Friday, the 18th week of Ordinary Time
Mass at noon: Tuesday, - Friday
Saturday at 5:00 - Sunday at 9:00, 11:15am
When the people gather for prayer, all are welcome.
Saint of the day - Lawrence
Readings for today’s Mass
Today we celebrate the feast of Saint Lawrence who, like many saints, was a great example of what it means to give of oneself. Not much is known about Saint Lawrence. He was a deacon during the early days of the church when persecution was common. One of his jobs was to be in charge of the material goods of the Church. When he knew the time was near for him to be persecuted he gathered all the material wealth he was responsible for and gave it to the poor. When pressed by a Roman prefect, who had heard rumors about the Church’s wealth, to “give to Caesar what is Caesar's,” Lawrence gathered the poor of the community and presented them before the Roman prefect saying that these were the “treasures of the Church.” St Lawrence gave the ultimate gift of self when he gave his life for the church. Having been literally barbecued to death, he is known as the patron saint of cooks.
We are not all called to die for our faith but we are called to die to our old ways of thinking and to live a life of trust in the Lord. How do you struggle to give yourself to the world? Try to find just one way to give more of what God has blessed you with. Maybe extra time in prayer, volunteering in your church or community or putting a little extra in the collection basket. See how your gift of self comes back to you giving glory to God for his abundance.