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September 2019 Weekly Bulletin Messages

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September 15th, 2019 – 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends,

This week, many of our ministries start up again after the summer: Bereavement Support Group, Beacon Moms & Bacon Dads, SPRED, Prayer Shawl, and our choirs. Pastoral Council, UPLIFT, and others begin soon, and the list could go on and on.

Our Gospel this Sunday gives us three beautiful parables, or images, of God’s never-ending love for us. The Parables of the Lost Sheep, the Lost Coin, and the Prodigal Son reveal the heart of our merciful God. He never tires of seeking us out! Despite anything we might have ever done, we have an amazing God who sent His Son to die for our sins. Everything that we do in our parishes is meant to foster a greater encounter with this wonderful God. All our ministries have the end goal of growing in a personal friendship with Jesus Christ.

As we begin a new ministry year, I share the famous poem “Nada te turbe (Let nothing trouble you)” written by Saint Teresa of Avila:

Let nothing disturb you,

Let nothing frighten you,

All things are passing away:

God never changes.

Patience obtains all things

Whoever has God lacks nothing;

God alone is enough.

May these words ever more become our own, as we grow in friendship with Jesus Christ through our ministries this year!

Sincerely, with love,
Fr. John

September 8th, 2019 – 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

“None of us is young as we used to be.
Who cares—friendship never ages!” (W.H. Auden)

Dear Friends,

Autumn is just around the corner. The changing light, the fall colors, a breeze that hints at the change we know is coming and are never ready for though we have been here before—all this fits into the mood of our readings this Sunday. St. Paul calls himself an old man. The Book of Wisdom reflects on these earthen vessels we are which weigh us down with care and anxiety. Jesus in the gospel of Luke tells us to plan ahead a bit for we have no idea where life will take us.

This all could be such a downer if we didn’t have each other to hold on to! The wonder of belonging to a Church is that ultimately we know that everything changes except God’s providence! The melancholy of a cloudy fall day, the sadness of change in relationships through sickness, death, separation, or rejection—all have to be seen in light of a Love that always provides. Though we face our lives basically alone (especially at 2am sleeplessness!), we trust that we are never alone because we have God and his incarnation in our friends and family!

So maybe as we enter the letting go that autumn so powerfully symbolizes and the inevitable changes of getting older—let us pray for our friends and family!

And let us continue to work hard for the friendless and homeless! And work to provide a home in our church for everyone!

Time passes, God is Love, Love is forever! May we reflect that in all that we are about!

Sincerely, with love,
Fr. Tim

September 1st, 2019 – 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends,

Happy Labor Day weekend! I hope you are able to enjoy some well-deserved rest and relaxation. Safe travels to all of those who are visiting family or friends outside of the Milwaukee area. For those who will be staying home for the holiday, please join us for Mass tomorrow, September 2nd, at 9 A.M. at Saints Peter and Paul.

Our grade school, Catholic East Elementary, began its new school year last week Monday. With the start of another school year upon us, especially after Labor Day, I share a prayer of blessing:

“Lord our God, in your wisdom and love you surround us with the mysteries of the universe. In times long past you sent your prophets to teach your laws and to bear witness to your undying love. You sent your Son to teach us by word and example that true wisdom comes from you alone.

Send your Spirit upon these students and their teachers and fill them with your wisdom and blessings. Grant that during this academic year they may devote themselves to their studies and share what they have learned from others” (Book of Blessings).

Blessings on the week and know of my prayers!

Sincerely, with love,
Fr. John