Pastor's Message - September 24, 2017
"The LORD is just in all his ways and holy in all his works.
The LORD is near to all who call upon him, to all who call upon him in truth."
Dear Parishioners and Friends,
This past Friday we were blessed by the presence of his Eminence Cardinal Timothy Dolan and Bishop Salvatore Matano at a special Cathedral Diocesan Mass commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the founding of our Diocese.
Many new parish programs have started and are underway. Be sure to check the bulletin and our parish website.
Next Saturday, September 30, we have our Altar Server Social and Training. We invite our current altar servers - and any girl or boy in 3rd grade or higher who would like to learn to be a server - to take part!
This Sunday evening we will be gathering in church at 6:15pm with parents and teens for the start of the Confirmation Program. The two year program is Diocesan-wide. Come if even if you have not registered your child yet. (Typically the preparation begins in eighth grade) or call Marie at the parish office for further information for this important Sacrament.
Mark your calendars for the annual St. Francis Pet Blessing on Sunday, October 8th at 1:00pm to be held at in the Sister Katherine Ann circle in front of school. Pets of all types are most welcome – and believe me we get all kinds!
May God bless you this week!
An Introduction to Sunday's Scripture Readings - September 24, 2017
The Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
In the hope that you will enter more fully into the Mass
||The Workers in the Vineyard
SO HIGH ARE MY WAYS ABOVE YOUR WAYS
Our readings this Sunday remind us of the unfathomable mercy of God. Even those who turn to the Lord at the last minute will be welcomed into the Kingdom.
Our Gospel reading (Matthew 20:1-16)
is the story of the workers in the vineyard. The master hires workers at dawn and agrees to pay them the usual day's wage. He does the same throughout the day, paying the very last workers the same as the first. This offends our sense of fairness, but not God's.
Jesus told his disciples this parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out at dawn to hire laborers for his vineyard. After agreeing with them for the usual daily wage, he sent them into his vineyard. Going out about nine o'clock, the landowner saw others standing idle in the marketplace, and he said to them, 'You too go into my vineyard, and I will give you what is just.' So they went off. And he went out again around noon, and around three o'clock, and did likewise. Going out about five o'clock, the landowner found others standing around, and said to them, 'Why do you stand here idle all day?' They answered, 'Because no one has hired us.' He said to them, 'You too go into my vineyard.' When it was evening the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, 'Summon the laborers and give them their pay, beginning with the last and ending with the first.' When those who had started about five o'clock came, each received the usual daily wage.
So when the first came, they thought that they would receive more, but each of them also got the usual wage. And on receiving it they grumbled against the landowner, saying, 'These last ones worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us, who bore the day's burden and the heat.' He said to one of them in reply, 'My friend, I am not cheating you. Did you not agree with me for the usual daily wage? Take what is yours and go. What if I wish to give this last one the same as you? Or am I not free to do as I wish with my own money? Are you envious because I am generous?' Thus, the last will be first, and the first will be last."
In our first reading (Isaiah 55:6-9)
, the Prophet Isaiah invites his listeners to seek the Lord, turn from their wicked ways; for God is generous in forgiving - beyond all human understanding.
Seek the LORD while he may be found, call him while he is near. Let the scoundrel forsake his way, and the wicked his thoughts; let him turn to the LORD for mercy; to our God, who is generous in forgiving. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the LORD. As high as the heavens are above the earth, so high are my ways above your ways and my thoughts above your thoughts.
In our Epistle reading (Philippians 1:20-24, 27)
, St. Paul is torn between serving Christ's Church on earth and being with him in eternity. Paul shows his unshakeable faith in his "life in Christ", whether here on earth or after death. His utmost is to do the will of God.
Brothers and sisters: Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me life is Christ, and death is gain. If I go on living in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. And I do not know which I shall choose. I am caught between the two. I long to depart this life and be with Christ, for that is far better. Yet that I remain in the flesh is more necessary for your benefit. Only, conduct yourselves in a way worthy of the gospel of Christ
God calls us to rejoice in the mercy of God and not be resentful if someone else receives mercy. So high are his thoughts above our thoughts.
- Click Here to read, reflect and pray on the full readings for Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017
Wednesday, September 27
at 6:30pm in Church
Parents of children who are enrolled in this program need to attend this parent meeting. Children who are enrolled in our First Eucharist Program will also be preparing for their First Reconciliation, as well as children in Grade 3 and higher who have made their First Eucharist but not their First Reconciliation. You may register here. If you have any questions, please contact Anita Wagner at 671-2079 or [email protected]
This year marks the 31st annual Marathon.
We have some awesome top and participation prizes
Time to start collecting pledges.
Any boy or girl in 3rd grade or older who has received their First Communion and made Reconciliation can become an altar server.
Regular attendance at church, an ability to make a commitment, and a family that values worshipping together are all important characteristics of a successful server. Altar serving promotes responsibility, accountability, leadership, and teamwork.
Please join us for an
Altar Server Training Session and Social
on Saturday, September 30
for all servers - current and new.
We’ll start with pizza at 12:30pm in Room 1 followed by a training session in church from 1:00-2:00pm.
*New servers should contact Elizabeth
to see if an individual training should be scheduled.
Please be sure to RSVP to Elizabeth by email or call 671-1100 x 14.
In honor of the Feast of
St. Francis of Assisi
Patron Saint of Animals
Fr. Gonyo will hold a pet blessing on
Sunday, October 8 at 1:00pm
Rain or Shine!
Meet in the front of the School in the loop
(in case of rain – meet in the Gym)
All pets are welcome!
Please have pets on leashes or in crates if needed.
Save date for this annual fun filled event.
This year's theme is Wild West ~ Where you Saddle UP & Read!
Save the dates ~ October 24th to October 26th.