Sunday, Sept. 30
26th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Mark 9:39-43, 45, 47-48
Sunday, Sept. 30
On a cold Friday morning in February, Teresa McCarthy of Holy Family in St. Louis Park faced a dilemma. After attending Mass at the parish, someone asked her to join a group of women for coffee. The problem? “I gave up coffee on Fridays,” she said.
Archbishop John Nienstedt joined 40 clergy and faith leaders on the steps of the State Capitol Sept. 18 in an ecumenical show of support for the Minnesota Marriage Protection Amendment.
Father Erik Lundgren of Divine Mercy in Faribault has an unusual idea for celebrating his birthday.
He wants to run a marathon. It just so happens that his birthday falls on the day of the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon, Sunday, Oct. 7.
“The Vatican International Exhibition of The Eucharistic Miracles of the World” will be hosted by St Alphonsus, Brooklyn Center from Oct. 13 to 16.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Labor Day statement, “Placing Work and Workers at the Center of Economic Life” declares that the cure to our current crisis is a “national economic renewal that places working people and their families at the center of economic life.”
Four additional parishes have now exceeded their 2012 Catholic Services Appeal goal, bringing the total number of parishes over goal to 124.
I hear it a lot, from non-Catholics and even Catholics: “Why doesn’t the Church spend more time fighting poverty and less time telling people what kind of family is best? Quit spending time on an outdated ideal of marriage and feed the hungry, clothe the naked and take care of the sick.”
“The poor you will always have with you, and whenever you wish you can do good to them,” Jesus says in Mark’s Gospel. This would, at face value, seem like a fairly open-ended statement.
We spend a lot of time thinking and talking about the future. We look at our gifts and abilities, reflect on our experiences and try to think what is truly possible. In other words, we look at the present in order to understand what the future may hold — what our true potential may be.
At a school pep fest last Friday, the associate principal at Epiphany School in Coon Rapids, known as “Miss?B,” wore her usual outfit — pink wig, pink feathered boa and large, pink sunglasses.
To get at the spiritual root of something is to go back to its original reality — in this case, to discover the essence of stewardship. Catholic spirituality has real meaning in our lives and the lives of others because we connect to the source of that meaning, Jesus Christ and his church.