Stewardship thought for the week
27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
“So out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name.” (Genesis 2:19)
The creation story reminds us of two important points. First, since the start, God has put the entire world into our care. Second, stewardship has been around since the beginning of mankind, it isn’t something recently invented by the Church. Just as past generations built our Church, it is now our responsibility to continue to nurture and develop these gifts for future generations.
Last week’s collection: Envelopes $872.00; Loose $185.00; Other $5.00
Masses this week:
|Saturday, October 3||Florence Chomin||TBA|
|Sunday, October 4||Bill Korpecki||Father Paul Rothschild|
|Saturday, October 10||Debbie Daugherty||Father Frank Koeninger|
|Sunday, October 11||Edwrd Klenc||Father Paul Rothschild|
Remember, God can never be outdone in generosity.
From Dynamic Catholic, Alive! Rosary
The Rosary has been called “a compendium of the whole Gospel” (Compendium 198). Is this special Marian devotion part of your spiritual life? When we pray the Rosary, we meditate on the important events in the life of Christ, which are divided into the joyful, luminous, sorrowful, and glorious mysteries. “Among all the devotions approved by the Church, none has been so favored by so many miracles as the decotion of the Most Holy Rosary”. (Pope Pius IX)
There will be a second collection today for the Formation of Permanent Deacons.
Please be generous. Thank you.
A Look Back
Fr. Joseph Hessoun, who assumed his role as pastor of St. John Nepomuk (SJN) in October 1865, was perhaps the most gifted and resourceful of the more than 20 clergy educated in Europe who came to America to serve the Bohemian community.
During the early years of Fr. Hessoun’s pastorship, the immigrant Bohemian population of St. Louis continued to grow, which necessitated an expansion of the facilities at SJN. Fr. Hessoun and the Bohemian community recognized the importance of education to enhance opportunities to advance in their new homeland. The small wooden church, built in 1854, contained space for a school, but the building of a separate facility became a priority to expand the quality and reach of the education experience. Fr. Hessoun focused the parish on this goal and the parish rallied in response; the school was ready in 1869. This facility served not only for teaching the youth, but also as a meeting hall for several societies and sodalities and also included a library.
The SJN School ranked among the best in St. Louis and as a result continued to grow. A second school building was soon needed, which was built in 1884. This second school was also used for recreational purposes until the hall and social center were built in 1892. By 1896, almost 800 children attended school at SJN, which was an extraordinary number.
Goulash Festival news: A planning meeting was held Tuesday, September 29. It was determined that the following are our most pressing needs.
- There is a sign-up sheet enclosed with today’s bulletin. If everyone could give a couple of hours in service to the community, it would be greatly appreciated.
- We will need cakes for dessert. They may be dropped off on Saturday or Sunday.
- We are looking for nice prizes for our games. Gift cards are especially good. You may bring donations to the rectory.
- There are flyers at the entrances to the chapel. If you could place one or more in local businesses, it would be a great help, especially in out-lying areas.
There will be more news to follow.
Hospitality Sunday will be today (Sunday) after 9:30 mass. Coffee and baked goodies will be served in the hall. Please plan to join us.
Deacon Mike: The United States has been blessed by the visit of the Holy Father last week. He visited three cities and spoke at a number of venues. His remarks have been widely reported (and analyzed) by the news media and by the local clergy.
Being a simple man, I think his comments can be summed up nicely in this one statement, “Let us remember the Golden Rule: Do unto others … as you would have them do unto you.”
If we remember just one thing he said, this is a powerful summary of the Holy Father’s and our faith.