Pastoral Ponderings: September 27-28, 2014

-Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time-


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Commitment Sunday: Next Month

By now you should have received in the mail a packet of information helping you to decide on what your stewardship commitment is going to be for this year. For some of you it might mean recommitting for another year, for others it might mean trying a new adventure with something new. Recognizing the abundance with which we have been blessed, life is quite unsettling. Many new international and current circumstances threaten against the domestic tranquility for which we yearn.

Given the lives of many people, it is certainly difficult to heed the words of St. Paul today: “Have in you the same attitude that is also in Christ Jesus. Do nothing out of selfishness or out of vainglory; rather, humbly regard others as more important than yourselves, each looking out not for one’s interests, but also for those of others.”

We may not be able to change the world, but we are certainly able to make a difference in the life of at least one person, by sharing the burdens life has dealt out to him or her. It can begin right here and now. Take some time to reflect on what it is—be it small or large—you are able to offer another person. Take a look at the Prayer Journal right alongside the Ministry Guide Book to make your decision to commit. You’ll be already when Commitment Sunday comes around next month.

Here a little comic relief to soften the seriousness of commitment. Here is a bumper sticker seen on a pastor’s car in Pennsylvania:

If You Love Jesus, Tithe!
Don’t honk ! Anybody Can Honk!

-Fr. Larry Martello

Pastoral Ponderings: September 20-21, 2014

-Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time-

Statue Dedication by Bishop Lennon

“May the growth of your people in holiness be the eternal joy of our shepherds”

“What a beautiful day last Sunday was.” If I heard it once, I heard it a hundred times. The conclusion of our Jubilee Year was fantastic. For well over a year and a half many folks have been working to make the year as moving and inspiring as it has been. As one of the shepherds of St. Joseph Parish, I am not able to convey with words how much joy you have brought to me as a priest.

Experiencing with the growth—above all in holiness—has been the hallmark of my twenty-five years here. Prayer, spiritual life, outreach-service, and evangelization have blossomed under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and some healthy ministries and ministers.

For all that has been accomplished and enjoyed along the way, let us give thanks. For that which, with God’s grace, we have to do, let us say yes!

Bishop Lennon at Closing CeremonyClosing Ceremony
-Fr. Larry Martello

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