|Pastors Desk |
A MESSAGE FROM FATHER MONTY – WHAT KIND OF STEWARD AM I?
shall I make a return to the Lord for all the good he has done for me?”
I want you and your family to use this verse from Psalm 116 this
Thanksgiving week to consider prayerfully your commitment to the principles of
Sacrificial Giving. For over two decades, these principles have helped guide our
use of money. They flow from our commitment to stewardship. Our American bishops
have written, “Who is a Christian steward? One who receives God’s gift’s
gratefully, cherishes and tends them in a responsible and accountable manner,
shares them in justice and love with others and returns them with increase to
The goal of this spiritual process is a simple one: Give back to
the Lord a sacrifice share of what the Lord has so generously given to you.
- First, your sacrificial gift is a gift freely given, gratefully received;
- Second, it is a planned gift: prayerfully considered, prepared at home and wrapped in your weekly envelope;
- Third, it is a proportional gift reflecting your gratitude for God’s blessings with the biblical norm of tithing as a goal. A sacrificial gift aims persistently to give back to the Lord a gift of 10%. That is, a gift of 5% to the local parish and a donation of 5% to the poor of the world. However, as the Tithing pamphlet points out, when computing your sacrificial gift start where you are and strive to increase your gift annually.
- Fourth, it is a sacrificial gift when it is given off the top, from our substance not our surplus, one that requires conversion of heart--a real sacrifice--in order to make our work holy, our gratitude greater and our trust in God complete.
In their book Rebuilt: The Story of a Catholic Parish, Father
Michael White and Tom Corcoran encourage people to honor the biblical standard
of tithing but give it a 21st century twist. They devised a four-part strategy
for their parishioners at the Church of the Nativity in Timonium, Maryland.
Their approach is my goal of our parish.
- Planned Givers designate a specific amount in their budget to give;
- Priority Givers give to God first before other expenses;
- Percentage Givers give a percentage, not a dollar amount;
- Progressive Givers increase their percentage regularly.
COME, YE THANKFUL PEOPLE, COME – Mass in observance of
Thanksgiving Day is at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, November 27.
THANKSGIVING DINNER – The County Seat Restaurant, Main
Street, is sponsoring their 8th Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner on
Thanksgiving Day, November 27, from 11 am to 4 pm.
THE QUESTION OF THE WEEK:
Key Passage: [The Son of Man]
will answer them, “Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the
least of these, you did not do it to me” (Matthew 25:45).
Who are the least of your sisters and brothers for whom you do care?
Who are those whom you ignore?
Child: To which person did
you especially try to show the love and care of Jesus?
FALL FLOWER MEMORIALS – The floral arrangement at the altar
is given for the Glory of God and in memory of your deceased loved ones. Thank
you for your support of the 2014 “Fall Flower Memorial” fund
ADVENT 2014 IS A SEASON...
TO WATCH ADVENT CANDLE
SALE – Catholic Daughters of America will be selling Advent wreath
candle--3 purple and one pink per pack--in the lobby of the Church at all Sunday
Masses this month.
TO PREPARE ADVENT BLUE BOOKS are available on the lobby
bookrack for a donation of $1.00. The left-hand page is like a buffet table with
a variety of thoughts about the Advent and Christmas seasons, the feast of the
day, or various traditions and customs. The key is the right-hand page where
reflections on the daily Gospels for the weekday Masses of these seasons are
found. This will give many people a chance to reflect on and pray passages from
all of the Gospels that they may have seldom heard proclaimed or preached about
TO REJOICE ADVENT ANGEL TREE PROJECT - Tags will be in place
the week of November 24. All that you need to do is take a tag from the tree,
purchase a new gift item, wrap it, attach the angel tag to the package and
return it by Sunday, December 14. The needs this year are as
great as ever. The gift you purchase will give a child from our community a
merrier Christmas. Your time, talent and treasure will be a Godsend for them and
a blessing for you!
TO BEHOLD ADVENT FAMILY WORKSHOP--Sunday, Dec. 7 -
9:30 a.m. All of the families in our parish school and faith formation
program—family centered and summer cam--are required to attend this session. We
will gather in the Meisinger Center for a time of prayer, intergenerational
faith building, fellowship, and fun! Coffee and refreshments will be served. You
will have an opportunity to create an Advent-Christmas season ornament for your
family tree! The 11:00 a.m. Mass, with a special presentation about John the
Baptist, will conclude the morning's activity.
CHRISTMAS MANGER ADDITIONS – We would like to add several
animals to the parish’s traditional Christmas crèche. Call the parish business
office (Ext. 101) for more information on making a memorial donation of one or
MEETING FOR ALL WHO PROCLAIM GOD’S WORD AT MASS – All parish
proclaimers of the Word will have their annual formation session next Sunday,
November 30 at 9:30 a.m. in the Church. This meeting is for those who proclaim
the Scriptures at the Sunday or the daily Mass. Copies of Workbook for Lectors,
Gospel Readers and Proclaimers of the Word will be distributed and procedures
CHRISTMAS MANGER ADDITIONS – We have added a camel to our
parish’s traditional Christmas crèche. We would like to add a cow and a donkey
to the set. Call the parish business office (Ext. 101) for more information on
making a memorial donation.
CAMPUS MINISTRY CORNER
BLESSING OF THE BRAINS: In
preparation for finals, there will be a “Blessing of the Brains” and a Brunch on
Sunday, December 7, starting with the 11:00 Mass.
MINISTRY/NEWMAN ASSOCIATION meetings are on Thursdays, 8:00 PM, in the
Campus Ministry House. More info can be found on the Clarion Campus Ministry
SAVE THE DATE:
Dec. 9 - Salamanca Bus Trip