St. Peter the Rock, turns into an obstruction to Jesus' message today. Like a rock, he was strong, but sometimes difficult for the message of Jesus to penetrate. Last week we heard of the greatness of St. Peter's confession of faith and the declaration of Jesus that he is the rock on which the Church is built. Today, in a scene that immediately follows upon last week's, St. Peter's faith wavers in the face of Jesus' prediction of his imminent suffering, death and resurrection. St. Peter the rock goes from being a sure foundation for the Church to being an obstacle, a stumbling block. His motives are good for he loves Jesus and doesn't want harm to come to him. But he has not yet learned the lesson that the events of Good Friday will teach him: the only way to gain your life is to lose it for the sake of Jesus.
Monday is Labor Day and there will be one Mass at 9:00 a.m. and no Mass at 12:00 noon. The parish office will be closed for the holiday.
Next Sunday we will have our first regular Finance Council meeting after the 10:30 a.m. Mass. I ask all members of the Council to please plan on attending the meeting.
Once again, please make your contribution to our 2014 ADA. Presently we are at 52% of our goal for 2014 which is $134,411.00. It is very important for our financial stability that we meet this goal along with our other financial obligations. There are blank forms in the back of the Basilica. In general, tithing is down for the summer and it makes it very difficult to keep our heads above water.
Our wine and cheese fundraiser for the Foundation will be held Sunday 28th September. Tickets are now on sale through me or the Foundation Board members. It is always a very nice evening, so please plan on attending.
My prayers are with all of you as we get underway to regular life once again after the summer break.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
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From its roots in the Old Testament temple worship, the sacred liturgy of the Church has always seen music as an integral part of our worship. This is no more evident than here at the Basilica of St. John. Whether your tastes run from traditional Gregorian Chant, to contemporary worship with our folk group, to our ethnic diversity with the beautiful music from our Vietnamese and Hispanic choirs, to the timeless classics of the bell choir and our outstanding Basilica Choir, we live to "make a joyful noise," at the Basilica of St. John. In the words of St. Augustine, "He who sings, prays twice."
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