Holy Family in Action

Father Vic

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Last Sunday, we heard how Jesus was rejected in his hometown of Nazareth. In the verses that follow, Jesus travels to the town of Capernaum and begins his ministry of teaching and healing. While in Capernaum, Jesus cures a man possessed with a demon and heals Simon's mother-in-law. After spending some time there, Jesus prepares to preach in other places. The fact that Jesus had previously been in Simon's home and healed his mother-in-law suggests that this encounter is not the first between Jesus and Simon Peter. We can read today's Gospel, therefore, as a description of the developing relationship between Jesus and Simon Peter.

In today's Gospel, Jesus teaches from Simon's boat. Jesus turns to Simon and instructs him about where to lower the fishing nets. Simon and others have been fishing throughout the night and have not caught anything. Simon protests, claiming that such an effort would be futile. Simon ultimately obeys Jesus and lowers his nets into the deeper water as directed. Notice here that Peter calls Jesus by the title “master.” He already recognizes Jesus as a person of authority. They catch so many fish that the nets begin to tear; Jesus' presence has created abundance out of scarcity, just as it did at the wedding feast at Cana, which we heard

at Mass just a few weeks ago.

Simon Peter becomes a follower of Jesus immediately. He calls Jesus “Lord”—the title given to Jesus after his Resurrection—and protests his worthiness to be in Jesus' presence. Today's Gospel, therefore, marks a turning point in the relationship between Jesus and Peter. Two of Simon's partners are also named as witnesses to the event described in today's Gospel: Zebedee's sons, James and John. Yet Jesus' words are addressed only to Simon. Jesus gives Simon a new job, telling him that he will become a different kind of fisherman. No longer will he catch fish; instead he will catch people. In these words, we hear the beginning of the leadership role that Peter will have within the community of disciples. Peter was chosen for this role. His task will be to bring others to Jesus. Already

he is doing so; the Gospel tells us that all the fishermen

with Peter also left their nets and followed Jesus.

We continue to speak of Peter's leadership and  Influence in the Church today when we call the pope the “successor of Peter.” We participate in the mission of the Church when we bring people to Christ through the example and positive influence of our lives.

Upcoming Events

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Reminder: This is the cold and flu season, consider whether you want to have hand contact during this time.

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RCIA – Wednesday at 3:30PM

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Today - Second Collection for Bishop’s Appeal.

Announcements Note from the Fund Raiser Committee: Upcoming Meeting –

March 24th - 11AM - @ Red Barn Events Center - ALL ARE WELCOME!! We will be discussing 2019 Fund Raisers. Especially – 52 Yard Sale. Anyone with Crafts or other possible booth set-ups is urged to attend.

Listen to CATHOLIC RADIO in your car or at home –

Nashville Catholic Radio broadcasts 24/7 in English and in Spanish. Try it, you will find it informative, inspiring and spiritually enriching.


Listen on line at: WBOU.org

Listen in your home with a smart speaker.

Just say: “Play Nashville Catholic Radio.”


In the city of Nashville turn your car radio dial to 100.5 FM.

REMINDER:

No one is allowed on the new church property for any reason, without prior authorization. Please Contact Duke Pelletier if

you have questions - 615.670.5068


Deacon Charles Osewe Aketch– phone # 812-430-7204 -

wnyagem@yahoo.com

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website - click on the word “Services” – scroll down to bulletins.

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Community Action

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Please contact Faye Fitzpatrick @

615.388.7289 if you would like to be

a HOSPICE VOLUNTEER FOR

SMITH & MACON COUNTY.

Thank you.

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February 16, 2019 – Hispanic –

Authentic Mexican Food –

Welcome Center 4-7

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March 17, 2019 – Knights of Colum-

bus – St. Patrick’s Dinner – Welcome

Center 1PM-4PM

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March 24, 2019 – Fund Raiser

Committee Meeting 11AM – Red Barn

Events Center

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April 14, 2019 – Seder Meal – Red

Barn Events Center – 2pm – 4pm

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April 27, 2019 – Saturday 10AM -

Ordination of Deacon Charles Aketch

& Deacon Richard Toboso in

Cincinnati

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May 5, 2019 – Sunday @ 9:00AM & 12-

Noon – Thanksgiving Mass for

Charles after his Ordination

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May 17 & 18 2019 – 52 YARD SALE