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Thank you to all who helped our local shut-ins and performed yard work this past Saturday. Following the day of work, all enjoyed a bonfire social behind the Old Convent.
A Christmas Cookie Sale sponsored by the Sr. Youth Ministry graduated young adults will be held the weekend of December 13/14 in Resurrection Hall. Order sheets can be found in this week’s bulletin. Additional variety of cookies will be available on the day of the sale. All orders are due by December 1. If you do not have time to bake, we can do the baking for you! The cookies would also make great gifts for family and friends.
If you have any questions, please call Mary Frankhauser at 724-863-2724 or Eileen Paul at 412-952-3885.
An Excerpt from
God Wants You Happy: From Self-Help to God’s Help
by Father Jonathan Morris
My new butcher friend, Moe, looked at me, first with surprise, then with a broad
smile. “Don’t I wish!” he said, raising his thinning gray eyebrows while shuffling
backward and successfully catching my freshly ground beef from his 1950s-style meat
grinder without ever taking his eyes off me. The tone and mannerisms of this streetwise
octogenarian from Brooklyn couldn’t have expressed more skepticism over my
suggestion, made to him just seconds before, that he might be on the road to becoming a
saint, not altogether unlike the Italian namesake of whom he was so proud.
My sense was that this gentleman was on such a path; his smile was pure and real.
He was spirit-filled.
Living saints were on my mind that Saturday morning as I did my neighborhood
errands, because they were the topic of the scripture readings for the next day’s services.
During my own prayer time that morning, I had been just as surprised as Moe by the
idea—so clearly expressed in the Bible—that we are all called to be saints and that being
saints has less to do with halos and folded hands and more to do with living life to the
full—becoming everything God created us to be. The message of the various readings
was summed up for me in Jesus’s words in the Gospel of John: “I have come that they
may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10, NIV).
In an epiphany explicable only by divine intervention, on that day, when I had
first meditated on scripture and then encountered Moe, this very familiar passage—one I
had read or heard hundreds of times before—jolted me to the core. God wants me and
everyone around me to be profoundly happy! Becoming holy and becoming happy are
inter-connected, I realized. And God must have a plan—and a few backup plans too, for
when we mess up—outlining how we are to get there!
The moment was more than an intellectual realization. Continue reading this excerpt from God Wants You Happy.
“Love is not patronizing and charity isn’t about pity, it is about love. Charity and love are the same—with charity you give love, so don’t just give money but reach out your hand instead.” -Mother Theresa
The Fall Parish Mission Day is scheduled for November 15, with a rain date on the November 22. We will be doing fall yard work … check out the flyer. Join us to reach out your hand! If you know someone who is in need of assistance with their fall yard work, please drop a note in collection basket in an envelope marked “Mission Committee” with relevant contact information. We will meet in the parking lot at 10:00 a.m. and receive our “assignments.” We will then proceed to our assigned location to do the yard work. Each group of people/family will be responsible for providing their own transportation to and from the assigned location. Please bring and gloves for the yard work. Upon completion of the yard work (around 1:00 p.m.), we will return to St. Agnes Church for a bonfire (behind the Old Convent). We will roast some hot dogs and marshmallows as a wrap-up of our Fall Parish Mission Day.