Stewardship thought for the week
November 16, 2014 – 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
“Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a little, I will set you over much…”- Matthew 25:21
God expects us to nurture and develop the gifts He has given us and then generously give back with increase. He doesn’t want us to waste or hoard the gifts He has given us; He expects us to grow our gifts, use them wisely and be generous with them.
Last week’s collection:
Envelopes $1,206.00; Loose $216.00; Religious Retirement $55.00; Other $40.00
Masses this week:
|Saturday, November 15||Deceased of the Brush Family||Father Frank Koeninger|
|Sunday, November 16||Bill Korpecki||Father Paul Rothschild|
|Saturday, November 22||Anna Brinker||Father Paul Rothschild|
|Sunday, November 23||Joe & Toni Eichner||Friar Ed Mundwiller|
Goulash Festival Yard Signs: We’re still missing some signs. If you have any, please return them as soon as possible.
Banns of Marriage II:
Stephanie Gerber and Steve Niemczyk
Saturday, November 22 @ Saint John Nepomuk Chapel
Pray for Peace. It appears that the Saint Louis County Grand Jury will be handing down its decision very soon in the case of Michael Brown. Both local law enforcement and protesters are preparing for the possibility that Officer Wilson will not be indicted. If that is the case, there is a good chance that the civil unrest will become more vocal and possibly violent.
Please pray for peace in our community.
There will be a second collection next week for the Campaign for Human Development.
Our Christmas Party will be Saturday, December 6 following 4:30 mass. There is no charge for the dinner but if you don’t make a reservation, there won’t be enough food. Please be considerate of others and call Sue at the rectory for reservations, including the number that will be in your party.
Many thanks on behalf of the Kitchen Crew to all who donated kitchen utensils. Any job is easier with the proper tools. We are still in need of a food processor if anyone else would like to help out.
Poinsetttias: We’re going to try something new this year. We’re asking anyone who’s interested to donate $10.00 toward the purchase of a poinsettia for church. Your name will be on your plant and after Christmas you may take it home and plant if for next year. If you’re interested, please contact Sue at the rectory.
Deacon Mike: Wednesday evening or early Thursday morning, someone threw a brick through our Nativity window. They also damaged the protective Plexiglas on several other windows.
We have insurance to cover such a loss, but the deductible is $2,500.00. Vandalism to the house of God is much more than an economic loss. This is our church home and our home has been violated. We have no idea who’s responsible and probably never will.
I don’t know if this is related to the other vandalism in the City and County, but it should be a wake-up call to all of us. The problems aren’t “out there” somewhere. They’re in our own neighborhoods.
Jesus tells us to “turn the other cheek” and to forgive others as we would like to be forgiven. It’s tempting to lash out at whoever committed this crime, but that does us no good, and can even cause us further harm.
Please pray for the person or persons who did this. Thank God that the damage was only to property and not to any members of our community. And pray that cooler heads will prevail in Saint Louis and elsewhere and that peace can be restored.
Frankly, it makes me sick that our most beautiful window has been damaged. But, it could have been much worse (cyclone of 1896). I just hope we can have it repaired before Christmas.