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Quiet! Be Still!

06-20-2021We Celebrate Worship Resource, Vol. 46, No. 2

In today’s Gospel a violent storm interrupts a routine trip across the sea. “Why are you terrified?” Jesus asks the disciples, “Do you not yet have faith?” (Mark 4:40). Very likely Mark included this episode to remind his listeners of the confidence they should continue to find in the Lord. At that time, the church faced period of intense persecution, during which Christians lived in danger of being put to death. They could certainly relate to the fear the first disciples looked to Jesus, “whom even wind and sea obey,” for comfort and protection (4:41). Mark trusted that his audience would do the same. Speaking of persecution, few people have ever suffered as much as Job. But even for Job, God set limits to the damage. Saint Paul was arrested and imprisoned on more than one occasion, so he had every justifiable reason to live in fear. But he refused to do so, trusting in Jesus, who died for all so all can live in him. Even sentenced to death, Paul never lost faith. For even during times of trial—especially during times of trial—Jesus remains with us.

When have you appealed to Jesus in times of fear? Have you been comforted by his presence?

¡Cállate, ¡Enmudece!

En el Evangelio de hoy, una violenta tormenta interrumpe un viaje de rutina por el mar. “¿Por qué tenían tanto miedo?” Jesús pregunta a los discípulos: “¿Aún no tienen fe?” (Marcos 4:40). Es muy probable que Marcos haya incluido este episodio para recordar a sus oyentes la confianza que deben seguir encontrando en el Señor. En ese momento, la iglesia enfrentó un período de intensa persecución, durante el cual los cristianos vivieron en peligro de ser ejecutados. Ciertamente podrían relacionarse con el temor que los primeros discípulos miraron a Jesús, “a quien hasta el viento y el mar obedecen”, en busca de consuelo y protección (4:41). Marcos confiaba en que su audiencia haría lo mismo. Hablando de persecución, pocas personas han sufrido tanto como Job. Pero incluso para Job, Dios puso límites al daño. San Pablo fue arrestado y encarcelado en más de una ocasión, por lo que tenía todas las razones justificables para vivir con miedo. Pero se negó a hacerlo, confiando en Jesús, que murió por todos para que todos vivan en él. Incluso sentenciado a muerte, Pablo nunca perdió la fe. Porque incluso durante los tiempos de prueba— especialmente durante los tiempos de prueba—Jesús permanece con nosotros.

¿Cuándo has recurrido a Jesús en momentos de temor? ¿Te ha consolado su presencia?

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Announcements and Events

11 Day Escorted Pilgrimage with Fr. Cyril Offiong, SDV

Fr. Cyril will be leading a pilgrimage to the Holy Land from Sun, Mar 13- Thu, Mar 24, 2022. For more information please contact the Parish Office at 407-886-4602.

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Food Pantry

The St. Francis Food Pantry is a non-profit non- denominational voluntary organization that reaches out to families in need in the Apopka area by providing food and limited other services if available and deemed necessary.

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Parish Gift Store Hours

Current Gift Store hours are Sundays, 9:30am- 2:00pm. Volunteers are needed to tend to the store before and after the weekend Masses

El horario actual de la Tiendita Parroquial es los domingos de 9:30am- 2:00pm.

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St. Francis Choirs (English)

We are looking for members of our community who like to sing! If you are interested in praising the Lord through song, we would love to have you!

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Construction Mission in the Dominican Republic

Add Sat, May 29 - Sat, Oct 30

Help the Mission Office with building 41 houses in our Sister Diocese of San Juan de la Maguana.

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Alter Servers Meeting/ Reunión de Monaguillos

Add Thu, Jun 24 @ 6:30 PM

All current and prospective alter servers are invited to attend the meeting in the Church.

Todos los monaguillos actuales y futuros están invitados a asistir.

Pray for our Deceased Priest

Add Mon, Jun 28 @ 10:30 AM

Please keep our priests that have passed away in your prayers and we will be holding our Monthly Memorial Mass on Mon, Jun 28 at 10:30am.

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First Friday Adoration / Adoración Del Primer Viernes

Add Fri, Jul 2 @ 8:30 AM (every first Friday of the month)

First Friday Schedule: 8:00am Mass in English followed by 8:30am Adoration/Exposition of Blessed Sacrament ending at 7:00pm with Spanish Mass. Jesus awaits!

Misa en inglés a las 8:00am seguida de Adoración/Exposición del Santísimo Sacramento a las 8:30am culminando a las 7:00pm con Misa en español. ¡Jesús los espera!