This Sunday we celebrate the Solemnity of Christ the King. Today, in the gospel we listen to the humble confession of Dismus, the good thief; a confession that brought him mercy, forgiveness and great favor by the Lord. What can his humility teach those who seek to be good stewards? That we must give up our self-importance, our self-centeredness and learn to give ourselves to God? That God has entrusted us with everything we have as gifts to be used in God’s service? That we treat others not with arrogance, sarcasm or put down, but with reverence and respect as gifts from God? Is it by recognizing that God is the center of the universe, not us, and that only Christ the King can bring us genuine peace and salvation?
Happy Thanksgiving: On this Thanksgiving Day our thoughts invariably turn to preparing for our annual celebration with family and friends. Perhaps this simple blessing from the Book of Sirach could serve as an appropriate stewardship reflection on our gratitude for the Lord’s abundant goodness, and be our prayer during this thanksgiving weekend: “And now, bless the God of all, who has done wondrous things on earth. May he grant you joy of heart and may peace abide among you; may God’s goodness toward us endure as long as the heavens are above”.
“Be kindhearted to the poor, the unfortunate and the afflicted.
Give them as much help and consolation as you can.
Thank God for all the benefits he has bestowed upon you,
that you may be worthy to receive greater.”
St. Louis IX
2022 Catholic Ministries Appeals Update
St. Finbarr St. Patrick St. Ignatius
Goal $8,356.00 $6,051.00 $9,821.00
Donors 26 19 46
Total Received YTD $9,340 $8,450 $12,340
$ Goal Exceeded $984 $2,559 $2,979
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