"A community committed to welcoming, stewardship and evangelizing since 1868."
2017-2018 Faith Formation Information - * We are still looking for volunteers interested in becoming a catechist or a substitute.
Fr. Thomas Joseph
Father's classmates who came for dinner & visited the Prayer Garden!
September 24, 2017 â€“ TWENTY- FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Blessing Around the Property! Recently, I was conversing on the phone with Donna, our hard working 'Rose Lady' (who was featured in the Catholic Spirit), regarding all of the good things happening in the church and the Prayer Garden.Â We also talked about how to keep unwanted animals like mice and raccoons out of the house and garbage cans.Â Even though the suggestions she gave me were nothing new, it certainly caught my attention.
She asked me, 'Have you thought about blessing the perimeter of the property for unwanted animals to stay away?'Â I assured Donna that when we bless the animals and pets on October 4th, the Feast of St. Francis, we will also bless the perimeter of the church property as well.Â All are invited to join us for Mass at 6:30 with blessing of the animals to follow. When we pray, we can believe good things will happen; believe that the animals who are supposed to be out of the house will stay out and live peacefully where they belong.
Healing Mass this past Tuesday! We were blessed to have Fr. Jim Livingston here for the second time this year. It is nice to see that there are a number of people who love Fr. Livingston and believe in the power of prayer. We believe that we all need healing.Â Healing and touch go hand in hand.Â In the Gospels, Jesus often grants people healing by a simple touch.Â The Gospel of Mark 8: 22-23 reads, "When they arrived at Bethsaida, they brought to him a blind man and begged him to touch him.Â Â He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village, putting spittle on his eyes he laid his hands on him..."Â Even though the entire Mass celebration is beautiful, people of God always look forward to Father Livingston praying over them so they can feel the touch of Jesus.
Depending on your comfort level, using a gentle touch in prayer can be an opportunity for the presence of Jesus to be felt strongly.
Archbishop Hebda is Coming! All are invited to join us on Saturday, October 21, as Archbishop Hebda will be coming for the 4 PM Mass. We will host the Kitui Partnership Mass here at St. Nicholas and celebrate World Mission Sunday. Stay after Mass to enjoy Oktoberfest food and fellowship in the parish center. Â Â
Picture taking for our New Pictorial Directory! It has been about 10 years since we had our last Parish Pictorial Directory published.Â Since we will soon celebrate 150 years here at St. Nicholas, it is timely and sacred that we publish a new Pictorial Directory.Â We will again partner with Lifetouch to take professional photos of your family. They now offer a new directory option with just the family photos and parishioner listing which is what we are going to do this time. After the directory is complete, and we have 10 new families to be photographed, everyone who participates now will automatically get an updated directory. This will help us stay connected on a more periodic basis. Your photo will only be updated every four years. Photos will be taken in the Parish Center the week of October 9-15. Please see our website or contact the parish office to sign up for your timeslot.
Faith Formation! Our Faith is in One God. However, this One God can be explained in many ways.Â In Faith Formation, we help our children by explaining this One God in ways that are familiar to them.Â One of the challenges we have in the lives of young people is that they have an idea of God and find it hard to believe in God when they, or their friends, go through some difficulty.Â All of us have our own picture/image of God, but fail to see the God who is all around us.Â God wants to come to us in many ways, and we need to clear our eyes so that we do not miss God.Â Here at St. Nicholas, we attempt to show our children how to expand their vision of God, how God can come to all of us in countless ways and that they cannot fail to find God as He can talk to them through their parents or a stranger.Â We want our young people to know God can be found when they work hard, feel productive and efficient. And, God can also be found when one lays in bed, helpless and handicapped.
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Craft Ministry! We will have an info session on Wednesday, Oct. 4th at 10:30 a.m. in the parish center. Karen Callinan is the coordinator for craft ministries at St. Rita's in Cottage Grove. She will be here to give a presentation about making rosaries and prayer shawls for our parish and community. We invite everyone (men and women) to come and learn about this ministry. No commitment is necessary. We hope to see you on October 4th!
Vamos Pancake! Juan Llerena is a devout parishioner and wonderful family man.Â By profession he is a digital marketing consultant as well as an engagement & motivational speaker.Â He and his wife, Guisela, have one passion: to help young students so they are able to go to college.
Jodee and I have personally witnessed them give scholarships to a number of young people over the years.Â This year, their goal is to raise $10,000.
They are hosting a pancake breakfast here at St. Nicholas on Sunday, October 1 from 8 am to noon.Â Come and support this great opportunity.
Happy Feast of St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist! When we think of St. Matthew, we think of him as a troublemaker for Jesus.Â Why?Â People felt hurt and abused as Matthew exercised his power to collect maximum Taxes.
When people realized this Good Jesus was in the house of Matthew for dinner, they were not happy.Â The Pharisees were the first ones to criticize.Â They asked Jesus' disciples, 'Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?'Â In other words, in their minds, why is your Good Jesus acting bad as He is in bad company with Matthew.
Jesus heard this and responded, "Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do.Â Go and learn the meaning of the words, 'I desire mercy, not sacrifice.'Â I did not come to call the righteous but sinners."Â Sometimes we can mistakenly think that it is better to stay away from those who have trouble in their lives. But, Jesus did not shy away from those were considered trouble.Â Pray to Jesus that you will help many Matthews without becoming a Matthew yourself.
Sunday Reflection! Â Dear brothers and sisters, the Gospel for this Sunday is from Matthew 20 in which Jesus shares this parable with his disciples:
The kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out at dawn to hire laborers for his vineyard.
After agreeing with them for the usual daily wage, he sent them into his vineyard.Â Going out about nine o'clock, the landowner saw others standing idle in the marketplace, and he said to them, 'You too go into my vineyard, and I will give you what is just.'
So, they went off.Â And he went out again around noon, and around three o'clock, and did likewise.
Going out about five o'clock, the landowner found others standing around, and said to them, 'Why do you stand here idle all day?' They answered, 'Because no one has hired us.'Â He said to them, 'You too go into my vineyard.'Â When it was evening the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, 'Summon the laborers and give them their pay, beginning with the last and ending with the first.'Â When those who had started about five o'clock came, each received the usual daily wage.
So, when the first came, they thought that they would receive more, but each of them also got the usual wage.Â And on receiving it they grumbled against the landowner, saying, 'These last ones worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us, who bore the day's burden and the heat.'
He said to one of them in reply, 'My friend, I am not cheating you.Â Did you not agree with me for the usual daily wage?Â Take what is yours and go.
What if I wish to give this last one the same as you?
Or am I not free to do as I wish with my own money?Â Are you envious because I am generous?'
Thus, the last will be first, and the first will be last.
Dear brothers and sisters, by justifying same wages to those who worked all day and those who came late and worked only for a few hours, Jesus is certainly not advocating, 'come whenever you please and expect to be paid.'Â Rather, Jesus is telling us be Grateful to God you have a job, family and security; do not be jealous.
In Christ Jesus,
Fr. Thomas Joseph
The Archdiocesan permanent deacon formation program will begin the discernment and application process this fall for admission to Aspirancy (novitiate) in fall 2011. Men married or single and at least 30 years old can begin now by: 1) applying to the prerequisite Archbishop Harry J. Flynn Catechetical Institute that begins on Monday evening, September 13 (go to the St. Paul Seminary webpage at http://www.stthomas.edu/spssod/ for an application or call 651-962-6890), and 2) attending our “Diaconate Inquiry Course” on Tuesday evenings Oct. 26, Nov. 2, Nov. 9 and Saturday morning Nov. 20 at the St. Paul Seminary. This course will introduce men (and their wives) to the vocation, spirituality, and role of the permanent deacon in the Archdiocese and will explain the discernment, application, and formation process. Those who cannot attend this fall may attend one of the courses offered next winter or spring. For more information on the Diaconate Inquiry Course, contact Deacon Russ Shupe at (651) 291-4428 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Even if you cannot apply for diaconate formation now, you may still attend the Diaconate Inquiry Course to learn more about this unique vocation in the Church.