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  • Sick & Hospitalized

       May our prayers bring heal ing, comfort and strength to the sick and their caregivers, remembering especially
    Agnes Bartoszek, John Balciar, Carol Bellomy, Gwen Beres,
    Mary Ann Betliskey, Bill Bican,
    Millie Bloedorn, Bonnie Branche,
    Bill Connors, Katie Davis, Corrine Dawe, Jose Dybzinski, Kristin Hill,
    Frances Holecek, Rose Holecek,
    Rich Krzynowek, Dee Lefkowitz,
    Art Madsen, Cindi Magyar,
    Marilyn O’Meara, Rita Petkoff, Nancy Recko, Brianne Rhine, Laura Schram,
    Elaine Stack, Andrew Turowski and Virginia Turowski.
     
                May our Loved Ones who have died, rest in eternal happiness in heaven, remembering especially Erna Spolny, mother of Father Joseph Spolny and Dorothy Scheible, Sister of Fathers William & John Tezie, 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, January 18th
     
    3417.50
    St. Vincent DePaul Society 35.00
    Improvement Fund 142.00
    Memorials 215.00
       
       
  • Notes from your Pastor

    We gather today to celebrate the Baptism of Our Lord and our baptisms as well.
     
    As we celebrate the Baptism of Our Lord, we can focus upon New Beginnings.  We have recently celebrated the New Beginning that is Christmas.  When God took on human flesh and was born as a baby to save us.  I hope that as we close out the Christmas season this weekend, we have embraced this newborn informant who was born to save us.
    We possibly have received new gifts.  We are called to look again at the new gift, which we received in Baptism.  The Baptism of Our Lord signified a new beginning as well.  He would officially accept his mission as the Suffering Servant.  Baptism for Our Lord would signify how he would die and rise for us.  Going under the waters would be a sign of his death.  Rising from the waters would be a sign of his resurrection.  By going into the waters of the Jordan, he would sanctify the waters of the river Jordan and all water that would eventually be used in the Sacrament of Baptism so we too could experience a new beginning as newly adopted sons and daughters of God.  This would also be the new beginning of His public ministry.
    When Jesus is baptized, He goes into prayer.  The heavens open, the Spirit descends in the shape of a dove and a voice is heard “You are my Beloved Son; with You I am well pleased.”
    On this, the Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord may you too go into prayer.  In addition, as you recall your own baptisms, may you hear Our Heavenly Father speak to you “You are my Beloved Son; You are my Beloved Daughter; You are special.”  Perhaps, we embark on a new path as we experience how deeply we are loved.  We travel by another way like the Wise men, rejecting evil, embracing this Savior and embracing the New Way of Like that He calls us to.
     
    It is never too late to start over, to embrace a new beginning.  Perhaps, we can hear the words of the Baptist.  Give in for now, give in, to doing things differently.  The Season of Christmas ends but the power of Our Savior’s birth is always there to heal and transform us and to heal and transform our world.
     
    God became small so that we could become great.  Greatness comes by being like him through small acts of kindness towards others.  If a real baby were born into your family this would result in changes for everyone.  Hopefully, this child will be reborn in each of us and changes for the better may occur.
     
    I would like to share this poem on the Work of Christmas:
    When the song of the angels is stilled
    When the star is gone
    When the Kings and Princes are home
    When the shepherds are back with their flock
    The Work of Christmas begins:
    To find the lost
    To heal the broken
    To feed the hungry
    To release the prisoner
    To rebuild the nations
    To bring peace among brothers and sisters
    To make music in the heart.
    The Season of Christmas officially ends today, but the work of Christmas begins today in you and me.  May we open our hearts to the God who was born for us in the manger so that one day he could be born again in the manger of every human heart.
     
  • Karen's Korner

    Did you know that the story of a great flood can be seen in stories from other ancient cultures besides the Hebrews?  Ancient Israelites undoubtedly fully believed that a flood had once destroyed the earth.  Indeed, almost every nation around them also believed that a major flood had occurred near the beginning of time. 
              The Epic of Gilgamesh contains the story of a flood but the major difference is Israel’s understanding of God.  The story of Noah and the ark is one of the best known stories of the Bible.  In looking at this story, it was written to subvert the flood stories of other cultures!  As we saw in the story of creation, humans are not an accident, but rather the high point of creation.  The flood does not come because God feels threatened by humanity, or because he cannot sleep, but rather because there is a deep moral problem with the world.  God wants to wash away the violence and bloodshed of the world!  In the Epic, the gods tremble when they unleash the waters because they cannot control them. 
              But the one true God is in complete control of the mighty waters and of creation.  Noah had found favor with God so when God decides he must punish the world for its sin, he spares Noah, the one man who has been faithful to him by allowing him to ride out the flood on an ark.  Sin and wickedness have led to the “unmaking” of God’s creation.  Where the waters once parted to make room for the land, now the land will be swallowed up by the water.  When the disaster is over, God restores his covenant with the world through this man.  In a sense, Noah becomes the “new” Adam.  God says to Noah “be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth.” (Genesis 9:1)  God establishes this covenant with a rainbow.
              This is the second of six major covenants of the Old Testament.   In the Babylonian epic, god is seen as moody and unstable.  This god does things because he “feels” it is the right thing to do.  But in the Hebrew version, God is someone whose will can be known, His way lived, and His blessings fulfilled.  God wants to save humanity but also wants to bring humans into a personal relationship with him.  The Lord wants us to be his followers, to know his will, to DO his will and to love the people around us!  We are all ministers of God’s love and compassion.  It is important to see that as faithful followers of God, we will be blessed, as long as our hearts and will are turned toward God and toward ourselves! 
     
    See you soon! 
    Karen