Stewardship thought for the week
May 29, 2016 Feast of Corpus Christi
“They all ate and were satisfied. And when the leftover fragments were picked up, they filled twelve wicker baskets.” LUKE 9:17
The story of the Loaves and Fishes shows us that when we share what we have, even if it doesn’t seem like that much, miracles can happen! Do not think that your gift is too small or insignificant! God blesses all the gifts we offer and makes them wondrous.
Last week’s collection: Envelopes $617.00; Loose $178.00
Total: $795.00 Remember, God can never be outdone in generosity.
|Saturday, May 28||Lee Lauer||Father Frank Koeninger|
|Sunday, May 29||Josef & Marie Sedlak||Father Paul Rothschild|
|Saturday, June 4||Michael Tallent, Jr.||Father Paul Rothschild|
|Sunday, June 5||Joe Klein||Father Paul Rothschild|
A Look Back – The parishioners of St. John Nepomuk (SJN) responded in great numbers to the call to serve during World War II. At the close of the war, 202 names were listed on the “Honor Roll,” with an additional 21 alumni from the Hessoun orphanage. Three men from the parish and two from the orphanage were killed in action.
As described in the last edition, Fr. Prokes, the administrator of SJN, organized “The Home Front” to support the overall war effort, especially providing aid and comfort to parish service members. The organization undertook many actions to provide this support. Each service member received a crucifix, rosary and missal. Fr. Prokes published a monthly periodical, the “Messenger” that contained stories of the parish, schedules of events and spiritual readings. This publication was a true reflection of home and was provided monthly to each soldier. Service members were also mailed a copy of the “Register” (the precursor to the Review) on a weekly basis. Each month service members received a present to remind them of the support from home and each Christmas, Easter and Thanksgiving, each soldier received a special, attractive package.
Most important of all, the parishioners at SJN provided spiritual support. Soldiers were encouraged to participate in a retreat at the White House prior to reporting for duty. A weekly Holy Mass was offered for those serving. On June 11, 1943, a special “service-men’s altar” was erected in church. Lastly, in May and October of each year, public Rosary pilgrimages were made at the Hessoun Orphanage to pray for the soldiers and for peace.
Annual Catholic Appeal—We did it! We’ve exceeded our ACA goal of $3,731 with total pledges of $3,780. However, there are still seven cards that haven’t been turned in. Please return your card if you haven’t already.
Picnic News: Our picnic/barbecue will be held on Sunday, June 5 and coincides with the Lafayette Square House Tour so we’re expecting a nice crowd.
Thanks to Jim Peterson for once again stepping up to be our picnic chairman.
We are still in need of prizes. If you can donate something, especially gift cards from local merchants, it will be much appreciated. We will also need desserts. Last year we ran out and had to make a last-minute “dessert run” to the store.
CHARITY OUTREACH MAY: Thanks to everyone who contributed to our May collection. The items have been given to St. Martha’s Hall Emergency Shelter and will be put to good use.
2nd Collection next weekend will be for Cardinal Glennon Hospital.
Memorial Day: Monday is a day set aside to remember those who have given their lives that you and I might be free. Our secular society wants us to think it’s a great day for picnics and barbecues and an excellent time to buy new furniture.
There’s nothing wrong with those things, as long as we keep the purpose of the holiday first and foremost in our minds. Please pray for those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for us and for their families. Pray for our nation, that these brave men’s and women’s sacrifices have not been in vain. And, thank God for the brave servicemen and women currently putting their lives on the line to defend our freedom.