note from the pastor

From Fr. Larry....

Peter Brown

President

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Simon Colseed

Sales

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Jamie McCallum

Support

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Rosa Scodornj

Graphic Design

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CONSIDER THIS!

Thought for the week:

The dishonest manager in today’s parable knew how to manipulate money to his own advantage.  But the Gospel warns that no one can serve both God and money.  Which do I serve?  Is my stewardship such that anyone can tell?

Living Stewardship:

We thank God for his providential care and express our gratitude to you for your support for the work of the parish last week in the amount of $7,726. (Catholic University: $808, Mass Attendance: 1,392)

From Fr. Larry

Dear Parishioners, Last Monday evening we had a wonderful celebration of the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, Procession and Mass at St. Isidore’s. Over 200 people participated and close to 120 actually processed. Priests (Bishop Wcela too) from five parishes, along with Fr. Bohdan Hedz of the Ukrainian Catholic Church, and Bishop Nelson Perez were participates. It was a beautiful sight seeing both young children, older folks using canes and a host of others from the Polish, Hispanic, and English speaking communities all joined together in worship of the Lord. Thanks to all who participated or helped out. We especially thank Roberta Morrissey who spent months planning and organizing the entire effort.

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Consider This!

"And the master commended that dishonest steward for acting prudently." 

It's important to pay attention to the details of the parable Jesus tells in today's Gospel. At first glance, it might seem as if Jesus is encouraging us to be dishonest. But in fact, it's just the opposite. The steward in this tale was reported to his master "for squandering his property." In other words, the steward was not being responsible with what he was in charge of. And the master was ready to fire him on account of it. But then, the steward had a change of heart. (This isn't so hard to comprehend--sometimes it takes a real threat for us to realize we need to change our ways, doesn't it?) So the steward went to the people from whom he had previously collected money to "make friends" with them. How? By reducing their debts. 

This might seem to be dishonest yet again, but we need to bear in mind that in the end, the master was pleased with the steward's behavior. So this debt reduction must not have affected the master's pocketbook. Rather, it seems probable that the steward had originally hiked up what the debtors owed the master and put the extra cash in his own pocket. This was the sort of extortion that was common in those days, among tax collectors for example. Now, when the steward was about to lose his position, he thought it wise to go back and return that "dishonest wealth" to the folks who had lost it, and gain some sympathy in the process. So, in the end, the steward was making up for his previous cheating behavior by doing something RIGHT and smart. It's this honest behavior that will enable him to take his place in "eternal dwellings." And surely our honest behavior will have the same effect.

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