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    May the sick and their caregivers, receive comfort and strength through our prayers, remembering especially
    John Balciar, Mary Ann Betliskey,
    Millie Bloedorn, Bill Connors,
    Corrine Dawe, Jose Dybzinski, Jerry Grabel, Kristin Hill, Frances Holecek, Paul Kalal, Art Madsen, Cindi Magyar,
    Andrew Turowski,  Virginia Turowski and Dolores Witovitz.
    For the safety of the Men and Women serving in the military, especially those from our parish and their families.

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    Thank you for your continued generosity and financial support.
    Sunday, September 14th 2881.61
    Praise the Roof 160.00
    Collection for the Middle East 502.31
  • Notes from your Pastor

    Exaltation of the Cross – The Call to Humility
    As we think about the Cross, we can reflect upon the humility of Our Blessed Lord.  Travelling the Way of the Cross required the humility of the Son of God “to become obedient to the point of death—even death on a Cross.”  St. Paul tells us that Jesus willingly humbled Himself, for “He did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness.”
    The Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross is based on a historical event.  The Byzantine emperor, Heraclius negotiated with the Persians for the return of the relic of the True Cross that had been found by
    St. Helen and venerated in Jerusalem.  The emperor decided to carry the relic in procession to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.  However, he initially tried to do this in his imperial robes and with a crown on his head.
    He found the reliquary too heavy to carry.  The Patriarch Archbishop of Jerusalem advised him that he probably could not carry the Cross because he was not sufficiently humble.  In response, the emperor took off his crown and his costly robes.  Now, he found that he was able to carry the Cross into Jerusalem, and so he did.
    We too, are all called to carry the Cross.  Possibly, we are called to strip off attitudes that are not Christlike.  Examples of this could be pride, anger, selfishness and condescension.  We may be called to empty ourselves at times of our own agenda and be open to God’s agenda.
    The disposition of humility is expressed in service to others.  Jesus came “not to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.”  The right attitude for the Christian is to say to God and to others - at your service.  When it comes to the Armed Forces, we sometimes say these men and women are in the service…in the service of our country.  Everyone here is called to be in the service of God and others.  
  • Karen's Korner

    Did you know that the “Bible” that the Apostles carried with them in preaching the Good News, was what we consider to be the Old Testament?  I never really thought about that, but it has come to light this week for me because of some discussions I have had.  There are people who have real problems reading the Bible; those who “cherry pick” verses just to prove their point; those think every word of the Bible should be read in a literal sense and many others. 
              So how do we as Catholics, deal with these discussions?  First of all, you have to study the Scriptures yourself.  I don’t mean just reading the Bible, but using a Bible commentary, a Bible dictionary, a Catholic Encyclopedia and a good Catholic Bible.  Yes, there is a difference between a Catholic Bible and a Protestant Bible.  It would be impossible to address every issue about the Bible in one column, so I will touch on some main points. 
              First, if your Bible does not contain the books of Tobit, I/II Maccabees, Wisdom, Sirach (or Ecclesiasticus) and Baruch, you have a Protestant Bible.  There are reasons why these seven books are included in Catholic Bibles, but that would take days to talk about! 
              Second, the Bible is not a book, it is a library.  The books of the Old Testament were written by many different authors over thousands and thousands of years, so there will be some inconsistencies.  But this does not mean it is not true.  The Bible is a library of religious truth, not scientific or historical fact; although many of the events of the Bible have been proven to be true through archeology. 
              Third, you have to understand the genre of the book you are reading.  Is it poetry, like the book of Psalms?  Is it an allegory, like the book of Jonah?  Is it a letter to a particular community, like Paul’s letters?  Is it “good news”, the gospels of the New Testament?  Is it a love story, or a suspense story or a satire?  There are many genres of the Bible and you have to know what you are reading. 
              Fourth, what was the culture like when that particular book was written?  What things were happening in the culture that were acceptable then but are not acceptable now?  The Bible is the record of people called into a long, loving relationship with God, while continuing to learn about God and themselves. 
              As a whole, the Bible is unified in that we see the plan of God’s salvation for us from beginning to end. Also, the Old Testament should be interpreted in light of the New Testament.  This means that God is love, and even though God appears to be violent in the Old Testament, many times it is just the author’s perception of how things turned out.  Men and women wrote the Bible and humans make mistakes!  The Bible was not dictated to people, but God inspired people to write His words down.  So, to summarize, the Catholic Church says the Bible is “Sacred Truth”.  The books of Scripture firmly, faithfully and without error, teach that truth which God, for the sake of our salvation, wished to see confided through the Scriptures.  And what is that truth?  God is good, all the time! 
    See you soon!  Karen