Stewardship thought for the week
April 24, 2016 5th Sunday of Easter
“I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another.” JOHN 13:34
It is easy to love someone when they love us back. But it takes courage to love someone when we feel unappreciated, used or feel our opinion doesn’t matter. It takes courage to “love my neighbor” when he may be someone I don’t like, someone I don’t know or someone who doesn’t look like me.
Last week’s collection: Envelopes $658.00; Loose $203.00; Other $15.00
Total: 876.00 Remember, God can never be outdone in generosity.
|Saturday, April 23||Ann & Gene Smith, Sr.||Father Frank Koeninger|
|Sunday, April 24||Louise Cain||TBA|
|Saturday, April 30||Father Frank Koeninger|
|Sunday, May 1||Father Paul Rothschild|
Crowning and Picnic information is available at the entrances to the Chapel. Please pick yours up.
The Crowning will be held next Sunday, May 1, at 4:00 pm. Father Paul Rothschild will be the celebrant. Dinner tickets are $15.00 for adults and $5.00 for children under 12. Dinner tickets must be ordered by Monday, April 25. No dinner tickets will be sold at the door.
To prepare for the Crowning we will be removing the tomb from the Chapel following 9:30 mass on Sunday, April 24. Your help will be greatly appreciated.
Workday for Exterior Church Repairs
Saturday May 7th, is a scheduled workday to conduct interim repair of openings above the nave of the church. As a result of accessing the bell tower in the winter, it became apparent pigeons are actively trespassing in this ceiling area. There are windows that are obviously broken too as seen from the street. This workday will attempt to put up chicken wire to prevent access by the pigeons and to scope out solutions for a long term repair effort. If you can handle a hammer and don’t mind climbing or reaching heights, we appreciate you participation. We will start Saturday morning at 9:00 AM with lunch served.
A Look Back –Fr. Wenceslaus Linek, appointed pastor of St. John Nepomuk (SJN) in May 1926, and Fr. Albert Prokes, appointed his assistant a month later, immediately focused their attention on the 1929 celebration of the Diamond Jubilee of the parish.
The priests undertook many necessary, yet neglected, improvements and repairs to the church and other parish buildings. There was a complete redecoration and illumination of the church and sanctuary and repairs were made to the exterior of all of the buildings. During this time, Fr. Linek designed and commissioned the building of the grotto of Lourdes, which still is prominent in the vestibule. He obtained artifacts (e.g. shoes, crutches) left by the faithful at the original Lourdes Grotto which gave the special meaning to the SJN monument. Beautiful stained glass windows, even now the pride of the church, were installed in the summer of 1929 by the Emil Frei Stained Glass Company of St. Louis.
The Diamond Jubilee was celebrated during the last week of Nov 1929. SJN, due to the leadership and efforts of the pastor and assistant, was modernized and upgraded to properly represent the storied history and stature of SJN.
Information for this article was obtained from the book, “125th Jubilee of St. John Nepomuk Church.”
Annual Catholic Appeal—ACA cards will be distributed this weekend at all masses. Please give this important appeal your prayerful consideration and return your completed pledge card as soon as possible.