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This weekend we celebrate the Feast of Christ the King. It is a bit of an irony that we read a gospel passage that speaks not of the glory of God, but rather one that offers a very clear message: when God comes to judge us, He will look at our response – or lack thereof – to human need. His concern will not be the knowledge we acquired, the possessions we gained, nor the fame we earned, but rather how we in a very concrete way helped others.

God does not place unreasonable demands on us, but asks for our help in “simple” ways. By giving the hungry something to eat, and the thirsty something to drink; by welcoming the stranger, reaching out to the sick, and visiting the imprisoned. These are what the Catholic Church refers to as the “Corporal Works of Mercy.” They are not about helping the “spiritually” hungry or thirsty, but assisting those with real physical needs.

The parable in this Sunday’s Gospel tells us that the help we give must be “uncalculated”. Notice that those who offered no help cried out to Jesus, stating, “Had we only known it was you, we would gladly have helped, but it was only some common folk.” The help that is pleasing to God is that which is offered from one’s heart, with nothing expected in return, and no grand plan prepared. Instead, assistance is given because it is one’s natural inclination.


There are a number of opportunities for us at this time of year to help others, just as we have been summoned to do in the Gospel. Thus it is a great reading to hear as we embark upon the Advent season and are presented with many requests for help. As we celebrate this Feast in honor of Christ the King, it is both a blessing and a challenge to know that this is the attitude of our God and King.


Fr. John Gerritts
November 23, 2014

 
 

           

 


                              
PRAYER FOR BISHOP CHRISTENSEN
AND FOR OUR NEW SHEPHERD


Praise to you, Lord our God, our eternal shepherd and guide.  You have given us your Son, Jesus Christ, to teach, sanctify, and govern your people.  You also gave us the gift of your Holy Spirit so that we may forever remain one in Your name.

We thank you, Heavenly Father, for the gift of Bishop Peter Christensen, our shepherd, and all our past bishops who have faithfully served the Catholic Church in our Diocese.

We ask you Heavenly Father, to look with favor upon those in our church who will prayerfully select our new bishop.  Give them a Spirit of wisdom and counsel that they may discern your will.


We love you Heavenly Father, and in your love for us, bless us with a shepherd who will lead us in being Christ's heart of mercy, voice of hope, hands of justice, and love of your Holy Church.  Provide him with the gifts he will need to carry on the ministry of Jesus in our diocese.

Help him to fill our minds and hearts with the truth of the Gospel, the power of the sacraments, and the desire to build up your holy Church.

We ask this through the intercession of Mary, our mother, and St. Augustine, our Patron Saint, through Jesus Christ our Lord, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.

Amen.










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THIS WEEK


~Saturday  November 22
8:00 AM Dust Busters
10:00 AM Reconciliation
10:00 AM Bible Study
5:00 PM Mass
Scrip  available after Mass


~Sunday November 23

Social by Home and School
Masses: 7 AM, 9AM, 11AM
10:00 AM RCIA
5:30 PM Light Weigh One King Bible Study

Scrip available after Mass


~ Monday November 24
PARISH OFFICE CLOSED
Staff Full Day Retreat
8:00 AM Mass
9:15 AM Bakery and Produce Give Away

~ Tuesday November 25
8:00 AM Mass
11:00 AM Funeral for Gregory Colombo
5:00 Fundraiser - Wendy's
6:00 PM Family Rosary
7:00 PM Pastoral Council Meeting

~ Wednesday November 26
NO SCHOOL
8:00 AM Mass
10:00 AM Mass -  CCH

11:00 AM Funeral for Anna Wagmer

~ Thursday November 27
THANKSGIVING DAY
9:00 AM Mass
NO SCHOOL
ADORATION CLOSED
PARISH OFFICE CLOSED


~ Friday November 28
8:00 AM  Mass

NO SCHOOL
PARISH OFFICE CLOSED

~Saturday  November 29
8:00 AM Dust Busters
10:00 AM Reconciliation
5:00 PM Mass
Scrip  available after Mass






DIOCESAN VOCATIONS PRAYER

O God, we earnestly ask you to bless our diocese with many priests, brothers, sisters and deacons who will love You with their whole mind and heart and gladly spend their entire lives serving Your Church and making You known and loved. Bless our families, bless our children, and choose from our homes those needed for your work. Mary, Queen of the Clergy, pray for our priests, religious, and deacons. Obtain for us many more. We ask this through Christ our Lord.    Amen.


   










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