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  • News

    • Sanctuary Guild Volunteers for August 5th thru August 18th - Loretta Delagarza & Gloria Seneff
    • Sanctuary Guild Volunteers for July 22nd thru August 4th - Barbara Nieszczur, Andrea Powers and Toni Suchy
    • Sanctuary Guild Volunteers July 8th thru July 21st Kathy Bondzio & Patty Kowalec
  • Sick & Hospitalized


        For those who are sick and those who care for them, may they receive comfort and strength through our prayers, remembering especially Mary Adams, Agnes Bartoszek,
    John Balciar, Gwen Beres, Bill Bican,  Diyamol Binu, Mary Ann Betliskey,
    Bill Connors, Corrine Dawe,
    Dolores Dobransky, Jose Dybzinski, Kristin Hill, Lucy Konkoly,
    Madeline Koston, Judy Landolph,
    Cindi Magyar, Marilyn O’Meara,
    Nikki Milton, Suzanne Patton, 
    Nancy Recko, Brianna Rhine, Elaine Stack, Dana Trzaska, Kindra Wisniewski and Rob Wisniewski.
    May Our Loved Ones who have died rest in eternal peace in heaven, remembering especially Joseph Jastrzebski,  whose funeral was this week.
    For 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, July 26th
    St. Vincent dePaul Society 5.00
    Improvement Fund 25.00
    Memorial Gifts 71.00
    Utilities 82,00
    Assessments 60.00
  • Notes from your Pastor

    Today’s lesson is God blesses the result when people share.  Today, we remember the most famous picnic in religious history.  It is mentioned six times in the Gospels; twice in Matthew, twice in Mark, once in Luke and once in John.  Five thousand people were there.  It is a story of people having a picnic with the Lord and one another.  It is a story of sharing.
    Jesus asks Philip “Where can we buy enough food for them to eat?”  Philip answered him “Two hundred days wages worth of food would not be enough for each of them to have a little.”  Andrew says “There is a boy here with five barley loves and two fish; but what good are these for so many?”
    Jesus instructs them to recline.  He prays over the bread and the fish.  The food is miraculously multiplied.  We do not know the actual mechanics of the miracle.  One possibility could be the little boy shares the five loaves and the two fish and Jesus miraculously multiplies them.  Another possibility could be that when the 5,000 people see the little boy sharing all of his food, they start to share the food in the folds of their garments and the food in their bags.  Either way, the element of sharing is the foundation for this miracle.
    When we share, God blesses the result.  We have our Parish Picnic coming up on Saturday, August 15 th from 1 to 7 pm at Klima Gardens.  Hopefully, all of us can attend.  Just as the little boy shared what he had, hopefully all of us can consider volunteering a few hours of our time at our Parish Picnic.  If you are unable to volunteer to help out at the picnic, plan on attending.  Ideally, we can always grow closer as a community by sharing time with one another.  The Parish Picnic enables us to have a relaxing and good time with one another.
    Another positive example of sharing has been your response to the Catholic Charities Appeal.  We surpassed our goal which was $12,069.00.  One hundred twenty-six (126) households pledged $12,977.00.  We reached 107.52%  of our goal!  I thank everyone for their generosity.  I am also grateful to Jan Vitt who coordinated this successful effort.  Because people like you along with many others chose to share their financial resources, many needy people will be helped.  God wants the poor to have food clothing and shelter.  God chooses to provide these items when you and I share.
    So today, think about that little boy sharing all he had with others.  When we celebrate Eucharist, we think of Jesus sharing the gift of Himself with us.  Ask the Holy Spirit how you are being called to share your time, talent and treasure with our parish.  To the extent that we share, God will provide us with wonderful results.     
  • Karen's Korner

         Did you know that this is my last column?  I cannot tell you how blessed         I have been to work for you for the past       5 years.  I have tried my best to help you become closer to God and to understand Catholicism better.  I know a few times I have failed, and for those times I am deeply sorry.  But most of my time here has been filled with joy and blessings because I have gotten to know many of you through this ministry.  I am sad, but I know God has a reason for this.  He always opens a window when a door closes!  I will miss being here so much. 
         So a few final thoughts:  The wisdom of Catholicism can be seen in its saints.  The challenge of Catholicism is that each and every one of us should strive to be like them in our own way.  We must individually and together imagine how to live the gospel authentically, and then we must commit ourselves to putting that vision into practice.  The saints who have gone before us point the way. They show that it can be done and how it can be done.  Their lives are a challenge for each of us to join that struggle.  The struggle within ourselves is to either be self-centered or God-centered.  It is only in surrendering to God that we are directed toward our greatest happiness. 
         The second struggle is the world around us.  The world is filled with good things, but do we want to be satisfied with just being “good”?  We should reach out and be holy in our lives.  Catholicism at its best wants people not just to admire the saints but to be saints.  That doesn’t mean that we “copy” the saints, but that we become inspired by their lives because they truly gave themselves fully to the Lord.  Let’s start with Peter, Paul and Stephen!  Then there are Hildegard of Bingen, Thomas Becket, Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross, Therese of Lisieux, Mother Teresa, St. Pope John XXII, and St. Pope John Paul II.  They didn’t do the same things, they just surrendered to God’s will and God was able to accomplish great things through them.  Were they all monks, priests or nuns?  Let’s see, there were fisherman, tax collectors, soldiers, farmers, rich and poor!  What can God accomplish through you?  How willing are we to turn our lives completely to God?
         And how do we do this?  Through a personal relationship with our Lord.  Keep reading Scripture, pick up a Spiritual book, watch movies that have a spiritual theme; keep a journal of prayer, pray the rosary, receive the Eucharist, go to Reconciliation on a regular basis; help the poor and oppressed and be open to the word of God wherever it is!  If you only read one spiritual book, let it be Jeff Cavin’s “Walking with God:  A Journey Through the Bible”.  Have your Bible and a notebook next to you when you read this.  It is awesome! 
         Everything I have done here has been brought about by deep prayer and knowledge of Scripture.  I intend to keep on learning and keep my passion for my faith and share it wherever God calls me to do so.  I love you all and I will miss you all.  Pray for me as I will continue to pray for you!  Keep your eyes and ears open!