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  • Sick & Hospitalized

    May the sick and their caregivers, receive comfort and strength through our prayers, remembering especially
    John Balciar, Mary Ann Betliskey,
    Millie Bloedorn, Bill Connors,
    Corrine Dawe, Jose Dybzinski,
    Gerri Grabel, Kristin Hill, Frances Holecek, Art Madsen, Cindi Magyar,
    Andrew Turowski,  Virginia Turowski and Dolores Witovitz.
     
    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, September 21st 2070.50
    Praise the Roof 151.00
    St. Vincent dePaul Society 20.00
       
       
       
  • Notes from your Pastor

    Exaltation of the Cross – The Call to Humility
     
    As we think about the Cross, we can reflect upon the humility of Our Blessed Lord.  Travelling the Way of the Cross required the humility of the Son of God “to become obedient to the point of death—even death on a Cross.”  St. Paul tells us that Jesus willingly humbled Himself, for “He did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness.”
     
    The Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross is based on a historical event.  The Byzantine emperor, Heraclius negotiated with the Persians for the return of the relic of the True Cross that had been found by
    St. Helen and venerated in Jerusalem.  The emperor decided to carry the relic in procession to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.  However, he initially tried to do this in his imperial robes and with a crown on his head.
     
    He found the reliquary too heavy to carry.  The Patriarch Archbishop of Jerusalem advised him that he probably could not carry the Cross because he was not sufficiently humble.  In response, the emperor took off his crown and his costly robes.  Now, he found that he was able to carry the Cross into Jerusalem, and so he did.
     
    We too, are all called to carry the Cross.  Possibly, we are called to strip off attitudes that are not Christlike.  Examples of this could be pride, anger, selfishness and condescension.  We may be called to empty ourselves at times of our own agenda and be open to God’s agenda.
     
    The disposition of humility is expressed in service to others.  Jesus came “not to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.”  The right attitude for the Christian is to say to God and to others - at your service.  When it comes to the Armed Forces, we sometimes say these men and women are in the service…in the service of our country.  Everyone here is called to be in the service of God and others.  
     
     
  • Karen's Korner

    Did you know that prayer has ebb and a flow?  There are times when our prayers are fruitful, fulfilling and awesome.  But there are also times when our prayers are dry, dusty and seem non-existent.  Sometimes we walk on water, and sometimes we sink like a stone!  Some of the greatest saints and holy people experienced this regularly.  I know in my own prayer life I have dry periods and fruitful periods!  We all have a tendency to believe that our prayers should always be interesting and warm; that they always give us spiritual insight; that we have the sense that we are praying and someone is speaking with us.  This is true of our early spirituality, but as we grow closer to the Lord, it is not necessarily so.  But if we continue to pray faithfully, day in and day out, year after year, an intimacy with the Lord will be growing within us.  I love what Soren Kierkegaard said:  “Praying does not mean listening to yourself speak; praying means calming down and being still and waiting until you hear from God.”  There are many ways to pray.  We can use learned prayers like the rosary to lead us to Jesus.  The repetition of the prayers will take us to a deeper place if we truly concentrate on the prayer, and not what is happening around us.  Then there is prayer using our own words.  David pleaded with God, praised God, thanked God and asked God for help.  My favorite Psalm is Psalm 23, “The Lord is my Shepherd.”  We go to the Lord with everything that is on our hearts.  Then there is contemplation and meditation.  In using this form of prayer, I will put some soft music in my CD player, light a candle and darken the room.  I will repeat a phrase over and over until I am totally at peace and can spend some time listening to the still, small voice inside of me.  Then I can have a conversation with the Lord.  Then there are some deeper forms of prayer such as St. Teresa of Avila’s “Interior Castle.”  She saw mental prayer as being a castle with many, many rooms.  Inspired by her vision of the soul as a crystal globe in the shape of a castle containing seven mansions, she interpreted this as the journey of faith through seven stages, ending with union with God.  Each mansion has many rooms, and in each room the person praying deals with imperfections in their lives, or situations, which cause pain and need to be healed.  It is a lifelong process, but it is deep way of healing and getting to know the Lord.  The Liturgy is a communal prayer that we need to support each other and to receive Jesus in our body in a very physical way.  There are many ways to pray, but they all lead to the same place:  Jesus Christ, Our Lord! Our October Friday Night at the Movies will be on October 17 th at 6:30 pm.  The Movie will be “Heaven is For Real.”  Hope to see you there!
     
    See you soon!   Karen