Our Lady of Good Counsel is a Christ-centered Parish enlightened by the Holy Spirit; guided by the Scriptures, Tradition, and the Sacraments of the Holy Roman Catholic Church; through the Stewardship of Time, Talent and Treasure, seeking to renew and maintain Love, Family Unity and Christian Values throughout the Community.
22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
“This people honors me with their lips but their hearts are from me;
In vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines human precepts.”
Mark 7: 6-7
After reflecting for five Sundays on the Bread of Life Discourse of Jesus, we are back to the gospel of Mark. I hope that the discourse of Jesus brings us to a deeper appreciation of our Catholic Faith as it is celebrated in the Eucharist and Jesus’ presence in the Blessed Sacrament.
The eating of the Body of Christ and drinking of his blood in the Eucharist are acts of receiving the Lord in our lives. In order to truly receive him we need also to reflect our disposition. Our disposition entails how we carry our faith, our religion, our commitment and love for the Lord. Whenever we receive Christ do we have the intention that Christ will clean our soul or should we not make ourselves clean first to receive wholeheartedly the Lord? Purification of the soul makes us appreciate the wonder and power of the Eucharist. In order to realize how to purify our minds and hearts we need to observe the precepts of the Lord.
The Gospel that we read and hear this Sunday tells us that the teachers of the law in Israel had twisted the commandment of God. They regard the law on external purification to be observed severely. Not observing these external purification laws make a person defiled, corrupt and not worthy of eternal life. Jesus rebuked the Pharisees and Scribes about their sense of purification. Not only the observance of purification that Jesus admonished his adversaries but their whole sense of what gives honor and worship to God. Jesus made it clear to them that what defiles is from within and not from the outside.
Jesus calls us to understand that what we have to do is to purify our hearts. We need to amend our wrongdoings and live rightly and justly. We need to set right our relationships. We need to respond to his teachings. His precepts are what make the person true and worthy of offering ourselves that give honor to God. Jesus teaches us to watch our inner dispositions most especially if we are to receive Him in our lives and the Eucharist. This is the reason why He instituted the Sacrament of Confession so that through sorrow, confession and remuneration of our sins, our souls are washed clean. Through God’s grace we then can live righteously and give true and meaningful worship.
Episcopal Visit of Bishop Larry Silva
On September 12 and 13, our beloved Bishop Larry will be visiting our parish and will be present in all Masses on this weekend. This visit is intended to give the Bishop a picture of the life of the parish and give him an opportunity to know our OLGC Ohana in a deeper way. It also gives us, the parishioner the opportunity to know him more as our beloved bishop of the Diocese of Honolulu to discuss our parish and parish life.
It has come to my attention that he will be presiding at the Saturday Vigil Mass at 5:00 PM and will be present in all Masses the following day. He will be meeting with all members of Pastoral Council, Finance Committee, School Staff and Parish Ministry Leaders. He will also have time with members of the Parish after the 11:00 AM Mass and a separate time for the Youth and Young Adult at 3:00 PM. Please include Bishop Larry always in your prayers for his continued health and ministry so that he will remain steadfast and zealous as the Lord’s servant-leader.
Registration forms for Religious Education classes can be downloaded starting August 1st through the 30th. Each Student must have a general form completed. Those who are to receive First Communion or Confirmation will download and complete both the general forms and those specified for the sacrament requesting. Also those receiving First Communion must submit a copy of their Baptismal certificate and those receiving Confirmation need to submit both Baptismal and
First Communion certificates, if you have not done so already.
Deadline for registration is August 30th. If submitting after office is closed, please place the paperwork in the drop box to the right side of the door.
“The first session for the next RCIA classes will be held on Tuesday, August 18, 2015, at 7:00pm in the Parish Center. All adults interested in receiving initiation rites of Baptism, First Communion and/or Confirmation, as well as those baptized Christians who wish to be received into the Catholic Church, are encouraged to attend. Anyone interested in understanding why we Catholics do what we do are also welcomed.
In order for a person to receive any of the three (3) sacraments in 2016, he/she must be enrolled and participating in RCIA by the Rite of Welcoming in October. For more information, contact Barbara at the parish office (455-3912).” or visit http://www.olgcchurch.org/rcia
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