Sunday, August 18 – 10th Sunday after Pentecost                  

9:30 AM          Parishioners of St. Mary’s


Monday, August 19 – Andrew and Others, Martyrs

8:30 AM          Liturgical Hour


Tuesday, August 20 – Samuel, Prophet & Stephen, King of Hungary


Wednesday, August 21 – Thaddeus, Apostle


Thursday, August 22 – Agathonicus and Others, Martyrs


Friday, August 23 – Lupus, Martyr

8:30 AM          Liturgical Hour


Saturday, August 24 – Eutyches, Bishop-Martyr

8:30 AM          +Mike & +Jerry Sumandra by P. Sumandra


Sunday, August 25 – 11th Sunday after Pentecost                  

9:30 AM          Parishioners of St. Mary’s

Cantor: Matthew Wiggins, Reader: Mike Mina, Coffee Social:



Please remember the following people in your prayers: Estella Biedenbender,  Ken & John Bosak, Julie Carlin, Fletes Family: Alicia, Frankie, Layla & Veronica, Victoria Flores, Holly Garlow,  Michelle Grana, Virginia Harrington, Jeanne Hart, Michael Hefferon, Rob Hooper, Rev. Ed Jaskula, C.R., Chris Johnson, Ken Kokason, Patricia Kurczak,  Irene Lehman, Elizabeth & John Mallas, Dylan Mancia, Toni Martin, Marg Mauro, Juan Gabriel Martinez, Pedro Medina, Mina family: Mila, Diana, Rev. John & Mike,  Shannon O’Neill, Sylvia Pasnak, Tanya Petach, Diane Romano, Rev. Frank Rog, C.R., Paul Saucedo,,Kathleen Savko, Robert Stamer, Leanne Steuer, Nancy Sumandra, Mary Washko, Dina & Matthew Wiggins, Karole Woods,  Carmen Zambrano, Lana Zimmerman, Patrick Zimmerman, Fr. Chris Zugger and all those who serve in the Armed Forces.



Collection: $1,886.89; Holy Day: $300.00; Candles: $45.22; Coffee Social: $20.00; Property Rent: $1,700.00

TOTAL – $3,952.11 / ATTENDANCE – 39



The Sisters of St. Basil the Great warmly invite you to attend the 85th Annual Pilgrimage in honor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, August 31 & September 1, 2019, at Mount St. Macrina in Uniontown, PA.  The theme for this year’s pilgrimage is “Mary, Cause of our Joy.”  Brochures, with detailed pilgrimage activities, are found in the small hall, or contact the website www.sistersofstbasil.org.



Fr. Michael O’Loughlin arrives in Sherman Oaks on August 31st.  He officially becomes the Rector of the Proto-Cathedral of St. Mary on Sunday, September 1st.   There will be an unofficial welcoming, consisting of cake and coffee, after the Divine Liturgy in the small hall.  The official welcome for Fr. Michael will be held on Sunday, September 29th, in conjunction with the Annual Family Day celebration.  Mark your calendars, and do plan some time to greet and meet your new pastor.



A typical crisis of faith is presented to us in today’s gospel reading, Matthew 17: 14-23.  A possessed boy is brought to Jesus by his father.  The father is desperate because his son is in constant mortal danger.  The father approached the apostles and requested a cure but they were unable to cast out the demon causing the problem.  With a heart filled with anxiety, the father turns to Jesus begging: “Lord, take pity on my son (Matthew 17: 15).”  Jesus reprimanded the demon, it left the boy who cured (Matthew 17: 18).


The astonished apostles asked Jesus why they were not able to achieve this healing.  Jesus answered: “Because you have so little trust.  If you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you would be able to say to this mountain,’Move from here to there,’ and it would move.  Nothing would be impossible for you (Matthew 17: 20).”


The words of Jesus are not meant to emphasize an extraordinary physical phenomenon.  Rather the contrast between the mountain and the grain of mustard seed stresses the infinite possibilities which are open to authentic faith.  Jesus intends our faith to be something other than a simple intellectual adherence to revealed truth.  Faith is to be humble and total trust in the all powerful goodness of God.


If we have but a grain of authentic faith, we can risk making that faith the basis of our lives in all circumstances, confident that God will grant the true and best solutions to all our difficulties. That would be our way of removing mountains.


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