“Incentives” are gifts, honors, or acknowledgements given to certain individuals to affirm their accomplishments and encourage their resolve to further growth. We are well aware of these “incentives” especially around pledge time for public radio or television stations. However the “incentives” should not be end to which we strive. They function more as an acknowledgement along the way of our faithful support. Jesus in this weekend’s lesson from the Gospel of Matthew warns those who would teach and preach in the name of the Kingdom of God should stay away from titles and marks of great respect in public. “As for you, do not be called ‘Rabbi.’ You have but one teacher, and you are all brothers. Call no one on earth your father; you have but one Father in heaven. Do not be called ‘Master’; you have but one master, the Messiah. The greatest among you must be your servant” Matthew 23:8-11. This is a wakeup call for all of us involved in Church leadership, ministry and service. We should take as an example the life and ministry of St. Paul, the great evangelist. He provided himself for his own needs so as not to be a burden for those he was serving. In the time of St. Paul as in our own, preachers and teachers were playing on people’s need for eternal certainties oftentimes abusing their message by the collection of great wealth, fortune and fame. The teaching of Jesus continues to guide us: “Whoever exalts himself will be humbled; but whoever humbles himself will be exalted” Matthew 23:12.
ALL SOULS REMEMBRANCES take place in a special way during the month of November but are also remembered at Masses throughout the year. On your “All Souls Day” envelope there is room to name those whom you remember during this special time of the year. Place your loved ones name there, include a donation and place your “All Souls” envelope in any Sunday collection. These envelopes bearing your loved one’s name will be placed upon our Altar during the month of November and will be prayed for throughout the year. Book of Remembrance – In each of our Churches we have set up a “Book of Remembrance” where again we can list names of loved ones whom we remember in prayer. Please take some time through this month to participate in this act of remembrance.
WEEKLY SCHEDULE CHANGE – Our parish offices will be closed on Mondays but open Tuesday through Thursday for service to our parish community and Fridays in the AM hours. During a Monday holiday weekend our parish offices will be closed the Friday before the holiday.
CHURCH MINOR RENOVATIONS – work is currently underway to move our active “confessional” from the back of the Church to the one close to the “Crowned Virgin” shrine. Both the privacy screen and face to face confessions are be available. Confessions are available from 4PM on Saturdays.
BINGO INTERCESSORY PRAYER During the “half time break” at Bingo each week, Fr. Ron will provide some “intercessory prayer assistance” to our neighbors who attend Bingo each week. We will also begin the second half of Bingo with a short one minute “Gospel Moment” that should help all those who attend to recall who blesses them each day. Please pray for the success of this adventure. It is another attempt to live out our mission to our neighborhood and beyond.