This weekend we celebrate the Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time. In the Gospel passage, Jesus continues to teach the disciples about his mission and how the Son of Man will be handed over to those who will kill him, but after three days he will rise. They do not understand this kind of talk. As they journey with Jesus they begin arguing about who is the greatest. Jesus is not very happy about it. He tells them: “If anyone wishes to be first, he shall be the last of all and servant of all.” Then Jesus places a child in their midst to further explain his point. We are not so different than the disciples. We need to be reminded of the reality, the demands, and the cost of discipleship. It is not about being first or greatest, but it is about being one who serves. Being a follower of Jesus takes courage because we live in the midst of a culture whose values are not always in sync with Christianity. In our society, “getting ahead” and being first determine what many see as greatness and success.
All Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion in the parish who completed the diocesan formation session with Father Jim in 2015, and who received a certificate for 3 years (2015-2018) must complete an hour session on the theology of Eucharist with me this year if you wish to renew your certification in this ministry for three more years. It is required by the Diocese and the Church. This week, there are two opportunities for continuing formation scheduled: Thursday, September 27, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM and Saturday, September 29, 10:00 – 11:00 AM. These dates have been on the September calendar, listed in the parish bulletin, and announced in church. Only one session is required. If, for some reason, you are unable to attend one of the sessions scheduled for this month, another formation session will be scheduled in October. Watch the upcoming bulletin for details. If you are unsure, whether or not you are up for renewal this year, please see the list on the parish bulletin boards, or call the Parish Office.
Raffle tickets are on sale for the Fall Craft Show and Bazaar. Tickets are $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00. The prizes are cash prizes. Also, the members of the Rosary Altar Society are selling raffle tickets for their Holiday Raffle that takes place this November. All of the prizes for that raffle are donated by individuals and many are home-made. Those tickets are $1.00 each. I ask you to please support both of these raffles if you are able. The first raffle benefits the parish, and is a necessary fundraiser to help supplement our Sunday income and keep us on budget. The second one is a means of financial support for the Rosary Altar Society whose dues are minimal. The Altar Society provides funds for the hosts, wine, and candles for Mass, the laundering of the altar linens, and an occasional parish outreach activity, such as flowers to the homebound.
Blessings on your week!
Sister Chris Gretka, CSJ