Stewardship

The Bible contains a profound message about the stewardship of material creation: God created the world, but entrusts it to human beings.

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops says that caring for and cultivating the world involves the joyful appreciation for the God-given beauty and wonder of nature; the protection and preservation of the environment, which would be the stewardship of ecological concern; the respect for human life—shielding life from threat and assault, doing everything that can be done to enhance this gift and make life flourish; and the development of this world through noble human effort—physical labor, the trades and professions, the arts and sciences.

We call such effort “work.”  Work is a fulfilling human vocation.  The Second Vatican Council points out that, through work, we build up not only our world but the Kingdom of God, already present among us.  Work is a partnership with God—our share in a divine human collaboration in creation.  It occupies a central place in our lives as Christian stewards.

The USCCB goes on to say that Jesus calls us, as his disciples, to a new way of life—the Christian way of life—of which stewardship is part.  But Jesus does not call us as nameless people in a faceless crowd.  He calls us individually, by name.

Each one of us—clergy, religious, lay person; married, single; adult, child—has a personal vocation.  God intends each one of us to play a unique role in carrying out the divine plan.  The challenge, then, is to understand our role—our vocation—and to respond generously to this call from God.  Christian vocation entails the practice of stewardship.  In addition, Christ calls each of us to be stewards of our personal vocations, which we receive from God. (8:51)

Announcements for November 16-17, 2019

1. In just 3 weeks our Parish Mission will inspire a Surge of the Heart on December 8th, 9th, and 10th. Each evening starting at 6:30pm provides a distinct message that calls us to a closer relationship with God. What a great opportunity for you, your friends, and your family during the Advent Season to grow in your faith inspired by international Catholic speaker, Jon Leonetti. If you will need childcare to attend one or more of the evenings, please sign up at the table in the entrance.

2. In the gathering space both the Catholic Women’s Club and the Knights of Columbus are collecting socks, hats, mittens, gloves and gently used coats for all ages. Please place in the boxes provided. Thank you!

3. Join the Knights after both Masses this Sunday as they will be serving up a delicious Biscuits & Gravy breakfast. Proceeds from this breakfast will go to Coats for Kids!

Mass Intentions for November 18-24, 2019

Monday, November 18

8:00 am          Mass, Deceased Member of Assumption Parish

Tuesday, November 19

8:00 am          Mass, In Memory of Rita Schulte

Wednesday, November 20

8:00 am         Mass, Deceased Member of Assumption Parish

Thursday, November 21

8:00 am          Mass, In Memory of Kathy Cox

Friday, November 22

8:00 am          Mass, Deceased Member of Assumption Parish

Saturday, November 23

5:00 pm          Mass, In Memory of Owen Kliegl

Sunday, November 24

8:00 am Mass, Deceased Member of Assumption Parish

10:00 am Mass, In Memory of James Broderick

 

Stewardship

“As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace” (1 Pt 4:10).

What is stewardship and what identifies a steward?  The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops say that safeguarding material and human resources and using them responsibly are one answer; so is generous giving of time, talent, and treasure.  But being a Christian steward means more.

As Christian stewards, we receive God’s gifts gratefully, cultivate them responsibly, share them lovingly in justice with others, and return them with increase to the Lord.

The USCCB goes on to say that as members of the Church, Jesus calls us to be disciples.  This has astonishing implications because mature disciples make a conscious decision to follow Jesus, no matter what the cost.

As such, Christian disciples experience conversion which are life-shaping changes of mind and heart and a commitment of their very selves to the Lord.  Christian stewards also respond in a particular way to the call to be a disciple.

Stewardship has the power to shape and mold our understanding of our lives and the way in which we live.  Jesus’ disciples and Christian stewards recognize God as the origin of life, giver of freedom, and source of all things.

We are grateful for the gifts we have received and are eager to use them to show our love for God and for one another.  We look to the life and teaching of Jesus for guidance in living as Christian stewards. (8:50)

Announcements for November 9-10, 2019

 

  1. A Baptismal Prep class will be offered on Sunday, November 17th at 1pm. This is intended for new parents and those who have not taken this class within the last 3 years.  Please call the Parish office to register.  Thank you!

 

  1. Is the Parish Mission on your Calendar yet? If not, join us December 8 at 6:30 for our 3 day Catholic mission you will never forget!  Catholic speaker, best-selling author and radio host, Jon Leonetti will help us close the gap between the Gospel and our everyday lives.  Daycare will be provided!  On the 1st night come early and take part in the Praise & Worship Music by Lori Ancona starting at 6pm! 

 

  1. Join the Knights next Saturday at 8am for Grounds Clean-up.  As the saying goes many hands make light work.  Kids needing service hours this is a perfect opportunity!  Also next weekend after both Masses on Sunday the Knights will be serving up a delicious Biscuits & Gravy breakfast.  Please see the insert in this weekends bulletin.

 

Mass Intentions for November 11-17, 2019

 Monday, November 11

8:00 am       Mass, Deceased Member of Assumption Parish

Tuesday, November 12

8:00 am       Mass, In Memory of Doris Crnkovich

Wednesday, November 13

8:00 am       Mass, Deceased Member of Assumption Parish

Thursday, November 14

8:00 am       Mass, In Memory of Bernice Pleva

Friday, November 15

8:00 am       Mass, In Memory of Dan Meyer

Saturday, November 16

5:00 pm       Mass, In Memory of Edward Blum

Sunday, November 17

8:00 am       Mass, In Memory of Dan Meyer

10:00 am     Mass, In Memory of Jim Severino

Vocations

In the simplest terms, vocation means a call.  So, in general terms, a vocation is what God calls us to do with our life.

Everybody is called by God to know, love and serve him.  The difference is how each one does this.  Individual vocations vary between being single, married, consecrated, religious or holy orders, such as priest or deacon.  However, we usually use vocation to mean a call to the consecrated, religious or holy orders.

In the one life God gives us to live, we have one overriding purpose, to fulfill the will of God, because this is the key to our true destiny, eternal happiness.  God gives each one of us a particular mission in life.  As we grow and life progresses, he makes it known to us, usually in indirect ways, more as an invitation than an imposition.

Discovering and ultimately following our vocation gives the greatest glory and praise to our Creator.  It is what we were meant to do.  “Take up your cross and follow me” (Mark 8:34).  Remember, God does not call the qualified, but rather qualifies the called. (8:49)

Items Used At Mass

Book of the Gospel—contains only the Gospel readings; used on solemn occasions and is carried by the deacon, or in his absence, the reader.

Chalice (CHAL-is)—the large cup used to hold the wine that becomes the Blood of Christ.

Ciborium (si-BORE-ee-um) —a vessel used to hold the Hosts which will be used for communion; some are cup-like and others are bowl- or plate like; they are also used to reserve the Sacrament in the tabernacle.

Communion Cups—chalice-like vessels used at communion when the people receive from the cup; they are kept on the Credence Table and brought to the Altar at communion time.

Decanter or Flagon (FLAG-un) —the bottle- or pitcher-like vessel used to hold the wine which will be consecrated at Mass for the communion; it is brought forth with the gifts.

Hymnal/Missalette—contains all parts of the Mass for a specific season in the liturgical year, including instructions on when to stand, sit, or kneel.

Lectionary—contains the scripture readings for Mass.

Paten (PAT-en) —a saucer-like disk that holds the bread that becomes the Body of Christ.

Purificator—a white cloth used to cleanse the chalice.

Roman Missal—contains the opening prayer, prayer over the gifts, prayer after communion, and solemn blessings, Eucharistic prayers and prefaces for all of the Masses, including special occasions.  (8:48)

Mass Intentions for October 28-November 3, 2019

Monday, October 28

8:00 am       Mass, In Memory of Carl Crnkovich

Tuesday, October 29

8:00 am       Mass, In Memory of Bernice Pleva

Wednesday, October 30

8:00 am       Mass, In Memory of Mary Chiri

Thursday, October 31

8:00 am       Mass, In Memory of Mary Ladurini

Friday, November 1 (All Saints—Holy Day of Obligation)

8:00 am       Mass, In Memory of Phyllis Byrnes

7:00 pm       Mass, In Memory of Rita Schulte

Saturday, November 2(All Souls)

9:00 am       Mass, For all the Faithfully departed

5:00 pm       Mass, In Memory of Dick Hansen

Sunday, November 3

8:00 am       Mass, Deceased Member of Assumption Parish

10:00 am     Mass, In Memory of Tony Nizzi

Announcements for October 26-27, 2019

  1. Have you purchase your dinner tickets for the Annual Auction yet? If not stop by the gathering space today and do so.  Also available is our 50/50 raffle, can’t win if you don’t play!

 

  1. All Saints is a Holy day of obligation. Mass will be celebrated on Friday, November 1st at 8am & 7pm. 

 

  1. If you have lost a loved one over the past year and would like to be a part of our All Soul’s day Mass on Saturday, November 2 at 9am please call Brenda at the Parish Office or see the bulletin for more details.

 

  1. Our Trunk or Treat event is this Sunday starting at 3pm and going until 5pm in the Church parking lot. This is a GREAT FUN family event! 

 

  1. Join the Catholic Women’s Club in the Gathering space after Mass today for a light snack and learn more about what this group does for our Parish. Try your luck at winning Auction tickets!!! They are also having a “That’s My Pan” fundraiser learn more about that.  In addition to that they are also collecting; socks, mittens, hats & gentle used coats.  Please place those items in the large box that is located in the gathering space.  Thank you!