Thursday, August 1, 2013

Bulletin 163

SAINT AGNES CATHEDRAL 533 South Jefferson Springfield, MO 65806


CELEBRANT: Father Jeffery Fasching

August 4th, 11th Sunday after Pentecost

Epistle: 1 Cor. 15: 1-10; Gospel: Mark 7: 31-37

Mass Schedule August 5th through August 9th

Mon 5 Dedication of the Basilica of Saint Mary Major—No Latin Mass

Tue 6 Transfiguration of Our Lord

Wed 7 Saint Cajetan, Confessor

Thu 8 Saint John Mary Vianney, Confessor

Fri 9 Vigil of Saint Lawrence

Friday, August 2nd is the first Friday of the month. There will be adoration of the Blessed Sacrament followed by benediction after the 12:15pm Mass.

At the Last Supper, Jesus told His disciples that He is the vine and they are the branches; if they remain in Him they will bear much fruit, but if they are cut off from Him they can do nothing for eternal life (Jn 15.4f). Saint Paul teaches that whatever good deeds one accomplishes, if one does not have charity (and therefore the state of grace which always accompanies it), one gains nothing “If I give everything I have to feed the poor and hand over my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing,” (1 Cor. 13.2).

In its Decree on Justification, ch. 16, the Council of Trent teaches: “Jesus Christ Himself continuously infuses strength into the justified, as the head into the members (Eph 4.15) and the vine into the branches (Jn 15.5); this strength always precedes, accompanies, and follows their good works which, without it, could in no way be pleasing to God and meritorious.” One who is in a state of mortal sin is spiritually dead and therefore cannot merit anything! We must pray that we will always serve God in purity of heart.

In Christ,

Fr. Jeff Fasching