Stewardship thought for the week
October 19, 2014 – 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time
“Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and to God the things that are God’s.” – Matthew 22:21
Everything we are and everything we have belongs to God. We aren’t “owners” of anything, we are merely “stewards” of the gifts God has given each of us. All God is asking is that we give back a portion of what He gave us. This is the essence of Stewardship. God should be our first priority in everything. All else comes second.
Last week’s collection:
Envelopes $835.00; Loose $201.00; Permanent Diaconate $15.00; Other $15.00
Masses this week:
|Saturday, October 18||Gabriel & Michael Armstrong||Father Paul Rothschild|
|Sunday, October 19||Kathryn Greer||Father Paul Rothschild|
|Saturday, October 25||Michael Tallent||Father Frank Koeninger|
|Sunday, October 26||Gene Smith||Father Paul Rothschild|
Goulash Festival workers are still needed. There are signup sheets at both entrances to the chapel. We are also still looking for prizes and for cakes for dessert.
Once again we will have live music provided by Joe Polach. We are also still looking for prizes, especially gift cards. Please bring anything you might have to the rectory, or call for pickup.
We are also in need of cakes for dessert.
If you have any Goulash Festival signs at home, please bring them to church so we can recycle them.
Additional yard signs are available in church. Please take as many as you need. (And please return them after November 2.)
This year All Saints Day falls on Saturday, November 1.
A Prayer Campaign for all Priests, Deacons, Seminarians, and Consecrated Religious will begin on Monday, October 20, and end on Monday, December 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.
All Catholics are invited to sign a pledge to pray ten Hail Marys each day of the campaign. The completed pledges will be bound in book form and presented to the Archbishop on Saturday, December 6, at the 5:00 pm mass at the Cathedral Basilica. All are welcome to attend this mass.
Sign-up sheets are located at the entrances to the chapel.
Deacon Mike: Much media attention has been paid this week to the document which was released on the work of the Synod of Bishops. This was an interim report. Nothing has been decided. The work of the Synod will continue for another year. There’s even some question about accuracy of the translation from the original Italian.
Two things to keep in mind: First, historically, the Catholic Church has been very slow to make changes. Second, Church Doctrine can never change. Jumping to conclusions based on an interim document is very unproductive.
For example, Jesus told Peter and the Apostles, “who ever hears you hears me.” Yet, it wasn’t until the First Vatican Council in 1969-70 that the Church officially proclaimed the doctrine of Papal Infallibility. That’s nearly two centuries to officially recognize something that had been common knowledge since the very first days of the Church.
The doctrine of the Immaculate Conception, which was predicted by the Old Testament prophets and written about in the Gospels wasn’t officially declared to be Church doctrine until 1854!
The Church moves very slowly when it moves at all. If there are going to be any earth-shattering changes to Church teaching coming from this Synod, it’s very likely that you and I will be long gone from this earth before it happens. Controversy sells newspapers. Whenever you see or hear the secular media speculating on what the Vatican is going to do, it’s just that; speculation. Don’t take it too seriously. When real change happens, we’ll be the first to know.
“Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me.”