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Letter of Father Lester,9-22-22

Dear Parish Family and Friends,

“The amount of time, talent and treasure we decide to share with others, our parish, and the diocese, the poor and all those who need our help usually corresponds to how well we understand and accept that all we are, have and can do is an undeserved gift from God. Living stewardship as a way of life flows like a river from hearts that have gained this wisdom.”
~ ~ ~ Bishop Michael Jackels

Fall is here! Today marks the first day of the new season. In many regions of the northern hemisphere, the landscape slowly explodes with vibrant colors of red, yellow and orange. Plants and trees are slowing down as sunlight decreases to get ready for the colder season ahead. Fall also brings the wonderful holidays of Halloween and Thanksgiving, and you can easily notice later dawns and earlier sunsets.

Hospitality Sunday is back at St. Anthony! I invite you to join us for a continental breakfast, to meet other parishioners and make new friends after the 9am mass on October 2. A big thanks to the Pastoral and Finance Councils for being the first to sponsor since the pandemic.

The Stewardship Month of October is an opportunity to know more about the different parish ministries. There will be particular ministries assigned each weekend to speak about what they are doing and what the mission of their organization is. They will be available after Mass for questions, handouts, and to sign up if you are interested. I encourage each one of you to consider joining and get involved in the life of the Parish. I thank all of the dedicated leaders of our ministries who are working so hard to make our parish alive and vibrant.

We will celebrate Priesthood Sunday this coming weekend. May we all take a moment to pray for all the priests, especially those who served in our parishes. Keep in your prayers as well our dear Father Canny.

We have been longing to come and share our joys together, so bring your family and friends to the Annual Tri-tip Dinner on Friday, October 7 from 5 to 7:30 pm at St. Joseph Parish Hall in McCloud.

Together, let us walk in the stewardship way of life, being grateful and generous in sharing our many blessings received from God.

Blessings
Fr. Lester

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Readings for September 25th, 2022

God will judge the complacency of the people and their leaders.

They drink wine from bowls and anoint themselves with the best oils; yet they are not made ill by the collapse of Joseph! Therefore, now they shall be the first to go into exile, and their wanton revelry shall be done away with.

Excerpt From the First Reading:
Amos 6:1,4-7

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"Sunday Connection" from Loyola Press

Paul exhorts Timothy to stay faithful to God in all things.

But you, man of God(Timothy), pursue righteousness, devotion, faith, love, patience, and gentleness. Compete well for the faith. Lay hold of eternal life, to which you were called when you made the noble confession in the presence of many witnesses.

Excerpt taken From the 2nd Reading:
1 Timothy 6:11-16

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Reflections on the "26th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Cycle C" from "Catholic Culture"

Jesus tells the parable of the reversal of fortunes between the rich man and the poor man, Lazarus.

'My child, remember that you received what was good during your lifetime while Lazarus likewise received what was bad; but now he is comforted here, whereas you are tormented. Moreover, between us and you a great chasm is established to prevent anyone from crossing who might wish to go from our side to yours or from your side to ours.'

Excerpt taken From the Gospel of:
Luke 16:19-31