This weekend we celebrate the Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time. The Gospel passage is a continuation of last week’s passage from Mark. Jesus further explains to the disciples what it means to be “the Christ,” and what the Messiah will encounter. And he teaches them about discipleship. His words are difficult ones: If anyone wishes to be first, he shall be the last of all, and the servant of all. There is a cost to discipleship, and we are not always comfortable when we hear about it. It is not about status or power; it is about being a servant, and being true to our call. Like Jesus, we may be misunderstood, criticized, and rejected. But, if we keep our eyes fixed on him and his mission, we know that he will always be with us, and he will give us the grace we need to be faithful disciples.
We welcome Father Taylor this weekend! It is always good to have “our priest for occasional use,” (as he calls himself), celebrate Eucharist with us. We thank him for sharing himself and his gifts with us.
Today is Catechetical Sunday. This year’s theme is: Safeguarding the Dignity of Every Human Person. Please note the names of our Catechists in today’s bulletin. They are being commissioned at the 9:30 AM Mass. We thank them for sharing the gift of their faith with our children, and for graciously offering their stewardship of time and talent to our parish.
Father Jim begins his vacation this week as he travels to Philadelphia. This Sunday, he will be celebrating the 7:00 AM Mass at the Center for Ministry with those leaving on the bus trip to Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families and the Papal Mass. The group returns the following Monday (September 28). Please pray for Pope Francis this week, and for all who will be traveling to be with him on his visit to the United States. Father Jim will return for the 6:30 PM Mass on Tuesday, September 29 at the Saint Matthew Church site when we celebrate his 35th Anniversary of Ordination.
Speaking of the Saint Matthew Church site, we will be celebrating the Feast of Saint Matthew there this Monday (September 21) at 6:30 PM. Father Bill Taylor will be presiding at the liturgy which will be followed by a reception. Please join us for the celebration. There will be no evening Mass this coming Tuesday.
This Tuesday, September 22, the Pastoral Council, Finance Council, Parish Staff, Parish Implementation Team, and other Commission members will gather for an evening of goal setting. The evening will be facilitated by Tom Conklin. It will serve as the basis for our strategic plan for the parish which we are to submit to the diocese in October.
Please note the information in today’s bulletin regarding upcoming offerings connected with the Parish Nurse Program.
I talked with Michelle Bell from LifeTouch this past Wednesday. It was that company that took pictures for our pictorial directory. I told her that we had a few people who were unable to make the photo sessions because of work, health, or the schedule. She did tell me we could have a make-up day here if there were 15 or so people who needed pictures taken yet. I told her I was only aware of a few. Those individuals may go to another site like Saint Thomas Aquinas Parish to have their pictures taken. She is going to get back with me with those dates. If you need to schedule an appointment for pictures because the dates did not fit into your schedule, please let the office know as soon as possible so that we can direct you to another site (or set up a re-take day if we have enough people).
I have been keeping you up to date on unexpected expenses. I would like to report that we received all our insurance money from the repair to the Saint John the Baptist Church Roof and the vandalism done to the “old Saint Matthew Church” building. We had a few unexpected expenses in my residence: a brand new hot water heater had to be installed and a valve had to be replaced on the boiler.
Blessings on your Week!
Sister Chris Gretka, CSJ