Stewardship thought for the week
August 30, 2015 – 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
“Be doers of the word and not hearers only…” (James 1:22)
What do you do to live God’s word? Do you share your time in prayer with God? Do you use your talent to help those in need? Are you generous with your financial resources? If not, what are you waiting for?
Last week’s collection: Envelopes $742.00; Loose $424.00; Other $5.00
Masses this week:
|Saturday, August 29||Stanovsky Anniversary||Father Frank Koeninger|
|Sunday, August 30||Dorothy Belaska||Father Paul Rothschild|
|Saturday, September 5||Michael Tallent||Father Frank Koeninger|
|Sunday, September 6||Lerlene Jefferson||Father Paul Rothschild|
Remember, God can never be outdone in generosity.
From Dynamic Catholic, Alive! Grace
Grace is a supernatural gift of God to men and angels for our eternal salvation. The Church makes a distinction between sanctifying grace and actual grace. Sanctifying grace is “the gratuitous gift that God gives us to make us participants in His Trinitarian Life” (Compendium 423). It is the permanent disposition (quality, or condition) to live and act in keeping with God’s call. Actual grace refers to God’s interventions at the beginning of our conversion or along our path to holiness. http://archstl.org/dynamic
Hospitality Sunday for September will be Sunday, September 13. Note this is a change from the normal first Sunday schedule as the first weekend of September is a holiday weekend. Coffee and pastries will be served in the hall following 9:30 mass.
Many thanks to Bob Deppe who has been working with our historical records, digitizing them for use on our web site. In the process of working with this material, Bob has uncovered a lot of interesting things that you may not be aware of. We’ve decided to include some of them in the bulletin, starting today. We hope you enjoy them.
A Look Back – 1854 Construction of the original St. John Nepomuk Church began in May 1854 and on April, 1855, Fr. Henry Lipovsky, assigned to St. Mary of Victories, said the first holy mass. The first solemn high mass was celebrated May 11, 1855 (the feast of St. John) by the famous Jesuit missionary, Fr. Pierre Jean De Smet. The little wooden church and school was located at Soulard and 11th on land donated by Fr. Renaud, a French Priest.
The church of St. John Nepomuk became the first tangible accomplishment of the Bohemian community and was only accomplished because of the hard work and sacrifices of these individuals.
Second collection next weekend will be for the Catholic University of America.
Goulash Festival news: As you know, our annual Goulash Festival will be held on Sunday, November 1. We are in need for prizes for our games and a possible silent auction. If you have items to donate, or if you have connections with local businesses for gift card donations, please help us out.
The Goulash Festival is our largest fund-raiser of the year and the more opportunities we give our visitors to spend their money, the better.
Here’s a suggestion: If you know someone who is moving or having an estate sale, they often have good items left over. Their donation to SJN is tax deductible and is helping a worthy cause.
Items must be new or collectible. Donations can be brought to church, dropped off at the rectory, or call us and we’ll arrange for pick-up.
First Annual Blue Mass for First Responders will be held Sunday, September 13 at 10:00 am at the Cathedral Basilica, celebrated by the Most Reverend Edward M. Rice. Coffee and donuts will be served afterward in Boland Hall.
Marriage Encounter: Discover more about yourself and your spouse as you grow more deeply in love on a Marriage Encounter weekend.
Weekends will be presented on September 25-27 or December 4-6. For more information call 314.469.7317 or apply online at http://www.stlwwme.org.