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  • Notes from your Pastor

    Next weekend we will be celebrating our Parish Picnic on Saturday, August 27 th
    I pray that God will bless us with a beautiful day together as we gather for prayer, fellowship and fun at our Annual Parish Picnic which will be at Klima Gardens in Cuyahoga Heights.
     
    We open with Mass at 4 pm on the picnic grounds.  Consequently the 3 pm confessions and 4 pm Mass are cancelled in the church that day.  The picnic festivities go on after Mass until 10 pm.  Invite your family and friends.  Come and enjoy the day listening to the bands.  We are looking forward to having an enjoyable time to fellowship, food, music and games.  It is good for us to enjoy one another’s company and build community among ourselves.  It is a time to meet old friends and make new friends.
     
    Why not try introducing yourself to one new person?  Ideally, over time, we can get to know one another and form relationships with one another.  God has put us together for a reason, we are called to form a community to build the Kingdom of God.
     
    The proceeds from our picnic will help defray the expense of the exterior work on the church.
     
    In the Gospel we hear the words “Enter through the Narrow Gate.”  What does that mean?  Jesus called the door to the kingdom “narrow.”  In times of attack, the city would close its big gates for protection.  There was still the need to get people into the city at a moment’s notice for everyday business and needs.  Large city gates cannot be opened and closed quickly, so there was always a smaller, narrow door.  It was narrow so that if the door was breached during an attack, only one attacking soldier at a time could get through.  Therefore, this door only required a handful of defenders.  One day the big gates will be closed and there will be only the narrow door and it is not easy to enter.
     
    Luke says, “Strive to enter through the narrow gates.”  The same Greek word is the root of our words for “strive” and “agonize.”  Agonize over entering.  Striving implies working very hard, just as Olympic athletes give their all to achieve victory.  We reflect upon how much work athletes do as far as training to win an earthly reward.  In the case of the Olympics, it is a gold medal.  What effort are we making to win a heavenly reward? 
     
    Strive to enter by the narrow gate.  This can be translated as make a concerted effort to be the person that God wants you to be.  Strive means work hard to achieve the goal.  The Cavaliers had the phrase “All In” to describe their team effort to win the NBA Championship. 
     
    We need everyone to be “All In” to have a vibrant parish.  That means everyone is called to strive, work hard at sharing your time, talent and treasure with our parish community.
     
    Invitations come our way.  Today’s invitation is asking you to come to our parish picnic.  Hopefully, everyone can stop by.  I look forward to seeing you and being with you.
     
    Part of this “striving to enter through the narrow gate” involves building community among ourselves.  The picnic provides an opportunity for us to share our time, talent, and treasure with our Parish Community.
     
    When it comes to the parish picnic, hopefully, all of us can be “All In”.
     
     
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    Let us remember in our prayers those who are sick.  May they and their caregivers receive comfort and strength.  Remembering especially Mary Adams, Agnes Bartoszek,
    Greg Basco, Gwen Beres, Bill Bican,
    Mary Ann Betliskey, Joyce Bican,
    Phillip Bilelo, Corrine Dawe, Lucy Nieves DelValle, Jose Dybzinski, Mary Gurcze, Kristin Hill, Lucy Konkoly, Tom Konkoly, Judy Landolph, John Limber, Pat Lubrano, Art Madsen, Cindi Magyar, Marguerite Miller, Jeannette Morrow,
    Dan Palmentera, John Pocius, Betty Rhine, Brianna Rhine, Elaine Stack,
    Rev. John Tezie, Janice Tommer,
    Ed Vitigoj, Ron Walk, David Zelenka &
    Joseph Zelenka.
     
         May Our Loved Ones who have died rest in eternal peace in heaven remembering especially Helen Frankowski and MaryAnn Vitt, whose funerals were last week
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         For the Men and Women serving in the military, especially those from our parish and their families.