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November 9, 2014
WEEKLY CALENDAR
SUN. NOVEMBER 9, 2014
Stewardship of Treasure Education Sunday
 8 AM Mass
 9 AM - Noon Hospitality Hour
 10 AM Mass & CLOW
 11:30 AM Confirmation Prep
 7 PM Mass
MON. NOVEMBER 10, 2014
 8:30 AM Rosary
 9 AM Communion Service at Benedict House
TUES. NOVEMBER 11, 2014
 9 AM Veteran’s Day Mass
St. Benedict Church
WED. NOVEMBER 12, 2014
 9 AM Mass at Benedict House
 7 PM Worship and Spiritual Life Commission
Parish Center, St. Martha Room
THURS. NOVEMBER 13, 2014
 9 AM Mass School attends 2nd Grade hosts
St. Benedict Church
 9:30 AM Peaceful Crafters
Parish Center, St. Teresa of Calcutta Room
 7 PM Choir Practice
St. Benedict Church
FRI. NOVEMBER 14, 2014
 9 AM Mass at Benedict House
SAT. NOVEMBER 15, 2014
 10 AM Saturday Morning Prayer Group
Parish Center, Lower level
 5 PM Rite of Reconciliation
SUN. NOVEMBER 16, 2014
Stewardship of Treasure Commitment Sunday
 8 AM Mass
 8:45 AM First Reconciliation Session
 9 AM - Noon Hospitality Hour
 10 AM Mass & CLOW
 7 PM Mass
LITURGIES
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2014
THE DEDICATION OF THE LATERAN BASILICA
Ez 47:1-2,8-9,12 Ps 46:2-3,5-6,8-9 1 Cor 3:9c-11,16-17
Jn 2:13-22
8 AM Mass All Souls Novena
10 AM Mass (INT) For the Parishioners of St Benedict
7 PM Mass (RIP) Nancy Hebestreit
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2014
St. Leo the Great, pop, doctor of the Church
Ti 1:1-9 Ps 24:1b-4b,5-6 Lk 17:1-6
8:30 AM Rosary
9 AM Communion Service
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2014
St. Martin of Tours, bishop
Ti 2:1-8,11-14 Ps 37:3-4,18,23,29 Lk 17:7-10
9 AM Mass All Souls Novena
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2014
St. Josaphat, bishop, martyr
Ti 3:1-7 Ps 23:1b-6 Lk 17:11-19
9 AM Mass All Souls Novena
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2014
St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, virgin
Phlm 7-20 Ps 146:7-10 Lk 17:20-25
9 AM Mass All Souls Novena
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2014
2 Jn 4-9 Ps 119:1-2,10-11,17-18 Lk 17:26-37
9 AM Mass (RIP) Nancy Hebestreit
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2014
St. Albert the Great, bishop, doctor of the Church
3 Jn 5-8 Ps 112:1-6 Lk 18:1-8
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2014
THIRTY-THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Prv 31:10-13,19-20,30-31 Ps 128:1-5 1 Thes 5:1-6
Mt 25:14-30
8 AM Mass (INT) Helen Gemora
by Lili & Isabella Sundy
10 AM Mass (RIP) Nancy Hebestreit
7 PM Mass (INT) For the Parishioners of St Benedict
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From deacon Roy’s desk
HOMILY FOR STEWARDSHIP EDUCATION SUNDAY
Deacon Roy Harrington
11/9/2014
Over the past several weeks, as each class in the school has prepared for its turn to host the Thursday school Mass, I
have asked the students: “What does the word “church” mean to you?” Most of the time the answers have focused on
the building itself but two weeks ago, the 3rd grade students immediately got the right answer when they said things like:
“Church is the people of God.” “Church is where we come to pray together.” “In the Church we come to be blessed by
Jesus and to love him.” Clearly, the 3rd graders understand that our Church is a relational place—a space where we
encounter God and where we enter into relationship with one another.
And that is what we are celebrating today on the feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica in Rome. It seems odd
that we are celebrating the building of just one old Roman church, but it is truly historic and special. This is the first
church of the Roman Catholic Church….it is the first church built after the year 313 when the Emperor Constantine recognized Christianity as the religion of the empire and the persecution of Christians ended in Roman history. Dedicated
in 324, the Lateran Basilica is Pope Francis’ church—his cathedral because it precedes St. Peter’s historically. We are
celebrating that the Lateran Basilica represents our privilege to gather freely as Church and worship as the Body of
Christ.
St. Paul clearly describes the Christian community in Corinth this way today in our 2 nd reading when he says: “You are
God’s building”…and later, “Do you not know that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?”
We are the temple of God, as his spiritual building, and just like the Lateran Basilica, we are what the 3 rd graders were
describing two weeks ago!
But the real question before us today on Stewardship Sunday is how is God calling each of us to build up the Church,
this community, with our time, talent and treasure? Today we will focus on the gift of treasure—how we give back financially to God for all that he has given to us. My take on this is a bit different because most of my life I sat where you are
sitting. And I heard the priests of our parish asking for financial support and Liz and I were never quite sure we were
giving enough to the Church or giving to the right charities.
Now, knowing more about the Church and how it operates, my thoughts on this are clearer. For some time now, Liz and
I have given to four Catholic organizations: We give monthly to our local parishes, both OLL and St. Benedict’s; we annually give to the Archdiocese through the Annual Catholic Appeal; we give in every pay check to Catholic Community
Services through United Way, and we give monthly through a credit card payment to Catholic Relief Services.
Let’s look at each of these, from a global perspective right down to the parish level. Catholic Relief Services is the international outreach arm of the US bishops and these funds do amazing things in many poor countries or in areas when
major disaster strikes. I encourage you all to give to CRS at their website, www.crs.org.
More locally here in Western Washington, Catholic Community Services and Catholic Housing Services, provide critical
social services and housing to more than 108,000 people each year. They operate 175 programs and services in Western Washington, assistance that the state and counties just can’t provide. I also encourage you to give to CCS and CHS
at www.ccsww.org.
For the more than 700,000 Catholics in Western Washington, the Archdiocese needs our support to pay for things like
training future priests, nuns, and deacons; subsidizing Catholic schools in need; providing faith formation services to parishes, and providing essential administrative and legal support to parishes. This is why the Annual Catholic Appeal is
so important. We’ll hear more about that later in the year.
Finally, St. Benedict Parish and School need your support on a weekly or monthly basis. Your generosity to the parish
makes this Mass possible; keeps the lights and heat on in the school and church; pays for our staff salaries; and has
made the Body of Christ, this relational Church, present here in Wallingford for 110 years. Thank you for all the support
so many of you have given for many years.
So here’s the key question that only you can answer: how much to give to these charities and to the parish? I can’t answer that for you. Only you know your financial situation and what you are able to give. I prayerfully ask you to consider what I’ve presented to you today. If you can give in all four ways I’ve mentioned, you are supporting the work of the
Church here and around the whole world. If you haven’t been able to give at all but now you can, that’s great. If you’ve
been giving, thank you so much, and if you can give just a bit more to the Church, that would be awesome.
This week in the mail at home, you will receive your annual stewardship pledge card along with the Parish Annual Report. This is a great summary of where we stand now and where we are heading for the future. Please read and review
the annual report carefully. If you have any questions or comments, please contact me or our administrator, Jim Martz,
and we’ll answer your questions promptly. Finally, please fill out your pledge card for the coming year and bring it back
to Mass next Sunday. We really need your pledge so that we can plan and budget for the coming year. Just like in our
personal finances, we all have to balance the checkbook each month and make sure we have enough to pay those bills.
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From deacon Roy’s desk
(continued) I know that Fr. Bill and I have been serving you for just four months, but already we see great things happening here at St. Benedict. People are returning to the Church and seeking confirmation, parents are bringing children for
baptism and the first sacraments, young couples are committing to each other in sacramental marriages, and the school
is growing and thriving. Your commitments of time, talent and treasure make all this possible. As this Mass continues
and we prepare to become what we eat as the Body of Christ, let’s pray that we always strive to be the kind of Church
that the 3rd graders can be proud to be part of. May God bless St. Benedict Catholic Church always.
Worship and spiritual life
VETERAN’S DAY MASS
Tuesday at 9:00 AM, we celebrate a special Mass in the
Church for all veterans. All veterans, especially members
of our Community, are invited to attend. We also take this
opportunity to thank each veteran for their service to our
us and our proud nation.
ST. FRANCES XAVIER CABRINI
Frances was the first American citizen to be canonized.
Born in Italy, she studied to be a teacher and wanted to
join a religious community but was rejected because of ill
health. When the orphanage she managed closed in
1880, Frances and six others took religious vows and
founded the institute of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Her work brought her to the attention of Leo XIII, who sent her to New York in 1889 to minister to Italian immigrants. St. Frances founded institutions all over the United States of America, as well as in
South America and Europe. She died in Chicago in 1917.
Visit her shrine Chicago: www.cabrinishrine.chicago.com
(2014 Sourcebook pg. 315)
ST. LEO THE GREAT (+461)
As pope and Doctor of the Church, St. Leo strongly supported the teachings of the Council of Chalcedon, especially of the humanity and divinity of Christ. He advocated
papal authority by moving from the traditional approach
that the pope is a successor to St. Peter’s chair to the
pope as St. Peter’s heir. Under his leadership, uniformity
of pastoral practice was encouraged, liturgical and clerical
abuses were corrected and priests were sent on a mission to extinguish Priscillianism, a heresy that claimed the
human body was evil. St. Leo is recognized as a
“protector of the people” because he persuaded Attila the
Hun to not invade the city of Rome and later prevented
the Vandals (East German invaders) from torching the
city of Rome and massacring its people. (2014 Sourcebook pg. 313- 314)
ALL SAINT’S/SOUL’S DAY CHURCH ARTWORK
Thank you Margaret Vance for providing the artwork in
the church for these very special celebrations. This beautiful artwork was carefully crafted by our fellow parishioner
Kurt Vance who passed away last year and through his
love and commitment was a powerful force in our community and to our parishioners.
ST. MARTIN OF TOURS (316 - 397)
Martin was forced by his father, a pagan officer in the Roman army, to join the military. While serving in the military, he had a life-changing event in which he cut his
cloak in half to clothe a freezing beggar. Following this
encounter he had a vision of Christ wrapped in the cloak.
As a result of this experience, St. Martin chose to be
baptized and declared himself a soldier of peace for
Christ, refusing to participate in any act of violence. He
took up the life of a hermit, thereby introducing monasticism into Gaul. Following his election as bishop of Tours
he continued living as a monk, but made numerous trips
to visit his people and establish new nonasteries. The
people of Gaul converted to Christianity due to his example. (2014 Sourcebook pg.314)
JOIN FR. STEVE SALLIS AND DEACON ROY
IN THE HOLY LAND FOR LENT!
IMAGINE walking where Jesus walked and experiencing
FIRST HAND the Bible sites you’ve read about your entire
life. IMAGINE praying at the Church of the Nativity in
Bethlehem and spending several days on the Sea of Galilee, where Jesus taught his disciples. IMAGINE walking
through Jerusalem along the Via Dolorosa – the Stations
of the Cross and praying in the Garden of Gethsemani.
Our former pastor, Fr. Steve Sallis, now at Sacred Heart
Parish in Bellevue, is leading a Lent 2015 (February 1625) Pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Deacon Roy Harrington
will be joining the group along with several other St. Benedict’s parishioners. There are still openings! On the
homepage of www.myfaithjourneys.com, click on Catholic
pilgrimages, then Holy Land. The Sacred Heart Parish
Group ID is 15017. Click on Log In and enter the group
code. Travel Notes and Credit Card authorization forms
are also included. If you have more questions, please
contact Deacon Roy at [email protected] or 206-9202241.
THANK YOU FOR HELPING
We want to thank those of you who came over to help
with the Giving Tree Ornament Making Party. In less that
two hours we produced close to 600 ornaments for the
various organizations St. Benedict Parish supports. The
tree will go up on November 22nd in time for parishioners
to pick out their choices and have the unwrapped gift back
to the church by December 14th. We will highlight the organizations in the November 23rd bulletin so that you will
know who and how you are supporting.
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stewardship
ANNUAL STEWARDSHIP OF TREASURE RENEWAL
Today, Deacon Roy shared his insights on this year’s annual stewardship of treasure renewal and the importance
of each household’s financial support of our parish. Early
this week, each household in the Parish will receive Deacon Roy’s personal invitation to renew their financial commitment to the Parish. Included with his invitation is a
copy of our annual report and a stewardship of treasure
pledge card. Each household is asked to prayerfully discern how they from a heart of gratitude, plan to return a
just portion of everything God has given us to Him.
For the 100+ households using EFT (electronic funds
transfer) to fulfill their pledge, it is imperative that you
complete a pledge card and provide your EFT information, even if you are not making a change. Thank you
for your prayerful discernment and your continued support of St. Benedict Parish. Your efforts and response to
this year’s renewal are a visible sign of your efforts to
make stewardship our way of life.
STEWARDSHIP OF TREASURE for November 2nd
Last Sunday Offerings: $4,640
Budgeted Amount: $5,478
Total Year-to-Date Offerings: $135,182
Year-to-Date Budget: $139,875
Shortfall: $4,693
Like the sensible bridesmaids in today’s parable, good
stewards make sure that they, and whatever gifts are
theirs to share, are ready to serve when the Master calls.
HOSPITALITY HOUR
Join our Coffee Hour Hosts:
8 AM Len & Judy Andrews
10 AM Sadrina Dorn & Rocio Flores
If you are interested in hosting a Sunday morning Hospitality Hour sign up in the school cafeteria or call the Parish office at 206.632.0843
Human concerns social justice
HELP THE HUNGRY DURING THE HOLIDAYS?
The Human Concerns and Social Justice (HCSJ) Commission at St. Benedict is sponsoring four hunger initiatives this holiday season. Please participate in one or all
of these activities and help our local families in need:
 Drop off non-perishable food items at Mass.
 Give money to purchase Thanksgiving Dinners.
 Help deliver a prepared dinners to a local families. .
 Help sort food at Northwest Harvest on Saturday,
from 1 PM to 3 PM, December 20th.
For more information on any of these opportunities, contact Chris Wrenn [email protected] or Len Kannapell ([email protected]).
FIGHTING HUNGER IN WALLINGFORD
As of October 26th, our donations to the
2,000
FamilyWorks Food Bank total 1,779
1,500
pounds and $325. Since the program be1,000
gan in April, we have attained almost 89%
500
of our goal to donate 2,000 pounds by the
end of 2014. Thank you for your generosity and for prayerfully discerning how
you can help to feed the hungry in our neighborhood.
ADVENT CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER RETREAT
November 22nd from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Presentations
on the History of Contemplative Prayer in Christianity
here at St. Benedict Parish Center. Join us!
Faith formation
FIRST RECONCILIATION AND FIRST EUCHARIST
The next session of “First Sacraments” Class is November 16th at 8:45 AM in the school auditorium preparing for
the Sacrament of Reconciliation on December 13th at 11
AM. If you want more information on this and other classes, contact Renee at the Parish Office.
ARE YOU OR YOUR CHILD WANTING TO
PARTICIPATE IN THE LIFE OF THE CHURCH
Whether your children attend our Parish School or not, all
families that may have someone ages 7 and up, interested in Sacrament preparation, are urged to contact Renee
Lindstrom as soon as possible at: [email protected]
What else is happening
CUB SCOUTS PACK 152
Boys in the 1st through 4th grade and their parents are
invited to an information night this Tuesday, Nov. 11 th, at
7 PM in the School Auditorium. Deacon Roy will lead a
brief meeting to introduce our young men to the Scouting
Program with an interest in revitalizing Pack 152.
NORTHWEST CATHOLIC MAGAZINE SURVEY
The survey is available online and will take approximately
5 minutes to complete. Take a few minutes to respond
what you like and may want to see in future magazines by
Nov. 10th. Participation will enter you in a drawing for a
Kindle Fire. Take the survey at: www.bit.ly/surveyNWC
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