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  • Sick & Hospitalized

    May the sick and their caregivers, receive comfort and strength through our prayers, remembering especially John Balciar, Mary Ann Betliskey,
    Bill Connors,
    Ruth Cordy, Nancy Cox, Corrine Dawe, Midge Denova, Jose Dybzinski, Kristin Hill,
    Frances Holecek, Cindi Magyar,
    Dorothy Mangan, Linda Rivera,
    Dan Tucholski, Andrew Turowski, Virginia Turowski, and Dolores Witovicz
     
    May our Loved Ones who have died rest in eternal peace in heaven, remembering especially Marian Ciha, Dorothy Labuda and Father Paul Marshall, whose funerals were last week.
     
    For the safety of the Men and Women serving in the military, especially those from our parish and their families.
     

     

  • Stewardship of Treasure


    Thank you for your continued generosity and financial support.
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    Praise the Roof 149.00
    St. Vincent dePaul Society 127.00
    Mission Appeal 25.00
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  • Notes from your Pastor

    One lesson from the parable of the Weeds and the Wheat is that it takes time to determine the weeds and the wheat.  So too in our lives, we should take time for discernment in distinguishing the weeds and the wheat.  We should take time to think before we pull out weeds lest they harm the good plants because their roots may be intertwined and we may be pulling out the wheat when we pull out the weeds.
    John Martens tells the story of his garden.  He thought that he had rhubarb growing in his garden.  It actually was a weed called burdock.  It has long white roots, over a meter long, and he found out that usually he could not pull out this plant.  The roots always snapped before he could fully dig it out.  He discovered something interesting about this weed called burdock.  Some people actually eat the roots of the burdock plant.  They also use other parts of the burdock plant for medicine.  It was also the plant whose clinging flowers led to the development of Velcro.  The flowers stick to animal fur and are difficult to disentangle.  Burdock was a weed to him; but it was not a weed to everyone.  Distinguishing between a weed and a useful plant depends on what you are trying to grow.
    In Jesus’ parable of the Weeds and the Wheat, it is difficult in the beginning to determine the weeds from the wheat.  That is why both are allowed to grow together.  After a period of time has elapsed, one is able to determine the weeds from the wheat.  They are separated at harvest.  The wheat is used for bread; the weeds are bundled and burned.
    What lessons can we learn from this parable?  First, it takes time to discern the weeds and the wheat.  After prayer, reflection and discussion, possible with others, ask, “What are the weeds in my life right now?”  Secondly, after that question has been answered, how should you deal with the weeds?  Meaning how should you handle your problems, your crises?  Patience is required during a process of prayer, reflection and discussion.  The answer often does not come instantly but over time.  Thirdly, this parable invites us to think about the Last Judgment.  What is the purpose of our lives?  Ideally, we all want to go to heaven.  Are we focusing upon the things that truly matter?  Lastly, the Final Judgment as to a person’s ultimate salvation is up to God.  We should refrain from judging the ultimate outcome of a person’s life.  We should refrain from stating a person is not in heaven.  God knows the person best.  God will make the final determination.
    This parable counsels all of us to have patience.  The parable invites us to pray and reflect upon what is important.  Ultimately, what is most important is building the Kingdom of God.  Everyone is called to build that Kingdom.
    I invite everyone to build the Kingdom of God by being together in prayer and fellowship.  Our Parish Picnic is on Sunday, August 10 th.  Come for 11 AM Mass at Klima’s Gardens located at 4646 East 71 st Street in Cuyahoga Heights.  Stay after mass for music, food and fellowship.
    Through patience, prayer, reflection and sharing let us build God’s Kingdom together.
     
  • Karen's Korner

    Did you know that in Scripture, the opposite of faith is not doubt, but anxiety?  Rev. Ronald Rolheiser says that “To lack faith is not so much to have theoretical doubts about God’s existence as it is to be anxious and fearful at a deep level.”  We all have things that we worry about, our loved ones, our health, our work, the future, etc.  Is this worrying bad for our faith?  Not necessarily!  What opposes our faith is not so much this worry or that worry as the thought that God has forgotten about us.  That at the core of things, there isn’t an all loving, all forgiving all powerful goodness who is concerned about us and loves us unconditionally.  Here’s what I mean:  You go to your closed and you find an article of clothing you haven’t worn in a very long time and you say to yourself, “I forgot all about this!  I still have it!”  The article kind of slipped off our “radar screen”.  This is what haunts faith at times, that we have “slipped off” God’s radar screen, that we have been forgotten, that God will look down and say, “Oh,
    I had forgotten all about her/him!”  It is this kind of anxiety, the deep fear that we have been forgotten, that pushes many of us to assert ourselves in life.  It is not so much the fear that God doesn’t exist, as the fear that God does not notice our existence.  So what is faith?  Faith is what gives us the assurance that God is good, that God can be trusted, that God, won’t forget you, and that , despite any indication to the contrary, God is still solidly in charge of this universe.  Faith says that God is real and God is Lord and because of this, there is ultimately nothing to fear.  We are in safe hands.  God is gracious, forgiving, loving, redeeming and absolutely trustworthy.  Our task is to surrender to that. One of the places we can turn to for help in learning how to pray and strengthen our faith is the Gospel of Luke.  More than any other gospel, Luke’s is the gospel of prayer.  He prays high on a mountain, on a sacred place and he prays on the level plane, where ordinary life happens.  The disciples sense that Jesus’s real depth and power are drawn from prayer.  They understand that this is what makes him so special, because he is linked at some deep place to a power outside of this world.  And they want this for themselves.  Don’t we all?  But this is why we cry, “Lord, teach us to pray!”  In prayer we come to know that God will not forget about us, that we are always in his hands and he will always take care of us.  Do you want to come to a deeper life of prayer?  Start with the gospel of Luke and watch what happens!  
     
    See you soon! 
    Karen