Letter to Parishioners
Fr. Brian Johnson has written a letter to all our parishioners about returning to Mass. This letter outlines adjustments and adaptations we will need to follow during Mass. We look forward to seeing everyone. However, if you have any reservations about attending public Mass, please stay at home, and, if possible, watch the Mass via our Facebook Live feed or another source available on television.
Please click on the link below to read Fr. Brian Johnson's letter to the parishioners:
Rosary & Mass
The Rosary will be prayed at 5:30pm tonight.
The Mass will begin at 6:00pm tonight.
Mass will include our continuation of our Bible Study lead by Fr. Brian.
Rosary and Mass are open to the public or you can join us via Facebook Live.
Hope you can join us!!
Wednesday of the 7th Week of Easter - Year A
from Fr. Brian Johnson
Good luck trying to find it! I remember sitting in a philosophy lecture, listening to a great professor talk about an essay of Cicero’s that influenced the young St. Augustine, and turned him on to a lifelong search for truth (which led him to Jesus!) That afternoon while I was in the library Dr. Ring came to the desk returning some books, and I asked him which translation of Cicero’s essay ‘Hortensius’ he recommended. Dr. Ring saw the College Classics professor over in the journals area, so he told me to wait while he went to confer with him about it. After an animated talk and laugh, he came back smiling to me, and said, “Gene told me, that if you and I found any translation of ‘Hortensius’ to call him, since it has been lost since the 400’s!” So there are no surviving manuscript copies! Basically, good luck trying to find it! Maybe an archeological dig in Carthage or Alexandria will surface it! Now, why did I bring that up?
Well, St. Paul pulls one of those type references to something that we can’t find anywhere else. In Acts 20:35, he says, “Keep in mind the words of the Lord Jesus who himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.” It is splendid teaching of Jesus. It is wisdom. But the problem is that there is no bible quote in any of the gospels or anywhere else in the New Testament that records this saying of Jesus! Absolutely, we don’t dispute that Jesus taught it. We just can’t find that saying anywhere. I do say it certainly sounds like Jesus as when he teaches sacrificial generosity, praising the unselfish ‘dying grain of wheat that gives life 100 fold’ (John 12:24). Apparently this saying of Jesus was one of many circulating in what we call ‘oral tradition’ that the apostles would have used in their preaching of Jesus and His Kingdom. We really should not be surprised at such extra sayings or stories that circulated about Jesus in the earliest days of His Church. The gospel writer John says in two places that there were so many other things that could have been included, but how long do we want the gospel books to go on? In John 20:30, he says, “Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples that are not written in this book.” And in John 21:25, he says, “There are also many other things that Jesus did, but if these were to be described individually, I do not think the whole world would contain the books that would be written.” It is so much more blessed to give than to receive. This example reminds me of another common and wise saying that everyone thinks is in the bible but it isn’t. Have we ever used it: “God helps those who helps themselves!” I even heard one of the presenters at the 1993 World Youth Day use it and wrongly say ‘As Jesus told us in the Bible’. Again, it is solid Christian teaching calling us to work our part in life, and trust God’s grace to complete it. But hey, even St. Paul makes such a statement about himself and his own letters. I mean that Paul one time refers to a letter of his own that we do not have in the bible (Paul may have in fact written at least three, maybe four letters to the Corinthians, while we only have two of them in the bible.) For example, in what we call his First letter to the Corinthians, he says, “I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with immoral people (1Corinthians 5:9). It seems like he is referring to an earlier letter, when this is the first we have of his. Or in Colossians 4:16 Paul says “when this letter is read before you, have it read also in the church of the Laodiceans, and you yourselves read the one from Laodicea.” No one can find Paul’s letter to the Laodiceans. But again, as St. John said, if everything from Jesus and the apostles was written down and preserved, who could carry around such a bible? But the most important Catholic Principle of Bible Interpretation is this: All that we need to know of Jesus’s life and teaching and His saving of us was included in the scripture for our edification and for our sanctification! He is our Word, our Way, our Truth and our Life!
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Returning to Public Mass
Bishop Medley has released a statement about the Diocese of Owensboro returning to public Mass. St. Pius X Parish in Calvert City started public Mass on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at 8:00am.
Please read or view Bishop Medley's announcement from our Diocese's website:
Challenge for the Day
Have you ever heard of the ‘Ten Word Life Challenge”, where you summarize your life’s meaning in only ten words? Or even harder, how about the ‘six word memoirs’? It is difficult to be concise (Coming from a preacher, mind you!). What would you say to summarize your life’s meaning in ten or less words?
Today's Activities & Tasks
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The information on this page will be updated everyday by 7:00am while we are dealing with the Covid-19 Pandemic. It is our hope that information given on our website will be helpful for you, your family and your friends.
Prayer for the Day
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and enkindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And you shall renew the face of the earth.
Let us pray. O God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant us in the same Spirit to be truly wise and ever to rejoice in His consolation. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
May 27, 2020
Wednesday of the 7th Week