This week we celebrate the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time. In the Gospel, Jesus leaves the synagogue in Capernaum, enters the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John, and cures Simon’s mother-in-law. In the evening, those possessed by demons are brought to him, along with many others suffering from various diseases. He drives out demons and cures the sick. The next morning, while in a deserted place praying, Simon finds Jesus and tells him that everyone is looking for him. Jesus expresses to Simon that he wants to go to a nearby village and preach. “For this purpose have I come,” he says. Then Jesus goes with the disciples to the synagogue, preaches, and drives out demons throughout all of Galilee. Jesus continues his public ministry which he began in last week’s Gospel. There is urgency in his desire to preach in many places, yet, there is a kind of calmness and balance as he takes time for prayer. He keeps in touch with his Father so he may clearly understand his mission to God’s people. This week, let us reflect upon how receptive we are to God’s Word, and to the Word broken open in the homily. How does it touch and shape our lives? Does it give us hope? Has it called up to continued conversion? Does it move us to seek Christ’s grace, healing, and strength?
Hopefully all have had a chance to review the Sixth Month Financial Report (July 1 – December 31, 2017) that appeared in last week’s bulletin. [It is now posted on the website]. Despite our debt to Saginaw Area Catholic Schools accumulated over the past three years, we have managed to keep expenses down. However, it seems every week we encounter a new maintenance issue – this month: a leak in the plumbing at the Youth and Parish Activities Center, a boiler issue in the parish house on Mapleridge (both of which required a plumber after hours), a broken circulating pump on the boiler at Saint Matthew site Rectory, and issues with both boilers at Saint Matthew Church site. We are awaiting an estimate on repair of the boilers. Thank goodness we have a savings account designated for buildings. (I hope all continue to use the blue envelopes for that purpose).
Besides the financial concerns mentioned, there is the current year’s CSA deficit. Only 245 of 398 parish families contributed to CSA; we currently have a deficit of $9,771. This represents 153 families. If you have not yet made a pledge to CSA this past year, please kindly do so. Please give whatever you are able. Without everyone doing their fair share, it is difficult to meet our parish assessment. We have no choice but to pay the balance out of parish funds. We can’t keep depleting our savings each year to make up for the deficit.
Blessings on your week!
Sister Chris Gretka, CSJ