Stewardship thought for the week
May 17, 2015 – Ascension of Our Lord
“Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.” – 1 John 4:15
How strong is your faith? When you have an opportunity to defend your faith or clarify a question about your faith, do you do it? Or, do you remain silent so that others don’t think you are weird? Pray for the courage to be strong in your faith and share your witness with others.
Last week’s collection: Envelopes $887.00; Loose $343.00
Masses this week:
|Saturday, May 16||Gloria Kempfling||Father Frank Koeninger|
|Sunday, May 17||Joe Sulz||Father John Mayer|
|Saturday, May 23||Joseph Lodoly||Father Frank Koeninger|
|Sunday, May 24||Deceased of the Klaric Family||Father Paul Rothschild|
Remember, God can never be outdone in generosity.
The barbecue/picnic will be Sunday, June 7 from 11:00-5:00. The menu will be as last year. Joe Polack will be providing live music.
We are looking for prizes for our stands. If you have anything to donate, or if you know any merchants who would be willing to donate prizes, we’re accepting donations at the rectory.
We also will be needing cakes for dessert and for the cake booth.
More help needed: We get many requests for tours of our historic church, especially in the summer months. If you’d be interested in helping share the story of our historic chapel with our visitors, we’d love to hear from you. Contact Sue or Deacon Mike at the rectory.
Another good way to help your community would be to volunteer as a wedding sacristant. This is a very infrequent job that involves opening the chapel for weddings and rehearsals and assisting the celebrant and the wedding party. Again, contact Sue or Deacon Mike if interested.
Fried Chicken and Kettle Beef Dinner at Saint Anne’s parish in French Village. Dinner will be served in the air-conditioned hall from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm on Sunday, June 14. There will be quilt bingo games and free kids’ games. For more information, contact Bernice at 573.358.2112.
Church of the Good Shepherd in Hillsboro will be having their annual picnic on Sunday, May 31. They will be serving fried chicken, kettle beef, and barbecued pork steak dinners. There will be games, live music, and rides for the kids. It’s a nice ride out to Hillsboro and it sounds like a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon.
Summer Expenses: Many of us will be going on vacation during the months ahead. Please don’t forget Saint John’s while you’re away. Our expenses continue week to week and sometimes extraordinary expenses occur as well. For instance, just this week we had the church air conditioner and one of the refrigerators in the hall serviced. Your weekly contributions are much needed and much appreciated.
“He ascended into heaven.” At every mass we declare of faith and include these words. Today we celebrate the feast of the Ascension. It used to be Ascension Thursday, but the Church in the United States has moved the celebration to the nearest Sunday. So, Ascension Thursday is now on today, Sunday. Whatever day of the week it falls on, the fact that our Lord did ascend into heaven is one of the cornerstones of our Catholic belief.
“He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.”
Serenity prayer. You’ve probably heard it many times and associated it with 12 Step programs like Alcoholics Anonymous or Overeaters Anonymous, but it’s a wonderful prayer, especially as we begin our day:
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change;
The courage to change the things I can;
And the wisdom to know the difference.