TIM TIMMONS @ SJA on September 18th
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Tim Timmons is returning this September to St. Joan of Arc Church to lead a night of worship. He was here in December with Matt Maher and Audrey Assad, and we had many requests for him to come back. Tim's enthusiasm and passion for inviting people into a conversation with Jesus really comes through in his music. His presence is infectious and we can't wait to have him back. Please come and enjoy this night of worship with us at St. Joan of Arc.
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THIS WEEKS TABLE TALK (week of AUG 24th)
The month of August is dedicated to The Immaculate Heart of Mary. The entire month falls within the liturgical season of Ordinary Time, which is represented by the liturgical color green. This symbol of hope is the color of the sprouting seed and arouses in the faithful the hope of reaping the eternal harvest of heaven, especially the hope of a glorious resurrection. It is used in the offices and Masses of Ordinary Time. The last portion of the liturgical year represents the time of our pilgrimage to heaven during which we hope for reward.
Conversation Starters for Family Time
- Saint | St. Gregory the Great -Gregory was known for liturgical reform and for encouraging the Stations of the Cross, daily Mass during Lent and is often accredited with Gregorian chant, the Church’s liturgical chant form.
- Read more about Gregorian chants and listen to the platinum CD by Benedictine Monks.
- The Magnificence of the Mass - Watch the intro to the inspirational reminder of the signficance of the Mass.
- Persecution of Christians in the Middle East - Listen to Father Barron's video on the alarming persecution of Christians in the Middle East. Please share this with others!
- Movie | When the Game Stands Tall: Sport and Virtue. Jared Zimmerer (Word on Fire) interviews Coach Bob Ladouceur and Terry Eidson, inspiration for a new film titled When The Game Stands Tall.
- Movie | The Fault In Our Stars - John Green's teenage novel, "The Fault In Our Stars", recently hit movie screens to popular acclaim. Watch Father Barron's movie review where he explores the story's hidden spiritual themes.
- Enjoy some recipes with Cherries in honor of St. Gregory the Great. Read the story of St. Gregory the Great and his love of cherries on the feast of St. Mark, April 25. Popes now have cherries served on this feast in reminder of this legend. Read Now>
- Living the Gospel: The Twenty-Second Sunday of Ordinary Time (Aug 31st)
- Preparing for Sunday: The Twenty-Third Sunday of Ordinary Time (Sept 7th)
SAINTS | St. Gregory the Great
St. Gregory, senator and prefect of Rome, then in succession monk, cardinal and pope, governed the Church from 590 to 604. England owes her conversion to him. At a period when the invasion of the barbarians created a new situation in Europe, he played a considerable part in the transitional stage, during which a great number of them were won for Christ. At the same time he watched over the holiness of the clergy and preserved ecclesiastical discipline, as well as attending to the temporal interests of his people of Rome and the spiritual interests of the whole of Christendom. To him the liturgy owes several of its finest prayers, and the name "Gregorian chant" recalls this great Pope's work in the development of the Church's chant. His commentaries on Holy Scripture exercised a considerable influence on Christian thought, particularly in the Middle Ages. Together with St. Ambrose, St. Augustine and St. Jerome, he is one of the four great Doctors of the Latin Church.
St. Gregory Iconography
In art Gregory is usually shown in full pontifical robes with the tiara and double cross, despite his actual habit of dress. Earlier depictions are more likely to show a monastic tonsure and plainer dress. Orthodox icons traditionally show St. Gregory vested as a bishop holding a Gospel Book and blessing with his right hand. It is recorded that he permitted his depiction with a square halo, then used for the living. A dove is his attribute, from the well-known story recorded by his friend Peter the Deacon, who tells that when the pope was dictating his homilies on Ezechiel a curtain was drawn between his secretary and himself. As, however, the pope remained silent for long periods at a time, the servant made a hole in the curtain and, looking through, beheld a dove seated upon Gregory's head with its beak between his lips. When the dove withdrew its beak the pope spoke and the secretary took down his words; but when he became silent the servant again applied his eye to the hole and saw the dove had replaced its beak between his lips.
Gregorian Chant, also known as plainchant or plainsong, is an ancient form of Christian liturgical music. Plainsong has been around as long as the Christian church has, and was first catalogued and standardized by Pope Gregory I in the late sixth and early seventh centuries. The sound is monophonic (all voices sing the same note, with no harmony) and in eight set modes, and the chants are performed with simple, generally unaccented rhythm. The plainness of the music is intended to help churchgoers move quietly into a meditative, prayerful state, and for many hundreds of years, plainchant was the only kind of music allowed in church services for that reason -- other music was thought to be too distracting and too un-sacred. The traditional Gregorian Chants take their lyrics primarily from the psalms and from the ancient words of the Latin Mass.
Platinum CD by Benedictine Monks
The Benedictine Monks of Santo Domingo de Silos in Spain released a recording entitled Chant. To the astonishment of many, this seemingly esoteric offering climbed to the Top 5 on the U.S. pop charts. It was recorded in the 1970s, but did not sell significantly until it was re-released in 1994 when it was strongly marketed as an antidote to the stress of modern life. It is the bestselling album of Gregorian chant ever released. It peaked at #3 on the Billboard 200 music chart, and was certified as triple platinum, meaning 3 million copies were sold in the United States. Worldwide, the album sold around 6 million copies. Listen Now >
TRUE MAGNIFICENCE OF THE MASS
In the busyness of our lives, we don’t often reflect upon the remarkable treasure to be found in the Mass. The video: True Magnificence of the Mass reveals the truth about the nature of worship, our understanding of the Mass, and how we gain access to Jesus Christ by participating in it. Through a series of interviews with Catholic lay people and Father John Riccardo, we gain insight into the Mass as a gift from God where he pours His grace upon us to face the challenges of life. Within the personal testimonies, the Mass as a sacrifice is explored as well as the great mystery of the Eucharist, whereby the body and blood of Jesus is made present and accessible to us. How different our lives are given such a gift. Your life will be forever changed! Watch full video >
COMMENTARY | Persecution of Christians
Listen to Father Barron's video on the alarming persecution of Christians in the Middle East. Please share this with others!
MOVIES | The Fault In Our Stars
Jared Zimmerer interviews Coach Bob Ladouceur and Terry Eidson, inspiration for a new film titled When The Game Stands Tall.
MOVIES | The Fault In Our Stars
John Green's teenage novel, "The Fault In Our Stars", recently hit movie screens to popular acclaim. Father Barron explores the story's hidden spiritual themes.
Movie synopsis from Fandango: Hazel and Gus are two teenagers who share an acerbic wit, a disdain for the conventional, and a love that sweeps them on a journey. Their relationship is all the more miraculous given that Hazel's other constant companion is an oxygen tank, Gus jokes about his prosthetic leg, and they met and fell in love at a cancer support group.
Enjoy some recipes with Cherries in honor of St. Gregory the Great. Read the story of St. Gregory the Great and his love of cherries on the feast of St. Mark, April 25. Popes now have cherries served on this feast in reminder of this legend. Read Now>
Cherries and Pecorino Cheese
A simple Italian snack, with the combination of fruit and cheese, the sweet with the tangy. Because of the legend of Pope Gregory the Great and his longing for cherries on St. Mark's feast day (April 25), it would be appropriate to serve cherries on either of these dates.
Cherry Chicken Lettuce Wraps
"Crisp lettuce leaves make a crunchy and refreshing wrapper for the teriyaki chicken mixture."
Pork Chops with Black Cheery Sauce
"Cherries and pork may sound like a weird combo, but these are amazing, and a great way to use up all those summer cherries."
Brandied Cherry Clafouti
"A warm French custard with brandied cherries. Almost any fruit can be used in this recipe."
GET TO KNOW THE GOSPEL - PREPARING FOR MASS
Jeremiah laments but cannot fail to speak in God's name.
Our souls yearn for God.
Paul encourages the Romans to stay faithful to God.
Jesus speaks of his Passion and rebukes Peter for his objection.
Background on the Gospel Reading
Today's Gospel continues the story that began in last week's Gospel. Simon Peter was called the “rock” upon which Jesus would build his Church, and yet Peter continues to show the limitations of his understanding of Jesus' identity. Now that the disciples have acknowledged that Jesus is the Messiah, Jesus confides in them the outcome of his ministry: he must suffer and die in Jerusalem to be raised on the third day. Peter rejects this prediction, and Jesus rebukes him severely, calling him “Satan.” In opposing this aspect of Jesus' mission, Peter shows that he is no longer speaking based on the revelation from God but as a human being. Jesus then teaches all of the disciples about the difficult path of discipleship: to be Christ's disciple is to follow in his way of the cross.
Peter could not yet understand what it meant to call Jesus the Messiah. It is unlikely that the other disciples understood any better. Messianic expectations were a common aspect of first-century Judaism. Under Roman occupation, many in Israel hoped and prayed that God would send a Messiah to free the Jews from Roman oppression. The common view was that the Messiah would be a political figure, a king that would free Israel from Roman rule. This is perhaps what Peter envisioned when he was led to recognize Jesus as the Messiah. In this passage, however, Jesus is beginning to teach his disciples that he would be the Messiah in a different way.
Jesus would be more like the suffering servant described by the prophet Isaiah than the political liberator. Those who would be Jesus' disciples would be called to a similar life of service. Perhaps this is what Peter feared most in Jesus' prediction of his Passion. He whom Jesus had called “rock” would also be called upon to offer himself in sacrifice and service to others. Christian leaders today are still called to sacrifice and serve others as Jesus did.
PAINTING: Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.” El Greco, Christ Carrying the Cross, c. 1578 detail
* LIVING THE GOSPEL THIS WEEK - 23rd Sunday of Ordinary Time (September 7th)
The Son of Man is appointed as guardian of Israel.
Song of praise to God, our salvation.
The Law is summarized in the commandment to love your neighbor as yourself.
Jesus teaches his disciples how to settle disputes in the Church.
Background on the Gospel Reading
Today's Gospel reading is taken from a chapter of Matthew's Gospel, which is sometimes called the “discourse on the Church” or the “church order” discourse. In this part of Matthew's Gospel, Jesus speaks more directly about matters of Church discipline and order. In today's reading we find one of only three instances in which Jesus uses the word church in Matthew's Gospel. In Matthew's record of Jesus' teaching, we can hear echoes of the kinds of issues faced by the early Christian community.
In the first part of the "discourse on the Church" (Matthew 18:1-14), Matthew addresses the Christian community's concerns about rank. Jesus responds to the disciples' question about who is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Jesus indicates that those who wish to enter the kingdom of heaven must be like children, and he cautions those leaders who might lead these "little ones" astray. He also responds with the parable of the lost sheep, indicating how God will seek out and bring back those "little ones" who have strayed.
In today's Gospel reading, Matthew 18:15-20, Jesus addresses a common occurrence in the Christian community: a dispute between two members of the Church. Jesus outlines a procedure for settling such matters fairly. The victim should privately address the offender and attempt to resolve the dispute without outside involvement. If that fails, then the victim should bring two or three witnesses and confront the offender again. If the dispute is still unresolved, the matter should be brought to the attention of the entire community. If the offender refuses to adhere to the reparations prescribed by the community, then Jesus suggests that the offender may be expelled from the Church.
Jesus does not discourage disagreement within the community of the Church; he acknowledges the reality of conflict and error and offers his disciples a means for addressing such matters. It is in the conclusion to this teaching that the message of hope is found: Jesus is present with the community and will guide the community in its relations. If decisions are taken in prayer, then the community can be assured of God's assistance.
PAINTING: “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” Evert Pieters (1856-1932), The Afternoon Meal.
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