This weekend we celebrate the Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time. Today’s Gospel passage is the familiar story about the talents. The individuals given five and two [talents] both doubled theirs but the person given one talent buried his. The first two are commended but the third is treated harshly. Today we are invited to reflect upon what we have been given by God and how we have been using those gifts. God will indeed judge us on our stewardship - not necessarily only on our time, talent, and treasure, but also upon how we have shared our faith. In Baptism, we have put on Christ. Do people recognize Christ when they interact with us? Have we generously extended kindness, love, compassion, and forgiveness? Or have we buried them deep somewhere, hardly ever to be found within us? Do we continue to grow in Christ, or are we becoming less and less like Christ? Will Christ say to us, “Well done, good and faithful servant!”
Today is the annual collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD). The theme this year is: Working on the Margins. Over 46 million people in the United States live in poverty. That is an astounding number. It is equivalent to the total combined population of Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, Arizona, Utah, Wyoming, Nevada, and Nebraska. The CCHD works to empower those living in poverty to bring about change in their circumstances. Please see the flyer in today’s bulletin regarding CCHD. A special envelope was included in the November packet for this collection. Please know that 25% of funds collected in the diocese remain here to fund local anti-poverty projects. If you do not have an envelope, there are extras in the pews throughout the church. A couple of weeks remain before we send the donations to the diocese.
A couple of weeks ago, I told you that there was a leak on the east side (flat roof) of the church and that the flat roof on both the east and west sides of the church need to be replaced. I also notified you that we were in the process of getting bids. The lowest bid came from Beyer Roofing; a contract was signed with them on November 6 and we have been waiting for them to schedule the job. After hearing nothing back for a week, I called the company, reminding them that they had a two-week open window for us. I was informed that I would have a projected date by the next day. This past Tuesday I received word that the projected date for installing the new roof is Tuesday or Wednesday of this week. This year we were not really anticipating replacing the flat roofs, but we have no choice at this point because the leak is not simply a matter of repair (and the roof on the opposite side is in worse condition than the east side roof). The rubber is old, and is both pulling away from all sides of the roof as well as deteriorating. We do have a savings account designated for buildings from which money for the project will be withdrawn. I encourage you to use your blue (building fund) envelopes to help fund this project and other unexpected maintenance and repairs we may experience.
Blessings on your Week!
Sister Chris Gretka, CSJ