Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
Today is World Mission Sunday being celebrated on every continent. We are being encouraged to assist in the global mission of the Church, spreading the Gospel throughout the world. The special envelope in our offertory packet will aid the more than 1,100 mission dependent dioceses which cover almost half of the globe. We are asked, as Pope Francis reminds us, to stand in solidarity with missionaries throughout the world and to assist them with our prayers and financial sacrifices. By doing so we demonstrate our trust in God’s mission of sharing love and mercy with all people, regardless of whose image is imprinted on their coins. (Listen to the Gospel today for this reference.)
Right here in our own parish this weekend, we are having our MINISTRY FAIR. This is a wonderful opportunity for all of us to see all the amazing ministries that exist here at St. Al’s. It takes many, many volunteers to serve the needs of our fellow parishioners and our outreach to the poor and needy of our community. You may currently serve in one of these ministries. Perhaps it is time to consider giving of your time and talent in a different ministry. Or this might be the opportunity for you to engage yourself in a ministry, getting out of yourself and meeting and helping others. Whenever we step outside our so called comfort zones, blessings come not only to ourselves but to the community as well.
Come, see what beautiful opportunities are available for you to let God work through you for the good of our St. Al’s parish and its ministries. God will bless you beyond measure!
Let’s continue to place our trust in God. Jesus reminds us in today’s Gospel, “Give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.” Are we giving to God what belongs to God by our service or are we keeping it to ourselves?
Pray for your fellow parishioners with gratitude.
Blessings, Fr. Pat, C.Ss.R.
PS: You will notice a water cup dispenser by the bathrooms in the back of the church. It is mounted on the outside of the wall by the smaller bathroom so people have access to it. Thank Scott Schumaker for installing it.