January 10, 2016 - With Bonus Page!
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My Dear People and Friends of St. Bride,
The Sunday Offering Collection for January 3rd totaled $1368.00. Included in this weeks total is a single $300.00 check. So the collection was really closer to $1068.00. Thank you to those who share so faithfully each week! Perhaps a small increase for the New Year in your giving is a possibility. Any increase from you would be appreciated!
If you have old envelopes that were not used these past few months would you please consider making up your Offerings in the next few weeks. This will help us balance our Sunday Budget which is crucial to our annual report to the Archdiocese. Any additional amount you can contribute to our Sunday Offering giving will be appreciated!
Our Christmas collection totals $4433 .00 so far. Of this total, more than $1400.00 came from donors outside the parish so that a large portion of this amount came from Alumni and Friends of St. Bride who take part in our raffles and the Spring Luncheon. More details next week.
Thanks for listening and God Bless your ongoing generosity! Fr. Bob
January 10, 2016 - Baptism of the Lord “John answered them all, ‘I baptize you with water; but he who is mightier than I is coming …he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit... ’” (Luke 3:16) The Catholic Catechism states that “Jesus’ immersion in the water is a sign for all human beings of the need to die to themselves to do God’s will.” In other words, as baptized Catholics there is only one gift that we need to give to Jesus – the gift of ourselves. Once we surrender ourselves to God, we will know in our hearts what God calls us to do.
Jubilee Year of Mercy
January 10, 2016 - Feast of the Baptism of the Lord
Fittingly, this Jubilee Year of Mercy is also the Lectionary’s Year of Luke, for Luke’s Gospel highlights God’s mercy in finding the lost, healing the sick, restoring the broken, comforting the sorrowful, forgiving the sinner through Jesus’ ministry. But before doing, Luke’s Jesus is always praying. As practical moderns programmed to measure worth by productivity, we instinctively appreciate the Jubilee’s call to embrace the practical challenges of our baptism. But today Luke focuses not on Jesus being baptized, but on Jesus praying after baptism. So must we pray to become the disciples we are called to be, that the Spirit empower us to do what disciples are called to do. Imitating Jesus’ openness to the Spirit will enable us to cooperate with the grace that transforms us into “beloved sons [and daughters] . . . in whom the Father is well pleased,” living out, in this Jubilee Year of Mercy, the extraordinary potential of our baptism.
Mark Your Calendars
January 17th – Reverend John Cunningham, SJ, of Loyola University, will be the presider for Mass at 10 AM this day! Please welcome him warmly!
February 7th - Mardi Gras Party: After Mass in the Church Hall
February 9th – St. Bride Revival Night: Dinner at 5:30 PM; Mass and Revival Talk at 7 PM
February 10th – Ash Wednesday: Mass at 8 AM and Noon
March 13th – St. Patrick and St. Joseph Celebration: Lunch following Mass
March 20th – Palm Sunday: Mass and Procession at 10 AM – The start of Holy Week 2016
March 27th – Easter Sunday
May 15th – Annual Spring Luncheon
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Add $10 per ticket, if available, after May 9, 2016