Wednesday, 15 May 2008

  • From: "Fr. Pat Umberger" <frpat@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "Fr. Pat Umberger" <frpat@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 13 May 2008 17:53:27 -0500

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     From Father Pat Umberger

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St. Matthias  
According to Acts 1:15-26, during the days after the Ascension, Peter stood
up in the midst of the brothers (about 120 of Jesus' followers). Now that
Judas had betrayed his ministry, it was necessary, Peter said, to fulfill
the scriptural recommendation: "May another take his office." "Therefore, it
is necessary that one of the men who accompanied us the whole time the Lord
Jesus came and went among us, beginning from the baptism of John until the
day on which he was taken up from us, become with us a witness to his
resurrection" (Acts 1:21-22).  For more, click the link below:

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Then they prayed, "You, Lord, who know the hearts of all, show which one of
these two you have chosen to take the place in this apostolic ministry from
which Judas turned away to go to his own place." Then they gave lots to
them, and the lot fell upon Matthias, and he was counted with the Eleven
Apostles. ~Acts 1:15-17, 20-26

I have called you friends, because I have told you everything I have heard
from my Father. It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and
appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain, so that whatever you
ask the Father in my name he may give you. This I command you: love one
another." ~John 15:9-17


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Judas betrayed his ministry and it was now time to choose a successor.
Matthias was chosen. Holiness is simply matter of God's giving, and we don't
hear about Matthias again anywhere in the New Testament. In our Gospel we
hear how Jesus has called us friends and has given us everything he has
heard from the Father. He reminds us that it was not we who chose him, but
that he has chosen us ... to bear fruit that remains.  He calls us to love
one another.

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I pray that I may receive the gift of holiness from the Father.  I pray that
I may always remember that I have been chosen by Jesus and appointed to go
and bear fruit that will remain.  I pray that I may be faithful to God's
call to love those around me.

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Janet asks prayers for herself as she is broken-hearted and hoping for the
healing of a relationship. Ron asks prayers for successful recovery from his
gastric bypass surgery. A member asks for prayers for her niece who is
having trouble in her marriage. Paula asks prayers for her son Matthew and
all the young men of Mike Co. who have begun the last test of USMC basic
training, The Crucible.

Lisa requests prayers for a seriously ill young man doctor's have been
unable to cure. Tony requests your prayers for the teens and adults of his
parish who will be confirmed on May 14. DJ asks for prayers for a special
intention and anyone attempting to follow their vocation.  Lynn asks prayers
for her mother who is elderly and not feeling well and not eating.

We pray for unity in our country and that we may build a Culture of Life. We
pray for the safety of our troops, their safe return and their families at
home.  We pray for a deep and profound respect for life, and for the courage
and willingness to stand up for life. We pray for one another, for those who
have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most. Have a
good day!

May God Bless you and those you love, and keep you safe!

Father Pat

      "Be still and know that I am God." ~Psalm 46:10 

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