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Pastor

Secretary

Reception

Music Ministry

Faith Formation

Youth Ministry


Rev. Msgr. Xavier Pappu
msgrxavier@stmattlgv.com
Phone: 903-295-3890 x 2103
Phone: 903-295-7558 (res.)

 

Beth Kennedy
churchoffice@stmattlgv.com
Phone: 903-295-3890 x2102

Nayeli Gonzalez
office@stmattlgv.com
Phone: 903-295-3890 x 2101

Beth Kennedy

music@stmattlgv.com
Phone: 903-295-3890 x 2107


Freeda Dasaiyan
dff@stmattlgv.com
Phone: 903-295-3890  x 2105

Sonya Pereira
youth@stmattlgv.com
Phone: 903-295-3890 x 2106

This Week

This Week/ Esta Semana  

July 25

Servidoras de Gdpe; 10:00 am, Salon Parro.

Cursillistas; 7:00 pm, Capilla

July 26

"Doors of Mercy": 6:30 pm, Parish Hall

Grupo de Oracion; 7:00 pm, Iglesia

July 27

Men's ACTS Faith Sharing; 6:00 am, PH

St. Vincent de Paul Society; 5 pm, Room 11

July 28

Crecimiento Clases; 7:00 pm, Salón Parroquial

    Grupo Compartiendo la fe; 7:00 pm, Salón #14

 

 

 

 

Weekly Message

Mercy: Praying for Others

Dear brothers and sisters,

Jesus says, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” [Mt. 7:7] Praying to God helps us to open our consciousness to the flow of God’s grace. By praying, we make a conscious connection with God and attune ourselves more fully to Him. Abraham prayed for Sodom and Gomorra as a friend of God.

I read an article on how to pray using five fingers to remember the five aspects of prayer. Our prayer needs all five of these aspects.

1. Familiarity: The first finger is familiarity. The Lord’s Prayer starts with “Our Father.” Always pray to God as your own parent, your deepest friend, your own beloved. Make familiarity the beginning of your prayer.

2. Faith: The second finger is faith. We have to pray believing that God will answer our prayers, assuming they are righteous requests. (Mk. 11:24) Jesus expressed it beautifully “Give us this day our daily bread.”

3. Frequency: The third finger is frequency. We can’t just pray once and assume it’s good enough for all day. Use every excuse to make a connection with God.  If you have a little heartache, share that with Him. If you are    having trouble with someone, share that with Him. If you have a desire for something, tell Him about it. Don’t hold anything back.

4. Fervor: The fourth finger stands for fervor. Prayers should be prayer-demands, with the emphasis on demands.  With persistence. Wimpy prayers do not take us very far: “God I guess I want to be good today, help me out –  okay?” Make your prayers powerful, stronger and more magnetic; the response will be the same.

5. Follow the will of God: Finally, the last finger, the thumb, stands for following the will of God in everything. The deepest prayer of our hearts should be to know and follow God’s will in every thought, word, and deed.

If you pray for you and for others this way, your prayers will be answered. This is asking, seeking and knocking for yours and for others’ needs.  Blessings!    

 Msgr. Xavier

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