This weekend we celebrate the Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Once again our Gospel passage is taken from the Bread of Life Discourse in John’s Gospel. Jesus declares that the bread of life he gives is his flesh “for the life of the world.” I wonder if we ever think about our own partaking of the Eucharist and how it is a sharing in Christ’s redemption of the world. Eucharist has the power to transform us if we are open to the grace Christ offers us in the sacrament. As Eucharist transforms us, it transforms the world around us, when we act like the loving, compassionate, forgiving and healing Christ who has filled us with his very life. As we reflect upon this week’s Gospel, let us ask ourselves how the Bread of Life we receive each week is life-giving for us and for those whom we encounter each day.
This Saturday, we welcome Father Randy Kelly who is filling in for Father Jim who is very involved in overseeing and coordinating the sacramental, spiritual, and liturgical aspects of MYE faith throughout the day on Saturday. I myself will be attending MYE Faith most of the day, working as a volunteer for a few hours. I do plan to be here at the parish to welcome Father Randy and be present for 4:00 pm Mass. It is a blessing to have Father Randy with us. I am sure you will give him a warm welcome.
I gave a summary of our parish report and our financial report the last three Sundays of July. I do want to thank those of you who have been so conscientious about keeping up with your Sunday envelope contributions even while you may have been away this summer. I also want to thank those of you who are continuing to respond to the Catholic Services Appeal. Please see the CSA update in today’s bulletin.
The Pastoral Council and the Finance Council had a joint meeting this past Tuesday to decide whether or not to go forward with the next step of the process of putting up Saint John the Baptist Church for sale. After reviewing what we have done to this point, including the four weeks of bulletin announcements regarding intent to the sell the church building, and the CBRE valuation assessment that was completed, the Councils unanimously agreed to sell Saint John the Baptist Church. Since that meeting I composed a letter to the bishop stating our intent, have gathered the 4 bulletin articles, and have been waiting for all to sign the summary of the minutes of the August 4 meeting. All of these materials will be sent to the bishop’s office and we will await his response which will include a decree regarding a change in the consecrated status of the church once it is sold. In conjunction with the reception of this decree, a “for sale” sign will be placed on the property. I will keep you informed throughout the process as to what stage we are at.
I gave Alex a list of the Confession schedule for the months of August and September which you will find in today’s bulletin. Along with that schedule you will find a list of the various times in our Vicariate in which the Sacrament of Penance is offered.
Summer is going by quickly. One more week and weekend to go before I take some long needed vacation time. Enjoy these summer days and be safe as you travel.
Blessings on your week!
Sister Chris Gretka, CSJ