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Rev. Edward G. Rama, Administrator
209 Route 206
Branchville, New Jersey 07826
Our Lady Queen of Peace & St. Thomas have formed a new youth group for all teens in High School. Come join us every Sunday, 6:00-8:00 pm, in the pavilion at Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish. There will be plenty of fun, food, games, music, events, and prayer. For more information please call Jenn at the office (973)948-3185.
Sunday, July 24, 2016
17th Sunday in Ordinary Time
From the Desk of Father Ed:
This weekend the Church celebrates the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time. Our Gospel reading from St. Luke is coupled with the first reading from the Book of Genesis. Abraham is conversing with God and trying to persuade him not to destroy the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. "In those days the Lord said: ‘The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great, and their sin so grave, that I must go down and see whether or not their actions fully correspond to the cry against them that comes to me."’ Abraham asked God if he would not destroy the two cities if there were 50 innocent people among them. The Lord replied that he would not destroy the innocent with the guilty if there were only 50 innocent people. Abraham in his persistence with the Lord continued to lower the amount of innocent people for God not to destroy the two cities; he successfully got the number down to only 10 people. The Lord said, "For the sake of those ten, I will not destroy it." However, soon after that the Lord did destroy both cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, which leaves us to believe that there were less than ten innocent men and women in those cities.
Abraham teaches us that through persistent prayer we can bend the heart of God. Abraham was most likely concerned for his nephew Lot and family members that lived in those cities. God in his goodness and mercy sent an angel to get Lot safely out of the city before it was destroyed. Tradition holds that Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed by God because of their sexual sins, namely sins of homosexuality. Throughout the Old Testament we read of God’s wrath and his justice. One has to wonder how much different is our culture compared to the two sinful cities of Sodom and Gomorrah that were destroyed by the Lord.
In our Gospel today, Jesus taught his disciples how to pray the Our Father. He gave them a parable about being persistent in prayer and to "ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you." Jesus reminded his disciples and us that we have a Heavenly Father who is all good and loving and wants to give us the gifts of the Holy Spirit. There is a great need for persistent prayer especially when we look at our culture that is perhaps not much different from Sodom and Gomorrah; a culture that has lost sight of God’s plan and his will with sins so great that they cry out to God. Let us continue to pray so that we can bend the heart of God away from his wrath and always experience his mercy.
Our Lady Queen of Peace, pray for us,
This past weekend we had our first youth group meeting, which was a wonderful success. A special thanks to our summer coordinator, Tom Costello and the core leaders and volunteers that helped out our "Catholic Teens." We had strong support from the clergy as Father Wayne, Father Brian, our seminarian Dulibber, and myself were present for the 2 hour meeting. The teens enjoyed playing ping pong, air hockey, foosball, soccer, Frisbee, and several other games. There were some pretty funny icebreaker games along with pizza and cookies. We had some time for prayer in the Church and a short presentation by Tom Costello.
Our next meeting will be this Sunday, same place, same time: in the pavilion at 6:00 Pm and ending at 8:00 Pm. Please invite your high school age teens to come and join us for an evening of fun.
Thursday, August 25, 7:30 PM,
Our Lady Queen of Peace:
Branchville, NJ (973) 948-3185
Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish will be offering a Healing Mass. The Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, August 25, at 7:30 PM in the Church.
The healing service will take place immediately after Mass; Father Ed will be celebrating the Mass and healing service. Healing has always been a part of the Church. Jesus healed the blind man, the deaf man, and the leper. We find in Sacred Scripture physical healings, healing of relationships, psychological healing, financial healing, and spiritual healing. Come with expectant faith and join us, and experience the Lord’s healing power.