Last Sunday we heard the parable of the sower, which spoke of how we receive the word of God. On this Sixteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time
we hear another parable of sowing and growth which speaks about the kingdom of God. The enemy sows weeds among the wheat, but out of concern for the good grain, the master forbids the servants to pull up the weeds until harvest time, when all will be sorted out. God's patience is great.
Please welcome Sami (Suzanne) Scott
who is preaching at all of our Masses as a part of the annual Archdiocesan Missionary Cooperation Plan this weekend. During her visit, she will be asking for our support for the MaryKnoll Lay Missioners. Your support of the 2014 Annual Mission Appea
l will be greatly appreciated. Sami (Suzanne) Scott was born in Milwaukee, WI, but her family moved to St. Paul, MN where she grew up. She joined Maryknoll Lay Missioners in 1996 and lived and worded in Pavia, outside of Barquisimeto, a city in Venezuela until December 2007. At that time, Sami was reassigned to Cambodia where she works for the Maryknoll HIV/AIDS program. The overall goal of the program is to provide holistic care to those HIV/AIDS patients who are the poorest of the poor. The services include: hospice care, food, rent and medical support, residential care for HIV+ children, education assistance for children of our clients, jobs training, prevention of mother to child transmission, and AIDS awareness education. Maryknoll Lay Missioners is a Catholic organization inspired by the mission of Jesus to live and work with poor communities in Africa, Asia, and the Americas, responding to basic needs and helping to create a more just and compassionate world. Our friends, Ashley and Michael Leen just began a 3 year missionary commitment with Maryknoll in Tanzania in January. Ashely is the daughter of Kevin and Shanna McLaughlin. Maryknoll Lay Missioners is one of the three separately operated entities of Maryknoll Missioners, a U.S.-based Catholic mission movement. To learn more visit www.mklm.org
. A second collection will be taken up for the Maryknoll Lay Missioners next weekend. Please welcome Sami, your kind and generous support is most appreciated.Our Summer Festival is 21 days away!!
The annual Festival is our largest fundraiser and it is also the one event each year that we build our community by parishioners of all ages participating and enjoying the weekend. There are a lot of wonderful opportunities for volunteering and donating to the success of the Festival. The kitchen and dining room are in most need of help on the day of the Festival. For more information, please see the Festival column in the bulletin. Together we can make our Summer Festival even more successful than ever and at the same time celebrate who we are as a faith community. If you are interested in learning more about the Festival or getting involved in this community event, please give John Carney, Chris Sauter or the parish office a call.
I am in the process of scheduling my summer pastoral visits
. The pastoral care of individuals and families is very important to me and my ministry. If you or a family member is hospitalized, homebound, anticipating or recovering from surgery or receiving hospice care and would like to receive the Sacrament (Reconciliation, Anointing and Communion) or would like a visit by your pastor for any reason, please give me a call.
DEO GRATIAS Fr. Mark