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    For those who are sick and those who care for them, may they receive comfort and strength through our prayers, remembering especially
    Agnes Bartoszek, John Balciar, Gwen Beres, Mary Ann Betliskey, Bill Bican, Bill Connors,         Corrine Dawe, Dolores Dobransky,                     Jose Dybzinski, Kristin Hill, Lucy Konkoly, Raymond Kraushaar, Judy Lasecki, Cindi Magyar, Gavin Minc, Marilyn O’Mera, Nancy Recko,
    Brianna Rhine, Elaine Stack,
    Virginia Turowski, Seymour Ullman and            Rob Zanath.

         May our Loved Ones who have died, rest in eternal happiness in heaven remembering especially Reverend Kenneth J. Wolnowski, whose funeral will be held on June 9 th

         For 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.
     
    Sunday, May 24th
     
    2281.00
    Memorial Gifts 190.00
    Improvement Fund 52.00
    Utilities 117.00
       
       
       
       
  • Notes from your Pastor

    We celebrated Pentecost Sunday and we celebrated Memorial Day last weekend.  Pentecost involves the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles and the Blessed Virgin Mary.  Memorial Day, of course is a time for all of us to honor, remember and pray for all those who died in military service for us, our nation, and for freedom’s sake.
    During World War II, Joe Louis, the champion heavyweight boxer, was one of several celebrities scheduled to say a few words at a fundraising rally for the Navy Relief Society.  “I was nervous” Louis said.  “I did not know what to say.”  Somebody told me the President would be listening on the radio, so I especially wanted to get my speech off to a good start.  Just before I was called up to the microphone, I asked a friend sitting next to me how I ought to start off.   He told me to say something upbeat about the war, like, “My fellow Americans, God is on our side!”  I said “My fellow Americans, we are on God’s side.”  Mr. Louis may have stumbled on the steps, but he did not stumble at the microphone.  It is never a question of whether or not “God is on our side.”  The Cross tells us that God is always on our side – to help, forgive and heal us.  Rather, it is a question of whether or not we are on God’s side.
    The Holy Spirit comes down from heaven to do something new, to enable us to be on God’s side.  Unlike the words in the Frank Sinatra song “I Did It My Way,” life is not about doing it my way or your way.  Life is about doing it God’s way.
    Bishop Roger Gries mentioned to our Confirmation candidates that when he became Bishop, he had to visit other churches.  He did not know where these churches were or how to get to them.  He got a Garmin.  A GPS that told him turn here, go left, go right, and go straight so he could get to his destination.  On Pentecost we can think of the Holy Spirit as giving us a Global Positioning Satellite for Life.  Before you do anything major it is always good to think and pray.  Calm down inside and ask the Holy Spirit which way should I go…what turn should I make…what road should I travel?
    The Holy Spirit through various gifts gives us the GPS for how we are to live our lives.  We are called to approach the Holy Spirit in prayer, to quiet down, to ask what way should we go to be on God’s side.
    I am gratefully and I thank you for the many ways in which you, the parishioners, are on God’s side in taking care of the poor.  The Earthquake Relief, Catholic Charities, Operation Rice Bowl and St. Vincent DePaul Society are wonderful examples on how many of you have responded to be on God’s side.
    I also greatly appreciate your support of our parish and the Diocesan Rooted in Faith/Forward in Hope Campaign.  All of us are called to have a Stewardship perspective.  In gratitude for God’s blessing, realizing all is a gift, all of us are called to share out time, talent and treasure.  Recently, in reflection with the Finance Council and the Pastoral Council, we reflected upon the fact that it appears the overall collection is down $8000.00 this year.  Being on God’s side means supporting God’s work.  One suggestion was to ask people who give nothing to start giving something.  Those who are already giving, to consider a modest increase of one dollar of more.  Being on God’s side, as Joe Louis said means giving as God gives.  On Memorial Day weekend, we remember those who gave their lives for us.  It is good to reflect upon their sacrifice and then ask ourselves, “Where am I in terms of Sacrifice?”
    The Ultimate Symbol is Jesus on the cross, giving His life for us.  Being on God’s side means taking steps no matter how small to enter into sacrificial love.
    In addition to sharing our financial resources with our parish, what does it mean to have our GPS working under the guidance of the Holy Spirit?  What does it mean to be on God’s Side?  In your thoughts, words and actions, periodically ask “Am I on God’s side?”
    Some examples could be:
    1. Am I fully reconciled with everyone?
    2. Have I forgiven those who have hurt me?
    3. Can I seek positive, loving relationships with other people?
    4. Can I travel in directions and ways that I may be resisting because God is calling me?
    To be on God’s side means to take steps no matter how small into the realm of sacrificial love.  This is what Jesus did on the Cross.  This is what thousands of men and women did in military service in giving their lives for us.  We are called to honor the sacrifice of Christ.  We are called to honor their sacrifices as well.  How can I tell that I am on God’s side?  It is in terms of honoring these sacrifices by making sacrifices in my life as well.  The Holy Spirit gives us the guidance, the power, the motivation to make the sacrifice.  Let us all pray “Come, Holy Spirit and renew the face of the earth.  Holy Spirit create me moment by moment so that I can become all you dreamt I could be.”
     
  • Karen's Korner

    Did you know that there are certain platitudes that make me crazy?  One of them is “God only gives you what you can handle.”  Well, what if you can’t handle it?  Does that make you a bad person?  People have said, “Well, it’s biblical!”  Sorry, no it isn’t!  The closest I can come is from           1 Corinthians 10:13 which says, “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it”.  Hmmmm, doesn’t say exactly the same thing, does it? 
         I also go crazy when people say, “Well, God took him/her to heaven.”  Sorry, death is not of God!  God does not cause death or disease or other suffering!  God Is Love.      1 John 4:18 says, “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and he who fears is not perfected in love.”   When sin entered the world, so did suffering, disease and death.  These things are not the result of God, but of the evil that entered the world in the Garden of Eden. 
         The Catechism of the Catholic Church states:  “Angels and men, as intelligent and free creatures, have to journey toward their ultimate destinies by their free choice and preferential love.  They can therefore go astray.  Indeed, they have sinned.  Thus has moral evil, incommensurably more harmful than physical evil, entered the world.  God is in no way, directly or indirectly the cause of moral evil.  He permits it, however, because he respects the freedom of his creatures and mysteriously, knows how to derive good from it.”  (311)  in the YouCat, (Youth Catechism) the explanation is clarified a little more:  “Evil in the world is an obscure and painful mystery.  Even the Crucified asked his Father, ‘My God, why have you forsaken me?’” (Matt. 27:46) Much about it is incomprehensible.  One thing, though, we know for sure: God is 100 percent good.  He can never be the originator of something evil.  God created the world to be good, but it is not yet complete. In violent upheavals and painful processes it is being shaped and moved toward its final perfection.  That may be a better way to classify what the Church calls physical evil, for example, a natural catastrophe.  Moral evils, in contrast, come about through the misuse of freedom in the world.  “Hell on earth” – child soldiers, suicide bombings, concentration camps–are usually man-made.  The decisive question is therefore not, “How can anyone believe in a good God when there is so much evil?” but rather, “How could a person with a heart and understanding endure life in this world if God did not exist?”  Christ’s death and Resurrection show us that evil did not have the first word, nor does it have the last.  God made absolute good result from the worst evil.  We believe that in the Last Judgment God will put an end to all injustice.  In the life of the world to come, evil no longer has any place and suffering ends.  God sees the end, we do not.  God does not cause pain and suffering.  Period.  But He helps us through it! 
         Keep your eyes and ears open and I will see you soon!       Karen