Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

We celebrate the Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time this weekend.  The Gospel passage is the story of James and John approaching Jesus and saying, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.”  So, Jesus asks them what they want.  They ask: “Grant that in your glory we may sit one at your right and the other at your left.”  They have no idea what they are asking; they have a romanticized image of what being a disciple means.  Jesus asks them if they can drink the cup that he drinks and be baptized with the baptism with which he is baptized.  Even when they say, “we can,” they really have no idea what they are saying “yes” to.  They did not yet understand that the cross is the throne of Jesus, that his suffering and death would lead to his glory.  How many times have we ourselves asked or prayed for something without realizing the whole picture: the responsibilities, the further implications of our request, the time commitment, or the real cost involved?  Even when we have a fairly good idea of what we are asking, or saying “yes” to, we are often surprised, and sometimes even a bit discouraged in seeing the bigger picture.  I am sure that after experiencing the suffering, death, and resurrection appearances of Jesus, James and John had a better idea of what they were really asking.  In their ministry, they probably thought back many times to the words of Jesus: “Can you drink of the cup…?” One thing they would always be sure of was that the Lord would be with them.

Today is Mission Sunday.  If you forgot your envelope, you may place it in next week’s collection.  There are special envelopes in most of the pews in Church should you need one.  You still have time to make a donation; our donations will be sent to the diocese two weeks after the collection has taken place.  The diocese then sends donations from all parishes total to the Propagation of the Faith.  Please be generous.  We belong to a world-wide Church and part of the mission of every parish is to share in the missionary activity of the Church through our prayer, service, and financial donations.

This Thursday, October 22, we will celebrate our parish feast with an 8:30 AM Mass.  For most of the Church, Thursday is an optional memorial, butit is a Solemnity for us because it is our patronal feast.  Father Jim and Father Richard (Jozwiak) will be concelebrating the Mass.  Father Jim will be the principal celebrant and Father Richard will be the homilist.  Following Mass, breakfast will be served in the Meeting Room at the Education Center.  Please sign up for breakfast at church this weekend, or call the parish office by Noon on Tuesday (989-755-0828).

There will be a short Worship Commission Meeting on Tuesday, October 20. It will take place in the Meeting Room at the Education Center from 6:00 – 7:00 PM.  The agenda will include selection of officers for the coming year, and planning and assignments for upcoming liturgies.  The next meeting of the Worship Commission will take place on Tuesday, November 10, beginning with 6:30 PM Mass at the Saint John the Baptist Church site. (Pastoral Council, Education Commission, and Christian Service Reps will join us for Mass and meetings).

Please mark the following dates on your calendar:

·         Tuesday, November 3

Mass of Remembrance

6:30 PM

Saint John Paul II Parish Church

·         Saturday, November 7

Fall Craft Show and Bazaar

9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Education Center Gym, Classrooms,

and Meeting Room

Don’t forget to pick up your raffle tickets

·         Saturday, November 21

Parish Thanksgiving Dinner

Following 4:00 PM Mass

Education Center Gym

Please bring items for the Food Pantry

to Church that weekend

·         Wednesday, November 25

Parish Thanksgiving Liturgy

6:30 PM Mass

Saint John Paul II Parish Church

Please bring items for the Food Pantry


Blessings on your week!
Sister Chris Gretka, CSJ