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  • 29th Sunday, October 18th


    29th Sunday in Ordinary Time
    October 18, 2020

    “Repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.”
     
            The Jewish religious leaders try to entrap Jesus with a question:  Should one pay the one denarius poll tax to the Roman government? The Pharisees opposed the tax; the Herodians accepted the tax because they received favorable treatment from the Romans.  The story focuses on how Jesus escapes a deadly trap that is planned by his opponents.  Outside of this intra-Jewish conflict, are the Romans.  You may recall that one of the false accusations against Jesus in the Passion Narratives is that He told people not to pay taxes.
            In regards to this question; if Jesus says yes, they will claim He is not a faithful Jew.  If He says no, then He is advocating breaking the laws of the Roman Empire.  Either answer will put Him in a bad stead.
            Jesus immediately senses the malice of His opponents.  He asks the Pharisees for a Roman coin.  They give Him one.  He refers to the image on the coin that in Latin said: “Tiberius Caesar, son of the divine Augustus, great high priest.”  The opponents can easily identify the image.  Technically, the Roman coin was the property of the emperor.  “Jesus very cleverly tells His opponents “to repay Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.”  Only the official coin belongs to Caesar.  However, Jewish creation theology taught that everything belonged to God.  Jesus denies Caesar any claim to divinity.  That is reserved to God alone.  But Caesar can have back his one coin, for it already belongs to him.  Jesus successfully avoids the trap.
            In the second part of the answer is the statement:  “repay “to God what belongs to God.”  How do we interpret this?  One explanation is that we are called to a stewardship way of life.  We recognize all things that are good as gifts from God.  Grateful to God for the blessings which we have received, we share our time, talent and treasure.
            We are a stewardship parish; we are called to share our time, talent, and treasure with our parish community.  Repay “to God what belongs to God,” refers to our relationship with our parish.  Periodically, pray over the question:  how am I sharing my time, talent, and treasure with the St. John Nepomucene Parish Community?  When it comes to giving our treasure, we support various causes such as our parish and the missions.  Today is World Mission Sunday.  We are called to support the missions.  May we give God a whole hearted response when it comes to giving to our parish and to the missions throughout the world.
     
     
  •     Our Annual Bearevement Mass                          November 7, 2020

    We will hold our annual Bereavement Mass on November 7th at the 4:00 p.m. Mass.  While Covid19 prevents us from gathering for a social after the Mass, we will still be remembering all the deceased members of our parish, and all our loved ones at this special Mass.

    Dolores M. Barbis
    Theresa F. Semproch
    Edward J. Vitigoj
    Rae Ann Bican
    Patricia Ann Masink
    James f. Rodes, Sr.
    Roger Uher
    Rozeanne Rogers
    Patricia Lubrano
    Margaret Piszczor
    Shannon Straka
    Edward Florek
    William R. Bican
    Dorothy Konopinski
    Charles p. Voland
    Angelo J. Iacona
    Margaret O'Keefe
    Mary Jane Fisher
    Rita Kaniewski
    Lauren K. Kaniewski
    Lauren K. Ksiazka
    Mary Videc 
    Bonnie Klimkowski
    Edward Kolar
    Elizabeth Clark

     


     

  • On-Line Giving

    We are grateful for your support of our church. Online Giving allows you to make contributions to our church without writing checks or worrying about cash donations. This site lets you set up automatic contributions and change the timing or the amount of your gift at any time. You may make pledges and manage your contributions to the pledge amount, and you may make one-time donations to special causes. Please click on "Sign Up for Your New Account" and complete your initial account registration. Thank you!

    Click the link below to get started!


    Online Giving

  • ARE YOU CONCERNED ABOUT SAFETY ?

    With so much uncertainty regarding the COVID-19 virus and increasing recommendations to avoid crowds and take proper safety precautions, we wanted to remind you that we have options in place now that you can use today. This option is an ideal way to support the parish and our mission should you elect to stay home and worship.

    Online Giving is available for you to make contributions to the church. This option makes use of current technology and security standards and allows you to easily setup recurring contributions. It also enables our church to take advantage of new tools to become more efficient.

    Online Giving Parishioner Benefits
    Secure and confidential. No need to share payment information with the church office.
    Efficient. Set up direct withdrawals from your checking, savings account or a credit card.
    Simple. Start, stop and change your contributions at any time.
    Convenient. No need to write a check or have cash available.
    Remote flexibility. You can give from virtually anywhere anytime.

    Online Giving is intended to be a convenient tool for you to use, and we strongly support both Online Giving and Offering Envelopes for contributions to the parish. Online Giving is the electronic way to participate in weekly offertory.

     

  • Live Stream October 18th

  • Sick & Hospitalized

    Please remember in your  prayers those who are sick.  May they and their caregivers receive comfort and strength, remembering especially 
    Ronnie Bellomy, Mary Ann Betliskey, Joyce Bican, James Ciesla, Donna Czyzynski,
    Joseph Deccola, Carole Dlouhy,
    Katherine Dolniar,  Kristin Hill,
    Jacob Jackson, Millie Jasany, Chris Jackson, Caroline Jorski, Tom Konkoly,
    Amy Latawiec, Richard Leonard, Barbie Lister, Kelly Lister, Chuck Lyons, Debbie Mack,
    Deborah Malinowski, Ann Marie Medve,
    Jeanette Miller, Marguerite Miller,
    Donna Murrin, Louis Novak, Art Novotny,
    Stacie Parsons, John Pocius, Joel Rivera,
    Sue Seda, Karen Seneff, Norman Seneff, Tony Seneff, Earl Sheets, Margaret Slechta, Chuck Slusarczyk,Peggy Snyder, Kellie Span,
    Elaine Stack, Robert Stack,  Toni Suchy,
    Robert Wagner, Betty Wilson and Carl Zelenskas.


            For the Men and Women serving in the military, especially those from our parish and their families.
          
             For All Our Loved Ones who have died may they rest in eternal peace in heaven.
           

  • We Need Your Help

    If your address and phone number have changed, please let us know.  We would like to keep our records up to date.  Also if you would like to share your email address, please contact Sandy Yody  at  
    sjnsyody@st-john-nepomucene.org
    Thank you !

  •       Blanket Sunday
         October 10-11th

    Society of St. Vincent de Paul Annual Blanket Sunday
    October 10-11, 2020

    Thank you to all who contributed to the 2020 Blanket Sunday Appeal. As a parish, we collected almost 300.00 to purchase blankets and supplies for people in need.  We are so greatful for your generosity, if you have not given to this worthy cause you may still continue to send in your donations.