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17TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

Saturday, July 24, 2021

Dear parishioners and friends of St. Julia Parish,
 
This Sunday we celebrate the First World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly.  The theme of this first World Day is “I am with you always” (cf. Mt 28:20).  The theme’s purpose is to convey the closeness of God and the Church to the elderly and also to emphasize the intergenerational closeness between the young and the elderly.
 
This World Day that we are celebrating today can help us to understand that all of us, young and old, grandparents and grandchildren, whether or not we belong to the same family, are “one body and one Spirit, as you were also called to the one hope of your call”.  This awareness comforts us and shapes us as a people as we gather around the altar on which the Lord multiplies the bread of life and the Word of our salvation.  The elderly (or the young at heart) − like the young − are important.  Without them the body of the Church lacks something.  That is why it is necessary for them to have their rightful place within each of our communities.  It is crucial that we share in the lives of older people in the same way that the Lord, in giving us his Body and Blood, has made us sharers in his own.
 
As the themes of “Love of God” and “Love of Neighbour” continue to resonate in the back of our minds, consider calling that grandparent or “young at heart” person in your life, to let them know that they are loved.  Reassure them that we are united together at the celebration of the Mass, and that in a special way they will be prayed for at our Masses this weekend at St. Julia.  And if that someone special has gone before us, remember that they continue to hear our prayers, and that they are praying for us.
 
Click here to read Pope Francis’ Message
 
YOUTUBE Pope Francis’ Message for the 1st World Day of Prayer for Grandparent and the Elderly
 
May God continue to bless each of you and those that you love, and I look forward to you joining me for the celebration of Mass this weekend.
 
Fr. Greg

July 26 – St. Anne and St. Joachim
The Grandparents of Jesus
 
On July 26, the Feast Day of St. Anne and St. Joachim, we honor the lives of Mary’s parents, the earthly grandparents of Jesus. As existing information about Saints Anne​ and Joachim comes from the Gospel of James and Catholic legend, ​there is debate over the details of their lives. But regardless, it can be agreed that to be the parents of Jesus’s earthly mother, Saint Anne and Saint Joachim must have been faithful, devoted parents indeed. The patronage of Saint Anne includes grandparents, couples without children, women in labor, and women unable to conceive. Likewise, Saint Joachim is considered the patron of grandfathers, fathers, and grandparents.
 
Anne, in Hebrew, means “God has given grace.”  According to existing accounts, she was barren for much of her life. One day in her advanced years, she conceived Mary, the mother of Jesus. Saint Anne dedicated the life of her child to the service of God when she was only three – a decision that was undoubtedly formative in the shaping of the future Mother of God. 

The Role of Grandparents in Completing the Family Unit

As we reflect on the legacy of Saints Anne and Joachim, let us also reflect on the vital role played by all grandparents in completing the loving family unit and nurturing the faith of future generations. Grandparents can take a vital part in the training of their grandchildren, teaching them to love the ways of the Lord and honor his commandments. It was Saints Anne and Joachim who cultivated in the young Mary a love for God, preparing her for her role in the story of divine redemption.  Pope Francis remarked of Saints Anne and Joachim:

In their home, Mary came into the world, accompanied by the extraordinary mystery of the Immaculate Conception. Mary grew up in the home of Joachim and Anne; she was surrounded by their love and faith: in their home she learned to listen to the Lord and to follow his will. Saints Joachim and Anne were part of a long chain of people who had transmitted their faith and love for God, expressed in the warmth and love of family life, down to Mary, who received the Son of God in her womb and who gave him to the world, to us. How precious is the family as the privileged place for transmitting the faith! 

There is also something to be said for grandparents’ roles as repositories of wisdom and history. Their experience in faith and life has enriched their judgment, rendering them invaluable counsels for the generations that follow. They remember the heritage of the family and share it with future generations.  As Pope Francis has also related:

How important grandparents are for family life, for passing on the human and religious heritage which is so essential for each and every society! How important it is to have intergenerational exchanges and dialogue, especially within the context of the family. The Aparecida Document says, “Children and the elderly build the future of peoples: children because they lead history forward, the elderly because they transmit the experience and wisdom of their lives” (No. 447). This relationship and this dialogue between generations is a treasure to be preserved and strengthened! 

St. Anne and St. Joachim, pray for us!

As found on NationalShrine.org
July 29 – St. Martha
Patron saint of servants and cooks
 
"Jesus loved Martha and Mary and Lazarus." This unique statement in John's gospel tells us of the special relationship 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 identify 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. Imagine her frustration when her sister Mary ignores the rule of hospitality and Martha's work in order to sit and listen to Jesus. Instead of speaking to her sister, she asks Jesus to intervene.
 
Read more about St. Martha at Catholic.org
 
St. Martha, pray for us!
St. Julia Electronic Street Sign – Coming Fall 2020

Here is a sketch of our new electronic street sign coming this fall.  This double-sided, fully backlit sign with LED screen will have full colour and the ability to project images just like your TV at home.  This will be a powerful evangelization tool on Glenridge Avenue and will continue our ongoing efforts of curb appeal and being a welcoming parish community.  I want us to be proud of our Catholic community and say yes, St. Julia is my church!
 
While the main shell colour is still to be finalized on site with colour samples, once permits are approved from the city, fabrication will begin.  And, we will finally have a street number clearly displayed as this has always been missing.  I am quite excited to see this project come together, and I hope and pray that you too share my enthusiasm.

St. Julia Temporary Banner

Until the electronic sign is installed, a temporary welcome banner is now in place as seen below.

Serra Club of St. Catharines First Annual “On Eagles’ Wings” Golf Tournament
Promoting and Valuing Vocations
 
Cardinal Lakes Golf Club, Welland
Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021
2 p.m. / Best Ball
 
Includes 9 holes of golf, cart, prize and dinner
Also: 50/50 & Draws
 
Cost: $90.00
 
To Register call 905-732-4782 or email serragolftournament@gmail.com
 
Click here to learn more about Serra International
 
Serrans are Catholic lay men and women who vigorously respond to the call to promote and support vocations to the ministerial priesthood and consecrated life in the Catholic Church
Help Me in the Naming of our Meeting Room / Parish Hall & Quiet Room

With the launch of our new logo, upcoming electronic street sign, and ongoing enhancements to our parish, I have been giving some thought to naming our meeting room / parish hall and the quiet room.  The quiet room in particular is so much more than simply the weekend quiet room for families and has great potential.
 
Accordingly, I would like to invite you to give some thought to this idea and submit your names for consideration and inspiration.

As we continue making our parish welcoming to all, this is yet another opportunity to make these rooms special and inviting.
Prayer for the Sick

Father of goodness and love, hear our prayers for the sick members of our community and for all who are in need.

Amid mental and physical suffering may they find consolation in your healing presence.

Show your mercy as you close wounds, cure illness, make broken bodies whole and free downcast spirits.

May these special people find lasting health and deliverance, and so join us in thanking you for all your gifts.

We ask this through the Lord Jesus who healed those who believed.

Amen.

As found on Catholic.org

Please Pray for those who are sick in our parish family

Robert Pringle, Jacquie Herman-Wing, Marilyn Hayes, William Chambers, Liz Wood, Harrison Fazekas, Sienna Labatt, Johanna Miles, Marje Merritt, Eileen Rouse, Charlotte Ross, Joseph DiPaola, Helen Flanagan, David Masse, those suffering from COVID-19, and all our family and friends.

We pray in an extra special way for all those in long-term care facilities, our local hospitals, Hospice Niagara, and Hotel Dieu Shaver.  We also pray for those staff and health care providers working in these facilities who are infected with the virus.
 
Would you like the name of a loved one included in our prayers for the sick?  Kindly reply to this email or call the office and we will be pleased to do so.  These prayers are powerful and are offered for both the one in need of healing and the family / caregivers / care partners.
Please Pray for those who have died

Our family members, loved ones, friends, and members of our parish family who have been called home, and all those who have died from COVID-19.
 
We also pray for comfort and strength for all those who mourn the loss of a loved one.
Children’s Resources

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Living Faith Devotions

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Donations to St. Julia

Thank you for your continued and faithful generosity to our parish community of St. Julia.

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May God keep safe and bless each of you and those that you love
Fr. Greg
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