This weekend we celebrate the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time. I would like to highlight the Second Reading from I Corinthians because I think it is worth reflecting upon this coming week. In this Scripture passage, Saint Paul stresses that just as the human body, with many parts is one, so is Christ one. The Church, the Body of Christ, has many members, yet is one. The Church is the manifestation Christ’s presence to the world. When any of us acts in a manner that is divisive, which ruptures the unity of the Body of Christ, we do an injustice in representing Christ to the world. This week, let’s think about our gifts and how we contribute to the wholeness and unity of the Body of Christ.
This Sunday begins Catholic Schools Week. Nouvel Catholic Elementary and High School Students will be present at Masses this weekend, speaking, serving as Greeters and acting as Gift bearers during the Presentation of Gifts. Flyers regarding Nouvel Catholic Schools will be posted on the bulletin boards and also will be available after Mass for those interested in learning more about the schools. We are very proud of the Nouvel students in our parish and are grateful for their presence with us each weekend. Three of them serve the parish in liturgical ministry as Altar Servers: Tara Bruske, Andrew Kontur, and Matthew Kontur. Elijah Cronkright takes part in Liturgy of the Word with Children.
You are invited to attend Mass on Thursday, January 31 at 8:30 AM at Saint Thomas Aquinas Church as Nouvel Catholic Elementary School Students celebrate a special Mass for Catholic Schools Week.
Please note the flyer in today’s bulletin regarding the annual Knights of Columbus Charities Raffle. Tickets are $5.00. The first prize is a trip for 2 to the 2020 Superbowl and $8,500. The second prize is $1,500 and there are several more cash prizes. James Callahan and some of the other Knights of our parish will be present selling tickets for two weekends only. Please support them in their efforts as they continue to do great and generous work for our diocese and our Church.
Speaking of raffle tickets, please make sure you get your Big Raffle tickets, if you have not already done so. Remember, any tickets we sell beyond 260, yield 100% profit ($5.00 per ticket) - a very simple fundraiser for us this year. How generous of the Catholic Community Foundation of Mid-Michigan to share those profits with us! Watch for an update on tickets sold, next week.
Blessings on your week!
Sister Chris Gretka, CSJ