Spirituality Corner

Catholic Ministries Appeal Begins

Every dollar received in the CMA is used directly or indirectly to fund ministries affecting every Catholic and faith community in the diocese.

Our parish goal this year, set by the Diocese, is $106,530 in pledges.

All registered parishioners will soon receive a postcard, letter, pledge card, and return envelope for our Diocesan Catholic Ministries Appeal.

Please fill out your pledge card and bring that card to Mass NEXT Weekend. If you wish to be on the “Pioneer List” on Oct. 27, bring your card to the Rectory by 11 AM NEXT Wednesday.

We are required to successfully complete the pledge phase of the CMA campaign before the New Year. Remember, you then have until the end of May 2020 to complete payment of your pledge.

We must increase our number of stewards in order to meet this year’s goal. We NEED You!

Keeping you in prayer through your discernment of how you can deepen your commitment to the greater Church.   Father Gagnier, Pastor
Kevin Foy, Finance
Doug Escher, Stewardship

To make your donation online, visit http://www.dor.org/giving/contribute-to-the-cma/
*The Diocese determines parish goals using median household income, the number of families in our faith community, offertory income, and Mass attendance. 

Live the Liturgy

October 13, 2019

As we live out our life of faith, it is easy to lose heart and lose confidence in God’s power and effective presence. We can fall into apathy. Given the immensity of the concerns that abound, we feel powerless and can become unmotivated to persevere. To combat this weariness, Jesus tells his friends to pray always. Persisting in prayer allows us to find the determination, strength, and conviction to continue on course even when presented with difficulties.

If we are determined in our pursuit of God, we will eventually find God breaking through our darkness with the light of His presence, gifting us with contemplative sight so that we can see as He sees and love as He loves. It is only when we take on the person of Christ that we are able, with God’s help, to touch the world’s pain and loneliness. ©LPi

Scripture

Spend Some Time Reflecting on the Daily Readings

Readings for the Week of October 20th, 2019

Sunday:Ex 17:8-13/Ps 121:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8 [cf. 2]/2 Tm 3:14—4:2/Lk 18:1-8
Monday:Rom 4:20-25/Lk 1:69-70, 71-72, 73-75 [cf. 68]/Lk 12:13-21
Tuesday:Rom 5:12, 15b, 17-19, 20b-21/Ps 40:7-8a, 8b-9, 10, 17 [8a and 9a]/Lk 12:35-38
Wednesday:Rom 6:12-18/Ps 124:1b-3, 4-6, 7-8 [8a]/Lk 12:39-48
Thursday:Rom 6:19-23/Ps 1:1-2, 3, 4 and 6 [Ps 40:5]/Lk 12:49-53
Friday:Rom 7:18-25a/Ps 119:66, 68, 76, 77, 93, 94 [68b]/Lk 12:54-59
Saturday:Rom 8:1-11/Ps 24:1b-2, 3-4ab, 5-6 [cf. 6]/Lk 13:1-9
Next Sunday:Sir 35:12-14, 16-18/Ps 34:2-3, 17-18, 19, 23 [7a]/2 Tm 4:6-8, 16-18/Lk 18:9-14

Sharing the Gospel

The widow in Jesus’ story never gave up. She needed help. She kept asking for help over and over until the judge gave her what she needed. God is so much more loving than the judge in Jesus’ story. If you need help, you can ask God over and over. Don’t give up. Tell God when you are hurt. Tell God when you need help. He will listen carefully to you. He enjoys helping children who love him.

Prayer
Dear God, thank you for caring about me and listening to my prayers.

Mission for the Week
Many children do not have homes or shoes or beds. Ask God to show you how to help them.

Questions of the Week

First Reading
Moses relied on Aaron and Hur to help him accomplish the task of defeating Israel’s enemies. Who do you consider a close ally in your spiritual journey?

Second Reading
Paul teaches Timothy an important biblical principle: “All Scripture is inspired by God.” How would you explain this idea of “divine inspiration” of Scripture to a non-believer?   

Gospel Reading
Jesus tells his disciples the parable of the persistent widow, holding her up as a model of tenacity in faith. How would you assess your own level of tenacity for your faith?

God already has the solution.