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  • Sick & Hospitalized

       May our prayers bring healing, comfort and strength to the sick and their caregivers, remembering especially John Balciar,
    Gwen Beres, Mary Ann Betliskey,
    Bill Bican, Millie Bloedorn, Bill Connors,
    Katie Davis, Corrine Dawe, Robert Dunning,
    Jose Dybzinski, Laura Guess, Kristin Hill,
    Frances Holecek, Art Madsen, Cindi Magyar,
    Rita Petkoff, Brianne Rhine, Andrew Turowski, Virginia Turowski and Dolores Witovitz.

                May our Loved Ones who have died, rest in eternal happiness in heaven remembering especially Mark Lindsay, Father of Chris Lindsay, and Anthony Konopinski, whose funerals were last week.
                For the safety of the Men and Women serving in the military, especially those from our parish and their families.

  • Stewardship of Treasure

    Thank you for your continued generosity and financial support.
    Sunday, October 19th 2488.35
    Praise the Roof 32.00
    World Mission Sunday 229.75
  • Notes from your Pastor

         In the early 19 th century in France, a young laywoman, Pauline Jaricot became inspired by news from the missions of her day, our own country included!  She began gathering together small groups, mostly workers in her family’s silk factory.  She asked each member of the group to offer daily prayer and a weekly sacrifice, a penny at a time, to donate to the missionary activity of the Church.  From Pauline’s vision, came the Society for the Propagation of the Faith.  The first collection in 1822 supported the vast dioceses of Louisiana, and the missions of Kentucky and China.
    The country of Mongolia was highlighted this year by the Society for the Propagation of the Faith.  This year’s theme is “I will build my Church.”  Twenty years ago after the rule of Communism ceased, the doors were open for Catholic missionaries to come to Mongolia.  The new democratic government welcomed them.  Starting from zero, there are now 850 Catholics in Mongolia.
    Bishop Sheen said “some people give to the missions by going; other people go to the missions by giving.”  The World Mission Sunday collection supports 1,150 mission dioceses, mostly in Africa and Asia.  Through our donations, the poorest of the poor receive an education and health care.  They experience the loving presence of Christ through the unselfish service of priests, religious and faithful.
    In addition to supporting the World Missions through prayer and sacrifice, we are called to be missionaries to the people whom God places in our lives.  You can be a missionary when you invite someone to attend Mass, go to confession, participate in a prayer service, to study the Catholic Faith or to say a prayer.
    You can extend the invitation to family, relatives, co-workers, friends, classmates and acquaintances.  You can invite people to come to Jesus as part of your ordinary conversations.
    You can invite people to pray.  October is the month of the Rosary.  Take time to pray the rosary daily.  Consider praying together as a family in your home.
    Think about your missionary vocation today.  Think about someone whom you are called to share your faith with.  Pray for that person.  Invite that person to come to Christ.  Let us all rediscover the missionary vocation, which we have received in Baptism.
  • Karen's Korner

    Did you know that there are 7 more books in Catholic Bibles than in Protestant Bibles?  Of course you did because I mentioned it in last week’s column!  But did you know the reason why?  In the first centuries of the Church, quite a few letters and gospels existed that Christians used for information and inspiration.  It was the responsibility of the early popes and bishops, guided by the Holy Spirit, to determine which of these books were truly inspired.  Pope Damascus, at the Council of Rome in 382 AD, determined the official list of books, called the canon, that make up the Catholic Bible.  At the time the list was considered complete, so no more books can ever be added or taken away. 
              The disagreement over the 7 additional books came about because there was an argument over whether to use the Greek or the Hebrew version of the Old Testament.  The 7 books are included in the Catholic Old Testament, but not the Protestant.  The Catholic Church used the Greek version, which contained the additional books of Tobit, Judith, 1 and 2 Maccabees, Wisdom, Sirach and Baruch.  These books are sometimes called the “Apocrypha”; which is Greek for “hidden” or they are called the deuterocanonical books, which is Greek for “second canon”.  During the Reformation/Counter Reformation of the 1500’s, the cry by Protestant reformers was “ Sola Scriptura” which means “Scripture alone”.   The Protestant reformers felt that by appealing to Tradition, Catholic religious leaders were exercising a biased control over the Church, and the only truly objective source for God’s Revelation was the Bible.
              So they rejected Sacred Tradition as a source of God’s Revelation and tried to make their case for the Bible alone.  This disagreement over the source of Divine Revelation continues to be a major difference between Catholic Christians and many Protestant Christians yet today.  But through patient dialogue, the different Christian churches are more tolerant and appreciative of one another than they have been in centuries.
              In fact, many Protestant bibles now include the 7 books and call them “The Apocrypha”.   The Bible was written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit to reveal the truths about God’s saving plan for humanity and for all of creation.  But it was written thousands of years ago in a culture very different from our own.  Tradition is the living transmission of the message of the Gospel in the Church.  The oral preaching of the Apostles and the written message of salvation are conserved and handed on as the “Deposit of Faith” through the Apostolic Succession in the church. 
              Both the living Tradition and the Bible have their common source in the revelation of God in Jesus Christ.  So in our Catholic Faith, both the Bible and the Traditions handed down by the Apostles are the source of our faith!  
    See you soon!