Stewardship thought for the week
October 16, 2016 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time
“…be persistent whether it is convenient or inconvenient…” 2 Timothy 4:2
It is not always convenient to be a good steward, especially when all the temptations of our busy and materialistic world get in the way. Now add our own pride and ego into the equation and living a stewardship lifestyle may be downright uncomfortable! Remember, God didn’t call us to be comfortable. He called us to be faithful.
Last week’s collection: Envelopes $497.00; Loose $169.00; Other $30.00
Total: $696.00 Remember, God can never be outdone in generosity.
|Saturday, October 15||Draper Bickham||Father Frank Koeninger|
|Sunday, October 16||John Klenc||Father Paul Rothschild|
|Saturday, October 22||Jim Brush||Father Frank Koeninger|
|Sunday, October 23||Mary Duggan||Father Paul Rothschild|
Second Collection next weekend will be for World Mission Sunday. Thank you, in advance, for your generosity.
Goulash Festival News—There are still some letters and raffle tickets in church. Please take yours home so we don’t have to mail them.
We are in need of prizes for our games. Gift cards are especially welcome but we can use all types of items. You may bring prizes to the rectory any time during business hours or drop them off in church.
We will be needing desserts on the day of the event (November 6). Many visitors come just for the home-made desserts so, thank you in advance, for contributing to the success of this important fund-raiser.
While the Goulash Festival does raise much-needed funds, it’s also an important way for us to reach out to the community. It would be great if every member of SJN could volunteer an hour or two of your time to meet and greet our neighbors and to help out where needed.
Servers needed for Sunday morning mass. Steve Frei has been helping out, but we’d like to spread the workload a little bit. If you’d like to help, please see Deacon Mike after mass or call the rectory. It’s a good way to get more involved in the Eucharist.
Soulard Oktoberfest which was threatened with cancellation, will be held next Friday and Saturday,October 21 and 22. The festival has been moved from east of Broadway where it’s been in the past to Soulard Market Park. This change will put the event much closer to Saint John’s and could cause some traffic congestion for Saturday afternoon mass. Please allow some extra time to get here on next Saturday for 4:30 mass.
Mass Mob—Remember, our Mass Mob will be held on Sunday, January 8, the Feast of the Epiphany. Plans are well underway to make this a huge celebration. Be sure you talk it up to your friends and family. Again, this is an opportunity for everyone to pitch in. We will need ushers, extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist, greeters, and people to serve coffee and refreshments. There will be more information as we get closer to the big day.
The Upcoming election will be challenging. Many agree that neither major party candidate for president is acceptable and that the choice will come down to the “lesser of two evils”. Obviously neither candidate offers a clear-cut choice to Catholics of good faith.
One thing we must all keep in mind, according to Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila, of Denver, “The right to life is the most important and fundamental right, since life is necessary for any of the other rights to matter. There are some issues that can legitimately be debated by Christians, such as which policies are the most effective in caring for the poor, but the direct killing of innocent human life must be opposed at all times by every follower of Jesus Christ. There are no legitimate exceptions to this teaching.
“The health of our nation depends on a deep respect for human life from the moment of conception until natural death, and the future of our society depends on how we protect that right. If we don’t, eventually we will go the way of Rome and Greece and other great civilizations that have risen and fallen.”
It’s our duty to familiarize ourselves with both party’s platforms and choose accordingly.
You can read Bishop Aquqila’s entire article at http://denvercatholic.org/voting-catholic-2016/.