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Our Annual Catholic Appeal Goal: $32,568
% of Goal reached so far: 165%
Registered Parish Households: 413
Pledge Envelopes Returned: 215
% of Participating Households: 52%
Our Parish Goal: $65,000
Gifts Pledges received as of 7/13: $53,590
% of goal reached so far: 82%
Over goal rebate to parish to date: $21,022.00
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Knights of Columbus
A Worldwide Catholic
John Peyton Council 15338
Knights of Columbus BBQ
Sunday, August 3, 2014
Parish Office Bldg
(during Seafair Air Show)
St. Paul Parish Office
5600 S. Ryan St.
Seattle, WA 98178
Liturgy of the Hours Retreat
September 12-14, 2014
Led by: Br. Aelred Woodard, O.S.B. and Andrew Casad
Location: The Archbishop Brunett Retreat Center at the Palisades (4700 SW Dash Point Road, Federal Way, WA 98023)
Price: $199 per person for all presentations, 6 meals, and 2 nights in a comfortable room with private bath; $165 per person
for a shared room with one bed
Register: (206) 748-7991,
The Liturgy of the Hours has remained a mystery for many faithful Catholics, yet it is a powerful tool to grow in communion with God
through the Scriptures. Curious to know how to pray the Liturgy of the Hours? Interested in learning its history? Learn about theology of
the Liturgy of the Hours, music and the Liturgy of the Hours, the spirituality of the Psalms, and how this regular prayer of the Church leads
us to Christ in his mysteries.
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.
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.