VIDEOS from 9:00 AM Mass at St. Elizabeth’s, Guerneville.
Hello everyone. As all should be aware, we are in the middle of a diocesan campaign entitled Professing Our Faith, Walking in Hope, Building God’s Kingdom. I would like to thank all of the families who have taken the time to learn more about the campaign, and for your consideration in making a sacrificial gift to this project. The campaign will raise critically needed funds so future generations will have the resources they need to build upon the legacy of faith.
There are several major areas the campaign addresses. Most importantly, it will help us here at St. Elizabeth, St. Catherine and St. Colman. For every dollar we raise, our parish will receive 35% of all funds up to its minimum need and 50% of all funds raised over its minimum need for its local projects. Here at St. Elizabeth, St. Catherine and St. Colman, our goal is $135,000.
Our campaign will be coming to a close in the next few weeks. We are a blessed parish, with such a generous history and we’ve always responded to the call. Professing Our Faith, Walking in Hope, Building God’s Kingdom provides us a great opportunity to continue to strengthen our faith and come together as one CHURCH.
Finally, we ask that you please pray for the success of this campaign so that we may better meet the needs of our growing Catholic community.
The famous analyst, Dr. Karl Menninger, once asked a very wealthy patient, “What are you going to do with all your money?” The patient replied, “Just worry about it, I guess.” “In that case,” said the doctor, “do you experience pleasure from worrying about your money?” With a deep sigh, the patient said, “No, but I feel such terror when I think of giving any of it away.” Commenting on what he termed his patient’s “money sickness,” Dr. Menninger said, “Generous people are rarely mentally ill.” To which we can safely say, “A truly generous person rarely lacks for anything.”
In the words of one such person . . . “My hobby is giving something away every day — something tangible — so that I will be reminded to give away the vastly more important intangible: a smile, a word of encouragement, a healing touch, an earnest prayer.” He continued, “Every day I give away something. It may be a book or a poster or a flower or a poem or a card with an inspirational message — something that might serve to enrich the life of the person receiving the gift. I may not be a person of great wisdom,” he said, “but this I know: the more I give to others, the more I have. I have an inner-peace that comes from the assurance that truly it is better to give then to receive.”
Like that man, ordinarily we in the Church talk about the spirit of giving, and it is important to do this. But rarely do we hear any talk about the spirit of receiving. Generosity is a two-way street. It’s an openness of heart that’s just as much about graciously receiving as it is about giving. Very few people know how to receive graciously and freely. Very often our pride and our arrogance get in the way. We don’t want to be “obligated” to the person who is giving. “Oh, you shouldn’t have done this,” we say. Or, on occasions when gifts are mutually exchanged, the thought flashes through our mind, “Oh, my goodness, that’s more expensive than the gift I gave him. How will I ever make up for it?”
Consequently, while we are receiving the gift outwardly, inwardly we are rejecting it. And we turn off the flow of love that might have been present, by refusing to allow the other person to experience the joy of giving.
PEACE AND BLESSINGS!
THE GATHERING (CATHOLICISM, CHAPTER 7, WORD MADE FLESH, TRUE BREAD OF HEAVEN: THE MYSTERY OF THE CHURCH’S SACRAMENT AND WORSHIP / P174 FR. ROBERT BARON)
“In a certain sense, the Mass commences with a gathering of people. They come from all walks of life, from different social and educational backgrounds, from a variety of economic strata, with differing levels of moral excellence, and from both genders – and they all form the community gathered around the altar of Christ. The fallen world is marked by division, separation, stratification: we sinners are intensely intrested in questions of priority and exclusivity: Who is in and who is out? Who is up and who is down? But, as Paul told us, in Christ “there is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free person, there is not male and female.” (Gal 3:28:; all are members of the mystical body.”
Next weekend is the Jazz Festival. St. Elizabeth’s derives a significant income by providing parking for this event. Please call Rose Chromy if you can volunteer to help.
We remind you that the HARVEST FOR HUMANITY Auction and Dinner benefitting St. Vincent de Paul is Sept. 27, Saturday at the Friedman Center. Call (707) 586-8121 for tickets ($100).
Please remember also the St. Elizabeth’s Guild Semiannual Rummage Sale Oct 4 & 5
Looking further ahead, St. Elizabeth’s will be offering the Adult Faith Formation program developed by Fr. Robert Baron, CATHOLICISM (quoted above.) Here is a YouTube video by Fr. Baron in which he issues a call to arms to Catholics. Enjoy!
Thank you and have a Blessed Sunday!