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  • Sick & Hospitalized

          May our prayers bring healing, comfort and strength to the sick and their caregivers, remembering especially
    John Balciar, Carol Bellomy, Gwen Beres,
    Mary Ann Betliskey, Bill Bican, Millie Bloedorn, Bonnie Branche, Bill Connors, Katie Davis, Corrine Dawe, Robert Dunning, Jose Dybzinski,
    Kristin Hill, Frances Holecek, Art Madsen, Cindi Magyar,Rita Petkoff,  Brianne Rhine,
    Chris Toth,  Andrew Turowski and Virginia Turowski.
     
                May our Loved Ones who have died, rest in eternal happiness in heaven remembering especially those who are listed in our Book of Life.
     
                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, November 16th 2816.00
    Praise the Roof 72.00
       
    St. Vincent dePaul Society 105.00
       
       
  • Notes from your Pastor

    Thanksgiving Day is a week from Thursday, counting today-twelve days away.  We are thankful for our parishioners and friends of St. John Parish.  This Saturday, November 22 nd we will celebrate a “Friends-Giving” Social in our parish hall.  This is a way to celebrate our Parish Community.  Light refreshments and live music will be provided.  In addition, our Thanksgiving Day Mass on Thursday, November 27 th will be at 9 am.  Bishop Lennon will be our main celebrant and homilist.  Everyone attending our Thanksgiving Day Mass is invited to bring canned goods and paper products to church with them.  These items will be given to our parish St. Vincent DePaul Society to assist the poor in our midst.  In addition, our Thanksgiving collection will be given to our St. Vincent DePaul Society to assist the needy.  I hope you can attend both of these events.
    We hear the parable of the talents in our Gospel readings.  A talent was not a coin, it was a weight.  A talent of silver could be almost as much as fifteen years wages.  Two talents would equal thirty years of a person’s wages, and so on.  Each of the individuals in the parable was given a vast sum of money.  For Matthew, the rich Master is God and the talent is faith.
    One man buried the talent, this vast sum of money.  This was in fact the accepted way of protecting money.  People did not have easy access to banks as we do today.  Burying the money was one way to keep it safe from robbers.  If you buried it, you were not liable if it was stolen.  On the other hand, if you invested the money and lost it, you would be completely responsible.  Matthew’s listeners would have thought that the man who buried the talent acted wisely.  He did not risk losing the money.  They would have been surprised to learn the other two, who invested the money and who put their Master’s money at risk, would be the ones to be rewarded.
    God expects us to invest our faith.  God expects us to take the risk and to overcome fear.  We are called to invest our faith in action.  Typically, from the point of view of Stewardship, we are called to donate our time, talent and treasure.  Simply sitting around and burying what we have in terms of time, talent and treasure is not the answer.  We are called to invest our Faith in these actions to build the Kingdom of God.
    So, as good stewards we are called to invest our faith in action.  We are called to invest our time, talent and treasure.  How am I doing in investing in these three areas to build the Kingdom of God?  We can invest our time by coming to our Parish Liturgies, Adult Education Events, and our Community Events.  In terms of talents or gifts, we can embrace a ministry as outlined in our ministry handbook.  There are some ministry handbooks at the entrances of our church.  Finally, whatever we have is a blessing from God.  We are called to invest our financial resources in our Parish and in charitable works for the poor.
    It is always good to take home a parish bulletin and pray over the invitations, which are included in the bulletin.  As with the three individuals in the parable, God is always calling us to invest our faith, not to bury it.
    We are continuously invited to spend time with God and with others.  I hope that I will see many of you at our Thanksgiving Social this Saturday and at our 9 am Mass on Thanksgiving Day.  Let us continue to be open to the invitations that God gives us so we can grow closer to God and one another.
     
  • Karen's Korner

    Did you know that there are two creation stories in the book of Genesis?  Genesis 1 tells the story of creation in a very orderly and almost poetic fashion.  This is the one we hear at the Easter Vigil.  This is the story that begins, “And God said,” then things are created and “God saw that it was good.”  Then it ends with “and then there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.” 
              One thing that is missing from this story are the names “Adam” and “Eve”.  Chapter 1 tells us that God said “Let us make mankind in our image, according to our likeness.”  So where are Adam and Eve?  They show up in the second story of creation in Genesis 2.  This story shows God as interacting directly with His creation.  He walks in the garden and talks with his created ones.  He uses the ground to create Adam and then takes a rib from Adam to create Eve.  Then of course, is the story of the fall. 
              So why would there be two creation stories in the Bible?  Isn’t one enough?  And here is the beauty of Scripture!  In using forms of literature borrowed from the cultures around the Hebrews, the authors took elements from the pagan religions and under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, included them in their writings but they put the theological spin on them to say that there is one God and God is good and everything God created is good!  There is something called the 4 source theory about how the Bible was written, and without going into a huge amount of detail, each of these sources writes in a particular manner. 
              They are called the Yahwist, Priestly, Deutercanonical and the Eloist.  The first story of creation was written by the Priestly source and is very orderly and almost list-like, which is very characteristic of this writer.  We can see it especially in the book of Leviticus. 
              The second story was the Yahwist source and this source sees God as interacting on a very personal level with human beings.  The writers were writing in a world that was very different from the world we currently live in, and we need to keep this in mind as we read Scripture.  But the basic story in both accounts is that God brought form to the earth.  He was creating a place for us to dwell.  The creation story was not meant to convey scientific data, but it is written in a very poetic form to show us the meaning of creation!  And this is the reason that two stories are included in Genesis, to tell us why we were created. The how of creation is nowhere near as important to the writers as the “why” of creation.  It stems from the Trinity!  God loves the Son and the Son loves the Father and gives Himself back to the Father through the Spirit!  The Trinity is a family of love and God created us out of love and it was good. So read the first two chapters of Genesis and enjoy the beauty that is included there, particularly that “God saw that it was good” 
              Join me on Friday, December 12, 2014 for the Hallmark Hall of Fame movie, “The Gift of Love:  A Christmas Story”
     
    See you soon!  Karen