Stewardship Corner

May 2020

May 27

Amazed and astonished, they asked, “are not all these who are speaking Galileans?”

Happy Birthday, Church! Today is Pentecost, the anniversary of the coming of the Holy Spirit! It is the Spirit that converts Peter the impetuous Galilean fisherman into the fearless and eloquent spokesman of the Twelve, and as Paul states in First Corinthians, it is the spirit that enflames all of us who proclaim that “Jesus is...
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May 24

You are being enriched in every way for all generosity, Which through us produces thanksgiving to God, For this collection is not only supplying the needs of the holy ones But also overflowing in many acts of thanksgiving to God

This week begins our Annual Catholic Appeal campaign, so I’m deviating from following the Sunday readings, and I’m going to write about Paul’s Collection for Jerusalem. There had been an earlier collection by Antioch to support the impoverished community in Jerusalem, and Paul is asking his own churches in Greece and Macedonia...
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May 19

Beloved: Sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts. Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope, but do it with gentleness and reverence,

It seems that most of our groups these days forbid discussion of at least two topics: religion and politics. Book clubs, reunions, Thanksgiving dinner, even my small faith group does not talk about politics. The last political discussion I heard at a St Therese social hour ended in disrespect and anger. Very little gentleness and an absolutely...
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May 5

As the hind longs for the running waters, so my soul longs for you, O God.

Our current day is not unlike the early days of the Church. Then the very first Church, formed by the Twelve and others in Jerusalem before they thought of themselves as anything but Jews, was embroiled in controversy with devout Jews of the Temple. Even more than that, they were trying to figure out who they were! Were they Jews who believed...
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