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  • Sick & Hospitalized

       May our prayers bring healing, comfort and strength to the sick and their caregivers, remembering especially
    John Balciar, Gwen Beres,
    Mary Ann Betliskey, Bill Bican,
    Millie Bloedorn, Bonnie Branche,
    Bill Connors, Katie Davis, Corrine Dawe,
    Robert Dunning, Jose Dybzinski,
    Laura Guess, Kristin Hill, Frances Holecek, Rich Krzynowek, Art Madsen,
    Cindi Magyar, Rita Petkoff, Brianne Rhine, Chris Toth,  Andrew Turowski and Virginia Turowski.
                May our Loved Ones who have died, rest in eternal happiness in heaven remembering especially Father Edward Luca, John Chudzinski and Frank Matousek 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.
     

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    Thank you for your continued generosity and financial support.
     
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  • Notes from your Pastor


         The path to true happiness involves Love of God and Neighbor. 
     
    A recently married man received a letter and some photographs from an old friend.  Among the photographs was a picture of a beautiful patio deck the friend had made with his own hands.  Impressed with his friend’s skills, the man began to feel inadequate since he knew he was “all thumbs” when it came to working with tools.  Consequently, when he showed the picture to his wife, he asked, rather dejectedly, “But what do I make?”  And without missing a beat, his wife answered, “You make me happy!”
     
    It appears that the path of true happiness involves making other people happy.
     
    Jesus gives us the double commandment “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.  This is the greatest and the first commandment.  The second is like it, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
     
    I recently heard an old song from Frank Sinatra.  I believe it is called “All the Way.”  Words in the song went something like this, “When somebody loves you, it’s no good unless they love you all the way.”
     
    First, we think about God.  God loves us all the way.  Everything in our lives that is good is a gift from God.  And in the fullness of time, the Father gave us the Gift of His Son, who gave his life for us on the cross.  Later, the Father and Son gave us the Gift of the Spirit to help us.  God loved and loves us, all the way.
     
    As we think of the first part of that Double Commandment, there is an invitation to love God all the way.  I can ask, “Where am I in my relationship with God?”  Have I put my whole heart into prayer, worship, and service?  Is a relationship with God an integral part of my life?  How much time do I spend daily in prayer?  How much time do I spend with God?  Is God part of my everyday life, or is God merely an afterthought?
     
    Secondly, where am I in terms of my relationship with my neighbor?  In the parable of the Good Samaritan, we have an expression of compassionate love.  We are called to be a neighbor…to assist those in need.  As I review my relationships, am I ministering to those in need?
     
    There is the story of a person seeing a young child freezing in the snow.  The person becomes angry and says “God, why don’t you do something about this?”  God answers, “I have already done something about this, I made you.”
     
    In other words, God created that person to buy a coat to warm the child who was freezing in the snow.
     
    God wants us to have a wholehearted response – To Love God and our Neighbor “all the way.”  Let us respond more fully to this invitation by how we live our lives.
     
     
     
  • Karen's Korner

    Did you know that the extra 7 books of the Old Testament, included in Catholic Bibles are called the “Deuterocanonicals” rather than Apocrypha?    These 7 books included in Catholic Bibles were included in the Septuagint, which is the ancient Greek translation of the Hebrew Bible with additions, but are not included in the Hebrew text that forms both the canon for Judaism and the Protestant Old Testament.         During the end of the 4 th century, Pope Damasus commissioned St. Jerome to prepare a Latin version of the Scriptures, later to be known as the Latin Vulgate.  The 46 books of the Catholic Old Testament have been included in the canon of the Bible since 393 AD, but they were not given solemn approval by the church until the Council of Trent in 1546 AD. 
              Why are these books important?  They are important because they contain information concerning the development of Jewish life and thought prior to the coming of Our Lord.  Some of the things that have emerged through these books are the emergence of the sects of the Pharisees and Sadducees.  They were not the same! 
              The Sadducees did not believe in an afterlife, but the Pharisees did.  The political happenings of the Maccabees and the rise of what has been nowadays called “formative Judaism” is included.  The growth of the belief in angels and demons first appears in these books.  The first reflections on “original sin” are included here as well as the blossoming hope of a Messiah that would be coming soon and the resurrection of the body originate here!  
     
     
              Reading Scripture is meaningful and inspiring.  What better way to start our day then to have a cup of coffee or tea and read one line of Scripture?  Just one line!  Jeremiah says, “Your words were found, and I ate them, and your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart; for I am called by your name, O Lord, God of hosts.”  (Jer. 15:16)  When was the last time you were nourished by the word of God?  Taking the time to “chew” on a verse while drinking your morning coffee or tea is a great way to start the day! 
              Reading the Bible is an important part of our faith.  Not sure where to begin?  Start with the Gospel of Luke, or with the 3 letters of John.  These are easy to read and easy to interpret.  Make sure you read the introduction to each book to understand who the original audience was and to give some background on the culture of the time.  Read until a word or phrase speaks to you and then stop, close your eyes, and repeat that word or phrase and ask God to show you the meaning in the phrase for your life. If you do this practice every night, you will be surprised at how nourished you will be! 
     
    See you soon!  Karen