|Saint Vincent de Paul Parish Dutzow, MO and
Immaculate Conception Parish Augusta, MO
|Parish Mission Statement
St. Vincent de Paul at Dutzow, high above the surrounding countryside, shares
with its faithful a rich heritage of Catholic belief. As God’s people our Mission is
to make Jesus Christ present in our daily lives through Divine worship;
Christian education and service to our neighbor; to strive through ethical
conduct, generous hearts, and industrious lives; to give glory and honor to God.
|Parish Mission Statement
As members of Immaculate Conception Parish in Augusta and members of the
Archdiocese of St. Louis, we seek to live our Catholic Faith in union with the
Archbishop. Faithful to the Gospel values of our Lord Jesus Christ, we strive to fulfill
our baptismal call by worshipping together, sharing our faith, and serving others in the
name of Jesus. Guided by the Holy Spirit, we commit ourselves to be responsible
stewards of God's gifts. All for the Glory of God and the good of all people.
|ABOVE ALL, WE ARE CHRISTIAN COMMUNITIES.
SMALL ENOUGH TO CARE, HUMBLE ENOUGH TO SERVE,
STRONG ENOUGH TO NOURISH.
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|How Ordinary Time Readings Are Organized
Understanding the arrangement of the readings can help
us appreciate the movement of the season
and to use them to grow in our relationship with Jesus
The official guide for how the readings work for Mass is
contained in the introduction to the Lectionary - the book
of the readings which we use at Mass. This introduction
lays out the decisions which were made to arrange the
readings for the Mass in such a way that we experience a
great deal of the treasury of the scriptures over a three
year Sunday cycle (Year A, B and C) and over a two year
Weekday cycle (Year I and II). There is a special
arrangement for Advent, Christmas, Lent and Easter, and
for the special celebrations of the year. We will focus on
the part of the introduction which addresses Ordinary
How the Season of Ordinary Time is laid out across the
The liturgical year begins with the First Sunday of Advent -
about four weeks before Christmas. The Christmas
season follows Advent. Ordinary Time counts the weeks
between the end of the Christmas season and Ash
Wednesday, which begins the season of Lent.
The date for Easter is moveable because it is related to
the celebration of Passover on the Jewish calendar,
which is connected to the vernal equinox - actually on the
first full moon after it. (The vernal, or Spring, equinox, is
the date when the length of days and nights are the
same. This is when spring begins, as the daylight, which
was shorter all winter, now begins to grow longer.) The
Council of Niceas (in 325) decided that Easter would be
celebrated on the first Sunday after the full moon, which
follows the vernal equinox. This means that Easter will be
celebrated from about the third week of March to about
the third week of April.
So, Ordinary Time counts the time between the end of the
Christmas season and whenever Lent begins. Usually
there are between four to nine weeks of Ordinary Time
before Lent begins.
The last Sunday of the Christmas Season is the feast of
the Baptism of the Lord - the Sunday following January
6th. Therefore, the next day becomes, "Monday of the First
Week of Ordinary Time. The following Sunday is the
Second Sunday of Ordinary Time.
When Ash Wednesday appears, Ordinary Time ends until
after the Easter Season. Ordinary Time begins to be
counted again, from where the season left off, beginning
with the week after Pentecost. There are a total of thirty-
three or thirty-four weeks of Ordinary Time which are laid
out. (If necessary, sometimes one of the weeks is
skipped so that the final weeks are able to be fit in.)
How the Sunday Readings are arranged
The Gospels are laid out so that we read through, in each
of the three years, Mark, Matthew and Luke's gospels,
one after another, taking us through the life of our Lord,
as presented by the three gospels.
The First Reading is carefully chosen from the Hebrew
Scriptures (the Old Testament) so that important
passages are chosen to bring out a connection with the
Sunday gospels. Sometimes, when we are preparing for
Mass, it is helpful to read the Gospel reading first so that
we can appreciate why the First Reading was chosen.
Then, when we read the Gospel a second time, the
connection helps us. The Second Reading is taken from
the letters of the Apostles Paul and James. These
readings are arranged so that we can get a good sense
of these important messages, but the readings are not
linked to the Gospel. It can be important for us to take
advantage of this journey through each of the letters to
learn the message, which still has such important help
for us today.
How the Weekday Readings are arranged
The Gospel Weekday Readings also are arranged so
that we read Mark's Gospel first, then Matthew and finally
Luke. Following the daily readings gives us a blessed
opportunity to get to know Jesus - his story, his
encounters with people, and his message - so that our
relationship with Jesus can grow in intimacy. The First
Reading during the weeks of Ordinary Time are not
related to the Gospel. They are arranged so that we can
experience a great amount of scripture, over a two-year
period. For example, we might have several weeks from
one of the apostolic letters and then several weeks from
one of the Hebrew scriptures, before returning to another
letter - throughout the season, according to a two-year
cycle. This is a great opportunity to let our familiarity with
these readings grow with our exposure to them each year.
Better understanding the Scriptures
Once we understand how the scriptures are arranged for
the Sundays and Weekdays of Ordinary Time, we can use
our missalette or an online site like ours, to look ahead at
what is coming. So, if we know we are beginning to read
Mark's gospel for the next number of weeks - both on
Sundays and during the week - we might pay special
attention to how Mark approaches his story. It could be
helpful to read a brief introduction to Mark's gospel. We
can usually find a brief introduction in our Bible or in an
online version. Just getting a sense of who Mark's
audience was and what issues he was dealing with in
helping them hear the Good News, will open up the story
- and our experience Jesus - very much. The same
practice could be used when we are reading from Paul's
First Letter to the Corinthians or from a series of readings
from the Book of Wisdom.
A simple prayer asking for the grace to hear the Word, as
I need to hear it
It can be very fruitful, whenever we begin to read the
scripture - whether in preparation for Mass or because
we discovered a passage - is to ask our Lord to let me
open my heart to hear what this Word can mean for me.
Here is a possible example we can pray, using our own
words and circumstances.
Dear Lord, I'm beginning to experience this Twentieth
Week of Ordinary Time. I have really enjoyed reading
how Matthew has been telling us your story. I've been
fascinated by the Prophet Ezekiel last week and I look
forward to more of his special style this week. Your words
to your disciples has been filling me this week. I think
when I start to pay attention to your message, as it applies
to my life this week, it comes alive. Continue to give me
this openness and keep speaking to me so directly. And,
give me the grace of your Holy Spirit to be faithful to these
gifts, in the way I give myself in loving my family and
A simple prayer like this, each day, could include specific
parts of the message which touched me today, or which I
found challenging, and need further help. Then, the
readings and movements of this season can nourish my
developing relationship with Jesus. And, Ordinary Time
counting can become quite extraordinary.
(from Creighton Online Ministries, ‘Praying Ordinary