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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, Rose Hensley, Kristin Hill,

    Frances Holecek, Cindi Magyar, Dorothy Mangan, Linda Rivera, Andrew Turowski, Virginia Turowski, and Dolores Witovicz


    May our Loved Ones who have died rest in eternal peace in heaven, remembering especially James Kotrba and Helen Bartkowiak, 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.
    Sunday, July 13th 3031.50
    Praise the Roof 262.00
    St. Vincent dePaul Society 138.00
    Mission Appeal 200.00
    Diocese of Sorsogon -Philippines  
  • Notes from your Pastor

    As we listen to the Parable of the Sower and the Seed there are three ideas we can reflect upon.
    First, God is a gracious giver.  Second, we are called to be good soil.  Third, we are called to sow seeds that will grow into good fruit.
    What are we to make of this parable of sowing seeds?  A farmer scatters seed along the path.  It will never grow there.  People are going to trample it.  The ground is too hard-packed to receive the seed.  Also, seed spread in rocky places does not have enough soil to grow well.  Seeds sown amount thorns will result in plants that are choked and won’t survive.  Finally, there is seed that is sown upon good soil that will grow well.  The first point is that God sows seeds of unconditional love and acceptance.  God sows seeds of guidance and forgiveness over all.
    In ancient farming, the farmer would first scatter the seed on unplowed ground.  The oxen team would then plow the ground and would turn over the soil, tilling the seed into the ground.  The four different kinds of soil represent four conditions of the heart.  The ultimate goal is to be good soil that is characterized by openness to receive God’s Word so that the Word of God may grow in us.
    Some people are described as hard soil.  There is no openness to receive the seed of God’s Word.  The rocky soil represents people who had faith at one time, but that faith was not firmly rooted.  It slipped away.  The third group characterized by the seed among thorns are people whose faith is choked away by material concerns.  Finally, there is good soil – hearts that are open to receive God’s Word.
    The goal is for us to become good soil.  Sometimes sin, stress, aggravation, our preoccupation with our own agenda may make us closed to truly listening to God’s Word.  As far as sin, the door of repentance is always open.
    In reference to LeBron James coming back, I saw a T-shirt that was made – Forgiveness: The Kingdom is restored.  The point of that T-Shirt is to forgive LeBron and welcome him back.  However, a second thought can be applied to our lives as well.  All of us are called to forgive and when we forgive those who have hurt us, the kingdom is restored in our lives and theirs as well.
    In addition to forgiveness, to become good soil it is necessary to empty ourselves of all negativity, of all stress, and of preoccupation with our own agenda.  The goal is to have a disposition that seeks God’s will.  Silence and stillness in prayer allows us the opportunity to become more receptive as good soil.
    We can be at Mass physically, but it requires some effort to tune in to the celebration.  Ideally, when God’s word is proclaimed, you can take home one sentence, phrase, or question and ponder it.  For example, today it could be “How can I become good soil?  Soil that is open and receptive.”  When we hear the Word proclaimed, like Samuel we should be attentive and say with our disposition “Speak Lord, your servant is listening.”  We hear three readings and a responsorial psalm proclaimed at Mass.  What strikes you personally?  God’s Word is not to return back empty.
    Finally, we are called to receive the Word of God and act upon it.  All of us, myself included, are called not only to be receptive to receive the Word but to act upon it.  We are called to be receptive to the invitations that come our way so that we can grow together as a faith community.  One such invitation is to sign up to help at our parish picnic, which is August 10 th.  We need many volunteers.  Clipboards are at the entrances of the church and you may sign up after Mass.
    In acting upon the Word, we are called to sow good seeds in our words and actions.  One way of looking at your life is in terms of sowing seeds.  Just as God sows seeds of love over every human heart, you and I are called to do the same.  St. John of the Cross had something interesting to say, “Where there is no love, plant love and you will find love.”  Maybe right now, you have a difficult relationship.  Follow St. John’s advice, plant a seed of love.  Maybe there are tensions in the family, in school, in the workplace…plant seeds of understanding and reconciliation.  All of us are called to plant seeds of God’s Love and in that way the Kingdom of God is restored.
  • Karen's Korner

    Did you know that there is a song by Michael W. Smith, called “Deep in Love with You” that I just love?  “I’m deep in love with you, Abba, Father!  I’m deep in Love with You, Lord!  My heart, it beats for you Precious Jesus!  My heart, it beats for You, Lord!”  I am deeply in love with our Lord, Jesus Christ.  Are you?  I have been asked how I can make such a statement, and my reply is, “Because it’s true.”  Being deeply in love with Jesus frees me from so much!  It frees me from any worries I might have about my life, because experience has shown me that He takes care of me in all things!  And good comes out of all things, if I truly trust and love the Lord. 
              Let me give you a concrete example:  I have been diabetic for about 12 years and most of the time I’m pretty good about it.  I know I am not the only one in the world dealing with this issue, but sometimes I feel like it.  About a month ago, I got an email from a friend who asked me how I travel with all my diabetic supplies.  I couldn’t figure out why he wanted to know because no one in his family is diabetic. 
    But I answered him and told him that on any flight, all my medications and needles and strips all go in my carry-on bag where they never leave my sight.  When he answered me back, he explained that he was just diagnosed with Adult Late Onset Type One diabetes.  It is not very common and you usually only see Type One in children. Anyway, we have started to swap recipes, jokes, and all kinds of things about diabetes, and I don’t feel so alone anymore and I can help him with some of the difficulties of a beginning diabetic, since I’ve been there a long time!  I lost a job once and I was devastated because I loved what I had been doing!  It turned out that it was a good thing for me, since the school environment changed drastically for the worse after I left, and I found another job that I love even more!  I could give you a bunch more examples, but my question for you is:  how deeply in love with Jesus are you?  Where do you see Jesus?  Do you have real joy, peace and love in your heart?  How do you meet Jesus?  Have you met him face to face?  Do you try to find out all that you can about Him, like you do with sports figures?  So what does all this mean?  This means that I meet Jesus in meditation and we converse together.  I listen; or maybe I just sit and love Him.  It means that I have a depth of joy and love that allows me to be very peaceful when “bad” things happen.  When I read the Bible, I see the power of God’s love for me, and I willingly return that love by loving those around me to the best of my ability.  I read other spiritual authors and I know I am not alone in this!  Being deeply in love with Jesus has changed me and it can change you too! Lord, to whom else could I go?  
    See you soon!