Posted on Aug 11, 2017

19th Week in Ordinary Time
August 17 RCIA Session in Holy Family Room


1 Kings 19:9a, 11-13a
Psalm 85:8, 9, 10, 11-12, 13-14
Romans 9:1-5
Matthew 14:22-33

"..the Lord was not in the wind...the Lord was not in the earthquake...the Lord was not in the fire...After the fire there was a tiny whispering sound.  When he heard this, Elijah hid his face in his cloak and went and stood at the entrance of the cave."      -cf. 1 Kings 19:9-13

"I will hear what the Lord proclaims; the Lord - for he proclaims peace.  Near indeed is his salvation to those who fear him, glory dwelling in our land."    -cf. Psalm 85:8

" 'O you of little faith, why did you doubt?'  After they got into the boat, the wind died down.  Those who were in the boat did him homage, saying, 'Truly you are the Son of God'."  -cf. Matthew 14:22-33


SCHEDULE:  RCIA Sessions begin Thursday, August 17

  • WELCOME BACK TO THURSDAY RCIA after summer break!  
  • WELCOME to our newest "inquirers" - we hope you enjoy St. Monica RCIA Sessions and St. Monica Church!
  • English-speaking RCIA Adults meet in Holy Family Room from 7:00-9:00 pm.  Fr. Todd will be the presenter this Thursday, Aug 17.
  • Spanish-speaking RCIA Adults meet in St. Augustine Room from 7:00-9:00 pm.  Marcela and Team will be presenters this Thursday, 17 de agosto.



  • Congratulations Awilda Romero who celebrated the Rite of Acceptance on Saturday at the 5:00 pm Mass on August 13.
  • Congratulations to Augustine Aboagye, Eva Olascoaga-Perez, Maite Palos, and Cecilia Dominguez who were confirmed this weekend.
  • Congratualtions to Eloy Garcia who was confirmed and made his first Communion this weekend.
  • Congratulations to Fausto Gonzalez and Ana Castaneda who were Baptized, Confirmed and joined us in Communion this weekend.



  • Read Chapter 1 & Chapter 2 of the USCCA [United States Catholic Catechism for Adults]
  • Think about why you wanted to come to RCIA...   What were your hopes?  What brought you to St. Monica?  How has God been working in your heart and in your life?


REFLECTION:  The "God-shaped hole" in our HEARTS

Elijah is an important Old Testament prophet.  Read about Elijah here.   Here is an excerpt from that article that gives background to today's first reading.

"Hearing that Ahab’s wife Jezebel has made a vow to kill him, Elijah feels sorry for himself, hides in a cave, and even comes to believe that he alone was left of the prophets of God. He got his eyes off of God and onto the details. It is then that the LORD instructs Elijah to stand on the mountain as the LORD passed by. There is a great wind, an earthquake, and then fire, but God is not in any of those. Then comes a still, small voice in which Elijah hears God and understands Him. When Elijah stopped focusing on the fear of what men could do and his feelings of being alone, God’s voice was heard, and Elijah went on [later in his life] to be taken up to heaven in a whirlwind (2 Kings 2:1-11)."  

We can see in Elijah's life the same questions we all have...

Who am I?  What purpose does my life have?  Why is there suffering and evil?  What will make me happy?  If there is a God, who is God and what is God like?

If I believe in God and love God, how do I serve God?  Why did God make me?  What does God want for me?  How am I connected to everyone else in the world?  How do I hear God?  Will I like what God says to me?  

This week look at Chapter 1 and Chapter 2 of the USCCA.   Is your heart restless?  Where do you look to satisfy your restless heart?  What is the "hole" in your heart, do you think?  How would you answer all the "life questions" above?  What difference would it make if there is a God:  and how would your life be different if you could believe -- TRUSTING that God is holding the world in his care and that all will be for your good, in the end?  How would your life be different if you had this radical trust in God?  Is God dependable?


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