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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REND COLLECTIVE @ SJA ON AUGUST 8TH
Rend Collective Experiment is coming from Northern Ireland to lead a night of worship at St. Joan of Arc on Friday, August 8th. If you haven't heard of Rend Collective Experiment then you are really missing out. Their sound is somewhere between Mumford & Sons and Imagine Dragons - only more energetic and truly Christian.
Any questions, please email us at SJAtabletalk@gmail.com or call the parish office @ (630) 963-4500.
SJA Table Talk is a website with fun content to help you prepare for Mass as a family and to encourage faith-based conversations at the dinner table. The goal is to get our families into a rhythm of 2 quality meals per week and 10 minutes of preparation for Mass.
THIS WEEKS TABLE TALK (week of July 27th)
The month of July is dedicated to The Precious Blood of Jesus. 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
- July Devotion: The Precious Blood. Click here>
- Saints | Memorial of St. Martha (July 29th)
- Saints | St. Peter Chyrsologus - 'Golden-Worded' (July 30th)
- 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 Ratatouille - a traditional meal in honor of St. Martha
- Enjoy cuisine with honey in honor of St. Peter Chrysologus - nicknamed 'Golden-Worded' for his gift in delivering exceptionally elequent sermons.
- Living the Gospel: The Sixteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time (July 20th)
- Preparing for Sunday - The Seventeenth Sunday of Ordinary Time (July 27th)
SAINTS | St. Martha (July 29th)
Martha was born of noble and wealthy parents, but she is still more illustrious for the hospitality she gave to Christ our Lord. After His Ascension into heaven, she was seized by the Jews, together with her brother and sister, Marcella her handmaid, and Maximin, one of the seventy two disciples of our Lord, who had baptized the whole family, and many other Christians. They were put on board a ship without sails or oars, and left helpless on the open sea, exposed to certain shipwreck. But God guided the ship, and they all arrived safely at Marseilles.
Things to Do:
- Since St. Martha is the patron of cooks, today would be a good day to honor and thank the person (usually Mom!) for all her meals she has prepared. Surprise her/him by cooking a special meal or take her/him out to dinner.
SAINTS | St. Peter Chrysologus (July 30th)
St. Peter Chrysologus ("the man of golden speech") earned the title of Doctor of the Church for his eloquent sermons, of which some two hundred remain. About 431, Peter, a deacon, became bishop of Ravenna, Italy. Many Christians in his diocese were following false teachings and living by values that were not Christian. Peter became known as an outstanding preacher. He also preached to catechumens preparing for Baptism. At the bishops’ meeting in Constantinople in 448, Eutyches, a false teacher, denied that Jesus was both God and man. When the bishops refused Eutyches the right to teach his false ideas, he went to Peter for help. But Peter said, “In the interest of peace and the faith we cannot judge in matters of faith without the consent of the Roman bishop [the pope].”
Peter Chrysologus believed that Christians should acquire knowledge to support the Christian faith. He encouraged education as a God-given opportunity and obligation. About 450, Peter died where he had been born: Imola, Italy. Thirteen centuries later, Pope Benedict XIII declared him a Doctor of the Church because of his homilies.
Things to Do:
- Liturgical living necessarily includes a loving willingness to read and to listen to homilies and sermons. In this the contemporaries of St. Peter Chrysologus set us a good example; while the saint himself remains an inspiration and a guide for the proper approach to God's holy word. How do you act and react toward God's word as proclaimed in and outside of the liturgy?
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.
THE MASS | Overview of the Significance of the Mass
The Mass is known as the “source and summit” of Catholic life because of the gift we receive of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist. This chapter explains God’s love and desire for us and how He is revealed in 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 the Series Now>
Ratatouille - In honor of St. Martha
One of the traditions about St. Martha is that she sailed to Provence, France after Christ died. Ratatouille is a recipe associated with Provence. Since Jesus told Martha to not worry about things, but to listen to His word, we should keep our meals simple on this day, and spend time outside of the kitchen to meditate on the Gospel.
Honey-based Recipes - In honor of St. Peter Chrysologus ("the man of golden speech")
Aged Gouda Salad with Balsamic Honey Dressing
Rosemary Goat Cheese Stuffed Figs with Proscuitto
Honey Garlic Porkchops
GET TO KNOW THE GOSPEL - PREPARING FOR MASS
1 Kings 3:5,7-12
Solomon pleases God when he asks for a wise and understanding heart to better govern the people.
The law of the Lord is more precious than silver and gold.
Second Gospel Reading
God chose us to be conformed to the image of his Son.
Matthew 13:44-52 (shorter form: Matthew 13:44-46)
Jesus teaches about the Kingdom of Heaven.
Background on the Gospel Reading
Today's Gospel concludes three weeks of readings from the 13th Chapter of Matthew's Gospel. Throughout these three weeks we have heard Jesus teaching crowds about the kingdom of heaven, and we have heard Jesus interpret some of his teachings for the disciples. In this week's Gospel, Jesus offers three more short parables.
The first two parables describe the great value of the kingdom of heaven. In the first parable, Jesus says that the kingdom of heaven is like a buried treasure that is worth possessing even if it means giving up everything else. In the second parable, Jesus proposes that the kingdom of heaven is like a pearl of great worth for which one will sell everything else to possess. These parables teach us that we are to place everything we value in the service of the pursuit of the Kingdom of God.
The third parable that Jesus proposes in today's Gospel is different from the first two, but it is reminiscent of the parable of the sower heard in last week's Gospel. The kingdom of heaven is compared to fishing with a wide net. After the fish have been collected, the good fish are kept and the bad fish are thrown away; so too, in the final judgment, will the wicked and the righteous be separated.
Today's Gospel concludes with a curious statement about the scribe who understands the kingdom of heaven. Here a metaphor is offered: this scribe is like the head of a household who “brings from his storeroom both the new and the old.” The scribes referred to here are experts of Mosaic law. It is possible that Jesus is here instructing the early Christian community on how to proceed in the interpretation of Jewish law with respect to Jesus' “new” teaching. Jesus' teaching about the kingdom of heaven does not replace the Jewish tradition; it interprets it in a different light.
PAINTING: “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net thrown into the sea, which collects fish of every kind.” ames Thornhill (after Raphael) The Miraculous Draught of Fishes, 1729-31
The Lord will renew his covenant with the descendents of David.
The Lord provides for his people.
Nothing can separate us from the love of God.
Jesus feeds the crowd with five loaves and two fish.
Background on the Gospel Reading
Today we jump ahead in our reading of Matthew's Gospel to Chapter 14. Last week we heard Jesus conclude his discourse with the crowds about the Kingdom of Heaven. In Matthew's narrative, Jesus then leaves the crowds and returns to Nazareth, where he is rejected. Matthew then recounts the story of John the Baptist's arrest and execution at the hands of Herod. Today's Gospel reading begins at this point.
Upon hearing the news of the death of John the Baptist, Jesus seeks to withdraw, but the crowds follow him. Jesus reaches out to them in compassion and heals the sick. At the end of a long day, the disciples encourage Jesus to send the crowds away so that they might find provisions for themselves. Jesus again responds with compassion for the crowd. Jesus tells his disciples to provide food for the crowd. The disciples reply with a report of the meagerness of their own provisions—five loaves and two fish. The result is the very familiar miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and fish. Matthew's Gospel tells us that 5,000 men were fed, and this number does not even include the women and children.
Jesus' blessing brought abundance from the meager provisions of the disciples. In this action, Jesus offers us a sign of the Kingdom of Heaven that he has been teaching about in the parables. A feast results from the smallest of portions—remember the mustard seed and the yeast. In this miracle we witness an example for Christian life and ministry. Even the smallest of offerings can produce abundant results when placed in the service of the Kingdom of Heaven.
We find the story of Jesus' multiplication of the loaves and the fish in each of the four Gospels. In the Gospels of Mark and Matthew, Jesus performs this same miracle on two separate occasions. The story of this miracle is an anticipation of the Eucharist in which we are fed by the abundant grace of God. The importance of the Eucharist has been a defining element of Christian life from the very beginning.
PAINTING: “Taking the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, he said the blessing, broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples.” Mosaic from the Church of the Multiplication in Tabgha, Israel, 4th c
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