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September 19, 2004 Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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June 21, 2004 Tweflth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Cycle C
July 25, 2004 Seventeeth Sunday in Ordinary Time

FIRST READING:

Amos. 8: 4-7 "The Lord God spoke against those who buy the poor for money."

The Lord will never forget the swindling and dishonesty of oppression.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM:

Ps. 113 "Praise the Lord, who raises the poor."

SECOND READING:

1 Tim. 2: 1-8 "Let prayers be offered to God for everyone; he wishes that all be saved. "

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION:

2 Cor. 8: 9 "Jesus Christ was rich but he became poor, to make you rich out of his poverty."

GOSPEL: Lk. 16: 1-13

"You cannot be servants of both God and money."

Jesus tells the parable of the rich man who dismisses his steward.

FOCUS: The riches of this world are fleeting and best used to further the kingdom.

REFLECTION: "Avarice is inordinate love of riches and the good things of this life. Jesus Christ , to cure us of it, was born in extreme poverty, deprived of all comforts. He chose a Mother who was poor. He willed to pass as the son of a humble workman."

St. John Vianney

"The gift which we have received from Jesus Christ in holy baptism is not destroyed, but is only buried as a treasure in the ground. And both common sense and gratitude demand that we should take good care to unearth this treasure and bring it to light. This can be done in two ways. The gift of baptism is revealed first of all by a painstaking fulfillment of the commandments; the more we carry these out, the more clearly the gift shines upon us in its true splendour and brilliance. Secondly, it comes to light and is revealed through the continual invocation of the Lord Jesus, or by unceasing remembrance of God, which is one and the same thing. The first method is powerful but the second is more so; so much so that even fidelity to the commandments receives its full strength from prayer. For this reason, if we truly desire to bring to flower the seed of grace that is hidden within us, we should hasten to acquire the habit of this exercise of the heart, and always practise this prayer within it, without any image or form, until it warms our mind and inflames our soul with an inexpressible love towards God and men." St. Gregory of Sinai

"Jesus Christ was rich but he became poor, to make you rich out of his

poverty."

APPLYING THE READINGS TO THE LITURGY: Introduce the liturgy with the suggestion that we pursue the kingdom with at least as much zeal as we pursue earthly treasures. As the enterprising servant won the favor of others, we too should use our grace and our talents to bring about spiritual harmony.

Sprinkling rite or

Penitential rite: Third form with second set of sample invocations

General Intercession-

Introduction:

My brothers and sisters, may all who follow Christ reject what is contrary to the gospel. Let us pray to God, who brings forth life from nothingness:

- For all those who gather together in the Holy Spirit of God, that they use their talents to bring about harmony;

- For peace among nations, that resources be diverted towards humani-taran purposes

- For the aged who suffer from loneliness and infirmity, that we will sustain them by our love, and committement;

- For all of us gathered here, that God will teach us to use our gifts to strengthen the kingdom of God.

Preface: Second or fourth for Sundays in Ordinary Time

Lord's Prayer: Fourth suggested introduction

Prayers over the People: First or sixteenth or

Solemn Blessing in Ordinary time: Fourth

Faith Formation

The enterprising servant in today's gospel is a symbol of our need to pursue the spiritual life with at least the zest with which we pursue our earthly treasures. People are fairly industrious when it comes to acquiring material wealth. Let us all increase our industry in the pursuit of the peaceful kingdom, God among us. Peace and harmony can be ours through love of God and All His Creation.

- In what ways does the pursuit of a spiritual life run at odds with the

pursuit of material riches in your life?

- How has the lure of wealth affected your decisions ?

Children's Liturgy of the Word

People who serve others serve God. There are many ways in which we can help bring about a better world.

The industrious servant tried to do something that helped others rather than hinder them. He was trying to serve them. However we choose to use our talents, we must work hard to help make the world a better place.

Song suggestions:

Those Who Seek Your Face BB, STM

We Are the Light of the World BB/MI, CVH, PMB, WCH

Suggested musical selections:52GATHERING SONG:

Anthem (Conry) BB/MI, GC, GP, GPCOMP, GTR, S&S

Blessed Are the Poor (Marchionda) WCH,

W&S, 7854 WS

Canticle of the Turning (Cooney) GC, RS,

G-3407

City of God (Schutte) ACH, BB/MI,

GC,GP, GPCOMP, GTR, JS, RS, S&S,

W&S, WCH

Christ Is Alive CBW III, 269 CVH, 183

GTR, 79 PMB, 466 WP

Gather Us In (Haugen) BB/MI, CVH, GC, GPCOMP, GTR, RS, S&S, W&S, WCH, WP

God Is One, Unique and Holy

(Wren, Daigle) G2, GC

God Has Chosen Me (Farrell) BB/MI, GP2,

S&S

Great Is the Lord (Inwood) BB/MI, JS, S&S

Great Is the Lord (Toolan) BB/MI,

CBW III, HM

Hail, Redeemer, King Divine BB/MI, 337

CVH, 101 PMB, WCH

Humbly, Lord, We Worship You BB, HM,

SM, WCH

In Christ There Is No East or West BB/MI,

CBW III, CVH, GC, GPCOMP, JS, RS,

PMB, WCH, WOV, WP

Lord, Whose Love in Humble Service BB

Moved by the Gospel, Let Us Move (Duck)

CCH, GC

Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven BB/

MI, CBW III, GC, JS, PMB, RS, WCH,

WOV, WP

Priestly People (Deiss) 151 PMB, WCH

Rain Down (Cortez) BB/MI, GP2, JS

Rejoice in the Lord (Marchionda) 205 PMB,

WCH, W&S

Seek First (Berthier) TAIZE II

The Church of Christ in Every Age BB/

MI, 613 CVH, 626 WP

The King of Glory (Jabusch) BB/MI, 547

CBW III, 541 CVH, 128 GPCOMP, 2 PMB,

WCH, 501 WP, WW

We Will Serve the Lord (Cooney) G2, GC

When I Behold the Wondrous Cross BB,

PMB, CBW III, CVH, HM, WCH, WOV,

WP, WCH, W&S

You Have Looked upon the Lowly PMB,

W&S, WCH

RESPONSORIAL PSALM:

Psalm 113: Praise the Lord (Ridge) BB

Psalm 113: Alleluia, Alleluia (Joncas) BB,

CCH, G2, GC

Psalm 113: Praise the Lord who lifts

(Guimont) CCH, G2

Praise the Lord (Ridge) GP2

Psalm 113: Praise the Lord PARM vol. 3

(Marchionda)

PREPARATION OF THE GIFTS:

Abba! Father! (Landry) BB, 1 GP, 2

GPCOMP, S&S

All That We Have (Ault) 174 GP, 10

GPCOMP, 257 GTR, 2 YPGP

Christ Be Our Light (Farrell) BB/MI, GP2, S&S

Dwelling Place (Foley) BB, CBW III, 12 GP

63 GPCOMP, S&S

Here Our Voice, O God 7951 WS

Hold Me in Life (Huijbers, Oosterhuis) BB/

MI, CBW III, 241 GTR, GC, RS, S&S

How Blest Are We CBW III, 82 GPCOMP,

WCH

How Firm a Foundation (arr. Goemanne)

CCH, G-2650

I Will Lift Up My Eyes (Conry) BB/MI, G2, GC, 203 GTR, S&S

If You Believe and I Believe (Bell) G2, GC

Mary's Song of Praise PMB, WCH

Mary's Song (Joncas, Oosterhuis) BB/MI,

159 GPCOMP, S&S

Miserere Nostri Domine (Palestrina)

312- 41340

Only In God (Foley) CBW III, 128 GP, 182

GPCOMP

Seek Ye First (Lafferty) BB/MI, CBW II,

CBW III, WCH, WP

Seek the Lord (O'Connor) BB/MI, 46 GP,

213 GPCOMP

Turn to Me (Foley) BB, 57 GP, 249

GPCOMP, JS

Servant Song (Fisher, Stardust) GC, G-3730

The Cry of the Poor (Foley) BB/MI, GC GP,

GPCOMP, GTR, S&S, WCH, W&S

Those Who Seek Your Face BB, 7150 STM

We Are the Light of the World BB/MI,

CVH, GP2, JS, PMB, S&S, WCH, W&S

We Have Been Told (Haas) ACH, BB/MI, GC, GPCOMP, GTR, RS, W&S, WCH

We Remember (Haugen) ACH, BB/MI, GC, GPCOMP, GTR, RS, W&S, WCH

Wonderful and Great PMB, SM

COMMUNION:

A Hymn of Praise (Reagen) 228 PMB, WCH

All Are Welcome (Haugen) CCH, G-4166

Blest Are the Pure in Heart CBW III, 450

CVH, SM

Blest Are They (Haas) ACH, BB/MI,

GC,GPCOMP, GTR, RS

Blest Are You GC, RS

Bread and Wine (Young) GC, G-4066, RS

Bread for the World Broken (Walker) BB/

MI

Earthen Vessels (Foley) BB/MI, 13 GP, 64

GPCOMP

Eye Has Not Seen (Haugen) BB/MI, GC,

GTR, GPCOMP, RS, WCH, W&S

God, Whose Giving Knows No Ending

631 WP

Holy Name Communion Song (Sands)

BB/MI, GP2, JS

In Christ There is a Table GC, RS

Jesus Is Our Prayer (Ellis) 109 GP

Lasting Treasure (Miffleton) 7992 WS, W&S

Life-Giving Bread, Saving Cup

(Chepponis) GC, GTR

O Lord, Hear My Prayer (Taize) CCH,

GTR, GC

On Eagle's Wings (Joncas) ACH, BB/MI,

GC, GP, GPCOMP, GTR, JS, RS, S&S,

WCH, W&S

Only This I Want (Schutte) BB, CBW III,

GC, GP, GPCOMP, S&S

Peace-Making Man (Winter) PMB, SM

Sing We a Song PMB, WCH, W&S

Take, Lord, Receive (Foley) BB, 53 GP, 239

GPCOMP, S&S

The Word Is In Your Heart 8617 OCP

Voices that Challenge (Haas) CCH, G-3397

What Does the Lord Require RS, WP,

WOV

Whatsoever You Do (Jabusch) ACH, BB/MI, CBW III, CVH, GC, GP, HM, PMB, S&S, SM, W&S, WCH

SONG OF PRAISE:

Confitenmini Domino (Berthier) 237 GTR,

GC, TAIZE II, 561WP

How Firm a Foundation (arr. Lovelace)

CCH, G-2749

How Shall I Sing to God? (Haas) GC,

G-3453, RS

I Found the Treasure (Schutte) BB, 102

GPCOMP, GP2, S&S

Loving Father, Gracious God GC, G2, 283

GTR

May We Praise You (Foley) BB/MI, 160

GPCOMP, 210 GP, 235 GTR, GC, RS, S&S

Praise God, All You His Servants PMB,

SM, WCH

CLOSING SONG:

Blest Be the Lord (Schutte) ACH, BB/

MI,GC, GP, GPCOMP, GTR, JS

For the Beauty of the Earth ACH, BB/MI,

CBW III, CVH, GC, GPCOMP, HM, JS,

PMB, WCH, WOV, WP

From All That Dwell Below the Skies BB/

MI, 563 CVH, WCH, 521 WP

God of Day and God of Darkness

(Haugen) BB/MI, GC, GTR, RS, WCH

God's Blessing Sends Us Forth 605 CVH,

PMB, WCH

How Firm a Foundation ACH, BB/MI,

CVH, GC, JS, RS, WP

I Will Not Die (Conry) BB/MI, GC, GTR,

JS, RS

Jesus, the New Covenant (Deiss) PMB

Let Justice Roll Like a River (Haugen) G2,

GC

Lead Me, Lord (Becker) BB/MI, GP2, JS

Now Thank We All Our God ACH, BB, CBW III, CVH, GC, JS, RS

Oh, Now Be Joyfull All (Taffs) 332-40091

Path of Life (Dameans) 226 GP, 188

GPCOMP, GC, S&S

Sing a New Song to the Lord (Dudley-

Smith) CBW III, 218 GTR, GC, RS, WCH,

550 WP

Stewards of Earth BB, HM, PMB, WCH,

WW

The Love of the Lord (Joncas) CCH, GTR

What Wondrous Love ACH, BB/MI, CVH,

GC, GPCOMP, GTR, JS, RS, WCH, WP

Where Charity and Love Prevail AF-11-

10120, BB/MI, CVH, GC, GTR, PMB, RS,

WCH, WP

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