This weekend we celebrate the Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time. In the Gospel passage, Jesus praises the widow for her generosity in contributing to the temple treasury. What she gives seems like so little, but for her it is much, for unlike others who are contributing from their surplus, she contributes from her poverty. This widow has great trust in God; she believes that as he has taken care of her, he will continue to provide for her. Those of us who practice true stewardship knows that God always make sure that we have enough; sometimes, because of our giving, we find ourselves receiving much in return. Today is called Stewardship Sunday. As we reflect upon the widow’s response to God, let us ask ourselves how generous we are in returning to God a portion of what he has generously given to us.
The Book of Remembrance is located in church near the Baptismal Font. During the month of November, as we remember in prayer our beloved dead, please feel free to write in the names of your family members and friends who have gone before us in faith (no matter the year). The book is a visible sign for us as a reminder to pray for the dead in a special way during this month.
The Catholic Campaign for Human Development Collection will take place next Sunday, November 18. Please see the flyer in today’s bulletin and come prepared to make a donation next weekend. The theme of this year’s campaign is: Working on the Margins. By contributing to the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, we are helping people living in poverty have a say in decisions that affect their lives. Please note that this collection, sponsored by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, allocates 25% of the funds collected within the diocese to remain within the diocese to support local anti-poverty projects. Thank you in advance for supporting this worthy cause.
Please take note of the report on the proceeds from the Parish Craft and Bazaar in today’s bulletin. Once again, thanks to all who contributed in any way to its success.
Our Thanksgiving Mass this year will take place on Tuesday, November 20 at 6:30 PM. Please plan on joining us to give praise and thanks to God for all the good things he has bestowed upon us.
Blessings on your week!
Sister Chris Gretka, CSJ