Week of November 18, 2012

This weekend at the 10:30 mass we celebrate the Rite of Acceptance of those who have not been baptized into the Order of Catechumens.  In the coming months these people will be preparing for their initiation into the Christian faith by baptism, confirmation, and the Eucharist.  We will also be celebrating the Rite of Welcome for those who, already one with us by baptism, now wish to be received into the full communion of the Catholic Church.  It is an important process that these people are going through and we are part of that process.  They look to us for prayer and to be an example of what it means to be Christian.

Welcome them when you see them and pray for them as they go through this process of Christian Initiation.

This Sunday evening, Nov. 18th, the Lee’s Summit Ministerial Alliance is having a Thanksgiving Service at Our Lady of the Presentation Church beginning at 7:00 p.m.  The collection that is taken up at this service helps the ministerial alliance with its ministries to travelers passing through who are in need of assistance.  I hope you will be able to come and give thanks with fellow Christians in Lee’s Summit.

Neil Klossen helps to take food we collect on Sunday to Lee’s Summit Social Services.  This week he made a comment about the generosity of our parish in providing food.  I want to thank all of you who remember to bring food for those in need.

This week our parish is taking up a Thanksgiving collection of food to stock the shelves at Lee’s Summit Social Services.  Children in our Christian Faith Program have decorated grocery sacks for you to take home to remind you to bring back food for our Thanksgiving Mass.  There is a list of items needed by Social Services attached to the grocery sacks.  We will be celebrating our Thanksgiving Mass at Holy Spirit on Tuesday, November 20th, at 7:00 p.m.  If you can, bring your food when you come to mass.  If you aren’t able to come to mass Tuesday night, bring the food this coming weekend or whenever you can.  One of the best ways we show we are thankful is by sharing our blessings with others.

Don’t forget our Prayer Workshop on Saturday morning, December 1st.

Deacon Dick Folger gives the following brief reflection on today’s Gospel in Celebration:

In a “Bizarro” cartoon, a Mayan artist shows the chief his new calendar wheel.  He explains, “I only had enough room to go up to 2012.”  The  Mayan chief laughs and says, “That’ll freak somebody out someday!”

End-of-the-world predictions have freaked out a lot of people over the centuries.  In today’s Gospel, even Jesus does not know when it will  occur.  The scriptures say there will be signs but that not even the Son knows when it will happen, only the Father.  So we must live fully, because each day could be our last.

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