“If you were blind, you would have no sin; but now you are saying, ‘We see,’ so your sin remains.” Jesus to some Pharisees at the end of the controversy over the Man Born Blind

John 9:41

Once upon a time I was working in another parish sitting with some volunteers as we waited for an event to begin. Somehow idle chatter turned to the Eucharist and I launched into a “What the Eucharist Means to Me” rave. After I shut up, the dearly beloved leader of the group says, “Well, that’s fine but I just want to be told what to do.”

At St. Therese I think there is a tendency to dismiss “list Catholics” as judgmental and shallow. The story of The Man Born Blind in John can certainly be taken to reinforce that bias, at least until we put ourselves in the place of the Pharisees. We always need to reinspect our assertions that “We see”. Questioning our own sight (“examination of conscience") is the only way not to be blind. Fortunately for us, the Ignatian Spirituality Center is a short distance away. More information is available at https://www.ignatiancenter.org/.

As you know, St. Therese has been affected by restrictions imposed on all of us because of the coronavirus. Despite the fact that we cannot gather for Mass, we of course continue to pay the salaries of staff, and our other expenses continue. The Finance Council urges all who can to keep up your Stewardship of Treasure contributions. We understand, of course, if you cannot.

If you are giving through automatic transfers, please go onto your phone and download the Push-Pay app. When you get to “search for your church” enter “saint therese.” Be sure to send a note to Diane Figaro at paa@st-therese.cc so she can discontinue your automatic transfer through our current agent.

Also, in this time of increased difficulty for many individuals and families, your contributions to the work of our St. Vincent de Paul volunteers are more important than ever. Since there can be no Mass collections, we ask that contributions be made online via the SVdP website at svdpseattle.org (specify St. Therese Conference) or mailed to St. Therese Parish (SVdP), 3416 E. Marion St., Seattle, WA 98122.

Thank you for keeping St. Therese in your thoughts and prayers and for helping our SVdP Conference continue to assist our neighbors whose needs are now even greater!

 

Stewardship Corner

Weekly Updates from our Stewardship Commission


Recent

Who, though he was in the form of God, Did not regard equality with God something to be grasped. Rather, he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, coming in human likeness.

Monday, April 6, 2020
The Gospel readings today are long, both the Entry Into Jerusalem and the Passion Narrative are very long, too long for me to summarize in a few... Read More

“When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went to meet him; but Mary sat at home.”

Saturday, April 4, 2020
His good friend Lazarus has died, and just to make sure he’s good and dead, Jesus delays his arrival in Bethany for two days. When he finally... Read More

“If you were blind, you would have no sin; but now you are saying, ‘We see,’ so your sin remains.” Jesus to some Pharisees at the end of the controversy over the Man Born Blind

Thursday, March 19, 2020
Once upon a time I was working in another parish sitting with some volunteers as we waited for an event to begin. Somehow idle chatter turned to... Read More

Novena of Grace Goes Online!

Sunday, March 15, 2020
The Ignatian Spirituality Center hosts a Novena of Grace every Lent. The pandemic closed down the live events so they went online this year. The... Read More

When the Samaritans came to him, they invited him to stay with them; and he stayed there two days.

Thursday, March 12, 2020
This is the end of the Woman at the Well story in John. Jesus has met this Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well at noon. She is there because... Read More

“Rise and do not be afraid.” Jesus to Peter, James and John after the transfiguration

Friday, February 28, 2020
There it is again, the angelic comfort, “Do not be afraid.” This time, however, it comes from Jesus, who is pulling his inner circle... Read More

The woman saw that the tree was good for food, pleasing to the eyes, and desirable for gaining wisdom. So she took some of its fruit and ate it; and she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.

Sunday, February 23, 2020
Oh, my. The story of The Fall. St Augustine says that evil arises from choosing the lesser good. The tree offered food, beauty, wisdom but it... Read More

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

Sunday, February 16, 2020
Wow. Let that settle in. Even the depths of God???!!!  Those of you who missed the talk by Fr. Michael Raschko (retired professor of... Read More