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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, Nancy Cox, Corrine Dawe, Jose Dybzinski, Kristin Hill, Frances Holecek, Art Madsen,

    Cindi Magyar, Dorothy Mangan,

    Andrew Turowski and Virginia Turowski

     

    May our Loved Ones who have died rest in eternal peace in heaven, remembering especially Linda Rivera, whose funeral was 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, September 7th 3750.50
    Praise the Roof 263.50
    St. Vincent dePaul Society 100.00
    Seminary Assesment 64.00
       
       
  • Notes from your Pastor

    In the second reading St. Paul writes, “Owe nothing to anyone, except to love one another; for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.”  This weekend, we reflect upon the call to love our neighbor.
    I came across the story of Freddy.  Freddy was an 8-year old boy who was kind of a nerdy, clumsy, chubby kid.  One time a group of bullies were chasing him calling him, Fat Freddy.  He ran toward the home of an elderly widow in the neighborhood.  He prayed she would be home to let him in, and she was.  He said that greatly increased his faith in God.
    Freddy’s full name was Fred Rogers.  Remember him?  Fred Rogers, as in Mr. Rogers Neighborhood.  The fact that this elderly widow took him in and kept him safe from the bullies was one reason the idea of being part of a neighborhood was so important to Fred Rogers.
    Fred Rogers really led an amazing life.  He would wake up everyday about
    5:30 am, pray, read the Bible, sing some hymns, and then go swimming to exercise.  He would do this every day, and then weigh himself on a scale.  He weighed 143 pounds his whole life long.  That was his favorite number – 143.  Do you know why?  It signified the words I love you.  I love you – 1 for the letter I,      4 for the four letters in the word, Love.  Three for the three letters in the word, You.  143 – I Love You!  As Christians 143 should be our favorite number as well.  Standing for the letters in the phrase “I love you”, which hopefully, we can speak in words and in actions to the people whom God places in our lives.
    September 5 th, we celebrated the memorial of Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta.  In 1946 while riding a train to Darjeeling to make a retreat, Sister Teresa heard what she later explained as a call within a call.  “The Message was clear.” She said.  “I was to leave the convent and help the poor while living among them.”  She also heard a call to give up her life with the Sisters of Loreto and, instead, to “Follow Christ into the slums to serve Him among the poorest of the poor.”
    Like the elderly widow who reached out to Freddy Rogers, you and I are called to reach out to the Freddys who are bullied.  Like Mother Teresa of Calcutta, we receive specific calls to reach out to the people who cross our path.
    Christ reached out to God and to us on the Cross.  It was not the nails that held him there but His Love for you and me.  Look at the Crucifix.  Thank Jesus for His Love for you.  Ask Jesus whom is He calling you to love today.  Embrace the specific calls, which He is giving you.
    Ideally, all of us can experience God’s unconditional love and share that love with others.  Religious education is helpful in that regard.  Please refer to our Parish Bulletin in regards to our Parish School of Religion and the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. 
    Our Parish School of Religion is open to all children, Grades 1 thru 8.  If you have children who are attending public school, please enroll them in the Parish School of Religion.  In addition, our Parish Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is open to all those who wish to become Catholic, receive the Sacraments of our Faith, or who are interested in learning more about our Faith. 
    When I talked about Mother Theresa and the “Call within the Call,” God is always calling you.  You are always being called to bring people to Jesus.  Prayerfully consider extending these invitations to people whom you know.  Feel free to extend these invitations to members of your family, neighbors, co-workers and friends.
     
  • Karen's Korner

     Did you know that even I have a hard time standing up for my faith all the time?  People have said “The Catholic Church needs to come into the 20 th century”! Or “The Church needs to listen to societal norms!”  I get discouraged and frustrated in the midst of so much negativity in a society where relativism is the norm.  “If it’s relative to me, ok, if it’s not relative to you, that’s ok too!” is the normal thinking in society.  I have heard women say, “I don’t believe in abortion for myself, but it’s ok for someone else!”  WHAT?  If you don’t think its ok, why is it ok for others?  It’s like saying, “Oh, you’re a pedophile?  Well, that’s fine for you, but I wouldn’t do it!” Seriously?  I will admit, it appears easier to accept societal norms than to stand up for your faith.  But as someone once said, “If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything.”  Faith demands a lot of us.  Paul tells us in Galatians 2:20, “and it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me.  And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave himself for me.”  In a world where the Church’s teachings on contraception, the death penalty and marriage are not the ways of the world, it can be difficult to defend our faith.  But our faith asks us to submit to God, and not the ways of the world.  We have to know exactly what the Catechism of the Church tells us in order to defend the Church’s position on these and other issues.  The USCCB Catechism is very easy to read and its explanations are wonderful, I use it in my RCIA classes.  Also, we come together as a community to support each other in our faith.  Our faith and our involvement in our community strengthens us, uplifts us and ultimately transforms us.  If we are not educated in these issues, if we are not part of a Church community, then like a branch cut off from a vine, we will wither and die.  The first “Friday Night at the Movies” that was offered saw 21 people in attendance!  For me, that was incredibly uplifting and strengthening!  The people who attend the Wednesday night Adult Education sessions uplift me and strengthen my faith!  A life of faith is meant to produce a life that is ordered according to God’s truth and plan of love for us.  It’s simple, but it isn’t easy!  Submitting to God’s will for our lives is a simple thing to do, but believe me, it isn’t easy!  When faced with questions about the authenticity of the Bible, or when someone says Jesus was a myth, I am armed with facts, but sometimes even that isn’t enough, and that’s when I get frustrated and discouraged.  If we are to continue as a Church, we need the tools to defend our faith. And we all need to do it!  Catechesis is not something that just priests and pastoral ministers should do, it is up to all of us to spread the Good News!  If you are not sure where to go on the Internet, or need some instruction, or you just want a book or two to read, let me know!  I would be happy to provide you with that information !  We need to encourage each other in our faith and good works!  Join me for a Wednesday evening Adult Education session, or come to one of the next “Friday Night at the Movies!”  It would be great to see you there!
     
    See you soon!   
    Karen