Fr. Lara's Lines
Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
In this weekend’s gospel, Jesus invites us to follow him.
To follow Jesus means to be his disciples. A disciple is
a learner, the one who strives to imitate the master.
Being a follower of Jesus is difficult when the world tells
us to follow other things. So many distractions in the
world obstruct our ability to follow Jesus. Nevertheless,
he knows that we are able of completing the task he
has for us. This is why Jesus sets the bar high in terms
of what he expects from us. He wants us to give our
complete devotion to him. This is not a selfish request;
rather it is for our own good.
“As they were proceeding on their journey someone
said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.”
Jesus answered him, “Foxes have dens and birds of
the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to
rest his head.” And to another he said, “Follow me.”
But he replied, “Lord, let me go first and bury my
father.” But he answered him, “Let the dead bury their
dead. But you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.”
And another said, “I will follow you, Lord, but first let
me say farewell to my family at home.” To him Jesus
said, “No one who sets a hand to the plow and looks
to what was left behind is fit for the kingdom of
God” (Luke 9: 57-62).
You and I are called to be followers of Jesus. We are
to fix our eyes on Jesus; by learning from the master
we can achieve our potential. Who do you follow?
Who do you listen to? Who do you have at the center
of your life? Nothing in this world will fulfill our lives.
It is only Jesus who will lead us into eternal life. We are
invited to follow him every day by what we say and do.
Following Jesus empowers us to lead others to him. It is
not only the role of ordained ministers to be leaders in
the Church; parishioners are also encouraged to take
part in that leadership. Throughout the history of the
Church, many lay men and women have been excellent
and saintly Church leaders. We are called to share
the blessings we have received from God with others.
All of us have the talents and energy to lead others
In every parish, there are many leadership teams that
make parish life possible. For instance, the parish staff
makes sure the day-to-day operations run smoothly; the
School Board collaborates with the school administration
for the success of the parish school; the Liturgy Committee
ensures the parish liturgical events are well-planned.
Parish Council and Finance Council are two key groups
that help and advise the pastor and other leaders with
The parish is to provide for the pastoral care of the
Christian faithful. This care is entrusted to the leaders
of the Church who are to teach, sanctify, and govern
according to God’s commandments and Church law.
The Church encourages the laity to collaborate with
the ordained ministers so that together the faithful might
have the necessary tools to come closer to God.
The parish Pastoral Council helps the pastor to fulfill
the mission of the Church regarding stewardship and
According to Canon Law and diocesan norms, each
parish is to have a Pastoral Council. This council, over
which the pastor presides, assists in fostering pastoral
activity. A Pastoral Council possesses a consultative
vote and is governed by the norms established by the
diocesan bishop (Canon 536). In collaboration with
the pastor, the Pastoral Council is entrusted with the
leadership role to reflect, pray, innovate, and engage
the faithful in the life of the Parish.
Some of the tasks of the Pastoral Council are:
- To engage the parish community at large for the
development of a vibrant and faith-filled parish.
- To be present to the parish community, supporting
the work of ministries and fostering Christian values.
- To assist the Pastor when informing the parish about
plans and activities.
- To empower parishioners to be stewards of everything
God has given us as intentionally mission-focused
- To identify issues and concerns that need to be
addressed within the parish and with the Archdiocese
God might be calling you to this noble task of serving
on our parish Pastoral Council. Please see page 6 for
more information. I am more than happy to answer any
questions. If you have questions or if you are interested
in joining the parish Pastoral Council, contact me at
Live the Liturgy
God calls us in the midst of ordinary
things. Often only looking for God in
the dramatic, spectacular, the ritual
or the sacred places, we miss that He is walking
beside us. Every moment of every day, in every
circumstance and experience, God is calling to us,
“Follow me.” Sometimes, we are too distracted to
hear this call. Other times, we would rather ignore
it or pretend it wasn’t heard. God, however, is
very persistent. Whether we fine tune our hearing
to receive this invitation now or when we close our
eyes in death, we need to make a choice. The
choice involves leaving some things behind and
moving forward, taking risks. Choosing to keep
focused and single-minded, the lens we then use
to see our world and one another is God’s, not
our own. Life is no longer about what is important
or matters to me but what matters to God. We
acquire a new filter and are asked to use that
filter to make choices, establish priorities, and
determine what direction we will take, and how to
love. Once we accept God’s invitation, we cannot
keep looking back to what was left behind, only
forward to the surprises yet to come.
Honor Our Military
Please take time to give thanks for those who have served and
are serving in our military and to pray for the safety of those who
may currently be in harm’s way. In a special way, we thank and
pray for these parishioners and relatives of parishioners.
Please Pray for Ukraine
He Who Sacrificed His Life
Those Still Serving
JAY MARTIN, Nephew of Becky and Tom Brennan
JESSICA CAMERON, Niece of the Cameron Family
JOHN PODCZASKI, Grandson of Genevieve Podczaski
STEVEN TUMBARELLO, Son of Sylvia & Vince Tumbarello
CRAIG BEHRENDT, Grand-nephew of Sister Mary Helen
DANIEL BELZER, Nephew of Dave & Bev Belzer
MICHAEL KELLY, Nephew of Kevin and Kathy Kelly
EUGENE WALL, Nephew of Suzanne Lessner
NAILL SWIDER, Grand-nephew of Alice Swider
BRYAN DUFF, Son of Julie Duff
RYAN BLOCHBERGER, Nephew of Mae Grady
TIMOTHY DWORKIN, Grandson of Barbara Bouska
ALEXIS GONZALES, Great-niece of Eden & Lyle Gonzales-Nemzin
JACK MAHON, JR., Son of Jack, Sr. & Eileen Mahon
SANG HOON LEE
MORRIS COREY MCMAHON, SON OF CHRIS & JULIE MCMAHON
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For our sisters and brothers involved in or
affected by the war and devastation in Ukraine--
the deceased, the injured, the frightened, the
displaced, the fighters, the protesters, the leaders.
May God give them solace, healing, comfort, and
hearts and minds directed toward peace.
Donations can be made here:
Knights of Columbus: https://www.kofc.org/secure/en/donate/ukraine.html
Ukrainian Catholic Archdiocese of Philidelphia: https://ukrarcheparchy.us
"May the Queen of Peace preserve the world from the madness of war" - Pope Francis