Stewardship thought for the week
August 28, 2016 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
“Rather, when you hold a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind; blessed indeed will you be because of their inability to repay you.” Luke 14:13 -14
We have a difficult time with the concept of giving without expecting something in return. Even when we give to charity we often want something in return – a raffle ticket, a dinner, or a chance to play golf. Yet, as Christian stewards we need to remember that the true reward for our giving awaits us in heaven.
Last week’s collection: Envelopes $1,085.00; Loose $245.00; Other $200.00
Total: $1,530.00 Remember, God can never be outdone in generosity.
|Saturday, August 27||Otto & Rose Marie Stanovsky||Father Frank Koeninger|
|Sunday, August 28||Stephen Lamczyk||Father Paul Rothschild|
|Saturday, September 3||Michael Tallent, Jr||Father Paul Rothschild|
|Sunday, September 4||Lerlene Jefferson||Father Paul Rothschild|
SAVE THE DATE(S)- The Goulash Festival is Nov 6 and it is not too early to begin preparing. A planning meeting is scheduled for Tues, Sept 13, at 6:30 in the hall. Your help will be needed on the day of the event but also on Nov 5 for food prep to cut up 150 lbs of beef and 50 lbs of onions. We also need prizes/gifts for the game booths. For info call Bob Deppe (314) 604-9920.
Good News/Bad News: The Church fiscal year ends on June 30 and we have completed the year-end accounting for our chapel. First the good news: We improved our bottom line for the year by more than $17,000.00! The bad news is that we were still in the red by over $73,000.
For the period we increased our revenue and reduced our expenses. This is a positive trend that we hope to continue.
Weddings continue to be an important source of revenue, more than $8,000.00 this year. Our events in the hall brought in almost $11,000.00.
It’s not part of our Profit and Loss statement, but you generously contributed $4,925 to the ACA exceeding our goal by $1,200 and you pledged $36,000 to the Beyond Sunday campaign.
Thank you for your generosity!!!
Good news on our chapel cleanup: The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers will be holding their annual convention in Saint Louis next month. As part of their anniversary celebration they will be performing service projects around the area. They have generously offered to help with the cleanup of our chapel including cleaning the statues and the light fixtures. They will also be installing new LED light bulbs throughout the chapel. The date for this project is September 15. Many thanks to Bob Deppe for making this contact for us.
Saint Anthony is a non-Czech saint for whom the Czech people have a special devotion. Along with Saint Vincent de Paul and Saint Therese, the Little Flower, a statue of Saint Anthony is located in our vestibule.
Following are instructions for a special novena to the saint who is known to grant prayers to those who ask for his help. Since the Chapel is closed on Tuesday, we suggest you light a candle over nine weekends and say the novena prayer on nine consecutive Tuesdays.
I resort to your protection and aid. As proof of my affection and faith, I offer this light which I shall burn every Tuesday. Comfort me in my difficulties and through lodging in the house of my Savior, intercede for me and my family that we may always hold God in our hearts and be provided for in our necessities. I beseech you, St. Anthony, to have infinite pity in regard to the favor I ask you (mention here).
Say 3 Our Fathers, 3 Hail Mary’s, 3 Glory Be’s. Say this prayer on 9 consecutive Tuesdays, lighting a candle each time and leaving a copy of this novena in a church to help someone in distress and spread devotion to St. Anthony.
This marvelous Saint grants everything before the end of 9 Tuesdays.
Copies of the novena are available in the vestibule for your convenience.
The prayer is also available on our SJN app which you may download to your smart phone by texting the word “app” to 88202. Thanks to Bob Deppe for pointing out this prayer and providing us with the information.