Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time : October 30, 2016
Gospel: Luke 19:1-10
At the time, Jesus came to Jericho and intended to pass through the town. Now a man there named Zacchaeus, who was a chief tax collector and also a wealthy man, was seeking to see who Jesus was; but he could not see him because of the crowd, for he was short in stature. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree in order to see Jesus, who was about to pass that way. When he reached the place, Jesus looked up and said, “Zacchaeus, come down quickly, for today I must stay at your house.” And he came down quickly and received him with joy. When they all saw this, they began to grumble, saying, “He has gone to stay at the house of a sinner.” But Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, “Behold, half of my possessions, Lord, I shall give to the poor, and if I have extorted anything from anyone I shall repay it four time over.” And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house because this man too is a descendant of Abraham. For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save what was lost.”
HOLY YEAR OF MERCY
Last Sunday’s Gospel gave us a tax collector’s beautiful prayer to take with us from this Jubilee Year of Mercy. Today, another tax collector’s encounter with Jesus offers a comforting memory to cherish, but also a challenging mission to embrace. Zacchaeus’ short stature (see Luke 19:3) matched how contemptible, socially and spiritually, Zacchaeus’ religious acquaintances considered tax collectors to be. Jesus counters that judgment with mercy. Radical sin meets unmerited grace.
God seeks and finds the lost; a sinner’s home becomes salvation’s house. The sinner “quickly” welcomes salvation “with joy” (19:6), while the righteous grumble judgmentally at God’s mercy. Mercy challenges us, too. Like Zacchaeus, we have been sought and found by Jesus, called by name to welcome Jesus into our heart’s home. Therefore, we must go forth from this Jubilee Year of Mercy as “missionaries of mercy,” seeking our fellow sinners with Jesus, receiving them with joy (see 19:6) as cherished brothers and sisters, and joyfully offering our judgment-free hospitality as Jesus’ own “Welcome home!”
BABY SHOWER FOR PREGNANT MOTHERS IN NEED
October 29 and 30
We ask: Let the baby be born! Now we must help their mothers and fathers. Bring diapers and other baby items to the Masses of October 29 and 30.
ST. AGNES ACADEMY BOOK FAIR
St. Agnes Academy will have the annual Scholastic Book Fair in the Albertson Hall starting Monday, October 31 until Saturday, November 5.
The Book Fair is open daily from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. In addition, families are invited to visit the fair on Tuesday, November 1st for Family Night.
ROSARY ALTAR SOCIETY MEETING
November 4, 2016
The next meeting for the Rosary Altar Society will be on Friday, November 4th, beginning with Mass at 8:00 am; Rosary in the Chapel at 8:30, and the meeting in the Parish Hall.
10TH ANNUAL ST. AGNES ACADEMY CHRISTMAS BAZAAR
Saturday, November 5, 2016 11:00 am to 6:00 pm.
Get a head start on you Christmas list while enjoying a fun-filled day of shopping. We will have a great variety of vendors, food trucks and a KIDS ZONE.
For information contact: Connie Montoya (786) 554-2101; firstname.lastname@example.org.
SECOND COLLECTION NOVEMBER 5 AND 6!
Archdiocese of Military Service, USA
Your support of the National Collection for the AMS will bring the Gospel, the sacraments and other forms of spiritual support to men and women who serve our country and defend our freedoms, including parishioners and families from our own diocese.
Sunday, November 6
Don’t forget to turn back the clock! “Fall Back!”
YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS
Middle School Ministry: Friday, November 4th (7:30 –9:00 pm)
It is the next gathering for Middle School, all 6th, 7th and 8th graders enrolled in Youth Ministry are welcome. Join us for a night of fun with other middle schoolers as we explore our Catholic faith in a fun atmosphere. This fun night is for building a community of youth in faith. There will be food and fun for all! Be sure that you enroll!! Next Sandwich Service Ministry for Middle School is November 20th.
Are you musically inclined?
We have started a Youth Choir/Musical Group for the 6:00PM Sunday Mass. Over 27 teens attended our first rehearsal meeting. If you think God is inviting you to share your talent, please contact Annmarie for more information.
Upcoming Service Opportunities: 11/11; 11/25 - Homeless Ministry-Family Outreach dates; 10/29 & 10/30 Tiny Saints Sale after ALL Masses; Helping the Children of Lotus House (November and December dates to be announced) CHECK THE CALENDAR (see instructions below) FOR MORE WAYS TO SERVE!!
Click here to check out the Youth Ministry section on the St. Agnes Parish website. This section will give you the most up to date information about St. Agnes Youth Ministry, including a calendar of service opportunities, events and activities. Get involved!!! Stay informed!! Check out the many photos of all that we have done!
For more information, e-mail: email@example.com Instagram: stakbyg Twitter: @stakbYG
PERPETUAL EUCHARISTIC ADORATION
Please prayerfully consider spending an hour a week with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel.
- Sunday: 1:00 pm, 3:00 pm, 4:00 pm; 5:00 pm;
- Wednesday: 11:00 pm
- Friday: 3:00 am
- Saturday: 1:00 pm and 8:00 pm
For more information, contact Ana Lucrecia D’Aguiar at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PIANO FOR SALE
Thanks to a generous donation, we will be purchasing a new piano for the church. We are selling our existing piano. Please contact the church office for more information.
Put your life-long, hard earned assets to work for the Lord. A planned sacrificial gift to the Lord acknowledges that we are simply stewards of all that God has provided. We are managers of His blessings upon us.
Just as we sacrificially give throughout our lives, we give our final gift at the end of our lives here on earth. By endowing our gifts, our charity does not end when we are gone. As we enter eternal life so too does our gift.
For more information, contact the rectory or call the
Office of Planned Giving at
SCHOOLS OF GRATITUDE: FRANCISCANS OF MARY
Missionaries of Gratitude
Do you want to live with peace and joy?
Learn to live more gratefully! Join our Formation Program: Schools of Gratitude.
YOUTH MINISTRY FUNSRAISER!
Celebrate All Saint’s Day by purchasing a charm or two! These holy children, women, and men of God are always there for us and these little charms can be yet another reminder of their presence. They are being sold after ALL the Masses on October 29 and 30.
$5 each or 5 for $20.
PARISH REGISTRATION DRIVE
Thank you to all who registered or updated your registration last weekend!
For those of you who have not yet, we need your help. Our database has over 12,000 parishioners, many of whom have moved. In order to know the ones to delete, we need everyone to reregister. It is a very simple process on the St. Agnes Catholic Church free mobile app.
- Download and install the St. Agnes Catholic Church app from the app store or Google Play store.
- Input name and cell phone.
- Enter pin received by text.
- Go to Profile and update.
- Go to Registration or Family Members >Edit or Add (including your own information)
If you need assistance, please call the Parish Office. We can provide a paper form if you need one. The content will be updated every week so please log in regularly.
AGAPE HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH RETREAT
THE SERVANTS OF THE PIERCED HEARTS OF JESUS AND MARY
CELEBRATE PRIESTHOOD SUNDAY
“While working for an organization that delivers lunches to elderly shut-ins, I used to take my 4-year-old daughter on my afternoon rounds. She was unfailingly intrigued by the various appliances of old age, particularly the canes, walkers and wheelchairs.
One day I found her staring at a pair of false teeth soaking in a glass. As I braced myself for the inevitable barrage of questions, she merely turned and , whispered, 'The tooth fairy will never believe this!'