Opening Prayer:

 

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen!

 

Our Mission Prayer

Lord Jesus, just as you commissioned St. Simon and St. Jude to

“Go therefore and make disciples”, you are calling us to do the same!

May we respond to you by welcoming all to be part of our Eucharistic Community as we strive to grow in our knowledge, love, and service to God and to one another.

Loving Father, fill us with the power of your Holy Spirit so that we can

go forth proclaiming the Good News to all.

 

The Day Spiritual Reading:

A Reading from the Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic

– By Matthew Kelly

Everywhere we turn there is generosity.  The daily generosity of parents and the sacrifices they make for their children; the incredible generosity of our priests, men who give their lives to serve God’s people and lead them spiritually; the courageous generosity of all those who serve in the military; and humanity’s constant efforts to relieve the suffering of the poor and the marginalized.  And still, it is so easy for us to selfishly focus on ourselves.  But with every passing day, God is gently inviting us to live more generously, calling us to switch the focus off ourselves and onto others.

“It is better to give than to receive.” (Acts 20:35) The more we are mindful of how much we have received, the more we are inclined to look for opportunities to give.  God is the supreme giver, and whenever we give, we grow in the image of God, become a better-version-of-ourselves, and live holy lives.

“May our love for you express itself in our eagerness to do good for others.”  This is the opening prayer for Mass from the twenty-eight week of Ordinary Time.  Notice the wording.  We are not called to give begrudgingly.  It is not even a willingness to do good that God calls us to.  Far above these, when we are at our best as human beings, we are filled with an eagerness to do good, an eagerness to give generously, and an eagerness to help our brothers and sisters regardless of what ocean or idea separates us.

 

The Day Topic: Charitable Counselors

Inspired by our founding pastor, Msgr. Domec, we are called to be generous in our support of those who are spiritually and materially less fortunate than us.

 

The Day Reflection:

Msgr. Domec “counseled” his flock to identify needs both inside and outside our church community.  He led by example as one of the founding members of Interfaith of The Woodlands.

We can all identify someone who is an unselfish giver.  Sometimes giving one’s all can lead us to a weary or even a cynical heart.  But the Lord reminds us to focus on others’ needs wholeheartedly.  The life of Blessed Mother Teresa comes to mind; her unselfish, unwavering charity to the most-lowly of society serves as what we are capable of. 

As Matthew Kelly reminds us, generosity is everywhere and the Lord asks us to do so with a loving and willing heart; “eagerly.” Additionally, he reminds us that “as Christians, we are taught that our time, talent, and treasure are on loan to us – and that one day we will have to account for how we manage them.”

 

Silent Reflection Followed by Optional Sharing

I. Are you eager to give your gifts?

II. When you witness generosity, are you more inclined to give of yourself?

III. What lifts you up when generosity seems overwhelming?  What gives you strength?

 

(State Your Intentions Here…)

 

Say: 1 Our Father… !0 Hail Marys… 1 Glory be to…

 

Concluding Prayer:

 

Novena Prayer

 Father God, you revealed yourself to us through the preaching of your apostles Simon and Jude.  By their prayers, give your Church continued growth and increase the number of those who believe in you.

O Glorious Saint Simon, you were a cousin of Jesus and a devoted follower as well.  You were called “the Zealot,” indicating that you were willing to give your life for your religion and your freedom as a human person.  Obtain for us the grace to be willing to give our lives for Christ and to labour for the freedom and peace that only God can give.  Help us to spend ourselves for God on earth and be received by him in eternal bliss in heaven.        

 

O Glorious St. Jude, you were honoured to be a cousin as well as a follower of Jesus, and you wrote an Epistle in which you said: “Grow strong in your holy faith through prayer in the Holy Spirit.”  Obtain for us the grace of being people of faith and people of prayer.  Let us be so attached to the three Divine Persons through faith and prayer on earth that we may be united with them in the glory of the beatific vision in heaven.

Our Glorious Patrons, with faith in your goodness, we ask for your help today.  As Christ’s chosen Apostles, you remain pillars and foundations of His Church on earth.  You are counted, we know, among the elders who always stand before God’s throne.     

 

From your place of glory, we know you do not forget the needs and difficulties of Christ’s little ones here, still struggling, like us, on the way home to God.  Please intercede for us all, gracious St. Simon and St. Jude, and be with us in our daily toil and in all our necessities, especially that we become the people of our Vision Statement.

In Christ’s name, we appeal to you again today.  Amen.

 

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen!