Stewardship thought for the week
May 21, 2017-6th Sunday of Easter
“For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that be God’s will, than for doing evil.” 1 PETER 3:17
The old line says “if you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans.” Many of us are diligent in our planning, making sure things are progressing smoothly, then disaster strikes, we don’t get the result that was intended. An unforeseen problem arises. Many times we may respond negatively. Why me? I did everything right! Here’s the thing – God has a different and better plan in store for you.
Last weekend’s collections: Envelopes $902.00; loose $414.00; Other $245.00
|Saturday, May 20||Draper Bickham||Father Paul Rothschild|
|Sunday, May 21||Bill Korpecki||Father Paul Rothschild|
|Saturday, May 27||Robert Brush||Father Frank Koeninger|
|Sunday, May 28||Joe Klein||Father Paul Rothschild|
There will be a second collection this weekend for the Catholic Communications Campaign.
CHARITY OUTREACH MAY: During the month of May/June we will be collecting for St. Martha’s Hall Emergency Shelter. St Martha’s Hall is committed to helping battered women and their children break the cycle of violence in their lives.
The emergency shelter has a little thing on their wish-list that would make a big difference for the facility: Breakfast Cereals! St. Martha’s Hall hosts both kids and mothers, so all kinds of cereals are welcome, anything from a sweet treat for the kids to healthy granola. Whatever your favorite cereal, pick up an extra box while at the store and share one with those in need. Collection baskets are on the side altar and the final day for donations will be mid-June.
Church Decorations – On Pentecost, we commemorate the coming of the Holy Spirit to the early followers of Jesus. The Holy Spirit brought seven gifts to mankind, which are reflected in the decorations of the church. There are seven gold medallions on the south wall of the church, just below the stations which symbolize these gifts. (One is hidden by a confessional)
WISDOM – represented by the dove, which symbolizes the Holy Spirit. The dove is surrounded by rays or light, whereby the human spirit is illumined with heavenly wisdom.
UNDERSTANDING – represented by a lighted olive oil lamp. This gift is the lamp which lights the way for us in the darkness of the world.
COUNSEL – the scale, or balance, reflects the gift enabling us to judge correctly and wisely.
FORTITUDE – a fighting eagle is the symbol of courage to fight evil. The eagle is rising from the flames, or temptation; therefore the eagle rising from the flames is the victory of Christ over hell.
KNOWLEDGE – this gift is portrayed by a globe, representing earthly knowledge, which must be used to obtain the eternal and not for concern of the material.
PIETY – represented by a cross. The closed hand in this picture depicts the Hand of God coming to answer our prayers.
FEAR OF THE LORD – this gift is shown by an eye, inside of a triangle. The eye is the ever presence of the Lord, who knows and sees all. The triangle is a symbol of the Holy Trinity.
Picnic meeting—There will be a meeting to plan for our annual barbecue/picnic. It will be held Wednesday, May 24 at 6:30.
Intentions to the Infant of Prague—Over the years SJN has received many blessings through our devotion to the Infant of Prague, including our continued existence. To make our devotion more personal, we have placed a basket near Saint Joseph’s altar and blank 3 X 5 cards. If you have a special prayer need, please place it on a card and put it in the basket. Remember, the Infant told Father Cyril that the more we honor Him, the more He will bless us.
Remember, your prayers are between you and God. No one else will see them. From time-to-time we will burn the cards.