We welcome ALL to join us in the celebration of Mass!
Saturday: 5 p.m.
Sunday: 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Thursday Friday: 8:15 a.m.
Holy Days: Variable
Annunciation Awakening Retreat Oct. 5-7, 2018
Come away with us to be with Jesus and experience God’s abiding love for you.
From Bulletin, Sunday, September 9
QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “From today’s crisis, a Church with many losses will emerge. [The Church] will become small and will have to start again from the beginning. It will not be able to live in the buildings it built in times of prosperity. As its faithful will diminish, many of its social privileges will be lost. It will be a more spiritual Church that will not undertake any political mandate, alternatively flirting with left and right. It will be poor, and will be a Church of the poor. It will be a long process, but—when everything will be surpassed—a greater power will come from a more spiritual and more simplified Church. In that moment, men will discover how to live in a world of indescribable solitude, and—having lost sight of God—will be aware of their poverty. Then, and only then, will they look at that small flock of believers as something brand new, and will discover it as a hope for themselves, the response they always secretly looked for.” (Joseph Ratzinger, 1969)
The incident in today’s Gospel is recorded only by Mark. The key line is what the crowd says at the end: “He has done all things well.” In the Greek, this echoes the creation story, recalling that God saw all the things he had done and declared them good (see Genesis 1:31).
Mark also deliberately evokes Isaiah’s promise, which we hear in today’s First Reading that God will make the deaf hear and the mute speak. He even uses a Greek word to describe the man’s condition (mogilalon = “speech impediment”) that’s only found in one other place in the Bible—in the Greek translation of today’s Isaiah passage, where the prophet describes the “dumb” singing. The crowd recognizes that Jesus is doing what the prophet had foretold. But Mark wants us to see something far greater—that, to use the words from today’s First Reading: “Here is your God.”
Notice how personal and physical the drama is in the Gospel. Our focus is drawn to a hand, a finger, ears, a tongue, spitting. In Jesus, Mark shows us, God has truly come in the flesh. What He has done is to make all things new, a new creation (see Revelation 21:1-5). As Isaiah promised, He has made the living waters of baptism flow in the desert of the world. He has set captives free from their sins, as we sing in today’s Psalm. He has come that rich and poor might dine together in the Eucharistic feast, as James tells us in today’s Epistle.
He has done for each of us what He did for that deaf mute. He has opened our ears to hear the Word of God, and loosed our tongues that we might sing praises to Him. Let us then, in the Eucharist, again give thanks to our glorious Lord Jesus Christ. Let us say with Isaiah, Here is our God, He comes to save us. Let us be rich in faith, that we might inherit the kingdom promised to those who love Him.
—Dr. Scott Hahn
CHANGE IN WEEKEND CONFESSION TIME: The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be offered from 4:30pm to 5:15pm every Sunday afternoon. (There will no longer be confessions available on Saturdays from 9:30am to 10:30am).
SEPTEMBERFEST MASS SCHEDULE: On SeptemberFest Weekend (Saturday, September 15 & Sunday, September 16) we will have a special Mass schedule with only two Masses. There will be a Saturday evening vigil Mass at 5:00pm and one Sunday Mass at 10:30am. (Note: there will be no 5:30pm Mass on Sunday, September 16). The Sunday 10:30am Mass on SeptemberFest Sunday will be our annual outdoor Mass (weather permitting).
ANNUNCIATION AWAKENING RETREAT: For those who have not been before, I invite you to come on our biannual retreat called the “Annunciation Awakening Retreat” on the weekend of October 5—7. The retreat will be held at Dunrovin Retreat Center, which is located on 50 secluded acres of national park in Marine on St. Croix, MN. At the retreat you will learn more about God the Father’s tremendous love for you and have the opportunity to establish and deepen your personal relationship with Christ.
The Retreat will include: Mass, Confession opportunities, Eucharistic Adoration, Communal Prayer Times, Music, Talks by Father Park, Small Groups/Fellowship, and time for silence & rest. You can sign up for the Awakening Retreat through our parish website: www.annunciationmsp.org/church/
A NOTE FROM JIMMY DUNN—AYM LEADERSHIP UPDATE: Over the summer the process of looking for a new youth minister began (in order for me to transition to my new position as the Director of Outreach and Community Life); interviews were conducted and over a dozen applications were received. After a lot of prayer and discernment it was determined that none of the applicants seemed to be a good fit for Annunciation Youth Ministries. So now what?
A few weeks ago, I meet with Fr. Park about where we go now, especially with the new youth group year quickly approaching. Fr. Park shared all possible outcomes and came to the decision to ask me to return as the Director of AYM for one more year. After praying over this request, I agreed that it was in the best interest of the parish, our youth, and AYM families for me to return as the Director of Youth Ministry. My role as the Director of Outreach and Community Life has been put on hold and I will assume that position next summer. We will post the Youth Ministry position next spring and hope to hire someone that has experience and is a good fit for Annunciation. The goal is that this person would be hired by June and would accompany me on the Senior High mission trip next summer to Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.
The good news is that I get to continue to work with our youth and families in the role of Youth Minister, one that I love so much and have poured my heart and soul into over the last seventeen years.