Document 329765

St. Augustine, St. Benedict the Moor & St. Mary Churches: Pastoral Region One Oct. 12, 2014
Do you remember how last week God lovingly
prepared a vineyard on a fertile hillside? He dug the soil,
cleared it of stones, and planted choice vines … built a tower,
and dug a press…(Isaiah). What care God took! In fact God
said: What could I have done for my vineyard that I have not
done?
This week God lovingly prepares a marriage feast: a
banquet of rich food, a banquet of fine wines, of food rich and
juicy, of fine strained wines (Isaiah). What a feast! …my oxen
and fattened cattle have been slaughtered, everything is ready
(Matthew).
Note that: Everything is ready! The vineyard is ready
for the harvest and the feast is ready for the guests - and so
God sends his servants.
Incredibly the tenants of the vineyard seized the
servants: thrashed one, killed another and stoned a third.
Those who were invited to the feast ignored the servants and
some even thrashed and killed them.
Last week God asked for what was rightfully his and
found himself rejected; this week he offers what is rightfully
his to those he loves and finds himself contemptuously
spurned.
Last week he was disobeyed; this week he is
humiliated.
The marriage feast, of course, is the kingdom of
heaven. The servants are the prophets, the greatest of whom is
Jesus, and those who were invited are the Chosen people,
represented particularly by their leaders.
The disconcerting question which baffles us is 'Why
would they refuse?' Why would people so comprehensively,
so completely and maliciously refuse to enter the Kingdom so
lovingly prepared for them?
The Scriptures are littered, so to speak, with the sad
memory of those who failed for all sorts of reasons to enter the
Kingdom, beginning with Lucifer, the angel of light, and his
demons.
The elder son in the parable of the prodigal son would
not enter the feast because his pride was stung by his father's
generosity to his wayward brother. It becomes clear that his
relationship with the father had always been that of slave,
rather than son. And since he was the more obedient 'slave' he
felt he was worth more.
The five foolish virgins failed to enter because they
had not taken the Kingdom seriously enough. They had not
adequately appreciated the greatness of the gift and so had not
adequately prepared. The door was shut in their faces.
The householder just fell asleep and the judgment
which unexpectedly sneaked up on him like a thief, found him
not ready.
Those who hear the word of God but do not keep it
will not be recognized by the Lord and will not gain entry into
the Kingdom. When they knock on the door they will hear the
Lord say, 'I do not know you.'
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The goats, those who showed no love or mercy
towards their neighbor, and consequently showed no love
towards God, will be cast out into the darkness and not be
permitted to enter the Kingdom.
Those who will not wear the wedding garment, in
other words, those who lack the necessary dispositions for
entering heaven will be cast out.
The busy, those preoccupied with worldly concerns,
those who build their houses on the shifting materialistic sands
of power, pleasure or possessions, who worship money rather
than God, who try to 'save' their lives rather than 'losing' them
in the service of the Lord are not worthy of the Lord and
cannot enter the Kingdom.
Let us remember that the invitation God gives us is to
the king's feast. We are invited to a wonderful communion
with God and with each other. The Sunday Eucharist we
celebrate on earth is a rehearsal for this eternal banquet. That
is why it is so important. It is here, at each Mass, that we are
slowly transformed and sanctified for the moment we are
called to take our seats at the marriage feast in heaven. It is
here, at each Mass, that we are strengthened to live the kind of
life God looks for in us.
When we refuse God who has prepared a place for us
in his house he does not punish us, we punish ourselves. We
miss out on all he has made ready for us. We miss out on the
'party', the feast and have to spend eternity outside the Father's
house, in the dark. That would be hell, wouldn't it?
by Fr. John Speekman
REGION ONE LITURGICAL SCHEDULE
[SA] = St. Augustine [SB] = St. Benedict [SM] = St. Mary
Fri.
Oct. 17 8am [SM]
Sat.
Oct. 18 2pm Redden/Curtis wdg[SM]
4:30pm [SB] SB Parishioners
4:30pm [SM] Jewel Smith
29th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sun. Oct. 19
8:15am [SA] Allen T. Hess, Sr.
9:45am [SM] The Special Intentions of the Wolff Family
11am [SB] SB Parishioners
1:15pm [SM] Spanish Mass
28th Sunday in Ordinary Time
THIS WEEK'S EVENTS PASTORAL REGION ONE:
[SA] St. Augustine [SB] = St. Benedict; [SM] = St. Mary
Mon 10/13
COLUMBUS DAY, OFFICES CLOSED
Prayer Mtg 11am [SB]
Fellowship of Work 7pm [SM]
Tues. 10/14
Choir practice 7pm [SM]
Wed 10/15
Bible Study 7pm [SB]
St. Ann mtg 7pm [SMC]
SM Alumni mtg 7pm [SMC]
Thurs 10/16 Jubilee Club mtg 1pm [SMC]
Sat. 10/18
Choir Practice 6pm [SB]
Sun. 10/19
WORLD MISSION SUNDAY
Bible Study 10:45am [SMC]
BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION CAN NOW BE SENT DIRECTLY TO ST. BENEDICT THE MOOR SCHOOL,
138 GRAMONT AVE DAYTON OH 45417
WEEKLY COLLECTIONS Oct. 4/5
St. Mary Weekly Goal: $4116.00
Weekly
$2637.50
Building Fund $145
Rent
$2000
SVDP
$422
Respect Life $265
TOTAL:
$5469.50
YTD collection $46, 993.17 SHORTFALL ($15,312.25)
St. Benedict
Weekly Goal $5,200.00
This past weekend: $1154.50
Maintenance: $1743.50
St. Augustine
Weekly Collection
$1687
Capital Improvement
$190
Respect Life
$77
ST. MARY LITURGICAL MINISTRY SCHEDULE
Oct 18 - 4:30pm
[S] Julie Himes
[L] Steve Himes, Mary Ellen Oomens
[E] Delora Michel, Debbie Hoover, Mary Ann Faulstick
Oct 19 - 9:45am
[S] Mark Bruggeman
[L] Julie Moorman, Mary Saluke
[E] Jose & Imelda Cardano, Laura Woeste, Patrick
Servé, Fran Roderer, Sharon Walker, Darlene Kinney
ST. AUGUSTINE LITURGICAL SCHEDULE
Lectors: Liz Miller, Steve Mersch
Eucharistic Ministers: Ken Stewart, Jean Evanchuck,
Susie Stewart, Jeff Bruns, Sylvia Hess, Frank Kozarec,
Betty & Tim Stueve
Ushers and Greeters: Don Hoog, Mark & Todd Kozarec
Servers: Austin Valenti, Casey Blue, Anthony West
TAKE TEN & CONNECT
With God & With Others Your Faith & Daily Life
Spend 10 minutes reflecting on God’s Word
Next Sunday’s scripture: Isaiah45:1, 4-6;
1 Thessalonians 1: 1-5; Matthew 22:15-21
Relate an experience when you felt pressured into
making a decision contrary to your principles.
Describe an experience of being caught in a no-win
situation with family, at work or in society.
What belongs only to God in your life?
PRAY FOR OUR PARISH
MILITARY MEMBERS
TSgt Timothy Scott Marcum, USAF; SSgt Justin Bentley,
USAF; SrA Matthew Bauer, USAF; CPT Brian Hargis, US
Army; SSG Lynn Jones, US Army; Saundra Ann Morrell,
USN; Ronald Morrell Pruitt, US Army, Capt. Andrew J.
Konicki, USMC.; SSgt Christopher DeWitt, USAF, Sgt Alex
Zavakas, US Army, SSG Bill Himes US Army; PFC Michael
V. Jackson, US Army, PVT Corey Taylor, US Army, Lt. Com.
Ryan Jonathan Logan, USN, SGT Stephanie Lewis, US Army,
PFC Solomon A. Smith, US Army, SrA Candice Smith,
USAF, EOD3 Aaron R. Gorby, USN; Davion A. Redd,
USCG, Pvt Jacob Deis, USMC, SSgt Jennifer Wagner, USAF,
LCpl Jacob Deis, USMC.
PRAY FOR OUR BELOVED SICK of SB
In our prayers, let us remember those in need of the
Lord’s healing mercy, especially: Andrew Lewis, Jackie
Bristow, Brenda Lewis, Mae Wilkerson, Kenneth Bronston,
Zadie Buckner, Mary Helen Spanish, Ruby Hobbs, Chuck
Dewitt, Valerie Smith, Phyllis Coley, Lora Singleton, Mark
Wells, Gloria Patton, Jessie Campbell, Betty Jones, Pat
Bell, Ralph Reed and Janis Lowery.
ST. BENEDICT LITURGICAL
MINISTRY SCHEDULE
OCTOBER 19TH – 29TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
1st Sharon Hairston; 2nd Kathy Garrison; Petitions: Rita
Ellicott
Extraordinary Ministers: Juanita Newell, Mary Barker,
Victor O’Basuyi, Rose Williams (R) Janice Allen, Robin
Craft-Bell, Emmett Orr, Susan Smith (L)
IN THE NURSING HOME/ASSISTED LIVING
FROM ST. BENEDICT AND
ST. MARY PARISHES
Eddie Weaver
Lavonne Barker
Mary Paschal
Artie Oliver
Mary Scott
Mary Scott
Livingston Care Center
Mercy Sienna
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St. Augustine, St. Benedict the Moor & St. Mary Churches: Pastoral Region One Oct. 12, 2014
BI-LINGUAL MASS AT ST. MARY
ST. MARY HOLIDAY BAZAAR
Next Saturday, Oct. 18, as we celebrate World Mission Sunday, we will celebrate the multi-cultural family at
St. Mary Church AT THE 4:30pm Mass. Please join us..
The St. Mary St. Ann Society is again holding its annual
Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, Oct. 25 from 10am until 6pm in the
St. Mary Church Hall.
We will have a number of vendors offering Holiday
Craft items, Jewelry, Rosaries, Christmas Items and more!!
We also have Homemade Baked Goods for sale. YUM!!
Please consider donating your baked goods for this fundraiser. Items can be dropped off at the parish office on Friday
10/24 from 10am till 4pm or at 9:30am in the hall the day of the
bazaar.
If you can help set things up, join us in the hall on Fri.
from 10am until 2pm.
CADIC TREE BLESSING
On the 26th of October at St. Augustine, the final
blessing will be said outside. Father will bless the tree
which was planted and dedicated to the memory of Dave
Cadic. Please plan to attend.
SM SUNDAY MORNING SCRIPTURE STUDY
"Share the Word" Sunday morning scripture study
has begun its 33rd year at St. Mary; and we're going to keep
doing it until we get it right! We meet in the St. Mary
Center following the 9:45am Mass. Why not stop by and
join us a light hearted look at the scriptures and how they
impact our daily lives. Our family looks forward to
including you in our discussions.
IF ANYONE IS INTERESTED IN BECOMING A
SACRISTAN AT ST. AUGUSTINE CHURCH
PLEASE CONTACT SYLVIA OFFICE 855-2289 OR HOME
855-6649
OCTOBER COUNT
Every October the Archdiocese asks every church
to count those attending Mass. The numbers assist them in
determining the "state of the parishes".
We ask EVERYONE to please make it your #1
priority to attend Mass at your parish each weekend in October. Better yet, bring your entire family and ALL your
friends!!
ST. ANTHONY OKTOBERFEST
Enjoy a delicious German dinner, music, raffles, trivia
contest and silent auction at St. Anthony's Oktoberfest on Sat.,
Oct. 18 from 5:30- 9:30 pm in the school gym, located at 1824 St.
Charles Ave. Admission is $10 in advance or $12 at the door and
includes dinner and a beverage (soft drink, water or beer). Additional beer, soft drinks and water are available for purchase. Must
be at least 21 years old to attend. Tickets can be purchased in
advance at the school or parish office. For information, contact
Angie in the school at 253-6251.
A WEEKEND OF HEALING AND HOPE
A Weekend of Healing and Hope featuring Immaculee
Ilibagiza will be held at St. Luke in Beavercreek Oct 17 (4-9pm)
and Oct 18 (8a-1:30p). Immaculee facilitates all retreat sessions
and will share her powerful witness of God's amazing presence
amid the Rwandan genocide and how forgiveness not only heals
hearts, but transforms lives. For further information please contact Lisa Donigian: [email protected]_ or 937-901-2727.
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CASTING OUT INTO THE DEEP
We recently meditated on a scripture reading about believing so much in the word of our Savior, that we are willing to
cast out into the deep even though we are more comfortable closet o the shore. Perhaps the Lord is nudging you to be more involved in one of the most important human rights issues of our
day. Today I am asking you to consider becoming a board member of the largest Pregnancy Medical Center in the country: Elizabeth's New Life Center. What does it take? Some of your time,
a willing an generous heart, a bold and deep seated conviction in
the sanctity of human life as well as some humility and creative
thinking. We are particularly looking for businesspersons (retired
or not), medical folks (doctors, nurses, nurse-practitioners etc.)
and younger professionals; however, we really are open to anyone
who might feel called to join us. If you would like to consider it
for yourself or to recommend someone else, contact Vivian Koob
937-226-7414 [email protected] We will be scheduling new board member orientation this month based on
ST. MARY ST. VINCENT DePAUL
SEPTEMBER REPORT
Food Given: 368 families
= 1059 individuals (380 children)
Clothing vouchers: 4 family = 15 people
Furniture billing for August: $850.50
Furniture September requests: 6 families = 20 individuals
Appliances: $720.00; 5 families = 20 people
Utility Help: $285.24 for 3 families = 6 individuals
Additional food purchases $2163.36
Non-food items purchased: $563.70
ID's etc: $50
Travel aid (bus tokens & passes): $29.50 = 4 people
Referrals: 5 = 14 individuals
Volunteer hours 503
Please remember these areas of need when you use
your St. Vincent envelopes each month. No donation is too
small. Thank you for keeping us in your prayers. Thank
you also for your generous support of the St. Vincent DePaul ministry at St. Mary Church.
28th Sunday in Ordinary Time
ST. AUGUSTINE ST. VINCENT REPORT
The St. Vincent DePaul Conference of St. Augustine made 16 home visits during the period of July 1
through Sept. 30. They assisted clients with $200 in rent
and $1780 for utilities.
The sum of over $1450 was donated by parishioners, private individuals and the Dayton Council to enable us
to assist all 16 families. Whenever our funds get low, God
steps in and ensures we obtain the funds needed to provide
assistance. God is so good!
Thank you once again for your continued prayers
and monetary support.
ST. BENEDICT ST. VINCENT REPORT
We wish to thank everyone who showed us such
great support for our "BUNDLE WEEKEND." It was a
tremendous success!
Again thank you and may God bless you for your
generous donations. Take care and see you in the Spring.
HARVEST OF VALUES BAZAAR
Ascension Church on Woodman Dr. in Kettering is
sponsoring the Women's Guild "Harvest of Values Bazaar"
on Nov. 8 from 9am till 3:30pm. Come shop the wide
variety of crafts, gifts, decorations and baked goods. Hot
lunch is available from 11am-2pm. All are welcome!
CHURCH INVOLVEMENT
IN POLITICAL ISSUES
With the upcoming November election, advice of
the Chancery is to be unusually scrupulous by avoiding any
activity that could be perceived as supporting any political
party and/or its candidates, including the signing of
petitions promoting political issues. Just because a political
party, a candidate, or a group of supporters says that some
proposed activity or statement of support is appropriate
does not make it appropriate. A perception of a violation
could cost thousands of dollars in attorney’s fees. In
addition, the not-for-profit designation could be lost which
would have a chilling effect on offerings and donations. If
you have any questions, please contact Fr. Steve Angi at
513.421.3131x2846.
ALL PARISH MEETING
TO FOCUS ON LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY,
DEATH PENALTY AND HUNGER
Weavers of Justice, a collaborative of Catholic parishes and organizations in the greater Dayton area, will roll
out its revised legislative advocacy toolkit. Complete with
tips and addresses to enhance parish efforts, the toolkit will
help reach legislators on issues the Catholic Church believes will help the poor and vulnerable. The event, Saturday, November 8, will begin with registration and a light
breakfast at 8:30 a.m. at the former Trinity Center, 266
Bainbridge St. just outside Dayton’s Oregon District. It will
end at 12:30 p.m. In addition to receiving a toolkit, participants will also hear from advocates to reform Ohio’s death
penalty law and to work towards ending hunger for families
in the United States and around the world. The event is free,
but registrations are kindly requested to assure enough
handouts and food for everyone. To register, please call the
Catholic Social Action Office at 937.224.3026 or email
[email protected]
WORLD MISSION SUNDAY, OCT. 19
“God loves a cheerful giver,” says Pope Francis.
“World Mission Day (October 19) is also an occasion to
rekindle the desire and the moral obligation to take joyful
part in the mission ad gentes. A monetary contribution on
the part of individuals is the sign of a self-offering, first to
the Lord and then to others; in this way a material offering
can become a means for the evangelization of humanity
built on love.” Our Holy Father invites us to contribute to
his Pontifical Mission Societies through our local parish
collection that will help our 1,150 mission dioceses mostly
in Africa and Asia. Our support trains lay catechists, seminarians, and women novices, and builds badly needed
schools, clinics, orphanages, and churches. For more information, visit: www.IAmAMissionary.org.
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