Category Archives: Parish Activities

“Breaking Open the Word” Sessions on Sundays

Following the homily at the 10:30 am Mass, catechumens – those preparing for Baptism, Confirmation and, Eucharist – are dismissed by the priest. They move to another place to be led in a deeper reflection on the Scriptures and homily just proclaimed. The basics of breaking open the Word involves taking the readings for that Sunday and asking some basic questions about how they inform us as believers and what they call us to do as a result. There are no open “experts” when it comes to applying God’s Word to our individual lives, and so each of has insights to offer each other in this ongoing effort. Gradually, the group realizes that God’s Word is written in such a way that it is accessible to all of us, and that each of us can glimpse God’s calling in ways that others find helpful.

Our Parish Giving Tree

What a tremendous sight is was, to see all the gifts given from the Giving Tree. What generosity and care! May God bless all those who gave of their time and money and energy to extend gifts and greetings and warmth to families and individuals and homebound.

May Christ, our greatest gift, enrich you, all the more, with love and peace.

Relief and the Holidays Workshops

For Anyone Who is Grieving the Loss of a Loved One

Grief can be a very powerful and overwhelming emotion that changes your life. Understanding, compassion from others and a commitment to allowing the experience to heal you, can take you on a journey of discovering meaning in life again. The holidays are an especially hard time. The season renews memories, family ties and traditions. We become painfully aware that our special loved one is no longer present. This is often difficult for families. The pain of the loss is confused with the spirit of the season. “Grief and the Holidays” is a workshop offered through Porter Loring Family Care Services. It is a workshop designed to help those who are grieving and their families to better understand the grief process, how it affects us during the holidays and how we can use this special time to continue to heal.

Please join us on Sunday, Nov 19th, 9am-11am, for a “Grief and the Holidays” workshop which will be presented by John Robles, in our parish cafeteria. Please contact Shirley Jones 533-0161 to reserve a spot.

St. Gerard’s Mens ACTS Retreat. Nov. 30th-Dec. 3rd

Please prayerfully considering being part of this awesome retreat weekend. Need help Forgiving? Need help moving on? Need help from addiction? Feel you want to know more about the Catholic Faith? Want to be that Spiritual leader in your home? We welcome ALL men who want to grow in their spiritual life! Join us on this spiritual journey! Questions: Call Danny Thatcher (Director) at the church.

Novena to Our Mother of Perpetual Help

Each Tuesday, along with the 6:30 am Mass, the Novena to Our Mother of Perpetual Help is prayed in church. The next set of nine Tuesdays for the Novena prayers at 6:00 pm has started back again. Come this Tuesday, Oct. 17 and continue praying the novena on each Tuesday until Dec , leading up to Dec 8th, the feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Pastor’s Notes – November 13, 2016

Father Shea

Father Shea

Fr. James E. Shea, C.Ss.R.

Dear Parishioners and Friends:

A young man owned a bakery in a small town. Every week he would purchase butter from a nearby farmer. One day the baker suspected that he was being short changed. He questioned whether each brick of butter was a full pound.

For several days he weighed each brick. Sure enough! Each brick were short an ounce and a half. So, the baker sued the farmer.

At the trial the judge said to the farmer, “I presume that you have a scale to weigh the butter.” “No, your honor I do not.” “Well, then, how do you manage to weigh the butter yourself?”

“Well, your honor, I have a balance scale. One one side I place the butter. On the other side I place a one pound loaf of bread that I buy from the baker.” (Blessed are the clean of heart for they shall see God.)

Mr. Elmer Kelen, a Budapest millionaire, commissioned a young Hungarian artist, Arpad Sebesy, to paint his portrait. Mr. Kelen spent only a few minutes posing for the artist. Sebesy had to paint from memory. Sebesy actually thought that the painting was quite good.

Arpad Sebesy contacted Mr. Kelen to view his portrait. When Kelen looked at it, he shouted, “That’s a rotten portrait, and I refuse to pay for it.” Kelen charged out of the studio, cursing Arpad Sebesy for such a disgraceful portrait.

Sebesy followed Kelen down the street shouting, “Wait a minute, sir. Wait a minute.” Kelen stopped in his tracks. Sebesy begged him, “Sir, will you give me a letter saying that you refused the portrait because it didn’t resemble you?” Kelen gladly complied.

A few months later the Society of Hungarian Artists opened an exhibition at the Gallery of Fine Arts in Budapest. Arpad Sebesy displayed some of his art work at the gallery.

It didn’t take long before Kelen received a phone call from a friend. The friend told him that there was a painting hanging in the gallery that very much resembled him. Kelen rushed to the gallery and head for the wing where Sebesy’s paintings were on display. Sure, enough, there hung the painting that he had commissioned and rejected.

He glanced at the title of the painting and became furious. He stormed into the office of the gallery manager. He demanded that the portrait be removed at once. The manager explained quietly that all the paintings were under contract. Each painting must remain in the gallery for the six-week duration of the exhibit.

Kelen became unglued. He angrily shouted at the manager that the painting will make him the laughing stock of Budapest. He said, “It’s libelous. I’ll sue.”

“Just a moment,” said the manager as he opened the letter which Kelen had written at Sebesy’s request. “Since you yourself admitted that the painting does not resemble you, you have no jurisdiction over its fate.”

Kelen admitted he wrote the letter in which he claimed that the painting had no resemblance to him. Now he was anxious to buy the painting. However, he discovered that the current price was ten times that of the original figure. He regretfully paid the inflated price hoping to salvage his reputation.

Not only did Sebesy sell the rejected portrait to the man who had commissioned it, but he achieved his revenge simply by exhibiting it with the title: ‘Portrait of a Thief.’

(Blessed are the clean of heart for they shall see God.)

Fr. Jim Shea, C.Ss.R