From The Pastor
It is said that if you are rushed for time, sow time, and you will reap time. Time is a precious commodity/gift which we waste so easily. In the gospel of today we have two devoted followers of Jesus. The hardworking Martha gets irritated with the idling Mary. Martha believes that Mary should be doing something more productive than listening to Jesus. After all, if the work is not done, Jesus goes with his dinner. Mary gets the praise for apparently doing nothing.
To listen attentively to another person is extremely difficult. To give your full attention while somebody is speaking is hard work. Try praying for half an hour. We have to make a real effort. Prayer does not come easy. We all know how our minds wander from the present to the future to the past and back again.
The gospel is asking us to look at our busy lives and to take time out to sit quietly with the Lord. If we do not take time to listen to the word of God and let it permeate our lives we may become slaves to our work. Time with the Lord is not wasted. It is not unproductive time. Sow time with the Lord, sit and listen to him and you will reap time for everything else.
– Fr. Joe
- The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (R.C.I.A.) helps adults explore the Catholic faith, with the goal of becoming full members of the Roman Catholic Church. RCIA introduces you to a relationship with Jesus Christ. The RCIA process is about growth and change so that we can live more fully in relationship with God and each other. Participation in RCIA leads to receiving the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and first Communion at the Easter Vigil. RCIA classes are held weekly, and begin in September. Anyone who is considering RCIA should call the St Dunstan Parish Office to register his or her interest.
- On August 3rd and 4th, Sr. Arlene Trant of The Maryknoll Sisters will be visiting our Parish, sharing her missionary experiences with us at all Masses. A second collection will be taken up in support of the Maryknoll Missions.