Week of September 15, 2013

If you haven’t bought your tickets for our Annual Dinner Auction, I encourage you to do so. It is an opportunity for us to come together as a community, share a good Italian meal, and raise some needed funds for our parish. The Dinner Auction is Saturday, September 21st, at 6:30 p.m.

We are continuing the Catholicism series beginning September 22nd, from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. Fr. Robert Barron is the presenter in these series and he is quite good. I encourage you to come to all five sessions, but if you can only make some of them, come when you can. It is important for us to continue to find ways to grow in the understanding of our faith.

The weekend of September 28th & 29th we will celebrate the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick at all of the masses. At one time this Sacrament was referred to as Extreme Unction (the last anointing). It was given when someone was near death. As more study was done of the Sacrament it became clear that the anointing was not meant as a last rite to be given as one was approaching death. It is an anointing to give a person strength and healing. Sometimes the anointing is given because of physical ailments, sometimes because of psychological issues, sometimes because of advanced aging. This Sacrament reminds us that God is always with us.

You will also notice that we are having a “Labor Day” celebration. On Saturday, September 21st our grounds committee can use your help to make our grounds beautiful. If you can give any time it will be much appreciated.

In the Gospel today we hear stories of the Lost Sheep and the Lost Coin. What is at stake in both is the value of the individual. Flor McCarthy tells a story about the value of the one.

Once a group of concerned people got together to plan opening a reformatory for boys. They invited a well-known educator to advise them on how to go about it. He made a passionate plea for humane methods of education at the reformatory, urging the founders to spare no expense in getting the services of kind-hearted and competent teachers. He concluded by saying, “If the reformatory were to save even one boy from moral depravity, it will have justified all the cost and labor invested in it.”

Afterwards a member of the board approached him and said, “Didn’t you get a little bit carried away there? Would all the cost and labor be justified if we could save only one boy?’

“If it were my boy, yes,” came the reply. (New Sunday & Holy Day Liturgies)

Mother Theresa said, “I do not agree with the big way of doing things. To us what matters is an individual.”

Where did you see God in your life this past week?

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