Pastoral Ponderings: October 25-26, 2014

-Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time-



Annual Pastoral Report Follow-up:

After your hearing such a positive and uplifting “Pastoral Report”, your response to me has been just as positive and encouraging. Let me thank you for that.

From your vacation visits, one of you brought back a bulletin with a little humorous quote about stewardship:

Some people stop at nothing when it comes to giving.”

That certainly is not the case here. Unknown to many people, you touch so many lives with your devoted stewardship. Your generosity, often behind the scenes, confronts those who do stop at doing nothing.

Today’s Gospel from Matthew reduces all the legal libraries (both secular and religious libraries) to two commandments—loving God and loving our neighbor as ourselves. A certain automotive brand claims that its love that makes their car the great automobile it is. In my mind this notion of love is the epitome of all that is self-centered and mundane. A car! Please!

Love is not simply talked about, but more importantly, it’s seen in how we treat one another. With Jesus, our concerted efforts are inclusive of those less fortunate than we are. Love is witnessed in reaching to others with the gifts and abilities (talents) given to us by God. All we need to do is our best. Here’s another priest poetic interpretation:

I think that I shall never see
A church that’s all it ought to be.
A church whose members never stray
Beyond the straight and narrow way.
A church that has no empty pews,
Whose people all pay their dues.
A church who members always sing,
And flock to church when bells ring.
Such perfect churches there may be,
But none of them are known to me.
But still we’ll work and pray and plan
To make our own the best we can.

-Msgr. Joseph Dooley

-Fr. Larry Martello

Pastoral Ponderings: October 18-19, 2014

-Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time-

Stwardship 2014

What a Video!:

My thanks to all who were part of the stewardship video. I have heard so many positive comments after our video presentation last weekend. There was even one waiting for me when I got to the Rectory Sunday afternoon.

Our hardworking and diligent Stewardship Committee working with Tony & Lori Melendez, gathered together scores of witnesses to produce this inviting and encouraging video. We try to offer a variety of presentations not only recognizing areas of service, but also introducing to new comers all that’s happening here. If you remember last year, we had our ministry fair in the Hall. This year is a little different. All year long our committee, quietly and behind the scenes, meets to grow in the spirit of stewardship themselves, and be better prepared in educating our parish for our annual “Commitment Weekend”.

So many different and dedicated people spoke of how their active involvement in our ministries of service has formed and reformed their lives. They certainly were inspiring. Whether you are able to commit to one hour or two hours a week, or a month, all are welcome to “jump in” and become part of our parish’s ministry to live out the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Maybe you’re unable to work outside your home. There are also opportunities to work right in your home.

Another Thank-You:

I received a nice note from a parishioner asking me to thank our volunteer “Cemetery workforce”— stewardship of time and talent. “It is beautiful—your care and concern ease our visits.” This group of men and women is a fine example using one’s talents to multiply the good work being done for others, both living and deceased.

Parish & Cemetery Groundskeepers:

All are invited to an end of the summer picnic on October 27th. Before you make your last swipe of our grounds come and join us for a picnic.

-Fr. Larry Martello

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