Stewardship thought for the week
March 1, 2015 – 2nd Sunday of Lent
“’Here I am!’ he answered.” – Genesis 22:11
It is easy to say, “Here I am, Lord,” when we are kneeling in church. Can we just as easily answer, “Here I am, Lord,” when we go home, when a neighbor needs our help, when a fellow parishioner asks us to join a committee, or when a letter asks for our financial help? These are often exactly the places where Jesus calls us to be.
Last week’s collection: Envelopes $622.00; Loose $233.00; Church in Central & Eastern Europe $50.00; Black & Indian Missions $155.00; Other $50.00
Masses this week:
|Saturday, February 28||Lillian Valencia||Father Frank Koeninger|
|Sunday, March 1||Paul Armbruster||Father Paul Rothschild|
|Saturday, March 7||Tim Buckley||Father Frank Koeninger|
|Sunday, March 8||Joe & Toni Eichner||Father Paul Rothschild|
Remember, God can never be outdone in generosity.
Young Catholic Musicians. The YCM is a group of talented young people from throughout the Archdiocese, both singers and musicians. Each month they lead the music for mass at a different parish. We are blessed to have them scheduled at Saint John Nepomuk this year on Sunday, March 15.
This is an important mass for us as it will give us the opportunity to make an impression on a lot of new people. The YCM doesn’t normally come to a church as small as ours, so let’s show them a good turnout and make them feel welcome.
We will be providing lunch for them after mass.
Hospitality Sunday: There will be coffee and pastries in the hall after 9:30 mass this weekend.
Bad Weather: Remember, in the event of bad weather, cancellations will be posted on the rectory voice mail, 314.231.0141.
Please remember that our expenses go right on regardless of the weather. In fact, bad weather increases our costs, especially for snow removal. We count on your weekly contributions, whether we have mass or not.
Daylight Savings Time begins next Saturday, March 7. Set your clocks forward one hour. [The noon church bell will ring at noon again, instead of 11:00.]
Deacon Mike: Window News: We have received the estimate on the window repair. All that remains is to determine what the insurance company will pay for and how much we will have to pay.
For now, I’d like to share with you a couple of comments from Strephen Frei about our windows:
They are “the finest Munich Pictorial stained glass ever produced by our studio….It is the very height of pictorial painting on glass that has ever been done in mankind’s 1,000 year history of glass.”
“Saint John’s stained glass rivals any windows, in any church, in the world.” I hope that you agree that we must do whatever is necessary to restore and protect this valuable gift.
On another important subject, people often ask how they should pray. I thought you might be interested in the following from famous Catholic author & speaker Matthew Kelly:
Matthew Kelly’s Prayer Process
Gratitude: Begin by thanking God in a personal dialogue for whatever you are most grateful for today.
Awareness: Revisit the times in the past twenty-four hours when you were and were not the-best-version-of-your-self. Talk to God about these situations and what you learned from them.
Significant Moments: Identify something you experienced in the last twenty-four hours and explore what God might be trying to say to you through that event (or person).
Peace: Ask God to forgive you for any wrong you have committed (against yourself, another person, or Him) and to fill you with a deep and abiding peace.
Freedom: Speak with God about how He is inviting you to change your life, so that you can experience the freedom to be the-best-version-of-yourself.
Others: Lift up to God anyone you feel called to pray for today, asking God to bless and guide them.
Pray the Our Father.