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TRUST IN GOD

Life is much more important than food, and the body much more important than clothes. Instead, be concerned with His Kingdom, and He will provide you with these things.
Luke 12:23,31


Saturday, October 31, 2009

Go Cooking Moms - Saturday Tip!



Go Cooking Moms!
Saturday Tip - To prevent a quiche or pumpkin pie crust from becoming soggy, partially bake the crust in a 425 degree oven for about 15 minutes, then brush with beaten egg and bake for 2 more minutes. Then remove from oven, pour the filling into the shell and proceed with directions as usual.

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Nationwide Bulletin Insert


30-October-2009 -- Catholic News Agency

U.S. Bishops Launch Grassroots Effort to Fight for Catholic Concerns on Health Care
Washington D.C., Oct 30, 2009 (CNA).- After attempting to persuade lawmakers to listen to Catholic concerns about health care reform, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has initiated a grassroots campaign to mobilize the faithful across the country. The effort includes bulletin inserts, sample pulpit announcements and web-based ads.

Cardinal Francis George and the chairmen of the three major bishops' committees engaged in health care reform wrote all of the U.S. bishops and asked that the USCCB Nationwide Bulletin Insert on health care reform be printed or hand-stuffed in bulletins in every parish nationwide and/or distributed in pews or church entrances. They requested that these actions be taken as soon as possible.

The official memo sent out by the bishops included a bulletin insert, a flier, a prayer petition, and suggested pulpit announcements.

Catholic bishops have been calling for health care reform for years. Saying that “Catholic moral tradition teaches that health care is a basic human right, essential to protecting human life and dignity,” the bishops cite the numerous Catholic emergency rooms, shelters, clinics, and charities that “pick up the pieces of a failing health care system.”

Though health care reform is desperately needed, the U.S. bishops’ conference has concluded that all committee approved bills are seriously deficient on the issues of abortion and conscience, and do not provide adequate access to health care for immigrants and the poor.

If these issues go unaddressed, the bishops have pledged to vigorously oppose the current reforms.

Despite presidential and congressional assurances that abortions will not be funded by taxpayer money in the proposed health care reform bills, none of the proposed bills have such restrictions. The Capps amendment is worded in such a way that money to fund abortions is shuffled around so that it merely appears not to do so. Currently, no bill offers conscience protection clauses or ensures that legal immigrants are afforded access to health care.

The USCCB bulletin insert asks that Catholics contact the Senate and request that they listen to Catholics' concerns. “During floor debate on the health care reform bill, please support an amendment to incorporate longstanding policies against abortion funding and in favor of conscience rights. If these serious concerns are not addressed, the final bill should be opposed,” the insert says.

A similarly worded message to the House of Representatives suggests that each representative be encouraged to “support the Stupak Amendment that addresses essential pro-life concerns on abortion funding and conscience rights in the health care reform bill. Help ensure that the Rule for the bill allows a vote on this amendment.”

The Stupak amendment attempts to apply the wording of the Hyde Amendment, which has kept federal funding from going to abortions, as well as provided conscience protections to health care professionals.

The USCCB has also released a banner ad which can be posted to individual websites to encourage visitors to take action and support health care reform that respects life.

Read this article at EWTN here

More can be found at the USCCB page here

Click here to read the Nationwide Bulletin Insert

Family Bible Study - Sunday, November 1st, 2009 - Feast of All Saints

Gospel Passage
Matt. 5:1 When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat
down, his disciples came to him. 2 Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying:
3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. 5 “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. 6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. 7 “Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy. 8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. 9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. 10 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 “Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Questions for Discussion:
1. Do you know why God made you and put you on earth? It is so that you
can become a saint? What is a saint?

2. How do these Beatitudes (special teachings of Jesus about what will make us
“blessed” or truly happy) which we read in the Gospel story help us to
become holy?

3. Many people in the world say that you have to be rich, powerful,
or beautiful to be happy. Jesus says those things don’t matter to God
and we shouldn’t care about them either. Jesus says, instead, to be poor in spirit, meek and merciful, and pure of heart. What do you think is right and why?
used with permission - Fr. Roger Landry

Gospel Message - Feast of All Souls

FEAST OF ALL SOULS
Monday is the feast of All Souls. On this day and
throughout this entire month, we remember those souls in
purgatory that they may be released and come into the
kingdom of heaven.
Our display in the front of the church will remind us
of the saints and souls in purgatory.
used with permission - Msgr. Bob Lawrence

Sunday Gospel Message - Feast of All Saints

FEAST OF ALL SAINTS
Today is the feast of All Saints. On this day, we
honor all the saints in heaven, especially the countless
uncanonized saints. These saints are members of our
families, our relatives, our friends, and our parishioners who
have gone before us marked with the sign of peace. We look
to what we have learned from them and we imitate the good
that we have seen in them.
Remember that, as we worship God at Mass, all the
saints are with us to give glory to God also. As we enter
church, let us be aware that all the saints and angels are there
as we join them in worshipping God.
used with permission - Msgr. Bob Lawrence

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

The Lessons of St. Therese


The Lessons of St. Therese by Fr. Mark Mary

St. Therese, pray for us!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Saint-O-Lanterns!


What a beautiful idea! Take a look ...

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Family Bible Study - October 25th, 2009 - 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Gospel Passage
Mark 10:46 They came to Jericho. As he and his disciples and a large crowd
were leaving Jericho, Bartimaeus son of Timaeus, a blind beggar, was sitting
by the roadside. 47 When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began
to shout out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” 48 Many
sternly ordered him to be quiet, but he cried out even more loudly, “Son of
David, have mercy on me!” 49 Jesus stood still and said, “Call him here.”
And they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take heart; get up, he is
calling you.” 50 So throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus.
51 Then Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” The blind
man said to him, “My teacher, let me see again.” 52 Jesus said to him, “Go;
your faith has made you well.” Immediately he regained his sight and
followed him on the way.

Questions for Discussion:

1. Bartimaeus cried out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” How often
do you pray to Jesus to be merciful to you, to forgive you your sins? What
ways can you pray more for Jesus’ mercy?

2. Bartimaeus asked Jesus to allow him to see, to cure his blindness.
Sometimes we need to be cured of spiritual blindness, which prevents our
seeing God and his will in the midst of daily events. Sometimes, like the blind man, we may not see what God wants us to see. In what situations do you
need God’s help to see things more clearly? Are there things you do not understand that you need God’s help to see?

3. After the blind man was healed by Jesus, he began to follow him. Any gift of the Lord should bring us to follow him more. What prayers has Jesus answered for you? Did you respond like Bartimaeus and thank Him by following His ways?
used with permission - Fr. Roger Landry

Sunday Gospel Message - October 25th, 2009 - 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
"Master, I want to see." There are different kinds of blindness. We can be blind physically, spiritually, or morally. Today we ask the Lord to give us sight and insight that we may see Him, know what He is asking of us, and follow what lies before us. "Lord, I want to see You each day in my life; I want to be able to see how you are leading and guiding me; I want to see that You are at my side and walking with me." Three things I ask: "to see Thee more clearly, to love Thee more dearly, to follow Thee more nearly, day by day." (Godspell).
used with permission - Msgr. Bob Lawrence

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Family Bible Study - October 18th, 2009 - 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Gospel Passage
Mark 10:35 James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came forward to him and said to
him, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.” 36 And he said to
them, “What is it you want me to do for you?” 37 And they said to him, “Grant us to
sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.” 38 But Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I
drink, or be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?” 39 They replied,
“We are able.” Then Jesus said to them, “The cup that I drink you will drink; and
with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized; 40 but to sit at my
right hand or at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared.” 41 When the ten heard this, they began to be angry with James and John. 42 So Jesus called them and said to them, “You know that among the Gentiles those whom they recognize as their rulers lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. 43 But it is not so among you; but whoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, 44 and whoever wishes to be first among you
must be slave of all. 45 For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.”

Questions for discussion
1. Jesus wants us to help everyone we can first, then think of ourselves and our
wants last. That can mean we may have to give up some things and let others
have them. Are you willing to do that for God? What are some ways we can put this into action?

2. James and John thought they could ask Jesus for special places in Heaven.
Jesus said that God chooses who will have them. What do you think makes
God happy enough to give us special places in Heaven?

3. Jesus says that if we wish to be the greatest, we must be the servant of all, in
imitation of Jesus, who came not to be served, but to serve, do you try to serve too?
used with permission - Fr. Roger Landry

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Family Bible Study - October 11, 2009 - 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Gospel Passage
Mark 10:17 As he was setting out on a journey, a man ran up and knelt before him,
and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 18 Jesus said
to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. 19 You know the
commandments: ‘You shall not murder; You shall not commit adultery; You shall not
steal; You shall not bear false witness; You shall not defraud; Honor your father and
mother.’” 20 He said to him, “Teacher, I have kept all these since my youth.” 21
Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said, “You lack one thing; go, sell what you
own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then
come, follow me.” 22 When he heard this, he was shocked and went away grieving,
for he had many possessions. 23 Then Jesus looked around and said to his disciples,
“How hard it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!” 24
And the disciples were perplexed at these words. But Jesus said to them again,
“Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! 25 It is easier for a camel to
go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of
God.” 26 They were greatly astounded and said to one another, “Then who can be
saved?” 27 Jesus looked at them and said, “For mortals it is impossible, but not for
God; for God all things are possible.” 28 Peter began to say to him, “Look, we have
left everything and followed you.” 29 Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, there is no one
who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields, for my sake and for the sake of the good news, 30 who will not receive a hundredfold
now in this age — houses, brothers and sisters, mothers and children, and fields with
persecutions — and in the age to come eternal life.

Questions for discussion:
1. “What must I do to inherit eternal life?” The man asked Jesus this question, which is the most important question anyone of us can ask. How does Jesus answer that
question? Are you doing those things?

2. Jesus wants us to use everything we have to do good things for God and to bring
other people to know and to love God. How are you doing this?

3. The rich young man went away feeling very “sad” because he did not want to
make Jesus more special than his money. Is there anything in your life that is more
important to you than following Jesus all the way, 100%?
used with permission - Fr. Roger Landry

Sunday Gospel Message - October 11th, 2009 - 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Wisdom is a gift that enables us to know what to do in all situations of our lives. We pray for that wisdom that enables us to use riches, property, and all other gifts for the good of others and according to the plan of God.
Perhaps we say that something is impossible and, it probably is, if we do it ourselves. Jesus reminds us that, with Him, all things are possible. By trusting in God, we can expect supernatural power to be with us in our lives. In God we trust! In God we believe! In God we can do it!
used with permission - Msgr. Bob Lawrence

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Family Bible Study - Sunday, October 4th, 2009 - 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Gospel Passage
Mark 10:2 Some Pharisees came, and to test him they asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?” 3 He answered them, “What did Moses command you?” 4 They said, “Moses allowed a man to write a certificate of dismissal and to divorce her.” 5 But Jesus said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart he wrote this commandment for you. 6 But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.’ 7 ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, 8 and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two, but one flesh. 9 Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.” 10 Then in the house the disciples asked him again about this matter. 11 He said to them, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her; 12 and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.” 13 People were bringing little children to him in order that he might touch them; and the disciples spoke sternly to them. 14 But when Jesus saw this, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. 15 Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.” 16 And he took them up in his arms, laid his hands on them, and blessed them.

Questions for discussion:
1. Marriage is very special. Jesus said if two people get married they become “one flesh”. Marriage is a sacrament, which means the point of marriage is to help bring us closer to God, closer in God to others, and eventually to heaven. Marriage in God’s eyes is supposed to make people more holy. What types of qualities should one be aware of in a future spouse?

2. How can children follow Jesus?
used with permission - Fr. Roger Landry

Sunday Gospel Message - October 4th, 2009 - 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

TWENTY-SEVENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
God created man and woman and made them equal.
God placed man and woman in the Garden of Paradise
because he wanted them to be happy. He gave man and
woman to each other so that they might bring happiness to
each other. He told them that they were to become one in
mind, one in heart, and one in affections. This is the plan of
God for marriage. Husband and wife are to be one in all
ways and to bring happiness to each other. This is what God
created for couple. Adam and Eve walked and talked with
God in the cool of the evening. God wants to be that close
to all married couples.
used with permission - Msgr. Bob Lawrence