem Church in Sharpsburg Saint John Cantius Church in Sharpsburg
Saint Mary Church in Sharpsburg
201 9th Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15215 Phone: 412-784-8700 | Fax: 412-781-1101
Food Pantry: 412-781-2866 Email: [email protected]
Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Rosemarie Haas Administrative Assistant
Simon Vullo Underiner Music Minister
Jerry Auen, Scott Auen, Franco Ferraro, & Henry Sacco Facilities Maintenance
SAINT PADRE PIO PARISH
Saint Edward Church in Blawnox Saint Francis of Assisi Church in Harmar
450 Walnut Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15238 Phone: 412-828-4066 | Email: sted-fr[email protected] Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 am to 12:30 pm
Marilyn Welsh Administrative Assistant [email protected]
David Volcheck Music Minister
Todd Daigneau and Rada Karlusic Facilities Maintenance
SAINT SCHOLASTICA PARISH 309 Brilliant Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15215 Phone: 412-781-0186 | Fax: 412-781-4316
Email: email@example.com Office Hours: Mon - Fri 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
Debbie VanDemark Administrative Assistant 412-781-0186 xl0 [email protected]
Andrew Bechman Adult Faith Formation 412-781-0186 x18 andybechman@ saintscholastica.com
Ginny Ambrose Music Minister 412-781-0186 x17 ginnyambrose@ saintscholastica.com Bruce Hassing and David Urso Facilities Maintenance
Diocesan Victim Assistance Hotline: 1-888-808-1235
PA Child Line: 1-800-932-0313
To watch the 4:00 pm Saturday Mass online go to
Submit items for bulletin publication no later than Monday at noon to [email protected].
SATURDAY August 1—18th Sunday in Ordinary Time Madonna Church 4:30 pm † Peter & Stella Subasic (Family)
SUNDAY August 2—18th
Sunday in Ordinary Time Saint Mary Church 11:30 am † Mario D. Ferraro (Franco & Aunt Maria Ferraro)
MONDAY August 3—Weekday in Ordinary Time Madonna Church 9:00 am † The Ganster & Elbicki Families (Marilyn Ganster & Family )
TUESDAY August 4—Saint John Vianney Madonna Church 9:00 am † Clarence Peiffer (Family)
WEDNESDAY August 5—Weekday in Ordinary Time Madonna Church 9:00 am † Lena Centorbi (Joyce Ross & Mary Deckebach)
FRIDAY August 7—Weekday in Ordinary Time Saint Mary Church 3:00 pm Wedding of Patrick Rolands & Maria DiSanto
SATURDAY August 8—19th Sunday in Ordinary Time Madonna Church 4:30 pm † Warren Kelly (Mary & Jim)
SUNDAY August 9—19th Sunday in Ordinary Time Saint Mary Church 11:30 am † Brian Akers (Aunt, Peggy)
SAINT JOSEPH PARISH
SUNDAY August 2—18th Sunday in Ordinary Time Saint Francis of Assisi Church 8:00 am † Julia Marie Janoski (The Olzewski Family) Saint Edward Church 10:00 am † Harry Bougher (Family)
THURSDAY August 6—The Transfiguration of the Lord Saint Edward Church 9:00 am † Leo Chini (Carole)
FRIDAY August 7—Weekday in Ordinary Time Saint Edward Church 9:00 am The people of Saint Padre Pio Parish
SATURDAY August 8—Saint Dominic Saint Edward Church 9:00 am † George Wachter (Nieces)
SUNDAY August 9—19th
Sunday in Ordinary Time Saint Francis of Assisi Church 8:00 am † George Wachter (Family) Saint Edward Church 10:00 am † The Casile & Bristol Families (Ann Casile)
SAINT PADRE PIO PARISH
SAINT JUAN DIEGO PARISH
SATURDAY August 1—18th Sunday in Ordinary Time 5:00 pm † Henry J. Martone (Louis & Christine Martone and Family)
SUNDAY August 2—18th Sunday in Ordinary Time 9:30 am † Flo Fairley, birthday (daughter, Kathleen Piper) 12:00 Noon The people of Saint Scholastica Parish
MONDAY August 3—Weekday in Ordinary Time 10:00 am † Marion Claire Saeli (The Scanlon Family)
TUESDAY August 4—Saint John Vianney 10:00 am † Dorothy DeFide (Kathleen Piper)
WEDNESDAY August 5—Weekday in Ordinary Time 10:00 am † Mary Miketic (Joyce Miketic)
THURSDAY August 6—The Transfiguration of the Lord 10:00 am † Theresa Marsico, birthday (Tish Marsico)
FRIDAY August 7—Weekday in Ordinary Time 10:00 am † Helen Simanek (Tish Marsico)
SATURDAY August 8—19th Sunday in Ordinary Time 5:00 pm † Douglas Arturo, birthday (Renee Arturo Kleiner)
SUNDAY August 9—19th Sunday in Ordinary Time 9:30 am † Dr. Kenneth Vey (Jo Certo) 12:00 Noon † Joseph Calihan (Tish Marsico)
SAINT SCHOLASTICA PARISH
REST IN PEACE Saint Juan Diego
† Fortuna Ferraro July 22, 2020
Saint Padre Pio
† Donald Gasper July 7, 2020
SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM Saint Joseph
Cecilia Salvucci July 25, 2020
Saint Juan Diego
Calvin Charles Thomas July 26, 2020
TABERNACLE VIGIL CANDLE Week of August 2
Saint Scholastica: For the health and safety of our retired priests at St. John Vianney Manor and our seminarians at St. Paul Seminary (Kathleen McAndrews)
SATURDAY August 1—18th Sunday in Ordinary Time 4:00 pm The people of Saint Joseph Parish
SUNDAY August 2—18th Sunday in Ordinary Time 9:00 am † Guy Carricato (Marie Warrene) 11:00 am † Daniel Gerardi (Linda Coen Eckert & Family)
MONDAY August 3—Weekday in Ordinary Time 8:00 am † Mark Hammel (Carrie Harris)
TUESDAY August 4—Saint John Vianney 8:00 am † Bob Kastelic (Pat Kastelic)
WEDNESDAY August 5—Weekday in Ordinary Time 8:00 am † Joseph & Mary Freiland (Carol Freiland)
THURSDAY August 6—The Transfiguration of the Lord 8:00 am † Dr. James Wallace (Claire Wallace & Family)
FRIDAY August 7—Weekday in Ordinary Time 8:00 am The people of Saint Joseph Parish
SATURDAY August 8—19th Sunday in Ordinary Time 4:00 pm † Raymond & Anna Ordakowski (Lawrence & Maryann Slagel)
SUNDAY August 9—19th Sunday in Ordinary Time 9:00 am † Kenneth Wagner (The Urso Family) 11:00 am † Ellen Decewicz (Genevieve Bedillion)
SCRIPTURE READINGS FOR THE WEEK
Sunday—August 2 Isaiah 55:1-3 Romans 8:35, 37-39 Matthew 14:13-21
Monday—August 3 Jeremiah 28:1-17 Matthew 14:22-36
Tuesday—August 4 Jeremiah 30:1-2, 12-15, 18-22 Matthew 14:22-36
Wednesday—August 5 Jeremiah 31:1-7 Matthew 15:21-28
Thursday—August 6 Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14 2 Peter 1:16-19 Matthew 17:1-9
Friday—August 7 Nahum 2:1,3; 3:1-3, 6-7 Matthew 16:24-28
Saturday—August 8 Habakkuk 1:12—2:4 Matthew 17:14-20
Sunday—August 9 1 Kings 19:9a, 11-13a Romans 9:1-5 Matthew 14:22-33
Baptisms: Celebrated during any of the weekend liturgies or after the last Sunday liturgy (11:00am at Saint Joseph, 11:30am at Saint Mary, 12:00pm at Saint Scholastica). First time parents must complete a baptism preparation class. Contact the parish office of the appropriate church for details.
Weddings: Celebrated at 2:00pm on Saturdays. Contact the parish office of the appropriate church at least six months before the desired date.
Funerals: Offered at 10:00am, Monday through Saturday. Contact the parish office of the appropriate church for details.
Anointing of the Sick: Please contact the appropriate parish office.
Sacrament of Reconciliation: See the bulletin schedule for times and locations.
Mass Intentions: Offered at each Mass for deceased loved ones or for other special intentions. Please call the parish office to schedule.
Faith Formation: Offered for grades K-8 at Saint Scholastica on Sundays and at Saint Joseph on Monday and Tuesday evenings, September through April. Contact the Faith Formation Office at 412-963-8885 for details or to register.
Volunteer Opportunities: All parishioners are encouraged to contribute their time and talents to the church. We have opportunities to serve at Mass as lectors, Extraordinary Ministers of Communion, ushers, music ministers and altar servers. Please contact the parish office for information on all our volunteer opportunities. All staff and volunteers in the Diocese of Pittsburgh are required to obtain clearances and training to comply with the Safe Environment Policy. See diopitt.org/compliance or contact the parish office for details.
Membership: To register at one of the Lower Allegheny Valley Catholic parishes, update your contact information, or let us know if you or a family member is homebound or has moved to a nursing home, please use the form at the end of this bulletin or contact the appropriate parish office.
SACRAMENTS and MORE DAILY MASSES WEEK OF AUGUST 3 8:00 am Saint Joseph Church Fr. Dale DeNinno Monday through Friday
9:00 am Madonna of Jerusalem Church Fr. Mike Decewicz Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
Saint Edward Church Thursday, Friday, Saturday
10:00 am Saint Scholastica Church Fr. Bill Siple Monday through Friday
SATURDAY VIGIL MASSES—AUGUST 8 4:00 pm Saint Joseph Church Fr. Dale DeNinno
4:30 pm Madonna of Jerusalem Church Fr. Mike Decewicz
5:00 pm Saint Scholastica Church Fr. Bill Siple
SUNDAY MASSES—AUGUST 9 8:00 am Saint Francis of Assisi Church Fr. Bill Siple
9:00 am Saint Joseph Church Fr. Dale DeNinno
9:30 am Saint Scholastica Church Fr. Mike Decewicz
10:00 am Saint Edward Church Fr. Bill Siple
11:00 am Saint Joseph Church Fr. Dale DeNinno
11:00 am Saint John Cantius Church Fr. Lee (Korean Mass)
11:30 am Saint Mary Church Fr. Mike Decewicz
12:00 noon Saint Scholastica Church Fr. Bill Siple
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION
9:30-10:00 am Saint Edward Church
11:30-12:00 noon Saint Joseph Church
3:30-4:00 pm Madonna of Jerusalem Church
6:30-7:00 pm Saint Scholastica Church
Collection for July 25 & 26:
Saint Joseph Parish: Needed each week:
Saint Juan Diego Parish: Needed each week:
Saint Padre Pio Parish: Needed each week:
Saint Scholastica Parish: Needed each week:
Trying to keep up with the pace-of-change as it relates to suggestions, guidelines, recommendations and mandates seems like a full-time job. And I'm not just talking about church matters. It's that, but it's also about the world of the coronavirus in which we live. The daily news, reported hourly and even by the minute, is much about COVID-19. The reaction? The suggestions, guidelines, recommendations and mandates provoke both agreement and disagreement as to how best to proceed. However, there is one issue that has everyone speaking with one voice. We need a vaccine and we need it now. Pray for the scientists. The cure will surely be found in one of their laboratories.
The drama of change has surely impacted the Church and the practice of our faith. While our worship of God is the same in the Mass, somehow it feels different. Pews taped off in our churches, hand- sanitizers at the door (and not holy water), wearing masks for protection, and the distribution of Holy Communion at the end of Mass. How odd it all feels!
The little children anxious to receive their First Holy Communion and the young people looking forward to their Confirmation have also felt the impact of the coronavirus. Their Spring dates were cancelled and have now been re-scheduled in a whole different way.
The 80 children for First Communion have been divided into four separate groups with different times and churches. Each child will be limited to just six guests who may attend, keeping the maximum number of people in church at 140.
Saturday September 26, 2020
10:00 am Saint Joseph Church 1:00 pm Saint Scholastica Church
Sunday September 27, 2020
1:00 pm Saint Joseph Church 3:00 pm Saint Scholastica Church
The Sacrament of Confirmation will also be divided into four different groups to accommodate the 80 candidates to be confirmed. However, the biggest change is that Bishop David A. Zubik has delegated the pastors of each parish to celebrate the sacrament. I quote from a communication that I recently received from the Office of the Bishop:
“Whereas, the need to avoid large gatherings of the faithful due to the coronavirus pandemic in order
to safeguard the health and safety of the population has made it nearly impossible for the diocesan and auxiliary bishops to visit each parish for the celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation according to the norm in law in ordinary circumstances.
I hereby decree that all priests in the Diocese of Pittsburgh who hold the office of pastor or parish administrator . . . are hereby granted the faculty to celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation, in accord with canons 882 and 884 of the Code of Canon Law.”
Therefore, as duly delegated by Bishop Zubik, I will celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation for the young people of the Lower Allegheny Valley grouping of parishes who were to have been confirmed on May 14, 2020 by Bishop William Winter. The new dates are these:
Monday—September 21, 2020 7:00 pm in Saint Joseph Church
Tuesday—September 22, 2020 7:00 pm in Saint Scholastica Church
Wednesday—September 23, 2020 7:00 pm in Saint Scholastica Church
Thursday—September 24, 2020 7:00 pm in Saint Joseph Church
In addition to each candidate and their sponsor, five additional guests may be in attendance. That will bring the maximum number of people in church to 140.
My dear sisters and brothers, it feels as though our heads are spinning with the rapidity of changes that are both welcome and unwelcome, and we are left with little choice but to go along with things. Please God, give us the patience and the openness and the desire to live out the plan that unfolds in our lives on a daily basis. And know for certain: We are in this together!
Next week's bulletin letter will give a preview of what the Faith Formation program (i.e., CCD) for our young people and their families is going to look like as we move forward.
Update for the October 20/21, 2020 LAV Sight & Sound Theater Tour: We have received word from Wendt Touring that the Lancaster Sight & Sound Theater is now open. To ensure safety, the Theater has the following: Seating capacity is limited, ionized air purification systems and other precautions have been installed, frequent sanitizing of high traffic areas, seating modifications, a safety team focused on following CDC recommendations and government guidelines is now in place. If you would like to reserve a place, there are still spaces available and you may contact Ruth Gee at 412-828-4718. We will keep you updated as we receive more information.
The Mortel Family Charitable Foundation contacted the Haiti Committee to express their great appreciation and thanks for the $200 donation they received from our parishioners. The funds will be used for face masks and cleaning supplies to insure safety in the school during the pandemic. The Haiti Committee also wants to thank all the so generous Parishioners who made this needed gift possible.
The Men's Shelter Meal Sign Up for August 22 is now available on our website. Please visit LAVCatholic.org/shelter and sign up to provide a portion of the evening meal. Thank you for helping those in need!
Baptism preparation classes are offered on the first Monday of the month at 7:00 pm for first-time parents who wish to baptize their child at one of the LAV Catholic parishes. To register, please contact the office of the church where the baptism will be celebrated.
LAV Member News: Belated birthday wishes to Saint Juan Diego parishioner Mrs. Rose Woods who recently turned 100 years young! Congratulations to Saint Scholastica parishioner Michael VanDemark who has earned the rank of Eagle Scout. His project was remodeling the youth ministry room in the Saint Scholastica Ministry Center.
In our Community. . . Second Harvest Community Thrift Store will be holding a Back to School clothing and shoe sale on August 15 from 10 am to 3 pm in the parking lot at 624 Clay Street. The sale is for everyone! It will be a fun event with the Kona Ice truck and Steer & Wheel food truck on site.
Items can be donated on Wednesday, August 5, from 4-8 pm at the Fox Chapel Plaza and Thursday, August 6, from 9-11 am at Roots of Faith, 800 Main St in Sharpsburg. For information on volunteering or donating items for the sale, email [email protected] or visit their Facebook page at
Fox Chapel Area High school is holding a summer community blood drive on August 3 from 1-7pm at the Vitalant Harmar/Fox Chapel Donor Center. Anyone interested in donating can visit vitalant.org and click on the “Donate Blood” button or call 412-209-7000. Walk-ins are accepted. When registering, use the code HS010025 so that the donation will count toward potential scholarships for Fox Chapel students.
205 Brilliant Ave, Aspinwall PA 15215
Email: [email protected]
Mark Grgurich, Principal
2020 Lottery Calendars are now available for $10! Contact the school office at 412-781-7927 or [email protected] if you’d like to purchase one. Payouts every day on the daily lottery number!
St. Joseph Parish
St. Juan Diego Parish
St. Padre Pio Parish
St. Scholastica Parish
Change of Address
Moving out of Parish
Membership Form Name:
DATE TIME EVENT LOCATION
Wednesday, August 5 5:15 pm Women's Shelter Meal St. Joseph, upper parking lot
Wednesday, August 5 7:00 pm Survivors of Suicide Loss Support Group St. Joseph, St. Cecilia Hall
Thursday, August 6 10:00 am Women's Bible Study: Walking with Purpose St. Joseph, John Paul II Hall
Thursday, August 6 7:00 pm Women's Bible Study: Walking with Purpose St. Joseph, John Paul II Hall
Tuesday, August 11 7:00 pm CALIX Holy Hour Madonna of Jerusalem Church
Dear high school students,
The past few months have been full of changes and unpredictability. The Coronavirus pandemic has caused many special events and celebrations to be canceled or altered to fit the new normal. Additionally, this fall, your high school experiences will be different than those in previous years. The change and uncertainty may cause a great deal of stress and/or anxiety.
As a past Fox Chapel student, I know that high school can be stressful and anxiety provoking even outside of a pandemic setting. Now, as a physician assistant student at Gannon University, I know how important it is to know how to approach stress and anxiety in a healthy way.
Therefore, I am inviting you to attend a virtual presentation on Friday, August 21st at 5:00pm to learn healthy coping mechanisms. If you are interested, please contact me, Bethany Pollock, at pollock01[email protected] to get more information and to RSVP by August 14th.
This presentation is intended for high school students, however, college students are also welcome.
Sincerely, Bethany Pollock, PA-S
Members of our community who are in need of short-term assistance can contact the LAV Saint Vincent de Paul Society at [email protected] or 412-254-4446.
The Aspinwall Homeless Ministry has temporar ily suspended delivering items to the homeless downtown and are currently not accepting donations of clothing. However, they are currently supporting 17 needy local families and are in need of non-perishable food items such as canned soup, canned beans and vegetables, macaroni and cheese, and canned chicken. They are particularly in need of peanut butter. Please leave donations in plastic bags. Gray bins are in the Saint Scholastica church entrance.
Collection bins for local Food Pantries are located in the following Church entrances:
Saint Edward Church and Saint Francis Church are collecting paper products and peanut butter.
Saint Scholastica Church is collecting paper products (bathroom tissues and napkins) and cleaning products (dish and laundry detergent and bar soap) and any non-perishable items. Please put donations in the red collection bin.
The LAV parishes provide a hot meal for the women’s shelter at Bethlehem Haven on the first Wednesday of each month and the men’s shelter at Community House on the fourth Saturday of each month. For details on how you can participate in this ministry, go to lavcatholic.org/homeless-ministry.
ADDICTION RECOVERY MINISTRY NEWS
412-218-5410 [email protected] addictionrecoveryministrypittsburgh.org
What is CALIX?
The “Credo” of the society succinctly tells the story: “CALIX is an association of Catholic alcoholics who are maintaining their sobriety through affiliation with and participation in the Fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous. Our first concern is to interest Catholics with an alcoholic problem in the virtue of total abstinence. Our second stated purpose is to promise the spiritual development of our membership.”
CALIX HOLY HOURS WILL BE HELD ON THE SECOND TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH DURING 2020 STARTING AT 7:00 PM IN MADONNA OF JERUSALEM CHURCH, 201 9TH STREET, SHARPSBURG, PA 15215.
The format for the Holy Hour is:
† Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
† Period of Silence for 5 minutes
† Rosary for Addiction followed by 5 minutes of silence
† Scripture – Various selections
† Period of Silence
† Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament
† Refreshment in the rectory
Hope to see many of you at our Holy Hour!
What is Addiction Recovery Ministry?
Planting the seeds of hope for the addicted and afflicted. Listening without judgement. Providing opportunities for:
For more information, contact Father Michael Decewicz at [email protected] or at 412-784-8700 ext. 203. Check our website for details at AddictionRecoveryMinistryPittsburgh.org or visit us on Facebook at Addiction Recovery Ministry Pittsburgh.
The Nicene Creed
I believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible.
I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God, born of the Father before all ages. God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father; through him all things were made. For us men and for our salvation he came down from heaven,
and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and became man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate, he suffered death and was buried, and rose again on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead and his kingdom will have no end.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets.
I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church. I confess one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come.
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to people of good will.
We praise you, we bless you, we adore you, we glorify you, we give you thanks for your great glory, Lord God, heavenly King, O God almighty Father.
Lord Jesus Christ, Only-begotten Son, Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father, you take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us. You take away the sins of the world, receive our prayer. You are seated at the right hand of the Father, have mercy on us.
For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord, you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit in the glory of God the Father.
First Reading: Isaiah 55:1-3
Thus says the LORD: All you who are thirsty, come to the water! You who have no money, come, receive grain and eat; Come, without paying and without cost, drink wine and milk! Why spend your money for what is not bread; your wages for what fails to satisfy? Heed me, and you shall eat well, you shall delight in rich fare. Come to me heedfully, listen, that you may have life. I will renew with you the everlasting covenant, the benefits assured to David.
Second Reading: Romans 8:35, 37-39
Brothers and sisters: What will separate us from the love of Christ? Will anguish, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or the sword? No, in all these things we conquer overwhelmingly through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor present things, nor future things, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Gospel: Matthew 14:13-21
When Jesus heard of the death of John the Baptist, he withdrew in a boat to a deserted place by himself. The crowds heard of this and followed him on foot from their towns. When he disembarked and saw the vast crowd, his heart was moved with pity for them, and he cured their sick.
When it was evening, the disciples approached him and said, “This is a deserted place and it is already late; dismiss the crowds so that they can go to the villages and buy food for themselves.” Jesus said to them, “There is no need for them to go away; give them some food yourselves.” But they said to him, “Five loaves and two fish are all we have here.” Then he said, “Bring them here to me, ” and he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass.
Taking the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, he said the blessing, broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, who in turn gave them to the crowds. They all ate and were satisfied, and they picked up the fragments left over— twelve wicker baskets full. Those who ate were about five thousand men, not counting women and children.