For the Spirit scrutinizes everything, even the depths of God.

St. Paul in his first letter to the Corinthians 2:10

Wow. Let that settle in.

Even the depths of God???!!! 

Those of you who missed the talk by Fr. Michael Raschko (retired professor of theology and graduate of St. Therese School) given in our very own social hall last week missed a wonderful talk about the history of the Church and the tug between reform and conservatism, starting with St Matthews’ revisions of St Mark.

As a systematic theologian, Father began his talk with the Trinity but he started not with the Father but with the Spirit. He noted that the Eucharistic prayer starts with the celebrant asking God to send down the Spirit that the bread and wine may become Body and Blood. The Spirit is sometimes called the “forgotten member of the Trinity”. Let us not forget her.

Your Stewardship Commission will initiate our plan this spring. On February 23 we will host our first Welcome Counter near the south entrance. The counter will have the Annual Report, ministry information, registration forms and much, much more. We are looking for hosts! Your really do not need to have intimate knowledge of all parish programs. You just need to welcome people and show what literature is available. If you are interested in helping, please contact John Russell at jvrussell85@gmail.com.

 

Stewardship Corner

Weekly Updates from our Stewardship Commission


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Brothers and sisters: What will separate us from the love of Christ? Will anguish, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or the sword? No, in all these things we conquer overwhelmingly through him who loved us.

Monday, August 10, 2020
Or pandemics or racism? Same answer. In the reading from Matthew, Jesus is grieving for John the Baptist, who has just been executed in the prison... Read More

“Give your servant, therefore, an understanding heart.”

Monday, August 10, 2020
I have a New American Bible, revised, that translates this passage with “a listening heart.”  I have also seen this translated as... Read More

Brothers and sisters: The Spirit comes to the aid of our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought,

Sunday, July 19, 2020
The full text of Romans 8:26-27 (which wouldn't fit in the blog title) is: Brothers and sisters: The Spirit comes to the aid of our weakness; for... Read More

“The seed sown among thorns is the one who hears the word but then worldly anxiety and the lure of riches choke the word and it bears no fruit.”

Tuesday, July 14, 2020
In today’s gospel, Jesus talks about four reactions to the word: lacking understanding, falling away due to conflict, faith choked by worldly... Read More

Dear Lord, teach me to serve you as you deserve,

Saturday, July 4, 2020
Last Sunday St Therese hosted a Vigil for Social Justice in our parking lot. It is now available on our Facebook page. Before I mention a bit... Read More

Dear Lord, teach me to be generous;

Thursday, July 2, 2020
Last week, Father and parish leadership published a letter about the twin crises that are facing our nation and community. The letter had three... Read More

"What I say to you in the darkness, speak in the light; what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops. And do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul."

Saturday, June 20, 2020
In the expanded quote in today’s Gospel, Jesus says, “Do not be afraid” not once, not twice but three times! He knew that many... Read More

"Do not forget the LORD, your God, who guided you through the vast and terrible desert with its saraph serpents and scorpions, its parched and waterless ground; who brought forth water for you from the flinty rock."

Wednesday, June 17, 2020
A people in a “parched and waterless ground”? Sounds like the story of African Americans for the past 400 years. From slavery to the... Read More