We welcome ALL to join us in the celebration of Mass!
Saturday: 5 p.m.
Sunday: 8:45 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, Thursday Friday: 8:15 a.m.
Holy Days: Variable
Annunciation Awakening Retreat
Come away with us to be with Jesus and experience God’s abiding love for you.
From Bulletin, Sunday, August 13
QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “Nothing is more practical than finding God, that is, than falling in love in a quite absolute, final way. What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination will affect everything. It will decide what will get you out of bed in the mornings, what you will do with your evenings, how you spend your weekends, what you read, who you know, what breaks your heart, and what amazes you with joy and gratitude. Fall in love, stay in love, and it will decide everything.” —Fr. Pedro Arrupe
SCRIPTURE FOCUS: “Most of us are the foreigners, the non-Israelites, about whom today’s first reading prophesies. Coming to worship the God of Israel, we stand in the line of faith epitomized by the Canaanite woman in today’s Gospel. Calling to Jesus as Lord and Son of David, this foreigner shows her great faith in God’s covenant with Israel.
“Jesus tests her faith three times. He refuses to answer her cry. Then, He tells her His mission is only to Israelites. Finally, he uses ‘dog,’ an epithet used to disparage non-Israelites (see Matthew 7:6). Yet she persists, believing that He alone offers salvation.
“In this family drama, we see fulfilled Isaiah’s prophecy and the promise we sing of in today’s psalm. In Jesus, God makes known among all the nations His way and His salvation (see John 14:6). At the start of salvation history, God called Abraham (see Genesis 12:2). He chose his offspring, Israel, from all the nations on the face of the earth, to build His covenant kingdom (see Deuteronomy 7:6-8; Isaiah 41:8).
“In God’s plan, Abraham was to be the father of many nations (see Romans 4:16-17). Israel was to be the firstborn of a worldwide family of God, made up of all who believe what the Canaanite professes—that Jesus is Lord (see Exodus 4:22-23; Romans 5:13-24). Jesus came first to restore the kingdom to Israel (see Acts 1:6; 13:46). But His ultimate mission was the reconciliation of the world, as Paul declares in today’s epistle.
“In the Mass we join all peoples in doing Him homage. As Isaiah foretold, we come to His holy mountain, the heavenly Jerusalem, to offer sacrifice at His altar (see Hebrews 12:22-24,28). With the Canaanite, we take our place at the Master’s table, to be fed as His children.” —Dr. Scott Hahn
SOLEMNITY OF THE ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY—TUESDAY, AUGUST 15—HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION
On Tuesday the Church celebrates the truth of our faith that at the end of her earthy life, the Blessed Virgin Mary was assumed body and soul into heaven. Masses will be celebrated at 8:15am & 5:30pm. Mary, Queen of Heaven, pray for us!
ELI POLLOCK’S FAREWELL PARTY: Please join us on Sunday, August 20 at the 9:30am Mass as we honor Eli’s nine years of service at Annunciation as our Director of Music and Liturgy. Eli will sing at this Mass, and after Mass there will be coffee and donuts and a chance for people to thank Eli for all his hard work for our parish. We will miss you Eli! God bless you as you begin your work as the Music Teacher at St. Thomas More Catholic School in St. Paul!
CHANGE IN MASS TIMES: A reminder that starting on Sunday, August 27 we will go back to having two Sunday morning Masses at 8:30am and 10:30am (note the change from 8:45am to 8:30am). We will continue having a weekly Saturday evening Vigil Mass at 5:00pm and a weekly Sunday evening Mass at 5:30pm.
I think having the one Sunday morning Mass at 9:30am for the summer worked well. That being said, I would like us as a community to take the Fall to discern if we really need two Sunday morning Masses during the school year, especially considering that we now have a weekly Sunday evening Mass. The question to discern is this—would it be better for our community, and for its growth, if we had three weekend Masses (Saturday evening, Sunday morning, Sunday evening) instead of four weekend Masses (Saturday evening, two Sunday morning, Sunday evening). I am curious to know your thoughts. God bless!