Stewardship thought for the week
February 7, 2016 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time
“Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send? Who will go for us?’ ‘Here I am,’ I said, ‘send me!’” (Isaiah 6:8)
Every day – in little ways and in big ways – God asks, “Whom shall I send?” Whether it is someone to take on a new ministry or just someone to open a door for a stranger, God constantly provides doors of opportunity. The next time you hear God calling, have the courage to walk through the door and say “Here I am, Lord.”
Last week’s collection: Envelopes $1,077.00; Loose $335.00; Saint Louis Review $60.00 Other $155.00
Total: $1,627.00 Remember, God can never be outdone in generosity.
|Saturday, February 6||NO MASS||NO MASS|
|Sunday, February 7||Dorothy Helfrich||Father Paul Rothschild|
|Wednesday, February 10||Gary Craden||Father Paul Rothschild|
|Saturday, February 13||Jeffery Calehuff||Father Frank Koeninger|
|Sunday, February 14||Bill Korpecki||TBA|
A Look Back:
In the last edition, we looked at the tumultuous beginnings that resulted in two Bohemian benevolent societies in St. Louis in the mid 1850’s; the Czecho-Slovak Benevolent Society (CSPS), a secular organization favored by the “free-thinkers,” and the Catholic- sponsored St. Wenceslaus Society.
At the same time the Catholic society was beginning its work, Fr. Lipovsky, a priest at St. Mary of Victories, was charged with organizing the first Bohemian parish, St. John Nepomuk (SJN). Fr. Lipovsky leaned heavily on the members of the St. Wenceslaus society who provided moral and financial support as well as labor; due to their collective efforts, the first mass at SJN was celebrated in the spring of 1855. The members of the society were very proud of their Bohemian origins, of SJN and of their Catholic religion and did much in the early years to preserve and defend each of these.
In 1865, when SJN was in desperate need of a pastor and faced the risk of closure, they petitioned the St. Louis Archbishop for another Bohemian priest. When a volunteer was found, Fr. Hessoun, the society paid for his passage and other expenses. Members of the society attended all major Catholic celebrations in the St. Louis area and donated to many Bohemian causes throughout America and in their motherland. The society provided funds for the bells, vestments and other equipment at SJN, the school and the rectory.
At the25th anniversary of the St. Wenceslaus Society, the following was written addressing the virtues of this society: Conditions 25 years ago were sad and trying. Funds for the promotion of worthy causes were scarce. The Bohemians were torn between Catholicism and freethought. It became the business of the St. Wenceslaus Society to save their compatriots for the Church. The organization handled its noble task well. The society became a shield of Catholicism.
Ash Wednesday mass and distribution of ashes will be held Wednesday morning at 9:30.
Charity Outreach for February: Lent is fast approaching. We will again be collecting non-perishable canned goods for the Saint Vincent de Paul Food Pantry. All canned goods are welcome. A wish list of items in short supply and information about the SVDP Food pantry will be available at the doors of the Chapel.
If you would like to stay informed about the happenings here at SJN, follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SaintJohnNepomuk/.
Note that in the event of inclement weather, schedule changes will be available on our voice mail, and on Facebook.
Beyond Sunday is a capital campaign being implemented by Archbishop Carlson to ensure the future of our Catholic schools and to assist local faith communities with necessary projects. Saint John Nepomuk will be taking part in Beyond Sunday in the near future.
You will be hearing more about this important iniative soon, but for now, we’ve enclosed a bulletin insert for your review. Please give this effort your prayerful consideration.