Stewardship thought for the week
December 14, 2014 – 3rd Sunday of Advent
“Rejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” – 1 Thessalonians 5:16 – 18
This scripture reading sums up Stewardship. “Rejoice always” means place your trust in God; He will provide all that you need. “Pray constantly” means prayer should be a running conversation with God throughout the whole day, every day. “Give thanks in all circumstances” means even in bad situations, thank God. Suffering a little bit helps build empathy for others in similar situations.
Last week’s collection:
Envelopes $946.00; Loose $274.00; Other $99.00
Masses this week:
|Saturday, December 13||Draper Bickham||Father Frank Koeninger|
|Sunday, December 14||Rose Mana||TBA|
|Saturday, December 20||Jack Armbruster||Father Frank Koeninger|
|Sunday, December 21||Bill Korpecki||Father Paul Rothschild|
CHARITY OUTREACH DECEMBER: The third Advent Candle has been lit and this is the final weekend for Christmas Donations. Gifts for children will be shared with our neighbors at St. Wenceslaus and St. Francis Cabrini Academy. St. Wenceslaus assists a wide range of children from young kids through preteens & teens. All gifts are welcome. Please leave gifts unwrapped OR include a tightly affixed label which itemizes the contents. Collection baskets will be available at the side altar through December 14th.
Please contact the rectory for any donations after December 14th. We’ll make sure gifts get into the hands of a family in need!
Second collections: If you write a check for a second collection, please make it payable to Saint John Nepomuk. We consolidate all the offerings and write a single check to the organization involved.
Poinsettias: Many thanks to everyone who has contributed a poinsettia for our Christmas decorations. The response has been so good, we’ve had to order more plants. Our chapel will be a sea of red for the Christmas season.
Speaking of Christmas decorations, we will be decorating the chapel on Sunday December 21 after the 9:30 mass. Many hands make light work.
Giving Thanks. Now is the season we give thanks to God for all He has done for us this past year and throughout our lives. It is also a good time to consider how we might give back some of our wealth or assets to Him through His Church with a special year-end gift. You can make such a donation to Saint John Nepomuk Chapel by contacting Sue at the Rectory.
Remember, God can never be outdone in generosity.
Oplatki (Christmas wafers) are available at the rectory or see Sue or Deacon Mike after mass.
One of our seminarians will be speaking at both masses this weekend on the Seminary collection.
Please welcome him.
The Christmas party was a big success! Thanks to everyone who attended. It’s great when we get together as a community.
Deacon Mike: Here it is, the third Sunday of Advent, Gaudete Sunday. The word gaudete means rejoice. While Advent is a penitential season, today we lighten it up a bit with the rose vestments and altar décor. While Advent is a somber season, it’s also a season for anticipating the greatest birth in the history of the human race.
We’re just days away from the coming of the Lord. Gaudete! Rejoice!